Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m.
TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline IL
An eagerly awaited annual event rides, jumps, and spins into Moline's TaxSlayer Center on April 27 and 28 as the Moline venue hosts Monster Jam 2019, bringing a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with racing, two-wheel skills, donuts, and freestyle competitions.
Each Monster Jam truck is approximately 10.5 feet tall, 12.5 feet wide, 17 feet long, and weighs 12,000 pounds. A Monster Jam engine will generate 1,500 horsepower thanks to a blower that forces air and fuel into the engine, and is powered by methanol fuel consumed at the rates of three gallons a minute from a specially constructed safety cell. The truck utilizes a four-link racing suspension with four main bars that link the front and rear axles to the frame, riding on clusters of nitrogen-charged shocks that offer 30 inches of travel in the suspension. The BKT tires are 66 inches in diameter and 43 inches wide, inflated to 16-20 psi pressure and (with wheel) weigh 645 pounds each. The driver’s compartment is a steel safety structure built from tubing and mounted to the truck frame, while the truck bodies are custom-built and constructed of fiberglass. Each truck is transported in specially prepared trailers, which can include spare parts and as many as two trucks.
After the Monster Truck opening ceremonies, the event's competition begins with many featured elements including: timed racing in an obstacle-course competition in which the fastest to complete the course is the winner; the two-wheel skills change, with Monster Jam drivers having multiple opportunities to perform the best stunt while bringing at least two wheels into the air; Monster Truck donuts performed in designated flat areas with the objective to rotate the truck as many times as quickly as possible; head-to-head racing in which the trucks travel along a prescribed course to a finish line with the first to legally complete the course advancing in competition; and the freestyle that finds competitors performing tricks and stunts throughout the floor area. Monster Truck fans, meanwhile, will find many of their favorite vehicles taking part in the TaxSlayer Center's two-day event, among them: Grave Digger (driven by Brandon Vinson), Megalodon (driven by Austin Minton), Monster Mutt (driven by Tanner Root), Scooby Doo (driven by Myranda Cozad), Iron Warrior (driven by Matt Cody), Taurus (driven by Cory Snyder), and the Raminator (driven by Mark Hall).
The 2019 Monster Jam will take place in Moline at 7 p.m. on April 27 and 1 p.m. on April 28, with the pit parties held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Admission is $18-58, with an added $15 for pit-party entry, and tickets are available by calling (800)745-3000 or visiting TaxSlayerCenter.com.