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This Party's the Pits. 

Truckers riot with fans after wreaking havoc on the track.

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Aside from jumping his Grave Digger truck off dirt mounds and grinding it into the ground, Monster Jam driver Chad Tingler looks forward to the pit parties after the show. And Cleveland fans will get their chance to meet him and dozens of other competitors when the traveling monster-truck rally parks its track at the Q this weekend. "All the kids and fans come right out on the floor, touch the tires, and see things up close. You get to see the excitement face-to-face with the kids," he says. "I think that's the biggest thing that keeps me motivated and doing what I do." During the Cleveland show, audiences will watch the drivers race, jump, and crash on a dirt-paved obstacle course. Afterward, they can party with Tingler and company as the drivers offer of thanks for seeing them compete. "We are the most fan-oriented sport there is. Baseball, hockey, or any other kind of sport is as fan-oriented as us," says Tingler. "We're there for the fans all the time, and it's the drivers that do it." They'll rev up the engines at 7:30 tonight and 2 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Quicken Loans Arena, 100 Gateway Plaza. Tickets are $5 to $25. Call 216-241-2121 or visit www.theqarena.com.
Fri., Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 16, 2 & 7:30 p.m., 2008

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