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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Backstage Pass: An Interview with Monster Truck Driver Bari Musawwir

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 8:10 AM

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Discovered by Monster Jam producers in North Carolina in 2006, monster truck driver Bari Musawwir, who grew up in Cleveland Heights, admits the huge vehicles represent a departure from the radio-controlled trucks he raced as a kid.

After four years of training, he earned a spot on the Monster Jam tour in 2010 and hasn't looked back. He's currently among the top competitors on this year's circuit.

Yesterday, we spoke to him backstage at the Q where Monster Jam, the annual monster truck rally, commences today.

The event turns the arena floor into a racetrack by dumping truckloads of dirt and building a series of jumps and obstacles. At approximately 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks sit atop 66-inch-tall tires that allow them to roll over just about anything. The trucks can even fly up to 125 to 130 feet in distance.

Competition commences at 1 and 7 p.m. today and takes place again at 1 and 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Q. We recommend ear plugs. 

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