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When the Monster Jam trucks come roaring into the Bon Secours Wellness Arena this weekend, ticket holders will get to experience a few trucks never-before-seen in Greenville.

The event will feature fan favorites Grave Digger, Predator, Prowler, Strait Jacket, Wild Thang, Big Kahuna and Big Chief. For the first time ever, a Scooby Doo Monster Jam truck will also make an appearance in the Upstate.

Linsey Read, Scooby’s driver, is also fairly new to Monster Jam. The female driver raced in her first Monster Jam on New Year’s Day but has been racking up on wheelie wins ever since.

In a phone interview, she said she’s looking forward to coming to Greenville this weekend. The crowd reaction to Scooby Doo has been enthusiastic in every appearance she’s made, including her first.

“The crowd went nuts when they saw Scooby,” she said. “All the little kids were jumping up and down, and their jaws dropped. Last weekend I was the wow factor because no one knew I was there. They dimmed the lights down and had me come out, and it erupted in that arena. People came through my line and said they were happy they got to see me in person and that they got a chance to see the truck running. The feedback we’ve gotten for Scooby has been amazing.”

Read is one of approximately nine female drivers in Monster Jam, and one of four drivers for Scooby Doo trucks. She got her start racing “tough trucks” in her hometown of El Paso, Texas before being noticed by a Monster Jam driver, who encouraged her to apply for the franchise.

“We’ve had a lot of training,” she said. “Before they send out any of the rookie drivers, we go to Monster Jam University with Tom Meents, who is an 11-time world champion. He puts us through every scenario we can go through in an arena setting. Going out on the track, we know what we’re in for, so we can put on the best show possible for everybody.”

She said Monster Jam isn’t only for boys.

“I’d love to see little girls come out,” Read said. “Then they can see that women can do the same stuff that men can do, and I am definitely out there to prove to all of the men that I can do just as good of a job as they can do. I want them to watch out because I’m coming in full force this year, and I want to prove to everyone out there that women can do this, too.”

She said fans can expect to see some “awesome” wheelies when Scooby Doo takes to the track. She also encouraged families to buy tickets to the special Pit Party 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday. For $10, anyone can get up close to the big trucks inside the arena, meet drivers, and get photos and autographs.

She also cautioned newcomers to bring earplugs and not to forget their cameras.

“It’s the most action-packed event on four wheels that you can go to,” she said. “If you haven’t gone to see it, you’ll definitely fall in love with it once you do. I can’t wait to see all the fans in Greenville. I can’t wait to see my Scooby fans, and I really hope they get pit passes because I would love to meet them.”

Monster Jam shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Tickets begin at $10 plus fees for kids and $20 plus fees for adults and are available at the arena’s box office or through Ticketmaster.com.

You can go

What: Monster Jam

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30

Where: Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville

Cost: Tickets start at $10 (plus fees)

Information: Visit www.monsterjam.com or bonsecoursarena.com.

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