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The Monster Jam Thunder Nationals trucks have made it to the Blue Cross Arena for three shows this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Theses are truly "monster" trucks; coming in at 12 feet wide, 18 feet long and 12 feet tall. The tires are 6 feet tall and these 10,000 pound trucks are equipped with a 1,500 horsepower engine.

More than 4 million people come out to see and the drivers like John Seasock have over a million followers on social media.

Seasock is a two time racing champion and the driver of "Grinder." He has been driving Monster Trucks for 24 years.

"I went to a show in Philadelphia. I saw a Monster Truck, asked the driver a lot of questions, got a lot of advice and that's when my dream started. Now I can travel around the world, meet the best bands in the world and drive one of the awesome trucks," Seasock said.

The drivers of the trucks can make them jump 30 to 40 feet over school buses, airplanes and houses or even do back flips. But that isn't even Seasock's favorite part.

"The best part about our job is the fans. We get to hang out with them and here at the Thunder Nationals, it's really cool because you get to see the trucks more often. You have racing, and freestyle, and donut contests and wheely contests and it's more of a personal atmosphere which makes it really neat," Seasock said.

There will be shows and "pit parties" all weekend where fans can come down to the pit to meet the drivers and see the trucks up close. Fans can find their free pit passes at area SuperCuts locations

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