Bristol, TN - Sunday, May 1, 2011;  Back in 1981, in an old garage in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Dennis Anderson created a monster. Originally, Anderson pieced together his machine from old parts of discarded vehicles. The original "mud-bogging" truck was supported by the corroded chassis of a 1952 Ford pickup and ran on the innards of a high-performance Chevy engine. Although his competitors had the advantage of high-tech equipment, Anderson boasted to them I'll take this old junk and dig you a grave." With these words the legend of Grave Digger was born. 

In 1988, a Louisville based company debuted the first monster truck racing championship dubbed “TNT’s Monster Truck Challenge” and Grave Digger was there. So were we. Today, 8 Grave Digger world championships later the original monster truck challenge has morphed into what you now now as The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam that plays to sell out crowds around the world. One truck reigns supreme as the king of Monster Jam. That truck is Grave Digger. On July 30th three of the greatest icons in motorsports come together when Grave Digger returns to the Monster Truck Challenge at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Thompson Metal Monster Truck Bash.

MTC’s Rich Schaefer stated, “It feels fantastic to bring Grave Digger back to one of our events. We believe that Monster Jam features some of the greatest freestyle action in the sport, thanks to Grave Digger setting the bar. We’re privileged that our friends at Monster Jam have let us continue the MTC name over the years focusing on racing at outdoor venues such as Bristol Motor Speedway. We’ve always believed that what we do is intended to help promote the Monster Jam event series while continuing the original MTC style of racing where Grave Digger cut it’s teeth. The fact that I was with the original MTC back in the 80’s and continued working with Monster Jam in the 90’s means that the entire Grave Digger team holds a very special place in my heart. I’m extremely happy to bring the black and green machine to the famous Bristol Motor Speedway to honor their 30 years of world wide monster truck domination. I truly mean it when I say that Dennis, his crew, and Monster Jam deserve much praise for what they have done for the sport.”

While the driver for Team Grave Digger at Bristol Motor Speedway is yet to be determined it will not be Dennis Anderson as his active schedule only permits for racing at Monster Jam events. Dennis will also be busy filming an upcoming series on The History Channel entitled “Around The World In 80 Ways.” The road to victory at Bristol Motor Speedway on July 30th will require the winning driver to get past reigning Monster Jam World Champion Jim Koehler in Avenger and Bristol’s own Randy Moore in War Wizard. For tickets to the Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness at Bristol Motor Speedway call 423-989-6933.