Porter is the epitome of a seasoned veteran. He has been racing in Monster Jam®
since 1985 just three years after seeing his first Monster Jam show in
Indianapolis. His first Monster Jam truck was Carolina Crusher and he built it
for just $11,000. Today, the average cost of a Monster Jam truck is over
back on his first Monster Jam truck and others of that era Porter says,
"There were no safety harnesses, no fire extinguishers, no special seat
and no drive-shaft loops. I didn't even have a fire suit. We all drove in jeans
and a t-shirt. Back then a motor was $2500, now it costs $25,000."
has adapted to the changes without missing a beat. In 1991 he won the points
championship with his creation, Carolina Crusher and went on to become one of
the first Monster Jam truck drivers to be recognized by his name, not just the
name of his Monster Jam truck. In 2001, he signed on with Dennis Anderson and
Team Grave Digger®. The list of Monster Jam trucks he has raced
includes his own Carolina Crusher, Pure Adrenaline, Spider-ManTM,
Ragin Steel and Grave Digger.
names Dale Earnhardt for inspiring him professionally because of his driving
skill and how far he went in NASCAR. "I truly respect his driving ability.
He would take a car out and do things that other people wouldn't think of
doing. Plus, it must have taken a lot of determination to go from being a high
school dropout to accomplishing the racing achievements that he did and to
build a multi-million dollar empire."
never imagined that being a Monster Jam truck driver could turn into a
full-time career. His intention was to be a farmer. When he's not racing Monster
Jam trucks, he can often be found running heavy equipment on his 117-acre farm
in North Carolina, where he lives with his wife, Penny.