The big boys are back in town, and they'll be at The Ford Center for the first time, as Avance Auto Parts Monster Jam returns to Evansville on January 6th and 7th.

At WKDQ we will be giving you chances to win tickets to see these awesome Monster Trucks, so keep listening and checking out updates here at  This year there will be 3 big shows with one Friday and Saturday night, and a special WKDQ day at Monster Jam on Saturday at 2pm!  (Buy Your Tickets Now)

Now, before you go to the show, you need to be able to speak the Monster Truck lingo, so here's the Monster Jam Dictionary just for you.

Monster Truck Talk

Auger In – Crash nose first. Also known as a “nose plant”

Bite - Traction. Tires gripping the surface

Blower - System that forces a combination of air and fuel into the engine to produce more horsepower. Also known as a supercharger

Burn Out – Spinning the truck’s tires to clear the mud off and gain traction

Case It – Hit the lowest part of the truck’s frame on the peak of the obstacle

Chip - Electronic chip that controls the RPM of the engine

Coil Over Shocks - Type of shock consisting of large coil springs wrapped around the outside of the shock

Cut Tires - Shaving the thread off the tires for more traction and less weight. This process -- done by


hand -- takes approximately 50 hours per tire

Cyclone – A high-speed donut

Donut – When a truck spins in circles in one spot

Drive Shaft Loops - Required safety loops surrounding the drive shaft to contain parts in case of breakage

Drop the Hammer – Hitting the throttle hard

Dry Hop – Doing a burnout to clear the starting line of loose debris

Endo - When a vehicle crashes and rolls end-over-end.

E.T. – The amount of elapsed time it takes a vehicle to run the course of the track

Eyeball the Track – To informally inspect the track

Five-Point Harness - Mandatory standard driver lap belt with a strap over each shoulder to the center mounting point with straps that also connects between the legs

Four Link - A type of racing suspension used on a monster truck. The four main bars that link the front and rear axles to the frame. It can be adjusted to control how much traction the truck can get

Freestyle - One of two categories of competition in the Monster Jam Series. Drivers are given a limited amount of time to individually perform on the track. Fans, selected by the USHRA, often judge the performances

Fuel Cell - A special safety fuel tank that is puncture resistant

Fuel Delivery - The right mixture of fuel and air properly delivered to the engine for maximum horsepower

Gag It – Stand the throttle wide open. Also known as “drop the hammer”

Grab a Footful – Jumping on the accelerator. See “gag it” or “drop the hammer”

Hammer – The throttle

Headers - Pipes, connected to the engine that are designed for free-exhaust flow.

Heim Joint - Adjustable ends on the different components of the chassis

Hole Shot – First vehicle off the start line

Hook Up – To get enough traction for fast acceleration

Hooking Clay – A type of track dirt that makes it easy for the tires to hook up

Hot Shoe – A top driver

Lose Fire - Stall the engine

Mash the Throttle – Step hard on the accelerator

Methanol - A wood and alcohol-based fuel mixture used in monster trucks

Nitrogen-Charged Shocks - Type of shock absorber that is filled with nitrogen

Pass – A complete run across the cars

Pogo – When the truck bounces on the rear tires while standing straight up in a wheelie

Power Out - When a driver uses a burst of acceleration to keep the truck from rolling over

Pull the Pin - The first thing that an official must do when a truck rolls over. The pin is located in the rear bumper and shuts off all power to the truck

Quick Change Transfer Case - A box to which drive shafts are connected, allowing drivers to change gears depending on the length of the track

Read the Track – Determine track conditions

Red Light – When a monster truck leaves the starting line early before the green starting light

Remote Ignition Interrupter (RII) - A remote transmitter used to shut off all power to a monster truck. Used by officials in case of an emergency

Revs – Engine revolutions per minute

Riding the Wave – Coming down hard and bouncing up on the front tires while traveling some distance

Roll Cage - The steel safety structure that surrounds the driver.

Roll Over – When a truck rolls over completely

Side-by Side – Two trucks race next to each other

Sky Wheelie – When a monster truck stands straight up with the front tires in the air at a 90-degree angle

Slap Wheelie – When the front of a monster truck comes down from a wheelie and slaps itself back into another wheelie

Staged – When a truck is waiting at the starting line to race

T-bone – To crash head-on into the side of an obstacle

Teeter – When the front tires are lifted in the air while the rear tires are on the ground, rocking from side to side

Tranny – Transmission. Transfers power from the engine to the drive train

Walk It - A wheelie that steps down from side to side during the run

Wheelie – Lifting the front wheels of the monster truck off the ground and driving only on the rear wheels

Wheel Travel – The amount that the suspension drops when the truck is in the air

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