Fans have asked for it and now monster truck racing’s biggest name is roaring in to Bristol Motor Speedway. Bigfoot returns to crush cars and cause chaos during the July 28 Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness presented by Beef O’ Brady’s Family Sports Restaurant.

Known around the world as “The Original Monster Truck,” Bigfoot returns to Bristol for the first time in more than a decade. During the appearance, Bigfoot will defend its turf against trucks like Avenger, Brutus, Equalizer, Hot Tamale, Samson and Bristol-based War Wizard.

Larry Swim, who has been the driver of Bigfoot XVI for four years, said fans can expect an electrifying performance during the show. 

“It’s not going to be disappointing; I can tell you that much,” the St. Louis, Mo. driver said. “There’s going to be a lot of excitement.”

Like any other Bigfoot performance, Swim said fans can expect to be sitting on the edge of their seats while he is on the track.  Swim is a three-time champion for Team Bigfoot and the 2009 Monster Truck Racing Association Driver of the Year. He plans to pull out all the stops to put Bigfoot in the Winner’s Circle at Bristol.

Swim has always been a monster truck fan and grew up watching Bigfoot. He takes great pride in his spot behind the wheel of the iconic machine 

“I was like most of the kids up in the stands, and I finally get to live my dream,” said the 43-year-old father of five. 

Swim was quick to note the importance of fan support to monster truck racing, especially the youngest ones.

“You could be having the worst day in the world and a kid will come up to you and say they want to be just like you, it turns everything around,” Swim explained. “There is no better feeling.”

Although Swim always dreamed of being a monster truck driver, he was not an overnight success.  He was working as a soda delivery driver when he got the call to join Team Bigfoot full-time.

“Once monster trucks get into your blood, it is hard to get them out. It was an honor to get the call to drive for the Bigfoot Team,” he said.

Following his dream paid off for Swim, and now he feels like his office has a little better view than most.

“It’s just another day at the office when I’m in the truck,” Swim said with a laugh. “My office is just 10,000 pounds, and goes really fast and really high.”

For all the perks that come with his job, Swim also confessed that driving the most popular truck in the business does come with its difficulties. 

“It puts a lot of pressure on you,” admitted Swim.  “When you are in a Bigfoot truck, people expect a little more out of you. You are the truck to beat when everyone pulls in to the track. It puts an extra target on your back. I just use that pressure and push harder to make the show even better for the fans.” 

Swim has never competed in Thunder Valley and is ready to bring the legendary blue Ford back to Bristol.

“You hear everyone talk about Bristol and how great the Monster Truck fans are,” he said. “I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Bristol Motor Speedway’s massive infield provides these machines plenty of space to fly, crush and destroy everything in their way.

Freestyle motocross action and a jet car also will be featured during the event. The motocross riders will put on an impressive display of stunts, just like the athletes featured in the X Games.

All monster truck competitors will be available for autographs and pictures during the pre-event Beef O’Brady’s pit party located on the backstretch of BMS. 

Fans also will be able to meet Swim and see Bigfoot on Friday, July 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Elizabethton Beef O’ Brady’s restaurant.

Gates open and the pit party begins at 5:30 p.m., with racing slated for 7:30 p.m. The adult ticket price is $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event. Advance ticket pricing ends Friday, July 27 at 5 p.m. Kids tickets are just $5 for children ages 10 and under.

For more information, call 423-BRISTOL or visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.