Tom Meents was announced as the first competitor of the 32 to head to World Finals in Las Vegas. The second driver announced? Dennis Anderson, driver of Grave Digger.

The four-time World Finals Champion created the 'Grave Digger' back in 1982, for the purposes of mud-bogging.

"I’ve been driving longer than Monster Jam has been around," Anderson told MonsterJam.com. "I got my start back with Dean Moore, a promoter of the Monster on Wheels Tour, which featured mudbogging and car crushing."

The original truck was based on an old 1952 Ford pickup with a high-performance Chevy engine. Right off the bat, Anderson's driving style caught the eyes of many and the legend was born.

Many fans, even those who barely follow the sport, recognize the name and truck wherever they go. 

Anderson will be looking for his third straight racing win this weekend.

 

For more information on World Finals in Las Vegas and Monster Jam, check out http://www.monsterjam.com.

For Canadian fans, the Maple Leaf Monster Jam tour kicks off this weekend with Toronto, Ontario's Rogers Centre. With a packed line-up that includes Chad Tingler in Grave Digger, Neil Elliott in Maximum Destruction, Ryan Anderson in Son UVA Digger, Jim Koehler in Avenger , among others and Pizza Pizza Kids Tickets starting at $15, both the Saturday night and Sunday afternoon shows promise to be spectacular. For more information, check out http://www.monsterjamcanada.ca. 

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