SEASOCK’S ADVANCE AUTO PARTS MONSTER JAM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
One of the sport’s most
accomplished drivers on the track and one of the most giving off of the track, John
Seasock has more than 20 years of monster truck excellence under his belt in a
career that has taken him to victories all over the world. Seasock has won at
many Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam’s biggest events, including back-to-back
World Racing Championships won driving Batman at World Finals VIII and World
Finals IX at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Seasock rose through the ranks in
his Sudden Impact truck, eventually landing the coveted Batman ride that he drove
to that pair of world titles, and now Seasock is a part of the high profile
Advance Auto Parts Grinder team. Seasock is also one of the sport’s busiest
personalities off of the track with a constant schedule of appearances at
schools and hospitals along with his lengthy list of charitable works. John
also spends as much time as anyone in the sport communicating with the fans at
events, other appearances, and even on line through his vast social network
that gives fans direct access to one of the sport’s most popular figures.
with John Seasock
MonsterJam.com: How did you get started competing on the
Monster Jam circuit?
John Seasock: I had a big truck back in high school. All of
my buddies had Camaro’s and cars like that and on Saturday nights they would be
cruisin’ the town, but I never fit into a certain niche. Everybody had fast
cars but I was always in a big truck. If everybody was walking down the right
side of the street I’d walk down the left. I always stood on my own. So I had
my big truck, then I went to the Spectrum in Philadelphia and saw monster
trucks and right then I thought it would be cool to do something like that. I
waited for autographs like the fans do today; I got my first autograph and
asked for a lot of advice. It all started there. So then we started building a
truck and then we found Sudden Impact, and were able to buy what pieces were
left of it, so we kept building and put it together, and there have been seven
versions of the Sudden Impact truck after that.
MonsterJam.com: What do you enjoy doing while on the road
with Monster Jam?
John Seasock: I like hanging out with the fans. I like
visiting hospitals, visiting schools, and just giving back some of the blessings
we receive being in Monster Jam. You know, we get to travel all over the world,
and it’s all because of the fans. They are what make us, and I like to spend as
much time with them as I can.
MonsterJam.com: Why is giving back so important to you?
And list some of your charitable works.
John Seasock: Charity is really important to me. I have two
boys at home, J.R. and Kyle, and I’ve always thought that you pass it forward.
If I can help someone else out, hopefully if they ever needed it someone would
help them out. We now have the Seasock Cares Foundation, we raise a lot of
money for Make-A-Wish and for special needs children. I do a lot of hospital
visits, a lot of school visits, and inspirational speaking at different venues
all around the world. We try to do as much as we can. Most of my day is spent
answering emails, talking to fans and trying to make a difference.
MonsterJam.com: What do you do with your free time?
John Seasock: The first thing is I like to spend time with
my boys. When I’m on the road I miss them terribly. I do a lot of kayaking,
mountain biking, motorcycle stunt riding, quads, and I like to ski. I’m a big
adrenalin junkie. You get a big rush from monster truck driving and I try to
stay on that rush.
MonsterJam.com: What is your greatest memory as a monster
John Seasock: There are just so many. I’ve had a lot of
phenomenal moments, I could write forever about them. Probably the one thing
that was the biggest highlight of my life was when I was racing Todd Frolic in
Wildwood, N.J., and we came into a corner together, I had the inside lane and
he had the outside lane. We got tangled up and he ended up flipping his truck
over and instead of finishing the race to win I stopped my truck and got out to
see if he was okay. We were pretty far away from everyone. Then my son came up
to me and he thought that it was so cool that I thought it was more important
to make sure that my friend was okay then it was to win a race. That meant so much
to me that my son saw something like that and appreciated it.
MonsterJam.com: Do you have any pre-show rituals that you
John Seasock: I’m by no means a saint but I have my
religious beliefs and I always say a prayer before every race. I am deathly
afraid of black cats. I drove seven miles out of my way one time. I live in a
small town in Pennsylvania and there’s not many roads around there. A black cat
crossed my path on my way to dinner and I drove seven miles out of the way just
to not go down that road. Besides that I always check on the truck. I’ve been
lucky to have fantastic Crew Chiefs but still, I’m old school so I always put a
hand on it to make sure everything is good, 100%. Then I just sit and focus. I
believe that you can achieve anything if you believe that you can achieve it,
so I run lots of things through my head before I run.
MonsterJam.com: If you were not competing on the Monster
Jam tour, what career path would you follow?
John Seasock: I’d be a firefighter. I’ve been big into
firefighting all of my life. I’ve been a fireman since I was 15 years old. I
actually lied about my age to be able to join a fire company. That was a big
part of my life, it was something that I really enjoyed, just helping firemen
along the way and all the experiences that I’ve had there. I used to be a 911
dispatcher. I’ve worked on a haz-mat team. I had a choice, my career was going
good and I took a test to be a paid fireman in the city of Redding. I had the
option of deciding what I wanted to do at that time, I could have been a
fireman or I could have gone into monster trucks more than I already was and I
chose the monster truck path. Every step that we take leads to our future and I
have no regrets with the choices that I’ve made, but if I wasn’t monster
truckin’, I’d be a fireman.
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite food?
John Seasock: Steak
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite movie?
John Seasock: Caddyshack
MonsterJam.com: What’s your
favorite television show?
John Seasock: Scooby-doo
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite color?
John Seasock: Blue
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