With his experience of truck pulling in North Carolina during his childhood years—not far from where Dennis Anderson built his Grave Digger® empire—Randy Brown was introduced to motorsports at a young age and as an adult he has landed a top seat in Monster Jam®. Having a father involved in tractor pulling, he grew up in the atmosphere of touring the countryside at some of the top pulls across the Eastern Seaboard. By the time he was 12, Randy was building motors for his dad and for other competitors. As soon as he turned 16 and got his driver's license, he started driving his dad's truck puller, Sweet Thang. He won the very first pull he entered. After winning a few state titles, he graduated high school and attended college at UNC-Greensboro before he decided to make the move into full-time motorsports. In 1992, Brown created his own pull truck, "Special Effect", before selling it and purchasing the "Thoroughbred" in 1993. “Thoroughbred” ran alongside his dad's “Sweet Thang” until 1998. He also did a few Super Modified class pulling for tractor pull legend Mike Piper’s team. Then, he put in a call to Dan Patrick to build his first monster truck racing chassis.
Brown made his Monster Jam debut in spring 2000 at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina with the Pure Adrenaline team. He drove the Pure Adrenaline truck for three years, winning awards such as “Most Improved Driver” in 2002. In fall 2002, Brown was asked to join the Grave Digger fleet. He made his Digger driving debut in January 2003 in Des Moines, Iowa, performing on the same team as Monster Jam legends Dennis Anderson and Gary Porter. This was a really special time for him because he was racing on a team with the mentors who helped him get involved in the sport. "That's what swayed me into it more than anything, the company I'm keeping as teammates," said Brown. "These are guys I've looked up to all my life."
In his second year as a Grave Digger driver, Brown captured the Points Championship—a system designed to reward consistency and performance over the course of the winter season. In 2004, he and his team won the coveted "Team of the Year" award—an honor that recognizes promptness, friendliness, cleanliness, reliability, and other intangibles that help to make Monster Jam successful. Competing with the likes of Monster Jam legends, Brown considers the crowds’ responses one of the most rewarding parts of Monster Jam. He cherishes every win.
Randy Brown credits his father. "My dad has instilled in me that hard work pays off," Brown said. "There's times when you can't get anything to work right. Keep persevering and things will work out. I'd really like to thank my dad for giving me the opportunity to get where I am today."
Q&A with Randy Brown
MonsterJam.com: How did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
Randy Brown: Mainly, it started with whatever I could get a hold of and ride fast when I was growing up. It was all back on the farm: 4-wheelers, motorcycles, go-karts, and I did a little bit of BMX racing. So, it started with whatever I could get on that had a motor—then I was riding it. Then when I was 16, I started truck pulling with my dad. And in 2000, I started driving my Pure Adrenalin monster truck.
MonsterJam.com: What do you enjoy doing while on the road with Monster Jam?
Randy Brown: We really love spending time down in Florida. The weather’s great and the fans are ridiculously loyal. It’s unbelievable.
MonsterJam.com: What do you do with your free time?
Randy Brown: I love boating. We have a ski boat and it is something that the whole family can do together. They [my wife Tammy and daughters Payton and Karlie] love the water. Boating is pretty much my getaway. And really, whatever the family wants to do when I’m not racing is fine with me. We do a lot of theme parks and things like that.
MonsterJam.com: What are some of your greatest accomplishments as a monster truck driver?
Randy Brown: Winning the Most Improved Driver in 2002, and then winning both the point’s championship and the Team of the Year award in 2004.
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite television show?
Randy Brown: The Mentalist and Criminal Minds
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite food?
Randy Brown: Anything cooked on the grill
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite movie?
Randy Brown: The Hangover, Iron Man
• Truck Name: Grave Digger® XIX
• Body: 1950 Chevy Panel Van
• Engine size: 540 CI
• Transmission: Coan 2-Speed
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Besides competing with the likes of Monster Jam legends, Brown considers the crowds responses one of the most rewarding parts of Monster Jam. He cherishes every win. His favorite place to compete is Florida because “the fans are ridiculously loyal and because of the weather.”
Randy Brown on How He Got Where He Is:
Brown credits his father. "My dad has instilled in me that hard work pays off," Brown said. "There's times when you can't get anything to work right. Keep persevering and things will work out. I'd really like to thank my dad for giving me the opportunity to get where I am today."