Rookie of the Year
What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
Brandon Vinson: I love riding dirt bikes, four-wheelers… pretty much anything on wheels. I also enjoy working on my old square body Chevy and fishing on the Currituck Sound.
Who are your role models?
Brandon Vinson: My grandfather is my biggest role model. He worked his fingers to the bone to support a wife and seven kids. He has always been there for me in life. He taught me that hard work pays off and never stop dreaming.
Do you have any ‘pre-show’ rituals you run through?
Brandon Vinson: I like to joke around and make everyone laugh. It takes the pressure off and I also listen to music and walk around the truck for peace of mind.
What is something a lot of people don’t know about you?
Brandon Vinson: I enjoy doing karaoke.
What is your favorite memory on or off the racetrack?
Brandon Vinson: My favorite memory is definitely winning a Monster Jam World Finals championship in Las Vegas as a Crew Chief for Ryan Anderson. Also, working hard to fulfill my dreams of becoming a Monster Jam athlete.
What is your most prized possession?
Brandon Vinson: My family. They push me every day to be the best that I can be and help me chase my dreams.
Life on the Road with Monster Jam
What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?
Brandon Vinson: The best thing is living my dream and being able to travel the world and see new places. The worst is being away from my family.
While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
Brandon Vinson: I like to explore the cities that I am in.
How do you keep fit?
Brandon Vinson: Maintain a healthy diet and workout.
What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
Brandon Vinson: My electronics and headphones.
What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
Brandon Vinson: Orlando. The fans are like none other there. In the winter time, it also feels like summer!
How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
Brandon Vinson: I started out as a Crew Chief for the Grave Digger team.
What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
Brandon Vinson: Meeting, seeing and hearing the thousands of fans in the venue cheering as you are putting on the show.
How would you describe your driving style?
Brandon Vinson: Wide open, tactical and “one foot on the gas and one foot to the grave.” Very competitive.
What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
Brandon Vinson: Work hard, be dedicated and never give up on your dreams. Never let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough.
What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
Brandon Vinson: When I got to race Dennis Anderson in the semi-final round of racing in El Paso, Texas.
Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
Brandon Vinson: Dennis Anderson and Tom Meents.
Do you have any nicknames?
Brandon Vinson: Mr. Goodtime
What’s your favorite movie?
Brandon Vinson: Lethal Weapon
What’s your favorite television show?
Brandon Vinson: Street Outlaws
What’s your favorite color?
Brandon Vinson: Red
What’s your favorite thing to eat?
Brandon Vinson: Spaghetti
How would your friends and family describe you?
Brandon Vinson: Funny, caring, hardworking and very outgoing.