Matt Pagliarulo in Jester

Matt Pagliarulo

2023 Truck Jester 2023 Tour Stadium Championship Series Red Hometown Deltona, Florida Birthday June 9
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Matt Pagliarulo took an interest in Monster Jam as a fan first and then a helper of local teams before making the commitment to enter the fray with Tomfoolery Motorsports and his first truck, Jester. Home state shows would hold special meaning for Matt as the truck debuted in Miami in 2015 before hitting the road. In 2020, Matt would win his first stadium Freestyle and event championship, capturing the wins in Tampa. The family-oriented operation has seen sons Nick and Michael also compete in Monster Jam.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2017 Rising Star of the Year

ABOUT MATT

 

  • What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
    Spending time with family, four-wheeling and being around all types of motorsports in general.
  • Who are your role models?
    Anyone that is in the public eye who can balance time with family and friends and can also be a positive role model and mentor to others.
  • Do you have any ‘pre-show’ rituals you run through?
    After strapping in the truck and just before the show starts, I take a moment and say a quick prayer and ask that the drivers, fans, officials and anyone in attendance have a safe show.
  • What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
    If I told you, then I wouldn’t have anything that people don’t know about me!
  • What is your favorite memory on or off the race track?
    Attending the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas for the first time with our own truck.
  • What is your most prized possession?
    My family.

LIFE ON THE ROAD

 

  • What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?
    The best thing is getting to spend time with the Monster Jam fans. We try and compete with our truck as a family so the worst thing is that some of the shows are too far away and the family is not with us when we compete.
  • While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
    Experience the local sites and attractions.
  • How do you keep fit?
    Have you seen me? I’m not that fit!
  • What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
    My crew guys. They are there when times are tough both on and off the track and traveling down the road. No matter what, they are always there and make the time the best it can be.
  • What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
    Any of the Florida stadium shows.

CAREER

 

  • How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
    I started spending more and more time at shows and getting to know some of the drivers, teams and people at Monster Jam. I began to crew for a few times and it was at that point that we decided to build our own truck and start a team of our own!
  • What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
    The fans!
  • How would you describe your driving style?
    Constantly evolving.
  • What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
    Understand that it’s not as easy as it looks and it’s a lot of hard work to compete competitively in this sport, but if it’s truly something that is in your heart and you want to do it then stick with it and don’t lose sight on your goal because anything is possible.
  • What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
    Driving down Thunder Alley at Monster Jam World Finals for the first time.
  • Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
    Every driver in Monster Jam. I have watched these guys and girls compete for many years. Even now, I look at how they drive and at their driving styles. It helps me adapt what I do to be a better driver.

FUN FACTS

 

  • Do you have any nicknames?
    Pags
  • What’s your favorite movie?
    Tommy Boy, The Town, Rain Man and any movie that has a Monster Jam truck in it!
  • What’s your favorite television show?
    Survivor
  • What’s your favorite color?
    Blue
  • What’s your favorite thing to eat?
    Anything Italian
  • What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?
    Any place that has good burgers.
  • How would your friends and family describe you?
    Perfectionist and detail oriented.

STADIUM SERIES RED
Bakugan Dragonoid

POINTS THROUGH JAN. 29, 2023

Position Name Truck Points Behind
1 Camden Murphy Bakugan Dragonoid 189 -
2 Bryce Kenny Great Clips Mohawk Warrior 165 -24
3 Adam Anderson Grave Digger 161 -28
4 Tom Meents Max-D 159 -30
5 Jamey Garner El Toro Loco 149 -40
6 Cole Venard Black Pearl 142 -47
7 Todd LeDuc Megalodon 132 -57
8 Kayla Blood Soldier Fortune 127 -62
9 Travis Mowery Velociraptor 108 -81
10 Nick Pagliarulo Kraken 97 -92
11 Matt Pagliarulo Jester 83 -106
12 Mike Christensen Vendetta 79 -110
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