See New Milford’s Pat Summa give monster effort with ‘Thrasher’

Hi everyone,

For years, I’ve wanted to go to a monster truck show. Maybe it didn’t crack my bucket list, but it definitely made my to-do list.

So when my 12-year-old son asked me about going to the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam this weekend in Bridgeport, I was in. 

All the way in. 

Everyone knows about the “Grave Digger” franchise and its monster marketing machine. I wanted to see Pat Summa, a New Milford guy who drives a monster truck called, “Thrasher.”

So my son and I headed down Route 25 on Saturday, and I can tell you, we were not disappointed by this show. One word of advice, though. If you have never been to a monster truck show, bring ear plugs or some other ear protection.

Seriously, please pack some or buy some, especially if you’re bringing little kids with you.

These monster trucks are loud, really loud. In fact, they’re as loud as they are cool. It’s one thing to watch a truck on an oversized chasis grab big air on TV. It’s entirely another to see it live from the stands, particularly in a smaller venue like Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

The freestyle part of the show is the best, which is probably why it comes at the end. Each of the competitors, whether it’s “Grave Digger,” “Thrasher,” “Prowler,” “Predator,” the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” truck, or my favorite setup, “Crushstation” — a truck decked out like a lobster, complete with faux rubber bands around its claws — gets 60 seconds to crush everything in sight and take off like a rocket.

Although “Grave Digger” won the freestyle competition Saturday afternoon, let’s just say my guy, Pat Summa, did not disappoint with “Thrasher.” He was right there and actually led the field for a while.

Best of all for you local monster truck fans, you still have time to see Summa fly through the air and turn cars into accordions at Webster Bank Arena. The final show in this three-day run starts Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $22.50 and $39 for adults, and $11.50 for kids 2-12. You can order them — the tickets, not the kids — via Ticketmaster at or by calling 800-745-3000.

To learn more about the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, visit for driver biographies, a rundown of upcoming shows, video highlights, TV listings and more.

So have fun, take lots of pictures and don’t forget the earplugs!

Brian Koonz