Monster truck show stops in Springfield with an unexpected driver

Published: Jun. 14, 2019 at 4:58 PM CDT
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The O'Reilly Auto Parts Outlaw Nationals Monster Truck Show drove big trucks and a big show to Springfield Friday and Saturday.

Eight of the nation's top trucks are driving their way through Springfield, according to the Ozark Empire Fair Grounds.

The event advertised to return of monster truck legend Dennis Anderson after a two year hiatus. Due to an injury, his 17-year-old son Weston Anderson will be filling in for him during the race.

"I'm filling in for dad this weekend," Anderson said. "He had a little bit of surgery this week so I got behind the wheel of this green wrecking machine."

Anderson has only taken on the drivers seat of his dads "Kind Sling" truck once before, but exuded confidence that he would drive it just as well as his dad.

"I'm not too nervous about it," he said. "We've just got to get a few runs on it and let me get used to the truck and I will be good."

Anderson is the youngest driver in the show. He said many of his competitors are 20 to 30 years older.

He said at the end of the event, his hope is that people won't look at him as just another Anderson.

"My goal at the end of all of this is to come out on top with a name for myself," Anderson said.

Dennis Anderson will be at the event supporting his son, as well as doing a meet and great and autographs for fans.

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