"We'd talk to the drivers and help them look for parts if they were from out of town," Basl said.
During one show, they made friends with a crew from 2Xtreme Racing.
"They had Bounty Hunter and Scarlet Bandit," Basl said.
The brothers helped out with a lot of the manual labor like washing the trucks and doing odd jobs. By the end of the week, they exchanged phone numbers with the team and became their go-to guys whenever the teams were in Oregon or Northern California.
Months went by, and two slots opened up with the racing company -- one to drive and one to work on the crew. Basl's brother took a place behind the wheel for a Bearfoot truck, while he worked with the crew on Bounty Hunter.
"It was supposed to be temporary," he said. "But we did that for two and a half years."
After that, both brothers were offered driving jobs in Texas. His brother got Gravedigger, while he took a truck called Blacksmith that later became the Marvel comics tie-in vehicle, Wolverine.
Basl said every monster truck is sort of similar.
"Pretty much if you drive one, you can drive them all."
However, the trucks are personalized for performance or to a particular driver's taste. So, each handles slightly differently.
"You adapt quickly," he said.
And he loves driving.
"I never get tired of it," Basl said. "That and the fans are the best part."
The worst part?
"The only thing I get tired of is working on them," he said.
Over the course of three days, with multiple shows, the vehicles tend to get damaged and have to be repaired.
Basl explained, "In San Antonio, we rolled over both Gravedigger and Wolverine. We did the show until 10:30 and then had to fix them for the next day.
"We were up until 4:45 and then up at 8 to do a show at 2 p.m."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.