"We've had our truck, Samson, for 25 years."
Q: How long have you been at this?
A: "Charleston will be my third weekend. My debut was two weeks ago in Milwaukee. We were in Louisville, Ken., last week and this week is Charleston."
Q: Three weeks? What were you doing before?
A:"Well, I'm an ICU nurse. I still am.
"When I got out of high school, driving the truck was never really an option. It was dad's truck and dad was the driver. So I did my own thing, went to college and became a nurse. I've been a nurse now for four years.
"I still work full time--three 12-hour shifts Monday through Wednesday. Thursday we travel to the show for the weekend and get back Sunday night.
"I'm pretty tired sometimes, but it's worth it."
Q: As I mentioned before, there don't seem to be a lot of women in monster trucks. Is it a field you think women can easily be a part of?
A:"Absolutely. When it first started, there were just a handful of women, but more and more women are getting involved -- and everyone has been great to me. It's like a huge family. There's been no one telling me I'm not going to do very good.
"What's been great for me has been some of the guys I grew up watching, now they call me or my dad after each show to talk, to see how I'm doing. To me, that's the most amazing thing in the world."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.