By Colleen Flaherty

Killeen Daily Herald

Bigfoot Bad Boy, Bounty Hunter, Barbarian, Razin Kane and XXX could live up to their names tonight and Saturday during the Monster Truck Winter Nationals and Thrill Show at the Bell County Expo Center.

The show, presented by Bridgeport-based Checkered Flag Productions, is part of national point series that will culminate in a grand national championship in Idaho this spring, production representative Jeremy Bunting said.

"We have big names from around the nation," said Bunting. "One of the biggest ones is the original monster, Bigfoot."

Some of the other participating trucks are former monster truck national and world champions and have been on television, he said.

They'll all rip up the dirt at the Expo Center during a freestyle crushing contest, featuring car-slamming, tailgate ripping and wheelie rounds.

It's the 10th time the show has visited the Expo Center, executive director Tim Stephens said, and he expects it to be well-attended.

"We're expecting a good crowd and a great show," he said. "Tickets sales have been very good."

Three lucky VIP ticket-holders will also get the opportunity to judge the trucks' performance. Bunting advised fans who are up to the task to wear monster truck T-shirts.

In addition to the truck show, there will also be a motorcycle daredevil round with X Games-style stunts, including a full rotation back flip that will take the rider 35 feet into the air.

Riders from all over Texas, including the Central Texas area, will also compete on a speedway race track with jumps that could take riders up to 70 feet in the air.

Despite its drama, Bunting said, the show aims to be family-style entertainment.

"That's our main target," he said. "We want the families to come out. We've got a special deal for tickets so that they're really affordable. The kids will love it."

But, he added, "I'm 26, and I love it, too."

VIP lower-level tickets cost $22 for adults and $17 for children. Value upper-level tickets cost $19 for adults and $7 for children. Active duty military with ID can purchase any seat in the house for $14, including VIP. Four packs are also available.

The show begins at 7:30 tonight and Saturday.

To purchase tickets, visit the Bell County Expo Center box office, go to www.texasboxoffice.com, or charge by phone at (512) 477-6060.

Contact Colleen Flaherty at colleenf@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7559.

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