By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN Don’t let the long blond hair and big blue eyes fool you Kaila Savage can take a crash, and also knows her way around under a hood.
The Watertown native and former Delano resident, who worked at Loopy’s Dollar Store, will be returning to her old stomping ground Saturday, July 2 with her monster truck, “Heart Breaker” from 1-5 p.m. She will sign autographs, pose for pictures, and show people her truck.
“I am pretty excited to get to hang out in Delano on Fourth of July weekend again,” Savage said. “It used to be so fun and, ever since I got into monster trucks in 2004, we have always been on the road competing in an event that weekend some-where across the country.”
Savage and crew are home in Minnesota promoting an upcoming event, the Monster Truck Meltdown in St. Cloud, Friday and Saturday, July 8-9.
Scott Shoutz of Loopy’s will be giving away several sets of tickets to the St. Cloud event when Savage appears at Loopy’s.
Shoutz began following the career of his former employee on Facebook and said he’s happy to have Savage at his store again.
Shoutz noticed she had a big win in Monterrey, Mexico, where she won freestyle with “Heart Breaker.”
Savage was in Mexico for over a month, helping to promote the events she was involved in.
“This year, I was supposed to do my first stadium event at the Metrodome and the roof collapsed a few weeks beforehand unfortunately,” Savage said.
Instead, her first stadium event came May 28 in Monterrey.
When she met her fiancé, Paul Strong, she became interested in monster trucks through him. Savage started driving “Heart Breaker” full-time in April 2010. Prior to that, she had filled in for Strong, who drives the truck “Martial Law” a handful of times at outdoor events.
Savage now lives in Albany, where she and Strong have a shop and a business called Abused Trucks 4x4.
“We compete with monster trucks full time all year and, in December, take them apart and rebuild them again to get them ready for the Monster Jam tour January through March,” Savage said, adding that maintaining the truck is the hardest part of driving.
Savage previously studied business law and political science at the University of Minnesota. When she’s not working on or driving her monster truck, Savage also enjoys motorcycles, boating, four-wheeling, spending time outdoors, shopping with girlfriends, dancing, playing pool, photography, and travel.
“I was not mechanically inclined at all,” she admitted. “But when it’s sitting there broke, you’ve gotta get it fixed. By maintaining and improving our equipment, having a positive relationship with fans, and always performing well, it will only better the sport as a whole in the long run.”
To learn more about Savage and for more information on the Monster Truck Meltdown in St. Cloud, follow the links from www.delanoheraldjournal.com.