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Mom, real estate agent and Monster Truck driver Deidra Ballard ready for Lucas Oil Speedway "Eve of Destruction"
WHEATLAND, MO. (Oct. 17, 2023) - When Deidra Ballard’s weekend hobby comes up in conversations with fellow real estate agents or clients, it’s quite a conversation starter.
Monster Truck driver? Really?
“I’m a mom with an eight-year-old girl and when people take a glance at me, I don’t think they would say, ‘she’s a monster truck driver.’ But when they find out, they think it’s super cool,” said Ballard. “They tell their kids and it strikes up a lot of new friendships.
“A lot of my clients at any of the businesses, when they find out they end up coming to our shows and they’ll end up following us around. After they do that, they’re not just friends any more, they kind of become family.”
Ballard is the driver of Miss Over Bored and her husband, Jamey Garner, pilots Over Bored. Those are two of the eight Monster Trucks scheduled to entertain the crowd Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Outlaw Nationals - Eve of Destruction.
Freestyle Motocross and much more, including a pre-show Pit Party are on the schedule. Advance discounted tickets are available at area O'Reilly Auto Parts locations. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the Pit Party 4:30-6:15 p.m. and show time at 7 p.m.
Ballard said she’s one of only a few women who have driven Monster Trucks at the highest level. She traces her ability to do so back to her childhood as a self-proclaimed “daddy’s girl and grew up in a garage" which helps her understand the mechanical workings of the powerful trucks.
“We had three-wheelers, dirt bikes and go-karts," Ballard said of growing up. "I was that girl that was all over my parent’s land and doing all those daredevil things.”
In addition to working as a realtor in Fortville, Ind., Deidra and Jamey own their own towing business. The road to driving the big rigs began when they were invited to a Monster Truck show in Indianapolis in 2013 and got to know Jim Koehler, the driver of Avenger, after his truck needed towing after an engine problem.
“We became friends with Jim over that weekend,” Ballard said. “We have a custom paint shop and did some painting for him on his trailers and some custom bodies for the Avenger for world finals. As a thank-you, they ended up letting Jamie drive one of their trucks one weekend. He was hooked.
“Jamey ended up buying a chassis and started driving. After a couple of years he decided he was going to buy a new chassis and get a fresh start with new stuff. That left original chassis empty. A promoter called one weekend and said they were down a truck and asked, ‘are you able to bring the other truck and fill a spot?’
“We were loaded up and heading out when Jamey said, ‘Oh, by the way, I’m gonna need you to drive this weekend.’ That’s how I started my career. He already had got me a suit and helmet together. I went out and I did it. Everyone were like. ‘you did a pretty good job, we’re gonna keep you in a truck.’ It’s pretty much continued from there.”
Now, Deidra even uses her Monster Truck hobby for advertising in her job as a realtor.
“I’m a real estate agent, and oh by the way, I drive a monster truck, too,” she said, with a laugh.
On a serious note, she said it’s gratifying when she’s recognized for her talents by kids or adults, of both genders.
“It’s such a hit with the moms and the dads are super cool with it, too,” she said. “A lot of the dads want me to go out and be successful against the guys just for a good laugh. But the moms and the daughters are where it’s at, because they are super excited.
“It shows the girls, ‘go out and do what you want. If you put your mind to it, there’s nothing you can’t do.’ Some of the little boys are a little surprised. They’re like, ‘you can’t do that’ and I’m like, ‘watch this.’ After the show they’ll come up and say, ‘you did a really good job.’ It’s a hit with the whole family, honestly.”
Ballard said she loves coming to Lucas Oil Speedway, especially this year after sitting out last year's event as Miss Over Bored was undergoing a makeover.
"I love coming there. It’s a beautiful facility," she said. "I’ve always done really well there, though I do have a little bit of a curse going on the last couple of time. Two years in a row, I wound up getting toward the end of my freestyle and would break a wheel off, which the fans love but I don’t know if I like it. But prior to that I always did good there.
"I was not behind the wheel last year. We had some truck chassis being swapped around and freshened up. We were down a chassis and had to fork my chassis over to my husband. It was good to get back in the seat this year. Everything’s been going great, knock on wood, and hopefully it stays that way.
I jumped back in and pretty much took off right where I left off."
Along with Miss Over Bored and Over Bored, monster trucks scheduled to be on hand are Block Head, Maximus, Tannerite, Jurassic Attack, Wrecking Machine and Tailgator.
Meanwhile, X Games participants will be performing the latest tricks in Freestyle Motocross and the Monster Truck Back Flip will be back. Also, look for Pro and Stock Tuff Truck Racing where pros and weekend warriors from around the country will battle it out. If you think you have a Tuff Truck and can measure up, call 417-887-9400 for entry info.
Come early to meet the drivers, get autographs and take photos during the Pit Party. There's also a Mighty Monster Truck Bus Ride Truck. For $15, you can strap in and take a spin around the track in a Monster Truck during the Pit Party, during intermission or after the show.
Sticking to the tradition pre-Halloween theme, fans are encouraged to wear their favorite costume and come to trick or treat with all the show performers.
Fans are encouraged to purchase discounted tickets in advance at area O'Reilly Auto Parts locations.
Advance Discount Tickets (online or at area O'Reilly Auto Parts stores)
Adults (16 and up) - $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military with ID - $22
Youth (6-15) - $15
Kids (5 and under) - FREE
Day of Show Tickets
Adults (16 and up) - $27
Seniors (62 and up)/Military with ID - $24
Youth (6-15) - $17
Kids (5 and under) - FREE
Family Pass (on-site only, two adults and up to three youth) - $71
For ticket information on any event at Lucas Oil Speedway contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Article Credit: By Lyndal Scranton, Lucas Oil Speedway