If you’re a fan of trucks, racing or both, and you haven’t seen Stadium Super Trucks yet, you’re missing out. With Chevrolet V8-powered beasts hitting jumps and ripping around a road course mere inches apart, each race is a high-flying thrill ride. In a few days, the series will run back to back with Indycar at the Music City Grand Prix, from August 6-8, 2021.
What are Stadium Super Trucks?
Veteran off-road racer Robby Gordon started the Stadium Super Trucks (SST) series in 2013. While they resemble Baja Trophy Trucks, they weigh half as much and run a Chevy LS3-based V8 engine with 650 hp. With that much power and a chassis barely longer than a Mazda Miata, things are bound to get rowdy.
Add in 26 inches of suspension travel, and you get what Ice Cube called “three-wheel motion” in the corners. So these trucks basically tripod while sliding sideways around a road course filled with jumps. It’s a formula for intense battles between drivers and ample entertainment for fans.
Where can I watch SSTs in action?
You can experience them in person this weekend at the Music City Grand Prix, if you live near Nashville, Tenn. On each day of the event, Stadium Super Trucks will share the Indycar street circuit downtown. Practice and qualifying starts on Friday, August 6, and there are races Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. CBS Sports Network provides TV coverage, so check your local listings for scheduled airings.
“We’re very excited to add an additional race to our 2021 schedule,” said Stadium SUPER Trucks President Robby Gordon. “The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix is going to be a huge event, as Nashville is known for music and entertainment, and we’re looking forward to bringing the thunder to the streets. In addition to the great racing, our garage area will be open for all fans to stop by and get up close and personal with the trucks.”
Competing on two continents
Headquartered at Gordon’s shop in North Carolina, the SST series travels between Australia and the United States throughout the year. Gordon designed the Stadium Super Trucks himself and owns all of them, according to Road & Track. Drivers rent the vehicles per race or per season, and the series attracts talent from across the motorsports spectrum.
Following the Nashville race, the SSTs will move to Australia for two consecutive events. Races will take place in Sydney August 20-22, and in Perth September 11-12. Afterward, the trucks return stateside for the Grand Prix of Long Beach September 24-26.
The popular Indycar event near Los Angeles served as a testbed for the first Stadium Super Trucks race back in 2013. Since then, Gordon’s creation has injected some much-needed variety and fun back into the motorsports world, and that’s never a bad thing.