Advance Auto Parts Grinder (or just simply Grinder) was a monster truck owned by FELD Motorsports, as a sponsor truck for the then-title sponsor of Monster Jam, Advance Auto Parts. Lupe Soza, former driver of El Toro Loco, was selected to drive the truck. In 2011, John Seasock and Frank Krmel joined to drive Grinder until 2013.
The truck was the successor to the Advance Auto Parts Metal Monster.
Advanced Auto Parts Grinder debuted on December 5, 2009 at Minneapolis, driven by Lupe Soza.
In 2010, Grinder begins its first full season of competition. Lupe makes it to the World Finals, and ties with Steve sims and Tom Meents with a 28. It is announced that two Grinders will be added to the team with drivers John Seasock and Frank Frmel getting the two trucks.
In 2011, John and Frank begin their first seasons with the truck. Frank Krmel beat Dennis Anderson in a final-round race in Atlanta, ending Anderson's winning streak in racing. Frank raced the Grinder at the World Finals while Lupe freestyled. All three Grinder trucks did an encore at World Finals 12.
In 2012, Frank got injured before the season could begin. Tasmanian Devil driver, Nicole Johnson, drove Grinder for Frank. She made it to the first Young Guns Shootout. John got his first ever stadium freestyle win in June in Philadelphia on the Path of Destruction Tour. At the World Finals, John raced and Lupe freestyled.
In 2013, Frank rejoined the team. John would once again race for the World Finals and Lupe would freestyle. This is the last year that Grinder competed in.
The truck had its last run on December 7, 2013 at the final event in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN. 2 days later, Advance Auto Parts stepped down from Monster Jam as the Title Sponsor. The 3 Grinder trucks are converted into different trucks.
World Finals Appearances
- 2010 - Lupe Soza
- 2011 - Frank Krmel (racing), Lupe Soza (freestyle)
- 2012 - John Seasock (racing), Lupe Soza (freestyle) (YGS: Nicole Johnson)
- 2013 - John Seasock (racing), Lupe Soza (freestyle)
World Finals Bad Luck
Despite it success on tours and regular events, when it came to the World Finals, the team had a relatively bad performance on both Freestyle and Racing. On Racing, none of the drivers made it past round 2, and out of all four freestyles, Lupe only filled the clock on the first appearance, and on later appearances, didn’t reach the halfway mark of the run, nor even the 30 second mark. The only sign of success at the event, was Nicole Johnson‘s performance at the Young Guns Shootout. It is unknown if this contributed to Advance Auto Parts to finish their sponsorship with FELD and Monster Jam.
Video Game Appearances
- The truck was the successor to 2 previous Advance Auto Parts sponsored trucks run in Monster Jam. The first of the 2 was the Advance Auto Parts Metal Monster truck, run exclusively as a display truck for the World Finals from 2004-2007. The second of the 2 trucks was the El Toro Loco truck, which was run as the "Advance Auto Parts El Toro Loco" at the 2008 and 2009 World Finals.
- The truck's debut show and last show were both in Minneapolis, and was driven by Lupe Soza on both occasions. The truck also flipped while taking on an R.V. at it's first and last shows.
- The trucks first televised appearance was at Monster Jam Live Atlanta in 2010.
- Grinder would occasionally appear with a rotating "G" that would move back and forth.
- Krmel’s Grinder was formerly his Blue Thunder truck, and before that, it was Donkey Kong.
- Soza's Grinder became his 2014 El Toro Loco, Krmel's became the first Fox Sports 1 Cleatus, and Seasock's became BJ Johnsons Mohawk Warrior.
- Seasock's chassis was originally intended to turn back into Batman, but the body would not fit the chassis.
- Grinder existed for exactly 1,463 days.
- Grinder is one of the few FELD trucks to have its first and final shows at the same location.