Horsepower in the thousands and twangy country music: They go together as well as shirtless fat men and NASCAR. There will be plenty of music and roaring, oversized big rigs when the Monster Truck Challenge's Monsters and Music show makes a stop at Shakopee's Raceway Park on Friday and Saturday. Up-and-coming sibling country trio The Harters will open and close the festivities with concerts. An autograph session with the monster truck drivers will follow, and then it's time for the main event. The last time the Twin Cities was treated to this bone-shaking, cojones-grabbing sport was in December at the Metrodome. The Monster Truck Challenge mercifully ends the draught, and takes the action to the great outdoors. Some of monster truck racing's most beloved, testosterone-fueled trucks will tear through Raceway Park's track including Samson, a truck with muscled arms built into either side of the truck's body, T-Maxx, and Raminator, a vehicle driven by the 2007 Monster Truck Challenge champion, Mark Hall.
June 20-21, 4 p.m., 2008