Randy Brown

A lifetime experience in motor sports and mechanics has built the foundation for the ultimate ride in all of racing–Grave Digger. A history of truck pulling and a youth not far from where Dennis Anderson built his Grave Digger empire has led Randy Brown to the top seat in the sport. Brown was introduced to motor sports at a young age–His father Allen began tractor pulling in 1977. He grew up in that atmosphere, touring the countryside at some of the top pulls across the Eastern Seaboard. By the time he was 12 years old, Randy was building engines for his dad and other competitors.

As soon as he turned 16 and got his driver’s license, Randy started driving his dad’s truck puller, “Sweet Thang,” winning the first pull he entered. After a few state titles, Randy graduated high school and went on to attend college at UNC-Greensboro before deciding to make the move full time into motor sports.

Brown campaigned his own pulling truck, “Special Effect,” in 1992 before selling it and purchasing the “Thoroughbred” in 1993.  Thoroughbred ran alongside his dad’s Sweet Thang until 1998, when Randy put in a call to Dan Patrick to build his first monster truck racing chassis.

Brown made his monster truck debut in the spring of 2000 at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina with “Pure Adrenaline.” Because the race required a special license that Brown hadn’t acquired yet, he hired Gary Porter of Carolina Crusher and Grave Digger fame to step in and drive.

Brown campaigned the Pure Adrenaline truck for three years, winning the USHRA’s Most Improved Driver award in 2002. In the fall of 2002, Brown was asked to join the Grave Digger fleet, and he made his Digger driving debut in January of 2003 in Des Moines, Iowa, performing on the same team as legends like Dennis Anderson and Gary Porter – who helped get Brown involved in the sport.

“That’s what swayed me into it more than anything: the company I’m keeping as teammates,” said Brown. “These are guys I’ve looked up to all my life.”

In his second year as a Grave Digger driver, Brown captured the USHRA Points Championship – a system designed to reward consistency and performance over the course of the winter season. In 2004, Brown and his team won the coveted “Team of the Year” from the USHRA, an award that recognizes promptness, friendliness, cleanliness, reliability, and other intangibles that help to make Monster Jam successful. For 2008, the team has expanded to four trucks, and success is in the future.

For a driver who’s accomplished so much in such a short time span, who’s to thank? Brown credits his father.

“My dad has instilled in me that hard work pays off,” Brown said. “There’s times when you can’t get anything to work right. Keep persevering and things will work out. I’d really like to thank my dad for giving me the opportunity to get where I am today.”

Brown lives in Camden, North Carolina. He and his wife Tammy have two young daughters, Payton and Karlie.