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Gary Porter is an American monster-truck driver that races on the United States Hot Rod Association circuit. He is a former member of the Grave Digger team but in 2015 he returns to his Carolina Crusher.
Porter's involvement in monster truck began in 1981 when he opened Porter's 4x4 Shop in Wadesboro, North Carolina, with his brother. In 1985, they built their first truck to promote the business and compete in local shows. Soon afterward, they modified the truck, and Porter began his monster-truck racing career. In 1987, he started competing in a monster truck called the Carolina Crusher with TNT Motosports. The Porters participated in exhibitions from 1985 to 1988. He placed fourth in 1988, second in 1989, and third in 1990.
Beginning in 1991, Porter raced in the USHRA/Camel Mud & Monster Series. The Carolina Crusher placed sixth and became the series champion of the Special Events season. In 1992, the Porters decided to build a second truck to be able to compete in three different monster truck series. A third Carolina Crusher appeared for the 1994 season, as did a new shop to host Carolina Crusher Racing. The trucks made 125 appearances in 1994. 1995 saw Carolina Crusher finish fourth in the Special Events Penda Points series and winning a race. Gary continued to race Carolina Crusher until after its sale to Paul Shafer in 1999.
In 2000, Clear Channel Entertainment hired Porter to drive various trucks for them, notably Ragin' Steel and Spider-Man. The following year, at the behest of longtime friend and rival Dennis Anderson, he began driving Grave Digger 12, which is similar to his last incarnation of Crusher.
World Finals appearances
Porter was in Monster Jam World Finals 2 driving Spider-Man. He was eliminated in the first round by Avenger, but returned when Avenger broke down. He was eliminated in the second round by Destroyer. He later finished seventh in freestyle with a score of 31.
In World Finals 9, he was involved in an encore driving the new Spitfire truck.
Porter tends to have a tremendous amount of respect for his equipment and is typically considered to be the tamest in freestyle of all the Digger drivers. At the same time, his truck-control abilities are exceptional, and he has been a USHRA-points champion many times.
Off the track, Porter is regarded as one of the sport's true gentlemen. The 1992 USHRA Yearbook referred to him as "Mr. Nice Guy".
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