Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

'Out for Blood' at Monster Jam

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

'Out for Blood' at Monster Jam

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A lot of monster truck drivers get into the motorsport life because they grew up around it. They went to tractor pulls and truck rallies when they were kids. Their fathers or uncles or brothers built trucks or took them out to show. Kayla Blood, the driver of El Toro Loco, said it was a long road for her to get to the driver's seat. She had to run before she could learn to drive.

Blood, who performs this weekend when Monster Jam returns to the Charleston Civic Center, laughed and said, "I've always been interested in male-dominated sports. When I did track in high school, it really woke up this passion for competition.

After high school, the Louisiana native went to college. "But I didn't have a lot of finances, the 26-year-old said.

To help pay for school, she joined the National Guard, where she discovered mixed martial arts. …

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