GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s the time of year when Van Andel Arena covers up the ice and then dumps tons of dirt inside.
It’s Monster Jam weekend and a young female driver is breaking the stereotypes.
Macey Nichter has been hearing the engines roar ever since she can remember — and even before that.
“I was around it ever since I was in the womb,” Nichter said.
Monster Jam is in her blood. Nichter’s father has been a driver for more than a quarter of a century.
“I’m 22-years-old and he’s been doing it for 27 years, so this is all I’ve ever known,” she said.
While it’s all NIchter’s ever known, it’s not all she’s ever wanted. When she’s not tearing it up in a monster truck, she’s a full-time student studying to be an X-ray tech.
That’s why driving the Zombie truck fits her perfectly.
“I love having the Zombie Monster Jam truck,” she said. “This is the one that’s all about the bones and everything. I mean, if you’re an X-ray tech, that’s the truck that you love! I can tell you all about the different bones that are popping out on it and I’ll give you the correct term (of) what kind of break it is if the hand breaks off.”
When Nichter’s not studying, she loves connecting with her fans and the Monster Jam family.
In fact, another woman on the tour, Kayla Blood Granger — who drives Soldier Fortune — will stand up in Nichter’s upcoming wedding.
“Kayla and I are here to break the stereotypes. Every female on a Monster Jam triple threat series tour or a Monster Jam Stadium Tour. We’re here to break the stereotype,” Nichter said.
The female presence in Monster Jam is growing. It’s come a long way from the days when Nichter was listening to motors rev from the womb.
She has a message for other little girls looking to break stereotypes.
“If they want to go out there and be in a male-dominated sport – go for it,” Nichter said. “We’re not going to let these men try to scare us away from going out there and trying to win because when it comes down to it, girls run the world.”