(Sunday Sunday!) Vaters is among the top ranks of the sport of Monster Trucking. He is a seven time USHRA Thunder Nationals champion, five time USHRA World Finalist, six time Monster Spectacular champion and he finished third in freestyle competition out of the 20 best trucks in the country at the televised 2005 Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas. He also helped the sport grow up from its humble, early '80s beginnings as an adjunct to the ten-dominant tractor pulls and mud-bog races. "It was more of a little country boy deal," he says. "Now it's definitely getting big, and is a good opportunity for corporate America… millions and millions of kids follow it now. It's a culture. You got to an elementary school and ask the class how many watch NASCAR, and maybe a couple of hands raise. You ask how many watch monster trucks, almost all hands raise." For readers who have never seen a monster truck (perhaps because you were born last Tuesday, or just woke up from a cocaine-and-disco-induced coma that began in 1978, or are legally blind) they are exactly like any ordinary pickup truck, mini-van, and surplus WWII Army tank you might pass on the street every day, except you need an eight-foot step ladder to get into the cab and they have 100 times the horsepower and 1,000 times the testosterone. A monster truck's only job is to run over piles of junked cars. Well, and also to perform "freestyle maneuvers." They are scored in this activity by judges, who determine the artfulness of the maneuvers much the same way an Olympic figure skating judge does with Gracie Gold. OK, three jobs: they also race head to head, and jump over cars. And jump over each other. So what's that? Five jobs? That is a move—jumping over the other guy's monster truck—that Mike Vaters innovated in 1999. Repeat: Mike Vaters's job is to climb into a 13-foot-high, 13,000-pound vehicle he welded together himself and use it to jump over another 13-foot-high vehicle while thousands of people video it with their cell phones. And then Vaters' job is to weld his vehicle back together the next morning. Hence the tiredness. He answered our questions gamely.