The American Heritage College dictionary says Bigfoot is ¿a large, hairy, humanlike creature purported to inhabit the Pacific Northwest and Canada.¿

But the Bigfoot that will thrill fans during the Pit Pass Cabarrus Monster Truck Bash presented by Quaker Steak & Lube Saturday night, Aug. 21, at The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway is a totally different animal.

This Bigfoot has a 572-cubic-inch fire-breathing Hemi engine, rides on giant 66-inch tires and tips the scales at a car-crushing 10,000 pounds. It features a 2004 Ford Super Duty F-Series fiberglass pick-up truck body and shakes the ground with more than twice the horsepower of a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup stock car.

Today¿s Bigfoot evolved from an early 1970¿s Ford F-250 4x4 pick-up truck that construction contractor Bob Chandler used on the job during the week and took off-road for family entertainment on weekends.

After struggling to find four-wheel-drive parts in the St. Louis area, Chandler and his wife, Marilyn, decided to open Midwest Four Wheel Drive & Performance Center. Chandler continued to modify his Ford truck¿which earned the nickname Bigfoot because a friend said Chandler had a ¿big foot¿ when he was behind the wheel¿and used it as a promotional tool for the family¿s new business.

Bigfoot made its first paid appearance at a Denver car show in 1979 and then began appearing at truck pulls and car shows across the country.

In 1981, Chandler decided to see what would happen if he drove Bigfoot over a couple of junk cars. A few months later, he duplicated the stunt during a stadium show and a new form of motorsports entertainment was launched.

For more than 20 years, Bigfoot has remained at the forefront of the Monster Truck industry it created. The Bigfoot fleet has grown to 16 trucks that have raced or performed for millions of fans across the country and around the world. The truck has won seven World Monster Truck Championships and has appeared in movies ranging from ¿Cannonball 2¿ to ¿Charlie¿s Angels: Full Throttle.¿

Dan Runte of Freeport, Ill., is scheduled to drive Bigfoot as the Missouri-based Monster Truck aims for its third consecutive victory in the annual Pit Pass Cabarrus Monster Truck Bash at The Dirt Track.

Samson, Virginia Giant, Wild Hair, Predator, Equalizer, Big Dawg and American Guardian are scheduled to join Bigfoot for an evening of car-crushing destruction.

In addition to the Monster Trucks competing in one-on-one elimination races over a wild obstacle course and then battling in a radical freestyle competition, the event will include two divisions of dirt-track stock car racing. The Road Hawgs, an entry-level division designed to put the ¿stock¿ back into stock car racing, and the extremely popular Dirt Crate Models will be in action.

Activities begin with the Quaker Steak & Lube Pit Party from 5 p.m. to 6:30. Fans can meet the legendary Monster Truck drivers, get autographs and have their pictures taken alongside the massive trucks. Pit Party passes are available only at Quaker Steak & Lube on Speedway Blvd.

If purchased in advance, reserved seats for the Pit Pass Cabarrus Monster Truck Bash on Saturday night, Aug. 21, are $18 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. All seats are $2 more the day of the event while parking for all events at The Dirt Track is free.

Tickets for the Pit Pass Cabarrus Monster Truck Bash presented by Quaker Steak & Lube can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.