Monster Mutt Gets a Makeover & New Driver!
Name: Bryce Kenny
Residence: Kernersville, NC
Birthplace: High Point, NC
Date of Birth: January 1
Eclipsing 302 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds on a quarter mile drag strip in an 8,000 Top Fuel dragster didn't happen overnight for Bryce Kenny. Kenny grew up around drag racing. In fact, his grandfather, John "Doc" Sipple, owned a local dragstrip in Clay City, Kentucky where Kenny spent his summers growing up doing everything from weed eating the fence line to piloting the multiple family-owned race cars. At eight years old, he began driving in the junior dragster class which is one of the youngest eligible racing classes in motor sports. At age 13, Kenny’s family bought a Top Fuel dragster owned, operated, and driven by Doc, and started competing at the national event level in the IHRA series under the popular theme "Under Construction", complete with hard hats and construction signs in the pit area. Throughout the next six years, Kenny was given more responsibility as a mechanic on the Top Fuel dragster, finding his mechanical niche as a clutch specialist. After his grandfather "Doc" retired from driving in 2008, Kenny took over the driving responsibilities. The 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons were spent piloting the Sipple Top Fuel dragster in match races across the country. Kenny will trade in his Top Fuel dragster for the Monster Mutt ® Monster Jam ® truck in 2016.
Q&A with Bryce Kenny
Monster Jam: How did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
Bryce Kenny : Believe it or not, when I was playing Division 1 soccer at Campbell University in 2007, I hosted Morgan Kane (Monster Jam athlete and 2015 More Monster Jam Champion) on his official recruiting visit to the school. We hit it off right away and kept in touch over the years as we both pursued our motor sports careers. After we sold the Top Fuel operation in 2011, Morgan encouraged me to reach out to Feld Motor Sports. I had never even been to a Monster Jam show at that point, much less ever thought about driving one. However, I made the call and got on the team's radar screen. I began learning the sport and quickly became a huge supporter. I didn't receive a call to test, though, until March of 2015, almost four years later. After testing and training on four separate occasions up at Monster Jam University, I realized that I could have a future in this sport. Although my background is in racing on asphalt instead of dirt, Monster Jam trucks are all about the application of power. There is still a lot to learn in the transition to a Monster Jam truck, but I'm excited to have the opportunity to compete in the 2016 Monster Jam series!
Monster Jam: What do you enjoy doing while on the road with Monster Jam?
Bryce Kenny : I'm a foodie! I'm infatuated with finding local restaurants anywhere we go in order to enjoy the local cuisine. In fact, I welcome any and all suggestions from fans when I come to your area for a show!
Monster Jam: What do you do in your free time?
Bryce Kenny : I have a 1970 Mustang Mach 1 that has been in my family for over 30 years! It requires a lot of upkeep, but who wouldn't love being seen in a hot rod around town?
Monster Jam: Do you have any pre-show rituals that you run through?
Bryce Kenny : I always take a knee and get my heart and mind right before getting into the seat. It focuses me on the task at hand. Knowing that I'm never promised tomorrow keeps the most important things in perspective.
Monster Jam: What’s your favorite food?
Bryce Kenny : Cookie dough egg rolls!
Monster Jam: What’s your favorite movie?
Bryce Kenny : It's a tie between Moneyball and Tommy Boy
Monster Jam: What’s your favorite television show?
Bryce Kenny : Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Monster Jam: What’s your favorite color?
Bryce Kenny : Blue