I grew up on a small family farm outside Dixon, IL. Around 5 years old, from watching my father compete at our local 4-H fair with this farm stock tractor puller, I became fascinated with motorsports, especially monster trucks and tractor pulling. During high school I was very competitive in athletic sports and developed a hard work ethic and competitive spirit.
After the passing of my father in 2007, I took over our 1200 acre family grain farming operation. Along the way I kept up with the hobby of motorsports, building demolition derby cars, competing in antique tractor pulling, and building mud and trail trucks.
After the passing of my late wife in 2014, I decided I wanted to pursue my lifelong dream of competitive motorsports, however I felt that God was calling me to give glory to Him in all that I do.
So Against the Grain as a mega truck was born. Along the way I met some professionals in the monster truck industry who thought I had what I took to be in the industry. So after a few phone calls and much consideration, we purchased the monster truck formerly known as “Big Dawg” from Doug and Brenda Noelke in 2017.
We continue to operate our family farm and are always striving to expand our farming and monster truck operations into realms we never thought were possible.