Unique Year in Trucks for Murphy

Cam Murphy

Camden Murphy has enjoyed a season of competing in motorsports in two very distinct kinds of trucks.

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Camden Murphy has enjoyed a season of competing in motorsports in two very distinct kinds of trucks.

Murphy is winding down his first year of driving a NASCAR Camping World Truck in multiple races on a part-time basis along with a busy rookie season in Monster Jam. The journey has not only taken the 21-year-old across North America but around the world.

Murphy always knew he wanted to be a racecar driver. With a lot of hard work and a determination, he's found himself competing in NASCAR after making a name for himself racing in the Midwest. And although he's currently racing for underfunded teams, Murphy is all smiles because he's doing what he loves.

"I don’t come from the big family funding area and I just kind of worked my way through the sport, just trying to pay my dues," Murphy said. "I work in the shop with DJ Copp and go to the racetrack as much as I can and work on everything. I work on our own stuff here at the race track and in the shop. We are getting there slowly but surely. I’m really fortunate to be in the position I’m in."

Murphy became interested in racing by watching it when he was growing up and became a fan of Jeff Gordon. When Murphy determined that he was not going to follow in his father's footsteps, a trip to a car show at the age of nine started it all.

"My dad does siding for a living and I grew up on the job sites with him," Murphy said. "I never enjoyed it and I never had that passion for it, but I loved watching racing on TV. My dad and I one day went to a local car show and found these Mini Cup cars and it was history from there. I was fortunate to have a lot of success in everything I have been in. In 2012, I met Bobby Dotter and he helped me out along the way to help build relationships and connections I needed."

With the same determination that led him to NASCAR, Murphy was named the new driver of the "Pirate's Curse" Monster Truck for 2017.

"I had always wanted to do it," Murphy said. "I never stopped and never let anybody tell me no. I found myself in the right place at the right time and met the right people. I went an auditioned and I didn’t think I had the job for the longest time and when the public found out live on Facebook that’s when I found out. I’m so fortunate to have that opportunity to drive a Monster Jam truck all over the world. The fans are insane at every different city and country we travel to."

In his inaugural season behind the wheel of a Monster Truck, Murphy finished as the runner-up on the Monster Jam Triple Threat Central Presented by AMSOIL tour and took home Monster Jam Rookie of the Year honors up against a tough class.

"Everyone that was a rookie was so good," Murphy said. "I just never thought it would be me. I’m so lucky to be able to call myself the Monster Jam Rookie of the year. I remember watching Scott Douglass, Tom Meentz and Dennis Anderson. It was so humbling and I never expected it to happen."

Murphy adapted quickly from racing the 3,400-pound, 700-horsepower NASCAR truck on ovals and road courses to driving the more powerful Monster Truck in arenas and stadiums.

"You are diving a 10,000 pound, 1,500 horsepower elephant," Murphy said. “We have our front steering and our rear steering just on a toggle. You can’t move around inside there so you can’t look at your blind spots so you have to have a good sense and idea where you’re at. Especially in the arenas for the Monster Jam Triple Threat stuff it’s definitely tough because we are in such a tight little arena. Taming that 1,500 horsepower beats is definitely a handful in its self."

On the NASCAR side, Murphy is coming off his best career finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 17th, driving the No. 83 Chevrolet for Copp. Mechanical issues haven taken him out early in a majority of his 13 starts. Murphy will not be racing in Friday's Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway because he will be in Helsinki, Finland for a Monster Jam show.

In addition to competing on the track, Murphy is a road-course driver coach at tracks like Daytona International Speedway, Road Atlanta and Sebring International Raceway. His assistance at the track also extends off the track to families in need. One thing that is close to Murphy's heart is his ambassador role for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, which is in the area of his hometown of Itasca, Ill.

"It’s so amazing what the charity does for families in need and they are all about keeping families close and they help families in a major time in need when their children are ill or sick at the hospital," Murphy said. "It’s incredible to see what they do and that really touched me and I really wanted to continue to help as much as I could."

As for what's in store in the future for Murphy, the sky's the limit. But as of now, he's currently living out his childhood dream.

"The ultimate goal is just to be in motorsports in general," Murphy said. "I have dedicated my life to NASCAR, but if I can be in some form of motorsports and make a living and do it for the rest of my life that the ultimate goal. I would love to be in Cup or something like that but Monster Jam is great to. I love driving a Monster Jam truck. It’s so much fun. But if I can just find to do it all at one time that would be awesome."

 

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