Ernie Carrillo uses a radio control to drive his nitromethane-powered, 1/10 scale monster truck in a dirt lot at Mendenhall Loop and Conifer Lane on Sunday. Carrillo said he was breaking in the engine after a rebuild. He picked up the hobby while serving in Kuwait and Iraq with the National Guard. Unlike Juneau, Carrillo said the desert climate in those countries offered lots of sand for racing during off-duty hours.
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