Dirt, Water, Then Stir
No matter what the modification state of your off-road rig you can always find a way to play in the slippery stuff. That could be exploring back roads after a good rainstorm or diving deep into a mucky bog of the gooey stuff. There’s no two ways about it. We might not like the cleanup that follows, but most of us love to hit the mud from time to time.
We traveled to the Great Texas Mud Race in east Texas to check out what is probably the biggest mud race in the South. This was the 8th annual running of this big event, which occurs each August in Nacogdoches, the oldest town in the Lone Star State.
What we found was a large contingent of mud enthusiasts ready to pit their trucks against each other, racing in about 20 different vehicle classes. There were the relatively tame trail trucks and tractor-tired beasts, and on up to the thunderous Pro Stock class that ripped up the fast track lanes in just a bit over two seconds time. You know when there’s names like Psycho, Trouble Maker, Wild Thang, and Junkyard Dawg, there should be something good going on.
Throughout two nights of racing, the track crew swapped between running timed sprints down the 180 foot mud bog and running side-by-side drags down the 160 foot fast track. With all the classes that were run, it was possible for a good number of trucks to swap tires and run multiple classes, with some running both tracks.
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Huge flumes of moist dirt flew off the fast track as the sweet fumes of race gas and post-burn nitrous exhaust hung in the evening air. Over in the deep mud, open-header V-8s skimmed across the top of a soupy bog mixture, but as the classes advanced and more trucks began to dip deeper into the mud, it was stirred to a pudding consistency. The slop flew as the drivers pushed their hardest to maintain momentum to the far side of the pit.
All in all, the event was a big hit. A lot of racers and spectators got to see some exciting racing, and it looks like the Texas mud racing will continue with bigger and better events. For info on future races, point your browser to teammotorjam.com