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2002 Top Truck Challenge Mud Pit

Jeep Mud Pit
Craig Perrone | Writer
Posted November 1, 2002
Photographers: Ken Brubaker, Craig Perronne

The Mud Pit

Bob Bryce and his Blazer made a mockery of our mud pit and literally blew right out the other side of it.

The Mud Pit
This year we decided to mix the mud pit up a bit. Instead of loading it up with lots of water like we usually do, we decided to go heavy on the mud. We found some heavy clay mud that would stick to everything. All of this was in an effort to stop our capable crop of vehicles in their tracks. As we soon learned, however, our efforts didn't do much to stop the competitors.

Usually scoring the mud pit is an easy process. The competitor who gets the farthest before getting bogged down is the winner. Occasionally a rig will make a full run, and is the winner. This year, much to our amazement, six of our competitors made full passes through the mud pit. So we decided to have a run-off and ran those who made full first passes backwards through the slop for a second time. Whoever set the fastest time during the second run was deemed the winner.

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Having the smallest tires of the bunch didn't help Toby and his Flattie in the slop. He quickly became mired in the goo and didn't get far.

Mud Pit Notes
Toby's Flattie: Went about halfway, but then sunk. Not enough tire for the thick mud.

Jerry's Jeep: Lots of power and tire and not a lot of weight were a good combo.

Corey's Chevy: Was heading through the mud with a good amount of momentum when the engine died. Got a little farther when competitors decided to give him a second chance.

Jesse's 'Yota: Winged it through the mud on both passes.

Abba's Scout: Made it a little over halfway before running out of steam and sinking into the mud.

John's Bronco: Made a full pass the first time, but on the second attempt found a big hole.

Scott's Raptor: Surprisingly quick in the mud for a rock buggy.

Bob's Blazer: Blew right through the pit on both attempts.

With 44-inch Boggers and plenty of power under the hood, Jerry and his Jeep were right at home in the mud pit. Using lots of throttle, he hugged the outside wall of the pit and made a full pass. A quick time on the second run resulted in a Third-place finish.

Results
1st Run/2nd Run (feet/seconds if full run)
1. Jesse's 'Yota full run/14.89 seconds
2. Scott's Raptor full run/18.05 seconds
3. Jerry's Jeep full run/20.24 seconds
4. Bob's Blazer full run/21.78 seconds
5. John's Bronco full run/79.30 feet
6. Barry's Frog full run/82.10 feet
7. Abba's Scout 63.10 feet
8. Corey's Chevy 55.{{{90}}} feet
9. Toby's Flattie 51.60 feet
10. Tim's Toy 13.00 feet

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