Illinois Mud Racing
South Fork was a new place for us this year and a cool addition to the Throttle King Series Qualifying Events. It had been a couple years since we had been to Illinois for an event, and it was good to be back. RJ Cuttill and his UpAllNite crew not only took great care of us but put on a legit event in conjunction with the park owners. They had everything from side-by-side drags and Hill N Hole to huge dirt-bike and ATV racing track. There was also a ton of mud and trails for trucks and ATVs to play in. A brand-new grudge-pullin' cement pad was poured just for this event. —Ricky B. Wilson
The South Fork Dirt Riders park is in Taylorville, Illinois. It's a great location, not even a 30-minute drive from Springfield, Illinois. The park started as an ATV/dirt bike motocross type of facility with plenty of land to ride on and an awesome motocross track. In the past the park has hosted ESPN's Pro Motocross Races and held plenty of open ride events, and even had Colt Ford in concert. The facility is very nice and offers camping, bunkhouses, showers, a mini outpost/concession area, and a bar and dance hall.
The owners wanted to expand their truck events, so they got a hold of RJ Cuttill, a local mega truck enthusiast and main man at UpAllNite Motorsports. RJ turned around and gave Ricky B a shout, and they got to work on planning a big event at the park. RJ wanted to host a Yukon Gear & Axle Throttle King Qualifying Event with 4x4cross, and the next thing we knew it was on! Between RJ and Ricky B they put their heads together to line up one sick event.
The park was open for free riding and trail riding all weekend. Friday night they broke in the brand-new concrete pulling pad with everything from mega trucks, diesels, and gas trucks to side-by-sides all lining up to smoke their tires yank each other around. The mega trucks that hooked up also got points towards the Yukon Throttle King Qualifying spot; afterwards everyone went into the bar to party.
Saturday the crowd filled up the park. In addition to all of the open and trail riding and mudding, participants had plenty of racing to watch, with both the side-by-side mud drags and the Hill N Hole racing going on. The Hill N Hole was the other part of the Yukon Throttle King Qualifying event. RJ's Big Slick and Scott Lewis's Huge Tracker took the top spots in the Mega Truck class. In the Race Truck class Patrick Durbin in his superclean-looking Ridin' Dirty as well as the Bodacious truck qualified. Once the mud racing was over that afternoon, everyone went back to tug o' war and then headed out to party in the bar later that night with some mechanical bull action going off.
South Fork Dirt Riders and UpAllNite Motorsports definitely put on a good show worth checking out next time you get a chance.