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Bubba’s Mud Ranch - Family Friendly Racing

Posted in Events on February 20, 2014
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Photographers: Doug Hale

Bubba’s Mud Ranch, or “The Bubba” as the locals call it, is located just east of Lakeland in Auburndale, Florida. This mega truck playground is home to some of the most exciting side-by-side and obstacle race tracks in all of South Florida. At least one Saturday night each month, hundreds of spectators and race rigs show up to this small quiet town to light up the night with mud-covered headlights and glowing red brake rotors! The earth-shattering, alcohol-fueled, 1,000-plus horsepower engines let the spectators know the competition will be quick. The Bubba is the place to be if you want to see some high-horsepower all-American mega truck racing surrounded by a bunch of great folks having a great time on a cool Saturday night.

Before the races began, Chad Robbins from Bubba’s Mud Ranch had all the racers line up and sign autographs for the young fans of the sport. This kind of fan outreach is the leading factor in Chad’s success and why he has a reputation as the best promoter in the business.

This Thrasher Racing rig is owned and operated by one of the youngest competitors we have ever watched race. But his size will never get in the way of his competitive spirit.

Just after we made our introductions and set up the camera equipment, the first 1-ton Ford came screaming down the track at full throttle. The driver eased off the skinny pedal just before the first turn. No one thought he was going to make it, but he cleared the turn and planted the peddle in the floorboard just to do it again at the next corner. This is intense, hardcore mud racing at a facility designed to give spectators the best possible viewing experience.

After 15 or so 1-ton rigs had their chance at running the course through the muck and ruts, the announcer told the Mega Truck class to get ready and staged. Instantly the entire crowd was on their feet with their eyes locked on the starting line. This is when the party gets started and the mud starts flying. Finally after a few minutes the motors fire up and the kids cover their ears. It was time for the big dogs to show the crowd what they have been working on over the last few weeks in preparation for the event.

This is a hardcore lifestyle to these racers. Fabrication and upgraded parts are daily chores and plans for a mega truck owner. Each run is a test for the last modification and fine tuning they made on their truck. Mega trucks are never truly complete, and thanks to great places like Bubba’s Muds Ranch, there’s always a place to test and run your truck, not mouths!

Bad Medicine had a rough start this night, but he rolled his rig back over, added a little more oil to the motor to replace what had drained out, and was back at the starting line ready to run again.

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