While most Americans are huddled around their fireplace trying to stay warm, the mega truck maniacs in South Florida are gearing up for another hot night of bogging under the lights. It’s the beginning of January and the air is a crisp 70 degrees with a slight breeze. The spectators at the Side-by-Side Mud Bog at the Palm Beach International Raceway are in short sleeves, the Southern girls in even less, and all are out in full force. It seems like every time we turn around there’s another smokin’-hot blonde in cowboy boots begging for a ride in a mud truck. It’s crazy how that works!
The smell of BBQ ribs and elephant ears is hard to ignore, so we made a quick pit stop for some amazing grilled grub on a stick during the drivers meeting. With our stomachs full and a drink in our hands, it was time to watch some of the baddest rigs in South Florida go head-to-head in an all-out drag race through 300 feet of the nastiest mud we have ever seen at this track.
Most of the usual mega truck racers showed up to this event, but when the 3-second mud truck Sure Thing pulled up to starting line we all knew the level of competition had just been bumped up a notch. It’s thrilling to watch this ridiculously fast Chevy scream down the track and sling mud all over the crowd. The crowd continued to watch one truck after another haul ass down the track, and the hardcore fans loved every minute of it. We are always intrigued how mud effects folks. Grown man act like little kids at Sea World after Shamu just dumped a few gallons of water on them. The mud life is alive and well in Palm Beach, Florida, as the Palm Beach International Raceway that’s for sure.
MTW Promotions joined in partnership with Palm Beach International Raceway (formally Morosso Motorsports Park) to design this track. Our buddy Ed Wojtusik from MTW Promotions and Big Ed’s Butcher Shop gave us the royal treatment at this event. Our photographers Doug Hale and Matt Peacock were able to get deep into the pits to get some really great photography. We saw all kinds of rigs blasting through the pits, including 5-ton bog trucks, 1-ton alcohol-fueled race trucks, and even a golf cart that couldn’t be beat.
The competitors are broken up into classes based on vehicle modifications, and then they are randomly paired together to race heads-up. This form of racing is much more exciting than single-truck timed passes, and we hope other parks will take note. After each racer survived two or three passes and the winners of each class had competed against one another, then a champion was crowned for each division.
Naturally there were a few trucks that broke throughout the night. Our buddy Cody Broce nearly drove his Nissan over the divider and into the other lane! But that’s what makes these events memorable. It’s not that we go to the races to see trucks break and crash, but it does make it more exciting!
The PBIR Mud Bog is a fun, inexpensive family event designed for all ages and backgrounds. The next event at the Palm Beach International Raceway will be right around the corner so if you are in town, bring your truck and family and watch the races.
Special Thanks To:
Big Ed’s Butchers Shop
Palm Beach International Raceway