One of the biggest things we all love to do in the mud world is cross over onto the pavement from time to time. It’s just a staple of the sport. Everybody likes talkin’ junk about who’s got the better truck, and one of the easiest things to do is grab a strap, hook ’em back to back, and see who can drag who. People have been doing it for years. I don’t know who decided to make a competition out of it, but I’ve seen photos of trucks hooking up and tugging from 30 years ago. Heck, I’ve seen pictures of big-name monster trucks that run the Monster Jam events hooked back to back before anyone even knew what a monster truck was. Back when those dudes all used to run full-body trucks with huge arched leaf springs, massive spring hangers, and 10 shocks on each corner—yeah, that’s a throwback for sure.
While most people think it’s nothing but a “who has the bigger cojones” contest, there really is a lot of skill and specific truck setup involved in tugging at different levels of competition. One of the largest factors in grudge pullin’ is traction—who has the most traction on the pavement.
The Dirty Mo at Mooresville Dragway in North Carolina has a season finale every year for all the local N.C. tug events. My 4x4cross hosts a multipart event, Diesel Drags, Anchored Burnout competitions, and of course a weighted tug on the dragstrip. I got the idea from my buds over at Trucks Gone Wild. I think everyone remembers watching all sorts of trucks from diesels to mega trucks hooking back to back right on the dragstrip. Well, to continue it we had to try it up here in N.C., and we’ve had great success. This is the fourth year in a row.
We pull three classes: a lightweight 6,500-pound DOT light truck tire ¾-ton and under class, a heavyweight DOT light truck tire class with weight caps varying from 9,000 to 10,500 pounds, and an open-tire “run what ya brung” class for racing tires, drag slicks, or whatever! A class with a weight cap varying around 9,000 to 11,000 pounds that we see folks from the Bottomland4x4 and Galloway’s 4WD Center crews attempting on a regular basis. We also run an open weight class occasionally and have had everything from 1-ton and 2½-ton mega trucks weighted with over 20,000 pounds tuggin’. There are even crazy rigs like the multi 2½-ton axle contraption on slicks called the Spider Pig, Semi Trucks, Deuce and a Halfs, and one time even a house-moving truck with a concrete counterweight on the back weighing 30,000 pounds.
If you want to see insane builds, stuff breaking and ripping into pieces, trannies exploding into flames, diesel smoke rollin’, and tires being melted off wheels, then the Dirty Mo’s Mooresville Dragway Season Finale is where you want to be at the end of 2014.