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North vs South 2015

Posted in Events on September 30, 2015
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Photographers: Chris Bowman

Each fall, the Confederates battle the Yanks in a one-day, all-out, leave-nothing-on-the-table thrashfest for bragging rights and a little bit of cash. While both sides wave rebel flags proudly, the weapon of choice is a high-horsepower mud truck. This battle of the North versus the South for mega mud truck supremacy takes place in King Sling’s backyard, the one and only Dennis Anderson’s Muddy Motorsports (DAMM) Park in Poplar Branch, North Carolina, just a few miles from his monster truck shop. The park is carved out of several acres of farmland with plenty of room for parking, camping, and stands to watch the action. With the park surrounded by crops, the competitors found themselves at times barreling through the adjacent cornfield on their way around the track.

Anderson and his family run the park. When they’re not out racing on the monster truck circuit, Adam and Ryan Anderson are helping out. Their 12-year-old little brother Weston knows his way around the place as well. DAMM Park prides itself on being a family-oriented park, with safety a top priority of racers and spectators. Families are encouraged to bring their Power Wheels for a kids race. The playing of the National Anthem leads into the racing action, which is split by axle sizes for 1-ton, 2 1/2-ton, and unlimited. Throughout the day, heat races pitted the top racers against one another in a head-to-head battle that included multiple jumps, a mud pit, and an all-out drag race for big air before crossing the finish line.

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Mud trucks with 900-plus horsepower, big jumps, and pride on the line—what more could you ask for? Oh yeah, there was plenty of carnage to go around. Rollovers, sheared output shafts, blown motors, and broken axles were the norm. Many of the competitors limped their way out at the end of the competition. Also included in the day’s activities were a tough truck competition, a pair of backflips, and a freestyle competition to end the night, giving the crowd of spectators one heck of a show to enjoy.

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The day’s activities didn’t just include racing. Cory Rummell in Going Deep and Jimmy Durr in Reckless Militia completed backflips off the 12-foot ramp. Here you can see Rummell inverted before coming to rest on his tail.
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Adam Pela put on a show all day long in his twin-turbo Duramax-powered Chevy known as Next Level. You may remember this truck from our Mega Truck Build Off. If not, check out the feature at
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Ryan Disharoon launches the Saigon Shaker en route to the finish line at North vs South. Disharoon isn’t afraid to go big and drive it till the wheels fall off (as happened his last time out at DAMM Park). Luckily this time he kept the truck in one piece.
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David Tyson in the Sweat This Samurai goes nose-to-nose off the final jump against Ryan Camp in Something Sick. The action was tense all day long as competitors battled it out.
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