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Mud Pit - Top Truck Challenge 2006

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2006 on December 1, 2006
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The Mud Pit

What it is: Our legendary 143-foot pit of evil California mud. Specially formulated by our track builders to be the perfect consistency and resistance.

How it works: Travel as far through the mud as possible in the fastest elapsed time. There is no time limit because the clock stops when a competitor stops forward movement. This is an event where you really don't want to draw the first run. This year, we even surprised ourselves by creating what could be the perfect Mud Pit.

Finish Line Quotes
"I was down into Third Gear and she was spittin' and sputterin', gettin' wet and I didn't think I was going to come out of it, so I let the wave of water go down and then I pulled back out of it."--Brian Buck
"It's a lot more fun when you pull out of the end than when you get pulled backwards."--Brad Burton
"When I got down in there it pushed on over to the right, and that pretty much ended it."--Brad Pellett

Mud Pit Musings

Boggio's S-10: The first competitor. Actually, he drew the last run, but in an act of good sportsmanship he swapped with a still-fixing Cory Hanson, who had drawn the first run. Boggio's 6.0L V-8 gave him a good launch off the line, but he forgot to turn the Air Lockers on, and with no previous runs, the 44-inch Swamper/Bogger combo was overcome.

Buck's Ranger: Great launch off the line, but the propane-fired 460ci engine got wet and started misfiring. Even so, the big 46-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires helped carry him to an impressive Fourth Place finish.

Burton's TJ: Great launch off the line, and the big 53-inch Michelins easily floated over the mud. Had a good head of steam over the finish line too. Collins' F-250: Second competitor. Even with virtually no ruts, the 600hp rig spun the 44-inch cut Boggers (aired down to 4 psi in the front and 3 psi in the rear) substantially enough to earn an impressive Third Place finish overall.

Dibble's ASM buggy: First competitor to complete the course. His plan was to hug the left side of the pit, and it worked. Not an overly fast run, but consistent speed throughout.

Gilpin's K3500: The carbureted V-8 stalled out 50 feet into the pit, which meant his forward progress ceased and so did his run.

Grothe's Bronco: A member of the team actually made it to Hollister and back between events to get a new cooling fan. Hit the mud hard, earned a respectable run, immediately shut off the engine and waited for recovery.

Hanson's Toyota: Did not run due to timing chain failure.

Pellett's Ram: Didn't really get a high-speed start compared to the other competitors, and it cost him. Further, the mud pushed him to the right into uncharted territory, which further sapped speed.

Sheeley's TJ: It helped that Sheeley drew a high number. With seven rigs running before her, the comparatively small 38s had ruts to follow. She hit the mud with a full head of steam and traveled to within 25 feet of the end of the course.

RESULTS (time or distance if DNF)

1 Burton's TJ 16 sec.
2 Dibble's ASM buggy 24 sec.
3 Collins' F-250 133 ft. 0 in.
4 Buck's Ranger 132 ft. 2 in.
5 Sheeley 's TJ 127 ft. 1 in.
6 Grothe's Bronco 124 ft. 11 in.
7 Boggio's S-10 122 ft. 6 in.
8 Pellett's Ram 69 ft. 1 in.
9 Gilpin's K2500 50 ft. 0 in.
10 Hanson's Toyota DNS

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