Top Truck Challenge 101: Mud PitPosted in Top Truck Challenge: 2014 on May 24, 2014 0) (
We take great pride in our Top Truck Challenge Mud Pit course. To create it, we churn the soil to perfection and then we drown it in water. That’s the simple explanation, but the reality is much more complex. Our Mud Pit is never the same twice. Some years we have a very wet consistency and some years we keep it a tad drier. We toy around with the depth, too. We don’t want the competitors to know if it’s going to be a full-on bog or a slimy race. What they do know is that the mud dries to the consistency of cement. Fortunately, it’s the third and last event of the first day and they will be able to wash the mud off quickly.
Our Mud Pit is typically around 135 feet in length. The clock starts when the competitor launches off the start line and it stops when they cross the finish line. If the mud wins, a measurement is taken and placing is calculated according to how far they traveled.
This event tests each rigs tires, cooling system, and ground clearance, among other things. Often, competitors arrive at the Mud Pit competition with some sort of damage incurred during the first two events of the day. Competitors realize that even if their rig is badly in need of repair, they need to run the mud to help gather points that will help their overall score.
What you’re looking at here is Jason Gray throwing mud in his ’75 GMC pickup at Top Truck Champions' Challenge 2012.