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Old 01-15-2009, 04:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mud racing, Explained.

Copied/pasted from CMA website, Thanks for the link joshturner.

Mud Racing

There it is. An innocent looking mudpit.

How deep is it? Ten inches? Two feet? A truck swallowing four feet? No one knows for sure.

But there it is, right in front of your truck, brought there by the Central Mudracing Association.

Common sense tells you that you shouldn't be doing this, at least get out and poke a stick in the murkey yellow water to see how deep it is.

However, something deep inside you says: "Forget That!! This is a mud race and I'm going to blast through this sucker!"

So, common sense aside, you slip it into low, and rev up the engine. You crawl ever so slowly forward until you get a green light. And then you drop the hammer and let it all hang out. As you hit the water, the front end dips down as you pin the gas pedal to the floor.

Giant waves of brown water blast up into the air, covering your windshield with muck, mire and goop. You turn the wipers on and are rewarded with a swatch of foggy vision.

Your truck bogs -- hesitates -- and almost comes to a stop, but you murderously burn the clutch, throwing a rooster tail 40 feet into the air.

The rear wheels hop and chatter and the drivetrain threatens to snap in half. You keep the revs up and somehow, someway, your truck crawls out the end of the primevil slime that is the essence of a mudpit.

You clamber to dry ground, happy you have not gotten stuck in all that goop, trembling slightly with the elation of having beaten the mud as you hear cheers coming from the smalltown audience watching nearby.

Common sense tells you to just be happy you made it out, but some fiendish internal gland says, "Let's do it again!"

You know better, but you bring your truck around again, point the snout at the mud, rev the engine up until the valves start floating and you give it another pass.

And if you do get stuck, will you have learned your lesson?

Not a chance!

The next mud race beckons with the same idiotic siren's song and the child in you demands you give it another shot. Some call it immaturity. Others call it plain old fun.

We call it Mud Racing and will not try to explain it. We'll just enjoy it!
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Actually, I thought that was a rather shitty description. There should be no question of whether or not you'll get stuck, or how deep the lanes are in an actual mud race. Typically, the mud is comparatively shallow. You have good ol' mud bogs, and then you have actual mud drags. They are two completely seperate animals.
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actually, i thought that was a rather shitty description. There should be no question of whether or not you'll get stuck, or how deep the lanes are in an actual mud race. Typically, the mud is comparatively shallow. You have good ol' mud bogs, and then you have actual mud drags. They are two completely seperate animals.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Drags and Bogs

Around here at the local speedway we have mud drags and mud bogs. The drags are two lanes that start with about a foot of mud and water. After a few trucks go thru they are basicly dry rutted tracks. Fastest truck wins. The bog is completely different. One lane of thick gooey mud that gets deeper the farther you go. Ends up about 6 feet deep at the end. No one has made it thru the first 2 runs and usually by the end of the 3rd round the wall has been pushed back and enough mud thrown out that someone makes it out. First one out wins.
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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we run sand drags for the rails and shit, and hll n hole for the trucks
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Old 01-17-2009, 06:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have only raced at one place, Morristown BC. Its two side by side mud pits 200' long, drag race lights. They start with the sleds, then the fast high horspower trucks, atvs/bikes, then tractor tires, 40" and up modified, 34"-39.5" modified,33" and under modified, Then 35" and up street, 34 and down street.
You get two timed runs on sat and two on sunday. your best 3 count.
There are trophies for each class.
At the end of the racing on sunday they have the powder puff for the ladies.
After all the timed runs are complete you can have grudge match races with anyone that will race you.
Fastest pass is usually about 3 seconds.
My personal fastest was around 9 seconds. my worst 30 seconds!
A lot of the smaller tired vehicles get stuck, if you don't want to get a measured distance you get out and run!

I never saw a 2WD in there. Well, not one that started out as a 2WD anyway
Its a great weekend with onsite free camping fri/sat night and a salmon feast on sat.

All in all a great redneck good time
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Yeah i race all over southern alberta and northern montana. typical classes start with a 4 and 6 cyclinder class with up to 33" tire, then the stock class (mild v8's) with up to 33's and the 4 and 6 cyclinder with up to 35's, then the sportsman class with 34-35's with mild motor (ie no aftermarket heads, stock motor for the truck, actually very competitive class), then it the modified class with unlimited motor (no nitrous or blowers, and must use gasoline) and suspension, dot uncut tires only, then its the super modified, 38.5's and bigger tires, same rules as the modified in term or motor/suspension/tire, then its the rails, classes will vary pending on what shows up, usually one for all motor and cut dot tires, then usually a run what ya brung.

We typically do bogs, they start out with about a foot of mud at the start then down to about 4'.
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Around here at the local speedway we have mud drags and mud bogs. The drags are two lanes that start with about a foot of mud and water. After a few trucks go thru they are basicly dry rutted tracks. Fastest truck wins. The bog is completely different. One lane of thick gooey mud that gets deeper the farther you go. Ends up about 6 feet deep at the end. No one has made it thru the first 2 runs and usually by the end of the 3rd round the wall has been pushed back and enough mud thrown out that someone makes it out. First one out wins.

What speedway? Myself and my brother both have big boggers and are always looking for bogs that are closer to home
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Coos Bay speedway. They usually have 5 or 6 drags and bogs from approximately April thru October. Just checked their website and they only show drags and no bogs for this year so not sure whats up for this year.

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What speedway? Myself and my brother both have big boggers and are always looking for bogs that are closer to home
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That was deep
Meh, its inaccuracies suggest it was written by a spectator, not an actual racer :shrug:
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