Mud racing has gained popularity in the United States and Canada. Also known as mud, mud swamp and mud drag, this activity has become an art form that you enjoy participating in their activities. For those who are avid on the race track, it’s about more than getting your truck out after a good storm. For them, this is a competition and, like any competition, their goal is to be the best. What goes into racing and what determines who and what is better? This article takes a look at the sport to determine what makes it so entertaining for those who love it.
The objective of mud racing is to drive a vehicle through a mud pit of a specified length. Winners are then determined by the distance traveled through the hole. The sport also has governing bodies that oversee that rules and regulations are carried out accordingly. The American Mud Racing Association and the National Mud Racing Organization (NMRO) are two of the governing bodies that preside over the sport.
Vehicles participating in races may vary, but all must have four-wheel drive. From there the different classifications are broken down by elements such as tires. When the sport began, many trucks or SUVs were using it. These cars would be fitted with larger tires. The next phase used tractor tires. The different types of mud are: Hill and Hole, Flat or Progressive Track and Open Swamp. Florida is the only place for Open Bogs. These tracks are very natural and have very little organization to care for them.
Currently, the American National Mud Racing Organization recognizes six different classes. These classes are: Stock, Modified Stock, Pro Stock, Modified Pro, Unlimited / Cut Tires, and Unlimited / Paddle Tires. Each class indicates what changes can be made to a car and is self-explanatory based on the title. Stock is non-swappable as the unlimited class lets just about anything fly, even nitrous oxide.
If mud racing is something you are interested in but you are not close to a track to catch a race in person, fear not. There was a station created in 2007 completely dedicated to sports. Mud Truck Television provides viewers with as much media coverage as possible on mud racing. The show also highlights races from across the country. There is even a hall of fame. There are currently members like Tom Marsh, Chad Miller, Rick Running, and Ennis Thomas. All of them have participated in the sport for years and decades.
Mud Bogging is a sport that allows the participation of both men and women and continues to grow in popularity in the United States and Canada. If you are interested in the sport, there are races across the country that you can catch. However, this is a sport that is best left to the professionals. It can be extremely dangerous and is more than just something you do on a boring Friday night.