Mud bogging (also known as mud racing, mud running, mud drags, or mudding) is a form of off-road motorsport popular in Canada and the United States in which the goal is to drive a vehicle through a pit of mud of a set length. Winners are determined by the distance traveled through the pit. However, if several vehicles are able to travel the entire length, the time taken to traverse the pit will determine the winner. Typically, vehicles competing in mud bogs are four-wheel drives. The motor sport is overseen by sanctioning bodies like the American Mud Racing Association, and the National Mud Racing Organization (NMRO), that oversee each class, develop and maintain the relationship with track owners to provide a racer and fan-friendly facility, ensure the sponsors get a good return, and help govern the sport. It is very popular in Alberta, Canada (where the sport originated) and the Southern United States.
In March 2007, Mud Truck Television was created with the specific purpose of providing media coverage for the sport. The show airs nationwide on a weekly basis on the Untamed Sports TV Network and several cable networks across the Mid-West. The show is hosted by Brian and Lisa Austin and is filmed and produced in Arkansas. Mud Truck TV features races and events across the United States. The points classes were as follows Pro-Stock DOT Tires, Modified Cut Tires, and Open Paddle Tires. Mike Lane (Attitude) of Botkins, Ohio was the Open Class National Champion and also set the new MRA National and World Record (MRA, NMRO, & PROBADD) for 200' with a time of 2.110 seconds at the Kansas Badlands on Saturday August 22, 2009. Randy Roberts (Unpredictable) of Richton, Mississippi was the Modified Class National Champion and he set the new MRA National and World Record (MRA, NMRO) for 200' with a time of 2.484 seconds at the Kansas Badlands on Saturday August 22, 2009. Chad Wren (Dirty Sanchez) of Christmas, Florida was the Pro Stock Class National Champion. The MRA maintains national records for all of its classes from street stock to open in both mud bog and fast track races.
The Mississippi Off Road Race Park, a 30 acre race complex located 12 miles north of Natchez, is the home of "outlaw" mud racing and mud drags. Sanctioned by the Southwest Mississippi Mud Racing Association, the park draws crowds from all over Mississippi and Louisiana. Many Mississippians take mudability into account when purchasing an automobile; Japanese car manufacturers have cited this as the main reason for poor sales within the state.
Mud Bogging Events
Mud bogging has gone from back yard mud holes to events that host upwards of 40,000 people in a weekend. It is no longer just a participant sport. It has grown into a multi-million dollar spectator sport complete with high paying sponsors. There are many annual, monthly and weekly events such as Vermonster 4x4, South Florida Slingin', Triple Canopy Ranch and Truck Night at Yankee Lake.Big Bucks and Muddin trucks
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