|Mud Truck Drag Race takes center stage at Redneck Rally|
|Saturday, 07 July 2012 15:10|
The roar of souped-up engines... and the smell of hot exhaust fills the air at "Mud Hill" in Edgemont.With trucks bearing names like "Snot Rocket," "The Mucus Mafia," and the "Godsnotter" it's evident that cleanliness is not a key ingredient for a good time at the Redneck Rally Mud Truck Drag race.
Mud Truck racer Matthew Cearns says, "It's just a bunch of rednecks out to have fun. This is what I was born and raised on: four-wheelers and everything else, so this is what we do."
Cearns says he's been playing with off-road toys as long as he can remember.Saturday, he's competing with a homebuilt rig he's re-built from the ground up.
Cearns says, "This is an all homemade chassis. It's been built for about 25 years. A guy in Colorado built it and I bought it here a couple years ago and we put the motor and the transmission and everything back into it and got it running again."
He's competing alongside 51 other drivers that fill 5 different classes. Those classes range from daily driver pickups to trucks with six-figure values specifically built to be at home in the mud pits.
Redneck Rally Coordinator Kevin Eberle says, "And then the pro-stocks, which are highly modified. They're making 1000 to 1500 horsepower, and then the pro-modified, which are the big money trucks. You're talking $100,000 trucks that go through a 175 foot mud pit in two and a half seconds."
To put that in perspective Eberle says the pro-modified class trucks can cross the finish line before the dirt they kick up can fall back to the ground. It's no wonder this event can draw crowds in excess of one thousand people.
Eberle says, "We've had trucks come from as far away as Georgia, and they just come out here and have a good time. It's grown every year. We add new events. This year, we added mud volleyball and a bounty hole: a big mud hole for the boggers to go through, but our big pull is the Mud Drags."
And the down and dirty fun isn't just limited to Saturday.Edgemont's Mud Hill will once again take center stage at the Redneck Rally tomorrow for several other high-powered off-road events.