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Mud bogging: Get down and dirty

By by angeli wright/
Sept. 21, 2011 at 4:21 a.m.

Danny Jessup drives his truck, "Butt Naked Racing," through the mud bog as his passenger Alfred Garcia holds a beverage out the window Aug. 27 at Offroad Adventures. "It's a great family atmosphere, I wish more people would get into it," Jessup said about the races. ANGELI WRIGHT/AWRIGHT@VICAD.COM

An absence of rain and the unrelenting Texas heat has turned the ground in the Crossroads area dry and cracked, begging for moisture. But, with a short drive down U.S. Highway 59 N., visitors will find a 250-foot stretch of mud worthy of a prize-winning hog and several eager racers ready to face "the thick and nasty."

Mud bogging, an off-road sport where participants drive modified trucks through a pit of mud, found a home in Telferner about a year ago, when Offroad Adventures opened at a new location for racers to face the clock, each other and a whole lot of mud.

An average of about 15 racers take each other on in three rounds down the bog followed by a final fourth round for the top five qualifiers in both the stock and class I divisions.

Although the racers win money and trophies by having the fastest time through the bog, most seem more concerned with driving fast and getting dirty.

"We don't care, we just like to play," Donell Heibel, 45, the only female driver regularly competing, said about winning.

Heibel started competing after she was challenged to drive her husband, Arlen's, truck, "Froggy's Child" through the bog and liked it enough to get her own stock truck, "Froggy's Bride," to compete every other week.

"They always say women are wild drivers so, you know, I'm perfect . A girl had to come show them how it was done," she teased.

Although the drivers have to be at least 16 to drive through the bog, flinging mud with your tires is not the only way to get dirty at Offroad Adventures. Intermission entertainment at the track is a footrace down the bog, usually for the kids, most of who end up covered head to toe in the black goop.

"The families coming out and having fun and congregating together, that makes it all worthwhile for us," co-owner of Offroad Adventures Tony McGarrah, said about race days.

This is the second season at its current location. McGarrah hopes to keep the season going until December, weather permitting.



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