North Carolina Mud Racing

Story & Photos by Debbie Economos
Mud racing is a rapidly growing off-road motorsport featuring trucks and Jeeps competing at breakneck speeds.

North Carolina Mud Racing

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Mud racing is a rapidly growing off-road motorsport featuring trucks and Jeeps competing at breakneck speeds. And Lee County Mud Motorsports Complex (LCMMC) has a specific goal — spread the word about Hill and Hole Mud Racing around the world. Track owners Darryl and Deborah Jones opened LCMMC in 2006. To the best of their knowledge they have the highest guaranteed monthly cash payout of $10,000 per race.


Three race teams have broken world records at their motorsports complex. What makes their fast track possible is the quality of the local clay terrain. In fact, the region is known as “Brick Capital of the USA” because of the unusual clay. Darryl says they mix a proper clay to sand ratio which creates exception- al traction; this gives them the edge to create their high-speed race tracks. Races are held the first Saturday of every month between noon and 10 p.m. Rigs are built to track rules and regulations. The track is designed to run two classes simultaneously and consists of two side-by-side Mud and Hole pits. The 200 foot track is for the smaller stock type trucks and the 250 foot track (known as the fast pit) is for the larger modified mud trucks. Each pit consists of two, 5-foot mud hills and three mud holes with one of the holes being four feet deep. Traverse the track in the shortest amount of time possible to acquire the most accumulated points.


The street legal or daily drivers are the first racers to speed into the smaller pit that consists of a descent into a mud hole that starts at 12 inches. Followed by a steep five-foot climb up the first mud hill only then right back into a second 24 inch mud hole. This is where momentum becomes real important because there’s a second five-foot mud hill to climb before descending into the third 36 inch mud hole. Drivers need to hammer it with everything they’ve got because exiting this ultra tough third and final mud hole is when clawing for trac- tion begins.


The drivers see nothing but sky, their engines roaring, spectators getting flicked with mud, and the ensuing quiet is followed by one of two sounds. The crazed shouts of enthusiastic fans if a truck powered right on through — or the sound of a tractor motor pulling the stuck driver back- wards...to the starting point. These are not junk trucks; they are personalized with names imprinted on windshields, hoods, and sides of the vehicles. Paint designers use creative colors, artwork, and sponsor’s names to adorn these trucks. Each truck has a story, and proud own- ers will tell life histories of their vehicles. By late afternoon, the bigger modi- fied trucks start running and the racing fuel casts a different aroma, which one fan described as “the sweet smell of kool-aid.” Restless fans begin to settle down on the edge of their seats as these are the trucks many have been waiting for. There is lots of anticipation and enthusiastic talk of the final event, the Unlimited Class.


The consistent comment is, “they’re so fast they skim over the water.” The Unlimited Class is very cool, and anything goes with the buildup of these high dollar custom trucks which can run from $50-$100K. Because the uniquely different Unlimited Class is allowed to use Nitrous, Jet or Helicopter engines, this class is required to have onboard sin- gle pull type fire suppression systems. Fire is the worst thing to worry about in a tight spot like this because they cover 250 feet within four to ten seconds; these powerful nitrous or alcohol-fueled engines hit the finish line at 85-95 mph.


This racetrack is a great place to bring the family. To encourage partici- pation there are two special events geared towards children, the power wheels and go-karts. Young competi- tors, ages 3-7, run their Power Wheels and are fiercely competitive as they power on to the finish line. The go-karts competition is a safe venue for the older, more adventurous mud racing youths. All participants in these classes win a prize and trophy. LCMMC is a first rate facility that works hard at setting a high standard for the mud racing community.






They consider themselves the best in the country and intend to remain number one. They are located in Sanford, N.C. at the crossroads of US-421 S and US- 1N.

You can also locate them on the web at www.ncmudracing.com.

 

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