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Oct 15, 2019








The MudBog Mudslingers Series at Monadnock Speedway. Courtesy photo.

MudBog Mudslingers Series

Where: Monadnock Speedway, 840 Keene Road, Winchester 
When: Sundays, Aug. 14, Sept. 11 and Oct. 16, registration from 9 to 11 a.m., races begin at noon 
Cost: For competitors, there’s a $10 pit fee and a $20 entry fee per division. For spectators, admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 13 through 18, and free for kids age 12 and under. 
More mud racing venues/events
Mountain Mud Run Terrain Park (172  Lake Tarleton Road, Route 25C, Warren, 
Backwoods 4x4 (470 Route 25, Rumney,
Speedway 51 (78 Craggy Road, Groveton, 
Cheshire Fairgrounds (247 Monadnock Highway, Swanzey,
Jericho ATV Festival (Aug. 5 through Aug. 7, 298 Jericho Lake Road, Berlin,
Mini mudding 
For mud bogging on a smaller scale, check out the radio-controlled model competitions at Route 106 RacePark and Hobby Store (743 Clough Mill Road, Pembroke). The next event is the Mud Splash Fest on Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., which includes a race, mud bog and sled pull. Entry fees are $20 for the first division, $10 for each additional division, $5 for the mud bog and $5 for the sled pull. Call 224-7223 or visit for more information. 

Mud slinging
Tough trucks compete in mud bog races

By Angie Sykeny

 Joe Bagdonas, event director for the MudBog Mudslingers Series, says mud racing is about good, clean fun — but that doesn’t mean things don’t get messy. 

Once a month from May through October, about 65 drivers bring their trucks, SUVs and modified four-wheel-drive vehicles to Monadnock Speedway for a mud bog competition. Each driver makes two timed solo runs through a course that’s 150 feet long, 30 feet wide and two feet deep in mud, and they compete based on their fastest time. 
“Mud racing is everywhere in the Northeast. It’s really growing,” Bagdonas said. “This is the fifth year we’ve been doing it at the speedway, and we’ve been getting new guys at every race because the word keeps getting out more and more.” 
The series has five divisions: Four- and six-cylinder and Eight-cylinder divisions for street-legal vehicles, Modifieds and Pros divisions for vehicles with modified engines, bodies and/or chassis within certain parameters, and the Open division for vehicles with unlimited modifications (while still passing the basic safety guidelines). 
Bagdonas said the Open division is the most competitive and that about half of those drivers travel to other races around the country and compete on a regular basis. Because vehicles in the Open division also tend to be the fastest, it’s very popular among spectators. 
“People are surprised that they can go as fast as they do in the mud,” Bagdonas said. “They can reach a speed of 60 to 70 miles an hour and can make it through 150 feet in about two seconds, which, if you think about it, is pretty good for starting off in two feet of mud. It’s really something to see.” 
The other divisions have their perks, too. They allow amateur drivers and hobbyists to have fun tinkering with their vehicles and racing them without having to spend a lot of time or money. It’s also a different kind of competition; the Open division is all about speed since the vehicles are strong enough to power through the course with no problem, but vehicles in the other divisions require a bit more skill to maneuver in the mud. 
“The mud is hard to get through, but a lot of guys want that. They don’t want to get pulled out. They really enjoy working to get through it,” Bagdonas said. “The [spectators] do, too. When the trucks are grinding through the mud, people like to see the mud fly.” 
The mud bog events at Monadnock Speedway typically run from noon to 4 p.m. and draw a crowd of between 500 and 600 people, including many families. During the intermission after the first round of runs, the future generation of mud racers can get some action in the kids’ Power Wheels competition. 
“Kids get a big kick out of that,” Bagdonas said. “They get a trophy and feel like they’ve won the world, so that’s awesome to watch, too.” 

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