SWAINSBORO MUDBOG SEASON OPENER
SWAINSBORO MUDBOG SEASON OPENER
Webster’s defines mud as soft wet dirt. It does not however a have definition for a mud bogger. So we can define a mudbogger as one who likes to play in soft wet dirt. The Swainsboro Mudbog has a lot of these so called mudboggers and they began the second full season this past Saturday night March 30th. Last year, in an attempt to create another venue for fans at the Swainsboro Raceway, owners Paul and Debra Purvis opened the Swainsboro Mudbog. Its inaugural season was a tremendous success, but not without a learning curve. After listening to their mudboggers, the Purvis’s set out to change the rules and the classes in which boggers could compete. “We just felt like if the mudbog was going to continue to be successful, then we needed it to be fair for all the competitors”, answered Purvis when asked about the rule changes. “It is a different format from last year. This season basically you are going to see light trucks running against light trucks and heavy trucks competing against heavy trucks. We threw in a class for modified trucks and the tractor tire class will remain a fan favorite as well.” Our mudboggers are the best and we want to give them every opportunity to have a chance of winning on any given Saturday night. This is good wholesome family fun and we invite everyone out to see the best mudboggers around” continued Purvis.
With the first bog of the season basically being a tune up for next week’s first point’s bog, it gives boggers a chance to fine tune their trucks. Several boggers took advantage and the first to make a run this year was Swainsboro’s own Gary Moore. Moore drove the Judd & Sons Auto Repair and Gary Moore Tree Service sponsored 1988 Suzuki Samurai to a first place finish in the ULTRA LIGHT class with a distance of 116’ 11”. Benjie Cranford of Thomson came in second place in his Jeep CJ 7 with a run of 108’ ½”.
In the ULTRA HEAVY class Dustan Fennell from Adrian continued where he left off last year by driving his ’79 Ford Bronco to a first place distance of 114’ 10”. Jim Mason of Mitchell, Georgia came in second in his 1971 Bronco just 6” shy of Fennell. Hunter Tapley from Swainsboro was right there with them in his ’79 Bronco with a run of 113’ 8” for a third place finish.
Long time bogger Stacy Rich placed first in the LIGHT division night with a pass of 124’ 7½” in his Suzuki Samurai. Gary Moore came in second with a run of 118’ 3½” in his Samurai and Benjie Cranford placed third in his Jeep with 110’ 5”.
In SUPER LIGHT action, Hunter Rich of Waynesboro won first place with a run of 163’ in his ’88 Samurai. Bringing in second place was Summertown’s Josh Riner in his Samurai with a pass of 161’11 ½ ”.
The SUPER HEAVY class saw the Pink Cancer Awareness-Royal’s Wooden Creations sponsored 1981 Ford ride, driven by none other than Uncle Ronnie Royal, capture first place honors with a best run of 121’ 5”. Taking second place was Royal’s own son “Cousin” Koty Royal in his 1983 Super Heavy Chevy with a distance of 120’ 10”. Vidalia mudbogger Josh Griffin brought home third place in his 1988 K5 Blazer with a run of 119’ 10”.
Next week gates will open at 3PM with registration beginning at 4PM. Bogging is set to start at 5PM. Visit www.swainsbororaceway.com for schedule, pictures and more information.