Like lots of boys, Jeff Williams probably used to get in trouble with his mother years ago for going out and getting dirty playing in mud puddles.
Sunday, Williams and a few dozen other drivers should get applause - not necessarily from their mothers or wives - when they get done playing in the mud. Funny what 30 years does to your point of view.
The difference is that instead of making a mess, drivers will be raising money for the March of Dimes at the Spokane OffRoad Vehicle Park in Airway Heights in an event called a “Bogathon.” The second annual event, put on by the Sunset 4-Runners, gets underway with registration at 8 a.m. and the first “boggers” hitting the mud and muck at 10 a.m.
“We want a minimum pledge of $25 from each driver,” said event organizer Gwen Williams. She is Jeff’s wife, but she may not want to be his laundry lady after he and others attempt plow their way through the 300-footlong quagmire.
In addition to the pledge, each driver must pay a $5 entry fee and a $5 park admission charge. Participants can register on the day of the event.
Williams said she expects about 50 entrants - up from last year’s 27 - who will compete for trophies and bragging rights in the event’s seven classes. Classes will include everything from custom vehicles with special paddle tires, down to snowmobiles and ATV’s. “We’ll make sure that the classes are equal,” Williams said. “You won’t have a four or six cylinder going against someone with paddle tires.”
The object of a mud-bog is for each participant, from a standing start, to go as far as they can. “Some will make it all the way through and they will be judged on time,” Williams said. Others won’t make it the entire way and their progress will be measured in distance traveled.
The ORV Park mud bog descends to a depth of five feet and will be filled with riverbed clay and water. Once you squeeze the water out, the ideal texture is much like Play-Doh, Williams said.”We hope that this event will eventually grow to be as successful as that one,” WIlliams said.
Late Models at Stateline
The season’s final local appearance of the Hamms Late Model Superstock series highlights the weekend’s racing program at Stateline Speedway.
The traveling group, composed primarily of drivers from the West Side, has just one local driver, David Garber, competing regularly and he’s done well, staying in the top five in points despite no race wins.
The two-day program kicks off Friday with Sportsman, Hobby Cars and a Fever Four Challenge event. Time trials begin at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Late Models join the Street Stocks and a second day of action for Hobby Cars. Time trials are at 6 p.m. with racing at 7:30.
Spokane’s Jeff Zimmerman has climbed to within striking distance of Northwest Modified points leader Greg Ochs of Colville as the series heads for a Saturday night race in Kalispell.
Winner of two races in a row, Zimmerman now trails Ochs by just 31 points as he puts on a late-season surge in an attempt to win his first series crown.
The Spokane Pro Gas Association will present its fourth race of the season Saturday night at Spokane Raceway Park. The 9.90 class cars will be joined by regular SRP bracket drag racers. On the oval, double points are on the line in four stock car classes… . From the “Help Wanted,” section comes a request from SRP for a person to do event announcing. Contact SRP at 244-3663 for further information… . With his NHRA Division Six win two weeks ago at Woodburn, Oregon, Spokane’s Rod Hoerner has climbed into the top five in divisional points… . Autosports Northwest will stage another autocross event in the Woodward Stadium parking lot at Eastern Washington University Sunday, beginning with registration at 9 a.m. Contact Gary Klawitter in Spokane at 926-8157 for details… . Republic’s Eagle Trac races Saturday with time trials set for 1 p.m. This will be the final event before the season championships on Sept. 9… . Tuscor Speedway in Trout Creek, Mont., hosts a Powder Puff finals and points race Saturday with gates opening at noon.
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