Heading into the last points race of the season on October 31, Tommy Matthews in Smooth Willie has a seemingly large lead of seven points over Ashley Williams in Lil Man and 10 points over Garrett Nordon in Bullseye. But with the points for the last race doubled, and with the probability of some boggers entering the race with the intent of messing up the final top 10, anything could happen.
Matthews came into the Oct. 17 race leading the series with 96 points. A 2nd place finished earned him 14 more points, and he now leads with 110 points.
Nordon had led for the majority of the series before Matthews caught up and passed him in September. Nordon continued to have problems at the Oct. 17 race. He started in 2nd place with 91 points, but finished 7th in the race, earning 9 points and dropping him to 3rd place in the series with 100 points.
Williams has been moving toward the lead and continues to do so. After September, he was 3rd in points with 90. At the Oct. 17 race, he finished in 3rd place and earned 13 points, which booted him over Nordon into 2nd place in the series with 103 points.
Gale Elliott in Sum Beach was in 4th place coming into the Oct. 17 race with 82 points. But a slow first run in which she almost turned sideways on the track doomed her chances and she finished in 11th place, earning just 5 points and dropping from 4th place in the series to 6th place with 87 points.
Doug Lowery in Stranglehold, Gale’s brother, was in 6th place in the series with 76 points. Lowery won the Oct. 17 race, collecting 15 points in the process and vaulting over Raymond Nordon and his sister into 4th place with 91 points.
Raymond Nordon in Slow Poke has had a steady hold on 5th place in the series and maintained it. He finished 9th at the Oct. 17 race, earning 7 points and holding onto 5th place with 88 points, just one ahead of Elliott.
Seventh, 8th, 9th and 10th places all remained the same. Terry Phillips in Super 10 went into the Oct. 17 race in 7th place with 74 points. He finished in 8th place, gained 8 points, and remains in 7th place with 82 points.
Ben Carson, also driving Slow Poke, came into the race in 8th with 67 points. He was unable to compete due to a work conflict, but had enough of a lead over the next two drivers to hang on to 8th.
Terry Elliott in Old Red was in 9th with 51 points. He finished the race in 6th and earned 10 points to stay in 9th with 61 points.
Colton Brooks in Pure Hell was in 10th with 48 points. He finished in 4th and earned 12 points to edge to within one point of his grandfather, Terry Elliott, with 60 points.
Other boggers outside of the top 10 who raced on Oct. 17 included Jerry Elliott in Shrek, who finished in 5th place, Tyron Elliott, Terry Elliott’s son, ran Old Red and finished in 10th place. And Joe Wright in Rustbucket, who has been missed for most of the season, made the race and finished in 11th.
On Oct. 31, Thrill Hill will feature its second Kids Power Wheel Mudd Race of the season. Children ages 1-10 can bring their power wheels (battery powered only) to the track to see who can make it through a smaller version of the mud track. Helmets are required to race. Kids will race in three age categories: 1-3, 4-7, and 8-10. There will be a $10 entry fee and there will be cash prizes for the winners and runners-up. All power wheel participants will receive a free T-shirt. Gates will open at 10 a.m., all power wheel entries must be signed up by 11 a.m., and the power wheel races start at noon. The big boys and girls will start their mudd boggin’ immediately following the power wheel races.
Admission to Thrill Hill is $10 per person (including race drivers), and children 10 and under are free (except those taking part in the Power Wheels event). Thrill Hill is a place where family fun is still legal.
For more information and directions, visit on the web at www.thrillhillmuddboggin.com, on Facebook at Thrillhill Muddboggin Thomaston, or call Bruce Dean at 706-601-1647 or Ben Dean at 706-741-0328.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.