An open door may have meant the difference between finishing in 1st Place or 2nd Place for Ashley Williams in the Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin’ season series. During his first run through the mud pit on October 31, Williams, in Lil Man, had his driver’s side door pop open. Trying to keep his truck pointed straight and moving as fast as he could was hard enough, but then to have to pull his door shut, too, may have been too much of a distraction.
Williams’ first run was done in 10.613 seconds. His second run, with a door that stayed shut, was 9.848. The difference of 0.765 was 0.335 slower than Doug Lowery’s combined time of 0.430, and moved Williams into 3rd place for the day, two points behind Lowery in 2nd. For the series, that gave Williams 129 total points, just one point behind series winner Tommy Matthews at 130 points. If Williams had beaten Lowery’s time, he would have been in 2nd place for the day, with the two extra points he needed to overtake Matthews. Did the open door make a difference? We’ll never know.
The final points race of the mud bogging season on Oct. 31 proved to be an exciting one, as the deep mud pit kept drivers guessing on the best route to take through it. Add to it that the points for the race were doubled, and it led to an exciting series finish.
Tommy Matthews in Smooth Willie claimed the series title despite having his own troubles in the mud. Matthews’ two runs netted him a time difference of 2.284 seconds, giving him 6th place for the day and 20 points. Added to the 110 points he had coming into the race and he finished the season with 130 points and the championship.
Williams came into the final race seven points down with 103 points. His 3rd place finish in the race netted him 26 points for a season total of 129, and 2nd place in the series.
Garrett Nordon in Bulls Eye led through most of the season before Matthews and Williams overtook him. He came into the final race in 3rd place with 100 points. Nordon finished the race in 4th place, earning 24 points to keep 3rd place in the series with 124 points.
Doug Lowery in Stranglehold also made a charge late in the season. Lowery won the first race in October to move from 6th to 4th in the series with 91 points. He finished 2nd in the final race to collect 28 points and finished 4th in the series with 119 points.
Lowery’s sister, Gale Elliott in Sum Beach, had some bad luck in the first October race and dropped from 4th to 6th place with 87 points. But she regained some momentum in the final race, finishing in 8th place to earn 16 points and take 5th place with 103 points.
Raymond Nordon in Slow Poke, father of Garrett Nordon, had battled with Lowery and Elliott all season. After the Oct. 17 race, he was in 5th place with 88 points, one point ahead of Elliott. But he finished the last race in 10th place, earning 12 points and finishing in 6th place with 100 points.
Terry Phillips in Super 10 and Ben Carson in Slow Poke finished the way they started, in 7th and 8th places, respectively. Phillips finished the race in 9th place, earning 14 points to finish the season in 7th with 96 points. Carson ended the race in 5th place, earning 22 points and finishing the season in 8th place with 89 points.
Colton Brooks in Pure Hell started the final race in 10th place with 60 points. He finished in 7th place in the race, earning 18 points and moving ahead of his grandfather, Terry Elliott, to secure 9th place for the season with 78 points.
Terry Elliott had problems in Old Red, and could not finish his first pass through the mud pit. He collected 10 points for the Oct. 31 race to take 10th place on the season with 71 points.
Jerry Elliott in Shrek took 11th place in the final race and finished the season in 11th place with 61 points.
And possibly showing what might have been had he been able to compete the entire season, Joe Wright in Rustbucket, competing in only his second race of the season, won the final race with a point difference of 0.005 of a second. Even though he only competed in two races, the double points finale gave him enough points to move into 12th place for the season.
Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin’ will have its final race day of the 2015 season this Saturday. While it will not count in the season totals, drivers will still race. It is a special benefit race, with proceeds going to the Volunteer Fire Departments in Upson County.
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.