Can they catch him? Garrett Nordon in Bullseye has been on top of the standings at Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin’ all season long. His five closest competitors are Ashley Williams in Lil Man, Tommy Matthews in Smooth Willie, Gale Elliott in Sum Beach, Raymond Nordon in Slow Poke, and Terry Phillips in Super 10.
In June , Nordon led Tommy Matthews by 10 points. But the July 18 race shook up the standings. At the end of the day, Nordon’s lead had grown to 12 points, but it was over Ashley Williams. And that increase came even though Nordon finished in 6th place.
At Thrill Hill, each driver gets two passes through the bog. The driver with the two most consistent times wins, regardless if he or she was the fastest through the mud. Nordon has been the most consistent driver this season, but five other drivers were more consistent in July.
For the July contest, Raymond Nordon (Garrett’s dad) had his best race of the season, taking 1st place. Ashley Williams was 2nd, Gale Elliott was 3rd, Jerry Elliott in Shrek was 4th, and Ben Carson in Slow Poke was 5th. Garrett Nordon took 6th place, followed by Doug Lowery in Stranglehold in 7th, Colton Brooks in Pure Hell in 8th, Terry Phillips in 9th, Tommy Matthews in 10th, and Terry Elliott in Old Red rounded out the short field in 11th.
Those finishes didn’t change the top spot in the season standings, but it did shake up some of the other places. Tommy Matthews came into the July 18 contest in 2nd place. He dropped to 3rd place overall. Ashley Williams was in 3rd place, and moved up into 2nd place. Terry Phillips was in 4th place coming in, and 6th place going out. Gale Elliott started the day in 5th, and ended the day in 4th place. Raymond Nordon moved from 6th place to 5th place. Doug Lowery, Ben Carson and Terry Elliott maintained their spots in 7th, 8th, and 9th, respectively, while Colton Brooks moved into the 10th spot.
Thrill Hill’s next mud boggin’ will be Saturday, August 16. Kids need to get their gear ready, too, as the Power Wheels race is coming. Gates open at noon, with boggin’ starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $10, and children 10 and under are free. Mud boggin’ truck entry fee is $40, with 100 percent payback to drivers. For more information and directions, visit their website at www.thrillhillmuddboggin.com, look on Facebook for Thrillhill Muddboggin Thomaston, or call Bruce at 706-601-1647 or Ben at 706-741-0328.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.