Garrett Nordon may want to start checking his rearview mirror in Bullseye, because after the August race at Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin’ in Thomaston, his competition has gotten a whole lot closer. Nordon, who has lead the season standings since April, came into the August 15 race with a 12-point lead over Ashley Williams in Lil Man in second and a 14-point lead over Tommy Matthews in Smooth Willie in third. But after the mud and trucks went flying, Nordon left Thrill Hill with his lead cut to just 4 points over Matthews, and 6 points over Williams.
At Thrill Hill, each driver gets two passes through the mud, and the driver with the two most consistent times wins. Nordan left Thrill Hill in July with 80 points and the series lead. At the end of the August race, he finished in 14th place and picked up 5 points, bringing his series total to 85.
After July, Matthews had 66 points in the series standings. At the August race, Matthews came out on top, with Smooth Willie having a difference of only .027 between the two runs. The win gave Matthews 15 points and brought his season total to 81 points.
Williams was in second place in July with 68 points. He finished in 5th place in August with a time of .230 and picked up 11 points for a total of 79 points for the season.
Gale Elliott in Sum Beach is in fourth place and also within reach of Nordon, just 8 points back. She was in 4th in July with 64 points. A 3rd place finish with a time of .120 in August netted her 13 points to bring her total to 77.
The rest of the top 10 remained pretty much in place for the season. Raymond Nordon in Slow Poke is in 5th with 68 points. Terry Phillips in Super 10 was in 6th place and Doug Lowery in Stranglehold was in 7th coming into the race, but Lowery finished in 6th and Phillips in 8th, so the two left tied for 6th place with 66 points each. Ben Carson in Slow Poke is in 8th with 53 points, Terry Elliott in Old Red is in 9th with 39 points, and Colton Brooks in Pure Hell rounds out the top 10 with 39 points.
There are a total of 32 racers competing in the season, and the rest of them in order are: 11th – Jerry Elliott; 12th – Aaron Hammock; 13th – Ross Rogers; 14th Mel Miller; 15th – Bobby Elliott; 16th – David Patterson; 17th – Bruce Dean; 18th – Spencer Taylor; 19th Daniel Patillo; 20th – Tied – Jay Elliott, Andrew Barlow, Kelly Garett, and Austin Tweedell; 24th – Gary Schwartz; 25th – Joe Wright; 26th – Aaron Lowery; 27th – Tied – Marc Manning, Dustin Pate, Ben Dean, Sherry Wright, Cliff King, and C. G. Knight.
At the August race, Spencer Taylor of Lizella in Ridin’ Dirty competed in his first race of the season at Thrill Hill and finished in 2nd behind Matthews with a time difference of .086. Gale Elliott was in 3rd, while Ross Rogers in Wasted Money was 4th with a time of .208. Williams finished 5th, followed by Doug Lowery in 6th, Bruce Dean in Who-Dean-EE in 7th, Terry Phillips in 8th, Mel Miller in Money Pit was 9th, and Jerry Elliott in Shrek rounded out the top 10.
There was plenty of mud and trucks flying down the pit on August 15, but C. G. Knight of Eatonton in The Beast gave himself and fans a little more excitement than they expected. Running at Thrill Hill for the first time this season, The Beast got a little sideways near the finish line, went up on the left wall and overturned. Knight was not hurt in the accident, but The Beast was done for the day.
Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin’s next race on Saturday, September 19, will feature the 2nd Annual Kids Power Wheel Mudd Race. 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. 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.