Kodiak Daily Mirror - Playing in the mud video
Playing in the mud (video)
by Derek Clarkston / sports@kodiakdailymirror.com
Aug 23, 2011 | 119 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sam Haight drives a vehicle into a mud bog pit during Saturday’s races at the Kodiak Island Raceway. The pit was four feet deep and filled with 2,000 gallons of water. (Derek Clarkston photos)
view slideshow (3 images)
Dirt + water + trucks = fun for adults.

That was the formula for five competitors and more than 50 spectators at the first mud bog of the season at the Kodiak Island Raceway Saturday afternoon.

And it was the perfect weather for it as well — overcast with sprinkles.

Jerry Scott emerged as the champion, slinging his white Chevy Duramax 2500 through the mud pit the quickest.

He covered approximately 50 feet in a workmanlike 10.1 seconds. The pit was more than four feet deep and filled with 2,000 gallons of water.

Afterward, his truck wasn’t so white, but that didn’t matter. He walked away with a prize of $25.

“I got some good tactics from the person that went in front of me,” Scott said. “I was like, OK, I will just follow that same line and the Duramax pulled it through.”

Scott, a C-130 mechanic in the Coast Guard, moved to Kodiak two weeks ago from Air Station Clearwater in Florida.

He saw a Kodiak Island Raceway sign advertising the mud bog as he was leaving the Coast Guard base Saturday.

He stopped what he was doing and headed to the raceway.

“It was spur of the moment,” he said.

This was his first mud bog and he was a bit concerned about breaking a part on his every-day truck, but that didn’t stop him from having a little grownup fun.

“She is a Chevy,” he said. “She wouldn’t break on me.”

Crystal Kurp was one of two women who entered the competition. She was driving her family’s every-day truck, a red GMC Canyon.

She was lured out because she watched last year’s mud bog and said the mud Saturday didn’t look as deep as last year.

“Just going in it is pretty easy,” she said. “You just got to keep turning the wheel back and forth to keep traction. That’s about it — just floor it.”

Sam Haight was the other woman and the first to make a run through the pit. She went halfway before having to be towed out — the only truck that didn’t complete the run.

A dirtbike and a three-wheeler also made runs through the pit.

The Kodiak Island Racing Association has one more mud bog on the schedule, on Sunday, Sept. 4.

In other racing action, Fred Squartsoff Jr. (250cc), Billy Juhlin (150cc), Anthony Juhlin (80cc) and Dakota Evans (ATV) all won their main event races.

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.



Heat 1 — 1. Anthony Juhlin. Heat 2 — 1. A. Juhlin. Main — 1. A. Juhlin.


Heat 1 — 1. Billy Juhlin; 2. Troy Meline. Heat 2 — 1. B. Juhlin. Main — 1. B. Juhlin.


Heat 1 — 1. Chris Fisher; 2. Jessie Juhlin; 3. Will Matthews. Heat 2 — 1. J. Juhlin; 2. Fred Squartsoff Jr.; 3. Fisher; 4. Matthews. Main — 1. Squartsoff; 2. Matthews; 3. J. Juhlin; 4. Fisher.


Heat 1 — 1. Dakota Evans; 2. Taylor Evans. Heat 2 — 1. T. Evans; 2. D. Evans. Main — 1. D. Evans; 2. T. Evans.

Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
The Kodiak Daily Mirror encourages a lively exchange of ideas regarding topics in the news. Users are solely responsible for the content. Please keep it clean, respect others and use the 'report abuse' link when necessary. Read our full user's agreement.
Search Our Marketplace
or Search by category