Great American Car .com - Mud Racing in West Virginia
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Competition and Community

Mud racing is popular in many rural areas of the U.S. It is both intensely competitive and a barrel of fun. The object of the sport is simply to get all the way through the mud track without getting stuck. It requires a skilled driver, a sturdy truck with 4-wheel drive, and a lot of moxie. While mud racing is a 20th Century introduction to the American culture, I believe it has deep roots in our history. Competitive events in 19th Century farming communities brought people together to participate in competitive events that may have pitted one ox team against another or some other competition of skill and strength, such a wood chopping or of course horse racing.
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