There’s a saying that you’ll frequently hear around the Little Doo Mud Bog in Newport.
“We all may not be related by blood, but we are by mud.”


 There’s a saying that you’ll frequently hear around the Little Doo Mud Bog in Newport.



“We all may not be related by blood, but we are by mud.”



Considering how much wet dirt is flying around that would probably be an accurate statement.



Between 150 and 300 people turn out every other weekend to see regular and modified pickup trucks compete to see who can get the farthest and the fastest through a 200-foot mud pit.



“Mud racing is family,” said Andrea Sanderson, of Hubert. “You’ve got kids, parents, everybody’s racing, so it’s time well spent as family. My Dad races. My husband races. My friends race. It’s a good time.”



Jacob Kreisz, a Cherry Point Marine, said the racing is fun.



“You get adrenaline pumping when you get to the line and get ready to race,” he said. “ You just have a blast doing it.”



Destiny Carr, 14, of Hubert, drives a 1998 Jeep Cherokee and is one of a handful of young people that compete on the track. Carr, who doesn’t have her license yet to drive on the street, said the challenge is steering through the pits and holes hidden under the mud.



“You don’t know where they are at until you’re in ‘em, but once you’re in ‘em, you’re in ‘em,” she said. “Lay it on the mat and hang on.”



Eddie Durham, of Newport, who runs a 1990 Blazer, says tires and power are important, but good driving is the key.



“You know how to read the mud,” he said. “You can take a slower truck and outrun a faster truck if you can run the mud.”



Durham has been racing in the mud for 20 years and has taken the winning prize many times, which is the sum of all the entry fees combined for a specific class.



“Sometimes it will pay for your night out. Sometimes you go in the hole. You ain’t goin’ to make no money at it. It’s just for fun,” Durham said. “Everybody just comes out here and has a good time, playing in the mud.”



He said there is an added benefit to the mud bog in Newport.



“You can come out here and do it legally and not get out there in the woods and get caught by the forestry,” he said. “You can do it out there like I used to do when I was young.”



William Thomas, of Core Creek, has been coming to the event for 15 years.



“We enjoy it. My son drives the truck now, too,” he said. “I started out driving it. I built a truck for him to race out here and I race it with him, too. Sometimes I just come out and let him run it.



“It keeps him out of trouble. It’s something to do. We enjoy it. Have a good time and eat good food.”



Thomas and his family and friends shared steamed shrimp and grilled sausage before a recent race. But he also has won a lot of races and had knowledge about what to do to a truck to make it a success in the mud.



“We do a lot of changing as far as gears and stuff like that,” he said. “We just know some tricks to it and we’ve been doing a long time.” Thomas said.



According to Thomas, known as “W.T.,” all the right equipment may not get you through the pit.



“Sometime the track’s so bad it don’t make no difference what you got, you’re still stuck, so it’s hard to say,” Thomas said.



Greg Sanderson and Bob Janssen of Little Instigator Racing bring their 1,000-horsepower mud rail to run through the mud, or rather on top of it. The vehicle can get through the 200 feet of mud in as fast as 2 1/2 seconds.



“I’m not sure of the exact speed on that. There’s no speedometer,” Janssen said. “Imagine strapping yourself to a rocket and going for a ride. It’s basically drag racing on dirt.



“Basically, it’s just like a dragster that you run on the street but they’re modified for four-wheel drive. We come down here to test and to put on a show for the crowd.”



The vehicle is extremely loud and the crowd loves it.



“The best part is probably the whole thing, the loud motor noises and the tires turning,” said part-time track announcer James Scott Mcnamara Jr.



All the competitors enjoy the idea of working on a truck and then bringing it out to run through the pit.



“It gives you something to do. It gives you something to work for. You work. You build your own truck and then it’s something for all your effort for what you did with your truck. It gives you a little satisfaction out of that,” said Kreisz.



He son Colby spent much of his time early on running a toy four-wheeler through the soupy shallow end of the mud run.



“He loves just playing in the mud,” Kreisz said. “By the end of the night, he’ll be covered and we’ll have to give him a shower.”



James Scott Mcnamara Sr. runs the event with his wife Lisa, whose parents started it in 1993. They took over in 1996.



“Here it’s kind of like family oriented,” he said. “You can bring your grills, cook out. The kids have a good time. Everybody looks out for each other. Friends come out and hang out and have fun.”



The Little Doo Mud Bog is about 10 miles east of Havelock. Take U.S. 70 east and turn right just past the railroad tracks on Tom Mann Road. Go about 1 1/2 miles and look for the sign on the right.



Admission is $8 for adults, with children ages 12 and under free.



Schedules and other information can be found online at http://littledoomudbog.jimdo.com/ or by calling 342-3059.