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Mud Racers Prove Dogs Need Love Too in Humane Society Benefit

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The Spokane Humane Society in Washington made an alliance with mud racers for the love of animals. “Bogs for Dogs” is a benefit race where a community came together for a day.

NMRO Racers traverse in the Pacific Northwest for the Spokane Humane Society in Washington, photo by Sue Potter
NMRO Racers traverse in the Pacific Northwest for the Spokane Humane Society in Washington, photo by Sue Potter

Mud Racers in heads-up action take on a 200 foot course in seconds, photo by Sue Potter
Mud Racers in heads-up action take on a 200 foot course in seconds, photo by Sue Potter
Mud racing combines track motorsports and off-road racing. Racers compete in heads-up action to see who can go the fastest in 200 feet. They traverse through a mud track filled with pits and holes that can be three feet deep in places.
Mud Racing combines track motorsports with the competition of off-road action, photo by Sue Potter
Mud Racing combines track motorsports with the competition of off-road action, photo by Sue Potter

Mud Racer Sam Thomas takes car of his 4 wheel drive and takes care of the animals in a benefit race called Bogs for Dogs, photo by Sue Potter
Mud Racer Sam Thomas takes car of his 4 wheel drive and takes care of the animals in a benefit race called Bogs for Dogs, photo by Sue Potter

The Bogs for Dogs race started on a field behind the Spokane Humane Society. A local construction company donated an excavator to get the track ready, announcers donated their time and racers came to compete for bragging rights and a trophy. The price of admission went to the dogs.

“We have two dogs along with two rabbits and I love animals and I love mud racing,” said Sam Thomas of Kettle Falls, Washington. “I competed in the Open Class at the Bogs for Dogs event.”

“Bogs for Dogs” follows National Mud Racing Organization rules. “Think of it this way,” said Thomas. “The NHRA has brackets and we have classes based on vehicle modifications. We went 200 feet in 2.8 seconds. I just press on the gas and hold on for dear life. If you’re fast enough the dirt all goes behind you.”

Thomas raced his 357 cubic inch small block Chevy against a 540 Ford, a 572 Dart big block Chevy and a 502 big block Chevy. “I beat them all even though they had bigger engines,” he said. “My car has a fantastic set up. I race in NMRO sanctioned races throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 2008 I competed in 60 rounds and won 57.”

In his spare time, Thomas is a locomotive diesel technician. He knows his engines and chooses K&N as his filter of choice. “K&N gives my engines the additional filtration and power they need on and off the track,” he said. “K&N also protects my engines from track debris.”

Thomas's next official NMRO event will be in Longview, Washington. In the meantime, if the Humane Society calls he will be there again for the animals.

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