Scott Sierz has a need for speed. "The faster the better," said Sierz.
And he planned on pushing the limit at the 7th annual Edgemont Mud Drag, a race he won last year. "I just started going faster and faster and started buying more parts and then you're like, well this works better so you buy bigger parts and you buy, you know,it's addicting pretty much," said Sierz.
The Mud Drag on Mud Hill has a track that's 175 feet, where trucks of all speeds race past cheering fans. "Just like a drag race on asphalt, track's a little bit shorter and it's full of mud," said Kevin Eberle, a race promoter and racer.
Eberle says last year the event was slow because of the fires, but this year the three day event is expected to have a big turnout. "Edgemont is a population of 700 and we'll bring 12 to 1,300 in for just today," said Eberle.
There are five classes that race during the mud run starting with the slower trucks that take around seven to eight seconds to go down the track. But other trucks, like Scott Sierz's 'Thumper' takes around three seconds to tear through the mud. "You're going through the mud in a little - 175 feet in a little over three seconds," says Sierz. "It's an adrenaline rush."
What does that feel like? "The front tires are coming off the ground. You're sucked back in the seat. It's fast," said Sierz.
But not as fast as racing friends become racing foes. "We're all friends but when everybody's lining up – it's on," said Sierz.
Sierz added that the competition is all in good fun though, and friends don't get mad at each other when they don't when. But the winner does get prize money, that comes from entry fees.