High Lifter Mud Nationals

Spring break is a big deal all over the country and world, but few celebrate it like they do in east Texas, where 11,000–15,000 OHV enthusiasts don’t just get their T-shirts wet; they get muddy from head to toe! The High Lifter Mud Nationals ism the Daytona 500 for mud bugs, and Mud Creek Off-Road Park hosts five days of mud, fun and fortune. High Lifter provides almost $21,000 in event purses for the Bad 2 ’da Bone Show and Shine, Massimo Obstacle Course, Can-Am/BRP Mud Bog, Mudda-Cross, Endurance Challenge, Poker Run, and Audio Formz Mud Jam. Ninety or so vendors showcase their products at the Mud Nationals, including Yamaha, Polaris, Can-Am, Arctic Cat, Massimo, CF Moto, Kymco, EPI, S3 Powersports and several other dealerships. Polaris donated 125 products that were given away to attendees, including an allnew Sportsman Ace and a RZR XP 1000! Yamaha gave away a PW2038 pressure washer, Yeti cooler and Contour HD video camera. They also held demo rides and sponsored the Extreme Concert Series with Swamp Donky (from the mud holes of northern Louisiana) and Jason Cassidy on Friday night and Drake White and the Big Fire opening for Uncle Kracker on Saturday. There were even freestyle exhibitions on Friday and Saturday.

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The mud-racing action was intense, and Can-Am cleaned up in most events, with Matt Evans winning the Show and Shine and taking third in the Mud Jam with a sick Maverick Max. Team Gorilla Axle/Can-Am’s Steve Hittle made history as the first Can- Am UTV pilot to win at the High Lifter Mud Nationals. He topped the Can- Am Mud Bog UTVs and was second in Polaris Mudda-Cross UTVs, behind Shane Dowden in an S3 Powersports Maverick 1000. Dowden also won the Pro Series A (short-wheelbase) Polaris Mudda-Cross on a Renegade 800, was second in Pro Series B on an Outlander Max 800, and was third in Super Modified ATV. In fact, Can-Am dominated the Pro and Super Modified ATV podiums in Mud Bog and Mudda- Cross, took the top two spots in the Endurance Challenge and Mud Bog UTVs, and dominated several of the smaller-displacement classes. Polaris Sportsman 570 pilot Rodney White topped the under-600cc Mud Bog division and was second in the Mudda- Cross Bogger class (451–750cc).

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Be sure to set aside March 25–29, 2015, for the 13th annual High Lifter Mud Nationals. High Lifter and Mud Creek Off-Road Park also team up for the Mud-toberfest (to be announced) in the fall. High Lifter will also head north for the Quadna Mud Nationals in Hill City, Minnesota, and will hold the Shriner’s Ride (to benefit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital) at the High Lifter Off-Road Park in Shreveport, Louisiana, December 6th, 2014. Entry fees were $70 per person for the 2014 Mud Nationals, with children under 6 free, and RV campers paid another $30 for the five-day event (no hook-ups).


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