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Cleveland venue lets you race in bogging holes
A Jeep and a four-by-four truck go head-to-head in the bogging holes at Mudslingers Bogging Hole and Speedway, a new venue in Cleveland.

Mudslingers Bogging Hole and Speedway

Mud bogging and go-kart racing

When: Go-kart racing, 7 p.m. Fridays; mud bogging, 4 p.m. Sundays
Where: Mudslingers Bogging Hole and Speedway, 219 Will Hambrick Road, Cleveland
How much: $10 for spectators; $10 to participate in go-kart or mud bogging race; free for spectators age 12 and younger
More info: 706-200-6540 or 706-200-2202; call to confirm that races will take place

CLEVELAND — If you drive a truck so muddy you can barely see through the windshield, chances are you love to mud bog.

At Mudslingers Bogging Hole and Speedway, which opened May 23 in Cleveland, you can play in the mud and race other truck drivers.

You can even win a trophy or some cash for your efforts, or just come and watch as others trash their own trucks.

Just make sure to call ahead before making plans to attend the mud bogging race, which has recently been moved to Sunday afternoons. If no one's there to mud bog, races are cancelled.

"We need participants as well as spectators," said owner Ben Sentell, who added that there are seven classes of mud bogging competition.

"If we don't have four in a class, we can't really participate in a competition," Sentell said. "So we have to just let them mud bog."

Vehicles must have four-wheel drive to compete.

Ben Sentell's wife, Melissa Sentell, said the venue features 200-foot bogging holes.

"They'll compete down through there and they win trophies or they can win their entry fees back," Melissa said. "If we get Toyotas that are equally matched, and then, say, like a couple of big monster trucks that are equally matched, they compete against each other."

Go-kart racers bring their own karts for races, which take place each Friday and are governed by World Karting Association rules.

"Sometimes we have money races, sometimes we have trophy races, and we're going to start our points races soon," she said.

She said go-kart race winners can accumulate points during the season, and "then at the end of the year you have a big banquet."

Melissa said her family started the business because "we have room for it, and the kids like it. We have five kids and there's a bunch of families over here."

Ben added that he wanted to "create family entertainment for White County."

Concessions are available for purchase at the races, and Melissa said avid race fans also can rent the track for birthday parties.