ETHEL, Wash. -- “Drivers, are you ready?” an announcer shouts from to a line of trucks, Jeeps and other rugged vehicles.
Mud is everywhere. Soupy brown liquid splashes up four feet high. The four-wheelers plunge into a mud bog. The vehicles race through the mud to see how far they can go.
Most don’t make it to the end. Even the announcer notices.
“Our pits aren’t that easy this year,” she explains to the crowd that's gathered.
It’s a challenge these drivers are ready to tackle.