In this funny mud bog/mud racing world we live in, we have the old timers, the legends or as some might call them, the ‘”First Generation.” Those who built the mold for Mud Bogging and Mud Racing as we know it. The pioneers of this sport. Then we have the “New Generation.” Those who looked up to the legends to get where they are today. And THEN we have the “Next Generation.” The youngsters, the ones who aren’t even allowed to legally drive on the road, the ones who are ready to break that mold.
We talked to Scott Griffin Jr out of Florida about his love for mudding, how he got there and what keeps him going. Scott is JUST 12 years old and certainly ready to give those seasoned mudders a run for their money!
- Truck Name: Mud Monkey
- Owner/Driver/Where From: Scott Griffin Jr. / Keystone Heights, Florida
- Years Owned: 2
- Truck Model: 1979 Toyota
- Engine: Small Block Ford
- Tires/Lift/Additional Details: 14.9 x 24 R1(front) 14.9 x 24 R2 BKT 171(rear)(cut and scooped) w/ Custom Rims, 2.5 ton running gear, 4 linked with 18″ FOA Shocks, Cyclone Transfer Case, Front and Rear drive line brakes, Hydraulic Steering, Complete Roll Cage, 5 point harness
- Favorite Mud Parks/Events: The Original Puddin Creek & South Berlin Mud Ranch; Spank the Monkey Race & Southeastern Boggers Cup Race
Fun Fact about Your Truck and/or Yourself: The truck has a lot of Horsepower and I am not afraid to drive it. I live on a farm and help with the animals. In return, I get money for pig sales which is how I bought my very first mud truck, called the ” Farm Truck”.
Sponsors: GBHS Custom Fabrication, GBHS Management & Development Highway Maintenance, Keystone Vinyl & Embroidery
What got you in to the mud biz? How long have you been at it? My parents have always been part of the Mud Bogging family. I guess you could say it’s in my blood. Mr. Kevin, who is also my mentor, pushes me to give it my ALL and has always told me, REMEMBER: Skinny Pedal Down! Been mud bogging 4-5 years
If you could get behind the wheel of any other truck which would it be? A favorite truck besides your own? Milk Man; Even though I am a FORD man!
What keeps you in the game? I enjoy the Adrenaline Rush!
Do you have any rituals or habits prior to a race day? Prayer for the safety of all the mud boggers
What’s one fun non-mud related fact we might not know about you? I am only 12 years old and can drive absolutely anything you put in front of me. I have been driving since I was like 2 years old.
If you could vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? Somewhere in the mountains, like Tennessee, deep in the woods.
What do you think the most important part of a truck is? Engine
What is your daily driver (But he’s only 12?)? 2000 Chevrolet 1500; My Pa gave this truck to me before he passed. And anything else I can find to drive; Dirt Bike, 4 Wheeler, SxS, Bobcat, Excavator, Tractors, Semi. Remember I live on a farm and My dad owns his own business.
What is your Day Job? School & I work for GBHS Custom Fabrication
What is on the Horizon for you/your truck? To win Mega Truck Races and keep adding HP! I plan to run in the Mega Truck Series in the near future.
How did your truck get it’s name? Mr. Kevin Sprow (Instigator Mega Truck) has always picked on me about loving the mud so much and started calling me Mud Monkey. So I decided that was a great name for my truck.