Kim Dittus Loves The Clean Fun of Mud Racing
Mud racing for Kim Dittus is not only about going out and playing in the mud, but also about enjoying the camaraderie of the sport with fellow mud racers and club members.
It all started out about six years ago for Kim, who was a mere junior in high school. She took her lead from her older brother, Wade, who was (and still is) part of the James Valley Off Roaders club and big into the racing scene. Her younger brother, Evan, had just put together his 1977 Chevy for stock and street stock classes that year and started racing the Jamestown events. Wade was racing the current truck that Kim drives today, a 1989 F150, in stock and street stock classes as well. It took a lot of encouragement, but somehow Kim’s brothers convinced her to hop into the ’89 for the powderpuff class that year. You can say that after the first race, Kim became hooked to the sport.
After that first year, racing became a family affair for Kim and her family. Wade cut back to racing part time, traveled with Evan and Kim full time, and most importantly showed Kim the ropes to be the racer that she is today! Dad was also racing part-time, cheering the family on when not wearing his helmet & most importantly working on the trucks & handing out advice. Mom chooses to proudly support the family from the sidelines. Kim believes that some of the best quality time she’s had with her family involves racing, stories & the memories they’ve created over the last 6 years in & out of the mud pit. She believes there is nothing better than racing against her dad or brother for bragging rights!
Eventually, Kim began driving the ’89 full-time in stock and street stock classes, along with Evan; Kim joined the James Valley Off Roaders club (JVOR) and began traveling to all JVOR and Fargo’s Roamers Four Wheel Drive club events. Joining the JVOR club was one of the best decisions they say they have made. She states that James Valley Off Roaders is more than just a club, it’s a second family that all share a common desire: “Good, clean family fun, found in none other than the mud!”
Since Kim has been a part of the mud racing phenomenon and the JVOR club, the sport has grown and transformed in many ways. Trucks keep getting faster, truck counts in all of the classes continue to grow and the summertime family continues to grow larger.
Today, Kim is still competing in stock and street stock classes and participates in a yearly points system with her brother Evan and other fellow racers in stock class. This will be her third year competing for points and to date Kim has acquired 2 third place points’ trophies.
When asked if she ever plan to compete in other classes, Kim stated, “Yes, along with my brothers I have begun planning for the next level, a modified stock/modified truck.” Kim further stated, “I thoroughly enjoy the classes I currently compete in, but like all racing enthusiasts, I am ready for more power and speed!”
Kim placed 3rd in the Stock class this past week in Rugby. When asked what she thought of the event in Rugby Kim shared, “It was well organized, and I would like to thank the Pierce County Fair for not only inviting JVOR back again this year, but also for all of their hard work.” Kim continued, “I know without a facility, sponsorship, equipment to prepare/repair the track, firefighters, ambulance, and additional staff this event would never happened.” Kim further stated,” The track was a good track, the event had a decent truck count, the weather was perfect, and most importantly all the racers had LOTS of fun, adding more memories to their story line!”
Kim is proud of her affiliation with the JVOR. The group was founded by a group of racing enthusiasts over 26 years ago. Kim shared, “I would encourage anyone interested in getting into mud racing to check their club out at www.jvornd.com or follow the James Valley Off Roaders club Facebook page.” Kim continued, “The JVOR works hard to provide a safe, controlled environment for anyone looking to put their 4×4’s to the test without causing damage to farm fields and trails or the worry of flashing red lights in the rear view mirror!”
– Tribune Staff Report
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