MEDFORD, Ore. - For Jim Elder and the Dillard Mowerheads of Douglas County, jumping on a riding lawn mower to haul grass around a dirt track is a welcome chore.
"I don't think anybody's dead," Elder said, "but I've known people who have broken collarbones and stuff like that.
"Anything you're not wearing a seat belt on, yeah, it's dangerous," he said.
Lawn mower racing may not seem like a sport to some people, but the drivers say it's fast, furious and full of competition.
For the Extreme Katie project, KVAL News reporter Katie Boer joined the Mowerheads for some mudrucking in Medford at the Southern Oregon Lawn Mower Association's first race of the season.
"We run an average of 25-30 mph," Elder said. "Take the governors out so they rev higher, supe up the carburetors a little bit."
It's racing on the cutting edge.
"No blades," Elder said. "That's against the rules."
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