The first lawn mower race in Pukwana was held in the spring of 2003 with just over a half dozen mowers competing. Races have continued to be held, nearly every weekend, during the summer months since then. From this humble beginning the races have grown to what they are today, with upwards of forty mowers in attendance and over five hundred spectators cheering on their favorite drivers.
In 2005 the “Crazy Racers” lawn mower association was formed to oversee track maintenance and govern the rules of the track. This club, since its inception, has installed lighting, a speaker system, fencing around the track, a timing and scoring system, improved the racing surface, and created an accepted set of rules. These improvements improve the safety of the drivers and the crowd, and enhance the overall experience of the event.
Over the years, mowers competing have received different classifications, for the first several races all of the mowers present were in the same class, this due to the number of mowers competing. As the number of mowers increased they were then divided into two classes depending on the horsepower rating of the motor used. The motor classification was later dissolved and mowers were then put into classes depending on the competitiveness of the mower. In 2005 mowers were divided into our original three classes: Stock, Modified, and Outlaw, originally called “A”, “B”, and “C” classes. At this time the points system used today was also implemented. In 2014 the Super-Modified Class was added to compliment our existing three classes.
Our races have also grown to include more towns than just Pukwana. Our group has raced at the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, during Riverboat Days in Yankton, and currently races at Plankinton's Annual Pheasant Fest. The club also travels, and holds six non-point races in Armour and Gregory.
Pukwana Mower Races
Presented By Crazy Racers LLC