Ready for some mud racing?

SAN BENITO – Resident Henry Thomae would like to create a legacy here.

He’s finally closer.

On Tuesday night, his idea to hold mud racing on a portion of the old San Benito Municipal Airport took a step forward.

Following a closed session meeting with San Benito city officials, leaders agreed to meet further with him to discuss his proposal and come to a possible agreement.

“I think we are making progress,” Mayor Celeste Sanchez said at the very end of the meeting to a round of applause from those seemingly in support of the concept.

“I want to give people reason to come to San Benito,” Thomae said. “I am trying to leave a legacy by bringing something to town that is safe and beneficial to everyone.”

The good news for Thomae came weeks after concerns were brought up regarding insurance for the events.

Sanchez suggested any delay has never been about not wanting something like this. Instead, it was about ensuring spectators are safe and the city is not liable in the event of an accident.

Thomae seemingly resolved that issue when he presented his most recent plan on Tuesday.

Following a couple months of what he called “homework,” Thomae said he thought he had it all together now.

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What is mud racing?

Also known as mud bogging, it’s a form of off-road motorsports in which different types and sizes of vehicles drive through a pit of mud or a track of a certain length. Winners are then determined by the distance traveled through the mud pit or track.