Reel racing: The geography of the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association

H. Jason Combs

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The United States Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA) formed on April Fools' Day 1992 and now has approximately 500 members and a national racing circuit. This paper examines the geography of the USLMRA as well as the reasons for its expansion. Professional lawn mower racing's popularity is somewhat in response to NASCAR's commercialization and nationalization efforts. Lawn mower racing is more affordable than stock car racing and provides an outlet for many adrenaline-enriched and mechanically inclined individuals. The national circuit runs through traditional stock car country - from Texas and Florida to Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio. The majority of USLMRA members and many of the top drivers are also from the upper Midwest and southeastern United States, those culture regions that have long been known to support racing of all kinds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-53
Number of pages13
JournalGeographical Bulletin - Gamma Theta Upsilon
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Culture
  • Lawn mower
  • Sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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