Worthington, Ohio---On Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8, the National Tractor Pullers Association teams with the Rockwell Lions Club in Rockwell, Iowa to present the North Iowa Nationals at Chamber Acres. Part of the NTPA Championship Pulling Series, the event will include four Grand National and three Regional National classes each night beginning at 6 p.m.
In truck and tractor pulling, vehicles drag a 20-ton weight transfer sled along a straight, dirt track as the sled's resistance increases. Within a class of similar vehicles, the puller that achieves the greatest distance is victorious The NTPA is the world's number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level events that feature highly specialized machines resembling farm tractors, trucks, and dragsters and dedicated competitors that battle for purse money and end-of-season championships. With superchargers emitting an ear-splitting whine, massive tires churning clay at 100-mph wheelspeeds, turbochargers pumping columns of diesel smoke into the sky, and engine combinations exceeding 10,000 horsepower, high-performance pulling offers fans a multitude of thrills unmatched by any other motorsport.
On the card for the North Iowa Nationals are Grand National Super Stock Diesel and Super Farm Tractors, Super Semi Trucks; and Mini and Multi-Engine Modifieds and Regional National Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. Licensed competitors will earn points toward championships on the Grand National Series presented by Case IH Agriculture or in NTPA's Region V (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska) and berths in the 31st Enderle Memorial Pull-Off all-star invitational in Urbana, Ohio on Saturday, September 16.
Class winners from the 2016 North Iowa Nationals were Travis Schlabach of Marengo, Iowa ("Bone Twister" HSSD), Esdon Lehn of Dayton, Minnesota ("Red Line Fever" HSSD), Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF), Bryan Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("One Bad Apple" SF), Steve Bousema of Worthington, Minnesota ("Special Edition" LIM PS), Terry Timmerman of Dickeyville, Wisconsin ("Hot-n-Nasty" TWD), Dennis Christensen of Glencoe, Minnesota ("Pack Rat V" TWD), Jamie Busch of Rockwell, Iowa ("Thunder Struck" FWD), Lisa Peterson of Baldwin, Wisconsin ("Profab" FWD), Brian Elithorpe of Bridport, Vermont ("Nikki's Nightmare" SEMI), Bill Daluge ("Mother Trucker" SEMI), Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa ("Cowboy Up" MINI), Doug Lively of State Center, Iowa ("Bank Robber" MOD), and Bret Berg of Farmington, Minnesota ("Money Maker" MOD). Expected to defend their 2016 Grand National or Region V titles are champions Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD), Rod Deck, Jeremy Ploetz of Utica, Minnesota ("Big One" LIM PS), Doug Christensen of Glencoe, Minnesota ("Pack Rat VI" TWD), David O'Connor of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota ("Nasty Habit" FWD), Dean Holicky of Montgomery, Minnesota ("Mother Trucker"), Adam Koester of Wadesville, Indiana ("Walk the Line" MINI), and Berg.
Fans in attendance at Rockwell will enjoy live video, instant replays, distances, and sponsor messages on the NTPA's Official Mobile Video Scoreboard. And fans around the world can tune into the broadcast, including live announcer commentary, via the all-new Live Streaming interface. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase individual sessions or the $299 Season Pass or for a list of supported devices and connection instructions.
For more information about the North Iowa Nationals, visit the promoters' website, www.RockwellIALions.com. To learn more about NTPA Championship Pulling, check out www.NTPAPULL.com for up-to-date event schedules (including maps and local weather), point standings, and event results.
The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.
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