Worthington, Ohio---On Friday, September 8, the National Tractor Pullers Association teams with the Roanoke Fall Festival in Roanoke, Indiana to present the Thunder in the Park Pull. Part of the NTPA Championship Pulling Series, the event will include five Regional National classes beginning at 7 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 Thunder in the Park are classes of Light Pro Stock and Limited Pro Stock Tractors, Two-Wheel-Drive and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks, and Multi-Engine Modifieds. Licensed competitors will earn points toward championships on the Region II (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio; LT PS, TWD: RN II West) circuit, and the Light Pros, Limited Pros, Two Wheel Drives, and Modifieds will additionally battle for berths in the 31st Enderle Memorial Pull-Off all-star invitational in Urbana, Ohio on Saturday, September 16.
Class winners from the 2016 Thunder in the Park included Justin Wagler of Morgantown, Indiana ("Real Deere" LIM PS), Chad Mayhill of Reynolds, Indiana ("2 Timin'" TWD), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD), 2016 Region II champions included Kendall Houk of Lynchburg, Ohio ("Nothing Special" LT PS), Doug McKinley of Winamac, Indiana ("Knight Train" LIM PS), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD), and Writsel. The StainlessDiesel.com PSD 4x4 class is in its inaugural season of NTPA competition. Thunder in the Park marks the final appearance in Region II for the Limited Pros, and the champion of this class will be crowned.
For more information about Thunder in the Park, visit the event's website, www.RoanokeFallFestival.com, or its Facebook page. 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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