Worthington, Ohio---Bowling Green, Ohio: Get ready to hear the power and feel the noise!
In conjunction with the Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association, the National Tractor Pullers Association will present the National Tractor Pulling Championships on Thursday through Saturday, August 16-18. Each of 26 classes across five Super National sessions will be live-streamed from the Wood County Fairgrounds to the world at WatchNTPA.com.
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. No other motorsport offers the diversity of vehicle types, variety of engine combinations, intensity of brand rivalries, and accessibility of competitors. If you're looking for fierce, fair competition in a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere, give truck and tractor pulling a try in Bowling Green.
The National Tractor Pulling Championships are part of the NTPA's Grand National series presented by Case IH Agriculture, which will award in excess of $50,000 at year's end to top competitors across 13 divisions. Participants in Bowling Green's 13 GN divisions---Light Super Stock, Super Stock Diesel, Super Stock Open, Super Farm, and Pro Stock Tractors; Two-Wheel-Drive, Four-Wheel-Drive, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, and Super Semi Trucks; and Mini, twin-engine Light Unlimited, Multi-Engine, and Unlimited Modifieds---will compete for championships and berths in the NTPA's end-of-season all-star invitational Enderle Pull-Off on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio. The Super Semis will conclude their season and crown their champion in Bowling Green.
The National Tractor Pulling Championships is also the fourth and final anchor event of the season for the 2018 Shell Rotella Cup presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts, which has been expanded to all 13 GN divisions and 10 locations on the NTPA's Grand National schedule. For each of its 13 GN divisions, the Bowling Green winners circle is the conclusion of the three- or four-event miniseries, and $54,000 in bonus money will be distributed among each miniseries' top three point earners. O'Reilly will also reward each division's "Hardest Working Puller"---the puller whose vehicle scores the greatest cumulative distance---with a gift card.
Classes competing during each session in Bowling Green are as follows: Session One (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.): Light Super Stock, Four Wheel Drive, Super Semi, Light Unlimited, and Unlimited.. Session Two (Friday, noon): Super Stock Diesel, Super Stock Open, Two Wheel Drive, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, and Light Unlimited. Session Three (Friday, 7 p.m.): Light Super Stock, Super Farm, Pro Stock, Mini, and Modified. Session Four (Saturday, noon): Super Stock Open, Super Farm, Four Wheel Drive, Super Semi, and Modified. Session Five (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.): Super Stock Diesel, Pro Stock, Two Wheel Drive, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, Mini, and Unlimited.
Class winners from the 2017 National Tractor Pulling Championships were Brian Korth of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin ("Excessive Force" LSS), Larry Phillips of Vine Grove, Kentucky ("Extremely Insane" LSS), Steve Burge of Lynn, Indiana ("Lock-N-Load" SSD), Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD), John Strickland of Clinton, North Carolina ("GALOT II" SSO), Josh Blackbourn of Shullsburg, Wisconsin ("International Threat" SSO), Steve Francis of Almont, Michigan ("Deere Processor" SF), Ryan Anderson of Hoopeston, Illinois ("Checkin' Out" SF), Robby Lemke of Helenville, Wisconsin ("New Generation Plus" PS), Brad Moss of Adairville, Kentucky ("Young Buck" PS), Russ Nichols of Lore City, Ohio ("On the Edge" TWD), Ashley Corzine of Assumption, Illinois ("Second Degree" TWD), Ben Ellis of Champlain, Virginia ("Benjammin" FWD), Donald LaBonte of Stanstead, Quebec ("The Rock" FWD), Shane Kellogg of Kenton, Ohio ("Trump" SSD 4x4), Carl Atley of Xenia, Ohio ("Lethal Weapon" SSD 4x4), Chris Wood of Shreve, Ohio ("Class Act" SEMI), Dan Prahl of Sunburg, Minnesota ("Full Tilt" SEMI), Berrie Boer of Ysselmuiden, Netherlands ("Bobcat Jr." MINI), Ken Veney of Wadsworth, Ohio ("Funny Lil' Farmall" MINI), Brandon Simon of Farley, Iowa ("Simon Sez" and "Simon Sez Show No Mercy" LT UNL), Ricky Rose of Glencoe, Minnesota ("Giddy Up" MOD), Wayne Purser of Norman, Oklahoma ("Uncle Sam" UNL), and Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL).
Championship ring winners from 2017 were Jason Hootman of Corfu, New York ("The Commander" LSS), Ross, Blackbourn, Dave Whelan of Tipton, Michigan ("My Last Excuse" SF), Moss, Craig Corzine of Assumption, Illinois ("Burn Notice" TWD), Ellis, Kellogg, Prahl, Boer, Simon ("Simon Sez"), Rose, and Knapp.
Expected to return to Bowling Green to defend their 2017 Grand National titles are champions Korth ("Considered Armed & Dangerous" LSS), Jody and Colin Ross, Strickland, Charles Pelletier of St. Armand, Quebec ("CP Dream II"), Jessie Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Buckeye Hauler" TWD), Peyton Davis of Tappahannock, Virginia ("Punisher" FWD), Prahl, Boer and the Bobcat Jr. Team, Simon ("Simon Sez"), Rose, and Knapp.
Tickets for each of Sessions One, Three, and Five are $20 in advance ($22 at the gate). Sessions Two and Four are included in all-day Friday and all-day Saturday tickets, respectively, and are available for $40 ($44); a five-session weekend pass may be purchased for $100 ($110). Reserved seating is available in some areas for an additional $5 per seat per session. Tickets may be purchased from the event website (www.PULLTOWN.com) or by phone (1-888-FULPULL) and may be picked up at the office at 1150 Haskins Road, Bowling Green, Ohio during business hours until Wednesday, August 15, or at the Gate B Will Call window from Thursday, August 16 forward. The NTPC has a no-rain date, no-refund policy. No unauthorized video equipment is permitted in the arena.
Can't make it to OH? You can view the proceedings at WatchNTPA.com as individual sessions or as part of the $299 Season Pass, which includes 13 events in 2018 encompassing 33 thrill-packed sessions. With broadcasts consisting of multiple camera angles, announcer commentary, on-screen driver/vehicle identification and distances, and instant replays, the NTPA Live Stream brings all the excitement to your big screen or mobile device. Fans in Bowling Green will see all the action on the massive NTPA Mobile Videoboard. The event will also be part of Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" on RFD-TV, which will debut in August.
For additional information about the event, visit the event's website, www.PullTown.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.
About National Tractor Pullers Association
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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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.
Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.
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