"Top" of the Schedule: 2018 Season Opens on School Street in Pinetops

PinetopsNC cancelNotice: Due to anticipated inclement weather, the Pinetops 300 has been postponed until and tentatively rescheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 28-29. No Regional National points will be awarded on the event's original dates, and entry will not open on-site. Check this space for further updates.

Worthington, Ohio---Pinetops, North Carolina: Get ready to hear the power and feel the noise!

In conjunction with the South Edgecombe Rural Fire Department, the National Tractor Pullers Association and the United Pullers of the Carolinas will present the 42nd annual Pinetops 300 Truck and Tractor Pull on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19. Each evening's seven-class session will begin at 7 p.m. and will be live-streamed from Pinetops Ballpark 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 Pinetops.

Divisions competing at the Pinetops 300 include Heavy Super Stock, Super Farm, and Light Pro Stock Tractors; Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks; and Mini and Multi-Engine Modifieds. The Super Farms, Light Pros, Two Wheel Drives, Four Wheel Drives, Modifieds, and Friday's Heavy Supers will compete for points toward NTPA's Region IV and berths in the end-of-season all-star invitational Enderle Pull-Off on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio; the tractor classes and Modifieds will crown regional champions in October in Raleigh, North Carolina. Meanwhile, UPOC, an NTPA member state organization, will award points to the Minis and Saturday's Heavy Supers.

Winners at the 2017 Pinetops 300 were Marty Harrell of Elm City, North Carolina ("Pure Country" HSS), Daniel McDonald of Red Springs, North Carolina ("Bad Boy" SF), Chris Hales of Autryville, North Carolina ("The Outlaw" SF), Crystal and Steve Willson of Prince Frederick, Maryland ("Her Dirty Money" and "Running Bear" TWDs), Jacob Cramer of Lothian, Maryland ("Super Natural" FWD), John T. Davis of Tappahannock, Virginia ("The Legend" FWD), David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play Unchained" and "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" MINIs), and Dale Burleson of Albemarle, North Carolina ("Hindsight III" MOD). Light Pro Stocks are making their Pinetops 300 debut.

Expected to return in defense of their 2017 Region IV championships are Ronnie Strickland of Selma, North Carolina ("Another Outlaw" HSS), McDonald, and Chip Street of Mt. Vernon, Ohio ("Wildfire" MOD). Mark A. Garrett of Roxboro, North Carolina and his "Southern Smoke" won 2017's Region IV Light Pro title.

Can't make it to NC? You can view the proceedings at WatchNTPA.com as individual sessions or as part of the $299 Season Pass, which includes 14 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 Pinetops will see all the action on the massive NTPA Mobile Videoboard.

For more information about the Pinetops 300, visit the event's website: www.Pinetops300.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.

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 was 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 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

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For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Contact Info

National Tractor Pullers Association
6155-B Huntley Road,
Columbus, OH 43229

PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964