Worthington, Ohio---Rockwell, Iowa: Get ready to hear the power and feel the noise!
In conjunction with the Rockwell Lions Club, the National Tractor Pullers Association will present the North Iowa Nationals on Thursday through Saturday, July 5-7. Each evening's session will begin at 7 p.m. and will be live-streamed from Rockwell's Chamber Acres 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 Rockwell.
The North Iowa Nationals event is part of the NTPA's Grand National Pulling Circuit 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 Rockwell's seven GN divisions---Super Stock Diesel and Super Farm Tractors; Super Stock Diesel 4x4 and Super Semi Trucks; and Mini, Multi-Engine, and Unlimited Modifieds---will compete for GN championships and berths in the NTPA's end-of-season all-star invitational Enderle Pull-Off on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio. Three other divisions---Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks---will vie for titles in the NTPA's Region V and Enderle berths.
The North Iowa Nationals event is also a first-time locale for the 2018 Shell Rotella Cup Series 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. Rockwell will participate in the Super Farms' four-event miniseries and the Modifieds' three-event miniseries, both of which will end Saturday, August 18 in the winners circle in Bowling Green, Ohio. There, at the National Tractor Pulling Championships, $54,000 in bonus money will be distributed among each miniseries' top three point earners. O'Reilly will also reward the Super Farms' and Modifieds' "Hardest Working Pullers"---those whose vehicles score the greatest cumulative distance---with gift cards.
Classes competing during each session in Rockwell are as follows: Session One (Thursday, 7 p.m.): Super Stock Diesel, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, Semi, Modified, Two Wheel Drive, and Four Wheel Drive. Session Two (Friday, 7 p.m.): Super Farm, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, Mini, Modified, Unlimited, Limited Pro Stock, and Four Wheel Drive. Session Three (Saturday, 7 p.m.): Super Stock Diesel, Super Farm, Semi, Mini, Unlimited, Limited Pro Stock, and Two Wheel Drive.
Winners at the 2017 North Iowa Nationals were Stan Blagrave of Ackerly, Texas ("Red Horse" SSD), Travis Schlabach of Marengo, Iowa ("Bone Twister" SSD), Brad Hart of Clayton, Michigan ("Don't Ask" SF), Tony Sietsema of Allendale, Michigan ("Wolverine Deere" SF), Pat Eilen of Hampton, Minnesota ("Just Passin' Thru in Class" SEMI), Dan Prahl of Sunburg, Minnesota ("Full Tilt" SEMI), Ricky Rose of Glencoe, Minnesota ("Giddy Up" MOD), Bret Berg of Farmington, Minnesota ("Money Maker" MOD), Jeremy Ploetz of Utica, Minnesota ("Big One" LIM PS), Darren Sutton of Omaha, Nebraska ("Green Impact" LIM PS), Troy Warschkow of Iowa Falls, Iowa ("Jeepers Creepers" TWD), A.J. Riedl of Dubuque, Iowa ("Shafted" TWD), Lawrence Line of Clarissa, Minnesota ("Totally Hooked" FWD), and Rick Johnson of Powell, Wyoming ("Bad Bowtie" FWD), .
Expected to compete in Rockwell in defense of their 2017 Grand National or Region V championships are Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD), Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF), Josh Deeter of Avella, Pennsylvania ("Up in Smoke" SSD 4x4), Prahl, Rose, and Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL), Jeremy and Jarod Ploetz, Dustin Amundson of Nerstrand, Minnesota ("Bottoms Up" TWD), and Jamie Busch of Rockwell, Iowa ("Thunder Struck" FWD). Moreover, Joe Eder of North Collins, New York will drive "Polar Air," the erstwhile MINI champion "Bobcat Jr."
Can't make it to IA? 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 Rockwell 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 more information about the North Iowa Nationals, visit the event's 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 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.
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