Worthington, Ohio---Sandwich, Illinois: Get ready to hear the power and feel the noise!
In conjunction with the Sandwich Fair Association, the National Tractor Pullers Association will present the DeKalb County Fair NTPA Grand Nationals on Thursday and Saturday, September 6 and 8. Thursday's session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday's two sessions will begin at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. All will be live-streamed from Sandwich 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 Sandwich.
The DeKalb County Fair 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 Sandwich's five GN divisions---Super Stock Diesel, Super Farm Tractors, and Pro Stock Tractors; Super Stock Diesel 4x4 Trucks; and Multi-Engine 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. Two other divisions---Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks---will vie for titles in the NTPA's Region III and Enderle berths, while Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.6 Trucks will compete for a raised Pro National purse. All of the national classes will conclude their seasons and crown their champions.
Classes competing during each session in Sandwich are as follows: Session One (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.): Super Stock Diesel 4x4, Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, and Pro Stock Diesel 4x4. Session Two (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.): Super Stock Diesel, Super Farm, Pro Stock, and Modified. Session Three (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.): Super Stock Diesel, Super Farm, Pro Stock, and Modified.
Winners at the 2017 DeKalb County Fair Nationals were Stan Blagrave of Ackerly, Texas ("Red Horse" SSD), Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF), Russ Freeze of Manchester, Tennessee ("Deere Traxx" SF), Mark Lawyer of New Castle, Indiana ("Rapped Up!" PS), Julia Ray of Beloit, Ohio ("MAC Nasty" PS), Justin Gearhart of Kingston, Ohio ("Cream of the Crop" SSD 4x4), Ricky Rose of Glencoe, Minnesota ("Giddy Up" MOD), Bret Berg of Farmington, Minnesota ("Money Maker" MOD), Rick Austin of Brodhead, Wisconsin ("Dirt Flirt" TWD), Mike Manke of Arlington, Wisconsin ("Foolish Farmer" FWD), and Josh Stahl of Sandwich, Illinois ("Thicker 'N' Blood" PSD 4x4).
Expected to compete in Sandwich in defense of their 2017 Grand National or Region III championships are Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD), Charles Pelletier of St. Armand, Quebec ("CP Dream II" PS), Rose, Dustin Amundson of Nerstrand, Minnesota ("Bottoms Up" TWD), and Matthew Davis of Jefferson, Wisconsin ("Outrage" FWD).
Can't make it to IL? 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 Sandwich will see all the action on the massive NTPA Mobile Videoboard.
For more information about the DeKalb County Fair Nationals, visit the event's website, www.SandwichFair.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 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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