Worthington, Ohio---Gold standard. Golden anniversary.
On Thursday through Saturday, August 15-17, the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green, Ohio will host the National Tractor Pulling Championships as part of the 50th season of National Tractor Pullers Association Championship Pulling. Voted the Association's 2018 Super National of the Year, the 2019 event will be conducted in five sessions and streamed to the world at WatchNTPA.com.
In NTPA Championship 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 who achieves the greatest distance is victorious. At events across the United States, elite competitors campaign their specialized machines---which resemble farm tractors, trucks, and dragsters---for chances at purse money and precious points toward end-of-season championships.
In 2019, the Association is proud to complete its first half century as the world's original and number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level truck and tractor pulling contests. Fierce, fair pulling competition and a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere are hallmarks of NTPA Championship Pulling. If you haven't experienced the rumbles, roars, and rivalries of the heaviest sport on wheels, why not give it 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. 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 14 in Urbana, Ohio.
Further, three divisions---the Light and Open Super Stocks and Light Unlimiteds---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 2019 Shell Rotella Cup. The Bowling Green winners circle is the conclusion of each division's two-, three-, or four-event miniseries, and $51,400 in bonus money will be distributed among each miniseries' top three point earners. Each division's "Hardest Working Puller"---the competitor whose vehicle scores the greatest cumulative distance---will also earn a gift card.
Classes competing during each session in Bowling Green are as follows: Session One (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.): Light Super Stock, Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, Light Unlimited, and Unlimited. Session Two (Friday, noon): Super Stock Diesel, Super Farm, Four Wheel Drive, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, and Light Unlimited. Session Three (Friday, 7 p.m.): Super Stock Open, Pro Stock, Super Semi, Modified Mini, and Modified. Session Four (Saturday, noon): Light Super Stock, Super Stock Open, Super Farm, Two Wheel Drive, and Modified. Session Five (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.): Super Stock Diesel, Pro Stock, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, Super Semi, Modified Mini, and Unlimited.
Class winners from the 2018 National Tractor Pulling Championships were Brian Korth of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin ("Considered Armed & Dangerous" LSS), Kent Payne of Veedersburg, Indiana ("Super Rooster" SSD), Stan Blagrave of Ackerly, Texas ("Red Horse" SSD), Chris Shoemaker of Union City, Ohio ("Cash in the Trash" SSO), John Strickland of Clinton, North Carolina ("GALOT II" SSO), Dave Whelan of Tipton, Michigan ("My Last Excuse" SF), Darrin Hunt of Herndon, Kentucky ("D2 Pro Stock Edition" PS), R.J. Simon of Farley, Iowa ("Ol' Blue" TWD), Jared Nelson of Altamont, Illinois ("Midnight Revenger" TWD), Peyton Davis of Tappahannock, Virginia ("Punisher" FWD), Rob Foster of Fairgrove, Michigan ("Simply Red" FWD), Justin Gearhart of Kingston, Ohio ("Cream of the Crop" SSD 4x4), Pat Eilen of Hampton, Minnesota ("Just Passin' Thru in Class" SEMI), Bruce Slagh of Zeeland, Michigan ("Show No Mercy 1/4 Scale" MINI), Brandon Simon of Farley, Iowa ("Simon Sez" LT UNL), Doug Lively of State Center, Iowa ("Bank Robber MOD), and Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa ("Cross Threaded" UNL).
Championship ring winners from 2018 were Korth, Payne, Strickland, Whelan, Hunt, Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Kathy's Komplaint" TWD), Danny Johnson of Baxley, Georgia ("Talk to Me" FWD), Gearhart, Slagh, Brandon Simon, Lively, and Bauer.
Expected to return to Bowling Green to defend their 2018 Grand National titles are champions Strickland, Petro, Ben Ellis of Champlain, Virginia ("Benjammin" FWD), Carl Atley of Xenia, Ohio ("Lethal Weapon" SSD 4x4), Dean Holicky of Montgomery, Minnesota ("Mother Trucker" SEMI), Craig Corzine and Steve Bollinger of Illinois ("Money Pit Screwed Up" LT UNL), Lively, and Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL).
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 14, or at the Gate B Will Call window from Thursday, August 15 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 Ohio? You can view the proceedings at WatchNTPA.com as individual sessions or as part of the $299 Season Pass, which includes 12 events in 2019. 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 15 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" on RFD-TV, which will debut in August.
Keep an eye on the event's website, www.PullTown.com, for information. The Association's Schedule page at www.NTPAPULL.com has links to event details, maps, and local weather reports for the National Tractor Pulling Championships and over 80 other events that constitute its historic 50th season.
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.
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