Worthington, Ohio---Gold standard. Golden anniversary.
On Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, North Carolina will host the Mule City 300 as part of the 50th season of National Tractor Pullers Association Championship Pulling. The first stop of the 2019 NTPA Grand National Series presented by Case IH Agriculture, the event will be conducted in two sessions to begin at 7 p.m.
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 Benson?
The Mule City 300 will feature six Grand National and two Regional National classes each night. Super Stock Open and Pro Stock Tractors, Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Mini and Twin-Engine Light Unlimited Modifieds will vie for Grand National titles, a lucrative year-end points fund, and shares of Case IH bonus monies exceeding $50,000. Meanwhile, Regional National Super Farm and Light Pro Stock Tractors will battle for titles in Region IV, which includes North and South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. And all will be fighting for berths in the NTPA's all-star invitational Enderle Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14 in Urbana, Ohio.
Moreover, Benson represents the kickoff of the 2019 Shell Rotella Cup tour for drivers in all appearing divisions, who will compete for Hardest-Working Puller Total Distance Awards and whose top three finishers in the bonus series will be rewarded at its conclusion in the Bowling Green, Ohio winners circle in August.
Expected to compete at GALOT Motorsports Park in defense of their 2018 titles are John Strickland and Earl Wells of Clinton, North Carolina ("GALOT II" SSO), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Kathy's Komplaint" TWD), Ben Ellis of Champlain, Virginia ("Benjammin" FWD), Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa ("Iron Toy" MINI), Craig Corzine and Steve Bollinger of Assumption and Taylorville, Illinois ("Money Pit Screwed Up" LT UNL), Daniel McDonald of Red Springs, North Carolina ("Bad Boy" SF), and Ron Beasley of Moncure, North Carolina ("Farmall Fever" LT PS).
Last year's winners at the Mule City 300 included Strickland, Bryan McDonald of Kennedyville, Maryland ("Suffering Sanity" TWD), Jessie Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Buckeye Hauler" TWD), Tyler Cobb of Bartow, Georgia ("Bandit" FWD), Paul Holman of Wauseon, Ohio ("4 Play" FWD), Bauer ("Cowboy Up" MINI), and Wim Dingerink of Zwolle, Netherlands ("Lambada X" MINI).
Tickets for the Mule City 300 are $20 for adults 13 and over, $15 for active-duty or retired military personnel, and $10 for children 6 to 12. Discounted pre-sale tickets will be sold at O'Reilly Auto Parts locations. Gates will open to the public at 5 p.m. each day. Primitive camping is available for spectators.
Fans in attendance at Benson will experience live video, distances, and instant replays on the NTPA's Mobile Videoboard. And those unable to make it to North Carolina can catch all the action in real-time or on-demand via the NTPA's Live Streaming service at WatchNTPA.com.
Keep an eye on the event's website, GALOTMotorsportsPark.com, its Facebook page, or its Twitter feed, @racegalot, for information. The Association's Schedule page at www.NTPAPULL.com has links to event details, maps, and local weather reports for the Mule City 300 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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