Worthington, Ohio---Gold standard. Golden anniversary.
On Saturday, June 15, the McFerren Park Annex in Hoopeston, Illinois will host Thunder in the Corn as part of the 50th season of National Tractor Pullers Association Championship Pulling. The brand new Pro National event, presented by the Hoopeston FFA Alumni, will be conducted in one session 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 Hoopeston?
Thunder in the Park will feature Grand National Super Farm Tractors and Regional National Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Four-Wheel-Drive and Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.6 Trucks. All will compete for NTPA national titles (Limited Pros and Four Wheel Drives in Region II, PSD 4x4 3.6s in Region III), and the Super Farms, Limited Pros, and Four Wheel Drives will vie for berths in the 33rd Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14 in Urbana, Ohio.
2018 champions expected in Hoopeston to defend their titles include Garrett Boldry of Rochester, Indiana and his "Smoke Fever" Limited Pro and Steve Elchinger of Holgate, Ohio and his "Jus' Passin' Thru" Four Wheel Drive. In the 3.6s' lone appearance in 2018, Josh Stahl of Sandwich, Illinois was victorious with "Thicker 'N' Blood."
For more information about Thunder in the Corn, visit the organization's website, HoopestonFFAAlumni.com, or the event's Facebook page. The Association's Schedule page at www.NTPAPULL.com has links to event details, maps, and local weather reports for Thunder in the Corn and over 80 other events that constitute the Association's 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.
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