TWD Competitor John Mumma Killed in Traffic Accident; Update: Funeral Info

We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing on Wednesday, February 13 of John Mumma, 67, of Philo, Illinois. Mr. Mumma died in a traffic accident en route to the National Farm Machinery Show Championship Tractor Pull, where he was to compete with his "After Midnight" Two Wheel Drive.

Mr. Mumma was the vice president of the Ilinois Tractor Pullers Association and a member of the Midnight Motorsports Team along with his daughter Misty Nelson and her husband Jeremy. In addition, Mr. Mumma is survived by his wife Brenda and daughters Robin and Kristin.

A lifelong farmer, Mr. Mumma served his community for many years as a volunteer firefighter, vice president of the park district, and Philo village trustee. A remembrance was published in Monday's Champaign News-Gazette and is linked here.

Please keep the Mumma and Nelson families, the Midnight Motorsports Team, and the ITPA in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve their sudden and tragic loss.

GN TWD Champion Dave Deppe Has Passed

We regret to report the passing on Monday, February 18 of Dave Deppe, 80, of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Mr. Deppe was the 1994 Grand National Two Wheel Drive champion, the president of Deppe Enterprises, and a past member of the NTPA and World Pulling International boards.

Mr. Deppe served in the Air National Guard for four years and the Baraboo Fire Department for more than 20, including a period as the department's captain.

A lifelong fan of racing and classic cars, he was drawn into the sport in the late 1980s by his son Tim. Together, they campaigned the "Fast Freight" 1957 Chevrolet pickup for a couple of seasons before Mr. Deppe purchased Chris Holdorf's "Aerogator" Ford Aerostar van. The renamed "Bad Badger" earned Mr. Deppe his first Grand National victory close to home at Tomah's Budweiser Dairyland Nationals in 1990. The following year, he finished seventh in the GN standings, then rose to third in 1992 on the strength of five GN victories and won the Enderle Pull-Off. After taking fourth in 1993, he captured two wins and the 1994 title by 17 points.

Mr. Deppe pulled the popular "Badger" in regular competition for three more seasons, won a second Enderle in 1995, and competed at the European Superpull in 1997. He then moved on to the "Hard Runner" in 1998 and pulled the Ford pickup through 2001. In 2014, he returned to the scene of his signature win and competed with a restored "Bad Badger" in Tomah's Saturday night session. There, he was joined in the lineup by his grandson Willie, who drove Tim's "Inches Matter."

Beginning in 1990, Mr. Deppe represented the Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association as a delegate to the NTPA. He also served on the WPI Executive Board from 1992 to 1995. For many years, he helmed Deppe Enterprises, the diversified family-owned transit company started by his grandfather in 1914.

He is survived by Jan, his wife of 36 years; children Tim (Tracy) Deppe and Teri Smith; stepchildren Teri (Lisa) Sonsalla and Sheri (Kip) Lussenden; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Mr. Deppe's full obituary may be found here.

The WPI/NTPA organization mourns with the Deppe family.

Brad Korporal's Father Donald Has Passed

It is our sad duty to inform you of the death on Friday, February 8 of Donald J. Korporal, 74, of Warren, Indiana. Mr. Korporal was the father of Brad Korporal, manager of the Modern Motorsports division of Modern Machine Inc. of Van Buren, and the uncle of Les Korporal, Modern's president and founder.

Mr. Korporal was a carpenter for Ira Banter Construction 44 years. He later retired from Modern following 10 years of service.

In addition to Brad, his wife Tammy, and Les, Mr Korporal is survived by his wife Penny, their other sons Chris (Tara) and Tim, and five grandchildren.

Mr. Korporal's full obituary may be found here, from which condolences may be aent to the family.

Please keep Penny, Brad and Tammy, and Les in your thoughts in their time of sorrow.

2019 National Event Schedule Released as NTPA Celebrates 50 Years

2019 event scheduleSo, what’s new for ’19?

GN circuit expands eastward; number of events up 10 percent

 

Visit the schedule page, ntpapull.com/schedule

This offseason has been a very busy one, as the demand for Association events is at an all-time high. Requests continue to pour into the WPI/NTPA office, and there may be a few more pulls added to this list of 83 by the end of winter.

Of course, our recess kicked off last fall with the announcement of the NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals. In August, Gregg Randall, NTPA GM, stopped by the one-year-old Michiana Event Center in northern Indiana on my way from Bowling Green to Hudsonville, Michigan and was instantly impressed with the facility. This indoor event on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23 will, like the just-completed Winter Nationals in Cloverdale, Indiana, feature a regulation length track and a connected, roofed pit area. Shipshewana will bring in several divisions that do not compete at C-Bar-C to provide a great springtime complement to Cloverdale, which will be back for year six in 2020.

In another major development, the Commonwealth of Virginia will once again appear on the Grand National calendar. Virginia Motorsports Park will welcome three NTPA GN classes to the dirt course adjacent to its dragstrip, which is a yearly stop on the National Hot Rod Association’s tour. The Central Virginia Nationals are set for June 7-8. 

Moving to late in that month are the Power Pull Nationals in Hutchinson, Minnesota. This two-night GN has pushed its dates back a couple of weeks to June 28-29. Motivating the move is a recurring conflict with the annual Winstock Country Music Festival in nearby Winsted, and there has been talk of the weekend after Tomah becoming Hutch’s regular spot. Time will tell on the permanence of this change.

In July, the Washington County Tractor Pullers Association will host the NTPA at Hagerstown Speedway in north-central Maryland for a pair of nights, July 12-13. Pro Stock competitor Tim Ammons (Ultimate Harvester) is one of the folks spearheading this event. The Speedway has hosted pulling for decades and has developed a huge following for our motorsport. The Association looks to enhance its presence on the eastern seaboard in our first appearance at that track for GN pulling since 1987.

And over Labor Day weekend, the Stark County Fair in Canton, Ohio has expanded to two nights of NTPA competition on August 30-31. As always, Canton will feature GN Pro Stocks and a selection of RN divisions.

A few events have been designated as Pro National contests. These include a new pull in Hoopeston, Illinois as well as stalwarts such as Monroe, Michigan and Wauseon and Canfield, Ohio. RN classes that appear at these events will pay a raised PN purse, while RN-licensed vehicles will earn Region II points.

Several new Regional Nationals pepper the schedule as well, and others will be announced soon. Be sure to keep an eye on next month’s issue of The Puller or surf over to ntpapull.com/schedule for the latest updates.

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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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Shipshewana Spring Nationals, Farm Show Set for March 22-23

NTPAPULLcom Shipshewana loresWorthington, Ohio---It's billed as "Built for Big." On the first weekend of spring, we'll find out how it handles the rumble and roar of Championship Pulling.

In conjunction with the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Indiana, the National Tractor Pullers Association will present the NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. Less than two years old, the interconnected convention, equine, and concert venue in north-central Indiana will launch its largest motorsports event to date with five invitational classes on each of two nights that will rock the facility's 100,000-square-foot Trade Show building. (Be there for the first edition: Buy your discount pre-event tickets at ShopNTPA.com/tickets.)

IMG 1418 lo"We have been selective when entering the indoor pulling market," remarked Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager. "The success of the NTPA Winter Nationals in Cloverdale in January has provided a blueprint of what our company desires in expanding that realm. The versatility of the MEC meets our parameters. When they approached us, we felt that it would add something for our competitors and fans to enjoy in early spring.

"The facility overall is impressive," Randall added. "The whole complex is a real jewel for the Shipshewana region, and we think it will be a great fit for indoor pulling."

Light Super Stock and Super Farm Tractors (top GN finishers and promoter selections) and Limited Pro Stock Tractors and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks will compete each evening starting at 6 p.m. Additionally, Light Unlimited Modifieds will rattle the rafters with exhibition passes.

IMG 1409 lo"We are incredibly excited about this," said Jeff Fought, the Center's Marketing and Events Director. "We feel this NTPA event has the potential to be one of the largest---if not the single largest---event we put on here at the MEC."

Fought and facility manager Dennis Fry have filled their 25-acre, $19 million facility with a flurry of functions since it opened under in 2017 under their leadership. Between early December and the Spring Nationals, the MEC will host the Winterfest Consignment Auction, the Outdoor Sportsman Show, the Midwest Home and Yard Show, the Michiana Camping and RV Show, and the Northern Indiana Woodcrafters Association Furniture Expo. The 250,000-square-foot, three-structure complex---consisting of the Trade Show Building, the Coliseum, and the Stall/Staging Building---has been equally suited to national horse sales, two Blue Collar Comedy Tour shows, Professional Bull Riders rodeos, a Justin Moore concert, and a Christmas market.

"Here at the MEC, we only want to associate with what we feel are the best organizations," Fought continued. "And when we partner with one, we want to have a massive event." At press time, Fought wasn't certain of the exact tonnage of clay that will be hauled in to build the track, but noted that "it is being stacked and covered behind our main building. It's a mountain! We are going to have to work nights and nonstop to pull this off."

Accompanying the NTPA pull will be the Michiana Farm Show, sponsored by Grogg-Martin Auction and Realty and the MEC. Access to the farm show will be included in pull admission. Opening each day at noon and featuring tractor and equipment dealerships, seed companies, and farm support businesses, the show will be housed in the Coliseum, which is positioned between the two buildings that will share event operations. The staging barn will contain the cold pit area, while the Trade Show Building will be configured to seat over 3,000 attendees. About a quarter of that capacity will be designated for trackside VIP seating with the balance being accommodated via portable bleachers. The facility's own Amish-made concessions will be on sale throughout each day, and parking at the MEC is plentiful, with 1,100 paved spaces adjacent to the buildings and a well-lit overflow area across the street.

The greater Shipshewana area is not without its own bustle of activity, and traveling fans are encouraged to make a vacation weekend out of their trip as they (hopefully) celebrate the return of warmth to the Midwest. Guests can experience all the charms of Amish country at the Menno-Hof Information Center and on bus tours and buggy rides. Visitors to Shipshewana, located just off State Route 5 between U.S. 20 and the Indiana Toll Road, may find accommodations at five hotels in town or in the surrounding communities of Middlebury, Indiana and Sturgis, Michigan.

Pre-event tickets are $22 per session (children ages 4-10: $15, 3 and under admitted free) and are available online at the NTPA's Webmall, ShopNTPA.com, and at MichianaEvents.com. Moreover, O’Reilly Auto Parts store customers can purchase their tickets at the register! Per-session tickets will be $25 at the door. Weekend passes will be $35 pre-event or $40 at the door. A limited quantity of VIP Trackside seats will be sold for an additional $3 per session or $5 for the weekend. All seats are general admission.

 

 

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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Competitor List for Inaugural NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals Released

2019 Shipshewana Spring Nationals PosterThe NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals and Michiana Farm Show will take over the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Indiana on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23. Five divisions will appear in both 6 p.m. sessions. For more info, check out the event page ntpapull.com/events/shipin or visit the facility’s website, MichianaEvents.com.

For discount pre-event tickets, go to ShopNTPA.com/tickets.

As of January 25, these competitors have accepted invitations. (Check NTPAPULL.com for additions and updates. The number of anticipated vehicles appears in parentheses.)

Light Unlimited (Exhibition; 2)

Craig Corzine and Steve Bollinger (Money Pit Screwed Up).

Light Super Stock (10)

Kyle Karlen (Bad Blood), Brandon Phillips (Insanity), Larry Phillips (Extremely Insane), Adam Spiegelberg (Detonator Black), Jordan Spiegelberg (Detonator Red), Marcus Wettleson (Gunpowder & Lead), Ken Witt (Mr. Yuk).

Super Farm (12)

Charlie Capozzo (Cruel Intentions), Rod Deck (Dream On), the Ferrises (Absolutely Nuts and Assorted Nuts), Russ Freeze (Deere Traxx), Shane Masten (Thumpin’ Pumpkin), Mike Prible (Top Priority), Tony Sietsema (Wolverine Deere), Jon Silsby (Crop Doctor), Stan Warda (Hammerin Hank), Chris Weidinger (Black Power), and Dave Whelan (My Last Excuse).

Limited Pro Stock (10)

Jeff Bahl (Doctor Deere), Garrett Boldry (Smoke Fever), Bryan Deck (One Bad Apple), Bill Figanbaum (Instigator), Jon Liechty (Rush Hour), Kevin Lindstrom (Hyper Harvester), Matt Lindstrom and Mike Sather (Adrenaline Rush), Jeremy Ploetz (Big One), Jason Rosenquist (Gold Rush), and Jerry Wisel (Constant Conflect).

StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 (12)

Dustin Beheler (Diggin’ Deep), Anthony Finkbeiner (Inbred Inline), Adam Hallien (Wrecker), Jeff Hossler (Flirtin’ with Disaster), Jordan Jackson (Billet Steel & Sex Appeal), Garrett Loucks (Un-Locked), Brian Shew (Iron Maiden), Nickolas Stamm (Frank), Jeremy Straley (Razor’s Edge), Roger Straley (Thunder Struck), Eric Widman (Big Red), and Rob Wright (All Attitude).

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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Fred Pitts' Mother Hazel Has Passed

We are saddened to report the passing on Thursday, January 24 of Hazel Pitts, 92, of Wellington, Ohio. Mrs. Pitts was the mother of Fred Pitts, promoter of the Lorain County Fair's Friday Night Spectacular.

A lifelong resident of Wellington, she married Dorrell Pitts in 1951. They devoted themselves to each other, their children, their family farm, and the Lorain County Fair until his passing in 2008.

In addition to Fred and Sandy, Mrs. Pitts is survived her children, Ann (Tim) Buchs, Sue Pitts, and Sally (Jeff) Stewart; grandchildren Joe (Hannah), Mike (Bethany), Amy (Scott), Adam (Jaci), Lindsey (Chuck), Ashley (Dan), and Kyle; great grandchildren Kaycee, Paige, Addi, Jud, Jax, Jep, Parker, Roston, and Cason; and sisters Ida Clawson and Dorothy Walker. Her complete obituary may be found here. Condolences may be expressed at that website.

In lieu of flowers donations may be directed to the Dorrell and Hazel Pitts Family Education Fund, through the Wellington Endowment, 305 Union Street, Wellington.

Please keep Fred, Sandy, and the entire Pitts family in your thoughts as they mourn their loss.

Hall of Fame Member Kenny Mack Hospitalized

The WPI/NTPA office has recently gotten word that Kenny Mack, a founding member of the Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association and one of the Midwest's most recognizable pulling voices for nearly 50 years, has been hospitalized. He presently resides at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

His daughter, Kristy Dalangini, informs us that Mr. Mack would very much welcome calls of well wishes and reminiscences from his NTPA family. He can be reached at his cell number: 608.228.1077.

Ms. Dalangini has also established a GoFundMe account to assist with her father's medical care.

Inducted into the Association's Pulling Hall of Fame in 2010, Mr. Mack is unrivaled in his dedication to preserving the history of our sport through a lifetime of service and storytelling. We request that you pray for his comfort and strength in these difficult days.

Great-Grandson of LSS Competitor George Everett Passes

The WPI/NTPA family mourns the loss at birth on Friday, January 11 of Colton George Everett, great-grandson of WPI Treasurer and Light Super Stock puller George Everett (Smokeless Alternative).

Little Colton was born to parents Dustin Lee and Kaycee Ann (Badger) Everett of Monrovia, grandson and granddaughter-in-law of George and Jean. Colton is also survived by his maternal grandparents Cindy and Dewight Emberton and K.C. and Rhonda Badger; parental grandparents Mark and Jana Everett; maternal great grandparents, Ruth and Jerry Bondurant and Chuck Badger of Speedway; an aunt, Corbin Badger; and many friends and family members. A tribute to Colton appears here, and condolences may be left for the family at that site.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, January 18 from noon to 3 p.m. at Light Memorial & Funeral Chapel, 585 East Main Street, Monrovia, Indiana  46157 (888.255.8040).

Please keep the Everett and Badger extended families in your thoughts during their time of grief.

Cloverdale SF, SEMI Will Appear in Session Two

Due to ongoing technical difficulties, the Super Farm class and Super Semi exhibitions originally scheduled for Friday night's Session One will instead appear during Saturday afternoon's Session Two.

The remainder of the Session Two slate, which includes Two- and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks and Super Stock Diesel and Light Pro Stock Tractors, will run as originally scheduled. Session Three will feature Super Stock Diesel, Pro Stock, Light Pro, Mini, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, and a second Semi exhibition.

2019 NTPA Winter Nationals Competitor List

2019 Cloverdale Logo SquareThe fifth annual NTPA Winter Nationals will comprise three sessions on Friday and Saturday, January 11-12. Located at Exit 41 of Interstate 70, the C-Bar-C Expo Center will host a 320’ track, open pits, and vendors (including food stands and beer gardens) all under one roof.

The following competitors have tentatively accepted invitations as of January 7 (updated).

Modified Mini (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Adam Bauer (Iron Toy and Cowboy Up)
  • Joe Eder (Polar Air)
  • Fagundes Team (Not Done and Sharecropper)
  • Adam Koester (Beast of Burden and Walk the Line)
  • Berrie Boer and Bob Boyd (Bobcat Jr.)
  • the Sheltons (Cuttin' Up and Splinter)
  • Bruce Slagh (Show No Mercy)
  • Kim Quamme (Well Oiled Machine)

Pro Stock (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Dennie A. Brown (Green with Envy)
  • Chris Cain (Aces Wild)
  • Tim Cain (Red Gambler)
  • Mike Conny (MAC Nasty)
  • Darrin Hunt (D2 Pro Stock Edition)
  • Mark Lawyer (Rapped Up!)
  • Nick McCormick (Nasty Stuff)
  • Charles Pelletier (CP Dream II)
  • Julia Ray (MAC Daddy)
  • Danny Schmucker (Rampage)
  • Cody Shay (Red Edge Pro)
  • Jason Svonavec (Bootlegger)

Big Ass Diesel Super Farm (Fri. 7p)

  • Ryan Anderson (Checkin’ Out)
  • the Ferrises (Absolutely Nuts and Assorted Nuts)
  • Russ Freeze (Deere Traxx)
  • Shane Masten (Thumpin’ Pumpkin)
  • Jeremy Roberts (Wicked Whitetail)
  • Tony Sietsema (Wolverine Deere)
  • Jon Silsby (Crop Doctor)
  • Stan Warda (Hammerin Hank)
  • Chris Weidinger (Black Power)
  • Dave Whelan (My Last Excuse)

Super Stock Diesel 4x4 (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Carl Atley (Lethal Weapon)
  • Jon Bair (Grin-N-Bair It)
  • Don Bowling (Pulling for the Cure)
  • Kent Crowder (Scheid Diesel)
  • Craig Dickey (Cummins Killer II)
  • Chase Eller (Caretaker)
  • Curt Haisley (Off Constantly)
  • Van Haisley (Rock Hard Ram)
  • Susan Ingram (Scheid Diesel)
  • Brion Withrow (The Nut Job)

Semi Exhibition (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Ryan DeBroux (Playin’ with Fire)
  • Dean Holicky (Mother Trucker)
  • W.T. Miller (Bad Addiction)

Four Wheel Drive (Sat. noon)

  • Tyler Cobb (Bandit)
  • Ben Ellis (Benjammin)
  • Carmen Foster (Foster Child)
  • Rob Foster (Simply Red)
  • Danny Johnson (Talk to Me)
  • Larry Peterson (Profab Geared Up)
  • Lisa Peterson (Profab)
  • Ted Skelton (The Rock)
  • Tim Skelton (The Bone)
  • Jake Zaring (Rule #19 and Fatheadz Eyewear)

Light Pro Stock (Sat. noon & 7p)

  • Kevin Banion (Forgiven)
  • Duane Bauer (Beaver Hunter Reloaded)
  • Ron Beasley (Farmall Fever)
  • Collin Birkholz (International 1456)
  • Jason Fliehman (Second Chances)
  • Kendall Houk (Nothing Special)
  • Kyle Holland (Black Tornado)
  • Brice and Zach Howell (New Holland T8020)
  • Mike Palmer (Red Avenger)
  • Terry Shafer (Bad Company)
  • Wes Spencer (Bush Wacker)
  • Scott Webb (Ragin’ Red)
  • Mark Wiederhold (Bare Necessities)

Super Stock Diesel (Sat. noon & 7p)

  • Steve Burge (Lock-N-Load)
  • Brandon Hunt (Liv’n a Dream)
  • Esdon Lehn (Red Line Fever)
  • Kent Payne (Super Rooster)
  • Travis Schabach (Bone Twister)

Two Wheel Drive (Sat. noon)

  • Ashley and Craig Corzine (Burn Notice, Second Degree, and Wild One)
  • Joey Frasur (Runnin’ Block)
  • Chad Mayhill (P5)
  • Jared Nelson (Midnight Revenger)
  • Jessie Petro (Buckeye Hauler)
  • Randy Petro (Kathy’s Komplaint)
  • Doug Theobald (Wicked)
  • Renee Theobald (Pretty Wicked)
  • LeAnn Tormoehlen-May (Thriller)
  • Tommy Tormoehlen (Showtime)

Check ShopNTPA.com or O’Reilly Auto Parts Stores for discount pre-event tickets coming soon. Can’t make it all weekend? Catch the Live Stream at WatchNTPA.com.

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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Mara Newcomb, Girlfriend of FWD Competitor Peyton Davis, Has Passed

We regret to report the passing on Friday, December 21 of  Mara Newcomb of Tappahannock, Virginia. Ms. Newcomb died of injuries she sustained in a vehicle accident. Surviving was her 4-year-old child, who was a passenger in her vehicle.

Ms. Newcomb was the girlfriend of Grand National Four Wheel Drive competitor Peyton Davis (Punisher and Young Gun).

We humbly ask for your prayers for comfort for the grieving Newcomb and Davis families.

Ken Eder, Brother of Joe and Buck, Killed in Accident

We are saddened to inform you of the death on Saturday, December 15 of Ken Eder, 65, of Carthage, North Carolina following an accident. Mr. Eder was the brother of Unlimited and Modified Mini competitor Joe Eder (Polar Air) and Langford Northeast Nationals promoter Buck Eder.

Mr. Eder, the president of Mideast Railroad Service of Carthage, was killed while in the process of correcting a train derailment on the Norfolk-Southern Railroad site near the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer.

Alongside his wife Patti, Mr. Eder was the co-founder of 100-Plus Years of Progress, a three-day antique tractor, steam engine, and train show held every autumn on their property, nicknamed "Ederville," just outside Carthage in central North Carolina, about 80 miles east of Charlotte. This past November, the Eders' displayed collection numbered over 1,000 items and was housed in 20 buildings. Mr. Eder's full obituary may be found here; an article describing his impact on the Carthage and antique equipment enthusiast communities appears here.

Flowers may be sent and condolences offered at the funeral home's site.

Our deepest sympathies are with Patti, Joe, Buck, and the entire Eder family in their time of grief.

 

My Last Excuse SF Team Member Earl Kelley Has Passed

We regret to inform you of the passing on Saturday, December 15 of Earl Dean Kelley, 93, of Adrian, Michigan. Mr. Kelley was the original driver of the "My Last Excuse" Super Farm that is presently campaigned by son-in-law Dave Whelan on the Grand National and Wolverine Pullers circuits.

Mr. Kelley owned Twin Curves Farms for 60 years and exhibited livestock at the Lenawee County Fair for 80 years, in the process serving in the county's Agricultural Society, on the Holstein Dairymen's Board, and on many of the fair's committees. He was also an auctioneer with Mitchell and Kelley of Adrian.

Mr. Kelley was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Virginia. In addition to Shanon and Dave, he is survived by daughters Cherryl Jackson and Karyl (John) Diersen; grandchildren Jamie (Bart) Hoover, Jayson (Natalie) and Joshua (Alissa) Diersen, Chad (Kelly), Joel (Stacia), and Kyle (Becky) Whelan, and Tori (David) Racine; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters Mariam (Gerald) Ganun and Nancy Eardley; and many other relatives and friends. His complete obituary may be found here.

Condolences to the family may be expressed here. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen Lutheran, the Lenawee County Ag Society, the Lenawee Dairymen's Association, or Hospice of Lenawee.

The WPI/NTPA family asks that you keep Shanon, Dave, Chad, and the Kelley and Whelan families in your thoughts.

Cloverdale's NTPA Winter Nationals to Host Nine Divisions on January 11-12

Worthington, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association and the C-Bar-C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana will team up to produce the fifth annual NTPA Winter Nationals presented by Bane-Welker Equipment. Conducted on a regulation-length 320' course, the indoor event will feature nine NTPA divisions and comprise three sessions on Friday and Saturday, January 11 and 12.

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 championship pulling events. With superchargers emitting an ear-splitting whine, massive tires churning clay at 100-mph wheelspeeds, and turbochargers pumping columns of diesel smoke, high-performance pulling offers fans a multitude of thrills unmatched by any other motorsport.

Before and between the competition---in Session One on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sessions Two and Three on Saturday at noon and 7 p.m.---pulling fans are invited to stroll the open pits, vendor and exhibitor areas, and refreshment stands. They're all under one roof at the expansive C-Bar-C complex, which will host a post-session concert by David Ball on Friday night. Discounted pre-sale tickets for individual sessions, all day Saturday, and the entire weekend are on sale now at O'Reilly Auto Parts outlets and at ShopNTPA.com.

Appearing for the first time in Cloverdale will be Super Farm Tractors in a Friday evening class sponsored by Big Ass Diesel of Nicholasville, Kentucky. Divisions returning to the friendly confines of C-Bar-C include Super Stock Diesel and Pro Stock Tractors, Super Stock Diesel 4x4 and Exhibition Super Semi Trucks, and Modified Minis (Friday, 7 p.m. and Saturday, 7 p.m.), Light Pro Stock Tractors (Saturday, noon and 7 p.m.), and Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks (Saturday, noon).

Competitors scheduled to appear include 2018 champions Carl Atley (GN SSD 4x4), Adam Bauer (GN MINI), Ben Ellis (GN FWD), Dean Holicky (GN SEMI), Kendall Houk (RN LT PS), Charles Pelletier (GN PS), Randy Petro (GN TWD), Wes Spencer (RN LT PS), and Stan Warda (GN SF). The complete list of invitees appears in the December issue of The Puller magazine and online at www.NTPAPULL.com.

Fans in Cloverdale will see all the action along with instant replays on the NTPA's LED Scoreboard. Can't make it to part or all of the event? Stream it live or on-demand at WatchNTPA.com.

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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

David P. Schreier, WPI CEO, Announces Retirement

IMG 9090 cropWorthington, Ohio---World Pulling International President and Chief Executive Officer David P. Schreier announced his upcoming retirement at the National Tractor Pullers Association's 48th annual Convention and Awards Banquet. The statement came at the end of his opening remarks on Saturday, December 1.

"I will step down from the WPI Executive Board at the March 2019 WPI annual meeting," Schreier told the gathering of competitors, promoters, sponsors, NTPA personnel, and families. "I will retire as Chief Executive Officer on June 1, 2019."

Schreier had informed the WPI/NTPA office staff and Executive Boards of his intentions in private meetings prior to the banquet.

"I'm confident that Gregg [Randall, NTPA General Manager] and the staff, with the support of the WPI and NTPA Boards, will carry it forward and maintain the position that we have in the motorsports industry."

Schreier was elected the first president of the Executive Board of WPI, the holding company formed in 1985 to operate the NTPA. Originally chartered in 1969 to bring uniform competition and safety rules to the nascent motorsport, the Association had by the mid-1980s incurred debts in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Aided by shares purchased by individual benefactors, member states, and other organizations, the privately held corporation raised funds to repay the Association's creditors and repair relationships with competitors, promoters, and insurers. Now financially sound, the NTPA sanctions approximately 200 sessions of national and state-level competition each season.

"[There were some] rough years early, and there were a lot of people who didn't agree with a lot of things. But we kept at it, kept doing what we felt was right, and kept moving ahead. And I think where we stand today proves that we are on the right track and stand as the top organization in all of pulling."

WPI remains its parent company as the NTPA enters its 50th season of competition, meaning that Schreier will have been its leader for over two thirds of its existence.

"I want to sincerely thank the office staff, and all the past staff members, for their dedicated hard work and support. Thank you to the shareholders, the promoters, the officials, the sponsors, the member states, and especially all the present and past competitors and their families for their support of NTPA pulling.

"I want to thank my loving wife Christine," Schreier concluded, "for all her support and understanding throughout the 34 years."

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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

NTPA Honors 2018's Best at Awards Banquet

Worthington, Ohio---On Saturday, December 1 at the DoubleTree Columbus-Worthington in Columbus, Ohio, the National Tractor Pullers Association's 48th annual Awards Banquet celebrated competitors, families, crewmembers, and supporters who make truck and tractor pulling happen weekend after weekend, season after season.

We offer our congratulations to the following award winners and express our appreciation for the strong bonds we share with our corporate partners, as well as to our National Point Fund and Contingency Program sponsors and to the Convention and Banquet sponsors listed below.

Member State of the Year

United Pullers of the Carolinas: Award sponsored by Dick Dakin & Associates (presented at the NTPA Annual Meeting on Friday, November 30)

Education Awards and Scholarships

  • Ethan Neal: WPI Higher Education Award, sponsored by K&K Insurance Group
  • Annika Miller: Pullers Against Drugs Scholarship, sponsored by World Pulling International
  • Rachel Holicky: Pullers Against Drugs Scholarship, sponsored by the National Tractor Pullers Association

Regional National Awards

Regional National Champions: Jackets sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

  • Region II Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Singer Sled Rental
  • Region III Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and B100
  • Region IV Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by AKE Stop-Fyre®
  • Region V Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Joe Busch Ag Repair

Grand National Awards

Grand National Pulling Circuit Top-Five Finishers: Points fund exceeding $50,000 sponsored by Case IH

Grand National Champions: Awards sponsored by Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals of Tomah, Wisconsin; jackets sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

Grand National Pullers of the Year

  • Adam Bauer: Modified Mini Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by TRB Machine
  • Dean Holicky: Super Semi Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Carl Atley: Super Stock Diesel 4x4 Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Pit Bull Tires
  • Ben Ellis: Four Wheel Drive Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Profab
  • Blagrave Pulling Team: Two Wheel Drive Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection
  • Stan Warda: Super Farm Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Alliance Tire Group
  • Charles Pelletier: Pro Stock Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Columbus Diesel Supply
  • Adam Spiegelberg: Light Super Stock Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Full Pull Motorsports
  • Blagrave Pulling Team: Super Stock Diesel Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Bauer Built/Ironman Sleds
  • John Strickland: Super Stock Open Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Steve Bollinger and Craig Corzine: Light Unlimited Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by SCS Gearbox
  • Doug Lively: Modified Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Sassy Racing Engines
  • Chuck Knapp: Unlimited Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Fowler Engines

Special Awards

  • Linda Tetreault: Crew Chief of the Year Award, sponsored by Midwest Wheel
  • Blagrave Pulling Team: Mechanic of the Year Award, sponsored by Haisley Machine
  • Wimer Fuel Injection & Turbo: Manufacturer of the Year Award, sponsored by the SFI Foundation
  • Vaughn Bauer: Sled of the Year Award, sponsored by SpecCast
  • Melissa Graham: Official of the Year Award, sponsored by Artina Promotional Products
  • Sarah Smith: NTPA National Fan Cheer of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Bret Berg: Hooker of the Year Award, sponsored by the Arfons Family
  • Arcola National Truck and Tractor Pull (Arcola, Indiana): Regional National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Metzger Trucking
  • Fort Recovery NTPA Grand Nationals (Fort Recovery, Ohio): Grand National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Case IH
  • National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio): Super National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by GALOT Motorsports Park
  • Adam Spiegelberg: Grand National Rookie of the Year Award, sponsored by Ambassador Club (Fort Recovery, Ohio)
  • Jack Kielmeyer Family: Pulling Family of the Year Award, sponsored by the National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio)
  • Adam Bauer: Kent Enderle NTPA Hard Charger Award

Pulling Hall of Fame, 2018 Class

  • J.R. Collins: Pulling Hall of Fame Inductee, sponsored by Firestone Tires
  • Bill Berg: Pulling Hall of Fame Inductees, sponsored by American Awards

 

2018 Region 4 Champions Spotlight

 

As we continue our recognition of 2018 Regional Champions, we take a look at Region 4. You can catch the live-stream of the banquet on ntpapull.com Saturday night December 1, thanks to Kentucky Trailer. Also be sure to see the full recaps of all the Regional and Grand National Champions in the January/February issue of The Puller Magazine.

Region IV:

Heavy Super Stock

  • Ronnie Strickland’s “Another Outlaw” found itself in high-class company Saturday in Raleigh, landing between GALOTs “I” and “II” to start the two-hook shootout first in points. A day later, Strickland finished fourth to stave off Jason Irvin’s “Drunkin’ Punkin.”

Super Farm

  • After an entire year had passed between national hooks, the Super Farms’ result was the same as in 2017. Daniel McDonald’s “Bad Boy” won the first and only hook of the season at the Southern Showdown to top Chris Hales’ “Outlaw.”

Light Pro Stock

  • Raleigh provided a single regional hook for the Light Pros, and Ron Beasley was rested and ready. He and his “Farmall Fever” cruised to a nearly 19-foot cushion over Region II regular Kevin Banion’s “Forgiven” to earn his second title.

Modified:

  • In Modifieds, Don Deane and his “Plumbers Nitemare” returned to their home away from home to claim a fourth southeast region title in six years. Two wins by a combined 112 feet were too much for Richard Rockefeller’s “Policy Peddler” to underwrite.

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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

2018 Region 3 Champions Spotlight

 

As we continue our recognition of 2018 Regional Champions, we take a look at Region 3, which contained events in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Sandwich, Illinois. You can catch the live-stream of the banquet on ntpapull.com Saturday night December 1, thanks to Kentucky Trailer. Also be sure to see the full recaps of all the Regional and Grand National Champions in the January/February issue of The Puller Magazine.

Region III:

Heavy Super Stock

  • Ken Witt’s “Mr. Yuk” is the Heavy Super heavyweight after posting a second and two thirds to outscore Brandon Besser’s “From Ashes” Light Pro. Witt earned points in both Regions III and V and in both Light and Heavy Super Stock, competing in both at his hometown Throwdown in Houston.

Super Farm

  • Mitch Fehn’s win at Owatonna reversed the midseason momentum that Trevan Rohde had been building with “Somethin’ Fierce.” Having finished in the top four in each of its six appearances, Fehn’s “Red Storm Reloaded” went on to its first Super Farm title and victory at the Enderle.

Light Pro Stock

  • Birkholz bookended the Light Pros’ four-hook campaign with wins in Ellsworth and Ridgeland. In between came a third at Tomah and a second at Houston. With three top fives of its own, Duane Bauer’s “Beaver Hunter Reloaded” came home second.

Limited Pro Stock:

  • “Instigator” started hot in Ellsworth before cooling at the next Wisconsin stop in Tomah. A month later, victories on successive nights in Anoka and Menomonie got Bill Figanbaum back in front for his first Region III title. Kevin Lindstrom’s “Hyper Harvester” won in Ridgeland to end up one point back.

Two Wheel Drive:

  • Dustin Amundson’s second straight two-win season was enough to match his closest challengers, Wayne Timmerman’s “Showtime” and Dale Stampfli’s “Twisted Tight.” But it was his five runner-up finishes that created a nine-point separation in Two Wheel Drives.

Four Wheel Drive:

  • And in Four Wheel Drives, Cory Lemirande’s crime spree started in Ellsworth, and he stayed a step or two ahead of the Total Team’s posse the rest of the way. “Breakin’ Da Law” won for a second time in Anoka to secure Lemirande’s first title by four over Lawrence Line’s “Totally Hooked.”

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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

2018 Region 2 Champions Spotlight

 

As we continue our recognition of 2018 Regional Champions, we take a look at Region 2, which encompassed events in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. You can catch the live-stream of the banquet on ntpapull.com Saturday night December 1, thanks to Kentucky Trailer. Also be sure to see the full recaps of all the Regional and Grand National Champions in the January/February issue of The Puller Magazine.

Region II:

Light Super Stock:

  • Just two hooks survived a wet summer, but it was a great “punkin’” crop. Jason Irvin took his first Light Super championship on a tiebreaker by winning Urbana outright before the outage. Losing the tie: “Hart's Desire,” which has missed two titles in two years by one total point.

Heavy Super Stock:

  • John Pfeiffer trailed the standings for about 24 hours in Arcola before winning Session Two to retake the lead. “Pfeiffermax” won three times in all alongside three thirds to take his third straight Heavy Super title. Barry Eliker’s industrial-yellow “Buckeye Bandit” was second.

Super Farm:

  • Charlie and Nick Capozzo took their dad’s 4010 on a tour of Region II. “Cruel Intentions” promptly won its first six hooks and scored 30 points eight times to erase the Allegan deficit and qualify for the Enderle. Jorge Zenz’s “Minor Setback” had two wins to make it to number two in Super Farm.

Pro Stock:

  • A year after losing Allegan’s winner-take-all, the Whitney/Aller Team came out in force with a win, a second, and a third in their first three Pro Stock hooks. Still, “Ground Force” led the Campbells’ “Soup Line Express” by only a single point entering Findlay before finishing fifth to clinch.

Light Pro Stock - East:

  • The final gap was 10 in the East, but it required something special in West Salem: fellow Light Pro competitors helped Kendall Houk change a turbo in the pits. “Nothing Special” then took sixth to claim the crown over the runner-up “Ragin’ Red” of Scott Webb after each had three wins.

Light Pro Stock - West:

  • Wes is king of the West. His “Bush Wacker” won in Rushville and had five top fives across 11 appearances to take the lead for keeps after Fort Recovery. Both of Mike Palmer’s “Avengers” finished 10 points back; the original had three wins.

Limited Pro Stock:

  • Garrett Boldry’s sweep at the Fort was the last word in Limited Pro Stock. His first two national wins aboard “Smoke Fever” got by Travis Wisel’s “Irrational Behavior” by just one point before early September rains wiped out Roanoke and Lynn.


Two Wheel Drive - East:

  • I’ll see your London, Wilmington, and Mount Vernon and raise you Owensville, Zanesville, Canton, and West Salem. So said the Secrests to the Shephards of their respective 30-point performances in the East. But the Two Wheelers’ turning point was “EZ’s” squeaker over “AA” in Findlay.

Two Wheel Drive - West:

  • Between his West-winning “Vintage” and his Grand National champion “Kathy’s Komplaint,” Randy Petro took the checkered flag eight times in 2018. When all was said and done, Petro and the Secrests’ "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" had staged a rerun of last year’s top-two finish.

Four Wheel Drive:

  • A wins in the Four Wheelers’ first visit to Michigan got Steve Elchinger the lead. But it wasn’t just his second win there that helped him keep it. “Jus’ Passin’ Thru” just kept on pulling away from Ron Newell’s “Temporary Insanity” with four top fives down the stretch.

Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 - East:

  • Rob Wright is the East’s first StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 champ a year after winning the division’s inaugural title. Firsts in two of his final three hooks in Mount Vernon and Canton helped hold off Nickolas Stamm’s “Frank.” Wright also claimed the 3.0s’ first Enderle win.

Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 - West:

  • Like Wright, the Western champion Jeff Hossler and runner-up Adam Hallien had two wins apiece, and all three were Enderle qualifiers, with “Flirtin’ with Disaster” claiming the scheduled at-large berth. Hossler knocked off Hallien’s “Wrecker” at Allegan to win the title by one point.

Super Stock Diesel 4x4:

  • Unlike 2017, when the two diesel Super 4x4 contenders never met, Cody Hastings’ “Against the Grain” and Susan Ingram’s “Scheid Diesel” faced off twice this season, when Ingram won in Washington Court House and Hastings in Findlay. The difference was Hastings’ third in Fayette County.

Modified Mini:

  • David Lacey reversed the order in which his “Triple Play” Minis ended up even as “Unchained” out-won “Double or Nothing” five to three. They finished back-to-back 10 times in 13 appearances, were one-two five of those times, and tied for a win in Canton.

Modified:

  • And in Modifieds, Ryan Writsel scattered five wins across 15 hooks and finished lower than second only once in leading the division wire-to-wire. It’s Writsel’s third title in “Lucky Stryke”’s three seasons. Todd Feiss’ “S’no Farmer” returned to its regional roots for the runner-up and at-large Enderle berth.

 

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