NTPA Staff Member Sarah Smith Wins Columbus Marathon Spirit Award

SarahAndMillieWorthington, Ohio---Sarah Smith, NTPA Publications Editor and Merchandise/Webmall Coordinator, has been honored with the Lashutka Spirit Award in conjunction with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon.

She and her husband Chris will join 20,000 other participants in the Columbus Marathon on Sunday, October 21, she for the fourth time. But this year, they and a group of friends will be running in support of a cause: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer, with which Sarah was diagnosed this past July. Her motto, inspired by The Puller magazine feature subject Dave Archer, is "Bound and Determined."

A front page article on Sarah, Chris, Millie (pictured), and J.J. appeared in the Friday, October 19 Columbus Dispatch. Brief profiles on this year's 10 Spirit Award winners also appeared on the Marathon's website and blog.

We offer our congratulations to Sarah and our encouragement in this and all of her future marathons.

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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and 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 Awards Banquet and Convention Information

November 30-December 1 convention/banquet at new north side location

As always, competitors, sponsors, and fans are invited to attend the NTPA’s 48th annual Convention and Awards Banquet.

But be advised: We’ve moved!

This year, the DoubleTree Columbus-Worthington will host the two-day affair on the north side of Ohio’s capital city. Located just off U.S. 23 north of Interstate 270 (i.e., the North Outerbelt), the new facility can be reached from East Campus View Drive. (Note: The entire 23/270 intersection was recently reconstructed, so your GPS might get a little lost.)

One thing that won’t change is the event’s busy schedule. Board meetings and elections precede the presentation of state programs Friday morning. Tech and entry schools for current and aspiring officials and clerks will be held that afternoon prior to the Promoters Seminar.

Saturday morning is just as packed, beginning with the Appreciation Breakfast and continuing with the National Programs Meeting  and Competitors Seminar.

Then, the glitz and glamour get going when the Awards Banquet honors 2018’s Grand and Regional National Champions, Pullers of the Year, GN Rookie of the Year, Kent Enderle Hard Charger, Pulls of the Year, Hall of Fame inductees, and more.

To make your hotel reservations, call the DoubleTree or complete the online form by Monday, November 12. Mention the NTPA to receive the group rate. For banquet details, call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

New location: DoubleTree Columbus-Worthington
175 Hutchinson Avenue / Columbus, Ohio 43235
Reservations: 614.885.3334

Convention and Banquet Schedule

Friday, November 30

 8 a.m.—11 a.m.:  WPI Executive Board Meeting/NTPA Executive Board Meeting

 9 a.m.—6 p.m.:  Registration

 11 a.m.—Noon:  Open (Lunch)

 Noon—1 p.m.:  NTPA Election of Officers/Full Board Meeting/NTPA Member State Checks

 1 p.m.—2 p.m.: NTPA Member State Programs

1:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m.:     NTPA Tech School

2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.:     NTPA Entry School

 4 p.m.—6 p.m.: Promoters Seminar

 7 p.m.—11 p.m.: Cen-Pe-Co Hospitality

Saturday, December 1

 7 a.m.—5 p.m.:  Registration

 8 a.m.—10 a.m.:  NTPA Annual Appreciation Breakfast (Ticket: $15)

10:30 a.m.—11 a.m.:       NTPA National Programs Meeting

 11 a.m.—Noon:  Competitors Seminar

 Noon—5 p.m.:  Open

 5 p.m.—6 p.m.:  K&K Insurance Social Hour

6 p.m.—7:30 p.m.:  NTPA Banquet Meal (Ticket: $50)

7:30 p.m.—8 p.m.:  Raffle & Opening Remarks

8 p.m.—10:15 p.m.:  Awards Ceremony

WPI + K&K Insurance Higher Education Scholarships applications due November 12

ScholarshipFPSS 18Scholarship essay deadline is November 12

Three higher education scholarships are open to high school seniors and college students in good standing who are immediate family of NTPA members or affiliates (e.g. competitors, crew, officials, entry, promoters, and associate members).

Sponsored by World Pulling International and K&K Insurance, the $1,000 scholarships will be presented at the NTPA Awards Banquet. Winners need not be present to accept. Visit NTPAPULL.com for details and a link to the scholarship application, including the essay topic: “What would you do to stop the violent crimes that are starting to take over our schools in America?”

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Remaining Events Count Toward 2018 Titles, 2019 Enderle

Worthington, Ohio---Pullers and fans are reminded that open-entry classes at all regional national events count toward 2018 championships (provided the division has three or more scheduled appearances). Remaining open-entry events on the 2018 NTPA calendar include Dover, Ohio (September 21), West Salem, Ohio (September 22), and Raleigh, North Carolina (October 12-14).

Furthermore, there is no Enderle "blackout" period as in years past. Therefore, points accumulated at the above events (plus Allegan, Michigan) will count toward berths for participating divisions in the 33rd Enderle on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

To keep up to date, check out the various points tables at the Standings page at www.NTPAPULL.com.

Road to the Enderle: Week 18 GN Traffic Report (Final Competitor List)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---The Regional National side of the ledger ended soggily with rainouts in Roanoke (with points), Lynn (no points), and Tipton (no points), Indiana. At the same time, the Sandwich Fair got its precipitation on Wednesday, Thursday afternoon, and Friday---in other words, around but not atop the DeKalb County Nationals' pulling schedule. As a result, berths 41 through 65 in the 32nd Enderle Memorial Pull-Off were secured on the track, just like we like it. Unless and until we receive word that an invitee cannot participate, consider the list below to be your 2018 Pull-Off roster.

Don't miss out on discounted pre-event ticket sales to the Enderle, held at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, still on sale for a few more days at ShopNTPA.com. And while you're online, stop by www.NTPAPULL.com for Enderle RN Traffic reports and complete, up-to-date final Grand National standings, final Enderle Pull-Off standings, and final Shell Rotella Cup standings.

GN LIGHT SUPER STOCK (Updated through Bowling Green)
Brian Korth's "Considered Armed & Dangerous" is the champion once more after winning Thursday night and collecting 15 rain points on Friday. Adam Spiegelberg's "Detonator Black" took second in the lone competitive hook and finished there in the points, while Jason Hootman's "Commander" took fourth and finished the season in third. The remaining Korth/Mike Chizek Armed & Dangerous entries, "Excessive Force" and "Deadly Force" stanched Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" to clinch berths in Urbana. Update: Terry Blackbourn will pilot all three A&D Team entries in Saturday night's session.

GN SUPER STOCK DIESEL (Updated through Sandwich)
The one-through-five point spreads and number of GN tractors to answer DeKalb County's call were such that the latter could not impact the former if everybody hooked. Hence, one might be tempted to call Saturday's proceedings less than meaningful to the participants. But one would be wrong. Stan and Steve Blagrave coaxed their "Red Horse" through two reassuring runs after a month of subpar performances. Colin Ross picked up his sixth win of the year with "Triple Bypass" to keep a fading championship chance flickering and to start building toward 2019. Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" got two top-fours; Kent Payne's "Super Rooster," two top-threes. And Steve Burge got his first victory with "Lock-N-Load" on the very last hook to remind everyone of his presence heading into the Enderle, where he has won four times.

GN SUPER STOCK OPEN (Updated through Wellington)
Just like last year, the "Get a Load of That II" of John Strickland (John will stay home to deal with the hurricane, Brent Payne will drive both), clinched a title on the final hook of his class. This year, his closest competitor was his teammate, Brent Payne, who will be Enderle qualifier number two aboard "Get a Load of That." Coming in third was the class winner, Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet," and in fourth was Sid Broughton's "Desperado" with Rob Trowbridge at the controls. In fifth? The runner-up the past two seasons, Josh Blackbourn, whose "Internationanl Threat" won in its only GN appearance in Tomah. Update: Josh Blackbourn will be unable to attend, and so Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood," which competed in the class at Wellington, will accept invitation number five.

GN SUPER FARM (Updated through Sandwich)
Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" banked three wins in the season's first four hooks and made that stand up all the way to the finish line, in the process winning a Grand National title in his first season so licensed. Dave Whelan's late surge with "My Last Excuse" as usual had a BG ring to it, as he tallied 173 points in six late hooks to close to second. The Ferrises' "Absolutely Nuts" and "Assorted Nuts" were third and fifth around Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere," which along with "Assorted" upset Chris Weidinger's "Black Power" and held off the Freezes' "Deere Traxx" in Sandwich to keep their Enderle invitations intact.

GN PRO STOCK (Updated through Sandwich)
A 14-point lead for Charles Pelletier was not by any means insurmountable with two hooks to go in DeKalb County. But it put the pressure on "CP Dream II"'s challengers to make their moves in the afternoon Session Two. By Session Three, they hadn't, and the Deere's 18-point lead expanded to 23 when Pelletier placed second to clinch his second title. Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up with a Vengeance" became a two-time bridesmaid, while Jason Svonavec's three-win, third-place "Bootlegger" joined Lawyer as a perceived legit threat in 2019. Tim Cain's "Red Gambler" was fourth and Robby Lemke fifth after his "New Generation Plus" held off Chris Cain's "Aces Wild."

GN TWO WHEEL DRIVE (Updated through Canfield)
In a sense, we have a "new" champion in Two Wheel Drive. In another, it's the continuation of a historic streak, as Petro Motorsports captured its 10th consecutive division title when Randy Petro's "Kathy's Komplaint" beat out Sean Blagrave's "Wild Horse" head-to-head on Saturday night. It's Randy's fifth title of his own and the 12th for the family operation that includes son Jessie's "Buckeye Hauler" (2012-2017 champion) and the now-regional "2 Timin'" (2009). Canfield winner Bryan McDonald and "Suffering Sanity" finished fourth, just a point behind Jessie. And in fifth for the season was Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice," which won the show in Urbana last year with wife Ashley at the controls. Update: Ashley will get another turn in the seat in 2018.

GN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (Updated through Canfield)
The weekend's tightest race came down to two early hooks and a long wait, as Ben Ellis' "Benjammin" accepted his 320' test hook in Wauseon, and Carmen Foster's "Foster Child" pulled in behind Ellis and Danny Johnson's "Talk to Me" at 308' three trucks later. At that moment, and for the next half hour or so, the two were tied in points; had that remained the case, Foster would have won the tiebreaker. But late in the evening arrived Jim Holman and Larry Peterson, who parked "4 Play" and "Profab Geared Up," respectively, between the two contenders to tip the race to Ellis. Locking down the fifth berth was Tyler Cobb's "Bandit," which fended off Ted Skelton's "Rock."

GN SUPER STOCK DIESEL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (Updated through Sandwich)
The Sandwich Fair's Truck Night belonged to Carl Atley, whose "Lethal Weapon" took the win and the Grand National title. Finishing second and third in the points as well as the Thursday night class were Shane Kellogg's "Trump" and Justin Gearhart's "Cream of the Crop." Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" came home fourth for the year and Brion Withrow's "Nut Job" fifth.

GN SUPER SEMI  (Updated through Bowling Green)
Congratulations all around to three of the long-haulers: Dean Holicky (Mother Trucker) for clinching his fourth GN title (2018, 2016, 2015, 2014), to Pat Eilen (Just' Passin' Thru in Class) for the championship ring, and to Ryan DeBroux (Playin' with Fire) for a two-win (Hutchinson S1, Ionia S2), six-top three season. But the laurels won't end there, and when you're looking toward Urbana, does anyone win (or love to win) at the Enderle more than Jack Kielmeyer (Jacked Up)? And how about Brian Elithorpe (Nikki's Nightmare), who'll return to Champaign County as the event's defending champ.

GN MODIFIED MINI (Updated through Wauseon)
With just nine point-earning Minis on the grounds, Adam Bauer's "Iron Toy" would stay safely ahead of Adam Koester's "Walk the Line" and its own stablemate "Cowboy Up" just by completing a legal pass. That race for second, however, was still up for grabs, and Koester's 2016 champion took its best shot, finishing second to class winner Chase Richardson to claim it. Behind Joe Eder's "Polar Air" and ahead of Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall," Koester also locked up the fifth berth with "Beast of Burden." So there'll be just three different drivers (and two different first names!) in the class when they flip on the lights in Champaign County.

GN LIGHT UNLIMITED (Updated through Bowling Green)
On Tuesday night, Steve Bollinger won to put his "Money Pit Screwed Up" four points ahead of Brandon Simon's "Simon Sez." Given that there were five GN-licensed tractors on the grounds and that Bollinger held all tiebreakers, the race would be over as soon as "Money Pit" tightened the chain on Wednesday. But no one told Simon not to bother, and he promptly won on Wednesday while "Money Pit" floundered to pull into a points tie and show momentum heading to the Enderle. Also moving in the right direction was Ted Boyer's "Mr. Twist-N-Shout" (fifth) which concluded a frustrating regular season with two straight seconds. Finishing third was Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" and fourth was the Simons' "Simon Sez Show No Mercy."
Update: Simon's will not be able to make the event, look for both Feiss Pulling Team tractors "S'no Farmer" & "Feissty Farmer" to fill the spots.

GN MODIFIED  (Updated through Sandwich)
Three weeks passed between the Modifieds' previous appearance in Bowling Green and their last two showings in Sandwich. Some of the machines busied themselves in Unlimited competition, including the chief rivals of Doug Lively's "Bank Robber," namely Bret Berg's "Money Maker" and Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up." But when Tractor Day in DeKalb County arrived, they both outpaced Lively in both sessions to narrow---but not quite erase---Lively's winning margin. Corey Kielmeyer's "Double Trouble" will make the journey to the Enderle Pull-Off in his first GN season (you'll recall, those Kielmeyers know the route well), while Bob Jostocks's "Wild Child" closed out teammate Bill Douglas Jr.'s "Spook Gone Wild" to claim spot number five.

GN UNLIMITED (Updated through Canfield)
Chuck Knapp went off the Canfield track a victor in two senses Saturday night, having won the class and clinched "Screamin D"'s long-anticipated fourth straight Unlimited title by 28 points over Adam Bauer's "Cross Threaded." Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" kept its third-place position in the standings by notching the same place in the class, and David Richardson, who just had to hook to hold off Joe Eder's "Polar Air" for fifth, actually moved into fourth with "For Sale" over the absent "Money Maker" of Bret Berg.

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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and 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.

Road to the Enderle: Week 18 RN Traffic Report (Final Competitor List)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---In our penultimate look at the NTPA Regional National calendar and its implications on those coveted Enderle Pull-Off berths, our travels take us from Wauseon to Canton to Findlay, Ohio and to Ridgeland, Wisconsin. Precisely 12 paths came to their conclusion this week, and 12 more will next week as Sandwich, Illinois and Roanoke, Lynn, and Tipton, Indiana have their turns in the spotlight.

Update: Unfortunately, rain cancellations of Roanoke (with points assigned) and Lynn and Tipton (with no points assigned) have settled the last of our 2018 berths. Keep checking this space as competitors accept their invtations or require replacements.

You can now purchase tickets to the 32nd Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio at the NTPA Webmall (ShopNTPA.com). For event details, check out AllStarPull.com. (Report going into week of September 4-September 10. Berths clinched: 41. Current Enderle RN point standings.) We discuss the state of the 13 premier-level races in our separate Grand National Road to the Enderle Traffic Report.

RN LIGHT SUPER STOCK

  • Berth A (Region II Champion): Rain in Lynn has closed out the race for this berth, and Jason Irvin's win at the Champaign County Fair aboard "Drunkin' Punkin'" has clinched in a tie with James Hart's "Hart's Desire" broken by Irvin's win in Urbana.
  • Berth B (Region III/V Total): Two thirds of the way through this bi-regional path, the Pichler/Norby "Red Thunder" has two wins and a perfect 60-point score. Ken Witt's "Mr. Yuk" (-4) still has hopes of catching up but will have to do it all at Ridgeland this Sunday.
  • Berth C (Hopkinsville): Two hooks in Hopkinsville settled this berth in favor of Robert Galloway's "Hulk Alcohol Edition." Andy Cox drove it to a tiebreak victory over Daniel Northcutt's "On the Edge."

RN HEAVY SUPER STOCK

  • Berth A (Region II Champion): John Pfeiffer and "Pfeiffermax" will once again represent Region II. Pfeiffer finished only four points under the maximum possible over a six-appearance season in which he scored three wins.
  • Berth B (Region III/V Total): Witt and "Mr. Yuk" showed their mettle with a third in Steele County to clinch both this berth and the Region III HSS title.
  • Berth C (Raleigh 2017): On the strength of a third and a fifth in Raleigh last October, Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" will make another appearance at the Enderle. He knocked off the Beasleys' "Farmers Pride" by two. Update: The "Outlaw" has made it north, but Mr. Strickland had to stay home and attend to weather-related matters. James Vanhoy will drive in his stead.
  • Berth D (Hopkinsville): Brandon Hunt found his quarry with two no-doubt wins at near-hometown Hopkinsville. His "Liv'n a Dream"  is in the show.

RN SUPER FARM

  • Berth A (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II Through Tipton): The Tipton cancellation means that the Capozzos' "Cruel Intentions" completed its comeback from missing Allegan last fall to win the race for Berth A by 5.5 points. The championship, which they also lead, will be finalized in Allegan this Thursday.
  • Berth B (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II Through Tipton Runner-Up): The Caseys and their "Whoopie Maker" withstood the season-long hard charge of Jorge Zenz's "Minor Setback" (-3.5) to make it to Urbana.
  • Berth C (Region III Champion): The Rohdes' "Somethin' Fierce" and Dan Schulte's "Binder Express" scratched and clawed at Ridgeland, but Mitch Fehn's "Red Storm Reloaded" took fourth place to fend off its closest challengers by three and seven points, respectively.
  • Berth D (Raleigh 2017): Burnace Vandergriff picked a good weekend to vacation in North Carolina. The Deere driver from the Volunteer state qualified his "Green Fever" on the strength of Saturday afternoon's hook at the State Fair, and it stood when Pinetops was washed out.
  • Berth E (Region V Champion): Rod Deck made the Saturday night calculations easy. Up by five coming in, his "Dream On" won the Bremer County Fair Pull and with it Region V's berth.
  • Berth F (Hopkinsville): Michael Fanning has arrived. With a third and a win in western Kentucky, "Bad Habit Is Back" is your Mid-South qualifier. Finishing a heartbreaking second was Cranford Jennings; his "Bare Bones Binder" barely lost on a tiebreaker.

RN PRO STOCK

  • Berth A (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II): Cameron Aller did the honors in Hancock County for the "Ground Force" team to clinch the Region II title and one of the territory's two Enderle berths.
  • Berth B (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II Runner-Up): The Campbells' "Soup Line Express" may need some chicken noodle to get well before visiting Champaign County. Update: The Campbells have declined, and two-time regional champ Ryan Walters has accepted, so "Chasin' Tail" will appear in Urbana.
  • Berth C (Hopkinsville): "El Nino" stormed to a first and a second in Hopkinsville, stamping Philip Parish's pass to Urbana. Update: Word is that the Parishes will have to decline. It's the "D2 Pro Stock Edition" of Darrin Hunt who will take his place.

RN LIGHT PRO STOCK

  • Berth A (Region II East Through Canton): Kendall Houk extended his margin of victory to five with "Nothing Special"'s fourth-place finish in the berth's wrap-up event in Canton. It'll be Houk's third straight trip to Urbana. Scott Webb's "Ragin' Red" (-5) and Terry Shafer's "Bad Company" (-18), the latter a winner in Stark County, can still claim the division with three hooks to go.
  • Berth B (Region II West Champion): Triply disappointing for the Western contenders, the final three hooks were been lost to rain. Wes Spencer has thus clinched the title and berth with "Bush Wacker."
  • Berth C (Region III Champion): Collin Birkholz's IH 1456 bookended the season with wins including Sunday at Ridgeland to earn his first trip to the Enderle out of Region III.
  • Berth D (Raleigh 2017): Mark Garrett's "Southern Smoke" sealed its envelope last October at the Showdown. A Friday night win was all it took once the Pinetops 300 was zeroed out for 2018. Update: The hurricane has kept Garrett and "Smoke" home, so Vanhoy's runner-up "Shade Tree Smoker" has answered the call.

RN LIMITED PRO STOCK

  • Berth A (Region II Champion): Brad and Garrett Boldry's "Smoke Fever" are Region II's champs and reps after rain across eastern Indiana ended the season in Fort Recovery. The father-son duo finished with three wins in four appearances. Update: A family wedding will keep the Boldrys in Indiana, but Tim Overmyer has agreed to pilot "Smoke Fever" Saturday in Urbana.
  • Berth B (Region III Champion): By a single point, Bill Figanbaum's "Instigator"  is the Region III champion over Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester," which won the closeout at Ridgeland. As anticipated, that sets up an at-large situation for Berth C (explained below).
  • Berth C (Region V Champion): With "Instigator" having additionally won Region V, the resulting  at-large berth is awarded to the vehicle with the second-greatest combined points over the two paths to the Pull-Off. That turned out to be Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester," which finished one point back of Figanbaum in III and 12 points behind in V.

RN TWO WHEEL DRIVE

  • Berth A (2018 Region II East Through Findlay): Brent Secrest completed his comeback over good friend Jacob Shephard on Sunday night. Secrest's "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It," which won in Canton, took third in Findlay to win the face by a single point over "Alcohol Addiction Retapped." That's not the East's only prize, however, and with three passes left to make across central Ohio, it should be an exciting finish.
  • Berth B (Region II West Champion): Randy Petro's "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" is the Western champion for the second consecutive season and an Enderle qualifier for the third. Petro has thus earned titles with both editions of "K.K."
  • Berth C (Region III Champion): Dustin Amundson's "Bottoms Up" took second in Sandwich to finish off his second straight Region III title by nine over Dale Stampfli's "Twisted Tight" operated by Rick Austin.
  • Berth D (Pinetops): With Pinetops' cancellation, no hooks remained on which to base an invitation. Hence, this berth will remain vacant.
  • Berth E (Region V Champion): Austin and Dale Stampfli are your champions and Enderle invitees. Stampfli's sixth in Monticello with "Twisted Tight" was enough to beat out Austin's own ride, "Dirt Flirt" (-6), and Timmerman's "Showtime" (-8), which had an off night.
  • Berth F (Hopkinsville): Wesley Foster's "Barbwire" jumped to first and second in Hoptown to win this berth by a point over Evan Anderson's "Playin' Hooky."

RN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE

  • Berth A (Region II Champion): Lynn's washout concludes the year for the Four Wheelers, and Steve Elchinger's "Jus' Passin' Thru" is now a two-time champion. The final margin over Ron Newell's "Temporary Insanity" stands at six.
  • Berth B (Region III Champion): Cory Lemirande's "Breakin' Da Law" bent but didn't---well, you know. Lawrence Line's "Totally Hooked" did all it could by winning in Sandwich, but could close the gap only to four. See you in Urbana, Cory.
  • Berth C (Pinetops): With Pinetops' cancellation, no hooks remained on which to base an invitation. Hence, this berth will remain vacant.
  • Berth D (Region V Champion): After winning Region III last year, Matthew Davis chose to run the whole V schedule this season and clinched that championship with "Outrage" in Monticello. Davis topped three trucks that finished two points back: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck," the Suchys' "Totally Geared," and Brian Loosbrock's "American Iron," the last of which led through Rockwell.

RN STAINLESSDIESEL.COM PRO STOCK DIESEL 4x4 3.0

  • Berth A (2018 Region II East Through Canton): Rob Wright drove it off on Saturday night in Canton, winning the class and the 3.0s' first berth with his "All Attitude." Like the other Easterners, however, the champ chase doesn't end until after the Enderle; for the diesels, it's over in Dover.
  • Berth B (2018 Region II West Through Tipton): Rain was hard on the late stretch of this race, taking the last three chances away from challengers to Adam Hallien's "Wrecker." Hallien finished with a four-point advantage to earn the championship in the PSD 4x4 3.0's first split-region season.
  • Berth C (2018 Region II Combined Through Tipton): Jeff Hossler's "Flirtin' with Disaster" ran 'em all and earned the preordained at-large berth over Nickolas Stamm's "Frank." (Hossler might have been happy for the rest. Whaddya bet he draws test hook?)

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  • Berth A (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II North Through Hudsonville): Two top-three finishes for David Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" in Hudsonville were enough to push it beyond the reach of its stablemate "Triple Play Unchained."
  • Berth B (2018 Region II South Through Canton) The at-large indeed goes to Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained," which finished a total of eight points back of "Double."
  • Berth C (Region III): It's been a long wait but it only took a short distance to decide this berth. Bret Berg's "Cenex" won at Ellsworth and finished fourth at Ridgeland; Nathan Hoffman's "Shakin' Shamrock" claimed fourth in Pierce County and won on Eldon Luer Field. So the berth gets decided by the pullers' total distance across those events, and by a 4.325' margin, it's Hoffman who will be invited.

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  • Berth A (Region II Northwest): Region II is not yet settled---Old Washington and West Salem loom---but Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" is the victor in both the Northwestern and Southeastern halves that count toward the Enderle.
  • Berth B (Region II Southeast through Zanesville): Todd Feiss and "S'no Farmer" thus clinch the resulting at-large berth, placing second (-13) in combined points from the paths that led to Berths A and B.
  • Berth C (Anoka): Joe Schoenemann of Yoder, Indiana loaded up Alan Judy's "Raptor" in Germantown, Ohio and headed for Anoka, Minnesota. Two wins later, they're in Urbana, Ohio.
  • Berth D (Raleigh 2017): After his triumphant return to competition, Randy Davis will have had nearly a year to celebrate his invitation. After his first and third in Raleigh to break a tie with Sharon Everman's "Wild Hare," his "Running Bear" clinched the berth when Pinetops was cancelled.

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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and 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.

Old Washington Event Has Been Cancelled; Pullers Need Not Report

The Guernsey County Fair has cancelled its Tuesday, September 11 NTPA event. The already-soaked grounds experienced additional light rains Tuesday morning, making the wet conditions too much to overcome.

Because the event was cancelled more than eight hours before the scheduled start time, competitors need not report. Entry will not open, and no points will be awarded.

Charging Horse: Blagrave Brothers Brave Season-Long Super Stock Battle to Win Third Title

2018 SSD Champ

Worthington, Ohio---Fifty-two weeks ago, they were gracious runners-up.

An epic course of events had left Stan and Steve Blagrave tied in points with the reigning-champion Ross family. Despite sweeping their two sessions at the DeKalb County Fair, the Ackerly, Texans went home without the title, losing the tiebreaker, six wins to five.

This year? They had six wins by Chapel Hill Saturday.

The 2017 NTPA Hard Charger Award honorees and their "Red Horse" Case IH raced from ahead all through 2018, notching just one finish below second---a sixth on a rain-soaked track in Rockwell---in their first 10 appearances. Their lead withstood their steed's few wobbly steps at later-season venues Brandenburg and Napoleon and the corresponding reemergence of their primary rival, Colin Ross' two-time defender "Triple Bypass" (-14), which posted six wins of its own down the stretch after early-year struggles.

Finishing third in 2018 as in 2017 was Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" (-26), owner of four of the remaining six wins. Taking fourth was Kent Payne' "Super Rooster" (-38), which placed first and second at Bowling Green to claim the Diesel division's weekend championship ring. And coming home fifth was Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load," which won on the regular season's final pass in Sandwich, Illinois and has four wins at the all-star Enderle Pull-Off, the most since the diesel-only division was formed in 1999. These five compatriots will get their next chance at Enderle glory on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio.

As for the Blagraves, it's their second title in five seasons and third dating to 2002. The family very nearly had two championships to celebrate this season, as Steve's sons Sean and Trevor split seat time in the "Wild Horse" Two Wheel Drive en route to a win at Tomah---across the track from Uncle Stan's on Saturday night---and second place in the GN standings. All-time, only Esdon Lehn (2012, 2006, 2003, 1999-2001) and Brian Shramek (2006-2010) have more titles in SSD.

Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" Nails Down First GN, Third Straight National Championship

2018 SF Champ

Worthington, Ohio---Forgive Stan Warda if at some point he allowed himself the thought, "Hey, I got this."

The reserved resident of Berrien Springs, Michigan was taking his first foray into Grand National competition after two successful dips into the regional pool over 2016 and 2017. He would be putting to the test the oft-cited adage: If you can win in Region II, you can win anywhere.

It's oft-cited because it's true.

Warda well represented his home territory by sweeping that first GN event in Benson, North Carolina against a field of Super Farm competitors every one of whom had at least three years' experience on the premier-level circuit. He then went to Rockwell, Iowa and claimed another win and 59 points across two hooks. Home-state Ionia? Two thirds. And before anyone had a chance to notice "Hank," the silver-and-black International 3688 had built an 11-point lead that grew and shrank but remained identical at season's end over various close challengers.

The last of these was Dave Whelan's BG ring-winning "My Last Excuse," and another for much of the year was the Ferris family's "Absolutely Nuts" (-20). In Sandwich, Illinois, site of Warda's crowning, Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" (-28) and the Ferrises' "Assorted Nuts" (-29) clinched the last two berths in the all-star Enderle Pull-Off to be held on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio.

Stan and his son Matt thus become the 11th first-time Super Farm champion driver or team since the division's admission to the GN level in 2003. Rod Deck's "Dream On," which pursued and won Region V's title this season, had won the previous two GN trophies. Before that, there had been no repeat champions since the Counce/Pettus Team's "Dixie Deere" in 2009 and 2010.

Under-the-radar is how the family likes it. That's most especially true of Matt's Grandpa Hank, after whom (not his baseball-great namesake, Mr. Aaron) the tractor is named in spite of his initial protest. Well, Hank, perhaps it's comforting to recall a famous quote from another homerun hitter. Said Babe Ruth, "It ain't braggin' if you can do it."

Lively's "Bank Robber" Makes Its Getaway to Claim Championship Number Three

2018 UNL MOD Champ

Worthington, Ohio---Almost had him.

That's what Doug Lively's competitors are saying after the "Bank Robber," the Grand National champion of 2013 and 2014, let its pursuers get a bit too proximate on the Saturday doubleheader finale in Sandwich, Illinois. Having eluded the rest of the class with top fours across the season's opening six weeks, Lively broke through for his first win of the season in early August in Norwalk, Wisconsin. When he won again in Bowling Green, Ohio, his lead was eight points, and it looked like the fight was for second.

But in DeKalb County's afternoon session, Lively took sixth to open the door to three-time champion Bret Berg's "Money Maker" and the reigning "Giddy Up" of Ricky Rose, who were four and six points in arrears. And when night came, Lively's "Robber" nearly picked its own pocket, veering toward the left sideline with engines groaning in disharmony to place fourth among the six who had pulled. That eliminated Rose (-5) but set up title scenarios for Berg, one of which involved simply taking the lead. However, the "Money" (-2) ran out with a third, the class ran out one tractor later, and so time ran out on Lively's rivals.

Finishing fourth and fifth to claim Enderle Pull-Off berths were Corey Kielmeyer's "Double Trouble" (-21) and Bob Jostock's "Wild Child" (-27), which held off the supernatural challenge of team tractor "Spook Gone Wild," piloted by Bill Douglas, Jr. All will appear at the all-star event in Urbana, Ohio on Saturday, September 15.

Since the (limited) GN Modified division began scaling 7,500 lbs. in 2003, Lively (2018, 2014, 2013) and Berg (2016, 2012, 2011), each of whom scored a third title four seasons removed from back-to-backs, are the only three-time winners. All-time in Modified classes weighing 7,000, 7,200, or 7,500 lbs., the Banter Brothers' six titles leads, with John Hileman's four placing second and the three each for Lively, Berg, and Tim Engler coming in third.

Deux for "II": Pelletier Repeats as Grand National Pro Stock Champion

2018 PS Charles Champ

Worthington, Ohio---"Not the quarry, but the chase. Not the trophy, but the race."---proverb.

Charles Pelletier, native of St. Armand, Quebec and proprietor of Concassage Pelletier, can stake his claim to all four: The quarry, which his family owns and operates. The chase, which he completed last year to outrun 2016's champion Mike Conny. The trophy, évidemment.

And this year's spirited race, most but not all of which Pelletier and his "CP Dream II" John Deere led. A five-time winner, including three of the first five hooks---one each at Hutchinson, Minnesota; Tomah, Wisconsin; and Chapel Hill, Tennessee---"Dream" still found itself broken and being towed off the Lions Club track on Saturday night after camshaft failure. By that point, Pelletier was on his third engine to keep ahead of the manic pace of his challengers, most notably Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up with a Vengeance," which departed Tennessee with a one-point lead.

But when the Pros reconvened in Brandenburg, Kentucky, Pelletier won on five cylinders and placed third on six. Another 59 points came in Mount Sterling and Salem, Illinois. And a rough slab of granite in Sandusky and Napoleon, Ohio was balanced by a marble-smooth second in Bowling Green and win in Canton. "CP"'s season-ending ledger showed 13 top-fives across 17 appearances and a 23-point winning margin.

For the second straight year, Lawyer's "Rapped Up!" wound up a runner-up with a strong two-session performance in Sandwich, Illinois. That knocked Jason Svonavec's thrice-victorious "Bootlegger" (-26) to third. Tim Cain's "Red Gambler" (-50) and Robby Lemke's "New Generation Plus" (-67) were also top-five finishers and so earned invitations to the Enderle Pull-Off in Urbana, Ohio on Saturday, September 15.

Kevin and Danny Schmucker last repeated as Pro Stock champs in 2011 and 2012. Before that, Larry Shope had two runs of three titles apiece around the turn of the millenium. Pelletier joins the Schmuckers and Robby Lemke (2015, 2007) as the only GN-active multi-year division winners.

Week 18 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---Enderle week.

It arrives with a lot of joy and a little sadness, as the thrill of a last, spectacular event gives way to the realization that it will be at least January before you'll get to see your Grand National favorites go down a track again.

This year, the Region II schedule goes on even after the big doings in Urbana, so watch the front page of www.NTPAPULL.com for articles on Dover (next Friday) and West Salem, Ohio (next Saturday).And the traditional season close-out, Raleigh, arrives in another four weeks.

As for this week, it's the Guernsey County Fair in Old Washington, Ohio on Tuesday, September 11 at 6 p.m., a new day of the week and an earlier start time than in years past. Backing to the buckboard will be Region II Eastern Light Pro Stocks, Two Wheel Drives, and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4s, plus multi-engine Modifieds. Leading their respective divisions are Kendall Houk of Lynchburg, Ohio ("Nothing Special" LT PS-E), Brent Secrest of Celina, Ohio ("Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" TWD-E), Rob Wright of McArthur, Ohio ("All Attitude" PSD 4x4-E), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD).

And in Allegan, Michigan, it's the Allegan County Fair Pull on Thursday, September 13 (also a new weekday) at 7 p.m. Western StainlessDiesel.com 3.0s will be joined by Super Farms and Minis. On top of the charts are Adam Hallien of Fort Wayne, Indiana ("Wrecker" PSD 4x4-W), Charlie Capozzo of Richmond, Michigan ("Cruel Intentions" SF), and David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play: Double or Nothing" MINI).

The above events will count toward the 2019 Enderle Pull-Off, but there's still the matter of the 2018 edition. It arrives in Urbana (or in your living room, via WatchNTPA.com) this Saturday, September 15 at 5 p.m. Go to AllStarPull.com for event details, check out the final Road to the Enderle Traffic Reports (GN and RN) for the complete list of qualifiers, and buy your tickets for a few more days at ShopNTPA.com. If you've read this far, you're too good a fan not to come to the Enderle. Consider yourself personally invited.

This is the final week containing more than two events, and hence, it's the year's last Weekly Preview. We hope we've given you lots to look forward to throughout the season, and if you'll permit us one more plug, we invite you to subscribe to The Puller magazine to stay informed on the comings and goings of NTPA Championship Pulling. If you're already a subscriber, we deeply appreciate your readership.

Have a great offseason, everyone.

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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and 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.

 

Tipton, Indiana Event Cancelled; Pullers Need Not Report

Due to inclement weather that has soaked the area throughout the day Friday, the NTPA Regional National event scheduled for Saturday, September 8 has been cancelled.

As the decision was reached more than eight hours before the event's scheduled start time, competitors need not report, and entry will not open. No rain points will be issued.

Lynn, Indiana Saturday Event Cancelled; Pullers Need Not Report

Due to inclement weather that has soaked the Lynn Lions Club facility throughout the day Friday, the NTPA Regional National event scheduled for Saturday, September 8 has been cancelled.

As the decision was reached more than eight hours before the event's scheduled start time, competitors need not report, and entry will not open. No rain points will be issued.

On Target: Atley's "Lethal Weapon" Scores Fifth Win, Clinches 2018 Super Stock Diesel 4x4 Title

2018 UNL SSD4x4 Champ

Worthington, Ohio---It was an appropriate ending to a dominant year.

Carl Atley of Xenia, Ohio earned his first Grand National title in the Super Stock Diesel 4x4 division's second year at that level. His "Lethal Weapon" Ford finished in the top four in 12 of 13 competitive classes during the 2018 season and visited the winners circle on five occasions (one, at Fort Recovery, with Kent Crowder at the controls).

The class' reigning Puller of the Year, Atley can put to rest in everyone's mind, including his own, the "What could've been" questions from last year, when he finished 10 points behind champion Josh Deeter despite having three victories to Deeter's two. This year, after a middling start at Benson and his worst showing of the year---a seventh at Tomah, Wisconsin---he gave no quarter to his challengers, rattling off two wins in Rockwell and six straight top threes. A pair of seconds in Hudsonville on the Tuesday and Wednesday after Bowling Green, Ohio opened a 10.5-point gap that could not be overcome in Sandwich, Illinois. No matter: He finished with a win there, too.

Atley will hope to carry his momentum into the Enderle Pull-Off in Urbana, Ohio on Saturday, September 15. There, he'll be joined by fellow competitors Shane Kellogg ("Trump," -11.5), Justin Gearhart ("Cream of the Crop," -19.5), Don Bowling ("Pulling for the Cure," -40.5), and Brion Withrow ("The Nut Job," -65.5).

One of the early migrants to the SSD 4x4 division when it became a national class within NTPA, Atley previously competed in the Pro Stock tractor class with the "Lethal Weapon" John Deere 4250. He was Region II's champ in 2016 and this year joins the elite company of Hall-of-Famers Wayne Rausch (1984 5,800-lb. and 6,200-lb. TWD) and Roy Everett (1982 6,200-lb. FWD) as champions in their truck divisions' second years of existence at the GN level.

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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and 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.

Same, but Different: Randy Petro Dethrones Son Jessie in Two Wheel Drive, Extends Team's Streak to 10

2018 UNL TWD Champ

Worthington, Ohio---Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio started his pulling career in Four Wheel Drive, competed extensively in Modified, and even dabbled in the Mini division for a bit. But the Petros know what they do best: Win championships in Two Wheel Drive.

After finishing second the last two seasons to son and seven-time champion Jessie by a combined six points, Petro claimed his fifth title (2011, 2010, 2001, 1995) in the wheelstanders' class with "Kathy's Komplaint" by 10 over Sean and Trevor Blagrave's "Wild Horse." Jessie's "Buckeye Hauler," winner of six consecutive titles entering this year, finished third, while Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" was fourth, and Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" was fifth. All five will participate in the 32nd Enderle Memmorial Pull-Off at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ohio on Saturday, September 15.

Randy's lone win on the year came as the last hook of a 45-truck class at Tomah, Wisconsin, and his low water mark---a 22-point 10th place in Waverly, Iowa---arrived with less than a month to go in the season. But he rebounded for a pair of second-place finishes in Bowling Green, Ohio to earn that event's coveted championship ring. The performance also established a lead when Jessie finished 31st among 50 on Saturday night, and the advantage became insurmountable by either the Blagraves or the younger Petro when Greenville, Ohio rained out the following Tuesday.

Jessie won his first championship with "2 Timin'" in 2009, a year after current Unlimited competitor Chuck Knapp claimed the division with "Back Forty." Either father or son has won each title since to dominate the division for a full decade and run Petro Motorsports' total to 12. The Nation family---father L.D. and sons Brent and Craig---combined to win seven Two Wheel Drive crowns dating to L.D.'s 1989 title at 5,800 lbs.

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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and 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.

Chuck Knapp Joins Banters, Voreis as Winners of Four Straight UNL Titles

2018 UNL GN Champ

Worthington, Ohio---Putting his "Screamin' D" into victory lane for the seventh time this season, Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa attached an exclamation point in Canfield, Ohio to his historic streak. He won his fourth title by 28 points over Adam Bauer's "Cross Threaded," which had five wins of its own in 17 appearances. But Knapp's astounding 13 top-twos and 16 top-threes never let Bauer---or anyone else---close the gap from weekend to weekend.

The year started off interestingly for Knapp, who had the honor of participating in the European Superpull in the Netherlands in March but then waited through a frustrating stretch to get his ride from overseas back to Iowa. Then, at the first event in Hutchinson, Minnesota, a ruptured fuel tank engulfed "Screamin' D" in flames, but the distance that night---and the next night, with the dedication of son/crewman Kyloe and several pulling friends---held up for a weekend sweep. Incredibly, a similar incident further marred the tractor's red and green paintjob at the North Iowa Nationals but not its winning ways; Knapp still scored 59 of a possible 60 points at Rockwell. His string of podium finishes (dating to Canfield 2016) was snapped at 29 with a fifth in Wellington, Ohio, but by then Knapp was nearly a hook's worth of points ahead of the competition and could cruise to the title.

Also finishing in the top five on the season were Rockwell winner Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (-76) David Richardson's "For Sale" (-89.5) and Bret Berg's "Money Maker" (-99). All five will participate in the 32nd Enderle Memmorial Pull-Off at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ohio on Saturday, September 15.

From 2005 through 2010, Bill Voreis' "American Thunder" won six straight NTPA Grand National Unlimited titles. Knapp and the Hall-of-Fame Banter Brothers (1982-1985) are now tied for the second-longest streak in the world's most powerful pulling division.

"Iron Toy" Claims Fourth Modified Mini Title in 10 Seasons; Bauer Goes One-Three in Division

2018 UNL Mini Champ

Worthington, Ohio---Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa has claimed his 10th Grand National title across four divisions and his fifth in the National Tractor Pullers Association's Modified Mini class. His "Iron Toy" has now captured four championships, tying it with Lee Swift's "Mr. Thundermaker" (2002-2005) for the most since the division's weight reached 2,000 lbs. in 2002.

"Cowboy Up" (-14) finished third in the 2018 standings, and Bauer's two vehicles combined for six wins and 23 top-fives in 36 total appearances. While the season began well for both tractors in Benson, North Carolina (two thirds for "Toy" and a win for "Cowboy") and Hutchinson, Minnesota (another "Cowboy" win), it was the dominance demonstrated at the pull nearest Bauer's home, the North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell, that relegated the rest of the division's  contenders to the pursuit of silver or bronze. Bauer took the top two spots on both nights in large pull-offs; his eight runs amounted to 2,897'.

Adam Koester's 2016 title-winning "Walk the Line" (-13) drew closest to Bauer in the closing week with a win in Wellington, Ohio, while Joe Eder's "Polar Air" (-28) scored eight top-fives in their first year together. And Koester's "Beast of Burden" (-49) won twice to take the final berth among five---which were claimed by only three drivers---in the 32nd Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio.

Along with Scott Walker, Bauer drove "Cowboy Up" for much of the 2012 season and has been its lone pilot since. Bauer's other championships have been accomplished with "Cross Threaded" (Modified, 2010; Unlimited, 2013-2014) and "Double-Nutted" (Light Unlimited, 2012-2013). Having earned one for the thumb now in Minis, Bauer has matched Phillip Fairbanks (2010, 2000, 1994-1996) and Charles Hoppert (1978, 1977 x 2, 1975-1976) for the third-most all-time in the division; Fairbanks was also in the seat for a victory with last season's champion "Bobcat Jr." Dennis Horst's "Red Fox" (1997-1999, 1991-1992, 1984) and Johnny Mello (1990, 1985, 1983 x 2, 1982 x 2) have six season titles apiece.

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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and 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.

Ellis Seals Grand National Four Wheel Drive Championship with Wauseon Victory

2018 UNL FWD Ellis Champ

Worthington, Ohio---A strong finish, a good hook, a smart decision...and then a long wait.

That describes the sequence of events that culminated at the M.E. Miller Tire Tri-State Showdown in the first National Tractor Pullers Association Grand National championship for Ben Ellis of Champlain, Virginia. After emerging in 2017 as a consistent threat on the national level after claiming the Shell Rotella Cup Series title over six hooks, Ellis made all 15 of the trucks' appearances in 2018 and scored three victories---Hutchinson, Minnesota; Langford, New York; and the clincher in Wauseon, Ohio---and nine top-fives. His title is the second straight (Peyton Davis, "Punisher") for a native of Virginia, the epicenter of the division in its mid-1970s formative years.

Leading for much of the season and finishing second was Carmen Foster with "Foster Child" (-2). After her dad Rob won in Hutchinson, Foster maintained the team's momentum with a victory in Tomah, Wisconsin's Session Four over a field of 35. She then took first again in home-state Monroe, Michigan to open August and placed second twice in Norwalk, Wisconsin to establish a 17-point lead over Ellis. But across two huge classes and two tough tracks in Bowling Green, Ohio---where Ellis finished 12th and second, Foster 25th and 13th---that advantage shrank to just two.

Friday night in Fulton County, Ellis accepted his test hook of 320.2' and watched 17 competitors fall short of that mark. The third to do so was Foster, whose 308.2' was good for third place at the time. She maintained that position---which, by virtue of a tiebreaker advantage, would have clinched the title for her---for an agonizing 12 trucks before hometown legend Jim Holman and "4 Play" (-18) bumped her to fourth behind "Benjammin." Larry Peterson and "Profab Geared Up" (-26) subsequently dropped her to fifth and established Ellis' final margin of victory. Tyler Cobb's "Bandit" (-39) placed 10th to clinch the fifth berth in the 32nd annual Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio.

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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and 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.

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PHONE: (614) 436-1761

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