Road to the Enderle: Week 15 RN Traffic Report

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---One more berth was decided this week, bringing us nearly to halfway: 16 of 37 participants decided for the Regional National session of the 31st Enderle. Read on to see who's in, who's leading, and who's chasing.

LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A: George Everett and "Smokeless Alternative" clinched the Region II title at Logansport in a three-event, three-way point battle with Josh Hart and Jerry Yantes.
B: With a fourth-place finish in Menomonie, Marty Nelson and "Just-a-Case" (+1) were able to capitalize on "Diggin' Hard"'s (-3, fifth) hook-and-broke and assume the point lead. Kevin Lynn (-1), the Spiegelbergs and Justin Hull (both -2) were able to move up as well. Now it all comes down to Labor Day weekend in Marshfield and Ridgeland.
C: At the same time the Cass County Fair was settling Berth A, Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapping up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.

HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: We're down to one hook, in Fulton County, and John Pfeiffer's 63-point lead with Pfeiffermax is officially insurmountable. We'll wait until the Tri-State Showdown is over to flip the name to red, but don't make any other plans for the third Saturday in September, John. You're booked.
B: Likewise, clear your calendar, Ken Witt. Just dropping the hook in "Mr. Yuk" at Owatonna on Friday will clinch the Enderle slot out of the Region III/V open-fuel path.
C: David Henderson's "Stray Horse Gone Wild" is your Enderle invitee after a strange day at Norwalk in which only two tractors---teammate Justin Nagel's "Stray Horse" and Duane Bauer's "Beaver Hunter Reloaded"---were healthy enough to make both hooks.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May.

SUPER FARM
A: Four scheduled Michigan hooks in five days in early August advanced this race to its home stretch, which will all be in Ohio and Indiana. Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" scored 103 of a possible 105 points (including the Mason washout) to build a 22-point lead over the Caseys' "Whoopie Maker."
B: But we take two in Region II, and the "Whoopie Maker" has a seven-point, ahem, cushion over Rob McTaggart's "The Other Woman." Turnout in this class has been strong, however, so that's not necessarily a comfy margin with four hooks to go.
C: Having earned 59 points in Anoka and Menomonie, the Larsons' "Hot Wire" jumped to the Super Farm lead over the Rohdes (-5). With Owatonna this Friday and Marshfield and Ridgeland over Labor Day weekend, the Martyns' "Hustler" (-6) and Jeff Bahl's "Doctor Deere" (-8) have some ground to make up.
D: Chris Hales and "The Outlaw" staged a brilliant heist at Pinetops. They won Saturday's class to overcome a two-point deficit and surpass Phil Kelley by a single point.
E: But having been victorious in Decorah and Waverly around the rainout in Monticello, Kelley and the "Red-Blooded Binder" cruised to the Region V title and the Pull-Off berth.

LIGHT PRO STOCK
A: The current top two, Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" and Kevin Smith's "Flirtin' withe Deerezaster" (-17), both struggled in Z'ville, but they're still a hook-and-a-half ahead of the Durbins' third-place and Muskingum County runner-up "Sidewinder" (-41). The East gets a couple weeks to catch its breath before the I-77 home stretch: Canton, Marietta, and Old Washington.
B: Eaton and Monroe on consecutive nights kept the haulers rolling through the Western subregion a couple of weeks ago. There, the "Red Avenger Classic" (-6) of Mike Palmer continued its momentum from Fort Recovery with a ninth and a third and may yet chase down its stablemate, "Red Avenger," for the lead. Jason Fliehman's "Second Chances" is third at minus-11.
C: Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" was victorious in Ellsworth to grab the lead over Justin Nagel and Dan Schullo. We'll have to wait until Labor Day weekend back in Wisconsin to see how this one turns out.
D: Elizabeth City wasn't kind to Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" in the finish order (third and fourth out of four participants), but its lead was sufficient to send it to the Enderle for a second time as a Light Pro.

LIMITED PRO STOCK
A: The undefeated streak stopped for Brad Boldry's "Smoke Fever," but the lead persists, now six points over Jerry Shepherd and eight over Travis Wisel. See you in September in Roanoke.
B: A win Saturday night in Norwalk has given Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester" (+3) the inside track to the Region III berth. Jason Rosenquist's "Gold Rush" fell out of a first-place tie but could still stage a comeback. It'll be tougher but not impossible for current third-placeholders Roger Scalzo and Jason Bye (both -7).
C: Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" won the head-to-head with Lindstrom in Waverly, taking third to "Hyper"'s eighth and capturing the division, which had seven scheduled hooks in 23 days, by five.

TWO WHEEL DRIVE
A: A second place to Don Williams---by less than 3/8"---earned Jeff Writsel and "At It Again" 29 more points and tightened their grip on the Region II-East berth. Jacob Shephard's "Alcohol Addiction Retapped" (-19) and Howard Antram's "Thunder Wagon II" (-20) have got to start making up ground in chunks with only four hooks to go. The next is in Fremont next Saturday.
B: After Napoleon, the lead is six for Randy Petro's "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" over Brent Secrest's "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" in what has become a two-truck race. Three trips remain, the next coming just up Route 108 in Wauseon.
C: Dustin Amundson is making a strong bid to earn a second berth. His "Bottoms Up" dominated at Norwalk with a first and second to establish a seven-point bulge over Dale Stampfli's "Twisted Tight." Kim Moore's "Pack Rat VII" (-12) now sits third as they all enter Owatonna.
D: With his weekend sweep at Morgan's Corner, Steve Willson clinched his second straight Pull-Off berth with "Running Bear." Wife Crystal and "Her Dirty Money" finished four points back.
E: On the strength of a tiebreaker (two wins to one), Dustin Amundson and "Bottoms Up" hung on to be your Enderle Pull-Off invitee from Region V. (Note: If Dustin also clinches Region III, the points will be combined over both regions and the second-place truck gets an invite.)

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: Don't look now, but "Jus' Passin' Thru" jus' passed in front of his home-county grandstand as a Napoleon pull-off winner. And Steve Elchinger needed every point to extend his lead, because Dave Bos' "Quick Change" (-5) finished second. It will be settled in Findlay on Labor Day Eve.
B: A second and first in Anoka for David O'Connor's "Nasty Habit" preceded a sub-par showing in Menomonie. But his cushion stands at three over both Matthew Davis and Rich Thomsen with hooks in Marshfield and Sandwich remaining.
C: Who "Seen" this coming? With a fourth and second and 58 points in Betsytown, Bunky Davis' "Seldom Seen" vaulted over three trucks to claim Region IV's berth.
D: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" averaged 28 points over Rockwell and New Hampton in his native northern Iowa to punch his ticket to Urbana.

MODIFIED MINI
A: A scratch in Cassopolis due to oil pump issues dropped David Lacey's "Double or Nothing" from first place to fourth; a win in Morley last week, however, brought its deficit back to single digits (-8). Your new co-leaders for this berth are Lacey's "Unchained" and the Bultmans' "Stress Relief." Astonishingly, the latter remains winless on the season; if it finds its stride, look out. Ken Bultemeier's "Flip Side" (-4) also has a shot with Hudsonville x 2 and Canton,  left.
B: "Double or Nothing" hooked in the Eaton pull-off, "Unchained" didn't, and the result was a reduction of "Unchained"'s lead to five. Marietta on Labor Day Eve is all that remains. Kevin Bradtmueller's "Whomp Ass Express" (third, -19) finished fourth among a dozen in Preble County.
C: Donnie Reeve's "California Mule" kicked into high gear in Ellsworth and thus leads Chad Timmerman and Nathan Hoffman by place points for Region III's first Enderle berth of its own. We are finally within sight of settling this berth over the holiday weekend.
D: With "Unchained," Lacey's already secured the real "South" berth: The one awarded by Region IV dating to Raleigh and ending in Pinetops.
E: Hoffman found his four-leaf clover in New Hampton and had a brilliant performance with "Shakin' Shamrock" to win the two-hook shootout by three and become Region V's first MINI invitee.

MODIFIED
A: Technically, "Lucky Stryke" has still won every hook in the Northwest subregion, though the last outing in Sandusky resulted in a split with Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special" (third, -10). In between stands Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare" (-7.5), and we still have three green flags for each: Fremont, Wauseon, and Roanoke.
B. Zanesville's completion brings the race for this berth down to just one hook: Old Washington on September 11. Ryan's up by 11 with eight point-earning vehicles having hooked thus far, so a legal hook will almost certainly clinch it.
C: The Kielmeyer Team will return to the Enderle regional ranks this year as the Region III MOD representative. Dustin Amundson piloted "Double Trouble" to a first and second in Anoka.
D: Sporting a new sized-up powerplant, Chip Street's "Wildfire" scored two fifth places at its former home track in Pinetops to claim the Region IV berth. Interestingly, four of the six point-earning vehicles were turbine-powered.

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 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, 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 12th 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.

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Road to the Enderle: Week 15 GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---The ring's the thing in Bowling Green; we get that. But this season, the way the schedule falls, the NTPA will crown three Grand National champions by Saturday night: Light Super Stocks, Super Semis, and Light Unlimiteds. Of course, with the end of those championship trails also comes the finalization of the Enderle Pull-Off invitations. Here's how those races---and the 10 that don't conclude in Wood County---are stacking up.

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT SUPER STOCK
The Chizek/Korth Team swept Langford ("Excessive Force" and "Considered Armed & Dangerous" achieving a win each), and the result was "Considered" assuming the point lead for the first time this season. Jason Hootman's third and fourth with "The Commander" (-3) kept him within striking distance heading into the final two hooks in Bowling Green on Thursday and Friday nights. "Excessive" sits at minus-5 for the title, while the third A&D Team Light Super, "Deadly Force," is 11.5 back and 14 up on sixth. The race for the Enderle is likely between Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" (+8.5 over sixth) and Larry Phillips' "Extremely Insane."

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL
It was a tough night in Napoleon Saturday for point-leader Travis Schlabach; turbocharger failure led to a fifth-place finish and a contraction of his lead to six over event winner Colin Ross' "Triple Bypass." The Blagraves' "Red Horse" is third, nine out, and a pretty safe bet (+36 over sixth) for the Enderle. From there, it's a race for two slots among Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" (+9), John Raymond's "Smoke-n-Mirrors" (+1) and Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" (sixth), the last of whom has made up ground with consecutive fourths in Auglaize and Henry Counties.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK OPEN
This title is well reach of six tractors, to say nothing of the five Enderle berths. "GALOT II" is up one on "Extremely Armed & Dangerous" and "International Threat," nine on teammate "GALOT," 13 on "Silver Bullet," and 26 on "Fully Loaded." Whoever among John, Terry, Josh, Brent, Jordan, and Jeff has the best time in Bowling Green will go a long way toward deciding a championship, but likely everyone will still be in contention for a trip to Urbana even after Saturday afternoon's second hook.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER FARM
"Off" since Brandenburg (but with many partaking of a busy Region II schedule in the interim), the SFs enter BG with Brad Hart's "Don't Ask" on top, three ahead of Bryan Deck's "One Bad Apple." The Ferris family's "Absolutely Nuts" (-4), Rod Deck's "Dream On" (-10), and Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" (-17, +9 over sixth) are the other current qualifiers. Outside looking in are four tractors within place points of fifth: Dave Whelan's "My Last Excuse" (-9), the Ferris' "Assorted Nuts" (-10), the Pribles' "Top Priority" (-11), and Drew Parkinson's "Commandeere" (-14). They pull Friday night and Saturday afternoon on the Wood County twin tracks, where a lot can change.

GRAND NATIONAL PRO STOCK
The U.S. 6 series in Sandusky and Napoleon was not as generous to leader Charles Pelletier as the Illinois swing of the weekend prior, but "CP Dream II" (+6) continues to finish consistently and depart tracks healthy. Julia Ray earned a second and third with "MAC Nasty" across the two Ohio hooks to tighten this race by five points, while Danny Schmucker's "Rampage" matched Pelletier's 52 points to pull both into third and ahead of sixth by matching 16-point margins. Mark Lawyer's awesome test pass to open Napoleon earned "Rapped Up!" a second place after that night's pull-off and an 11-point cushion for the capital-P Pull-Off, while Robby Lemke's "New Generation Plus" is in bubble territory (+5 over sixth) after having a rough time in the Buckeye State. Tim Cain, Sandusky's winner, is chasing hard with "Red Gambler," as is Kevin Schmucker's "Git-Er-Dun Deere" (-11 from sixth). Pro Stocks pull Friday and Saturday nights.

GRAND NATIONAL TWO WHEEL DRIVE
"Off" since Wapakoneta, the Grand National regulars dominated the Region II hook in Napoleon Saturday for a final tune-up before the big NTPC move-in this week. Jessie Petro's "Buckeye Hauler" leads dad Randy's "Kathy's Komplaint" by a single point, which is precisely how they ended up last year. But we're still four hooks away from the finish line in 2017, including Friday afternoon and Saturday night hooks in Bowling Green. Looking to break the Petros' grip on the top spots---and solidify their own Enderle positions---will be Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" (-4), Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" (-7), and Henry County winner Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" (-8, +3 over sixth).Looking to jump into both conversations are LeAnn Tormoehlen-May's "Thriller" (sixth), Jessie's "P5" (seventh, -8 from fifth), and Ashley Corzine's "Second Degree" (-19 from fifth).

GRAND NATIONAL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
By his 2017 standards, Peyton Davis had a sub-par Saturday in Norwalk, Wisconsin with a 13th and a 12th aboard "The Punisher." But when you pull out of the grounds with a 14-point lead, you've got to think things are still going your way. Plus, after a slow start, team truck "Young Gun" shot up to fourth place (-17, +3 over sixth) with a 56-point day. Ted Skelton's "The Rock" (second) tightened the title race by five points. Afternoon winner Rob Foster and "Simply Red" now sit third and four points to the good over sixth-place Lisa Peterson's "Profab"; the evening-winning Holman Brothers and "4 Play" are now two ahead of Peterson.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
Josh Deeter's "Up in Smoke" continued to rise during its fine weekend in Illinois and now awaits the diesel trucks' turns on Friday afternoon and Saturday night. A win in Mt. Sterling and a sixth in Salem on two tracks that were new to the division extended its lead to 11 over Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure." Shawn Hodges' "On Borrowed Time" sits 17 back and seven up on sixth place, which is currently occupied by the Haisleys' "Off Constantly." In between are Matt Clemons' "Alter Ego" (-18, +6 over sixth) and Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" (-21, +3), two trucks that know how to win in Wood County.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER SEMI
We'll crown a champion in Bowling Green, but the way the big rigs were set on kill in Morley two Saturdays ago, you'd have thought it was going to be decided there. Dan Prahl's "Full Tilt" (-3, +5 from sixth) boogied its way to 382' and solidified its grip on an Enderle invite with its second straight win. After a 379' of its own, Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class" is tied with Prahl, a handful ahead of Sonny Graese's "Stacks." With a fourth place in Morley, Lonny Sailor's "Holy Smokes" (+1) retook the point lead for the first time since Hutchinson. Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" and Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare" are tied for second.

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED MINI
Bart Sluis was the latest to pass through the "Bobcat Jr." (+10.5) driving turnstile, and his 48-point performance east and west of Bowling Green maintained the team's lead in the division. Jason Hathaway, who has sat in that seat himself, had a thrill-and-agony weekend with his own "Honkin' Donkey Gray," winning Friday in Sandusky but finishing 15th after an abrupt halt in Napoleon. Larry Koester's second and eighth with "Footloose" (-15) continued to chip away at the leaders' margin, while son Adam's "Beast of Burden" (-26) and Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall" (-41.5, +6.5 over sixth) basically held serve. Adam's other tractor---you know, the 2016 champion "Walk the Line"---won on Saturday to threaten for fifth.

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT UNLIMITED
The situation is this: Nine point-earning tractors likely at BG, nine-point lead for Brandon Simon's "Simon Sez" for the championship. So two finishes in merely the upper halves of the Lights' first-ever appearances in Bowling Green on Thursday night and Friday afternoon are all he needs. But that's a short turnaround wrench-wise, so you can bet the Farley, Iowa crew is taking nothing for granted. Plus, there's a good chance team tractor "Show No Mercy" (second) will make it a one-two division finish. Hoping to "screw" that up is Craig Corzine's "Money Pit" (third, -13), while Keith Wayson's Sandusky-winning "Super Bee" (-15, +9 over sixth) and Paul Koontz' "Joker" (-23, +1 over sixth) just want to hold off the Boyers' "Twist & Shout" (sixth) and Todd Feiss' "S'no Farmer" (seventh, -8 from fifth) for the final Enderle berths.

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED
In the run-up to NTPC weekend, the north-south route into Bowling Green, I-75, was occupied by two hooks in Monroe and Wapakoneta. And with them now in the rear-view, Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (+4) maintains its lead over Bret Berg's "Money Maker." The Minnesota triple won in Michigan and took fourth in Ohio to add two points to its lead. Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat IV" (-18) gained a little with a third and a fourth; Bill Douglas Jr.'s "Spook Gone Wild" (-18) lost a little with a sixth and a seventh. The battle for fifth is between the green-clad quads owned by Bob Jostock ("Wild Child," +10 over sixth) and Joe Fintak ("North American," sixth).

GRAND NATIONAL UNLIMITED
Chuck Knapp's "Screamin' D" has won in North Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Ohio (x 2), and Illinois, and its lead over the Criswell/Benedict Team's "Blown Centless" is now 19. That team is chasing Chuck with two tractors, and the other one, "Non-Cents All Screwed Up" (-25, third), got within 2' in Mt. Sterling. Quite the fight for fifth is developing among Wayne Purser's "Uncle Sam" (+10 over sixth), Rose (+9), David Richardson's "For Sale" (sixth), and Berg (seventh, -12 from fifth). The Unlimiteds help to open the weekend up on Thursday night, then have two days to, um, relax and reflect before closing it down on Saturday night.

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 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, 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 12th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. 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 annual PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

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Week 15 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---"Only" two events populate the NTPA's weekly planner at the season's three-quarter pole, so let's take some space to look forward to the rest of the calendar year. (NTPA weeks run Tuesday through Monday.)

Week 16: Greenville, Hudsonville, Wellington, and Fremont
Week 17: Wauseon, Canfield, Canton, Marshfield, Marietta, Findlay, and Ridgeland
Week 18: Sandwich, Roanoke, Tipton, and Old Washington
Week 19: Allegan and the 31st Enderle Memorial Pull-Off
Week 20: (October 13-15) Raleigh
NTPA Convention and Awards Banquet: Friday-Saturday, December 1-2 in Dublin, Ohio

By the way, the banquet weekend is 16 weeks from the time of this writing. In other words, we are as far from the start of the season as we are from the celebration that crowns the champions. Mull that for a moment as you wonder where 2017 has gone.

And now, back to current events.

On Friday, August 18, Region III moves three of its championship races forward in Owatonna, Minnesota at the Steele County Fair Pull. Regional Heavy Super Stocks, Super Farms, and Two Wheel Drives join with United Pullers of Minnesota Pro Farms and Four Wheel Drives starting at 7 p.m. In the national classes, current point leaders are Guy Blechinger of Ham Lake, Minnesota ("Sleepless Nights" HSS) and Ken Witt of Houston, Minnesota ("Mr. Yuk" HSS), tied at +3; Jeff and Kyle Larson of West Salem, Wisconsin ("Hot Wire" SF, +5); and Dustin Amundson of Nerstrand, Minnesota ("Bottoms Up" TWD, +7).

And beginning Thursday, August 17 and concluding Saturday, August 19, it's the 51st National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Wood County Fairgrounds will host all 13 NTPA Grand National divisions across five sessions: Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Click the link or go to our schedule page for the classes appearing in each session.) Can't be there in person? Watch it all on the web as part of NTPA's $299 Live Streaming Season Pass or as individual sessions. See WatchNTPA.com for details.

Hoping to maintain their top positions in the GN standings through a highly competitive weekend are Brian Korth of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin ("Considered Armed & Dangerous" LSS, +3); Lonnie Sailor of Oak Park, Minnesota ("Holy Smokes" SEMI, +1); and Brandon Simon of Farley, Iowa ("Simon Sez" LT UNL, +9); these three classes conclude their 2017 schedules at BG, and champions will be crowned. The remainder of the division leaders entering the weekend include Travis Schlabach of Marengo, Iowa ("Bone Twister" SSD, +6); John Strickland of Clinton, North Carolina ("GALOT II" SSO, +1); Brad Hart of Clayton, Michigan ("Don't Ask" SF, +3); Charles Pelletier of St. Armand, Quebec ("CP Dream II" PS, +5); Jessie Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Buckeye Hauler" TWD, +1); Peyton Davis of Tappahannock, Virginia ("The Punisher" TWD, +14); Josh Deeter of Avella, Pennsylvania ("Up in Smoke" SSD 4x4, +11); the Bobcat Jr. Team ("Bobcat Jr." MINI, +10.5); Ricky Rose of Glencoe, Minnesota ("Giddy Up" MOD, +4); and Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL, +19).

Also, Bowling Green marks the final stop of the 2017 Shell Rotella Cup tour, which previously visited the GALOT Motorsports Park 300 in Benson, North Carolina; the Budweiser Dairyland NTPA Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin; and the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. Point leaders in each of the five Cup divisions are Schlabach (SSD, +5); Bryan McDonald of Kennedyville, Maryland ("Suffering Sanity" TWD, +3); Ben Ellis of Champlain, Virginia ("Benjammin" FWD, +6); Bobcat Jr. (MINI, +6), and Knapp (UNL, +12).

If you're traveling to either southern Minnesota or northwestern Ohio, be safe and enjoy another great weekend of NTPA Championship Pulling.

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 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

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Road to the Enderle: Week 14 RN Traffic Report

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Of 37 participants in the Regional National session of the 31st Enderle, we are ready to invite 15. Meanwhile, 10 other berths are down to just one or two hooks. In other words: It's crunch time, folks. Read on to see who's in, who's leading, and who's chasing.

LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A: George Everett and "Smokeless Alternative" clinched the Region II title at Logansport in a three-event, three-way point battle with Josh Hart and Jerry Yantes.
B: With a fourth-place finish in Menomonie, Marty Nelson and "Just-a-Case" (+1) were able to capitalize on "Diggin' Hard"'s (-3, fifth) hook-and-broke and assume the point lead. Kevin Lynn (-1), the Spiegelbergs and Justin Hull (both -2) were able to move up as well. Now it all comes down to Labor Day weekend in Marshfield and Ridgeland.
C: At the same time the Cass County Fair was settling Berth A, Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapping up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.

HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: A third in Clermont County kept John Pfeiffer's top-three streak going through five appearances. "Pfeiffermax"'s lead is nine over Heath Weilnau with three Ohio hooks to go: Sandusky, Zanesville, and Wauseon. Erie County is Heath's home territory, but he's got some patching to do after kicking a rod in Owensville.
B: After Decorah, Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" have a one-point edge over David Henderson in this Region III/V open fuel berth. Three hooks remain, all in their native Minnesota.
C: "Diggin' Hard" has won twice along the III/V diesel-only path to carry a two-point lead into the Degenhardts' native Norwalk. But the second-place "Stray Horse Gone Wild" has won there two years in a row. And Guy Blechinger took the win in Waverly to tie Henderson for second at minus-2.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May.

SUPER FARM
A: Four scheduled Michigan hooks in five days advanced this race to its home stretch, which will all be in Ohio and Indiana. Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" scored 103 of a possible 105 points (including the Mason washout) to build a 22-point lead over the Caseys' "Whoopie Maker."
B: But we take two in Region II, and the "Whoopie Maker" has a seven-point, ahem, cushion over Rob McTaggart's "The Other Woman." Turnout in this class has been strong, however, so that's not necessarily a comfy margin with four hooks to go.
C: Having earned 59 points in Anoka and Menomonie, the Larsons' "Hot Wire" jumped to the Super Farm lead over the Rohdes (-5). With Owatonna, Marshfield, and Ridgeland remaining, the Martyns' "Hustler" (-6) and Jeff Bahl's "Doctor Deere" (-8) have some ground to make up.
D: Chris Hales and "The Outlaw" staged a brilliant heist at Pinetops. They won Saturday's class to overcome a two-point deficit and surpass Phil Kelley by a single point.
E: Victorious in Decorah and Waverly around the rainout in Monticello, Phil Kelley and the "Red-Blooded Binder" cruised to the Region V title and the Pull-Off berth.

LIGHT PRO STOCK
A: With a second and a fifth, Kendall Houk won the wraparound weekend in Wapakoneta and Urbana to extend his "Nothing Special"'s lead to 15 in the Eastern subregion of Region II. Kevin Smith's "Flirtin' with Deerezaster" still contends, but the once-long season has been reduced to four eastern Ohio hooks, the next coming in Zanesville on Sunday.
B: Eaton and Monroe on consecutive nights kept the haulers rolling through the Western subregion as well. There, the "Red Avenger Classic" (-6) of Mike Palmer continued its momentum from Fort Recovery with a ninth and a third and may yet chase down its stablemate, "Red Avenger," for the lead. Jason Fliehman's "Second Chances" is third at minus-11.
C: Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" was victorious in Ellsworth to grab the lead over Justin Nagel and Dan Schullo. We'll have to wait until Labor Day weekend back in Wisconsin to see how this one turns out.
D: Elizabeth City wasn't kind to Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" in the finish order (third and fourth out of four participants), but its lead was sufficient to send it to the Enderle for a second time as a Light Pro.

LIMITED PRO STOCK
A: The undefeated streak stopped for Brad Boldry's "Smoke Fever," but the lead persists, now six points over Jerry Shepherd and eight over Travis Wisel. See you in September in Roanoke.
B: Jason Rosenquist's "Gold Rush" took silver on Thursday in Anoka to pull into a tie with Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester." They lead Jason Bye by three with three Wisconsin appearances to go.
C: Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" won the head-to-head with Lindstrom in Waverly, taking third to "Hyper"'s eighth and capturing the division, which had seven scheduled hooks in 23 days, by five.

TWO WHEEL DRIVE
A: Week 12's four hooks brought this subregion's path to its two-thirds point, across which Jeff Writsel's "At It Again" has three wins, two thirds, and a fifth. His win in Lebanon helped him build a 16-point lead over Jacob Shephard. After nearly two weeks away, action resumes in Muskingum County.
B: Tom Eisman's "Whipper Snapper II" (-27, third) matched division leader Randy Petro's "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" with 56 points across Cassopolis and Eaton. Second-place Brent Secrest's "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" was the only other truck at both events and trails "Vintage" by seven with four hooks to go. Next: Napoleon.
C: Kim Moore and her "Pack Rat VII" scored a third then a win in Anoka to pull into a tie with Dustin Amundson's "Bottoms Up." Dale Stampfli (-4), the Showdown's other winner, is hanging tough with a handful of hooks to go.
D: With his weekend sweep at Morgan's Corner, Steve Willson clinched his second straight Pull-Off berth with "Running Bear." Wife Crystal and "Her Dirty Money" finished four points back.
E: On the strength of a tiebreaker (two wins to one), Dustin Amundson and "Bottoms Up" hung on to be your Enderle Pull-Off invitee from Region V.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: Sadly, Mason's Ingham County Fair will have to wait 51 more weeks for its first taste of NTPA action. With rain points factored, Steve Elchinger's "Jus' Passin' Thru" continues to lead by four over Dave Bos' "Quick Change" and by seven over Dave Moore's "King Kutter." Northwestern Ohio hosts the final two hooks in Napoleon and Findlay.
B: A second and first in Anoka for David O'Connor's "Nasty Habit" preceded a sub-par showing in Menomonie. But his cushion stands at three over both Matthew Davis and Rich Thomsen with hooks in Marshfield and Sandwich remaining.
C: Who "Seen" this coming? With a fourth and second and 58 points in Betsytown, Bunky Davis' "Seldom Seen" vaulted over three trucks to claim Region IV's berth.
D: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" averaged 28 points over Rockwell and New Hampton in his native northern Iowa to punch his ticket to Urbana.

MODIFIED MINI
A: A scratch in Cassopolis due to oil pump issues dropped David Lacey's "Double or Nothing" from first place to fourth; a win in Morley, however, brought its deficit back to single digits (-8). Your new co-leaders for this berth are Lacey's "Unchained" and the Bultmans' "Stress Relief." Astonishingly, the latter remains winless on the season; if it finds its stride, look out. Ken Bultemeier's "Flip Side" (-4) also has a shot with Hudsonville x 2 and Canton left.
B: "Double or Nothing" hooked in the Eaton pull-off, "Unchained" didn't, and the result was a reduction of "Unchained"'s lead to five. Marietta on Labor Day Eve is all that remains. Kevin Bradtmueller's "Whomp Ass Express" (third, -19) finished fourth among a dozen in Preble County. It bears repeating: If the same vehicle wins more than one berth, the points from those berths are combined, and the second- (third-, etc.) place finishers in total points are invited.
C: Donnie Reeve's "California Mule" kicked into high gear in Ellsworth and thus leads Chad Timmerman and Nathan Hoffman by place points for Region III's first Enderle berth of its own.
D: With "Unchained," Lacey's already secured the real "South" berth: The one awarded by Region IV dating to Raleigh and ending in Pinetops.
E: Hoffman found his four-leaf clover in New Hampton and had a brilliant performance with "Shakin' Shamrock" to win the two-hook shootout by three and become Region V's first MINI invitee.

MODIFIED
A: In the Northwest Region II berth, Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" is perfect points-wise through three hooks plus Arcola's and Mason's rainouts. Entering Sandusky, his 120 points lead Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare" by five and Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special" by 10.
B. A win in Urbana pushed Ryan's lead in the Southeast to nine over Deane and 12 over Miller. Looks likely that we'll put Region II together for an at-large, and if that happens, Ken's got eight points to make up on Don.
C: The Kielmeyer Team will return to the Enderle regional ranks this year as the Region III MOD representative. Dustin Amundson piloted "Double Trouble" to a first and second in Anoka.
D: Sporting a new sized-up powerplant, Chip Street's "Wildfire" scored two fifth places at its former home track in Pinetops to claim the Region IV berth. Interestingly, four of the six point-earning vehicles were turbine-powered.

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 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, 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 12th 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.

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Week 14 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---Compared with the weeks that comprised July and early August, it's an easygoing weekend on the national schedule. But points races never take a weekend off, and five Grand National divisions will be as busy as ever.

In Sandusky, Ohio on Friday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m., it's the Erie County Fair Pull, with five classes that you can see, live-streamed, at WatchNTPA.com. GN Pro Stocks and Mini and Twin-Engine Light Unlimited Modifieds join Region II Heavy Super Stocks and Multi-Engine Modifieds. Point leaders in each division are Charles Pelletier's "CP Dream II" (PS, +11), the Bobcat Team's "Bobcat Jr." (MINI, +11.5), Brandon Simon's "Simon Sez" (LT UNL, +7), John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" (HSS, +9), and Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" (MOD, +12).

Much of the caravan will then drive about 80 miles west, past Bowling Green, to Napoleon, Ohio and the Henry County Fair. There, the Pros and Minis will be supplemented with GN Super Stock Diesels as well as RN Two Wheel Drives (West) and Four Wheel Drives on Saturday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m. Holding top spots are Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" (SSD, +10), Randy Petro's "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" (TWD-W, +7), and Steve Elchinger's "Just Passin' Thru" (FWD, +4).

A bit further west in Norwalk, Wisconsin we find the Norwalk Lions Truck and Tractor Pull in two sessions on Saturday, August 12 at noon and 6:30 p.m. Grand National Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks and Region III Heavy Super Stock Diesels and Two Wheel Drives will appear twice, with Wisconsin state Light Supers, Light Pros, and Minis in the afternoon and regional Limited Pros, state Super Farms, and invitational Semis in the evening. Leading the way in the national classes are Peyton Davis' "Punisher" (FWD, +19) and David Henderson's "Stray Horse Gone Wild" (HSSD, +1), while ties hold in TWD and LIM PS: Dustin Amundson's "Bottoms Up"/Kim Moore's "Pack Rat VII" (+4) and Jason Rosenquist's "Gold Rush"/Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester" (+3).

And back in Ohio, it's the Muskingum County Fair Pull in Zanesville, Ohio on Sunday, August 13 at 7 p.m. Heavy Supers, Eastern Light Pros and Two Wheelers, and Modifieds are on the slate. On the first lines of the standings tables are Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" (LT PS-E, +15) and Jeff Writsel's "At It Again" (TWD-E, +16).

Next week, it is the arrival of BG, plus Region III action in Owatonna. We'll get you ready for both seven days from now.

 

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Joe Adams, First NTPA Mini Champion, Has Died

The WPI/NTPA office has been notified of the passing of Joe Adams of Bellevue, Ohio, on Saturday, July 29. In 1974, Mr. Adams won the first-ever NTPA championships awarded in the Modified Mini division at both 1,500 and 1,700-lbs.

Mr. Adams, a millwright machinist, retired from Norfolk Southern and went on to train welders and lead construction teams at nuclear power plants in northern Ohio.He was a trustee of Ebenezer United Methodist Church and belonged to Firelands Pioneer Power, Buckeye Oliver, and Lagrange Engine Clubs and the Hart-Parr/Oliver Collectors Association.

Mr. Adams is survived by his wife, Alice, of 54 years; son James; daughter Jacqueline and her husband Mark;sisters Janice (Ed), Virginia (Charles), Glenda (Merrill), Patricia, Avis (Dennis); brother-in-law Roger Dick; and grandchildren Allie, Joseph, and Zachary. Mr. Adams' full obituary may be found here, where messages of condolence may be left for the family.

We extend our condolences to Joe's nephew Kevin Dick, who informed us of Mr Adams' death, and to the entire family.

Road to the Enderle: Week 14 GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---We are less than six weeks away from the 31st Enderle Memorial Pull-Off, and with it the largest Grand National session in the event's history. Thirteen divisions and 65 competitors will thrill fans as part of truck and tractor pulling's all-star season finale on Saturday, September 16.

In this space for those next six weeks, we will track the developments in the two races that matter within each division: The battle for the title, and the chase to stay in the top five and get that coveted invitation to the most lucrative single day in the motorsport. (The division names link to the individual points pages which are updated immediately after each event.)

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT SUPER STOCK
The Chizek/Korth Team swept Langford ("Excessive Force" and "Considered Armed & Dangerous" achieving a win each), and the result was "Considered" assuming the point lead for the first time this season. Jason Hootman's third and fourth with "The Commander" (-3) kept him within striking distance heading into the final two hooks in Bowling Green. "Excessive" sits at minus-5 for the title, while the third A&D Team Light Super, "Deadly Force," is 11.5 back and 14 up on sixth. The race for the Enderle is likely between Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" (+8.5 over sixth) and Larry Phillips' "Extremely Insane."

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL
A second place in Wapakoneta by Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" has pushed its lead to 10 over the defending champion "Triple Bypass" of  Jody and Colin Ross. The Wapak-winning "Red Horse" (-12) of the Blagraves has put itself within striking distance, especially given how the Texans like that northwestern Ohio dirt. But you'll recall, "Bypass" had a BG weekend for the ages last season. Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" (-32, +14 over sixth) looks safe for Enderle at the moment. On either side of the line are "Smoke-n-Mirrors" (+4 over sixth) -n- "Lock-N-Load" with five hooks remaining.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK OPEN
It was a Thursday and Saturday of give-and-take throughout this division.Current leader "GALOT II" got a fourth in Monroe and a second and 30 points in Salem. Terry Blackbourn and "Extremely Armed & Dangerous" (-1 plus two wins) won in Monroe and got sixth in Salem. Josh Blackbourn and "International Threat" (-1 plus one win), a seventh and third; "GALOT" (-9), a second and eighth. The result is a race within reach of everyone with five hooks in the Buckeye State to go. As for Enderle, Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet" has the edge over Jeff Hothem's "Fully Loaded" (-13 from fifth). But both tractors sustained damage at Salem; we'll have to see who can get their setup dialed back in first.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER FARM
Rod Deck made his move, sweeping Meade County to pull into a solid fourth (-10 from first, +16 over sixth) with "Dream On." But as Rod will tell you, consistency wins championships, and Brad Hart's pair of thirds aboard "Don't Ask" were all that were needed to boost him back into the point lead by three over the slumping "One Bad Apple" and "Absolutely Nuts." Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" also had two nice outings in Brandenburg to build a nine-point lead for fifth over Dave Whelan..

GRAND NATIONAL PRO STOCK
Still too early to tell, but if Charles Pelletier does hoist the GN trophy, he'll look to a huge rebound weekend in Illinois. There, "CP Dream II"'s first in Mt. Sterling and second in Salem, combined with Mike Conny's struggles with a suddenly mortal "MAC Nasty" (-11) erased the effects of C.P.'s chalk walk in Brandenburg. A pair of top fours put Robby Lemke's "New Generation Plus" (-15) in contention, as did Danny Schmucker's Saturday win with "Rampage" (-16). Injector issues zapped "Rapped Up!" (--21, +7 over sixth), putting Mark Lawyer on the hot seat for Enderle. It's Kevin Schmucker's "Git-Er-Dun Deere" and Tim Cain's "Red Gambler" (-13 from fifth) who he'll be fending off in Sandusky and Napoleon.

GRAND NATIONAL TWO WHEEL DRIVE
With a name like "Thriller," a walk-off win ought to be expected. Indeed, LeAnn Tormoehlen-May's Chevrolet delivered on the final pass in Wapakoneta, and the 30 put her within three points of an Enderle berth. A week after victory in Kentucky had made it the point leader, Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" (-8 from first) is now the truck on that fifth-place brink. Jessie Petro's third in Auglaize County with "Buckeye Hauler" put him on top of dad Randy's "Kathy's Komplaint" (-1) in this constantly shuffling division. Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" (-4) and Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" (-7) hold the other transfer spots going into the NTPC.

GRAND NATIONAL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
"The Punisher" brought it over three sessions in Michigan and New York, earning a win and 87 points and flipping a three-point deficit to a 19-point surplus. Ted Skelton's impressive 82-point performance over that span with "The Rock" put him into a solid second place, while previous leader Carmen Foster's eighth, 10th, and scratch with "Foster Child" (-24) cost her two positions. But Norwalk, site of Foster's first national win last season, is up next. Also picking up 87 points from Monroe to Langford were the Holman Brothers, and as a result their "4 Play" is only a point behind Lisa Peterson's "Profab" and Rob Foster's "Simply Red" for fifth.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
Josh Deeter's "Up in Smoke" continued to rise during its fine weekend in Illinois. A win in Mt. Sterling and a sixth in Salem on two tracks that were new to the division extended its lead to 11 over Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure." Shawn Hodges' "On Borrowed Time" sits 17 back and seven up on sixth place, which is currently occupied by the Haisleys' "Off Constantly." In between are Matt Clemons' "Alter Ego" (-18, +6 over sixth) and Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" (-21, +3), two trucks that know how to win in Wood County.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER SEMI
We'll crown a champion in less than two weeks, but the way the big rigs were set on kill Saturday night at the Celebration on the Pond, you'd have thought it was going to be decided there. Dan Prahl's "Full Tilt" (-3, +5 from sixth) boogied its way to 382' and solidified its grip on an Enderle invite with its second straight win. After a 379' of its own, Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class" is tied with Prahl, a handful ahead of Sonny Graese's "Stacks." With a fourth place in Morley, Lonny Sailor's "Holy Smokes" (+1) retook the point lead for the first time since Hutchinson. Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" and Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare" are tied for second.

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED MINI
The day-night doubleheader in Langford saw no dominant performer, as the two finish orders were well scrambled. "Bobcat Jr.," strong all season long, picked up a win in the afternoon and a fourth in the evening and departed the Empire State with an 11.5-point bulge. The "0.5" is because Jason Hathaway's "Honkin' Donkey Gray" (second) and Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall" (-36.5, fifth, +13.5 over sixth) had to pass on the afternoon pull-off. Larry Koester's "Footloose" (-19) and son Adam's "Beast of Burden" (-27) are safely in the top-five; Zach Zimmer's "Well Oiled Machine" (sixth) is hoping to get there with eight more passes to make beginning in Erie County on Friday.

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT UNLIMITED
It was Brandon once again at the controls of both "Simon Sez" and "Show No Mercy" at the Fort, and he performed identically as he did in Ionia: A win and a second for "Sez"; a win and a fifth for "Show" (-7). Only trouble is, he didn't show much "Mercy" to R.J.'s ride in the Saturday night pull-off, so they'll have some supercharger wrenching to do. Craig Corzine's "Money Pit Screwed Up" (-9) continues to be the closest contender, while Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" (+6 over sixth) and the Boyers' "Twist & Shout" (+1) try to keep ahead of Paul Koontz' "Joker" and Todd Feiss' "S'no Farmer" (-4 from fifth). Remaining: Three hooks along U.S. 6: First Sandusky on Friday, and then the Lights' Bowling Green debut.

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED
The north-south route into Bowling Green, I-75, was occupied by two hooks of its own this past weekend: Monroe and Wapakoneta. And with them now in the rear-view, Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (+4) maintains its lead over Bret Berg's "Money Maker." The Minnesota triple won in Michigan and took fourth in Ohio to add two points to its lead. Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat IV" (-18) gained a little with a third and a fourth; Bill Douglas Jr.'s "Spook Gone Wild" (-18) lost a little with a sixth and a seventh. The battle for fifth is between the green quads owned by Bob Jostock ("Wild Child," +10 over sixth) and Joe Fintak ("North American," sixth).

GRAND NATIONAL UNLIMITED
Chuck Knapp's "Screamin' D" has won in North Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Ohio (x 2), and Illinois, and its lead over the Criswell/Benedict Team's "Blown Centless" is now 19. That team is chasing Chuck with two tractors, and the other one, "Non-Cents All Screwed Up" (-25, third), got within 2' in Mt. Sterling. Quite the fight for fifth is developing among Wayne Purser's "Uncle Sam" (+10 over sixth), Rose (+9), David Richardson's "For Sale" (sixth), and Berg (seventh, -12 from fifth). It all can change in BG, where anything can happen (and usually does).

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 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, 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 12th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. 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 annual 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.

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MOD Competitor Mike Piper Has Passed. Update: Funeral Info

The WPI/NTPA office has been informed of the death of Mike Piper, driver of the "Just Add Dirt" Modified, after a battle with cancer.

Mr. Piper, 69, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, competed on the NTPA's Grand and Pro National Series in the 1990s at several weight classes including Unlimited. He won the Bowling Green championship ring in 1998 in the 7,600-lb. Unlimited as well as 7,200-lb. classes at BG in 1988 and 1989. Mr. Piper was the second of three generations of pullers: his father Henry pulled Super Stocks in the NTPA's early years, while his son Brian, who sadly passed in 2011, also pulled Modifieds.

Mr. Piper was a member of Jefferson County Shrine, Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge #31, the Elks, and Grace Community Church. His full obituary may be found here.

Visitation is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9 at Hughey Funeral Home, 1314 Main Street, Mt.Vernon, Illinois 62864, with a Shriner's Walk Through to follow. Mr. Piper's service will be Thursday, August 10 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

We express our deepest condolences to Mr. Piper's family and friends.

 

Road to the Enderle: Week 13 RN Traffic Report

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Region II had another busy week, getting several races for berths in the 31st Enderle Memorial Pull-Off (Saturday, September 16 in Urbana, Ohio) to around or beyond their halfway marks. Meanwhile, Region V watched the sky sweat after three tractors went down the track in Monticello, making the upcoming festivities in Waverly this Saturday all the more urgent as those races conclude. And Region III spools back up again in a big way with three nights of action across Anoka and Menomonie.

LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A: George Everett and "Smokeless Alternative" clinched the Region II title at Logansport in a three-event, three-way point battle with Josh Hart and Jerry Yantes.
B: With a fourth-place finish in Menomonie, Marty Nelson and "Just-a-Case" (+1) were able to capitalize on "Diggin' Hard"'s (-3, fifth) hook-and-broke and assume the point lead. Kevin Lynn (-1), the Spiegelbergs and Justin Hull (both -2) were able to move up as well. Now it all comes down to Labor Day weekend in Marshfield and Ridgeland.
C: At the same time the Cass County Fair was settling Berth A, Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapping up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.

HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: A third in Clermont County kept John Pfeiffer's top-three streak going through five appearances. "Pfeiffermax"'s lead is nine over Heath Weilnau with three Ohio hooks to go: Sandusky, Zanesville, and Wauseon. Erie County is Heath's home territory, but he's got some patching to do after kicking a rod in Owensville.
B: After Decorah, Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" have a one-point edge over David Henderson in this Region III/V open fuel berth. Three hooks remain, all in their native Minnesota.
C: "Diggin' Hard" has won twice along the III/V diesel-only path to carry a two-point lead into the Degenhardts' native Norwalk. But the second-place "Stray Horse Gone Wild" has won there two years in a row. And Guy Blechinger took the win in Waverly to tie Henderson for second at minus-2.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May.

SUPER FARM
A: Last Tuesday's second place in Hartford extended Stan Warda's lead with "Hammerin' Hank" to 13 over the Caseys.
B: A seventh in Van Buren County put the "Whoopie Maker" ahead of Rob McTaggart in one of the season's more interesting back-and-forths. Eight hooks are left---next four in McTaggart's Michigan, then three in the Caseys' Ohio before the finale in Tipton, Indiana.
C: Having earned 59 points in Anoka and Menomonie, the Larsons' "Hot Wire" jumped to the Super Farm lead over the Rohdes (-5). With Owatonna, Marshfield, and Ridgeland remaining, the Martyns' "Hustler" (-6) and Jeff Bahl's "Doctor Deere" (-8) have some ground to make up.
D: Chris Hales and "The Outlaw" staged a brilliant heist at Pinetops. They won Saturday's class to overcome a two-point deficit and surpass Phil Kelley by a single point.
E: Victorious in Decorah and Waverly around the rainout in Monticello, Phil Kelley and the "Red-Blooded Binder" cruised to the Region V title and the Pull-Off berth.

LIGHT PRO STOCK
A: Region II East took the week off after having six scheduled events over a 10-day span. Kendall Houk and "Nothing Special" will lead the subregion by five when they get back to work in Moon City.
B: Attention shifted back to the West with Hamilton and Fort x 2. Mike Palmer's "Red Avenger" withstood a couple of tough outings, then took a third to build his lead to 13 over...his other tractor, "Red Avenger Classic," which scored its first win Saturday. The Howells' New Holland (-14) was victorious in Butler County but got damaged Friday and had to scratch Saturday.
C: Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" was victorious in Ellsworth to grab the lead over Justin Nagel and Dan Schullo. We'll have to wait until Labor Day weekend back in Wisconsin to see how this one turns out.
D: A second last fall in Raleigh and a win in Millers Tavern have given Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" the inside track over Mark Wiederhold and James Vanhoy (-5). Two more tough hooks await in Elizabeth City this weekend.

LIMITED PRO STOCK
A: The undefeated streak stopped for Brad Boldry's "Smoke Fever," but the lead persists, now six points over Jerry Shepherd and eight over Travis Wisel. See you in September in Roanoke.
B: Jason Rosenquist's "Gold Rush" took silver on Thursday in Anoka to pull into a tie with Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester." They lead Jason Bye by three with three Wisconsin appearances to go.
C: Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" won the head-to-head with Lindstrom in Waverly, taking third to "Hyper"'s eighth and capturing the division, which had seven scheduled hooks in 23 days, by five.

TWO WHEEL DRIVE
A: Last week's four hooks brought this subregion's path to its two-thirds point, across which Jeff Writsel's "At It Again" has three wins, two thirds, and a fifth. His win in Lebanon helped him build a 16-point lead over Jacob Shephard.
B: Between his two trucks, Randy Petro has wins in seven of eight Western subregion hooks including the Greentown partial washout. His regional entry, "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint," now leads Brent Secrest by two after Hamilton.
C: Kim Moore and her "Pack Rat VII" scored a third then a win in Anoka to pull into a tie with Dustin Amundson's "Bottoms Up." Dale Stampfli (-4), the Showdown's other winner, is hanging tough with a handful of hooks to go.
D: Two hooks in Betsytown over August's first weekend will settle this berth. Steve Wilson (Running Bear) leads wife Crystal by one and John Pickler by four.
E: It looked to be over: five-point lead, one chance left. But that's why they hook to the sled, and A.J. Riedl's "Shafted" nearly pulled off the huge comeback. On the strength of a tiebreaker (two wins to one), however, Dustin Amundson and "Bottoms Up" hung on to be your Enderle Pull-Off invitee from Region V.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: Steve Elchinger's "Jus' Passin' Thru" had a setback in Hamilton and sacrificed five points off his lead. But he still holds a four-point advantage over Dave Bos and a seven-point bulge over Dave Moore. Mason's up next.
B: A second and first in Anoka for David O'Connor's "Nasty Habit" preceded a sub-par showing in Menomonie. But his cushion stands at three over both Matthew Davis and Rich Thomsen with hooks in Marshfield and Sandwich remaining.
C: Co-leaders John T. Davis' "The Legend" and Kevin Schools' "Jus' Rutt'n" will wage a battle of former Grand National rides at Morgan's Corner in just a few days  But don't count out two-time champ Randy Brann (-4).
D: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" averaged 28 points over Rockwell and New Hampton in his native North Iowa to punch his ticket to Urbana.

MODIFIED MINI
A: Missing a five-way pull-off in Hartford ate into the lead of David Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing," but it remains one up on Ken Bultemeier and four up on his own "Unchained."
B: An unconventional win in Hamilton---delayed two-hours by rain and two classes that were run in the interim---pushed "Unchained''s lead to six over its stablemate."Flip Side" (-16) and "Whomp Ass" (-17) are deep double digits behind.
C: Donnie Reeve's "California Mule" kicked into high gear in Ellsworth and thus leads Chad Timmerman and Nathan Hoffman by place points for Region III's first Enderle berth of its own.
D: With "Unchained," Lacey's already secured the real "South" berth: The one awarded by Region IV dating to Raleigh and ending in Pinetops. (Remember, if the same vehicle wins more than one berth, we combine the points and invite the runner up, third place, etc.)
E: Hoffman found his four-leaf clover in New Hampton and had a brilliant performance with "Shakin' Shamrock" to win the two-hook shootout by three and become Region V's first MINI invitee.

MODIFIED
A: In the Northwest Region II berth, Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" is perfect points-wise through three hooks plus Arcola's rainout. His 105 points lead Don Deane by five and Ken Miller by 10 heading into Mason.
B. In the Southeast Region II berth, the Writsels are up seven on Deane and eight on Miller with just three hooks left. Next is Urbana.
C: The Kielmeyer Team will return to the Enderle regional ranks this year as the Region III MOD representative. Dustin Amundson piloted "Double Trouble" to a first and second in Anoka.
D: Sporting a new sized-up powerplant, Chip Street's "Wildfire" scored two fifth places at its former home track in Pinetops to claim the Region IV berth. Interestingly, four of the six point-earning vehicles were turbine-powered.

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 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, 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 12th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. 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 annual PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

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Road to the Enderle: Week 13 GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---The 7 p.m. session of the 31st Memorial Enderle Pull-Off will feature an unprecedented 65 Grand National competitors. And that means that every divison has two races to watch: The chase for the championship and the battle to be fifth place or better. From now until the end of the season, we'll keep you up-to-speed in this space at www.NTPAPULL.com. (The division names link to the individual points pages which are updated immediately after each event.)

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A win and a fourth in Brandenburg means Jason Hootman's "Commander" will lead the field into Langford, the first New York State event for NTPA in over two decades. The Korth/Chizek "Considered Armed & Dangerous" also won in Kentucky to tighten the division race to a single point; "Deadly Force" had a pair of thirds and "Excessive Force" a fourth to hold the next two slots. Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" sits fifth by six points over Marcus Wettleson.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL
Two more hooks in Chapel Hill brought this division's number to 10 so far in 2017, but now they get a chance to cool those diesels until Wapakoneta on August 5. With a win and a fourth at Lions Motorsports Park, Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" now leads by five over the Ross' "Triple Bypass." The other Chapel Hill winner, the Blagraves' "Red Horse," sits third (-13), while Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" (-31) and John Raymond's "Smoke-n-Mirrors" (-39) complete the top five. Five points out of fifth, "Lock-N-Load" is locked out for the moment.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK OPEN
Teammates Josh (International Threat) and Terry (Extremely Armed & Dangerous) Blackbourn hold the top two positions; colleagues John Strickland (GALOT II) and Brent Payne (GALOT) the next two. Jordan Lustik's cushion with "Silver Bullet" is 16 over Jeff Hothem. They next light the fire in Monroe.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER FARM
Rod Deck made his move, sweeping Meade County to pull into a solid fourth (-10 from first, +16 over sixth) with "Dream On." But as Rod will tell you, consistency wins championships, and Brad Hart's pair of thirds aboard "Don't Ask" were all that were needed to boost him back into the point lead by three over the slumping "One Bad Apple" and "Absolutely Nuts." Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" also had two nice outings in Brandenburg to build a nine-point lead for fifth over Dave Whelan..

GRAND NATIONAL PRO STOCK
The converse is "catastrophe costs championships." Too early to tell, but if Charles Pelletier doesn't hoist the GN trophy, he'll look to a DQ in KY with "CP Dream II" (-7) as a major reason. Mike Conny's "MAC Nasty" rediscovered the dominance of his early-season stretch, winning Saturday night. Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up!" (-12), Kevin Schmucker's "Git-Er-Dun Deere" (-17), and Friday night winner Robby Lemke's "New Generation Plus" (-18) hold the remaining Enderle transfer slots. Danny Schmucker's "Rampage" sits five back of Lemke with the Illinois swing up next.

GRAND NATIONAL TWO WHEEL DRIVE
Regular observers of the TWD circuit are familiar with the Petros' recent dominance in Brandenburg, so of course they'd move up in the standings this past weekend, right? Well, yes, but they weren't alone. Renee Theobald's win on Friday night and fourth on Saturday. have given her the tiebreak advantage over Randy's "Kathy's Komplaint" and a five-point lead over Jessie's "Buckeye Hauler" and the Corzines' "Burn Notice," which Ashley piloted to twin runner-ups and fourth. All of this came at the expense of Bryan McDonald's "Sanity," which fell to fifth and 10 points back of the lead but still eight ahead of LeAnn Tormoehlen-May's "Thriller." Next? Renee's favorite track east of Shelby County: Wapakoneta.

GRAND NATIONAL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
In a few weeks, Carmen Foster will be up late studying for college exams. But she already passed two big tests under the lights in Chapel Hill: Her second and third were enough to wrest the lead from Peyton Davis' "Punisher" (-3) with her home-state Monroe event next. Lisa Peterson and "Profab" are 10 behind, Carmen's dad Rob and "Simply Red" 16 back, and Ted Skelton's "Rock" 17. Then it's a half dozen more to sixth-place Larry Peterson and "Profab Geared Up." One bright spot for Davis: His "Young Gun" now sits seventh (-25) after he dialed it in for its Friday night win. And the Holman Brothers' "4 Play," with a Chapel Hill W of their own, are now tied with Donald LaBonte's "Rock" for eighth (-30).

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A win and a second in Fort Recovery vaulted Josh Deeter's "Up in Smoke" to a nine-point lead in the division's inaugural GN season. Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" was in the pink of health Saturday night to tie Shawn Hodges' "On Borrowed Time" for second. Matt Clemons' "Alter Ego" and Shane Kellogg's "Trump" sit fourth, both 12 behind and two up on sixth-place Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon," whose safety-collar DQ at the Fort might be a real pain in the neck come Enderle season. But six hooks remain, including two on the big stage in BG.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER SEMI
Incredibly, we've hit the two-thirds point of the Semis' 2017 haul. Despite its engine failure at Tomah---from which it returned in Rockwell---Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" holds the lead over GN newcomers Lonny Sailor ("Holy Smokes," -2) and Brian Elithorpe ("Nikki's Nightmare," -4). So far, the Eilens' "Just Passin' Thru in Class" gets a passing grade (+2 over sixth) as does Dan Prahl's "Full Tilt" (+1); "Sawdust Man" Sonny Graese's "Stacks" is odd-man out at this time.

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED MINI
Piloted by Jason Hathaway Friday and Bill Leischner Saturday, "Bobcat Jr." lost a little of its lead to Hathaway's "Honkin' Donkey Gray" (-7), which posted a win and a second to Larry Koester's "Footloose" (-14). Adam's "Beast of Burden" (-25 from first, +16 over sixth) and Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall (-34, +7) are looking as much to hold their Pull-Off positions as to vie for the lead, though it's a friendly sixth-placer for Adam: "Walk the Line."  Jerry Thompson's "Hellraiser" sits seventh (-8 from fifth) as they all make their way to the Empire State.

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT UNLIMITED
It was Brandon once again at the controls of both "Simon Sez" and "Show No Mercy" at the Fort, and he performed identically as he did in Ionia: A win and a second for "Sez"; a win and a fifth for "Show" (-7). Only trouble is, he didn't show much "Mercy" to R.J.'s ride in the Saturday night pull-off, so they'll have some supercharger wrenching to do before Sandusky in a week and a half. Craig Corzine's "Money Pit Screwed Up" (-9) continues to be the closest contender, while Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" (+6 over sixth) and the Boyers' "Twist & Shout" (+1) try to keep ahead of Paul Koontz' "Joker" and Todd Feiss' "S'no Farmer" (-4 from fifth).

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED
Berg's "Money Maker" and Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" have claimed all the wins so far in 2017. Berg holds the edge in that category, three-to-two, but Rose leads by two where it matters most. The Jostock/Douglas "Spook Gone Wild," Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4," and Bob Jostock's "Wild Child" round out the top five as we head into the midseason event in Monroe.

GRAND NATIONAL UNLIMITED
Add two Ohio W's to "Screamin' D"'s list of one each in North Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Tennessee, and the lead is now 16 over the Criswell/Benedict Team's "Blown Centless," which took two second places at the Fort. Team tractor "Non-Cents" (-24) got two fourths, while Wayne Purser got the run he'd been looking for with "Uncle Sam" (-32) to qualify for the pull-off on Friday. Ricky Rose was forced to go with three motors on Saturday but still earned 48 points on the weekend to stay 11 points ahead of sixth-place David Richardson and "For Sale" and 13 up on Bret Berg and "Money Maker" for the Enderle invite. It's Mt. Sterling this Friday, then a weekend to chill before the Ohio four-hook home stretch.

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 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, 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 12th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. 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 annual 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.

Week 13 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---Feel lucky? August and Week 13 have arrived on the NTPA calendar, and with them both longstanding traditional events and a couple of exciting new locales for Regional and Grand National events.

On Tuesday, August 1, the Cass County Fair Nationals in Cassopolis, Michigan will bring to the line Super Farms, Two Wheel Drives (West), Modified Minis, and a Wolverine Super Stock Combo class starting at 7 p.m. Regional leaders in each division are Stan Warda ("Hammerin' Hank" SF, +11), Randy Petro ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD, +2), and David Lacey ("Triple Play Unchained" MINI, +5).

Then the Preble County Fair in Eaton, Ohio entertains the Minis and western Two Wheelers alongside Light Pro Stocks (West) and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0s at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2. Going into that event, Mike Palmer and both his "Red Avenger" and "Red Avenger Classic" (-13) top the western Light Pros after a wild weekend at Fort Recovery, while Rob Wright's "All Attitude" (+3) is riding high after a win at Arcola.

The Grand National schedule has exciting four-day, five-event weekend beginning Thursday, August 3 in Monroe, Michigan. There, GN Open Super Stocks, Four Wheel Drives, and Multi-Engine Modifieds are joined by Super Farms and western Light Pros. The Opens haven't turned a wheel since Tomah, but their schedule picks up considerably with six more hooks in the season's waning weeks. Josh Blackbourn and "International Threat" (+3) will try to hold off the rest of the field. Carmen Foster will attempt the same with her "Foster Child" (+3) with a 10-hook race remaining in front of the Four Wheelers. And the Modifieds, idle as a division since Rockwell (though many were busy with several Unlimited hooks since then), will enter Monroe led by Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (+2).

A day later, Mason, Michigan's Ingham County Fair hosts its first NTPA national event. Scheduled to appear are Region II Super Farms, Four Wheel Drives, Minis, and Modifieds. Steve Elchinger's "Jus' Passin' Thru" (+4) leads the doorslammers, while Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" is first among the noise boys.

Also on Friday, August 4, attention turns westward and southward. First, the Western Illinois Grand Nationals in Mount Sterling, Illinois will feature GN Pro Stocks. Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, and Unlimiteds along with an Illinois Tractor Pullers Association class of Limited Pro Stocks. GN division leaders are Mike Conny and "MAC Nasty" (PS, +7) back on top after after Brandenburg, and Josh Deeter's "Up in Smoke" (SSD 4x4, +9) and Chuck Knapp's "Screamin' D" (UNL, +16), comfortably in front after Fort Recovery.

And the Elizabeth City 300 at Morgan's Corner Pulling Park in Elizabeth City, North Carolina has its new midsummer dates on Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5. The three Region IV classes---Light Pros, Two Wheel Drives, and Four Wheel Drives---will each determine their Enderle representatives, and the truck classes will crown champs. Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" (+1) is up in Light Pros after winning in Virginia. Steve Willson ("Running Bear" TWD, +1) was the best across Millers Tavern and Pinetops, as were co-leaders John T. Davis' "The Legend" and Kevin Schools' "Jus' Rutt'n" (+4).

Saturday, August 5 also finds Grand National action in Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. Wapakoneta, Ohio's RRR Tire Moon City Nationals at the Auglaize County Fair has GN Super Stock Diesels, Two Wheel Drives and Modifieds, plus Light Pros (West) at 6 p.m. sharp. Coming off a rare two-week layoff, Travis Schlabach and "Bone Twister" (+5) lead the diesels, while Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" and Randy Petro's "Kathy's Komplaint" (+5) are tied atop TWD coming back from Kentucky.

Salem, Illinois' Marion County Fair NTPA Grand Nationals teams Open Supers and Pro Stocks with the SSD 4x4s at 7 p.m. And the Celebration on the Pond in Morley, Michigan has GN Super Semis as well as Region II Super Farms and Minis. Dean Holicky and "Mother Trucker" (+2) are atop the Semi standings.

On Sunday, for the first time in over two decades, the NTPA will invade the Empire State for a two-session, three-division Grand National event at the Langford Tractor Pull Grounds in Langford, New York. Coming a day after the Down-Home Country Jamboree and Concert, the event is a smorgasbord of pulling, with NTPA sessions of Light Super Stocks, Four Wheel Drives, and Minis at noon and 6 p.m. sandwiching ESP classes and preceding a PPL class of Light Limited Super Stocks. Home-stater Jason Hootman and "The Commander" (+1) will arrive leading the Lights, while the Minis are paced by the "Bobcat Jr." Team (+7).

Then on Monday, our week of new frontiers and old stomping grounds concludes in epicentric Ohio and the home of the Enderle Pull-Off, the Champaign County Fair Pull in Urbana, Ohio. On the card are Pro Stocks, Light Pro Stocks (East), Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, and Modifieds. The Heavy Pros are co-led by Jason Svonavec's "Bootlegger" and Ryan Walters' "Chasin' Tail" (+4) with four hooks to go. Meanwhile the diesel pickups are co-led by Cody Hastings' "Against the Grain" and Susan Ingram's "Scheid Diesel," though they have yet to appear at a pull together. Only a single hook in Findlay remains on their list.

In Week 14, the schedules lighten but the races tighten, with just two GN events and two RN events in the run-up to Bowling Green. We'll see you then.

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 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

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Road to the Enderle: Week 12 RN Traffic Report

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Region II had another busy week, getting several races for berths in the 31st Enderle Memorial Pull-Off (Saturday, September 16 in Urbana, Ohio) to around or beyond their halfway marks. Meanwhile, Region V watched the sky sweat after three tractors went down the track in Monticello, making the upcoming festivities in Waverly this Saturday all the more urgent as those races conclude. And Region III spools back up again in a big way with three nights of action across Anoka and Menomonie.

LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A: George Everett and "Smokeless Alternative" clinched the Region II title at Logansport in a three-event, three-way point battle with Josh Hart and Jerry Yantes.
B: A quarter of the way along the Region III path (through Ellsworth), the Degenhardts' "Diggin' Hard" lead Marty Nelson by one and the Red Thunder Team by two. Menomonie is the next stop this Saturday.
C: At the same time the Cass County Fair was settling Berth A, Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapping up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.

HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: A third in Clermont County kept John Pfeiffer's top-three streak going through five appearances. "Pfeiffermax"'s lead is nine over Heath Weilnau with three Ohio hooks to go: Sandusky, Zanesville, and Wauseon. Erie County is Heath's home territory, but he's got some patching to do after kicking a rod in Owensville.
B: After Decorah, Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" have a one-point edge over David Henderson in this Region III/V open fuel berth. Three hooks remain, all in their native Minnesota.
C: The Region III/V diesel-only berth has had three hooks, and "Diggin' Hard" has won twice to carry a two-point lead into the Degenhardts' native Norwalk. But the second-place "Stray Horse Gone Wild" has won there two years in a row.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May.

SUPER FARM
A: Last Tuesday's second place in Hartford extended Stan Warda's lead with "Hammerin' Hank" to 13 over the Caseys.
B: A seventh in Van Buren County put the "Whoopie Maker" ahead of Rob McTaggart in one of the season's more interesting back-and-forths. Eight hooks are left---next four in McTaggart's Michigan, then three in the Caseys' Ohio before the finale in Tipton, Indiana.
C: Reigning champ Trevan Rohde and "Somethin' Fierce" lead after Ellsworth. The Martyns' "Hustler" and the Hardys' "Gold Digger" stand second and third with five to go.
D: Chris Hales and "The Outlaw" staged a brilliant heist at Pinetops. They won Saturday's class to overcome a two-point deficit and surpass Phil Kelley by a single point.
E: But P.K. from PA loves IA most of all, and after Decorah the "Red-Blooded Binder" is in position for its third straight Region V championship. Dan Niemeyer  (-2) and Dan Schulte (-3) are just behind, but losing the hook in Monticello means they must beat Phil outright in Waverly.

LIGHT PRO STOCK
A: Kendall Houk had a fine week, picking up two (Washington C.H.), two (winning in Lebanon), and five (Hilliard) points on the week's entering leader Kevin Smith before giving one back in Owensville. "Nothing Special" now leads the subregion by five.
B: Region II West was quiet this week. With nine hooks remaining, including this week's three in Hamilton and Fort Recovery, the "Red Avenger" of Mike Palmer has a 17-point advantage over Jason Fliehman.
C: Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" was victorious in Ellsworth to grab the lead over Justin Nagel and Dan Schullo. We'll have to wait until Labor Day weekend back in Wisconsin to see how this one turns out.
D: A second last fall in Raleigh and a win in Millers Tavern have given Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" the inside track over Mark Wiederhold and James Vanhoy (-5). Two more tough hooks await in Elizabeth City.

LIMITED PRO STOCK
A: Brad Boldry's "Smoke Fever" is undefeated through 40 percent of Region II's season. Jerry Shepherd (-2) and the Wisels (both -6) are the closest chasers with Fort coming up Friday and Saturday.
B: A win by Scott Nordby's "Intense Headache" in Pierce County has him up one on class rookie Kevin Lindstrom and two on Jason Rosenquist. Anoka awaits on Thursday.
C: But Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester" is tied with Jeremy Ploetz' "Big One" after the former's win Saturday night in New Hampton. It's down to Saturday at Waverly, head-to-head, winner-take-all.

TWO WHEEL DRIVE
A: A four-hook week has brought this subregion's path to its two-thirds point, across which Jeff Writsel's "At It Again" has three wins, two thirds, and a fifth. His win in Lebanon last Wednesday has helped him build a 16-point lead over Jacob Shephard.
B: Between his two trucks, Randy Petro has wins in six of seven Western subregion hooks including the Greentown partial washout. His regional entry, "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint," is up one on Brent Secrest and Petro team truck "2 Timin'" after an off week for the West.
C: Dustin Amundson won the Showdown in Curdtown with "Bottoms Up," the first of an eight-class schedule. Tony Fleming (Hi! Maintenance) and Kim Moore (Pack Rat VII) are the next two in line as Anoka approaches.
D: Two hooks in Betsytown over August's first weekend will settle this berth. Steve Wilson (Running Bear) leads wife Crystal by one and John Pickler by four.
E: With W's in Decorah and New Hampton, Amundson's bucket is "Up" in Region V as well with a five- and 13-point bulge over Rockwell winners A.J. Riedl and Troy Warschkow, respectively. Dustin just needs to avoid disaster in Bremer County.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: A second in Hilliard has extended the lead of Steve Elchinger's "Jus' Passin' Thru" to nine and 11 over Daves Moore and Bos, respectively. Starting with Hamilton, three of the last four FWD hooks are in Ohio; the exception: the new one in Mason, Michigan.
B: A second in Curdtown netted David O'Connor 30 points. His "Nasty Habit" is up on Rich Thomsen (-1) and Matthew Davis (-2) with Anoka's Miller Lite edition the next Showdown to come.
C: Co-leaders John T. Davis' "The Legend" and Kevin Schools' "Jus' Rutt'n" will wage a battle of former Grand National rides at Morgan's Corner in just a week and a half.  But don't count out two-time champ Randy Brann (-4).
D: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" averaged 28 points over Rockwell and New Hampton in his native North Iowa to punch his ticket to Urbana.

MODIFIED MINI
A: Missing a five-way pull-off in Hartford ate into the lead of David Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing," but it remains one up on Ken Bultemeier and four up on his own "Unchained."
B: But "Double" (-5) won and "Unchained" (leader) finished second in Hilliard on Friday, and now the gap is eight back to third-place "Flip Side" and "Whomp Ass."
C: Donnie Reeve's "California Mule" kicked into high gear in Ellsworth and thus leads Chad Timmerman and Nathan Hoffman by place points for Region III's first Enderle berth of its own.
D: With "Unchained," Lacey's already secured the real "South" berth: The one awarded by Region IV dating to Raleigh and ending in Pinetops. (Remember, if the same vehicle wins more than one berth, we combine the points and invite the runner up, third place, etc.)
E: Hoffman found his four-leaf clover in New Hampton and had a brilliant performance with "Shakin' Shamrock" to win the two-hook shootout by three and become Region V's first MINI invitee.

MODIFIED
A: In the Northwest Region II berth, Ryan Writsel is perfect through two hooks plus Arcola's rainout. His 75 points lead Don Deane by three and Alan Judy by five.
B. Four hooks were scheduled for this week in the Southeast Region II berth. Around the Springfield rainout, Ryan and Jeff Writsel won in Washington Court House and Lebanon, then took second to Ken Miller in Owensville. Miller is a point back of Don Deane (-7) for second with just three hooks left.
C: Anoka will start and finish the Enderle chase in Region III.
D: Sporting a new sized-up powerplant, Chip Street's "Wildfire" scored two fifth places at its former home track in Pinetops to claim the Region IV berth. Interestingly four of the six point-earning vehicles were turbine-powered.

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 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, 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 12th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. 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 annual 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.

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Springfield, OH Cancelled

A series of rain showers throughout the day has forced the cancellation of tonight's event at the Clark County Fair in Springfield, Ohio.

All registered, RN-licensed vehicles will receive 15 points. Entry will be open until 6 p.m.

Jody Ross' Mother Jean Has Passed

We are sad to report the death of Jean Ross, 74, of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday, July 15 after an extended battle with cancer. Mrs. Ross was the mother and grandmother of Grand National Super Stock Diesel competitors Jody and Colin Ross (Triple Bypass).

Mrs. Ross owned and operated Ross Beauty Shop in Waynesburg until her retirement in January 2016. She was a member of Washington Street United Methodist Church and volunteered to provide Meals on Wheels to her community.

Mrs. Ross is survived by her husband Joseph, of 54 years; Jody and his wife Charlotte and their children Colin and Lily; three sisters, a sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Ross' full obituary may be found here; messages of condolences may be left at the funeral home's website.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Socity of Greene County, 183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370, or to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38101.

The WPI/NTPA family extends its condolences to the Rosses.

2017 Lions Super Pull of the South Competitor List

ChapelHillTNWorthington, Ohio---The NTPA and the Chapel Hill Lions Club are proud to present the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee this weekend: Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22 beginning at 7 p.m. Central. The Super National event will be Live Streamed to the world at WatchNTPA.com.

Chapel Hill's classes are designated as Grand National Select, meaning participating competitors must be in the NTPA's GN Precommitment program, qualify to attend by ranking in the top 15 in the 2017 GN point standings as of July 1, or be invited by the event promoter.

The following is the list of qualified competitors in the order in which classes are tentatively scheduled to appear. Vehicle pull order for each evening is now available at  www.NTPAPULL.com/lineups.

LIONS SUPER PULL OF THE SOUTH
CHAPEL HILL, TENNESSEE: 2017 COMPETITOR LIST

PRO STOCK

  • Mike Conny/"MAC Nasty"
  • Charles Pelletier/"CP Dream II"
  • Robby Lemke/"New Generation Plus"
  • Mark Lawyer/"Rapped Up with a Vengeance"
  • Danny Schmucker/"Rampage"
  • Tim Cain/"The Red Gambler"
  • Kevin Schmucker/"Git-Er-Dun Deere"
  • Cody Shay/"Red Edge Pro"
  • Chris Cain/"Aces Wild"
  • Ed Eilenfeld/"Nameless"
  • Chance McGrath/"Last Chance II"
  • Nick McCormick/"Nasty Stuff"
  • Bill Miller/"Cruisin' Mule"
  • Ammons Pulling Team/"Ultimate Harvester"
  • Darren Hunt/"D2 Pro Stock Edition"
  • Philip Parish/"El Nino"
  • Ken Couch/"Cotton Pick'n Deere"
  • Mike Boyd/"Green Streak"

MODIFIED MINI

  • Berrie Boer/"Bobcat Jr."
  • Ken Veney/"Funny Lil' Farmall"
  • Jason Hathaway/"Honkin' Donkey Gray"
  • Larry Koester/"Footloose"
  • Adam Koester/"Beast of Burden"
  • Bret Berg/"Brandt Professional Ag"
  • Jerry Thompson/"Hellraiser"
  • Zach Zimmer/"Well Oiled Machine"
  • Adam Koester/"Walk the Line"
  • Chris Martin/"LG Seeds"
  • Adam Bauer/"Iron Toy"
  • Adam Bauer/"Cowboy Up"
  • Chase Richardson/"The Vibrator"
  • Joe Eder/"GEICO Jr."
  • Reese Shelton/"Cuttin' Up"
  • Grayson Shelton/"Sawed Off"
  • Camille Shelton/"Splinter"
  • Sam McCrary/"Makin' Cents"

SUPER STOCK DIESEL

  • Travis Schlabach/"Bone Twister"
  • Colin & Jody Ross/"Triple Bypass"
  • Blagrave Bros./"Red Horse"
  • Kent Payne/"Super Rooster"
  • John Raymond/"Smoke-n-Mirrors"
  • Steve Burge/"Lock-N-Load"
  • Roger Peterson/"Just Another One"
  • Hans Boxler/"The Special"
  • Brian Shramek/"Young Blood"
  • Braden Shramek/"The Legacy"
  • Brandon Hunt/"Liv'n a Dream"
  • John Belfance/"Chain Reaction"
  • Kenneth Hale/"Another Nite Trouble"
  • Michael Eagan/"Hellbent"

UNLIMITED

  • Chuck Knapp/"Screamin' D"
  • Kevin Criswell/"Blown Centless"
  • Ricky Rose/"Giddy Up"
  • Brad Benedict/"Non-Cents All Screwed Up"
  • Bret Berg/"LG Seeds Money Maker"
  • Wayne Purser/"Uncle Sam"
  • David Richardson/"For Sale"
  • Adam Bauer/"Cross Threaded"
  • Bill Leischner/"Dirtslinger"
  • Stan Shelton/"Shel-Shocked"
  • Ricky Long/"Lucas Oil Racing TV"
  • Greg Boyd/"Green Streak Unlimited"
  • Steve Boyd/"Green Streak"

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE

  • Peyton Davis/"Punisher"
  • Peyton Davis/"Young Gun"
  • Foster Family/"Foster Child"
  • Rob Foster/"Simply Red"
  • Larry Peterson/"Profab Geared Up"
  • Lisa Peterson/"Profab"
  • Holman Bros./"4 Play"
  • Ted Skelton/"The Rock"
  • Tim Skelton/"The Bone"
  • Tyler Cobb/"Bandit"
  • Donald Labonte/"The Rock"
  • Ben Ellis/"Benjammin"
  • Patrick Paul/"Dustex Cyclone"
  • John T. Davis/"The Legend"

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 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, 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 12th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. 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 annual 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 11 RN Traffic Report

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Welcome to the initial 2017 Regional National Road to the Enderle Traffic Report. We'll get deep into discussing the status of the 37 races for slots in the 5 p.m. session in a few sentences. But first, let's take a moment to remember the event's founders, as the 31st Pull-Off will be the first with neither Kent---whose Enderle Fuel Injection enters its fourth decade of NTPA sponsorship---nor Joan---whose encouragement was paramount to the event's very existence---there to greet the competitors and present the hard-won checks.

Their son Mike Keena and his wife Yovana will assume the roles the Enderles fulfilled with grace and passion for our motorsport and particularly its participants and fans. Mike told The Puller in March, "The only thing that is going to be missing at the Enderle is the man himself." We're sure he and Joan will still be watching.

LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A: George Everett and "Smokeless Alternative" clinched the Region II title at Logansport in a three-event, three-way point battle with Josh Hart and Jerry Yantes.
B: A quarter of the way along the Region III path (through Ellsworth), the Degenhardts' "Diggin' Hard" lead Marty Nelson by one and the Red Thunder Team by two. Menomonie is the next stop.
C: At the same time the Cass County Fair was settling Berth A, Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapping up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.

HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: Two wins and top-threes in all four appearances have John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" holding a seven-point lead over Heath Weilnau. Owensville is next up on Monday night.
B: After Decorah, Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" have a one-point edge over David Henderson in this Region III/V open fuel berth. Three hooks remain, all in their native Minnesota.
C: The Region III/V diesel-only berth has had three hooks, and "Diggin' Hard" has won twice to carry a two-point lead into the Degenhardts' native Norwalk. But the second-place "Stray Horse Gone Wild" has won there two years in a row.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May.

SUPER FARM
A: Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" has nailed a 29-point average over this year's four hooks. That, plus 2016 Allegan, equals an 11-point lead over Rob McTaggart.
B: But "The Other Woman" would still be invited (uh, awkward) because Region II's top two get in this year. The Caseys' "Whoopie Maker" (-1) and "Totally Exposed" (-16) are next in contention.
C: Reigning champ Trevan Rohde and "Somethin' Fierce" lead after Ellsworth. The Martyns' "Hustler" and the Hardys' "Gold Digger" stand second and third with five to go.
D: Chris Hales and "The Outlaw" staged a brilliant heist at Pinetops. They won Saturday's class to overcome a two-point deficit and surpass Phil Kelley by a single point.
E: But P.K. from PA loves IA most of all, and after Decorah the "Red-Blooded Binder" is in position for its third straight Region V championship. Dan Niemeyer and Dan Schulte are just behind.

LIGHT PRO STOCK
A: Kevin Smith is on top in Region II East. His "Flirtin' with Deerezaster" leads the Coslers and Kendall Houk by three with 11 hooks left in this subregion's backloaded schedule.
B: By comparison, Region II West has been busy with six hooks in the books and (only) nine to go. There, the "Red Avenger" of Mike Palmer has a 17-point advantage over Jason Fliehman.
C: Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" was victorious in Ellsworth to grab the lead over Justin Nagel and Dan Schullo. We'll have to wait until Labor Day weekend back in Wisconsin to see how this one turns out.
D: A second last fall in Raleigh and a win in Millers Tavern have given Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" the inside track over Mark Wiederhold and James Vanhoy (-5). Two more tough hooks await in Elizabeth City.

LIMITED PRO STOCK
A: Brad Boldry's "Smoke Fever" is undefeated through 40 percent of Region II's season. Jerry Shepherd (-2) and the Wisels (both -6) are the closest chasers with Fort coming up soon.
B: A win by Scott Nordby's "Intense Headache" in Pierce County has him up one on class rookie Kevin Lindstrom and two on Jason Rosenquist.
C: But Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester" is tied with Jeremy Ploetz' "Big One" after the former's win Saturday night in New Hampton. Figanbaum/Vsetecka sit seven back with two hooks in a week and a half left on the Region V schedule.

TWO WHEEL DRIVE
A: After two hooks out of nine, Jeff Writsel has dominated the Eastern subregion thus far with wins in Marion and Wilmington. Howard Antram (-7) and Jacob Shepard (-8) are within striking distance.
B: Between his two trucks, Randy Petro has wins in six of seven Western subregion hooks including the Greentown partial washout. His regional entry, "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint," is up one on Brent Secrest and Petro team truck "2 Timin'."
C: Dustin Amundson won the Showdown in Curdtown with "Bottoms Up," the first of an eight-event schedule. Tony Fleming (Hi! Maintenance) and Kim Moore are the next two in line as two hooks in Anoka approach.
D: Two hooks in Betsytown over August's first weekend will settle this berth. Steve Wilson (Running Bear) leads wife Crystal by one and John Pickler by four.
E: With W's in Decorah and New Hampton, Amundson's bucket is "Up" in Region V as well with a five- and 13-point bulge over Rockwell winners A.J. Riedl and Troy Warschkow, respectively.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: Thru Logansport, Steve Elchinger's "Jus' Passin' Thru" has been in the passin' lane. His lead is seven over Dave Bos and Dave Moore with a half dozen runs yet to make.
B: A second in Curdtown netted David O'Connor 30 points. His "Nasty Habit" is up on Rich Thomsen (-1) and Matthew Davis (-2) with Anoka's Miller Lite edition the next Showdown to come.
C: Co-leaders John T. Davis' "The Legend" and Kevin Schools' "Jus' Rutt'n" will wage a battle of former Grand National rides at Morgan's Corner.  But don't count out two-time champ Randy Brann (-4).
D: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" hasn't rode down the highway very far to lead fellow north Iowan Tracy Nicholson by one tally. Averaging 28 points over Rockwell and New Hampton has also put him up six on Mike Manke with just Monticello to go.

MODIFIED MINI
A: After two hooks along the Region II North path, David Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" is ahead of Ken Bultemeier by three and Lacey's own "Triple Play Unchained" by seven with seven to go.
B: Across U.S. 30 in the South section of Region II, it's almost a mirror image: "Triple Play" is up on Kevin Bradtmueller by five and "Double or Nothing" by six with five hooks remaining.
C: Donnie Reeve's "California Mule" kicked into high gear in Ellsworth and thus leads Chad Timmerman and Nathan Hoffman by place points for Region III's first Enderle berth of its own.
D: With "Unchained," Lacey's already secured the real "South" berth: The one awarded by Region IV dating to Raleigh and ending in Pinetops. (Remember, if the same vehicle wins both, we combine the points and invite the runner up.)
E: Hoffman found his four-leaf clover in New Hampton and had a brilliant performance with "Shakin' Shamrock" to win the two-hook shootout by three and become Region V's first MINI invitee.

MODIFIED
A: In the Northwest Region II berth, Ryan Writsel is perfect through two hooks plus Arcola's rainout. His 75 points lead Don Deane by three and Alan Judy by five.
B. In the Southeast Region II berth, Ryan and Jeff Writsel have a win apiece. Ken Miller (-3) stands second, Deane (-4) third.
C: Anoka will start and finish the Enderle chase in Region III.
D: Sporting a new sized-up powerplant, Chip Street's "Wildfire" scored two fifth places at its former home track in Pinetops to claim the Region IV berth. Interestingly four of the six point-earning vehicles were turbine-powered.

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 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, 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 12th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. 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 annual 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 11 GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---The 7 p.m. session of the 31st Memorial Enderle Pull-Off will feature an unprecedented 65 Grand National competitors. And that means that every divison has two races to watch: The chase for the championship and the battle to be fifth place or better. From now until the end of the season, we'll keep you up-to-speed in this space at www.NTPAPULL.com. (The division names link to the individual points pages which are updated immediately after each event.)

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT SUPER STOCK
After one hook in rain-shortened Tomah, Jason Hootman's "Commander," Chizek/Korth's "Excessive Force" and "Considered Armed & Dangerous, Larry Phillips' "Extremely Insane," and Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" sit above the fifth-place cut line. Next hook: Next weekend, Brandenburg.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL
NTPA's busiest GN division to date is led by Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" after his win and second in home-state Rockwell. Halfway through their 16 hooks, the Ross' "Triple Bypass," the Blagraves' "Red Horse," Kent Payne's "Super Rooster," and John Raymond's "Smoke-n-Mirrors" are presently in the show; "Lock-N-Load" is locked out for the moment but will look to make a move in Chapel Hill.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK OPEN
Teammates Josh (International Threat) and Terry (Extremely Armed & Dangerous) Blackbourn hold the top two positions; colleagues John Strickland (GALOT II) and Brent Payne (GALOT) the next two. Jordan Lustik's cushion with "Silver Bullet" is 16 over Jeff Hothem. They next light the fire in Monroe.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER FARM
Matching their win total from last year in just six hooks has vaulted Brad Hart and "Don't Ask" into the lead. Bryan Deck (One Bad Apple, -1) and the Ferris entries ("Absolutely Nuts," -4; "Assorted Nuts," -11) are next in line. It hasn't been a dream season like 2016 for Rod Deck, but "Dream On" is hanging onto an Enderle invitation by one over '15 champ "Top Priority" entering Ionia.

GRAND NATIONAL PRO STOCK
It took one session in Benson to recapture its swagger, but Mike Conny's "MAC Nasty" is as brutal as ever, having reeled off four wins around the Hutch rainout. Charles Pelletier has hung tough with three seconds, but his latest trend of fifth-place finishes won't tighten this race. Robby Lemke's "New Generation Plus," Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up!", and Danny Schmucker's "Rampage" would make this an all-Deere Enderle if it ended today. But it doesn't: There are 16 hooks left in this marathon.

GRAND NATIONAL TWO WHEEL DRIVE
"Suffering Sanity"'s 60 points at Tomah has to drive Bryan McDonald's competitors crazy. The purple Willys shone on the biggest stages last year en route to the Shell Rotella Cup. Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" and Jessie Petro's "P5" are three points back, while Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" (-6) and Randy Petro's "Kathy's Komplaint" (-7) have spent their light July touring the western half of Region II. But it's back to business in Ionia this weekend, where the Tormoehlens' "Thriller" (-2 from fifth) and Jessie's "Buckeye Hauler" (-3), among others, will try to make up some ground.

GRAND NATIONAL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
Peyton Davis' "Punisher" won't let up. He, too, scored 60 in Wisconsin to establish a nine-point lead over Carmen Foster's "Foster Child." Her dad Rob (Simply Red) is 11 back, while Lisa Peterson is fourth at -9. And in the battle for fifth, "The Rock" is three points up on ... "The Rock"? Yep, Ted Skelton's black Chevy is ahead of Donald LaBonte's blue Chevy with a dozen track trips left.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" turned the tables on Josh Deeter's "Up in Smoke" in the Tomah pull-off to take a one-point lead. Kent Crowder's "Scheid Diesel," Shawn Hodges' "On Borrowed Time," and Matt Clemons' "Alter Ego" finished in the top five to start in the top five. Fort Recovery is the next opportunity for the others, including Brad Deeter (-1 from fifth) and Shane Kellogg (-2), to climb the ladder.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER SEMI
Incredibly, we've hit the two-thirds point of the Semis' 2017 haul. Despite its engine failure at Tomah---from which it returned in Rockwell---Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" holds the lead over GN newcomers Lonny Sailor ("Holy Smokes," -2) and Brian Elithorpe ("Nikki's Nightmare," -4). So far, the Eilens' "Just Passin' Thru in Class" gets a passing grade (+2 over sixth) as does Dan Prahl's "Full Tilt" (+1); "Sawdust Man" Sonny Graese's "Stacks" is odd-man out at this time.

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED MINI
In five hooks, Berrie Boer's "Bobcat Jr." has earned four top-fours to break out of the pack in this ultra-competitive division. Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall" sits 12 back in second, while Jason Hathaway's "Honkin' Donkey Gray" and the Koesters' "Footloose" and "Beast of Burden" are en route to Urbana for now. But Bret Berg's "Brandt Professional Ag" (-2 from fifth) and Jerry Thompson's "Hellraiser" (-6) are only one good finish from challenging.

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT UNLIMITED
Brandon and R.J. went one-two in Tomah to put "Simon Sez" and "Show No Mercy" in command. Corzine's re-energized "Money Pit Screwed Up," Jacob Ohl's "Outcast," and Todd Feiss' "S'no Farmer" are also in the top five. The "Super Bee" of Keith Wayson is banging on the glass, but the window will open again with seven hooks to go, beginning in Ionia.

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED
Berg's "Money Maker" and Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" have claimed all the wins so far in 2017. Berg holds the edge in that category, three-to-two, but Rose leads by two where it matters most. The Jostock/Douglas "Spook Gone Wild," Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4," and Bob Jostock's "Wild Child" round out the top five as we head into the midseason event in Monroe.

GRAND NATIONAL UNLIMITED
"Screamin' D" is on a tear, having reeled off one win each in North Carolina, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. If Chuck Knapp can keep it up through Chapel Hill and Fort Recovery over the next two weekends, he could roll to a third straight title. Kevin Criswell ("Blown Centless," -7), Rose (-11), and Brad Benedict ("Non-Cents All Screwed Up," -13) will need to bear down to keep that from happening. Berg's margin is one over Wayne Purser's "Uncle Sam" for the last Enderle transfer slot.

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 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, 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 12th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. 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 annual 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.

Dave Dann's Brother Delos Has Passed

The WPI/NTPA family expresses its condolences to Puller contributor and photographer Dave Dann on the passing of his brother, Delos Dann Jr., following a three-year battle with leukemia and cancer. Mr. Dann was 70.

A past president of the New York Steam Engine Association, Mr. Dann, of Canandaigua, was the proprietor of Dann Auctioneers for nearly five decades.

Mr. Dann is survived by his wife Diane; two sons Jeff (Christy) and Darren (Nicole), eight grandchildren; brothers David (Patricia), Douglas (Hilke), Duane (Valonda), and Daryl (Catherine) and sisters Nancy and Marilyn (Michael). Mr. Dann's full obituary may be found here, where notes of condolence may be left for the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642.

Please keep Dave, Patricia, and their family in your thoughts.

Week 11 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---So you've had a couple days to digest the events of last weekend---two champs crowned, a few Enderle berths settled. You might have even gotten a few hours of sleep.

Well, break time's over, folks. Let's give the merry-go-round another spin in this, the most magical time of the pulling fan's year.

The week gets going on Tuesday, July 18 with two Region II events. In Hartford, Michigan, it's the Hartford NTPA Nationals at the Van Buren County Fair where, beginning at 7 p.m., Super Farm Tractors, Four Wheel Drives, and Modified Minis will take to the track. Current point leaders in each division are Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" SF (+3), Steve Elchinger's "Jus' Passin' Thru" FWD (+7), and David Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained" MINI (+2).

Also on Tuesday at 7, it's the Fayette County Fair Pull in Washington Court House, Ohio. Light Pro Stocks, Two Wheel Drives, Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, and Multi-Engine Modifieds are on the docket. Leading Region II's Eastern subregions in Light Pros and Two Wheelers are Kevin Smith's "Flirtin' with Deerezaster" (+3) and Jeff Writsel's "At It Again" (+7), respectively, while Susan Ingram's "Scheid Diesel" and Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" (+9) are tops in diesel trucks and Mods.

Lebanon, Ohio and the Warren County Fair Pull return to the NTPA calendar on Wednesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. Light Pros (East), Two Wheel Drives (East), and Modifieds will compete for points toward Region II championships and Enderle Pull-Off berths.

That same evening, Region V's jumping July resumes at the Great Jones County Fair in Monticello, Iowa. Heavy Super Stock Diesel, Super Farm, and Limited Pro Stock Tractors will be countered by Two Wheel Drive and Four Wheel Drive Trucks. Following last week's proceedings in Decorah and New Hampton, point leaders include the Degenhardts' "Diggin Hard" HSSD (+3), Phil Kelley's "Red-Blooded Binder" SF (+1), Jeremy Ploetz "Big One" and Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester" LIM PS (tie, +7), Dustin Amundson's "Bottoms Up" TWD (+5), and Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" FWD (+1).

Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, the season's second Super National event takes place in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. Attendees of the Lions Super Pull of the South will witness Super Stock Diesel and Pro Stock Tractors, Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Mini and Unlimited Modifieds starting at 7 p.m. Much of the GN circuit has been on hiatus since Tomah, after which Mike Conny's "MAC Nasty" PS (+6), Peyton Davis' "Punisher" FWD (+9), Berrie Boer's "Bobcat Jr." MINI (+12), and Chuck Knapp's "Screamin' D" UNL (+7) are first in the standings. Travis Schlabach's win and second in Rockwell got him to the SSD point lead with "Bone Twister" (+6). The event will be available for live and on-demand viewing at WatchNTPA.com beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Meanwhile, in Ionia, Michigan, the Ionia Free Fair Pullsation will rattle the rafters with Super Farm Tractors, Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Twin-Engine Light Unlimited Modifieds on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. Brandon Simon's "Simon Sez" (+1) won in Wisconsin to lead the Lights as did Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" (+3) to top the Two Wheelers. With two wins on the season, Brad Hart's "Don't Ask" (+1) is taking the Super Farms to task.

Two west-central Ohio events will fill out the weekend's action. In Hilliard, Ohio, the Franklin County Fair NTPA Nationals will get going at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 21 with Light Pros (East), Two (East) and Four Wheel Drives, and Minis.

And the pits at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio will fill with Pro Stocks, Light Pros (East), Minis, and Modifieds on Saturday, July 22. Jason Svonavec's "Bootlegger" and Ryan Walters' "Chasin' Tail" (+1) are deadlocked atop the Pro Stocks' charts.

Finally, Owensville, Ohio's Clermont County NTPA Nationals will roar to life at 7 p.m. on Monday night, July 24, with Heavy Supers, Light Pros (East), Two Wheel Drives (East), and Modifieds. John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" (+7) owns the advantage in Supers.

By the time the last red flag waves in Owensville, there will be only seven days left in this fast-moving month. But pulling's torrid pace only quickens next week with Grand Nationals in Fort Recovery and Brandenburg and a Region III crown jewel in Anoka. So be sure to come back next Tuesday---and as always check our results and points pages to stay in the know.

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 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, 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 12th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. 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 annual 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.

London, Ohio Event Cancelled; No Points Awarded

Friday night's pull at the Madison County Fair in London, Ohio has been cancelled. Rain throughout the week has put the track and surrounding grounds under water.

Pullers in the classes that were scheduled to appear---Light Pro Stocks,Two Wheel Drives, Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, and Minis---need not travel to London, as no rain points will be issued.

Contact Info

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6155-B Huntley Road,
Columbus, OH 43229


PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964