Worthington, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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