2017 Convention and Banquet Info: December 1 & 2

Save the dates—Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2—for the 47th annual Convention and Awards Banquet.

On Saturday evening, the NTPA will recognize its 2017 Grand National Champions and honor the Divisional Pullers of the Year, GN Rookie of the Year, Hard Charger, Pulls of the Year, and more. And the night will conclude with the newest inductions into the Pulling Hall of Fame.

But even before the banquet, you can enjoy the seminars, meetings, and announcement of new programs at the convention on Friday. 

To make your hotel reservations, call the Marriott or complete the online reservation form by Monday, November 6. When making reservations, mention the NTPA to receive the group rate. For banquet details, call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Columbus Marriott Northwest
5605 Blazer Parkway
Dublin, Ohio 43017
614.791.1000

Convention and Banquet Schedule
Friday, December 1
8 a.m.—11 a.m.: WPI Executive Board Meeting/NTPA Executive Board Meeting
9 a.m.—6 p.m.: Registration
11 a.m.—Noon: Open (Lunch)
Noon—1 p.m.: NTPA Election of Officers/Full Board Meeting/NTPA Member State Checks
1 p.m.—2 p.m.: NTPA Member State Programs
2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.: NTPA Entry School
1:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m.: Tech School
4 p.m.—6 p.m.: Promoters Seminar
7 p.m.—11 p.m.: Cen-Pe-Co Hospitality Room
Saturday, December 2
7 a.m.—5 p.m.: Registration
8 a.m.—10 a.m.: NTPA Annual Appreciation Breakfast (Ticket: $15)
10:30 a.m.—11 a.m.: NTPA National Programs Meeting
11 a.m.—Noon: Competitors Seminar
Noon—5 p.m.: Open
5 p.m.—6 p.m.: K&K Insurance Social Hour
6 p.m.—7:30 p.m.: NTPA Banquet Meal (Ticket: $50)
7:30 p.m.—8 p.m.: Raffle & Opening Remarks
8 p.m.—10:15 p.m.: Awards Ceremony

K&K Insurance and WPI Higher Education Scholarships

WPI and K&K Insurance are once again offering three higher education scholarships to deserving students in the tractor pulling community.

Who is eligible: High school seniors and college students in good standing who are immediate family of NTPA members or affiliates (e.g. competitors, crew, officials, entry, promoters, and associate members)

Three $1,000 scholarships will be presented at the NTPA Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 2. Winners need not be present to accept the scholarships.

Complete the scholarship application, including the essay topic: “With drugs being an epidemic within our own reach, is Narcan the answer?”

The deadline for submission is Monday, November 6. Good luck!

Announcer Phil McIntire's Mother Has Passed

The WPI/NTPA family mourns the loss of Francis Delia McIntire, 92, of Charles City, Iowa. Mrs. McIntire was the mother of NTPA event announcer and Cen-Pe-Co dealer Phil McIntire.

Mrs. McIntire and her husband James were married in 1949. She spent over four decades as a registered nurse, while Mr. McIntire was a licensed funeral director. He passed away in 1985, and after she retired, Mrs. McIntire fulfilled the travel plans that they had made together, purchasing a motor home and touring the country. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed card games and the company of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. McIntire is survived by her children Philip (Deb), Jane Marquardt, Tom (Judy), Jeff (Linda), David (Anna), Lori (Scott Boyd) Taylor, Don (Kathy), Bill (Linda), Scott, Todd (Lisa), and Mary (Ever) Espinosa; a brother, Dan (Yvonne) Phillips; sisters Mary (Vance) Tuma and Suzanne Loehr; a sister-in-law Rose Sheehy, 26 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many good friends. Mrs. McIntire's full obituary may be found here, where notes of condolence may be left for the family.

Visitation for Mrs. McIntire will be held Friday, September 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., ending with a rosary service at Fullerton-Hage Funeral Home, 401 Blunt Street, Charles City, Iowa. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 106 Chapel Lane, Charles City, and will be preceded by a one-hour visitation period.

Please keep Phil and Deb and the McIntire family in your prayers.

Christine Schreier's Mother Has Passed; Update: Funeral, Obituary Info

The WPI/NTPA family mourns the loss of Klara Jacobs, 97, of Tomah, Wisconsin on Thursday, September 21. Mrs. Jacobs was the mother of Christine Schreier, wife of WPI President and CEO David P. Schreier.

Klara and her husband Raymond settled in the Tomah area in 1962 following the completion of his military service. She worked as a cook at several area restaurants and at nearby Fort McCoy. Born in Germany, she taught her native country's language to students at Western Wisconsin Techincal College for several years. Mrs. Jacobs was devoted to Queen of the Apostles Parish and enjoyed cooking for family gatherings, knitting, and crocheting. Mr. Jacobs preceded her in death in 1997.

She was an inspiration to her family even in her last moments: "It's leaving you all that is the hardest part, that hurts me ... You don't need to be afraid of what is coming. I am not afraid, I will be fine. I am ready to go." Mrs. Jacobs is survived by children Christine; John (Joanne); Raymond (Maryybeth); Monika (Bill); Edward (Roberta); and Mary, 19 grandchildren; countless great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; a son-in-law Dwayne; and many dear friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be held for Mrs. Jacobs at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 28 at Queen of the Apostles Parish at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 303 West Monroe Street, Tomah, Wisconsin, 54660. Visitation for family and friends will precede the service beginning at 9 a.m. Online condolences may be left here.

Please keep Christine, Dave, and the entire Schreier and Jacobs families in your prayers.

Road to the Enderle: Week 19 GN Report

Worthington, Ohio---After a topsy-turvy night in Sandwich, Illinois, we have our 13 champions and Enderle Pull-Off invitees. Keep checking this space in case that roster changes; due to breakage, we already have some adjustments to report.

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT SUPER STOCK
The owner/driver/tractor team of Mike Chizek, Brian Korth, and "Considered Armed & Dangerous" are your champions once more, but not before BG ring winner Jason Hootman and "The Commander" (-1) chipped away at their lead by a point per session at Bowling Green. In addition to winning their fourth straight title and seventh in the last eight years, Chizek and Korth also qualified team tractors "Excessive Force" (-5) and "Deadly Force" (-15.5) for the Enderle. Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" (-20) held onto the final transfer spot.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL
Colin Ross' "Triple Bypass" is a champion once more after a dramatic day in DeKalb County. Ross assumed the top spot over afternoon winner Stan Blagrave's "Red Horse" (second) and incoming leader Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" (third, -15) with a third-place finish; the mechanical issues that terminated Schlabach's pass proved too much to overcome, and he had to scratch out of the evening roster. When Blagrave took the class lead again that night with just a few licensed tractors remaining, it came down to counting---and re-counting---points. But no vehicles wedged themselves between "Red Horse"'s 319' and "Bypass"' 316', and so the Rosses claimed the title six wins to five. Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" (-41) and Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" (-46) finished fourth and fifth. Update: "Bone Twister" will not be mended in time for the Enderle, and the "Rooster" is not in good voice either. John Raymond's "Smoke-N-Mirrors" will take one of the spots. Breakage having ravaged most of the balance of the point-earning roster, Mike Beck's all-new "High Tech Redneck," which  made its GN debut at Sandwich, will take the final invitation.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK OPEN
What a heart-stopping way to win; what a gut-wrenching way to lose. John Strickland and "GALOT II" entered Wellington's Friday Night Spectacular down by a point after trading blows with Josh Blackbourn's "International Threat" (-1) at the Great Darke County Fair. To overcome the deficit, Strickland would either have to pass Blackbourn with a GN-licensed tractor in between or win the class outright. They and their two teammates qualified for the pull-off, and the teammates---Terry Blackbourn's "Extremely Armed & Dangerous" (-4) and Brent Payne's "GALOT" (-13)---pulled first and second. Up third, Blackbourn popped a charger just a few feet into his pull and made it to only 52'. Up fourth, Strickland got by Payne by less than 2' to clinch the championship. Notably, "GALOT II" and "International Threat" ended up one-two for the second straight year, and both they and "Extremely A&D" scored three wins apiece. Jordan Lustik and "Silver Bullet" (-52) finished fifth.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER FARM
Rod Deck's "Dream On" earned its second straight division title by the slimmest of margins. In fact, there was no margin at all; his first- and second-places on the day in Sandwich coupled with Brad Hart's third and seventh with "Don't Ask" moved the pair into a tie before Deck's third win broke it. The Ferrises' "Absolutely Nuts" (-9) ended up third and Dave Whelan's "My Last Excuse" (-22) fourth, while the fifth-place race was as fluid as the one for the top: After up-and-down days by contenders Tony Sietsema ("Wolverine Deere," -43), the Ferrises' "Assorted Nuts," and Bryan Deck's "One Bad Apple," it was the Deere that would claim the final Enderle invitation by just two points.

GRAND NATIONAL PRO STOCK
Though he had to scratch from the afternoon pull-off, Charles Pelletier had banked enough points to clinch his first Pro Stock with "CP Dream II" before the evening began. Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up!" (-17), the victor in said pull-off, assumed the division's runner-up spot, while Julia Ray's "MAC Nasty" (-18) which won the Sandwich nightcap for the second straight year, finshed third after winning it all in 2016. Speaking of past champs, Robby Lemke ("New Generation Plus," -21) and Danny Schmucker ("Rampage," -38), both of whom have celebrated at Sandwich in recent memory, completed the top five. Update: Finishing sixth was Schmucker team tractor "Git-Er-Dun Deere," and it will get the Enderle bid with "Rampage" unable to go.

GRAND NATIONAL TWO WHEEL DRIVE
With the Canfield Fair Championship Pull washed away, Jessie Petro's "Buckeye Hauler" quietly clinched its sixth consecutive Two Wheel Drive title. Dad Randy's "Kathy's Komplaint" (-5) finished number two for a second straight year, while Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" (-8, to be driven wife Ashley), Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" (-25) and Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" (-31) filled out the Enderle invitation list.

GRAND NATIONAL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
Peyton Davis' is your 2017 champion with the "Punisher," finishing 14 points ahead of the Holman Brothers' "4 Play" to earn his first Grand National title. Davis' "Young Gun" (-18) won its last hook in Wauseon to clinch third, while Donald LaBonte's "Rock" and Rob Foster's "Simply Red" are your remaining invitees by just four- and two-point margins, respectively.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
Josh Deeter's "Up in Smoke" led this division since winning Friday night in Fort Recovery, extended its lead with a victory in Mt. Sterling, and clinched it with an eventual runner-up finish in Sandwich. After consecutive wins in Bowling Green and Greenville, Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" (-10) finished right behind Deeter on the night and on the season, while Shane Kellogg's "Trump" (-19) used a 114-of-120-point stretch run to surge into third. Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (-27) also won at the Fort among his four top-fives. And Justin Gearhart's "Cream of the Crop" (-36) rose to the top in DeKalb County to win Enderle berth number five on the strength of a tiebreaker.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER SEMI
Having scored a perfect 120 points in its last four hooks---including a second, a win, and a ring in Bowling Green---Dan Prahl's "Full Tilt" broke the pinball machine and is your 2017 Grand National champion. Chasing valiantly to the end was three-time titlist Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" (-1), who entered and left Bowling Green a point down, albeit to different leaders. Lonny Sailor's "Holy Smokes" (fifth, -9) wafted into Wood County with the advantage; though he couldn't hold on, his first Enderle berth is a pretty nice consolation prize. Also reporting to Urbana on Saturday, September 16 will be Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare" (-2) and the Eilens' "Just Passin' Thru in Class" (-5). Update: Unfortunately, the Eilens had trouble when loading up and will not make it. More unfortunately, both Sonny Graese and Ryan Debroux are in the process of upgrading and are not ready to compete, so we'll have to run with four for a third straight year.

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED MINI
Bill Leischner piloted "Bobcat Jr." to a second-place finish in Fulton County and thus got to celebrate alongside the Boers. Another Dutch chassis, Jason Hathaway's "Honkin' Donkey Gray" (-27.5), took second ahead of the Koester tandem, dad Larry's "Footloose" (-42) and son Adam's "Beast of Burden" (-44) And Ken Veney, last year's Enderle winner, locked up fifth aboard "Funny Lil' Farmall" (-47.5).

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT UNLIMITED
As anticipated, Brandon Simon and "Simon Sez" earned their third division title in four seasons and their second in a row. His third and first won him a ring; brother R.J.'s first and fifth locked up a runner-up finish for "Simon Sez Show No Mercy" (-11). Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" and Craig Corzine's "Money Pit Screwed Up" (both -17) finished tied in points, but Wayson got the nod for third thanks to his win in Sandusky. And for the final Enderle berth, Paul Koontz' "Joker" (-33, +11 over sixth) beat out Ted Boyer's "Twist & Shout," which had to scratch from Session Two.

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED
Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" completed its first-ever championship with six wins on the season including a statement 315' pass in the afternoon session at Sandwich. His second place to 2016 champ Bret Berg and "Money Maker" in the evening class established his final margin over Berg at 15 points, the same advantage with which he had entered DeKalb County following a ring-winning Bowling Green sweep. Bob Jostock used two top-fives on the day to move up to third with "Wild Child" (-35) and ahead of Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" (-36), while Bill Douglas Jr.'s "Spook Gone Wild" (-41) survived a scare by Doug Lively's "Bank Robber" for fifth.

GRAND NATIONAL UNLIMITED
Chuck Knapp won his third straight GN title with "Screamin' D" (+29) He would have clinched anyway with a legal hook but never got the ramps wet as cloudburst after cloudburst soaked the Canfield infield. Kevin Criswell's "Blown Centless" and Brad Benedict's "Non-Cents All Screwed Up" (-42) finished second and third, Wayne Purser's "Uncle Sam" (-53) fourth, and Rose's "Giddy Up" (-57), which will add an engine after the Modifieds run, fifth.

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 19 RN Report

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Roanoke, Tipton, and Old Washington are in the books, and so are all 37 Enderle qualifiers. Watch this space this week for changes to the invitation list.

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: Kevin Lynn, entering the Marshfield-Ridgeland double down by a point, won the weekend with a pair of seconds to launch his "504 Rocket" into the Enderle to make it a red, blue, and green class. Update: Lynn declined his invitation, so the Spiegelbergs' "Detonator Black" will stand in the Rocket's stead.
C: Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapped up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.

HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: After leading from wire to wire, John Pfeiffer and "Pfeiffermax" made it official in Wauseon.
B: Ken Witt never got the chance to celebrate at Owatonna, so let's bid congratulations in this space to him and his "Mr. Yuk" on capturing the Region III/V open-fuel berth.
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. Update: The "Horse" is staying in the barn next weekend, so the Degenhardts' "Diggin' Hard" is set to take its place. Upperdate: Bauer's McCormick is heading east after the Degenhardts didn't like their engine's sound while loading up.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May. Update: The Massey's under the weather, so Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" gets the nod.

SUPER FARM
A: Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" captured the wraparound Region II berth in Tipton reserved for the top point-earner. He'll be looking to clinch the overall title in Allegan on Wednesday; those points go in the bank toward the 2018 Pull-Off.
B: The Caseys' "Whoopie Maker" also won its invitation (the Region II second overall point-earner dating to Allegan 2016) officially at the Brodbeck Seed Fall Nationals. Matt will get the call to drive.
C: Jeff Larson and "Hot Wire" won on Saturday in Marshfield, and then Kyle hung on in Ridgeland to earn the Larsons' first trip to Urbana.
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: Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" has won the first-ever Region II Eastern Light Pro Stock championship; his second title in as many years.
B: Mike Palmer's "Red Avenger" won its Region II Western title in absentia in Tipton when the top three in points were not in attendance. No matter; welcome to the Enderle, Mike.
C: A year after winning the Wisconsin State title in his first season in Light Pro, Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" will make the Enderle on the strength of two wins and a third place.
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: Brad Boldry is your Region II champion. His "Smoke Fever" won twice and was never out of the top four in five hooks.
B: A down-the-order finish on Saturday in Central Wisconsin jeopardized Kevin Lindstrom's berth, but "Hyper Harvester"'s third in Ridgeland won him Region III and the invitation that goes with it.
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: The first Region II Eastern Two Wheel Drive title now officially belongs to Jeff Writsel's "At It Again."
B: It was a battle to the last hook in Tipton in the Western half of Region II, but Randy Petro's "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" escaped with a one-point margin over Brent Secrest's "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It."
C: Dustin Amundson clinched the Region III championship, his second of the season, in Sandwich with "Bottoms Up."
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. Update: This invitation will go unclaimed, as Willson and every other Region IV point-earner were unable to attend.
E: With "Bottoms Up" having qualified twice, Rick Austin's "Dirt Flirt" gets the at-large bid as the second-highest point-earner across Regions III and V.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: Coming off wins in his last two hooks (including a GN W in Wauseon), Steve Elchinger's momentum stalled in Findlay. But his eighth-place finish there was jus' enough to clinch the Region II title and berth for "Jus' Passin' Thru" by one point.
B: Matthew Davis' "Outrage" held on in DeKalb County to win the Region III invitation.
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: Whew, that's a load off: The Bultmans' "Stress Relief" took the Region II Northern berth by two to return to the Enderle as the event's reigning champion.
B: David Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained" claimed its second berth as the rain was falling on Marietta. Check out Berth D for the implications.
C: Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" earned its second trip to the Enderle with its second second of the season in Marshfield.
D: As the runner-up in combined points across Region II South and Region IV, Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" now gets the at-large nod.
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: Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" captured the Region II Northwest berth with a third-place finish at Roanoke Park.
B. Old Washington on Monday saw Writsel crowned as the region's overall champion. Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare," the runner up in combined points, got the invitation by a scant 2.5-point margin over Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special" in the last close race of 2017.
C: The Kielmeyer Team will return to the Enderle regional ranks this year as the Region III MOD representative. Corey Kielmeyer and Dustin Amundson piloted "Double Trouble" to a second and first in Anoka; word is, Corey gets the driver's seat.
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. Update: Chip can't come, so "Wildfire" will be replaced with the fellow single-turbine "Sly, Slick & Wicked" of Brent Adkins.

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 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com.

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.

Tom Arps, TWD Pioneer, Has Passed

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Tom Arps of Napoleon, Ohio. Mr. Arps competed for three decades with his "Black Widow" Chevrolet and was integral to the development and popularity of the Two Wheel Drive division.

Originally a Modified competitor, Mr. Arps was the NTPA's first Grand National 6,200-lb. Two Wheel Drive champion in 1983 and the division's Region III 5,800-lb. champ in 1987.

We will have additional details on funeral arrangements in this space as they are made available. Please think of the Arps family in their time of grief.

Scott Webb's Father Ed Has Died

We have been notified that Ed Webb, father of Light Pro Stock competitor Scott Webb (Ragin' Red), passed away on Monday, September 11.

We will post additional details concerning arrangements and services as they are known. Please keep Scott, his mom Karlene, and the Webb family in your thoughts.

"Triple" Doubles: Rosses Claim Second SSD Title in Wild Finish

SSD

Jody and Colin Ross (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania)
"Triple Bypass"
2017 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel Champions

Worthington, Ohio---Colin Ross was looking at gauges, wisps of smoke, and the 100' marker ahead of him when dad Jody climbed the left step of their "Triple Bypass" McCormick. The son had just aborted his first attempt at a division-clinching run hours after he had overtaken Travis Schlabach's wounded "Bone Twister" by a single point in the standings in the afternoon session at Sandwich. Schlabach would have to scratch from the evening session, but a challenge remained: the Blagrave Brothers' "Red Horse" had won the earlier class to move into a tie for second. Adding to the drama, Stan Blagrave had dropped his test hook on which he ran out of bounds. Well, whatever was exchanged between the elder and younger Rosses, man and machine responded with a gritty, fiery run to 316'. Six hooks later, Stan Blagrave did what he could in piloting "Red Horse" to 319' and its second victory of the day. But no one finished between them, and the tiebreaker favored the Rosses, six wins to five. Schlabach's scratch landed him in third, 15 points behind the leaders, while Hoosiers Steve Burge ("Lock-N-Load," -41) and Kent Payne ("Super Rooster," -46), completed the list of Enderle Pull-Off invitees.

Recurring Dream: Deck Completes Comeback to Capture SF Title

SF

Rod Deck (Winside, Nebraska)
"Dream On"
2017 NTPA Grand National Super Farm Champion

Worthington, Ohio---When competition began Saturday afternoon in Sandwich, Rod Deck faced a six-point deficit to Brad Hart's "Don't Ask" in his bid to repeat as Super Farm champion. Hart had settled in as the division's leader since his pair of thirds in Brandenburg, an event Deck swept to begin his midseason turnaround aboard "Dream On." He won for the third time on the season in the day's first session in DeKalb County to trim Hart's lead to four. Then, in the evening session, Deck pulled to 312' after Hart had been stopped at 304' eight hooks before, and the wait was on to see how many point-earning tractors would fall in between. Turns out, it would be precisely three, and so that win of a mere six hours before became the tiebreaker in Rod's favor. The Ferris family's "Absolutely Nuts" (-9), which led partway through the season, finished third, while two-time BG ring winner Dave Whelan's "My Last Excuse" (-22) got fourth. And fifth place---the final Enderle transfer position---was swapped among three tractors throughout the day; when the merry-go-round ended, Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" (-43) had claimed it by two points.

Fini: Pelletier Clinches First PS Championship

PS

Charles Pelletier (St. Armand, Quebec)
"CP Dream II"
2017 NTPA Grand National Pro Stock Champion

Worthington, Ohio---Charles Pelletier had plenty of memorable moments a season ago: Winning the Bowling Green ring on Super Sunday, celebrating his first Grand National victory in Hudsonville, hoisting a second first-place trophy in Sandwich. But at season's end, he had to stand to one side of the podium as Mike Conny's two John Deeres, "MAC Nasty" and "Mr. MAC Daddy," captured the top two spots in the championship standings. In 2017, Pelletier started strong on his quest to take center stage with three straight runner-up finishes while "MAC Nasty" dominated in the early going, and after a pair of top-threes in Chapel Hill, established himself as a long-run contender. Recovering from a DQ in Brandenburg, "CP Dream II" won in Mt. Sterling and again in Hudsonville, steadily widening its lead until, after Saturday night, it stood at 17 points over Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up!", which won earlier in the day to jump up in the standings. Conny's daughter Julia Ray drove "MAC Daddy" (-18) to its seventh win in the evening session to take third, while Robby Lemke's "New Generation Plus" (-21) and Danny Schmucker's "Rampage" (-38), the 2015 and 2014 champs, respectively, rounded out the top five. Pelletier's is the first Canadian championship won by a native of the province of Quebec and the first in a tractor division since 1973 (Gord Oughtred, 9,000 Super Stock).

Positively "Giddy": Half-Dozen Wins Pace Rose's Run to a Championship

MOD

Ricky Rose (Glencoe, Minnesota)
"Giddy Up"
2017 NTPA Grand National Modified Champion

Worthington, Ohio---It started with a convincing 10' win in Ellsworth, but you could forgive Ricky Rose if he wasn't thinking "championship" that night. After all, his own Power Pull Nationals event in Hutchinson, with all the attendant preparations, was just six days away. But when the Modifieds' schedule resumed in Tomah, his "Giddy Up" twice finished second to the "Money Maker" of reigning champ Bret Berg (-15), and the march to a title began in earnest. Wins two weeks later in Rockwell and a month after that in Monroe got him out to a solid lead, and a sweep in Bowling Green made it comfortable. He and Berg played to a draw in Sandwich's two Tractor Day sessions with a first and a second apiece, in the process earning Rose his first Grand National title. Bob Jostock's "Wild Child" (-35) edged out Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" (-36) for third place, while the Jostock-prepared "Spook Gone Wild" piloted by Bill Douglas Jr. (-41) captured fifth.

Bang: Davis Wins His First GN Title with "The Punisher"

FWD

Peyton Davis (Tappahannock, Virginia)
"The Punisher"
2017 NTPA Grand National Four Wheel Drive Champion

Worthington, Ohio---A year after nearly closing the gap in Wauseon, Peyton Davis' "Punisher" was triumphant in Four Wheel Drive in 2017. Gaining and regaining the point lead after wins in Tomah and Langford, respectively, Davis' season was characterized by consistency: seven top-three finishes in 17 hooks and only one sub-20-point appearance. Davis' "Young Gun" (third, -18), new for this season, matched its stablemate in wins and nearly in top threes (six), giving the division's newest champ from the Old Dominion State a potential double threat well into the future. Finishing in between were the defending champion Holman Brothers and "4 Play" (-14), whose four wins in the last 11 hooks raised them from outside the top 10 to second place. Donald LaBonte's "Rock" (-20) won once and Rob Foster's "Simply Red" (-22) twice to get them Enderle Pull-Off bound.

Week 19 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---It has been 18 weeks since the first green flag waved on the 2017 NTPA season. And while the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, at which the final red flag will mark its end, is still a month away, national pulling in the Midwest reaches its finish line this week.

In Allegan, Michigan, it's the Allegan County Fair Pull on Wednesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. The final three Region II champions will be crowned in Super Farm, Pro Stock, and Modified Mini, while the Pros will pull for a raised Pro National purse. Leaders in these divisions are Stan Warda of Berrien Springs, Michigan ("Hammerin' Hank" SF, +28), Ryan Walters of Wharton, Ohio and the Whitneys of St. Marys, Ohio ("Chasin' Tail" and "Ground Force" PS, tied at +25), and David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play Unchained" MINI, +18). Allegan's results will count toward the 32nd Memorial Enderle Pull-Off. In fact, Warda and Lacey have already accepted invitations to the 2017 Enderle based on points accumulated through Tipton and Marietta.

Speaking of which, this Saturday, September 16 is the most prestigious single day in pulling: The 31st Memorial Enderle Pull-Off in Urbana, Ohio. Action begins at 5 p.m. with Regional National Session One, in which 37 competitors across nine divisions (Light Super Stock, Heavy Super Stock, Super Farm, Light Pro Stock, Limited Pro Stock, Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, Modified Mini, and Modified) will make one last run for the money. Then, around 7 p.m., Session Two's 65 Grand National pullers from 13 divisions (Light Super Stock, Super Stock Diesel, Super Stock Open, Super Farm, Pro Stock, Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, Super Semi, Modified Mini, Light Unlimited, Modified, and Unlimited) will close the curtain on the NTPA's premier circuit for 2017. In all, nearly $103,000 will be at stake on the twin tracks of the Champaign County Fairgrounds.

It's been a pleasure to be able to highlight so many great events on the NTPA's calendar all season long. We hope you've enjoyed learning about the competitors and tours that define NTPA Championship Pulling. For continuing in-depth season event coverage and exclusive offseason features, we invite you to pick up a copy of The Puller, the official magazine of the NTPA. It's available at ShopNTPA.com and at Tractor Supply Company stores. Even better, subscribe for one or two years for significant savings off the cover price. It's a publication custom-made for the serious pulling fan and makes a great Christmas present. Thanks for reading.

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.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T 568 along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

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 in each of its 650+ locations.

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

Road to the Enderle: Week 18 RN Report (Sandwich, Roanoke Update)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Wow: We went from 17 settled berths after Week 16 all the way to 26 just seven days later. But that's the nature of champion-crowning season, of which we are square in the middle. We'll wrap up the remaining 11 by September 11---Monday in Old Washington, Ohio.

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: Kevin Lynn, entering the Marshfield-Ridgeland double down by a point, won the weekend with a pair of seconds to launch his "504 Rocket" into the Enderle to make it a red, blue, and green class. Update: Lynn declined his invitation, so the Spiegelbergs' "Detonator Black" will stand in the Rocket's stead.
C: Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapped up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.

HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: After leading from wire to wire, John Pfeiffer and "Pfeiffermax" made it official in Wauseon.
B: Ken Witt never got the chance to celebrate at Owatonna, so let's bid congratulations in this space to him and his "Mr. Yuk" on capturing the Region III/V open-fuel berth.
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. Update: The "Horse" is staying in the barn next weekend, so the Degenhardts' "Diggin' Hard" is set to take its place.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May. Update: The Massey's under the weather, so Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" gets the nod.

SUPER FARM
A: Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" is looking to nail down two prizes in the next eight days: first an Enderle berth in Tipton (+32), then a divisional title in Allegan (+30), an event that counts toward the 2018 Pull-Off.
B: But we take two to the Enderle from Region II, and the Caseys' "Whoopie Maker" (+15) just needs to drop the hook at the Brodbeck Seed Fall Nationals to clinch its berth.
C: Jeff Larson and "Hot Wire" won on Saturday in Marshfield, and then Kyle hung on in Ridgeland to earn the Larsons' first trip to Urbana.
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 Canton and Marietta washouts narrowed this race to a single hook in Guernsey County this Monday. Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" (+17) just needs to make it to the track to clinch its second straight title and Enderle berth.
B: "Red Avenger Classic" (-2) has been reeling in "Red Avenger" over the last couple of weeks. Fortunately for Mike Palmer, he's a winner either way, and just needs to hook one of them in Tipton on Saturday. Hoping he doesn't is Larry Black's "Endless Torment" (-29).
C: A year after winning the Wisconsin State title in his first season in Light Pro, Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" will make the Enderle on the strength of two wins and a third place.
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: Brad Boldry is your Region II champion. His "Smoke Fever" won twice and was never out of the top four in five hooks.
B: A down-the-order finish on Saturday in Central Wisconsin jeopardized Kevin Lindstrom's berth, but "Hyper Harvester"'s third on Sunday coupled with Jason Rosenquist's misfortune won him Region III and the invitation that goes with it.
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: The Two Wheelers were the only class to run in soggy Stark County, and then they hiked to the westernmost Eastern event, Findlay, to reduce the tour to just Old Washington. With a second and first this weekend, Jeff Writsel's lead with "At It Again" is now 24 over Howard Antram's "Thunder Wagon II."
B: In Roanoke, Randy Petro's sixth with "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" combined with Brent Secrest's devastating DQ on the last hook of the class in "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" resulted in a four-point separation. Tough, but not impossible to overcome.
C: Dustin Amundson clinched the Region III championship, his second of the season, in Sandwich with "Bottoms Up."
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: With "Bottoms Up" having qualified twice, Rick Austin's "Dirt Flirt" gets the at-large bid as the second-highest point-earner across Regions III and V.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: Coming off wins in his last two hooks (including a GN W in Wauseon), Steve Elchinger's momentum stalled in Findlay. But his eighth-place finish there was jus' enough to clinch the Region II title and berth for "Jus' Passin' Thru" by one point.
B: Matthew Davis' "Outrage" held on in DeKalb County to win the Region III invitation.
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: Whew, that's a load off: The Bultmans' "Stress Relief" took the Region II Northern berth by two to return to the Enderle as the event's reigning champion.
B: David Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained" claimed its second berth as the rain was falling on Marietta. Check out Berth D for the implications.
C: Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" earned its second trip to the Enderle with its second second of the season in Marshfield.
D: As the runner-up in combined points across Region II South and Region IV, Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" now gets the at-large nod.
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: Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" captured the Region II Northwest berth with a third-place finish at Roanoke Park.
B. Old Washington on Monday will likely see Writsel crowned as the region's overall champion. In that case, the runner up in combined points gets the invitation, and  it's down to a 1.5-point race between Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare" and Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special."
C: The Kielmeyer Team will return to the Enderle regional ranks this year as the Region III MOD representative. Corey Kielmeyer and Dustin Amundson piloted "Double Trouble" to a second and first in Anoka; word is, Corey gets the driver's seat.
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 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com.

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.

"Up"ping Their Game: Deeter Wins SSD 4x4s' Inaugural GN Title

SSD4x4

Joshua Deeter (Avella, Pennsylvania)
"Up in Smoke"
2017 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive Champion

Worthington, Ohio---They can't say they weren't warned. When Josh Deeter convincingly swept his two hooks at the 2015 National Tractor Pulling Championships, he served notice that his "Up in Smoke" class-project Chevrolet would be a force on the national stage. Fast-forward two years, and he has become the division's first champion at the Grand National level, with wins in Fort Recovery and Salem amid six finishes of fourth place or better in nine competitive hooks. Turns out the Bowling Green ring has been a pretty good predictor of 2017 success: Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" (second, -10, three wins) was the 2016 winner, while Shane Kellogg's "Trump" (third, -19, one win) captured it this year. Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (-27, one win) took fourth place, while Justin Gearhart's "Cream of the Crop" (-36) won the final hook of the season in Sandwich to claim fifth place and an Enderle berth on a tiebreaker.

Top Cat: Team Effort Wins First International GN Championship

MINI

Bobcat Jr. Team (Netherlands; Weldon, Illinois; Washington, Pennsylvania; Fitchburg, Massachusetts)
"Bobcat Jr."
2017 NTPA Grand National Modified Mini Champion

Worthington, Ohio---Berrie Boer, Bertus Boer, Jason Hathaway, Phillip Fairbanks, Bill Leischner, and Bart Sluis each took their turns steering "Bobcat Jr.," and each can claim credit for keeping the 2017 Grand National champion Modified Mini atop the standings from the second session at Benson onward. These six drivers combined for four wins, four seconds, four thirds, and three fourths in 19 competitive hooks. The result was a 27.5-point winning margin and the first GN championship ever won by a team based outside of North America, adding to the robust pulling tradition of the Boers' native Netherlands. Hathaway's own "Honkin' Donkey Gray" finished second with three victories on the season. Larry and Adam Koester's "Footloose" (-42, one win) and "Beast of Burden" (-44) took third and fourth and Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall" (-47.5, two wins) fifth.

Six Pack: Petros Close in on a Decade of Dominance

TWD

Jessie Petro (Camden, Ohio)
"Buckeye Hauler"
2017 NTPA Grand National Two Wheel Drive Champion

Worthington, Ohio---In each of Jessie Petro's six championship seasons with "Buckeye Hauler," the key to the title has been the literal "home stretch": The latter portion of the season's hooks that are located in his native Ohio. Petro's pickup's pick-me-up came a little earlier this year, when a 58-point performance in Brandenburg in mid-July vaulted him to the top of the standings. From then until the Canfield rainout that terminated the season, Jessie registered 185 of a possible 195 points to edge dad Randy's "Kathy's Komplaint" by five. Together, the father-son duo has won the last nine Grand National Two Wheel Drive trophies ("2 Timin'" 2009, "Kathy's Komplaint" 2010-2011) and 11 overall (1995, 2001). Among the rest of the top five, Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" (-8) claimed the season's first hook in Benson, Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" (-25) had three straight 30-point finishes from Tomah to Ionia, and Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" had a midseason rally (138 of 150) around her victory in Meade County..

Scream 3: Knapp Captures Latest UNL Title Following Eight-Win Season

UNL

Chuck Knapp (Charles City, Iowa)
"Screamin' D"
2017 NTPA Grand National Unlimited Champion

Worthington, Ohio---At least one win at every multi-hook venue and a Fort Recovery sweep. No finishes lower than third. And a 29-point final margin. After this season, the "D" in "Screamin' D" doesn't just denote "Dee," it defines "domination"---and possibly "dynasty," as Chuck Knapp became the first Unlimited competitor since Bill Voreis ("American Thunder," 2005-2010) to win three straight titles. Criswell/Benedict Team tractors "Blown Centless" and "Non-Cents All Screwed Up" (-42) fought valiantly and scored a win apiece, as did both Wayne Purser's "Uncle Sam" (-53) and Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (-57). But unlike the nailbiter 2015 title clinched on the final hook in Canfield or the 2016 comeback from a midseason double-digit deficit, Chuck and son/crew chief Kyloe led this race from pole to pole..

Mary Eder, Mother of Joe and Buck, Has Passed

We regret to inform you of the death on Sunday, September 3 of Mary Ann Eder, 84, of Carthage, North Carolina. Mrs. Eder was the mother of MOD/UNL competitor Joe Eder and Langford event promoter Buck Eder of North Collins, New York.

Alongside her husband Martin, who passed in September of 2015, Mrs. Eder worked as the secretary of Eder Lumber Company and on the family's dairy farm. She is survived by sons Kenneth (Patti), Robert (Barbara), Michael (Sherri), and Joseph (Karla); eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her full obituary may be found here.

A memorial service for Mrs. Eder will be held in North Collins at a later date. Please keep the Eder family in your prayers today.

Contact Info

ADDRESS:
National Tractor Pullers Association
6155-B Huntley Road,
Columbus, OH 43229


PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964