Charles City, Iowa
Chuck Knapp made history in 2018 by winning his fourth consecutive title in the Unlimited division. The Iowa native won seven times in 17 hooks with “Screamin’ D” and never finished outside the top five. Chuck’s son and crew chief Kyloe stated, “Winning four in a row is definitely an accomplishment. We are in the company of the Banter Brothers and Bill Voreis with the streak we have going. To be mentioned with those names is cool!”
“It’s a job,” Kyloe continued. “We get home from a pull, work in the shop all week, get in the hauler, and go to the next pull. It’s pretty much what I do all summer.” Chuck added, “The challenge of going for number five is what keeps our drive going!”
The season started strong with a runner-up finish in the first session in Benson. Chuck earned the victory in Session Two but broke a gearbox. This victory provided a points lead they would maintain.
Knapp won on Friday night in Hutchinson, Minnesota but experienced a fire on the tractor. They were able to get “back on the track, but the tractor was kind of cobbled together.” This did not hinder the performance as Chuck won again to sweep the event. He then finished second and third the next weekend in Tomah, Wisconsin.
In his home state, at the North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell, he won one session and finished second in the second hook. They experienced another fire during that hook that was just about as devastating. Chuck finished second on Friday night and third on Saturday night at the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill.
He earned his fifth win of the year on Friday night in Fort Recovery and finished third there on Saturday. Knapp finished second in the first session of Langford’s Northeast Nationals, and on Sunday he won for the sixth time this season. After Bowling Green’s Thursday night was wiped out, he finished second on Saturday night to take a 24-point advantage into the final three events.
Three nights later, Greenville rained out; three nights after that, “D” finished fifth in Wellington. Chuck won the final points hook in Canfield to complete this championship run with a 28-point margin over Adam Bauer’s “Cross Threaded.” He added another victory at the Enderle.
Chuck thanks his wife Dee, Kyloe---especially for tuning the engines---and his daughter-in-law Renee and grandson Granger, and his father Carl, one of his biggest fans since he began pulling. He would also like to acknowledge R&J Performance, Ken Veney, DMPE, Sassy Racing Engines, SCS Gearbox, Gorr Fuel Systems, K3 Tire, Zumbrota Bearing and Gear, DeKalb, Syngenta, and Cen-Pe-Co.