2017 Contingency Program Signup

The Contingency Program is designed to benefit competitors on the Grand National and Regional National circuits. Enroll now to get the great benefits from this program and support the companies that support you.

To qualify, a competitor must hold a current, 2017 NTPA License, register their vehicle(s), and submit the enrollment form. Decals for the sponsoring companies of a competitor’s choice must be displayed on both sides of the competition vehicle. Decals will be distributed by mail and at the Super National event in Tomah, Wisconsin. 

If you enroll a vehicle which has multiple drivers, please list all drivers on the application. If you wish to enroll multiple vehicles for a single driver, please list all vehicles on the application. Please select the sponsors from whom you wish to receive contingency benefits; otherwise, you will be enrolled as having selected all sponsors. 

Enrollment forms must be received by the NTPA Office by Monday, June 26. Forms received after this date will not be eligible for the program. Questions? Contact Sarah Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 614.436.1761.

Grand National Program

BillMillerEngineeringBill Miller Engineering
Contact: Bill Miller | 775.887.1299 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: UNL, MOD, LT UNL, TWD, FWD, MINI
First/Second: $100/$50, *$200/$100
Total Postings: $13,050
To qualify for credit vouchers, competitors must provide proof of purchase within the last 24 months. If competitors run aluminum connecting rods OR pistons, competitors will receive $100 for first, $50 for second. *If competitors run both aluminum connecting rods AND pistons, competitors will receive $200 for first, $100 for second.

BMRS logo webBrown & Miller Racing Solutions
Contact: Scott Hunter | 704.793.4319 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: UNL, MINI
First/Second: $100/$50
Total Postings: $5,400
To qualify for credit vouchers, competitors must provide proof of purchase within the last 24 months.

ColumbusDiesel logo TColumbus Diesel Supply
Contact: Mark Massey | 800.818.7867 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: SSO, SSD, PS, SF, SEMI
First/Second: $100/$50
Total Postings: $11,250
Current CDS customers will be credited the amount won to their existing account. If you are not a current customer of CDS, you must set up an account and credits will be issued to that account.

DIAMOND PISTON LOGO 2015Diamond Pistons
Contact: Randy Curtis | 586.792.6220 x 106 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: UNL, MOD, LT UNL, PS, TWD, FWD, MINI, SSD 4x4
First/Second: $100/$50 vouchers
Total Postings: $17,850

GMSGene’s Machine Shop
Contact: Brent Payne | 513.756.9900 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: SSO, SSD, PS, LSS, SF
First/Second: $100/$50
Total Postings: $11,100
Current GMS customers will be credited the amount won to their existing account. If you are not a current customer of GMS, you must set up an account and credits will be issued to that account.

Haisley Piston Logo Vector 1-08-09Haisley Machine
Contact: Patty Haisley | 765.948.3164 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $100 toward the purchase of $1,000 or more/$50 toward the purchase of $500 or more
Total Postings: $27,000

Harland SharpHarland Sharp
Contact: Steve Becker | 440.238.3260 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $100/$50 cash
Total Postings: $27,000
To qualify for cash payment, must present proof of purchase within last 24 months. Must submit W-9 form for payment.

humpco webHUMPCO Manufacturing
Contact: Brent Payne | 513.756.9900 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: UNL, MOD, LT UNL, SSO, SSD, PS, LSS, SF, TWD
1st/2nd; Total: $100/$50; $18,450
Current Humpco customers will be credited the amount won to their existing account. If you are not a current customer of Humpco, you must set up an account and credits will be issued to that account.

Msd logo smMSD Ignition
Contact: Silver Gomez | 915.856.2480 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: UNL, LT UNL, MOD, TWD, FWD, MINI
First/Second: $100/$50 cash
Total Postings: $13,050
To qualify for cash payment, competitors must use the following MSD Ignition products: MSD 8.5mm Super Conductor Wire Set (red or black)

PowerBorewebPowerBore Cylinder Sleeves
Contact: Geoff Korff | 330.332.1566 ext. 130 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $100/$50 vouchers for sleeves
Total Postings: $27,000

Profab - ColorProfab Machine, Inc.
Contact: Larry Peterson | 715.796.5230 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $100 cash/$50 cash
Total Postings: $27,000
To qualify for cash payment, competitors must use the following Profab Machine, Inc. products:

UNL, MOD, LT UNL: Must use a Profab crossbox and/or transmission
MINI, SSO, SSD, PS, LSS, SF, TWD, SEMI: Must use a Profab transmission
FWD, SSD 4x4: Must use a Profab case and transmission

All other National competitors are eligible to receive certificates toward the purchase of Profab Machine, Inc. products using the following criteria: First Place: $100 certificate toward a purchase of $500 or more. Second Place: $50 certificate toward a purchase of $250 or more.

RP Shield Logo 16Racepak LLC
Contact: Mary House | 949.709.1661 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Eligibility: UNL, MOD, LT UNL, SSO, SSD, PS, LSS, SF, TWD, FWD, MINI, SSD 4x4
First/Second: $100/$50
Total Postings: $26,650
Contingency payments issued upon verification of specified product usage and display of Racepak decals. Payment will not be issued to winner/runner-up if product is not installed or in use on vehicle. Requirements for payout include the use and verification of the following products: IQ3 Data Logger, G2X, G2X Pro or SmartWire. Payments cannot be issued without a completed W-9 form submitted to Mary House, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2017 Scheid Diesel Logo webScheid Diesel Service Co., Inc.
Contact: Kent Crowder | 765.295.2799 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: First/Second: $100 toward the purchase of $1,000 or more/$50 toward the purchase of $500 or more
Total Postings: $27,000

SCSLogo2SCS Gearbox
Contact: Craig Sage | 419.483.7278 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $50/$25
Total Postings: $13,500
Competitors meeting the following criteria may redeem their vouchers for CASH. All others may redeem their vouchers for future SCS products. (Vouchers expire one year from issuance):

MINI, SSO, SSD, LSS, PS, SF: Must run SCS Transmission
TWD: Must run SCS Transmission and Reverser OR SCS Aluminum Planetaries
FWD, SSD 4x4: Must run SCS Transfer Case and Transmission OR Complete Rear End Spool/Axles, OR Aluminum Front & Rear Hubs
SEMI: Must run SCS Mack Transmission Kit
MOD, UNL, LT UNL: Must run SCS Combing Box OR SCS Transmission

smithbroslogowSmith Brothers Pushrods
Contact: Pierre Chango II | 800.367.1533 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: UNL, MOD, LT UNL, SSD, TWD
First/Second: $100/$50 vouchers
Total Postings: $9,750

AKE Logo with Web-01STOP-FYRE® The World’s BEST Fire Extinguisher™
Contact: Patrick Smith | 507.258.4541 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $200 toward the purchase of any STOP-FYRE® unit/$100 toward the purchase of any STOP-FYRE® unit (Must be purchased from AKE Corporate. No expiration date.)
Total Postings: $54,000

To qualify, competitors must have our NEW Standard STOP-FYRE® unit (which now has a gauge) mounted on their pulling vehicle during the pulling event. This $600 unit can be purchased through AKE Safety Equipment for $500.

Regional National Program

Haisley Machine
Contact: Patty Haisley | 765.948.3164 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: $100 toward the purchase of $1,000 or more/$50 toward the purchase of $500 or more
Total Postings: $40,350

Harland Sharp
Contact: Steve Becker | 440.238.3260 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: $100/$50 cash
Total Postings: $40,350
To qualify for cash payment, must present proof of purchase within last 24 months. Must submit W-9 form for payment.

PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves
Contact: Geoff Korff | 330.332.1566 ext. 130 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
1st/2nd; Total: $100/$50 vouchers for sleeves; $40,350

Profab Machine, Inc.
Contact: Larry Peterson | 715.796.5230
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: $100 certificate toward a purchase of $500 or more/$50 certificate toward a purchase of $250 or more
Total Postings: $40,350

Scheid Diesel Service Co., Inc.
Contact: Kent Crowder | 765.295.2799
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: First/Second: $100 toward the purchase of $1,000 or more/$50 toward the purchase of $500 or more
Total Postings: $40,350

SCS Gearbox
Contact: Craig Sage | 419.483.7278 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: $50/$25 vouchers
Total Postings: $20,175
Competitors meeting the following criteria may redeem their vouchers for CASH. All others may redeem their vouchers for future SCS products. (Vouchers expire one year from issuance):

MINI, HSS, LSS, PS, SF: Must run SCS Transmission OR Probell Bellhousing
TWD: Must run SCS Transmission and Reverser OR SCS Aluminum Planetaries OR Probell Bellhousing
FWD, SSD 4x4: Must run SCS Transfer Case and Transmission OR Complete Rear End Spool/Axles, OR Aluminum Front & Rear Hubs OR Probell Bellhousing
MOD: Must run SCS Combing Box OR SCS Transmission OR Probell Bellhousing

STOP-FYRE® The World’s BEST Fire Extinguisher™
Contact: Patrick Smith | 507.258.4541 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: $200 toward the purchase of any STOP-FYRE® unit/$100 toward the purchase of any STOP-FYRE® unit (Must be purchased from AKE Corporate. No expiration date.)
Total Postings: $80,700
To qualify, competitors must have our NEW Standard STOP-FYRE® unit (which now has a gauge) mounted on their pulling vehicle during the pulling event. This $600 unit can be purchased through AKE Safety Equipment for $500.

Signup is now closed.

Week 7 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---Beginning in mid-May, fans of the National Tractor Pullers Association have been able to concentrate on one event and one region at a time. From the regular-season kickoff in Millers Tavern to the first two-day event in Pinetops, then the first Region II event in Sugarcreek followed by the Grand National opener in Benson, and the Region III launch in Ellsworth leading into the much-anticipated Hutchinson, it's been a steadily paced six weeks.

Well, the crazy is about to begin.

From Thursday through Sunday, June 22-25, taking center stage is the Budweiser Dairyland NTPA Super Nationals event in Tomah, Wisconsin. Six sessions---Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at noon and 7 p.m., and Sunday at noon---will include two appearances of each of the NTPA's 13 Grand National divisions plus Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association Light Pro Stocks on Friday afternoon. In addition to being the NTPA's largest event measured by classes and sessions, it's the second of four stops on the Shell Rotella Cup tour for Super Stock Diesel, Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, Modified Mini, and Unlimited competitors. Can't make it to Tomah? Watch it live at WatchNTPA.com in individual sessions or as part of the $299 Season Pass package.

Meanwhile, Region II begins to spool up with three events in four days. On Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m., it's the Joshua Keith Memorial Pull in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Pro Stock and Light Pro Stock (II-East) Tractors and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks will each have their second hooks of the year, while Modifieds will make their first trips down the track in 2017.

Then on Saturday, June 24 at 7 p.m., the Preble Power-O-Rama in Preble, Indiana will fill its new early-summer date with five classes: Light Pro Stock (II-West) Tractors, Four-Wheel-Drive and StainlessDiesel.com PSD Trucks, and Mini and Multi-Engine Modifieds. (Update: Check our press release or event information for detour instructions.)

And the first long weekend of the pulling season concludes with the traditional Monday night Rush County Fair Pull in Rushville, Indiana on June 26 at 7 p.m. Heavy Super Stock, Pro Stock, and Light Pro Stock (II-West) Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks (II-West) are on the docket.

Week 8, which includes the weekend leading into July 4, is a quiet one on the national schedule. We'll be back in Week 9 with a slate that includes five events in Indiana alone, plus Rockwell's North Iowa (Grand) Nationals.

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.

2017 NTPA GN Precommitted Competitors

Precommitment

Precommitment at a Glance:

For 2017, there were 10 precommitment positions available in each of the NTPA's 13 Grand National divisions. These were first offered to 2016's top-10 GN point finishers. (For SSD 4x4, selection was based upon 2016 Region II points) . After that, remaining 2016 GN point-earners were offered positions in descending order of finish.

Precommitted competitors who fulfill the program's terms receive free entry at Super National and Grand National events and shares of the end-of-season Precommitment Fund. Any GN-licensed competitor earns points at GN events, however, so precommitment is not a prerequisite to contend for a GN championship.

2017 NTPA Grand National Modified Mini

  • koester champThe schedule (20 hooks, as of 3/30/17): Benson, NC x 2, Hutchinson, MN x 2, Tomah, WI x 2, Chapel Hill, TN x 2, Fort Recovery, OH x 2, Langford, NY x 2, Sandusky, OH, Napoleon, OH, Bowling Green, OH x 2, Greenville, OH x 2, Wellington, OH, Wauseon, OH
  • The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/29/17):

Adam and Larry Koester (Wadesville, IN)

  • Walk the Line: 2016 Grand National Champion (553)...5 GN wins (Chapel Hill S2, Fort Recovery S2, Sandusky, Bowling Green S3, Greenville S2...average GN finish: 3.7 (19 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup.
  • Footloose: Finished 2nd in 2016 GN points (-20)...2 GN wins (Hutchinson S2, Chapel Hill S1)...average GN finish: 4.8 (19 appearances)...2008, 2006, 2001 GN champion.
  • Beast of Burden: Finished 5th in 2016 GN points (-54)...1 GN win (Greenville S1)...average GN finish: 7.8 (19 appearances)...[A.Koester: 2007 GN champion].

Ken Veney (Wadsworth, OH)

  • Funny Lil' Farmall: Finished 3rd in 2016 GN points (-31)...6 GN wins (Benson x 2, Tomah S2, Napoleon, Sandwich S2)...average GN finish: 5.7 (18 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Adam Bauer (Paton, IA)

  • Iron Toy: Finished 4th in 2016 GN points (-51)...1 GN win (Wauseon)...average GN finish: 7.8 (19 appearances)...2013, 2011, 2009 GN champion.
  • Cowboy Up: Finished 7th in 2016 GN points (-68)...2 GN wins (Rockwell x 2)...average GN finish: 9.6 (18 appearances)...2012 GN champion.

Chris Martin (Cannon Falls, MN) and Bret Berg (Farmington, MN)

  • LG Seeds: Finished 8th in 2016 GN points (-77)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 8.6 (18 appearances).
  • Brandt Professional Ag: Finished 9th in 2016 GN points (-100)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 10.4 (18 appearances).

Jerry Thompson (Janesville, WI)

  • Hellraiser: Finished 10th in 2016 GN points (-219)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 9.9 (13 appearances).

Jason Hathaway (Washington, PA)

  • new vehicle in 2017. [Honkin' Donkey Black: Finished 12th in 2016 GN points (-368)...best GN finish 2nd...average GN finish: 8.6 (7 appearances)...2015 GN champion; Honkin' Donkey Red: Finished 14th in 2016 GN points (-413)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 8.8 (6 appearances)...[J.Hathaway: 2014 GN champion]

2017 NTPA Grand National Light Unlimited

  • simon champThe schedule (9 hooks, as of 3/30/17): Tomah, WI x 2, Ionia, MI x 2, Fort Recovery, OH x 2, Sandusky, OH, Bowling Green, OH x 2
  • The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/29/17):

Brandon and R.J. Simon (Farley, IA)

  • Simon Sez: 2016 Grand National Champion (265 points)...7 GN wins (Benson S1, Tomah x 2, Fort Recovery S2, Sandusky, Hudsonville x 2)...average GN finish: 1.6 (9 appearances)...2014 GN champion.
  • Simon Sez Show No Mercy: Finished 7th in 2016 GN points (-47)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 6.8 (9 appearances).

Keith Wayson (Harwood, MD)

  • Super Bee: Finished 2nd in 2016 GN points (-15)...1 GN win (Benson S3)...average GN finish: 3.2 (9 appearances)...2015 GN champion.

Matt and Manny Ferry (Westport, MA)

  • Milk Money: Finished 3rd in 2016 GN points (-33)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 5.2 (9 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.
  • Rotten, Mean and Nasty: Finished 6th in 2016 GN points (-39)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 5.9 (9 appearances).

Tarry and Todd Feiss (Lawrenceburg, IN)

  • Feissty Farmer: Finished 4th in 2016 GN points (-37)...1 GN win (Fort Recovery S1)...average GN finish: 5.7 (9 appearances).
  • S'no Farmer: Finished 5th in 2016 GN points (-38)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 5.8 (9 appearances).

Paul Koontz (Welcome, NC)

  • The Joker: Finished 8th in 2016 GN points (-51)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 7.2 (9 appearances).

Jacob Ohl (Danville, IL)

  • Outcast: Finished 10th in 2016 GN points (-112)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 5.5 (6 appearances).

Craig Corzine (Assumption, IL)

  • Money Pit.

2017 NTPA Grand National Modified

  • berg champThe schedule (11 hooks, as of 3/30/17): Ellsworth, WI, Tomah, WI x 2, Rockwell, IA x 2, Monroe, MI, Wapakoneta, OH, Bowling Green, OH x 2, Sandwich, IL x 2
  • The competitors (7 vehicles, as of 3/29/17):

Bret Berg (Farmington, MN)

  • Money Maker: 2016 Grand National Champion (289 points)...4 GN wins (Rockwell S2, Wapakoneta, Bowling Green x 2)...average GN finish: 2.1 (10 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2012, 2011 GN champion.

Doug Lively (State Center, IA)

  • Bank Robber: Finished 2nd in 2016 GN points (-14)...2 GN wins (Tomah S3, Rockwell S1)...average GN finish: 3.6 (10 appearances)...2014, 2013 GN champion.

Terry and Bob Jostock (Lapeer, MI)

  • Wild Won: Finished 3rd in 2016 GN points (-18)...1 GN win (Tomah S4)...average GN finish: 4.0 (10 appearances)...2009 GN champion..[T.Jostock: 1996 GN 7,200-lb. MOD champion].
  • Wild Child: Finished 4th in 2016 GN points (-19)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 4.1 (10 appearances)...2007 GN champion.

Dennis Christensen (Glencoe, MN)

  • Pack Rat 4: Finished 5th in 2016 GN points (-33)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 5.5 (10 appearances).

Joe, Bob, and Ray Fintak (North Collins, NY)

  • North American: Finished 13th in 2016 GN points (-254)...best GN finish: 11th...average GN finish: 11.0 (1 appearance).

Ricky Rose (Glencoe, MN)

  • Giddy Up: Finished 14th in 2016 GN points (-259).

2017 NTPA Grand National Unlimited

  • knapp champThe schedule (16 hooks, as of 3/30/17): Benson, NC x 2, Hutchinson, MN x 2, Tomah, WI x 2, Chapel Hill, TN x 2, Fort Recovery, OH x 2, Mt. Sterling, IL-, Bowling Green, OH x 2, Greenville, OH, Wellington, OH, Canfield, OH
  • The competitors (8 vehicles, as of 5/8/17):

Chuck Knapp (Charles City, IA)

  • Screamin' D: 2016 Grand National Champion (388.5 points)...2 GN wins (Mt. Sterling, Bowling Green S5)...average GN finish: 5.7 (14 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup...won Enderle Pull-Off...2015 GN champion.

Adam Bauer (Paton, IA)

  • Cross Threaded: Finished 3rd in 2016 GN points (-5.5)...5 GN wins (Benson S3, Hutchinson S2, Fort Recovery S2, Bowling Green S3, Wellington)...average GN finish: 6.4 (14 appearances)...2014, 2013 GN champion.

Bret Berg (Farmington, MN)

  • Money Maker: Finished 4th in 2016 GN points (-6)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 6.1 (14 appearances).

Kevin Criswell and Brad Benedict (Marion, OH)

  • Non-Cents All Screwed Up: Finished 5th in 2016 GN points (-8.5)...1 GN win (Tomah S5)...average GN finish: 6.8 (14 appearances).
  • Blown Centless: Finished 6th in 2016 GN points (-14.5)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 6.9 (14 appearances).

Wayne Purser (Norman, OK)

  • Uncle Sam: Finished 9th in 2016 GN points (-51.5)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 6.7 (13 appearances).

Ricky Rose (Glencoe, MN)

  • Giddy Up: Finished 10th in 2016 GN points (-107)...GN win (Chapel Hill S1)...average GN finish: 7.7 (10 appearances).

David Richardson (Leitchfield, KY)

  • For Sale: Finished 11th in 2016 GN points (-144)...Gn win (Greenville S2)...average GN finish: 8.7 (10 appearances).

2017 NTPA Grand National Two Wheel Drive

  • petro champThe schedule (13 hooks, as of 3/30/17): Benson, NC x 2, Tomah, WI x 2, Ionia, MI x 2, Brandenburg, KY x 2, Wapakoneta, OH, Bowling Green, OH x 2, Greenville, OH, Canfield, OH
  • The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/29/17):

Jessie and Randy Petro (Camden, OH) and Joey Frasur (Liberty, IN)

  • Buckeye Hauler: 2016 Grand National Champion (353 points)...2 GN wins (Bowling Green S2, Greenville S1)...average GN finish: 6.9 (14 appearances)...2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 GN champion...[J.Petro: 2009 GN champion].
  • Kathy's Komplaint: Finished 2nd in 2016 GN points (-1)...GN win (Ionia S1)...average GN finish: 7.4 (14 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2011, 2010, 2001, 1995 GN champion.
  • P5: Finished 5th in 2016 GN points (-29)...best GN finish: 1 GN win (Brandenburg S1)...average GN finish: 9.4 (14 appearances).
  • Runnin' Block: Finished 7th in 2016 GN points (-45)...1 GN win (Brandenburg S2)...average GN finish: 11.1 (14 appearances)...NTPA Hooker of the Year.

Renee and Doug Theobald (Shelbyville, IN)

  • Pretty Wicked: Finished 3rd in 2016 GN points (-12)...2 GN wins (Tomah S3, Wapakoneta)...average GN finish: 10.0 (14 appearances).
  • Wicked: Finished 6th in 2016 GN points (-38)...1 GN win (Ionia S2)...average GN finish: 11.5 (14 appearances).

Bryan McDonald (Kennedyville, MD)

  • Suffering Sanity: Finished 4th in 2016 GN points (-26)...3 GN wins (Benson S1, Tomah S4, Bowling Green S4...average GN finish: 10.4 (14 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup.

Russ Nichols (Lore City, OH)

  • On the Edge: Finished 9th in 2016 GN points (-65)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 15.8 (14 appearances).

Alex Ort (Montpelier, IN)

  • Bad Attitude: Finished 10th in 2016 GN points (-77)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 16.2 (14 appearances).

Craig and Ashley Corzine (Assumption, IL)

  • Second Degree: Finished 11th in 2016 GN points (-80)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 18.9 (14 appearances).

2017 NTPA Grand National Four Wheel Drive

  • holman champThe schedule (18 hooks, as of 3/30/17): Benson, NC x 2, Hutchinson, MN x 2, Tomah, WI x 2, Chapel Hill, TN x 2, Monroe, MI, Langford, NY x 2, Norwalk, WI x 2, Bowling Green, OH x 2, Hudsonville, MI x 2, Wauseon, OH
  • The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/29/17):

Jim and Paul Holman (Wauseon, OH)

  • 4 Play: 2016 Grand National Champion (431)...1 GN win (Tomah S6)...average GN finish: 5.3 (16 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup...won Enderle Pull-Off...2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1994, 1991, 1990 GN champion...1989 GN 6,200-lb. FWD, 5,800-lb. FWD champion.

Peyton Davis (Tappahannock, VA)

  • Punisher: Finished 2nd in 2016 GN points (-3)...5 GN wins (Benson x 2, Chapel Hill S1, Wapakoneta, Hudsonville S1)...average GN finish: 6.6 (16 appearances).
  • Young Gun: Finished 4th in 2016 GN points (-21)...1 GN win (Wauseon)...average GN finish: 7.7 (16 appearances).

Larry and Lisa Peterson (Baldwin, WI)

  • Profab Geared Up: Finished 5th in 2016 GN points (-21)...1 GN win (Chapel Hill S2)...average GN finish: 8.0 (16 appearances).
  • Profab: Finished 9th in 2016 GN points (-54)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 11.4 (16 appearances).

Tim and Ted Skelton (Harvard, IL)

  • The Bone: Finished 6th in 2016 GN points (-35)...1 GN win (Hutchinson S2)...average GN finish: 9.8 (16 appearances).
  • The Rock: Finished 10th in 2016 GN points (-55)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 11.8 (16 appearances).

Tanya, Carmen, and Rob Foster (Fairgrove, MI)

  • Foster Child: Finished 7th in 2016 GN points (-40)...1 GN win (Norwalk S2)...average GN finish: 9.8 (16 appearances).
  • Simply Red: Finished 8th in 2016 GN points (-46)...1 GN win (Hudsonville S2)...average GN finish: 10.7 (16 appearances)...2010 GN champion.

Tyler Cobb (Baxley, GA)

  • Bandit: Finished 11th in 2016 GN points (-71)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 12.5 (16 appearances).

2017 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel 4x4

  • SSD4x4The schedule (10 hooks, as of 3/30/17): Tomah, WI x 2, Fort Recovery, OH x 2, Mt. Sterling, IL, Salem, IL, Bowling Green, OH x 2, Greenville, OH, Sandwich, IL
  • The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/28/17):

Van (Fairmount, IN) and Curt Haisley (Swayzee, IN)

  • Rock Hard Ram: Finished 1st in 2016 Region II points.
  • Off Constantly: Finished 4th in 2016 Region II points.

Brion Withrow (Mechanicsburg, OH)

  • The Nut Job: Finished 2nd in 2016 Region II points.

Don Bowling (Fostoria, OH)

  • Pulling for the Cure: Finished 3rd in 2016 Region II points.

Jon Bair (Summitville, IN)

  • Grin N Bair It: Finished 5th in 2016 Region II points.

Justin Gearhart (Kingston, OH)

  • Cream of the Crop: Finished 6th in 2016 Region II points.

Shane Kellogg (Kenton, OH)

  • Trump: Finished 7th in 2016 Region II points.

Carl Atley (Xenia, OH)

  • Lethal Weapon: Finished 9th in 2016 Region II points. Won Enderle Pull-Off.

Kent Crowder (Attica, IN)

  • Scheid Diesel: Finished 10th in 2016 Region II points.

Chris Ryan (Zephyr, TX)

  • Big Bad Dodge: Finished 11th in 2016 Region II points.

2017 NTPA Grand National Super Semi

  • holicky champThe schedule (9 hooks, as of 3/30/17): Hutchinson, MN x 2, Tomah, WI x 2, Rockwell, IA x 2, Morley, MI, Bowling Green, OH x 2
  • The competitors (5 vehicles, as of 3/29/17):

Dean Holicky (Montgomery, MN)

  • Mother Trucker: 2016 Grand National Champion (249)...3 GN wins (Tomah S4, Rockwell S2, Sandwich S1)...average GN finish: 2.0 (8 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2015, 2014 GN champion.

Tom and Pat Eilen (Hampton, MN)

  • Just Passin' Thru in Class: Finished 2nd in 2016 GN points (-3)...2 GN wins (Morley, Bowling Green S4)...average GN finish: 2.9 (8 appearances).

Sonny Graese (Crivitz, WI)

  • Stacks: Finished 3rd in 2016 GN points (-10)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 4.1 (8 appearances).

Jack Kielmeyer (Faribault, MN)

  • Jacked Up: Finished 5th in 2016 GN points (-71)...1 GN win (Tomah S6)...average GN finish: 5.8 (6 appearances).

Brian Elithorpe (Bridport, VT)

  • Nikki's Nightmare: 1 2016 GN win (Rockwell S1)...average GN finish: 4.3 (4 appearances).

2017 NTPA Grand National Light Super Stock

  • korth champ2The schedule (8 hooks, as of 3/30/17): Tomah, WI x 2, Brandenburg, KY x 2, Langford, NY x 2, Bowling Green, OH x 2
  • The competitors (9 vehicles, as of 3/28/17):

Mike Chizek (Newton, WI) and Brian Korth (Beaver Dam, WI)

  • Excessive Force: 2016 Grand National Champion...4 GN wins (Benson S3, Tomah S1, Brandenburg S2, Bowling Green S4)...average GN finish: 4.3 (8 appearances)...2012, 2011, 2010 GN champion.
  • Considered Armed & Dangerous: Finished 3rd in 2016 GN points (-14)...2 GN wins (Benson S2, Tomah S3)...average GN finish: 4.8 (8 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2015, 2014 GN champion.
  • Deadly Force: Finished 8th in 2016 GN points (-37)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 9.7 (7 appearances).

Kyle Karlen (Minerva, OH)

  • Bad Blood: Finished 2nd in 2016 GN points (-7)...1 GN win (Brandenburg S1)...average GN finish: 5.6 (8 appearances).

Marcus Wettleson (Postville, IA)

  • Gunpowder & Lead: Finished 4th in 2016 GN points (-21)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 6.5 (8 appearances)...2013 GN champion.

Larry and Brandon Phillips (Vine Grove, KY)

  • Extremely Insane: Finished 5th in GN points (-22)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 8.3 (8 appearances).
  • Insanity: Finished 9th in GN points (-44)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 8.9 (7 appearances).

Jason Hootman (Corfu, NY)

  • The Commander: Finished 6th in GN points (-22)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 9.5 (8 appearances).

Jason Irvin (Brookville, OH)

  • Drunkin' Punkin': Finished 3rd in 2016 Region II points.

Denny Jackson (Toulon, IL) and Brian Diekman (Genoa, OH)

  • Green Gambler II.

2017 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel

  • ross champThe schedule (16 hooks, as of 3/30/17): Benson, NC x 2, Hutchinson, MN x 2, Tomah, WI x 2, Rockwell, IA x 2, Chapel Hill, TN x 2, Wapakoneta, OH, Napoleon, OH, Bowling Green, OH x 2, Sandwich, IL x 2
  • The competitors (9 vehicles, as of 3/29/17):

Jody and Colin Ross (Waynesburg, PA)

  • Triple Bypass: 2016 Grand National Champion (532)...9 GN wins (Benson S3, Tomah S5, Brandenburg S2, Mt. Sterling, Salem, Napoleon, Bowling Green x 2, Hudsonville S1)...average GN finish: 3.1 (18 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup.

Travis Schlabach (Marengo, IA)

  • Bone Twister: Finished 3rd in 2016 GN points (-27)...2 GN wins (Benson S2, Chapel Hill S2)...average GN finish: 5.3 (18 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Steve Burge (Lynn, IN)

  • Lock-N-Load: Finished 5th in 2016 GN points (-103)...2 GN wins (Sandwich x 2)...average GN finish: 4.3 (15 appearances)...2015, 2014 GN champion.

John Raymond (Caledonia, NY)

  • Smoke-n-Mirrors: Finished 8th in 2016 GN points (-466)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 6.5 (2 appearances).

Kent Payne (Veedersburg, IN)

  • Super Rooster: Finished 2nd in 2016 Region II points.

Esdon Lehn (Dayton, MN)

  • Red Line Fever: Finished 1st in 2016 Region III HSS points, 2nd in 2016 Region III HSSD points, 1st in 2016 Region V HSSD points, 2nd in 2016 Region V HSS points...2012, 2006, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999 GN SSD champion...1996 GN SS champion...1989 GN GN 9,500-lb. SS champion...1988 GN 11,200 SS champion...1985, 1984, 1983 GN 7,500-lb. SS champion.
  • Diggin' Fever: new vehicle for 2017.

Mike Beck (Napoleon, OH)

  •     new vehicle for 2017.

Roger Peterson (Litchfield, MN)

  •     Just Another One: Finished 8th in Region III HSSD points.

2017 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Open

  • galot champThe schedule (11 hooks, as of 3/28/17): Benson, NC x 2, Tomah, WI x 2, Monroe, MI, Salem, IL, Bowling Green, OH x 2, Greenville, OH x 2, Wellington, OH
  • The competitors (6 vehicles, as of 3/29/17):

John Strickland (Clinton, NC), Brent Payne (Hamilton, OH), and Earl Wells (Clinton, NC)

  • GALOT II: 2016 Grand National Champion (415)...5 GN wins (Benson, Tomah S4, Ionia S1, Greenville S2, Wellington)...average GN finish: 2.7 (14 appearances).
  • Get a Load of That: Finished 5th in 2016 GN points (-22)...1 GN win (Greenville S1)...average GN finish: 4.5 (14 appearances).

Josh and Terry Blackbourn (Shullsburg, WI) and Mike Chizek (Newton, WI)

  • International Threat: Finished 2nd in 2016 GN points (-8)...4 GN wins (Ionia S2, Fort Recovery S2, Monroe, Bowling Green S3)...average GN finish: 4.0 (14 appearances).
  • Extremely Armed & Dangerous: Finished 3rd in 2016 GN points (-9)...2 GN wins (Benson S3, Bowling Green S1)...average GN finish: 3.5 (14 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2015, 2014, 2013 GN SSO champion. [T.Blackbourn: 1999 GN SSO champion].

Jordan Lustik (Eighty-Four, PA)

  • Silver Bullet: Finished 4th in 2016 GN points (-10)...2 GN wins (Tomah S1, Salem)...average GN finish: 3.3 (14 appearances)...2011, 2010, 2009, 2000 GN SSO champion.

Sid Broughton (South Haven, MI)

  • Desperado: Finished 6th in 2016 GN points (-44)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 6.4 (14 appearances).

2017 NTPA Grand National Super Farm

  • deck champThe schedule (17 hooks, as of 3/30/17): Benson, NC x 2, Tomah, WI x 2, Rockwell, IA x 2, Ionia, MI x 2, Brandenburg, KY x 2, Bowling Green, OH x 2, Hudsonville, MI x 2, Wellington, OH, Sandwich, IL x 2
  • The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/29/17):

Rod and Bryan Deck (Winside, NE)

  • Dream On: 2016 Grand National Champion (363)...1 GN win (Rockwell S1)...average GN finish: 3.4 (13 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.
  • One Bad Apple: Finished 2nd in 2016 GN points (-29)...1 GN win (Rockwell S2)...average GN finish: 7.0 (13 appearances)...2013 GN champion.

Brad Hart (Clayton, MI)

  • Don't Ask: Finished 3rd in 2016 GN points (-52)...2 GN wins (Benson S2, Greenville S2)...average GN finish: 9.8 (13 appearances).

Dave Whelan (Tipton, MI)

  • My Last Excuse: Finished 4th in 2016 GN points (-54)...2 GN wins (Bowling Green S2, Wellington)...average GN finish: 9.2 (13 appearances).

Drew and Dan Parkinson (Granville, OH)

  • Commandeere: Finished 5th in 2016 GN points (-54)...GN win (Benson S1)...average GN finish: 9.8 (13 appearances).
  • Bombardeere Reloaded: Finished 10th in 2016 GN points (-83)...1 GN win (Ionia S1)...average GN finish: 12.1 (13 appearances).

Russ Freeze (Manchester, TN)

  • Deere Traxx: Finished 6th in 2016 GN points (-55)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 10.8 (13 appearances).

Brook, Brook Jr., and Brady Ferris (Addison, MI)

  • Absolutely Nuts: Finished 7th in 2016 GN points (-56)...1 GN win (Tomah S6)...average GN finish: 10.6 (13 appearances).

Jon Silsby (Vicksburg, MI)

  • Crop Doctor: Finished 8th in 2016 GN points (-62)...1 GN win (Tomah S2)...average GN finish: 10.2 (13 appearances).

Lee Butts (Fairgrove, MI)

  • Press On: Finished 9th in 2016 GN points (-68)...1 GN win (Ionia S2)...average GN finish: 10.4 (13 appearances).

2017 NTPA Grand National Pro Stock

  • conny champThe schedule (22 hooks, as of 3/30/17): Benson, NC x 2, Hutchinson, MN x 2, Tomah, WI x 2, Chapel Hill, TN x 2, Brandenburg, KY x 2, Mt. Sterling, IL, Salem, IL, Sandusky, OH, Napoleon, OH, Bowling Green, OH x 2, Hudsonville, MI x 2, Wellington, OH, Canton, OH, Sandwich, IL x 2
  • The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/29/17):

Mike Conny (Beloit, OH) and Tim Shipley (Kensington, OH)

  • MAC Nasty: 2016 Grand National Champion (533)...7 GN wins (Benson S1, Tomah S3, Salem, Sandusky, Bowling Green S5, Hudsonville S1, Sandwich S3)...average GN finish: 3.8 (19 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.
  • MAC Daddy: Finished 2nd in 2016 GN points (-17)...6 GN wins (Benson S2, Chapel Hill x 2, Mt. Sterling, Napoleon, Canton)...average GN finish: 5.8 (19 appearances).

Charles Pelletier (St. Armand, QC)

  • CP Dream II: Finished 3rd in 2016 GN points (-30)...2 GN wins (Hudsonville S2, Sandwich S2)...average GN finish: 5.7 (19 appearances).

Robby Lemke (Helenville, WI)

  • New Generation Plus: Finished 4th in 2016 GN points (-36)...2 GN wins (Tomah S5, Wellington)...average GN finish: 6.7 (19 appearances)...2016, 2007 GN champion.

Danny and Kevin Schmucker (Louisville, OH)

  • Rampage: Finished 5th in 2016 GN points (-40)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 6.4 (19 appearances)...2014, 2012, 2011 GN champion.
  • Git-Er-Dun Deere: Finished 8th in 2016 GN points (-102)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 10.9 (19 appearances)...2010, 2008 GN champion.

Tim and Chris Cain (New Palestine, IN)

  • Red Gambler: Finished 9th in 2016 GN points (-119)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 12.5 (18 appearances)...2009 GN champion.
  • Aces Wild: Finished 10th in 2016 GN points (-176)...best GN finish: 7th...average GN finish: 16.1 (17 appearances).

Mark Lawyer (Hagerstown, IN)

  • Rapped Up: Finished 6th in 2016 GN points (-55)...best GN finish 2nd...average GN finish: 7.8 (19 appearances)

Cody Shay (Shannon City, IA)

  • Red Edge Pro.

David Richardson's Mother Has Passed, Father Seriously Ill

The WPI/NTPA office has been notified of the passing of Jackie Richardson, 78, of Leitchfield, Kentucky. Mrs. Richardson, mother and grandmother of UNL competitor David and TWD and MINI competitor Chase Richardson, died Wednesday, June 7 of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Mrs. Richardson was an Air Force veteran and volunteered her time throughout her Grayson County community, including at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the Food Alliance, and by mailing thousands of Chrismas cards to military personnel serving overseas. In addition to David, she leaves behind a daughter, Melody.

Additionally, we have learmed that Murrell Richardson, David's father, is critically ill and has been hospitalized.

We extend our deepest sympathy to and concern for the Richardsons at this difficult time.

Jeff Fowler's Mother Has Died

The NTPA office has been notified that the mother of Jeff Fowler passed away over the Memorial Day weekend. Mr. Fowler is the proprietor of Fowler Engines, Incorporated of Columbus, Ohio.

We extend our sympathy to Jeff and his family in their time of sorrow.

Dan Swenby, Father of "100 Proof" Pullers Nick and Justin, Has Passed

The NTPA regrets to report the death on Thursday, May 18 of Daniel Douglas Swenby, 65, of Downing, Wisconsin, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Mr. Swenby was the father of Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association and Region III Super Stock pullers Justin and Nick Swenby ("100 Proof").

Mr. Swenby was the owner and operator of Glenwood City Dairy Center for 10 years and a salesman for Pete's Automotive Supply untll his retirement in 2015. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and Glenwood City's fire and ambulance departments. In addition to his support of Justin and Nick's pulling team, Mr. Swenby was an outdoorsman and racing and football fan.

Mr. Swenby is survived by his wife Marlys; sons Justin (Katie) and Nick (Sheila); grandchildren Owen, Esdyn, Ava, and Bryn; brothers David (Pam), Darren (Beth), Dennis, and Devin (Brandee); sisters Debby (Eugene) Klatt, Denise Timblin, Darla (Bucky) Utecht, and Dori (Scott) Goodell; brother-in-law James (Tina) McGilton; and sisters-in-law Eleanor (Fritz) Larson and Virginia (Larry) Thorson. He is further survived by aunts, nieces, nephews and his special furry friend Bowie. Mr. Swenby's full obituary may be found here, where condolences may be left for the family.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Marlys, Justin, Nick and their families.

Brandenburg, NTPA Sign Sanctioning Agreement Through 2020

Worthington, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association and the Meade County Fair have reached a multi-year agreement that will keep Brandenburg, Kentucky on the Association's Grand National schedule through 2020.

Dates for the next four editions of the Meade County Fair NTPA Grand Nationals, Fridays-Saturdays all, are July 28-29, 2017; July 27-28, 2018; July 26-27, 2019; and July 24-25, 2020. Appearing both nights at the 2017 event will be Grand National classes of Light Super Stock, Super Farm, and Pro Stock Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks.

Brandenburg is the home pull of longtime NTPA Light Super Stock puller Larry Phillips, who also heads up the track crew for the GN event. The venue, which resembles an indoor arena with its bowl-shaped seating area and tunnel track entrance, provides spectators with unobstructed views and competitors with a unique atmosphere.

Fair Board director Kenny Haught spoke with The Puller magazine during last year's event. "Our facilities have grown tremendously over the years, We like to pride ourselves as one of the best county fair-associated pulls in the nation." Haught continued, "Certainly, the NTPA tractor and truck pull is a main attraction."

Brandenburg's tractor pulling tradition dates to the late 1960s and was a Kentucky state event through much of the 1990s. It joined the ranks of Grand National events in 2006, meaning the duration of their bond with NTPA will have reached a decade and a half by 2020.

NTPA General Manager Gregg Randall is pleased to continue this partnership. "Kenny and Larry and their 50 or so volunteers work so hard each year to put on a first-class event. If you're a fan of pulling and haven't experienced their amphitheater-type grandstands and hillside seating, you need to treat yourself to a weekend in the Bluegrass State."

Brandenburg is just over the Indiana line, with the largest selection of accommodations in nearby Corydon.

For more information about the Meade County Fair and the NTPA Grand Nationals, visit their website, www.MeadeKYFair.com, or their Facebook page. To learn more about the NTPA, check www.NTPAPULL.com. Our online event schedule features maps and local weather.

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 12 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.

NTPA launches new streaming interface, season package

watchntpa logoWhen does 299 equal a full pull?

When it’s the price of your ticket to a year’s worth of online pulling action.

The National Tractor Pullers Association is proud to introduce the $299 Live Streaming Season Pass. For that price, fans will have real-time and on-demand access to all 32 sessions of NTPA events that are part of the 2017 Live Streaming schedule.

That roster includes 13 sessions of Super National and four sessions of Grand National pulling as filmed for television by AP Productions and 15 sessions of Grand and Regional National pulling as recorded for the NTPA’s mobile scoreboards—all for less than $10 apiece at WatchNTPA.com. Access to individual sessions may still be purchased as in previous years.

299computer laptop tablet smartphone psd 400px wideEvents on the Live Streaming roster in 2017 are the Pinetops 300 in Pinetops, North Carolina (May 19-20), the GALOT Motorsports Park Mule City 300 in Benson, North Carolina (June 2-3), the NTPA Power Pull Nationals in Hutchinson, Minnesota (June 16-17), the Budweiser Dairyland NTPA Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin (June 22-25), the North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell, Iowa (July 7-8), the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (July 21-22), the Fort Recovery NTPA Grand Nationals in Fort Recovery, Ohio (July 28-29), the Erie County Fair Pull in Sandusky, Ohio (August 11), the National tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio (August 17-19), the Great Darke County Fair Pull in Greenville, Ohio (August 22-23), the Friday Night Spectacular in Wellington, Ohio (August 25), the  DeKalb County Fair Pull in Sandwich, Illinois (September 7 and 9), and the 31st Enderle Memorial Pull-Off in Urbana, Ohio (September 16).

The WatchNTPA.com Live Streaming interface is all new in 2017 and includes a “Live DVR” feature which allows viewers to pause, rewind, and fast-forward. Also, while a 1.0 Mb/s connection is recommended, the interface adapts to lower bitrates to promote an interruption-free broadcast.

The package includes on-demand access to all streamed events for up to a year after the date of purchase. Check out the FAQ tab at WatchNTPA.com for additional details and a list of supported devices.

Responsive technical support via email is included in the purchase price. No refunds will be issued for terminated or cancelled sessions or events. Purchases made during this season apply to events on the 2017 schedule only and will not carry over to 2018.

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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 12 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.

Murray, KY moved to June 9

The first event of the Mid-South Pullers Association this Saturday April 29 in Murray, KY has been moved again. This is after moving from the first date, continued wet forecast continues, the event will be rescheduled June 9. 

Tech Official Earl Wiseman's Father Has Passed

We are saddened to learn of the passing on Tuesday, April 18 of Earl E. Wiseman, 82, of Portage, Ohio. Mr. Wiseman was the father of NTPA Tech Official Earl Wiseman.

The elder Mr. Wiseman was a Navy veteran and fire chief for Jerry City, Ohio. He was a Boy Scout Leader and a volunteer and courier for Bridge Hospice.

Mr. Wiseman was preceded in death by Sharon, his wife of 49 years, in 2010. In addition to Earl and his wife Melissa and sons David and Nicholas, he is survived by sons Charles (Gwen) and Timothy, daughters Vickie (Chuck) Grimm and Jenny (Michael) Myers, nine other grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. His full obituary may be found here, where messages of condolence may be left for the family.

Contributions in Mr. Wiseman's memory may be made to Bridge Hospice, 1069 Klotz Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.

The NTPA asks for your prayers for the Wiseman family at this time.

Franklin Equipment Summer Showdown Back for Third Year

franklin equipmentWorthington, Ohio---Back to award NTPA Region II competitors for a third year is the Franklin Equipment Summer Showdown, presented by Franklin Equipment Rental and Sales. The series will span three divisions and six events and provide $7,500 in total bonus payouts to regionally licensed competitors.

Light Super Stocks will participate in the series at all three of their Region II hooks in Indiana: Friday, July 7 at South Bend; Tuesday, July 11 at LaPorte; and Saturday, July 15 at Logansport. Meanwhile, Two Wheel Drives and Light Pro Stocks will battle for Showdown supremacy at three Region II events in Ohio: Friday, July 14 at London; Saturday, July 15 at Wilmington; and Thursday, July 27 at Hamilton.

Franklin Equipment will reward the top six regional point earners in each division: $595-525-450-375-300-255. Winners will be crowned and winnings paid at Logansport and Hamilton.

The NTPA extends its appreciation to Franklin Equipment owners Troy Gabriel, Gary Gabriel, Tom Richardson, and Tony Repeta for their continued support of Region II pullers. Franklin Equipment Rental and Sales outlets may be found in Cincinnati, Dayton, Dublin, Groveport (Columbus Superstore), Newcomerstown, and Westerville, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Nashville, Tennessee; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

E-mail Jeremy Yantes ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) with questions about the series.

Crewperson’s License Critical for Maximum Insurance Protection

Unregistered crewpersons are not insured

As stated on the application form, an NTPA competition license entitles the bearer to two complimentary crewperson licenses that may be applied to parent/child family members or persons residing at the license-holder's address. Be advised, however, that these crewpersons must be registered through the NTPA office to be insured by and receive any medical benefits from the Association's policy with K&K Insurance. Family members who are not on file for the current year as licensed crewpersons are not covered in the event of an injury or incident.

Competitors are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications for all crewpersons to the NTPA office. Licenses for non-family/non-resident crewpersons may be purchased for $165. Contact Helen Swartz (614.436.1761) with questions.

By Gregg Randall

Reprinted from The Puller, March 2014

At the December 2013 NTPA Convention and Banquet in Dublin, Ohio, the joint boards of WPI and NTPA met to discuss various items that are germane to the association. One such discussion surrounded the levels of insurance provided by K&K Insurance out of Fort Wayne, Ind., and how it is tiered in levels of protection, particularly on the medical side of the ledger. A few competitors had asked board members over the past summer about the insurance structure and the importance of having their crewpersons covered sufficiently for any future medical insurance concerns. After discussing the facts, the unanimous conclusion was that it is in the best interest of every competitor to ensure that those working closest with them in the pits and on the track obtain an NTPA crewperson’s license. This license will provide the same insurance coverage that every NTPA licensed competitor and official has, as there is a difference between having one and not having one. It is important that each NTPA competitor understand the potential ramifications of not having a crewperson’s license, and the benefit to those who do possess them.

The foundational tier of the medical insurance offered by K&K Insurance covers everyone involved up to the first $10,000 of medical claim. This facet of the medical portion is actually through the promoter policy that each promoter group purchases for each session of their NTPA event. This would include competitors, workers, spectators and so forth. Most medical claims that have occurred historically include the typical “slip and falls,” which are commonplace with most all insurance claims as they pertain to events. This ceiling was established many years ago, as the $10,000 amount covered the vast majority of medical claims. However, think of the potential hazards found in our motorsport, and how far $10,000 will actually go when injury affects those having extra exposure out on the track or even back in the pit area (injuries that go far beyond the “slip and falls”). There is the ambulance ride, the emergency room visit, not to mention the hospital bed that a competitor or crewmember may find themselves needing. This situation is where it is prudent to have the extra medical coverage that is offered by an NTPA membership at the varying levels – competitor, crewperson and associate.

After the primary medical coverage is exhausted from a claim, each individual’s personal medical policy will be examined for available coverage. Most private, medical insurance that individuals have will not cover them in a motorsports event. This fact is often overlooked or unknown in regards to the specific ramifications if the primary insurance expense of $10,000 is exceeded. Those who have purchased a current year NTPA license, whether it is a competition, crew or associate member, have what is known as “Excess Coverage.” This coverage increases the medical portion of the K&K Insurance policy to an extra $200,000. But what about those valuable crewmen and women in the pit area? If they do not possess an NTPA license or even a per-day license which is available at each event for a nominal $50 fee, each person has a sizable loop-hole that may create extra burden on the person who brings that crewmember with them. For many years, the excess medical benefit was $150,000 after the primary, promoter policy of $10,000 was exhausted. That amount was increased to $200,000 of excess insurance a couple years ago as the high rising medical costs made it imperative to do so.

For every NTPA licensed competitor, a pair of complementary crew person licenses to immediate family members is included. To be an immediate family member, you have to live under the same address as the licensed member OR be a father/son or mother/daughter to the licensed member. If you are bringing your neighbor or best friend to crew for you the majority of the summer, your best route is to purchase an NTPA Crewpersons’ License for $165. Each membership level includes not only the medical excess, but also $5,000,000 of liability coverage, total temporary disability coverage of $100 per day for 52 weeks, and accidental death and dismemberment coverage of $25,000.

Another crucial step in the “immediate family” crewperson coverage is to contact Helen Swartz at the NTPA Office and fill out the proper paper work so that she can create a crewperson’s card for those recipients. Even though the immediate family crewperson’s license is free up to two people, the paperwork needs to be on file to be in effect. It is a small, but vital step in keeping everyone covered.

Considering the exposure that the crewmembers see each summer, it is a small investment to the livelihood of someone very close to your operation. 

2016 Regional National Champions

We honor our 2016 Regional National Divisional Champions, taking a breif look back at their 2016 season. Check back for updates daily.

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2016 Region V Two Wheel Drive Champion: Doug Christensen, Glencoe, MN, Pack Rat VI

You know you’ve had a pretty good year when you finish 13 points up on three trucks, and even better when two are past Region V champs (A.J. Riedl’s “Shafted” and Corey Kielmeyer’s “Beer Wagon”) and the other is Region III’s reigning champ (Wayne Timmerman’s “Showtime”). But five top fours in seven hooks will do that for you. En route to his second title in this region (2008) and first overall since 2013, Christensen vaulted into the lead after his runner-up finish in New Hampton.

2016 Region V Four Wheel Drive Champion: David O’Connor, Blooming Prairie, MN, “Nasty Habit”

For the second straight year, the region couldn’t kick the “Habit,” though Jamie Busch’s “Thunder Struck” (-1) tried its hardest with wins on consecutive weekends in his hometown Rockwell and nearby New Hampton. But four top-three finishes over those two-hook weekends only got Busch a three-point separation from O’Connor, and at the final hook in Monticello “Nasty Habit” notched its third runner-up while Busch finished sixth. Matthew Davis and Carol Suchy also posted victories.

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2016 Region V Super Farm Champion: Phil Kelley, Wexford, PA, “Red-Blooded Binder”

In two years on the circuit, the Keystone State resident Kelley has earned two regional titles in the Hawkeye State. The “Binder” was dominant in 2016, winning not only two out of three Iowa hooks (Decorah, Monticello) but also the Saturday ni— uh, make that Sunday morning session at the 50th NTPC in Bowling Green. With a third and two fourths, Ryan Jensen’s “Ryno” (-4) stayed within striking distance until the final hook in Waverly, which was won by Brian Miller.

2016 Region V Limited Pro Stock Champion: Jeremy Ploetz, Utica, MN, “Big One

After finishing second in 2015, the “Big One” got to number one on the strengh of victories in Decorah and Waverly (by son Jarod). It was 2014 champ Steve Bousema who swept the season-opener in Rockwell to open a three-point lead on Bill Figanbaum. The win in Winneshiek County started the comeback, however, and by the end of the two-hook New Hampton, the Ploetzes had seized the point lead. Figanbaum and Roger Scalzo’s “Bad to the Bone” (-5) had the division’s other wins.

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2016 Region IV Modified Champion: Don Deane, Trafalgar, IN, “Plumbers Nitemare”

Deane’s third Region IV title in four seasons and fifth since 2005 came after a performance that was two points from perfect. “Plumbers Nitemare” opened the season with wins in two Pinetops classes that had the exact same finish order, top to bottom. That clinched an Enderle invitation and established a two-point lead over Glen Hedrick, who drove the Adkins’ “Sly, Slick & Wicked” (-4) all season. The triple turbine then wrapped up the title with a fourth and a fifth in Raleigh.

2016 Region V Heavy Super Stock Diesel Champion: Esdon Lehn, Dayton, MN, “Red Line Fever”

It had been 29 years since Lehn had won his last two regional titles, and he delivered his second of this season with top-four finishes in all six hooks. “Red Line Fever” led from the first green flag, scoring a win, a second, and 60 points in Rockwell. A win, a fourth, and 59 more in New Hampton ran Lehn’s lead up to 11 over Guy Blechinger’s “Sleepless Nights” (-40), and there was one more win to come in Monticello. Among regional competitors, Pete McGiffin had the only other W.

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2016 Region IV Four Wheel Drive Champion: Kevin Schools, St. Stephens Church, VA, “Jus’ Rutt’n”

Exiting Pinetops with 59 points in hand after a win and a fourth-place finish, Randy Brann was on pace for his third straight title. But Schools, at that time two points back having posted a fifth and third, stuck around through a soggy Saturday at Morgan’s Corner Pulling Park in Elizabeth City. Finishing fourth there was enough for the camouflaged Chevy to clinch the title and an Enderle Pull-Off berth over that night’s winner, David Garrett’s “One More Time” (-2).

2016 Region IV Modified Mini Champion: Ken Bultemeier, Fort Wayne, IN, “WAE Flip Side”

The renamed “Jost Express” of 2015 first earned a 2016 Enderle berth with a third and a fourth at the Pinetops 300 in the spring. But after a summer of rugged Region II competition, Bultemeier was back for more in the fall, when one more third at the NC State Fair earned him his first regional title. Steve Cummings’ “Firing Point” (-6) was the only Mini to finish within single digits of the leader, while Stan Shelton and Dave Lacey were the two regional licensees to score wins.

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2016 Region IV Light Pro Stock Champion: Ron Beasley, Moncure, NC, “Farmall Fever”

The first Region IV title for this division went to one of its area pioneers. Beasley had competed for several years in Heavy Super Stock before the first points classes for “Farmall Fever”’s native division were scheduled for this year in Elizabeth City. A win there on Saturday gave Beasley the edge over brother Kendall’s “High Gear Harvester” (-3), and in the lone remaining hook in Raleigh, Ron finished the first championship campaign by taking second to Mark Wiederhold.

2016 Region IV Two Wheel Drive Champion: Steve Willson, Prince Frederick, MD, “Running Bear”

Two wins in three hooks of a rain-shortened schedule propelled Willson to his first regional title and Enderle berth. “Running Bear” set the pace early in Pinetops with a 7’ victory over John Pickler on Friday night. Saturday night was a different story, however, as two-time defending champ Allen Brown’s “Sweet Thang” (-4) put 10’ on the field to take the division lead. Down to one hook in Elizabeth City, Willson again edged Pickler while Brown finished fourth.  

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2016 Region IV Heavy Super Stock Champion: Marty Harrell, Elm City, NC, “Pure Country”

You can’t get more “Pure” than a perfect score of 120. That’s what Harrell achieved through four hooks, which included wins by double-digit distances in Pinetops in May and a second and third in Raleigh in October. Harrell’s title is his third in five years (2014, 2011) and the ninth for a Massey Ferguson in the last 12 seasons (Robbie Crutchfield 2005-2010). Ronnie Strickland’s “Another Outlaw” (-11) scored 27 points or better in each of its outings.

2016 Region IV Super Farm Champion: Chris Hales, Autryville, NC, “The Outlaw”

In Pinetops, a second and a fourth behind GN competitors Rod and Bryan Deck and Lee Butts gave “The Outlaw” the jump on its regional pursuers. Combined with the Raleigh wraparound, the strong start also stamped Hales’ invitation to the Enderle Pull-Off. He completed the successful defense of his 2015 title with another runner-up finish in Raleigh, this time to Phil Kelley’s “Red-Blooded Binder” (-4). It’s the fifth title overall for “The Outlaw” (2012, 2010, 2006).

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2016 Region III Two Wheel Drive Champion: Dennis Christensen, Glencoe, MN, “Pack Rat V”

With back-to-back wins and five top-fives in seven appearances, Christensen earned one of two titles for the Pack Rat team in 2016. Having swept the two-night Miller Genuine Draft Showdown with two vehicles—the “Rat V” truck and the “Rat 4” GN Modified—Doc departed Anoka tied with 2014-2015 champ Wayne Timmerman for the division lead. He then fended off a surging Dale Stampfli’s “Twisted Tight” (-1) which scored 113 points in the final four hooks.

2016 Region III Four Wheel Drive Champion: Carol Suchy, Inver Grove Heights, MN, “Totally Geared”

Suchy led for the first time—by two points over dad Lawrence Line—after the season’s first four hooks, which included a win in Anoka’s Session One. A third straight third place in Worthington extended the lead to three, and a fourth in Sandwich clinched “Totally Geared”’s second title in three years and Carol’s first since 2012. David O’Connor’s “Nasty Habit” (-3) won twice on the year and finished third in DeKalb County to overtake Line for second place.

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2016 Region III Super Farm Champion: Trevan Rohde, Rice Lake, WI, “Somethin’ Fierce”

After a win in Menomonie, Rohde held a five-point advantage over challengers Jeff Larson and Dan Schulte. But two weeks later came a disastrous 11th place in Worthington that mired “Somethin’ Fierce” in a three-way tie for third behind Larson and Kevin Lindstrom’s “Hyper Harvester” (-1). Rohde recovered with a Labor Day weekend victory in Ridgeland to make up all the points he lost and one more than he needed to clinch his first championship.

2016 Region III Limited Pro Stock Champion: Craig Braun, Hampton, MN, “Hampton Hooker”

In his first year of NTPA competition, Braun conquered the division like an experienced veteran. Though winless on the season, “Hampton Hooker” started with a second in its first hook in Ellsworth, had an average finish of 3.6, and never scored fewer than 26 points. Braun assumed the lead after Worthington and kept it even as 2015 champ Bill Figanbaum’s “Instigator” (-1) and Jarod Ploetz won down the stretch. Fellow division rookie Roger Scalzo also posted a victory.

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2016 Region III Heavy Super Stock Champion: Esdon Lehn, Dayton, MN, “Red Line Fever”

Anoka became the starting and ending point for this championship chase once the rain settled in over Owatonna. And in those two hooks, Lehn lived up to his status as hometown favorite by dominating the Miller Genuine Draft Showdown with 20- and 15-foot victories over Ken Witt’s “Mr. Yuk” (-3) and David Henderson, respectively. It is the first of two regional titles captured by the 12-time Grand National champion this season; he also won two regional SS titles in each of 1985 and 1987.

2016 Region III Heavy Super Stock Diesel Champion: David Henderson, Spring Valley, MN, “Stray Horse Gone Wild”

In the middle of the season’s backstretch after picking up a third in Ellsworth and a second in Norwalk’s Session One, Henderson was tied with the Degenhardts at the top of the standings. But the “Horse” found its stride in Session Two, outdistancing the 2013 champ “Diggin’ Hard,” and closed fast at the tape by winning in Marshfield over Curdtown winner Esdon Lehn’s “Red Line Fever” (-4) by a sled length. Roger Peterson had the circuit’s other victory.

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2016 Region II Modified Champion: Ryan Writsel, Orient, OH, “Lucky Stryke”

Writsel won in his first season in Modified competition; it’s his first NTPA title since 2003 (Super Modified Four Wheel Drive). Every finish for the twin-engine machine was top-three, while his nine wins included two three-hook winning streaks, one of which ended the season. “Lucky Stryke” proved to be versatile, too; in its three-engine configuration, it qualified for the Super Sunday ring round in Bowling Green. Reigning champ Don Deane and his “Plumbers Nitemare” (-31) finished second.

2016 Region III Light Super Stock Champion: Marty  Nelson, Almena, WI, “Just-a-Case”

Nelson based his case for a title on four wins in five hooks including the season’s opener and closer in Ellsworth and Ridgeland. But the “Red Thunder” Team (-3) kept the race close with a win of their own in Menomonie, and as of the Lions Club’s Saturday afternoon luncheon, the two were tied. But that evening, Nelson “Just-a”-fied his championship by completing a Norwalk sweep. “Red Thunder” earned the combined Region III/V Enderle berth by doubling in New Hampton.

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2016 Region II Super Stock Diesel 4x4 Champion: Van Haisley, Fairmount, IN, “Rock Hard Ram”

Eight top fives and a win in Springfield earned Haisley his second title (2011). Brion Withrow’s “Nut Job” (-11) led for the first half of the season after scoring wins in Greentown and Charlotte among the first three hooks. But Withrow, who won once more late in the year in Findlay, couldn’t match the “Rock”-solid consistency of Haisley, who pulled into a tie with his midseason victory and averaged 27.6 points per hook. Don Bowling and Curt Haisley had two wins apiece.

2016 Region II Modified Mini Champion: Todd Bultman, Zeeland, MI, “Stress Relief”

Opening the season with six consecutive victories and finishing with nine wins in 13 hooks will tend to alleviate one’s anxiety, but Bultman had an objective besides the region title: Overcoming the missed 2015 Allegan wraparound to qualify for the 2016 Enderle. He made up that ground by finishing out of the top three only once, and he made the most of his trip to Urbana with a win at the 30th. Tim Rea’s “Wicked Sensation” (-30) had a string of five top threes to land in second.

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2016 Region II Two Wheel Drive Champion: Randy Petro, Camden, Ohio, “Kathy’s Komplaint”

With help from friends Chad Mayhill, Marvin Epperson, and Jeff Shafer, Petro’s classic ride captured its first title since 2011 and first regional crown since 2007. “Vintage KK” scored top-two finishes (four wins, seven seconds) in almost half of its 23 appearances, then advanced to—and won—the Enderle from the region’s Western berth. Bill Widenmeyer’s “Twin T” (-100) won once in 26 showings; Jeff Writsel’s “At It Again” matched Petro’s win total toward capturing the Eastern berth.

2016 Region II Four Wheel Drive Champions: Chris & Christopher Taylor, Eaton, IN, “Grain Hollers Mafia”

It all came down to the final hook on Labor Day in Findlay, where Chris and Christopher Taylor clinched their second championship in three years. Qualifying for the four-hook pull-off was enough to edge out “The Detonator” (-1), which was piloted by Pat Pixley on behalf of the late Dave Weiss. The two trucks were never separated by more than seven points and were tied as late as midseason after Springfield. Ron Newell had the most wins on the 13-hook schedule with four.

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2016 Region II Light Pro Stock Champion: Kendall Houk, Lynchburg, OH, “Nothing Special”

Mike Palmer’s reconstructed “Red Avenger” (-167.5) won twice and had eight top-five finishes, and Travis Tilton and Gary Holman each scored three wins. But the long Light Pro campaign rewarded the steady, consistent performance of the first-time champion Houk, whose 28 appearances resulted in 11 top fives and a 7.3 average finish position. “Nothing Special” made it to all but three events on the grueling schedule and won early in Boswell to assume a lead he would not surrender.

2016 Region II Limited Pro Stock Champion: Doug McKinley, Winamac, IN, “Knight Train”

Pulling out of the station, the “Train” was on track for a division title, earning victories in South Bend and Logansport to open the season and a 30-point second place in Preble. With an average finish of 3.2 across five competitive hooks, 2015’s third-place tractor stayed ahead of Jerry Wisel’s “Constant Conflict” (-6.5). McKinley’s Case was only the second eagle-branded machine and the first since 2007 to qualify for the Enderle Pull-Off.

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2016 Region II Super Farm Champion: Stan Warda, Berrien Springs, MI, “Hammerin’ Hank”

After finishing third in the region in 2015, “Hank” touched all the bases at the June pull in Napoleon for the first of five season wins (South Bend, Logansport, Springfield, and Brandenburg). No other regional competitor won more than twice. Most closely pursued by the Capozzos’ “Cruel Intentions” (-55), Warda made it to every event after the Fremont rainout. An eighth place in a class of 44 on Sunday at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah was a season highlight.

2016 Region II Pro Stock Champion: Ryan Walters, Wharton, OH, “Chasin’ Tail”

Walters’ Massey won the first regional Pro Stock title since 2011 as the only competitor to attend all five of the division’s appearances. Rainouts in Alliance and Rushville shortened the season to three competitive hooks and the race to the Enderle, won by Cory Hoffman’s “King of Deeres” (-28), to only two; both were invited. But Walters scored a fourth in Allegan in the region’s final contest to secure his third championship (2010, 2008).

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2016 Region II Light Super Stock Champion: Rex Kuhn, Morristown, IN, “Git-R-Done”

Competing on the regional level after a decade on the Grand National stage, Kuhn went undefeated in point competition in his home state. Wins in the season’s first three contests in Boswell, South Bend, and Logansport built a nine-point lead over fellow Hoosier and 2015 champ Anthony Hart and “Hart’s Desire” (-5). Kuhn clinched the title in Urbana, then completed the season with wins at the 50th National Tractor Pulling Championships and 30th Enderle Pull-Off.

2016 Region II Heavy Super Stock Champion: John Pfeiffer, Connersville, IN, “Pfeiffermax”

It was a season-long battle for supremacy between Pfeiffer and defending champion Kent Payne and his “Super Rooster” (-4.5). “Pfeiffermax” posted wins in Charlotte and Zanesville; Payne was second both times. “Rooster” posted 10 wins including five straight at midseason; Pfeiffer was a point back on all five occasions. The difference was endurance: Pfeiffer made it to all 14 class appearances with a 3.0 average finish, while breakage sidelined Payne for one hook in July.

Enderle Qualifying 2017

Nine RN, 13 GN divisions set to participate in 31st Pull-Off

RoadToEnderle webOnce again featuring over 100 of the best competitors in the nation, the NTPA’s 2017 all-star invitational at Urbana, Ohio’s Champaign County Fairgrounds will be a late afternoon/evening affair.

Thirty-seven qualifiers will participate in Regional National Session One starting at 5 p.m. Most will have reached the western Ohio event by virtue of winning a regional title, but there are exceptions.

In Heavy Super Stock, one open-fuel and one diesel-only berth will be awarded to combined top point-getters across Regions III and V. And this year, each of those regions will see two-hook paths to Modified Mini slots, as will Modifieds in Region III.

Light Pro Stocks and Two Wheel Drives will each have two Region II champions and Pull-Off reservations determined by events either at and east of Interstate 75 (II-E champion/Berth A) or west of I-75 (II-W champion/Berth B). The region’s Modified hooks are split between Northwestern and Southeastern berths with territories separated by a 45-degree line passing through Upper Sandusky, Ohio (a.k.a., the “origin”). The border between the Minis’ Northern (Berth A) and Southern (Berth B) districts is U.S. Route 30, the first of which will include points from Allegan 2016 (but not Allegan 2017).

The Allegan wraparound also impacts the two Region II Super Farm berths, for which first- and second-place finishers will qualify. And the races for Region IV’s berths began last fall in Raleigh for Heavy Supers, Light Pros, Super Farms, Minis, and Mods; they’ll end in either Pinetops or Elizabeth City.

A complete roster of the three dozen RN qualifying paths appearing below. The list may be revised to reflect changes in the national event schedule. An up-to-date list will be maintained at www.NTPAPULL.com.

After a brief intermission and at approximately 7 p.m., 65 Grand National competitors from 13 classes—Super Stock Diesel 4x4s having joined those ranks for 2017—will take to the track for one final time in Session Two. Each division’s top five will vie for their share of over $76,000.

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Two Region II divisions to crown two champions apiece

Thanks to a rule change adopted jointly by the WPI/NTPA Executive Boards, two of the NTPA’s most prolific divisions will have more titles to chase in 2017.

Any division with 24 or more scheduled hooks as of March 1 within a single NTPA competition region will now compete for two championships. Events that count toward each subregional title will be geographically determined by the NTPA office.

Consequently, Region II Light Pro Stocks (33 total hooks) and Two Wheel Drives (26) will compete in Eastern and Western Subregions for separate crowns, end-of-season point fund payouts, and berths in the 31st Enderle Memorial Pull-Off. Interstate 75 will serve as the border between the subregions, resulting in balanced schedules for both the Light Pros (16 E/17 W hooks) and Two Wheel Drives (12 E/14 W).

A list of hooks that will count toward each subregional championship is included on the 31st annual Enderle Memorial Pull-Off qualifying page.

As is standard practice with Enderle qualifying, were the same vehicle to win both subregional titles, the runner-up in combined Region II points would be an at-large invitee.

Modified Minis and Modifieds (19 Region II hooks each) will compete for geographically determined berths in the Pull-Off in 2017, but each will still crown a single Region II champion.

Helen Swartz' Husband Don Has Passed

The WPI/NTPA family is in mourning with our colleague and friend Helen Swartz, Secretary of Administration. Helen's husband Don passed away Thursday, March 30, after a brief illness and hospitalization.

A self-employed electrical engineer, Mr. Swartz accompanied Helen on a number of her traveling assignments with NTPA and was a friendly face to pullers and event staff alike.

Mr. Swartz is survived by his wife Helen; daughter Michele and her husband Jeremy Allen; son Zach and his fiancee Renee; grandchildren Jacob, Haley, Aiden, Addison, Wyatt, and Grace; sisters Charlotte, Janet, and Barbara (George); and many nieces and nephews and loving friends. His obituary may be found here.

Cards of condolence may be sent to Helen Swartz, 7329 Schoolcraft Lane, Worthington, Ohio 43235.

Please pray for Helen and her family in their time of sorrow.

RacingJunk.Com Partners with the National Tractor Pullers Association

North Adams, MA – RacingJunk.com, the world's largest online motorsports marketplace, is glad to announce a partnership with the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA). RacingJunk.com will become the official classifieds of NTPA, which will support greater awareness and attendance of NTPA events while extending RacingJunk.com’s reach to competitors and fans who can benefit from its services.

The flagship website of Motorhead Media, Racingjunk.com is a “one-stop shop” for anyone looking to buy, sell, trade or interact with people throughout the automotive and racing and performance communities. With more than 850,000 registered members and 28,000 classified ads, the website generates over two million visits every month.

Established in 1969 by representatives from eight states, the NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. The NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity, and governed by a board of directors. 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.

“We are thrilled to work with Racing Junk,” said a representative from the NTPA. “We want all motorsports fans to see what the NTPA is about, and if you love motorsports then you will be interested in Racing Junk. Fans will witness massive amounts of horsepower at an NTPA event, from 4000+ HP Diesel Pro Stock tractors to Modified Tractors with five supercharged hemis.”

Jim Sweener, Director of Sales for RacingJunk, said, "We’re thrilled about our partnership with the NTPA. RacingJunk.com’s dedicated truck and tractor pulling section is one of the most popular up-and-coming sections on our site, and we’re certain our community of fans and enthusiasts will appreciate the chance to see the great events the NTPA helps organize."

To learn about the NTPA, visit their website at NTPAPull.com. For more information on RacingJunk.com, go to www.racingjunk.com.

2016 Grand National Modified Champion: Bret Berg, “Money Maker”

Story by Darren Heartwell

Bret Berg won his third Grand National championship in the Modified division in 2016 after having won back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012.

Bret said that the biggest challenge this year was finding time to run three vehicles in four GN classes. The team finished fourth in points in the Unlimited class with the LG Seeds-sponsored “Money Maker” and eighth and ninth with their “LG Seeds” and “Brandt Professional Ag” Modified Mini tractors.

Bret shared this on his title in the Modified class: “We were fairly hot at the start and stayed that way throughout the season. Reliability was key, we hit our stride this year. We made 25 passes without any major breakage.”

Bret started out the season with a runner-up finish at Tomah, Wisconsin’s Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals. He followed that up with a third-place finish in the second session. He earned a second place during Session One at the North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell to take a points lead he would not relinquish, then won for the first time in 2016 during Session Two.

The next hook in Monroe, Michigan brought a fourth-place finish. Bret seized control of the points race by winning at Wapakoneta, Ohio, and both points hooks at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green.

With two hooks remaining, he held an eight-point lead. Berg finished fourth in the afternoon session in Sandwich, Illinois, then clinched the title with a second-place finish in the evening session. He capped off the championship season by winning the All-Star Enderle Pull-Off in Urbana, Ohio.

Bret wants to thank his marketing partners: LG Seeds, Brandt Professional Ag, Zumbrota Bearing and Gear, NGK Spark Plugs, and Cenex. He acknowledges Christopher Martin for his years of commitment, dedication, friendship, camaraderie, countless hours spent away from family, and the support and hard work at the track and at home. He also wants to thank Jeanie Carlson and Thomas Hamelink for their hard work and support at the track, on the road, and at home. In addition he expresses his appreciation to his Mom, Dad, family, Brendon for the help at the shop at home, and employees and friends back home for making this possible.

2016 Grand National Pro Stock Champion: Mike Conny, “MAC Nasty”

Story by Darren Heartwell

Mike Conny had an amazing season in 2016 to clinch his first Grand National championship. He finished first and second with his powerful John Deeres “MAC Nasty” and “Mr. MAC Daddy” in the very competitive Pro Stock division. Mike reflected, “This is a season that started eight years ago when my daughter [Julia] and I started pulling tractors. We always respected the Pro Stock class. For this to happen this year is a feat that may never happen again. Next year is a new challenge, it’s very difficult to repeat.”

The team started out in the Super Farm class and made the transition to the Pro Stock class. They debuted one new tractor late in the 2015 season, but this was their first full year running two new Pro Stock tractors. The team had a dominant season in 2016 winning 13 of the 19 hooks between “MAC Nasty” and “Mr. MAC Daddy.”

The season started on a strong note as Tim Shipley piloted “MAC Nasty” to a win on Friday night in Benson, North Carolina. Mike parked “Mr. MAC Daddy” in the top spot on Saturday night to make it a clean sweep for the team. After Hutchinson, Minnesota was rained out Friday. “Nasty” finished third on Saturday night. Tim earned the win in Session Three at Tomah, Wisconsin, and Mike drove it to a fifth in Session Five.

A new event for Pro Stock tractors, the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, provided another spectacular weekend for the team. Tim Shipley won both hooks at the Super National event aboard “Daddy,” and Mike was second both nights with “Nasty.”

Mike won with “Mr. MAC Daddy” in Mount Sterling, Illinois to take the points lead with that tractor, and either one or the other MAC Deere would lead the rest of the season. Mike parked “MAC Nasty” on top at the next event in Salem, Ilinois. Josh Shipley was behind the wheel to take his first win of the season with “Nasty” in Sandusky, Ohio, while Tim won the next night with “Daddy” in Napoleon, Ohio.

Mike finished ninth with “MAC Nasty” during the first hook in Bowling Green, then won the Saturday night hook at the National Tractor Pulling Championships with that tractor. He won the next points hook in Hudsonville, Michigan with “MAC Nasty” to pull it within three points of “Daddy.” “Nasty” finished third on Wednesday night in Hudsonville to take over the points lead with four hooks remaining.

In Wellington, Ohio Tim finished second with “Mr. MAC Daddy” while Mike finished sixth with “MAC Nasty,” resulting in “Daddy” moving back into the top spot in points. “Daddy” won in Canton, Ohio with “Nasty” second to give “Daddy” a three-point lead going into the final two hooks.

The afternoon session at Sandwich, Illinois was bittersweet for the team. Mike Conny finished second with “MAC Nasty,” but the motor in “Mr. MAC Daddy” blew up, leading to a 23rd place and spotting the “Nasty” tractor a 10-point advantage going into the evening session. Remarkably, the team was able to install a new motor in the “Daddy” tractor in two hours to compete in the second session, where it finished ninth to secure second place in the point standings. Meanwhile, Mike clinched the championship with a victory in DeKalb County aboard “Nasty.” He put another exclamation point on the season by winning at the 30th annual Enderle Pull-Off.

Mike would like to acknowledge his crew chief Tim Shipley along with Josh and Russ Shipley at Top Notch Machine and Shipley Tractors, Bill Humphrey at Humpco Machine, Wimer Turbo, Columbus Diesel, and “our driver, Fester McClish, for hauling us to and from pulls for the last seven years, along with our sponsor, MAC Trailer.”

Mike thanks his family: wife Dawn; daughters Julia, Rachel, and Angelina; sons-in-law Tate Ray and Chad Raber; and his grandsons Braxton Ray and Lane Raber.

Contact Info

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


PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964