2016 Grand National Super Semi Champion: Dean Holicky, “Mother Trucker”

Story by Darren Heartwell

Dean Holicky earned his third consecutive Grand National championship in 2016 with the “Mother Trucker” Peterbilt. He won the first hook and the final two to bookend the season.

Dean said that the highlight of the season was “seeing our friends, Bill Daluge, Eric Gregory, and Blake Kolles take the truck to Rockwell, Iowa and get a second and first place. We didn’t expect them to do that well.

“It was a challenge preparing the truck for a friend who had never driven it before and then watching him have success. We were on a family vacation and watched it on live stream. We were very excited!”

Dean started out the season with a win at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin and a fourth in the second hook. The truck finished second in Session One in Rockwell, and then Bill Daluge won in his second time in the seat of “Mother Trucker” in Session Two to take over the points lead.

“We came home from vacation a day early [and] put a turbo on the truck for Peoria, Illinois, but unfortunately that event was rained out.”

Dean was back in the seat and finished second in Morley, Michigan. He finished third and second at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green to take a one-point lead into the final hook of the year. There, Holicky was clutch once again, winning in Sandwich, Illinois to clinch another title. He capped the season by winning the Enderle Pull-Off invitational for the first time.

Holicky stated, “The truck ran flawlessly this summer with no major breakage.” Dean would like to thank his wife Beth; his kids Rachel, Katelyn and Casey; and his brother Danny. He wanted to acknowledge the late Bob Tuma, Bill and Shannon Daluge, Eric and Kenzie Gregory, Jon Halderson, Blake Kolles, Riverside Engines, Cyclone Machine, Columbus Diesel, Profab, Zumbrota Bearing and Gear (ZBAG), Jack and Trudy Kielmeyer, special helpers at home—Eric Gostomzcik, Troy Anderson and Bernie LaCanne—Bret and Jeannie Berg, Chris and Tracy Martin, the NTPA, the tech officials, the promoters, and the fans.

2016 Grand National Light Unlimited Champion: Brandon Simon, “Simon Sez”

Story by Darren Heartwell

Brandon Simon earned his second Grand National championship in three seasons in the Light Unlimited division in 2016. He seized this title in dominant fashion by winning seven of the nine hooks in the class. 

Brandon stated, “We spent time at the dyno this winter, we re-worked the chassis for better weight distribution, analyzed computer data, and studied videos of our runs to improve for 2016. Luck of the draw that winter changes worked; they could have gone the other way.

“We didn’t have any bearing trouble this year thanks to Cen-Pe-Co. We worked with them on improving their oil and making it work better for us.”

Brandon won the first hook of the season in Benson, North Carolina and finished third in the second hook. Brandon said that one of the highlights of the season was sweeping the next two hooks in Tomah, Wisconsin.

He finished fourth in the first session in Fort Recovery, Ohio. But in the second session he started a four-hook winning streak. He won the next event in Sandusky, Ohio and then swept the final two hooks in Hudsonville, Michigan to clinch the championship.

Brandon would like to acknowledge his sponsors - Simon’s Trucking, Simon’s Cattle Company, and Cen-Pe-Co. He would like to thank his wife Jodi, daughter Braylen, and son Kash, along with his brother R.J. and brother-in-law, Jerry Wulfekuhle.

He would also like to thank his mother Darlene, and father Roger. “We appreciate our father, Roger, for all the support. He comes with us to help us read the track and set up our tractors based on his knowledge from decades in the sport.”

He would also like to thank Steve Olson “for getting our motors where they need to be and getting my clutches to lock in when I want them to, the lock-up time is perfect!”

“Thank you to our help at the shop back home—Chris, Bob, and Cody—and to John, Josh, Keith, and all the other help at the farm that lets me come out and do this!

“We look forward to 2017, we may change some things up!”

2016 Grand National Super Stock Open Champion: John Strickland, “Get a Load of That II”

Story by Darren Heartwell

John Strickland, along with team owners Earl and Peggy Wells, seized their first Grand National Championship in 2016 with the “GALOT II” AGCO.

John began his pulling career 13 years ago in the Super Farm division. He stated, “We have been chasing two goals since we started pulling Super Farm: winning a GN title and a Bowling Green ring. We’ve been close but haven’t achieved them until this year.

“It was a successful season but it was not easy. It took a lot of work to get the championship! Several people told Mr. Wells that the only way he would win a GN championship was with a V-8. With Earl’s determination and Brent Payne’s determination we were able to do it with a six-cylinder.”

The GALOT team started the season at the Mule City 300, the event that they promote and hold at the GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, North Carolina. John took the victory in the first session and finished third on Saturday night.

He finished second in Session One at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin to take an early points lead. He won the second hook in Tomah to extend the lead. In Ionia, Michigan he won on Friday night and finished fourth on Saturday night.

The first session at Fort Recovery, Ohio was rained out, but John finished third on Saturday night, then third again in Monroe, Michigan. The only time all season that this tractor finished outside the top five was in Salem, Illinois—a ninth-place finish. This dropped the team into a tie for the GN points lead heading into the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green.

John finished second in the first session, putting him into second place behind the winner, Terry Blackbourn’s “Extremely Armed & Dangerous.” He finished second again on Saturday afternoon to pull back into a first-place tie with Blackbourn with three hooks remaining. To cap the weekend, he earned his first Bowling Green championship ring with a win on Super Sunday!

Down the road in Greenville, Ohio the following Tuesday and Wednesday, Brent Payne piloted the “GALOT” team tractor to his first win of the year. Meanwhile, John parked “GALOT II” in fifth and back in sole possession of first place. John extended the lead with a victory in Session Two. At this point, recalled John, Mr. Wells stated: “Leave for Wellington now and drive 35 mph to make sure you make it there!” Strickland clinched the title in dominating fashion by taking the win at the Friday Night Spectacular in Wellington, Ohio.

John would like to thank team owners Earl and Peggy Wells, John’s father-in-law and mother-in-law, his wife Dana, son Holt, and daughter Janalee. He would also like to thank Brent Payne, his wife Lee and children—Annabelle, Johnny and Jack—and the crew at GMS—Joe Ferneding, Dennis Payne, Dan Lyons, Timmy Hettrich, Craig Gettinger, Andy Smith, Austin Engel, Kevin Hall, and Ted Grassmick,

The GALOT Team also acknowledges GMS, GALOT Motorsports, CM Pulling Tires, Humpco Machine, Keating Machine, HPS Cylinder Head, Cen-Pe-Co, and Rite Care Scottish Rite of Freemasonry’s Childhood Language Program, Helping Children Communicate-Speech, Language, and Literacy.

Roy Everett, Pulling Hall-of-Famer, Has Passed

Our office has received word that Roy Everett, Four Wheel Drive pioneer, 2010 Pulling Hall of Fame inductee, and father of current FWD competitor Tony, has passed away. Mr. Everett, 78, drove various editions of the "Doerunner" Chevrolet/GMC starting from the earliest days of FWD competition in the 1970s and won several Regional National point championships.

A retired dairy farmer, Mr. Everett was a deacon and committee chairman at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in his hometown of Doerun, Georgia. He is survived by his wife Connie Sanderson Everett; his brother Ferrell; sons Tony and his special friend Christy Lowery and Paul and his wife Sunny; grandchildren Austin, Bryce, and Bailey Everett; and good friend William Collins. Mr. Everett's full obituary may be found here, where visitors may sign an online guestbook and express their condolences.

Please keep Connie, Tony, and the entire Everett family in your prayers at this difficult time.

Jim and Paul Holman's Father Has Passed; Update: Funeral Info

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Howard Holman, the father of GN Four Wheel Drive competitors Jim and Paul Holman. Mr. Holman, who passed away peacefully late Wednesday morning. had just turned 93 on January 24 and celebrated his 72nd wedding anniversary with wife Jeanette on Tuesday, February 7.

Mr. Holman was a dairy farmer in Chesterfield Township until his initial retirement from that profession in 1966; after eight years, he returned to help out on son Paul's farm. He also worked as a union carpenter for over 20 years. An avid fan and valued crewmember of his sons' "4 Play" Chevrolet pulling team, Mr. Holman was also very supportive of his grandchldren's activities.

In addition to Jeanette, Howard is survived by his sister, Martha Powers; four sons: David and his wife Theresa, John and his wife Marsha, Paul and his wife Michelle, and James and his wife Beth; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Holman's full obituary may be found here, where online condolences may be left for the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the First Christian Church or to Fulton Manor, 723 South Shoop Avenue, Wauseon, Ohio 43567 (419-335-2017).

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Holman Brothers and their family.

Duane Edwards' Wife Toni Has Passed

We are dismayed to learn of the death of Tonia "Toni" Van Dyke Edwards, 70, of Greenville, Ohio on Wednesday, January 11 following a brief illness. Toni was the wife of NTPA and Darke County Tractor Pullers Association announcer Duane Edwards.

In addition to Duane, Mrs. Edwards is survived by their daughter Dawn and her husband David Duff and grandsons Jacob and Lucas Campbell. Visit here for her complete obituary and to leave messages of condolence. Contributions in Mrs. Edwards' memory may be made to the Darke County Cancer Association or State of the Heart Care.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Duane and his family on their loss.

2016 NTPA Year in Review

2016 was an exciting year with many surprises along the way to 2017. Let's take a look back at our top 10 list as compiled by the NTPA staff.

10.  We pulled all night and into the morning in Bowling Green, Ohio. Due to rain that started just as the Saturday afternoon session was wrapping up, the night show kicked off three hours late at 9:33 pm. The action continued long into Sunday morning with the final Super Farm hooking at 2:47 am.

9.  We were shaken by the news that Esdon Lehn was diagnosed with cancer and would stay close to home for treatment throughout 2016. The King of Smoke’s first time out this summer in Ellsworth, Wis. was impressive, though, as he put 20 plus feet on the class to finish first en route to the Region III and Region V championships. Even better: his health is looking good, and he plans to be back out on the Grand National circuit again in 2017. (Ellsworth Video)

8. Growing Up: While some events have been on the schedule for decades, others are fairly new. Two up-and-coming events decided to mix it up a bit and go to three sessions in 2016. The first: January’s NTPA Winter Nationals at the C Bar C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana. (Hint...get your 2017 tickets now...) The second: the Mule City 300 at the GALOT Motorsports park in Benson, North Carolina. Both great facilities should be on your list to attend this year or in the near future.growing events

7. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words (or thousands of dollars), Jacked Up at Bowling Green... Also for further enjoyment, Young Blood at Bowling Green.
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6. Kent Enderle, founder of Enderle Fuel Injection and the Enderle Pull-Off invitational event, passed away on the evening of Saturday, November 19 after battling pulmonary fibrosis. Transcending their longtime sponsorship, Mr. Enderle and his late wife Joan were two of the NTPA's greatest supporters and friends and were inducted into the Pulling Hall of Fame in 2011. We are saddened to have lost such an esteemed member of our pulling family, but we are thankful he was able to make it to the 30th annual Enderle Pull-Off last September. The event will go on as the Enderle Memorial Pull-Off, honoring Kent and Joan.

5.  We had some uncommon champions in 2016. An inline six cylinder claimed the Open Super Stock title, the first to do so since 2008 (Ken Measel). Earl Wells put together the team of driver John Strickland and mechanic Brent Payne to show they could beat the V-8s. Jody and Colin Ross also earned a championship in Super Stock Diesel with a McCormick. Besides the unconventional brand, they employed the power of three turbos when most of the field used four.

4. But 2016 engraved familiar names on trophies, too. Mike Chizek and Brain Korth continued to hold the top spot in Light Supers for the Armed & Dangerous Team’s second three-peat (2014-2016, 2010-2012). The Holman Brothers were back on-top of the Four Wheel Drive division, bring their number of GN titles to 12. The Petro Motorsports crew claimed three of the top five spots and a championship in the Two Wheel Drive division, Jessie’s fifth straight and sixth overall. And in the Minis, Koester Motorsports achieved the same top-five feat as the Petros, and Adam’s new "Walk the Line" entry earned him his second title (2007).

3. Mike Conny had an amazing season in 2016 to clinch his first Grand National championship. He and NTPA Mechanic of the Year Tim Shipley finished first and second with the powerful John Deeres “MAC Nasty” and “Mr. MAC Daddy” in the very competitive Pro Stock division. A new event for Pro Stock tractors---the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee--provided a particularly stellar weekend for the team: Shipley won both hooks at the Super National event aboard “Daddy,” and Mike was second both nights with “Nasty.”

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2.  We got some exciting news in early December, and just before Christmas it was confirmed: pulling is moving to prime time! Beginning Tuesday, January 3, “NTPA Championship Pulling” on RFD-TV presented by Case IH will appear on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. Eastern/8:30 p.m. Central. The shift to prime timeslots in these two zones reflects the show’s impressive audience size and intense viewer loyalty. The show will be re-run on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. in the East, meaning that “NTPA Championship Pulling” will also be seen Sunday nights at 9:30 in the Pacific zone. The other encore appearance of each episode will be Mondays at 6 a.m. EST/3 a.m. PST.

1.  You just can't recap 2016 without mentioning the milestones. First, the 50th National Tractor Pulling Championships: In commemoration of the first half century of the NTPC, competition began in Pulltown U.S.A. on Thursday night. NTPA competitors earned points for classes in the first five sessions. The sixth marked the return of Super Sunday, an invitational session for the top five competitors in each division who qualified based on average placings earlier in the weekend. Super Sunday winners were awarded the Bowling Green championship rings. Also celebrating birthdays ending in zero were Chapel Hill with their 40th anniversary edition, the 40th Pinetops 300, and the 30th annual Enderle Pull-Off. 

2016 sure was fun, but now we prepare for 2017. First stop: Cloverdale Indiana; January 20-21.

Mini Competitor Dick Storehalder's Wife Diane Has Passed

The NTPA family is saddened to learn of the death of Diane Marie Storehalder, 57, wife of Modified Mini competitor Dick Storehalder. Mrs. Storehalder passed away Christmas morning at the Hillsdale Community Health Center.

In addition to Dick, she is survived by their son Alan and his wife Veronica, their three daughters: Krista and her husband Craig Kurtz, Trisha, and Heidi; three brothers: Randy, Ron, and Steven Morrison; and 10 grandchildren. Her full obituary may be found here, where notes of condolence may be left for the family.

Contributions in Mrs. Storehalder's memory may be made to the King's Kupboard Food Pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church, 69 Griswold Street, Hillsdale, Michigan 49242.

We express our deepest sympathy to Dick and the Storehalder and Morrison families in their time of sorrow.

Steve Burge's Mother Has Passed

We regret to report the death of Mary Kay Burge, 77, on Tuesday, December 27. Mrs. Burge was the mother of Super Stock Diesel competitor Steve Burge of Lynn, Indiana.
Mrs. Burge is survived by her husband LeRoy, their daughter Laurie and her husband Dale Carr, Steve and his wife Kim, six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Burge's full obituary may be found here; messages of comfort and support can be left for the family.
Contributions may be made in Mrs. Burge's name to the local 4-H (861 Salisbury Road, North Richmond, Indiana 47374) or Choroideremia Foundation for the Blind (23 East Brundreth Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01109).

Please send your thoughts and prayers to the Burge family.

NTPA Moves To Prime Time on RFD-TV

NTPA moves to prime time on RFD-TV, new time is 9:30 PM ET Tuesday Nights. 

Beginning Tuesday, January 3, “NTPA Championship Pulling” on RFD-TV presented by Case IH will appear on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. Eastern/8:30 p.m. Central. The shift to prime timeslots in these two zones reflects the show’s impressive audience size and intense viewer loyalty.

rfd new time“Programmers are always looking to maximize ratings,” said Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager and co-host of “NTPA Championship Pulling.” “We’re proud to have delivered those solid numbers over the last 11 1/2 years to the point where we have become part of RFD’s prime time programming strategy. We have all of you fans to thank for that.

“It’s an exciting opportunity, having truck and tractor pulling on as a family friendly entertainment option every week when folks are settling into their living rooms at the end of a long day,” Randall continued. “It’s true that the dinner hour has been good to us. But we are intrigued by the possibility that so many more potential fans will be exposed to our brand of premier pulling when cruising around the dial.”

The show will be re-run on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. in the East, meaning that “NTPA Championship Pulling” will also be seen Sunday nights at 9:30 in the Pacific zone. The other encore appearance of each episode will be Mondays at 6 a.m. EST/3 a.m. PST.

RFD-TV’s reach recently expanded to 10 million new homes on Charter Spectrum, Time Warner, and Brighthouse systems, so readers are encouraged to check their cable lineups to see if the channel is now available to them. RFD-TV can be found on DirecTV channel 345, Dish Network channel 231, and AT&T U-verse channel 568. Moreover, the channel is streamed online via its Country Club subscription service. Visit www.RFDTV.com for details.

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of “NTPA Championship Pulling” presented by Case IH, now in prime time on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. Eastern/8:30 p.m. Central/6:30 p.m. Pacific. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. Eastern/Sundays at 9:30 p.m. Pacific and Mondays at 6 a.m. Eastern/3 a.m. Pacific. 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the annual PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook in each of its 650+ locations.

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

End-of-Year Banquet Honors 2016 Champions, Special Award Winners, and Hall of Fame Inductees

GNChamps 2016Worthington, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association held its 46th annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 3 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin, Ohio. There, the Association honored its 2016 National Champions and special award winners.

Education Awards and Scholarships

  • Daulton Kmetz: WPI Higher Education Award, sponsored by K&K Insurance Group
  • Allison Luedeke and Carmen Foster: Pullers Against Drugs Scholarships, sponsored by World Pulling International

Regional National Awards

Regional National Champions: Jackets sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

  • Region II Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Singer Sled Rental
  • Region III Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council
  • Region IV Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by AKE Stop-Fyre®
  • Region V Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Joe Busch Ag Repair

Carl Atley: Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive Truck Puller of the Year, sponsored by Pit Bull Tires

Grand National Awards

Grand National Pulling Circuit Top-Five Finishers: Points fund exceeding $50,000 sponsored by Case IH

Grand National Champions: Awards sponsored by Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals of Tomah, Wisconsin; jackets sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

Grand National Pullers of the Year

  • Ken Veney: Modified Mini Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by TRB Machine
  • Dean Holicky: Super Semi Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Larry Peterson: Four Wheel Drive Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Profab
  • Jessie Petro: Two Wheel Drive Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Fowler Engines
  • Bryan Deck: Super Farm Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Alliance Tire Group
  • Mike Conny: Pro Stock Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Columbus Diesel Supply
  • Kyle Karlen: Light Super Stock Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Full Pull Motorsports
  • Jody and Colin Ross: Super Stock Diesel Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Bauer Built/Ironman Sleds
  • John Strickland: Super Stock Open Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Brandon Simon: Light Unlimited Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by SCS Gearbox
  • Bret Berg: Modified Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Sassy Racing Engines
  • Chuck Knapp: Unlimited Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

Special Awards

  • Kathy Petro: Crew Chief of the Year Award, sponsored by Midwest Wheel
  • Tim Shipley: Mechanic of the Year Award, sponsored by the Christian Pullers Association
  • Profab Machine, Inc.: Manufacturer of the Year Award, sponsored by the SFI Foundation
  • Vaughn Bauer: Sled of the Year Award, sponsored by Spec Cast
  • Wilma Mende: Official of the Year Award, sponsored by Arias Pistons
  • The Enderles: NTPA National Fan Cheer of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Joey Frasur: Hooker of the Year Award, sponsored by The Pickle Road Gang and Arfons Family
  • Tri-State Showdown (Wauseon, Ohio): Regional National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Racepak
  • Mule City 300 (Benson, North Carolina): Grand National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Simpson Performance
  • National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio): Super National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Simpson Performance
  • Charles Pelletier: Grand National Rookie of the Year Award, sponsored by Ambassador Club (Fort Recovery, Ohio)
  • The Kevin Schmucker Family: Pulling Family of the Year Award, sponsored by the National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio)
  • Feiss Motorsports: NTPA Hard Charger Award

Pulling Hall of Fame, 2016 Class

  • Ken and Cindy Lamping: Pulling Hall of Fame Inductees, sponsored by Firestone Tires
  • Mike Holden: Pulling Hall of Fame Inductee, sponsored by American Awards

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

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

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the annual PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook in each of its 650+ locations.

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

 

Kent Enderle Has Passed; Update: Funeral Info

11610With great regret, we must inform you of the death of Kent Enderle, founder of Enderle Fuel Injection and the Enderle Pull-Off invitational event. Mr. Enderle died on the evening of Saturday, November 19 after battling pulmonary fibrosis.

Funeral services for Mr. Enderle are scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m. at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, California  91311. Flowers can be arranged through Joan’s Flower Shop (named after Joan Enderle and adjacent to Oakwood Memorial Park) by phone at 855.562.6757 or online at joansflowershop.com. Following the funeral, a reception will be hosted from noon to 3 p.m. at the Junkyard Cafe, 2585 Cochran Street, Simi Valley, California 93065 (805.520.5865).

Cards of condolence may be addressed to Mike and Yovana Keena, 2705 Wheatfield Circle, Simi Valley, California  93063.

Mr. Enderle and his late wife Joan were two of the NTPA's greatest supporters and friends. It saddens us beyond words that Kent has departed us, but we are comforted by the thought that he and Joan have been reunited.

Please pray for Mike, Yovana, and the entire Enderle family and staff in their time of grief.

 

Sharon Christensen's Father Has Passed

It is our sad duty to inform you of the death of Roy G. Howk, 92, of Glencoe, Minnesota on Monday, November 14. Mr. Howk was the father of Sharon Christensen, the wife, mother, and grandmother of NTPA competitors Dennis and Doug Christensen and Kim and Jordan Moore.

Mr. Howk retired from his 36-year career as farm supervisor at Green Giant in 1999.  He was an usher and operated the audio system at the Apostolic Christian Church in Winthrop, Minnesota. His hobbies included woodworking, camping, playing dominoes, and spending time with friends and family, particularly his grandchildren. Mr. Howk's complete obituary may be found here, where you are invited to sign an online guestbook.

In addition to Sharon, Dennis, Kim, Rick, and Jordan, Mr. Howk is survived by his sister Carol and her husband Dennis; three daughters, two sons, and their spouses; a sister-, brothers-, and daughter-in-law; many nieces and nephews; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

Please keep the Howk, Christensen, and Moore families in your thoughts and prayers.

RFD-TV now in 50 Million Homes, Expanding Availability

RFD-TV is now being launched in 10 million NEW homes on Charter Spectrum, Time Warner, and Brighthouse cable systems. For the first time, major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Cleveland, Raleigh and 150 other cities around the country will now be enjoying this rural channel on basic cable. Who do we have to thank for this? YOU. Our viewers, who wrote thousands of letters to the FCC earlier this year in support of rural and senior programming. It got noticed and made a huge difference. This is a giant leap forward in our goal to reconnect city with country again, and puts RFD-TV into over fifty million homes nationwide.
More viewers, means more advertisers, and thus more money to invest in and upgrade the programming you love. So thank you again. And tell those friends and neighbors in the big towns that now, they too, can watch RFD-TV.

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

NTPA Awards Ceremony Streamed Thanks to Kentucky Trailers

BanquetStream2016 hqThe National Tractor Pullers Association is pleased to announce the Live Streaming partnership with Kentucky Trailer. With this partnership, viewers will have the opportunity to view the NTPA banquet, live, free of charge, from the comfort of their homes.

The NTPA banquet will be streamed live, Saturday, December 3, 8:00 p.m. at www.NTPAPULL.com/Banquet. Emceed by Alan Washburn, the broadcast will include video presentations of Grand and Regional National Champions and acceptance speeches by GN champs and special award recipients.

Kentucky Trailer has been an innovative leader in the transportation business since its earliest roots in 1879. Today, Kentucky Trailer is the nation's leading manufacturer of custom moving vans for the moving and storage industry. Kentucky Trailer is driven to be the best in the world at design, build and service solutions for specialty trailer, custom transport, and mobilized business markets.

The streaming interface is compatible with major browsers and desktop and mobile devices. 

"Yellow Fever" Pro Stock Competitor Don Nolan Has Died

We regret to report the passing on Thursday, October 27 of Don Nolan, 85, of Taylorville, Illinois, following a long illness. Mr. Nolan campaigned the "Yellow Fever" Minnepolis-Moline G1000 Pro Stock from 1982 to 1987 and teamed with neighbor Charles DeClerck on the "Thunderbolt" Allison-powered Modified. Mr. Nolan was an original board member of the Illinois Tractor Pullers Association and was present at the inception of the National Farm Machinery Show's tractor pull.

Mr. Nolan was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, returning home to farm. Before and during his first few years of pulling, he raced motorcycles in the 1950s and '60s. He was also a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and University of Illinois Fighting Illini. Mr. Nolan and his wife Mary traveled extensively in their RV and loved attending their grandson’s activities.

He is survived by Mary, their daughter Kathy Drea and her husband Mike, grandsons Nolan and Ryan, his brother Larry, and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic School.

The Puller featured the DeClerck-Nolan partnership in a two-issue series last year (part one, part two). We invite you to read about Mr. Nolan and many of his fellow pioneers in national and Illinois state pulling.

Mr. Nolan's complete obituary may be found here, where condolences to the family may also be expressed. The NTPA family adds ours and requests your prayers for the Nolan family.

Norma McVey, Wife and Mother of Competitors Lloyd and Larry, Has Passed; Update: Obituary Info

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Norma McVey, wife and mother of "Super Banana" Modified competitors Lloyd Sr. and Larry. Mrs. McVey died in Naples, Florida in the evening of Thursday, October 27.

Lloyd and Norma started two trucking companies, McVey Trucking in Illinois in 1960 and OTS Trucking in Florida in 1990. They switched their primary hobby from drag racing, which Lloyd had pursued through the 1960s, to tractor pulling, a sport which was in its infancy in 1971. With the support of Norma and their family, the future Hall of Famer left an indelible mark on the pulling world in general and the Modified division in particular with the "Super Banana," a name Norma coined due to the shape of its sheetmetal enclosure of the drivetrain and driver. Lloyd Sr. passed on in 2010; Lloyd Jr died earlier this year.

Mrs McVey is survived by son Larry and his wife Correna; grandchildren Sarah Yeager, Krista Cole, Kari Simpson, Keith McVey, Shannon Krauel, Trisha Poullird, and Tom Krauel; great-grandchildren Alexis Cole, Hunter Cole, and Gage Simpson; sisters Ethel Eichorist and Linda Richter; brothers Tommy Richter, Bobby Richter and his wife Karen, and brother-in-law Dean McVey and his wife Charlotte. Mrs. McVey's complete obituary may be found here, where tributes may be submitted.

Please think of Larry, Correna, and the McVey family at this difficult time.

Jerry Hoffman, Wisconsin Mini Rod Competitor, Has Passed

The NTPA family mourns the loss of Jerry Hoffman, 59, of Downing, Wisconsin. Mr. Hoffman drove the "Corn-Fused" tractor for the Hoffman Pulling Team in Wisconsin state Modified Mini competition. He was the father of Nathan Hoffman, WTPA president and "Shakin' Shamrock" Mini competitor.

Mr. Hoffman worked for concrete and implement businesses in the Glenwood City, Wisconsin area before entering into farming as a full-time occupation with his wife Cheryl. In addition to tractor pulling, his hobbies included horseback riding, hunting, and snowmobiling.

Mr. Hoffman is survived by wife Cheryl, parents William and Mabel, son Nathan and his wife Shanna, daughter Tammy Oberle and her husband Derrick, three brothers, four brothers-in-law, four grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and God-children. Mr. Hoffman's full obituary may be found here.

Please keep Cheryl, Nathan, Tammy, and the entire Hoffman family close by in your thoughts today.

Randy Hinton Passes

We regret to inform you of the passing of Randy Hinton, 65, of Clear Lake, Iowa, on Friday, October 7 following a great fight against cancer. Randy was a Grand National Champion and owner of the Red Power Team Case IH dealerships.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake and will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 3:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church, 112 N. 4th Street, Clear Lake. A dinner will follow the service at the Surf Ballroom. Mr. Hinton's full obituary.

Please keep the Hinton family and his friends close by in your thoughts.

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    National Tractor Pullers Association
    6155-B Huntley Road,
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