New Castle Cancelled

The Lawrence County Father's Day Nationals event was cancelled shortly beforre its 7 p.m. start time. The call was prompted by an unrelenting drizzle and the certainty of more rainfall throughout the evening. 

All same-level registered vehicles (GN TWD, RN LT PS, MINI, and SS-4x4 (SB)) will receive 15 points. Also, despite having only two remaining hooks, the Super Stock Four Wheel Drive (SB) division will crown a champion, as three hooks originally appeared on the Association's schedule.

 

Sugarcreek Ohio Cancelled for June 15

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The Strawberry Pull Off scheduled for June 15, 2019 has been cancelled due to rain. The event will not be rescheduled.
NTPA competitors do NOT need to register, as no rain points will be given, as the event was called before the time limits stated in the rule book.

New Castle: Important Info for Competitors

Worthington, Ohio---The Welcome Letter below pertains to the Lawrence County Father's Day Nationals coming up this Saturday, June 15.

Here's a summary:

  • Address: Lawrence County Fairgrounds, 464 Midway Road, New Castle, PA 16101
  • Take I-79 Exit 105 to PA Route 108, then west to fairgrounds. Pass Gate 1 on the left, then turn left onto Bodziach Road and enter Gate 3 onto 4-H Lane.
  • Competitors will be parked throughout the south side of the fairgrounds. Parking times: Thursday 6:30p-9p, Friday noon-10p, Saturday 8a-event. 724-944-070.
  • Entry opens at 1p. Gates open to spectators at 4:30p. The drivers' meeting is at the scales at 6p. Driver introductions will be conducted on the track at 6:35p. Showtime is 7p.

The full text of the letter, including contact numbers and area amenities, follows. A PDF of the complete letter may be accessed here.

Welcome to the Inaugural NTPA Father’s Day Nationals!

This marks the first time in almost 20 years that the NTPA has been in Western PA! In addition to being a competitive showcase of your talents, this event will also serve as a fundraiser for our community’s long-running fair. So on behalf of the Lawrence County Fair Board, the New Castle community and our numerous volunteers, we hope you’ll enjoy your weekend! Enclosed is some information for our inaugural event.

Directions
Fairgrounds Address: 464 Midway Road  New Castle, PA 16101
Office Phone Number: (724) 654-7745  www.LawrenceCountyFair.com
*The Lawrence County Fair social media pages may have updated information regarding the event and weather *

The best route into the fairgrounds is to travel West on Route 108.
Beware that most roads past the fairgrounds to the West have tonnage limits.
We highly recommend using Interstate 79 from the north or south, and take the Slippery Rock Exit #105 to access Route 108. (Mile Marker 104.8).
From Interstate 80, it is only 11 miles Southbound to also reach Exit #105 (Route 108).
Travel on Route 108 Westbound for 8 miles to the fairgrounds.

You will travel past the Lawrence County Fair main gate, #1, on the left.
The next road on your left is Bodziach Road. Turn left onto Bodziach Road.
Gate #3 will be on your left in under ¼ mile, onto 4-H Lane.
Enter the facility here. You will be met by a parking volunteer.
(Spectators parking and entry will be determined prior to the event day, depending on the condition of our grass parking lots).

Egress from the Fairgrounds will be the same as above.

Parking
Competitors with haulers will be entering through Fair Gate 3.
Parking will be available for haulers: Thursday, June 13th by appointment from 6:30-9pm.
Friday June 15th, Noon until 10pm and resuming Saturday at 8am.
Please take the time to notify us if arriving later than the stated hours. Parking is coordinated through Jeff Martin (724) 944-0703.

Haulers will be parked throughout the southern portion of the fairgrounds, as the northern portion of the fairgrounds is being utilized for a separate event.
Some parking will take place in grass or fields, in case of inclement weather, parking will be re-arranged onto as many asphalt and gravel surfaces as possible.

There is no designated “pit” area. This event is open pit accessible to all spectators. You will be parked throughout the southern portion of the Fairgrounds, similar to the Enderle Pull-Offs in Urbana, OH and the National Tractor Pulling Championships at Bowling Green, OH.

Spectator parking will be near gates 1 or 4, but will be specified at a later date due to conditions of our parking lots

Registration
Competitors must have a valid 2019 Competition License and Vehicle Registration, or pay a per-hook fee for each appearance.

NTPA Event Services will have an up-to-date list of licensed competitors and vehicles when entry opens on Saturday. Licenses may be purchased at the Entry Trailer. Your entry license grants you admittance for 1 NTPA driver license and the 2 NTPA crew licenses that were provided by NTPA. Per NTPA standard – Vehicle entry fee is 1% of the purse of the class of vehicle to enter for its competition in to the event.  Additional crew members may purchase “Trackside” (known most places as “Cold Pit” wristbands) at entry for $30 or a “Grandstand” only ticket for $20.
**There will be wristbands with a color-coded system for restricted areas**

Media please check in with Event Chairman to receive photo vest and credentials.

The weight transfer sled is provided by Decision Maker Pulling Sleds/Richard Love.

Courtesy Tow vehicles will be provided by the Western Pennsylvania Antique Tractor Puller’s Association, and will be coordinated through W.P.A.T.P.A. - John Caffro at (724) 657-4419.

Procedure
Present your vehicle at the scales in the order in which the classes will be pulling. Arrive at scale to weigh in on the North side of the track surface on Lucky Lane.  Hitch heights will be measured after scaling, prior to entering Hot Pit zone. Organize your vehicles to Line-up in your classes pulling order.

*The current planned pulling order is*:
Region II Light Pro Stock Tractors
Region II Modified Mini Tractors
Grand National Two-Wheel Drive
Region II Super Stock Four-Wheel Drive (Small Block)
*Subject to change* No Rain date is planned/No Refunds/No Curfew*

Leading distance will be held at end of track for each class.
Winner will be presented a check and take photos on track at conclusion of each class with a Presenter.

Contact List
If you have any questions leading up to the event, please call:
NTPA Office (614) 436-1761 or Event Chairman Phil Kelley (724) 272-1212
Event Day LCF Main office phone (724) 510-7412
Event Chairman - Phil Kelley (PK) (724) 272-1212
Parking/Security - Jeff Martin (724) 944-0703
Ticketing/Camping - Shawn Hill (724) 510-7412
Registration NTPA – Tom Jackson (330) 465-6828
Tow Tractor Coordinator - John Caffro (724) 657-4419
Announcer - Jason Schults (608) 604-5068
Lawrence County Fair Board Member (724) 510-7412

Restaurants in the Area with Delivery
Four Star (724) 656-9222 Pizza, Fresh Baked Subs, Stromboli, Wings, & Salads.
www.fourstarpizzanewcastle.com 1506 Old Butler Rd. New Castle, PA.
Hours: Mon-Thur. 10:30-11pm. Fri & Sat. 10:30-12am, Sun.12pm-10pm.

Medical Facilities
Hospital: UPMC Jameson, 1211 Wilmington Ave New Castle, PA 16105
Open 24 hours (724) 658-9001
Urgent Care: Med Express, 2411 Wilmington Road New Castle, PA 16105 Hours: 8am-8pm (724) 656-4320

Weekend Schedule: Saturday, June 15

8:00am    Worker/ Volunteer meeting (near LCF shop) for 1st shift arrive: Early Track Crew / Early Grounds Maintenance Crew / Early Supervisors / Early Parking Crew
8:30am    Track walk: Continue track preparation: Rip and prepare as needed. Fair Grounds maintenance continue
9:00am    Correct any unresolved issues from Friday
11:30am    Quick Service Concession menu available
*There will be ice available on-site #20lbs @ $6.00*
12:00pm    Worker/ Volunteer meeting (near LCF shop) for 2nd shift arrive: Track Crew / Grounds Maintenance Crew / Supervisors / Parking Crew / Concession Crew / Ticketing Crew
12:30pm    Open and unlock remaining needed facilities, Maintenance & Refuel all equipment
1:30pm    Deploy to assigned positions
2:00pm      NTPA Registration for Competitor Sign-In opens
2:00pm    NTPA Technical Inspection begins
*Roll cage inspection and certification is available by appointment through NTPA and Tom Jackson the event coordinator*
2:00pm     Sound Check PA/Microphone system around grounds, infield & grandstands
3:30pm    Late Shift Arrivals: Worker/ Volunteer meetings with Supervisor Heads of departments for 3rd shift arrivals: All remaining Crew, Workers, and Volunteers needed onsite
4:00pm    Full track set-up: Deploy Safety equipment, Mark Boundaries, Place support equipment, etc.
4:00pm    Ticket sales will start
4:30pm     Spectator grandstands will open (approximate time)
5:00pm    Full Concessions Menu available
*There will be a beer garden available*
6:00pm      NTPA Drivers Meeting at scales with NTPA and LCF Fair Board members
6:00pm    Scales Open
** Driver meet/greet session prior to the start of the event, following the drivers meeting takes place on Northern end of Grandstands trackside**
6:35pm    Drivers are requested at the track for Drivers Introductions
*Please be in uniform/fire-suit/team colors (to present yourself in a professional manner) for Driver Introductions
(Remember this is the first time NTPA has been in Western PA. for 20 years, please participate)
6:45pm     Introductions of Drivers and LCF support personnel to Begin
(Drivers line up with your class of vehicle,  walk out onto track from starting line side, in single file to be recognized and stay through the Anthem’s singing)
6:55pm      Honor Guard with the singing of God Bless America
7:00pm    Canadian National Anthem singing
7:05pm      USA National Anthem singing
7:08pm      Start of Event, Sponsorship Announcements, First Vehicle Proceeds under the direction of NTPA officials

 

Back for a Refill: All GN Divisions to Compete for Shell Rotella Cup in 2019

ShellRotellaCupPointsFund 2019 squareWorthington, Ohio---It’s a reason to turn the wick a little higher to shine a little brighter on the biggest stages. And it’s back in force for 2019.

For the second straight season, the Shell Rotella Cup bonus program will reward competitors across all 13 of the NTPA’s Grand National divisions with the prize total exceeding $50,000.

This year, the Cup will visit seven venues along the Association’s tour: the GALOT Motorsports Park Mule City 300, the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals, the Power Pull Nationals, the North Iowa Nationals, the Lions Super Pull of the South, the Ionia Free Fair Pullsation, and the National Tractor Pulling Championships. All 39 top-three finishers will be called to the BG winners’ circle at the conclusion of their final Cup sessions.

“It’s extremely gratifying to help connect Shell Rotella with our competitors and spectators,” said Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager. “The Cup program has put the Rotella brand in front of massive crowds for over 10 years now, and this season it will visit tracks in seven states.”

GN-licensed Super Stock Diesel, Pro Stock, Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, Super Semi, Modified Mini, Light Unlimited, and Unlimited competitors will convene eight times across four events apiece. Open Supers, Super Farms, and Modifieds will run six times at three places and Light Supers four times at two venues.

In 2018, the first season of comprehensive Shell Rotella Cup participation, nine first-place finishers went on to win their divisions’ Grand National titles. But for the four others, hoisting the Cup was the peak of their mountain.

The Bobcat Jr. Modified Mini Team, for example, made clear their intentions to run hard for the Cup and outdistanced their fellow Dutch countrymen from the Lambada Team by five points and champion Adam Bauer by nine. Bauer’s own “Cross Threaded,” in turn, won four times across seven appearances in the Unlimited class to edge Chuck Knapp by one marker. The Holmans’ “4 Play” Four Wheel Drive showed southern Saturday-session supremacy in Carolina and Tennessee to put four on Peyton Davis’ “Young Gun.” And Brandon Simon’s heartbreak at missing out on a fourth Light Unlimited title on a tiebreaker was eased a little when “Simon Sez” held off the champion Money Pit Team by three.

“Both Shell and the NTPA have gotten great value from this collaboration,” Randall continued. “Relating the Rotella name with pulling and therefore to lots of people who use heavy-duty lubricants on their farms and in their trucks has been good business for Shell. And the Cup—it’s a game within a game that NTPA pullers in every division can play and all our fans can follow.”

Throughout this season, the Association’s official website, www.NTPAPULL.com, and its social media outlets will link to Shell Rotella “Cup-Dates” that feature news and photos from each event soon after it wraps. The Shell Rotella Cup Standings page will keep up-to-the-minute point tallies as will the “NTPA Championship Pulling” series on RFD-TV.

And of course, readers are encouraged to watch each in-season issue of The Puller for updated Cup standings in alignment with the events as they are reported.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

Four Region II Divisions to Crown Two Champs Apiece

RegionII loWorthington, Ohio---Modifieds will join three other competition divisions in determining two subregional champions in 2019.

Events in Northwestern and Southeastern territories within Region II, determined by a line passing through the Association’s birthplace in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, will count toward separate point standings and year-end funds.  

Light Pro Stocks and Two Wheel Drives first ran circuits in 2017 that were split into Eastern and Western subregions by Interstate 75, and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0s joined them last season. All four divisions’ series correspond to Enderle Pull-Off qualifying paths except for late-season wraparound events.

Region II Modified Minis will compete for North, South, and at-large Enderle berths but only a single championship.

2019 Region II Subregional Championships

  • LT PS East (16): New Castle, Marion, London, Wilmington, Washington Court House, Lebanon, Springfield, Mount Vernon, Owensville, Urbana, Sandusky, Zanesville, Canton x 2, Richwood, West Salem
  • LT PS West (14): Preble, Rushville, Arcola x 2, Eaton (PCS), Charlotte, Hamilton, Fort Recovery x 2, Monroe, Eaton (PCF), Greenville, Roanoke, Lynn
  • TWD East (13): Marion, London, Wilmington, Lebanon, Mount Vernon, Owensville, Marysville, Sandusky, Zanesville, Canfield, Findlay, Old Washington, West Salem
  • TWD West (12): Rushville, Arcola, Eaton (PCS), Charlotte, Hamilton, Eaton (PCF), Edon, Napoleon, Greenville, Hudsonville, Wauseon, Roanoke
  • PSD 4x4 3.0 East (8): London, Wilmington, Washington Court House, Lebanon, Mount Vernon, Marysville, Canton, Old Washington
  • PSD 4x4 3.0 West (11): Preble, Arcola x 2, South Bend, Eaton (PCS), Charlotte, Cassopolis, Eaton (PCF), Greenville, Roanoke, Allegan
  • MOD R2 Northwest (12): Preble, Arcola x 2, Charlotte, Monroe, Mason, Edon, Sandusky, Greenville, Fremont, Wauseon, Roanoke
  • MOD R2 Southeast (14): Marion, London, Wilmington, Washington Court House, Lebanon, Springfield, Mount Vernon, Owensville, Marysville, Urbana, Zanesville, Canfield, Old Washington, West Salem

 

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

33rd Enderle Pull-Off: 23 Divisions will Advance 107 Competitors to Esteemed Invitational

Worthington, Ohio---Four years ago, pulling’s most prestigious event underwent a significant expansion. To commemorate its 10th year as a standalone event at Urbana, Ohio’s Champaign County Fairgrounds, the Enderle Pull-Off grew to include all 12 Grand National divisions and every Regional National division that competed across multiple territories.

Competitors and fans alike were introduced to a new qualification process. Complicated? A bit. But one thing was—and remains—easy to explain: Every hook matters.

EnderlePullOff 33rdOn Saturday, September 14, the 33rd edition of the Kent & Joan Enderle Memorial Pull-Off will once again bring over 100 competitors to southwestern Ohio for the chance to maximize their shares of over $100,000 with one last run at summer’s end.

GN competitors will number 65 (five from each of 13 divisions) in the evening’s second session. Qualification for those precious slots coincides with GN competitors’ championship pursuits that commence at Benson, North Carolina’s Mule City 300 May 31-June 1 and conclude at Sandwich, Illinois’ DeKalb County Fair Grand Nationals on September 5 and 7.

Meanwhile, four regions will advance 42 competitors across 10 divisions: Light Super Stock, Heavy Super Stock, Super Farm, Light Pro Stock, and Limited Pro Stock Tractors; Two-Wheel-Drive, Four-Wheel-Drive, and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks; and Mini and Multi-Engine Modifieds. (Complete list of RN All-Star Qualifiers.)

For several of those slots, qualification began in September and October of 2018 in Allegan, Michigan, Dover and West Salem, Ohio, and Raleigh, North Carolina. And for two of them, Raleigh was both the beginning and the end of qualifying.

The first 2019 event along the regional Road to the Enderle is Ellsworth, Wisconsin’s Showdown in Curdtown, which will launch qualifying for eight Region III berths on Saturday, June 8. The next two are Saturday, June 15, and both are Pro National raised-purse contests that are new to the NTPA calendar. New Castle, Pennsylvania and Hoopeston, Illinois.

Just under three months of intense competition later, qualifying will wrap in Old Washington, Ohio on Monday, September 9 for Two Wheel Drives, Diesel 3.0s, and Modifieds. Remaining 2019 events will count toward potential berths in the 2020 Enderle.

In between, the paths to over three dozen slots are diverse and divergent. Most will go to regional or subregional 2019 champions (or top point-earners, as it takes three scheduled appearances to award a title). Two will go to top earners across portions of regions and two more to runners-up, while one division (LSS) will combine two regions to award two berths. Four divisions have planned at-large qualifiers from combined territories. And wraparounds from 2018 will influence (or decide) 16 berths.

To earn points toward Enderle GN or RN qualifying, a vehicle must be registered at that level at the time of competition. Vehicles may not be licensed at both levels, and before points are assigned, the NTPA system removes from a national class’ finishing order those vehicles that are not same-level-registered.

While it is possible for the same vehicle to earn multiple championships in the same division, a vehicle may earn only one Enderle berth in a given division. If a vehicle satisfies the conditions for two (three, etc.) berths in the same division, the paths to those berths are combined and the second-place (third place, etc.) competitor across the combined paths is awarded an at-large berth. This is in keeping with the late Mr. Enderle’s philosophy of rewarding the competitors who run the hardest.

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About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

National Tractor Pulling Championships to Stay NTPA for Next Five Seasons

BG Logo4WebWorthington, Ohio---World Pulling International and the Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association have reached a three-year accord that will perpetuate National Tractor Pullers Association sanctioning of the National Tractor Pulling Championships through its 57th edition.Already on the NTPA’s calendar as the 2020 season’s third Super National event (following Tomah in June and Chapel Hill, Tennessee’s Lions Super Pull of the South in July), Pulltown U.S.A. will remain the pulling world’s epicenter on the third weekend of every August through 2023.

Dates for the 53rd through 57th iterations of the National Tractor Pulling Championships are August 15-17, 2019; August 20-22, 2020; August 19-21, 2021; August 18-20, 2022; and August 17-19, 2023. Each event will be conducted in a Thursday-through-Saturday, five-session format with classes participating in each session to be announced annually.

“The NTPA is dedicated to continuing the high standard set by the NWOTPA for many years to come and is pleased to renew this agreement,” stated Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager. “The National Tractor Pulling Championships have earned a spot in the hearts and minds of the pulling world like no other event. From a pure numbers standpoint, this event sits atop the rankings in many categories---participants, fans, campers, and purse to name a few.”

All 13 Grand National divisions will make two passes over the course of the 2019 event, which will also serve as the finale of the Shell Rotella Cup Series. Moreover, this year’s Super Stock Open, Two Wheel Drive, and Light Unlimited divisions will be crowned trackside.
Randall understands the significance. “Many NTPA competitors go to BG to make the final push toward their title, while others feel just one win completes their season or even their career. To be presented a trophy, a plaque, or a check in the NTPC winner’s circle with that packed North Side grandstand as a backdrop has been the highlight of many a puller’s résumé.”

Bowling Green enters 2019 with a streak of six consecutive NTPA Super National Pull of the Year Awards as determined by the Association’s competing membership. The National Tractor Pulling Championships have been bestowed the honor 12 times overall since 1995. The event’s presence at the NTPA’s annual Awards Banquet further extends to sponsorship of the National Year-End Point Fund, the Family of the Year Award, and the Promoters Workshop.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals Sanctoning Agreement Extended Through 2023

Budweiser logoWorthington, Ohio---World Pulling International and the Monroe County Agricultural Society have agreed to a three-year contract that will extend the National Tractor Pullers Association’s sanctioning of Tomah, Wisconsin’s Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals through 2023. The event, a mainstay on the NTPA calendar since 1976, was already under the Association’s auspices through 2020.

Dates for the 44th through 48th editions of the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals, Thursdays through Saturdays all, are June 20-22, 2019; June 25-27, 2020; June 24-26, 2021; June 23-25, 2022; and June 22-24, 2023. Start times for 2019’s three night sessions (including Fan Appreciation on Thursday and Military Appreciation/Motorcycle Parade on Friday) are each 7 p.m.; day sessions (including Kidz Klub Day on Friday and Salute to the Farmer Day on Saturday) will begin at noon.

“We are proud to announce this continuation of the relationship between the Monroe County Ag Society and WPI,” began Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager. “By virtue of its history as a comprehensive event in terms of its number of classes and sessions, the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals is a cornerstone of the NTPA Grand National regular-season schedule and is where the points races really kick into high gear.”

Indeed, 12 of 13 GN divisions will make two appearances apiece at Recreation Park in 2019, while three Region III tractor divisions---Super Farm, Light Pro Stock, and Limited Pro Stock---will run once each.

“It’s one of the best measuring sticks we’ve got in the sport of pulling,” Randall surmised. “On that clay, in front of that crowd, you find out what you have---and what everybody else has---under the hood.”

From its beginnings in September of the United States’ Bicentennial Year as a stopover for competitors traveling to Minnesota’s Farmfest pull, Tomah has taken its place as one of the upper Midwest’s most highly regarded sporting events. By recent estimates, it has benefited the greater Monroe County economy with tourism dollars numbering in the hundreds of millions.

A 17-time winner of the NTPA’s National Pull of the Year Award, the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals additionally sponsors the Association’s National Year-End Point Fund as well as the plaques presented to each season’s Grand National Champions.

 

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

2019 NTPA Shell Rotella Cup-Date Issue One: Benson

ShellRotellaCupPointsFund 2019 squareWorthington, Ohio---The 50th season of the National Tractor Pullers Association got underway in Benson, North Carolina on Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1. Arriving with it was the Shell Rotella Cup bonus series, which entered its second year of complete participation by all 13 of the Association's Grand National divisions.

In NTPA Championship Pulling, vehicles drag a 20-ton weight transfer sled along a straight, dirt track as the sled's resistance increases. Within a class of similar vehicles, the puller who achieves the greatest distance is victorious. At events across the United States, elite competitors campaign their specialized machines---which resemble farm tractors, trucks, and dragsters---for chances at purse money and precious points toward end-of-season championships.

In 2019, the Association is proud to complete its first half century as the world's original and number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level truck and tractor pulling contests. Fierce, fair pulling competition and a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere are hallmarks of NTPA Championship Pulling. If you haven't experienced the rumbles, roars, and rivalries of the heaviest sport on wheels, why not give it a try this summer?

The GALOT Motorsports Park Mule City 300 has been a mainstay on the Shell Rotella Cup tour since it moved to its current late-spring dates in 2015. Just three other events on the expansive NTPA Grand National circuit---the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin (June 20-22), the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (July 19-20), and the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio (August 15-17)---incorporate all of their appearing GN-level divisions in the Shell Rotella Cup. These four pulls are designated as "anchor events."

Unfortunately, dating to Benson's second session last year, a decent portion of the "anchors" have found themselves underwater. Only Chapel Hill completely escaped a rain threat in 2018, while Mule City's Session Two was delayed for hours after just one pass, Tomah's Session One was cancelled, and three of Bowling Green's five sessions were significantly impacted, with Session Three wiped out entirely.

It was Mule City's turn again this year. Just after the last of 20 Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks made its Friday night pass and with an unlucky 13th Pro Stock Tractor awaiting its hook, the skies opened and doused the twin tracks with a driving rain. Accompanying high winds led to early hopes that the sudden storm, which broke through 92-degree temperatures, would move quickly enough to allow crews to hold the track and return to competition. But within 45 minutes of the first clouds, it was clear---the night was over.

So, for the Pros and Benson's remaining four GN divisions---Super Stock Open Tractor, Two-Wheel-Drive Truck, Modified Mini, and twin-engine Light Unlimited Modified---the weekend's race for early Shell Rotella Cup supremacy and a chance at the year's first Hardest-Working Puller total distance award would come down to a Saturday night shootout.

 19J8494 loIn Super Stock Open, three-time division champion John Strickland drew the low pill on his home course, and his "Get a Load of That II" took full advantage by posting a 346.5' to capture his third straight victory on the park's dirt surface. Strickland, who campaigns both the alcohol Super Stock and drag cars for track owner Earl Wells' GALOT Motorsports Team, beat out his teammate and crew chief Brent Payne aboard "Get a Load of That" and Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet" in an all-AGCO top three to take the division and Cup-series lead with four hooks to go in each. Next GN/Cup stop for SSO: Tomah.

 19J8667 loIn Light Unlimited, it was quite a contrast to the Supers as one of the division's new-for-'19 competitors---and the only vehicle of the five in the class making its GALOT debut---took the win in a thrilling pull-off. Doug Theobald, who continues to pull in the Two Wheel Drive division in a team effort with wife Renee, had barely gotten the vibrant purple-and-yellow graphics to adhere to the fenders of the twin-Hemi "Full-Blown Wicked" before he stuck its 30.5" rear tires in the Carolina sod and plowed a 680' patch in two passes to best R.J. Simon's "Simon Sez Show No Mercy." Next GN stop for LT UNL: North Dinwiddie, Virginia (June 7-8); next Cup stop: Tomah.

 19J8684 loIn Mini, Reese Shelton claimed his first Grand National victory in a two-way showdown with twice-champion Adam Koester and over 14 other 2,500-horsepower, 2,050-lb. vehicles. Shelton, who swept two multi-engine appearances at Kentucky's National Farm Machinery Show this February, had posted several NTPA runner-ups with "Cuttin' Up." Like its trailermates "Sawed-Off" and "Splinter" driven by siblings Grayson and Camille, Reese's piece is an homage to the family's Culp Lumber sawmill business. Koester, whose 2016-champ "Walk the Line" and "Beast of Burden" both sport the corporate colors of Shell Rotella, gave chase in the pull-off round but fell about 20' shy of Shelton. Next GN/Cup stop for MINI: Tomah.

 19J8792 loIn Two Wheel Drive, Russ Nichols was the 11th of 24 wheelstanders to answer the call, and he cashed in that mid-lineup position for a 319' and the season's first check. Building on his second-place performance in last season's finale in Canfield, Ohio which got him to eighth in the final standings, Nichols slotted his "On the Edge" in the perfect groove to take his first GN win since Bowling Green in '17. "Edge" surpassed Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity," which took a first and a second in last year's 300, and survived a close chave by reigning champion Randy Petro's "Kathy's Komplaint," which pulled last. Next GN/Cup stop for TWD: Tomah.

 19J8879 loIn Pro Stock, the abbreviation in "D2 Pro Stock Edition" stands for "Dreamin' Too," and Darrin Hunt doesn't want anyone to wake him up. In the 11 months since heartbreaking breakage at hometown Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Hunt's Case IH has swept Chapel Hill, won an NTPC championship ring, and claimed an Enderle Pull-Off Regional National Pro Stock title to match brother Brandon's Super Stock trophy there with "Liv'n a Dream." Darrin's 350-plus run on Friday necessitated a sled reset, and then the rains prevented his return. But the 2012 GN Super Farm champion rested up for Saturday night to put 8' on past champ Kevin Schmucker's "Git-Er-Dun Deere" and nearly 12' on fellow contender Jason Svonavec's "Bootlegger." Next GN/Cup stop for PS: Tomah.

 19J8291 loAnd in Four Wheel Drive, Carmen Foster emerged triumphant for the Hardest-Working Puller award and a one-point division and Shell Rotella Cup lead by virtue of her Friday third and Saturday first. Foster, who finished second to Ben Ellis' "Benjammin" in last year's title chase, stood on the low step of the Session One podium while 2017 champion Peyton Davis straddled the others by placing one-two with "Punisher" and "Young Gun." But Carmen had the top platform all to herself after Session Two, during which she pulled her "Foster Child" Chevrolet into a 324.8' lead early and saw 16 followers---including Davis' pair, Ellis, and second-place Ted Skelton's "Rock"---fall over a truck length short. Next GN stop for FWD: North Dinwiddie; next Cup stop: Tomah.

Remaining events on the season-long Shell Rotella Cup Series tour include the anchors above as well as Hutchinson, Minnesota's Power Pull Nationals (June 28-29 for Super Stock Diesel 4x4 and Super Semi), Rockwell, Iowa's North Iowa Nationals (July 4-6 for Super Farm and Multi-Engine Modified), and Ionia, Michigan's Free Fair Pullsation (July 19-20 for Super Farm, Two Wheel Drive, and Light Unlimited). Watch this space for more Shell Rotella Cup-dates after each event, visit the Standings page at www.NTPAPULL.com for up-to-the-minute Cup standings, and check out The Puller, the NTPA's official publication, for comprehensive Grand National event coverage throughout 2019.

(photos by Tracy Waters/Nitrozilla.com)

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

Kenny Mack, Hall-of-Fame Announcer and WTPA Founding Member, Has Passed

IMG 1317 1 cropIt is with a heavy heart that we must report the death on Friday, May 10 of Kenny Mack, 78, of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. His passing followed a period of declining health that included a months-long battle with inoperable Stage IV pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Mack is survived by daughters Deanna Schulz and Kristy (Darrian) Dalangini;grandchildren Thomas (Amanda) Schulz, Valerie Schulz, and Aurora Dalangini; siblings Roger (Joan), Harlan (Merrilee), Elaine Hanson, and Edith Mack; a sister-in-law, Georgia (Frank) Selden; and an aunt, Linda Gasser; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and tractor pulling friends. Mr. Mack's complete obituary may be found here.

In early February, Mr. Mack was relocated from the Madison hospital at which he had been receiving treatments to his home for hospice care. Shortly afterward, he penned the following note to the pulling community:

"My days in the announce booth have come to an end sooner than I would have liked. I have received so many awards and honors over the past four-plus decades, but none of it was achieved by myself. I need to thank the good Lord, my family, promoters, sponsors, entry clerks, co-announcers, PA providers, beloved fans, and everyone from the pulling family who has been there making memories with me all these years."

It's a surprise to no one that memories would be top-of-mind to Mr. Mack. His own spectacularly detailed recollection of happenings, both momentous and minute, from the hundreds of events he observed have long educated and entertained audiences across the NTPA's territory.

His earliest involvement was as a dealership representative in the 1960s, when he was tasked with maintaining the dealer's fleet of entries in dead-weight pulling competitions. After a 1970 accident ended his career as a track official, a chance request by the announcer at his hometown's racetrack to join him in the tower for the facility's first pull resulted in a successful debut. Soon, his measured delivery, impeccable knowledge, and wry wit were in demand as the pulling's popularity spread across the Midwest.

Mr. Mack was a founding member of the Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association, which like its national counterpart was born to formulate the uniform rules that would be critical to the growth, integrity, and safety of the motorsport. He represented his native state on the NTPA's Executive Board for several years in the late 1980s and early '90s, when he served as its secretary and was known for his stating his opinions directly and articulately.

But most fans will know that voice from its presence over the loudspeakers at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah every year from the event's inception in 1976 through his pre-session interviews last season. In 2015, to recognize his impact on Wisconsin's flagship pulling event, Tomah's refurbished announcer's tower was renamed in his honor.

"With Kenny's passing, we have lost one of the true legends of NTPA pulling," began David P. Schreier, CEO of World Pulling International and a personal friend of Mr. Mack for nearly 50 years. "We served together on the Wisconsin Board of Directors and both had the privilege of representing our home state within the national Association.

"I have never met a man more knowledgeable about the history of our sport," Schreier continued, "or a man who represented it better, whether in a boardroom or in an announcer's tower. He held our sport and our organization to the same high standards of professionalism and fairness that he set for himself. I will miss his friendship."

Mr. Mack was inducted into the NTPA's Pulling Hall of Fame at its 2010 Awards Banquet for his decades of dedication to truck and tractor pulling at the state, regional, and national levels. His Hall-of-Fame profile appeared in The Puller Magazine in January 2011; we have provided it here.

Parting thoughts from the conclusion of his letter expressed his fervent hope that "WPI/NTPA will continue to sanction safe, competitive events so that fans everywhere can Hear the Power and Feel the Noise. Happy 50th Anniversary, NTPA."

Godspeed, Kenny.

Joe Whitney, Father of the Ground Force Team, Has Passed

With sadness, we must report the death on Monday, May 6 of Joseph Whitney, 83, of Spencerville, Ohio. Mr. Whitney was the father of David and Mike Whitney and Cameron Aller, all of the St. Marys-based "Ground Force" John Deere 5020 Pro Stock pulling team.

A lifelong farmer, Mr. Whitney and his wife of 46 years, Linda, attended Kossuth Zion Methodist Church. He also was an inventor and a proprietor of businesses including Spencerville Implements, S.I. Distributing, and Holland Grill in western Ohio. His involvement in the life of his community and support for its youth was manifested in service on the Spencerville School and Auglaize County Fair Boards and membership in the Ohio Young Farmers Association.

His leisurely pursuits revolved around his family: watching his sons pull and his kids and grandkids show animals at the fair. He also enjoyed restoring antique tractors in Ohio and at his and Linda's Florida winter home, and he was a member of the Buckeye Antique Tractor Club. Mr. Whitney's complete obituary may be found here, and notes of condolence may be left for the family.

In addition to Linda, David and his wife Bobbi, Mike and his wife Robin, and Cam and his wife Ericka, Mr. Whitney is survived by children Mary (Toby) Strayer, and Brenda (Tim) Jones, 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and siblings Neal (Renee) and Sheryl (Mark) Henschen.

Visitation for Mr. Whitney's family and friends is scheduled for 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 10 at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, 728 East Fourth Street, Spencerville, Ohio 45887 (419.647.4205). His funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Spencerville Trinity United Methodist Church, 119 North Main Street, Spencerville (419.647.4451).

Our thoughts are with the Whitneys in their time of sorrow.

Complete List of 2019 GN Precommitment Competitors

PrecommitmentWorthington, Ohio---Throughout the month of April, the NTPA released, division-by-division, its lists of Grand National competitors who have applied or have been contracted to appear at each of their division's regular-season GN events.

Please note that Precommitment is not a requirement to compete at a Super or Grand National event, earn GN points, or even win an NTPA championship.

Follow the links below to view the up-to-the-minute lists for each GN division.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

2018 GN Super Semi Champion Spotlight

Dean Holicky
Montgomery, Minnesota
"Mother Trucker"
Super Semi

Dean Holicky earned his fourth Grand National title of the past five years. After finishing one point behind Dan Prahl’s “Full Tilt” in 2017, Holicky piloted the “Mother Trucker” Peterbilt back to the top this season.

Dean, a native of Montgomery, Minnesota, attributes his success to “good parts, a good team, key mechanics, and a good wife and family! The Semi is heavy, the parts are heavy, and it requires a lot of bull work. I get a little worried about the truck; it’s getting to be seven years old.”

Holicky started the season with two runner-up finishes in his home state at Hutchinson. He won the first hook in Tomah, Wisconsin to take sole possession of first place. He finished third in the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals’ second Semi appearance. Dean stated, “We started strong. Some of our successes were helped by getting ahead right away.”

“Mother Trucker” swept both hooks at the North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell to run his season total to three. At the Pullsation In Ionia, Michigan, he finished second and third.
Remaining in the Wolverine state, he “almost drove out of bounds” at the Celebration on the Pond in Morley but finished sixth to take a six-point lead into the final two hooks on the schedule. Just as it had in 2017, the title once again would be decided at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green.

Dean’s blue Peterbilt was among the dozen trucks to have completed their passes when the skies opened on Thursday night to bring an early end to the evening. Though the team experienced breakage in the second hook on Saturday afternoon, “Mother Trucker” finished in sixth place to earn another title by eight points over second-place Pat Eilen.

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, and Blake Kolles.

Dean also thanks Riverside Engine, Cyclone Machine, Coop Engines, Profab, Zumbrota Bearing and Gear (ZBAG), Hart’s Diesel, Wimer Fuel Injection and Turbo, Jack and Trudy Kielmeyer, Rob Russell, special helpers at home Eric Gostomzcik and Bernie LaCanne, Bret and Jeannie Berg, the NTPA and its tech officials, the promoters, and the fans.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

Paths to Enderle Pull-Off Berths Revised for Region II Modified Minis

EnderlePullOff 33rdWilmington, Ohio---Though they continue to run for one Region II title, Mini competitors have three berths in the 33rd Enderle for which to contend. Pullers should note that the placement of three events along those paths—New Castle, Pennsylvania; Arcola, Indiana; and Sandusky, Ohio—has changed. 

The Northern Berth A got started last September in Allegan. Its first venue this year is now Arcola, and then the path continues to eight locations in Michigan (Charlotte, Hartford, Adrian, Cassopolis, Mason, Morley, Berrien Springs, and Hudsonville).

Southern Berth B’s circuit will now launch in New Castle, go on to Preble, Indiana, and then proceed eastward into Ohio for its last seven appearances: Wilmington, Springfield, Owensville, Hamilton, Sandusky, Greenville, and Canton.

The path to the At-Large Berth C is the union of these series, extending from Allegan 2018 to Canton.

Region III and its five Wisconsin hooks (Ellsworth, Menomonie, Colby, Weyauwega, and Ridgeland) will determine a fourth regional Enderle qualifier in the Mini division.

 

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

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2018 GN Super Farm Champion Spotlight

Stan Warda
Berrien Springs, Michigan
"Hammerin Hank"
Super Farm

Stan Warda began pulling garden tractors at a young age. In late 2012, Stan, his wife Debby, and his son Matt purchased a rolling chassis and debuted the stunning black International 3688 at a couple of Michigan events. Matt came up with the “Hammerin Hank” name to surprise his grandpa, Henry “Hank” Warda, at their local fair pull. Since Mr. Warda’s passing last year, it is now a way to cherish and honor his memory.

Father and son followed the Wolverine and Region II circuits starting in 2013; back-to-back regional championships came in 2016 and 2017. They “had a lot of fun on the RN level and decided to go GN.”

The team started its drive on a high note: “Hank” came out on top on both Friday and Saturday at GALOT Park to build a permanent lead. They followed their Benson success with a second on Friday night in Rockwell. Matt called Saturday night a highlight: Stan came out on top in a 10-tractor pull-off for his third win. They took two thirds at the Ionia, Michigan Free Fair Pullsation. A five-week break was widened further when the first hook in Bowling Green was rained out. Then, the team endured its worst finish, 14th out of 38, but held a seven-point lead.

Stan and Matt were back in Michigan for the Hudsonville Community Fair the next Tuesday (sixth) and Wednesday (10th). Two days later, Stan piloted “Hammerin Hank” to a third in Wellington to take a 14-point lead to Sandwich. There, “Hank” continued its consistent trend by finishing fourth in both the afternoon and evening sessions to clinch a championship in his first year running the full GN circuit.

Stan commented that “the season went pretty smooth!” Matt added that the biggest challenge was picking the right gear and balance. “It’s nice to go somewhere with a fresh slate. It’s a challenge but a blessing.” Stan concluded this amazing season with his first Enderle victory.

Stan thanks Debby and son, crew chief, and mechanic Matt, as well as his daughter Henley, his daughter Ashley and son-in-law Brian and their children Brock and Brielle for all of their preparation for Louisville in 2018 and for all of their support. Additionally, Stan and Matt thank Jeff Wagner, “neighbor and friend who is a machinist and has helped us tremendously”; Marsh Farms Trucking, as “They showed us the ropes and got us going in the sport and hauled our tractor to every pull in 2013 and 2014”; Mike Gibson, for all of his help and support; Don Barlow, “who has driven the tractor to every pull since Tomah in 2016”; and Corey Kotarba, Matt’s friend and right-hand man at the farm. They also acknowledge Ryan at Salenbien Performance, Carl at Atlas Tractor, Cody McKinley at Corsa Data Acquisition, Adam Evans and family, the NTPA, and the fans.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

2018 GN Modified Championship Spotlight

Doug Lively
State Center, Iowa
"Bank Robber"
Modified

Doug Lively won his third Grand National Modified championship in 2018. “Bank Robber” won back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014. Doug and his wife Nancy “work on this thing tirelessly. She is very good mechanically. We use it as a way to get away from the farm.”

Doug added, “This was definitely the most hard-fought championship. The back two motors were upset all summer. We had a spare on for over half the season.
“The field is really tight, you have to be on your game to get ahead of these guys.”

Doug started the season with a fourth-place finish at the Showdown in Curdtown event in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. He followed that up with a pair of runner-up finishes at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals, once to the 2017 champion Ricky Rose and “Giddy Up” and once to three-time titlist Bret Berg and “Money Maker.”

The next four hooks were all in his home state of Iowa on consecutive weekends. In Rockwell, he parked the “Bank Robber” in fourth in Session One and third in Session Two. The first session of New Hampton’s Kenwood Avenue Nationals was rained out, and Doug finished second on Saturday night to maintain a two-point lead. A week and a half later, he finished fifth in Monroe, Michigan and fell two points behind the winner, Berg, in the process.

The Norwalk, Wisconsin Lions Club event features two hooks in one day. Doug won the afternoon session and finished second to Berg in the evening to take a points lead that he would not relinquish. Modifieds were among the classes lost in Bowling Green’s Friday night rainout, and then Doug pulled “Bank Robber” to victory on Saturday afternoon to build an eight-point lead with just two hooks remaining in DeKalb County.

Doug stated, “Sandwich, Illinois was a struggle. We did not have the right setup for Sandwich.” Still, “Bank Robber” finished sixth in the afternoon and clinched the championship with a fifth place in the nightcap.

Doug would like to acknowledge Alliance Tire, Independent Ag, Cen-Pe-Co, Case IH, and MAC Trailer. He also wanted to thank his wife Nancy, son Tyler, Brad Wycoff, Mark Kinser from Kinser Racing Engines, Brian Knox from Sassy Racing Engines, and Ken Wright (Hawkeye Hustler), who did a lot of chassis work on the tractor this year.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

Pulling Returns to Hagerstown, Maryland Racetrack on July 12-13

Worthington, Ohio---The NTPA and the Washington County Tractor Pullers will present the Hub City Grand Nationals at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Maryland. Scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13, the event will include four GN divisions in each of two sessions beginning at 7 p.m.

Pro Stock Tractors, Two Wheel Drive Trucks, twin-engine Light Unlimiteds, and multi-engine Modifieds will do battle on the historic clay half-mile.

“It’s an awesome feeling to be a part of bringing NTPA pulling back to Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and northern West Virginia,” stated GM Gregg Randall. “Washington County Pullers events appeared regularly on the schedule throughout the mid-1980s, and we’re proud to renew that stop on the national tour.”

HagerstownSpeedwayThe Hub City Nationals will serve as a backyard game for three GN competitors. Hagerstown native Tim Ammons and his “Ultimate Harvester” Case IH Pro Stock have run the premier circuit for the past couple of seasons, while Bryan McDonald of Kennedyville pulled “Suffering Sanity” to a Shell Rotella Cup TWD title in 2016 and finished fourth in the national standings last year. And Harwood’s Keith Wayson and his Light Unlimited “Super Bee” buzzed their way to a championship in their 2015 rookie season and have finished in the top three ever since.

“Super excited to see the NTPA GN-level back in Hagerstown,” Ammons enthused. “It’s been a lot of hard work laying the groundwork through WCTP and sponsors to get this event off. It’s also great to have my class in my hometown. It should be a great two-day event and hopefully an annual event for this area.”

Constructed in 1947, Hagerstown Speedway opens for its 72nd season of competition this spring. Bringing in the NTPA is one facet of the track’s strategy to diversify its competition among several motorsport series.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

Good Luck, Charley! Pelletier to Visit Netherlands, Compete at Made's Powerweekend

IMG 8626 loWorthington, Ohio---Reigning Grand National Pro Stock champion Charles Pelletier is looking for a new challenge.

Relaxing.

Pelletier and his wife Linda have been invited to compete with their “CP Dream II” John Deere at the three-day Powerweekend, a major event on both the European Tractor Pulling Committee and Netherlands Truck and Tractor Pulling Organization schedules.

Located between the towns of Made and Wagenberg in the province of Noord-Brabant, the June 14-16 event is the largest pull on the continent. Over five dozen classes will appear on three tracks.

By accepting, Pelletier, owner of the Concassage Pelletier limestone quarry in St. Armand, Quebec, will forgo a shot at a third consecutive title.

“Being champ back-to-back has brought us some pretty good stuff,” he noted. “We’ve gone all over the U.S. to compete with the best of the best.

“I have so many friends in the States, and they tell me, ‘You take that thing way too seriously.’ Maybe that’s why I have the wins, but it comes with no fun.” Pelletier admitted that chasing a second championship, while rewarding, took its toll. “A lot of travel, a lot of stress.

“I’m trying to have a season just for me and Linda. Not take care of points or the championship, just have fun.”

In addition to his immediate family, honored guests in the traveling party will be Pierre and Patrice Beaudry of “Crazy Canuck” Super Stock fame. The father-and-son team initiated Pelletier to the world of professional pulling and built his first Pro Stock, the “CP Dream I” 6030.

It’s Charley’s first time pulling in Europe but not his first time watching. He accompanied the GALOT Team when they competed at the European Superpull in 2017.
“Those people take their tractor pulling very seriously,” Pelletier recalled. “Each tractor has its own music; they have cheerleaders. Tractors are displayed on carpet. They make that show very professional.”

 MG 0219 loThough “CP Dream II” is too heavy to officially compete according to continental Pro Stock rules, it will have rivals. Two Dutch pullers—Barend Huijbregts and the “Rocky” International and William DeVos and the “Extreme Temptation” Case IH—have agreed to run in Made at 10,000 lbs. Both Huijbregts and DeVos competed stateside at the National Farm Machinery Show in 2018.

Leisure opportunities abound. “I have 50 invitations” from fellow pullers, and the organizers “furnished me a car with fuel, so I can drive everywhere.” In keeping with the low-pressure theme, he’s not committed to much beyond Powerweekend.

“After Made, I will decide whether to continue pulling [in Europe] or not.” He anticipates getting to a few stateside events, particularly Bowling Green and Canton. “I promised my friends the Schmuckers I’d make it.”

Once his tractor has returned to Quebec, however, Pelletier plans to make a quick trip to St. Hyacinthe in late July to pull in front of a raucous, home-province crowd.

“They invited me to stop by just after Holland. Folks from Canada haven’t seen their ‘CP-2’ for so many years, and [now] he is a Grand National champ.”

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

410-ci Super Stock Four Wheel Drive Class Added to New Castle Event

1G
Worthington, Ohio---Thanks to a sponsorship arrangement with Martin Contracting & Design of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, the Lawrence County Father's Day Nationals have added a Region II class of Super Stock Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks to its Saturday, June 15 slate. Already scheduled to appear at the NTPA's new Pro National event are Grand National Two Wheel Drives and Region II Modified Minis and Eastern Subregional Light Pro Stocks.
 
The event to be held at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in New Castle, Pennsylvania brings to three the number of scheduled 2019 appearances of the SS-4x4 class, which runs with a 410-cubic inch engine displacement limit within the region. The significance of the third hook---complementing Session One of Canton, Ohio's Stark County Fair Pull on Friday, August 30 and Old Washington, Ohio's Guernsey County Fair Pull on Monday, September 9---is that the division will crown a champion this season.
 
"We thank New Castle and Martin Contracting for stepping forward to help this new class take hold in Region II," began Gregg Randall, NTPA Office GM. "The prospect of a new truck division intrigued quite a few of our promoters in eastern Ohio, and it's great that Canton and Old Washington were early adopters. We hope that others will give this competitive, high-RPM class a second look in the seasons to come."

Martin Contracting & Design is owned by Ryan Martin, who is a 410 class competitor himself with “The Gunslinger.” Ryan and his brother Tyler, owner of “The Outlaw,” have campaigned their Super Stock Fords across western PA for several seasons. Tyler's company, Martin's Signs & Graphics, will produce the oversized trophy checks to be awarded to Father's Day Nationals winners.

In a letter announcing the expansion, Lawrence County Fair representative Phil Kelley expressed gratitude to the Martins and the NTPA in rapidly coming to the agreement. "Expedient communication with NTPA assisted in making this process move forward progressively, and the negotiation has led to a cost-effective situation that will end up being a valuable asset to all parties involved," wrote Kelley.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

2018 GN Unlimited Championship Spotlight

Chuck Knapp
Charles City, Iowa
"Screamin' D"
Unlimited

Chuck Knapp made history in 2018 by winning his fourth consecutive title in the Unlimited division. The Iowa native won seven times in 17 hooks with “Screamin’ D” and never finished outside the top five. Chuck’s son and crew chief Kyloe stated, “Winning four in a row is definitely an accomplishment. We are in the company of the Banter Brothers and Bill Voreis with the streak we have going. To be mentioned with those names is cool!”

“It’s a job,” Kyloe continued. “We get home from a pull, work in the shop all week, get in the hauler, and go to the next pull. It’s pretty much what I do all summer.” Chuck added, “The challenge of going for number five is what keeps our drive going!”

The season started strong with a runner-up finish in the first session in Benson. Chuck earned the victory in Session Two but broke a gearbox. This victory provided a points lead they would maintain.

Knapp won on Friday night in Hutchinson, Minnesota but experienced a fire on the tractor. They were able to get “back on the track, but the tractor was kind of cobbled together.” This did not hinder the performance as Chuck won again to sweep the event. He then finished second and third the next weekend in Tomah, Wisconsin.

In his home state, at the North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell, he won one session and finished second in the second hook. They experienced another fire during that hook that was just about as devastating. Chuck finished second on Friday night and third on Saturday night at the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill.

He earned his fifth win of the year on Friday night in Fort Recovery and finished third there on Saturday. Knapp finished second in the first session of Langford’s Northeast Nationals, and on Sunday he won for the sixth time this season. After Bowling Green’s Thursday night was wiped out, he finished second on Saturday night to take a 24-point advantage into the final three events.

Three nights later, Greenville rained out; three nights after that, “D” finished fifth in Wellington. Chuck won the final points hook in Canfield to complete this championship run with a 28-point margin over Adam Bauer’s “Cross Threaded.” He added another victory at the Enderle.

Chuck thanks his wife Dee, Kyloe---especially for tuning the engines---and his daughter-in-law Renee and grandson Granger, and his father Carl, one of his biggest fans since he began pulling. He would also like to acknowledge R&J Performance, Ken Veney, DMPE, Sassy Racing Engines, SCS Gearbox, Gorr Fuel Systems, K3 Tire, Zumbrota Bearing and Gear, DeKalb, Syngenta, and Cen-Pe-Co.

Contact Info

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


PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964