Wells-Strickland "GALOT II" Claims Fourth Consecutive SSO Crown

John Strickland and Earl Wells (Clinton, North Carolina)

"Get a Load of That II"

2019 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Open Champions

In a short schedule, small moments are magnified, and the importance of every hook is amplified. So when the Opens were to appear only a half dozen times in 2019 (a number rain-shortened by one at Benson), members of the GALOT Motorsports Team including owner Earl Wells, driver John Strickland, and crew chief/driver Brent Payne knew they could afford no missteps. They achieved the perfection they sought, as combined the champion "Get a Load of That II" and runner-up "Get a Load of That" (-1) claimed every point a two-tractor squad could---295, to be precise---and finished with the GN title, the Shell Rotella Cup, the Tomah weekend championship (all Strickland), and the Bowling Green ring (Payne). Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet" (-11, two top fives), Sid Broughton's "Desperado" (-14), and Eilene Kale and Scott Jerew's "Ride the Lightning" (-26) finished third through fifth.

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.

Dan Harber, Former FWD Competitor, Has Passed

Our office received word of the passing on Tuesday, October 1 of Dan Harber, 65, of Columbia City, Indiana. Mr. Harber drove the "Mind Boggler" and "Mind Boggler II" Chevrolets in National, Hoosier State, and Wolverine Tractor Pullers Association Four Wheel Drive competition from 1985 to 1992. After earning third in Region II points in his rookie year, he finished fourth in Region I points in 1990 and seventh in Pro National standings in his final season of driving.

A 42-year employee at B.F. Goodrich's Woodburn plant ,Mr. Harber enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in their athletic endeavors. He was victorious in Session Two of the 1990 Purdue Boilermaker Pull in West Lafayette, Indiana, having posted the class' lone full pull. The win came at the end of his first year with the brand new "Mind Boggler II." After a fire ended his pulling career two years later, Mr. Harber continued to attend the Arcola National Pull every summer.

Surviving are Mr. Harber's wife Barbara (Roesener); children Tracy (Erik) Stebbins and Andrew (Rebecca) Harber; grandchildren Brady, Amelia, Lorenzo, Ivy, and Charlotte; and siblings Laura Juricak, Doug (Janel) Harber, Dale (Danielle) Harber, and Donald (Julie) Harber.

We extend our condolences to Mr. Harber's family and friends on their loss.

Back for More: Davis and "Punisher" Win Second FWD Title in Three Years

Peyton Davis (Tappahannock, Virginia)

"Punisher"

2019 NTPA Grand National Four Wheel Drive Champion

With four wins, eight top-fives, and an average finish of 3.9, Peyton Davis built an insurmountable lead en route to the 2019 Grand National championship. Throughout, he had his brother at his side---and frequently, on the stage next to him. Having competed in Region IV for several seasons with "The Legend," John T. piloted the newest Davis Motorsports vehicle, "Young Gun" (-3) to a pair of one-two finishes behind Peyton and the first two GN wins of his own. An early sixth and fourth combined with Carmen Foster's victories in Benson and Tomah with "Foster Child" (fourth, -25) briefly knocked Peyton's old faithful "Punisher" out of the lead, but Davis took charge on Saturday in Wisconsin and led the rest of the way. The Holman Brothers' "4 Play" (-17) won twice in the season's second half to overtake Foster, while 2018 champion Ben Ellis' "Benjammin" (-30) won once more in Wauseon to make it three Virginians among the top five.

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.

Ross Family Pulling's "Triple Bypass" Earns Third SSD Championship in Four Seasons

Jody, Colin, and Lily Ross (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania)

"Triple Bypass"

2019 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel Champions

Flash a "three" for RFP. That's "three" as in chargers for the "Triple Bypass" McCormick. "Three" as in a third Grand National championship for the team from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. And "three" as in drivers over the course of the 2019 season, which welcomed Lily into the fraternity of Super Stock Diesel competition in Fort Recovery and for two late-season events in Napoleon and Sandwich. We might note that Jody's daughter/Colin's sister put up a 3-0 record in those Ohio and Illinois outings. But that performance was par for "Bypass," which posted 10 wins in 16 outings---including seven straight to open the campaign--- and finished out of the top three precisely twice all year. Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" (-19.5) opened the year with a victory at Cloverdale and diligently chased. But despite 10 top-threes of his own, Payne lost points to the leader in all but three appearances. Esdon Lehn return to the complete GN slate with "Diggin' Fever" (-33.5), and "Red Line Fever" (-110.5) missed only Rockwell in what was a carnage-filled year for the contenders. Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" (-153.5) missed Tomah and Hutchinson completely but returned to action in Iowa and steadily marched its way to fifth.

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.

Annual Convention/Banquet Returns to Marriott Columbus Northwest; Meeting Schedule, Awards Ceremony Streamlined

Banquet Logo Square 2019Worthington, Ohio---It’ll be a mix of familiar and fresh at the 49th NTPA Convention and Awards Banquet.

Longtime attendees will know the venue, as the highly anticipated event has moved back to the Marriott Columbus Northwest in Dublin, Ohio, just south of the intersection of the Interstate 270 outerbelt and U.S. 33. The hotel is easily accessible from Tuttle Crossing Boulevard, which also borders the eponymous shopping mall and several shops and restaurants.

Aside from last year’s transplant to the north side of the capital city’s metro area, the Marriott has been the home of the year-end celebration for over a decade. Attendees who have been away from the festivities for a few years will return to find a comprehensively remodeled facility. (Renovations were in their final stages at the time of the 2017 banquet.)

Those accustomed to the annual routine had better regularly consult their pamphlets, though, as they’ll find changes both minor and major.

“We’ve done a complete re-thinking of the program for this year,” began Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager. “We know the facility so well and are comfortable with the folks at the Marriott and their eagerness to accommodate us. So the WPI office staff and I believed this was the time to take a shot at streamlining both the schedule and the awards ceremony.

“Moreover,” Randall continued, “the NTPA Executive Board’s decision to migrate the membership’s Annual Meeting to Enderle weekend—acclaimed by all as a complete success, by the way—freed up some hours on Friday. That got the ball rolling, and we took it from there.”

To take advantage of that reservoir of time, the Entry Clerk (1 p.m.) and Tech Official (2:15 p.m.) Schools no longer overlap. This adjustment encourages members of each group to attend the others’ school, which should lead to a better understanding and appreciation by all of the vital work with which the Association’s field personnel are tasked.

A glance at Saturday’s lineup reveals the consolidation of the former Promoters’ Workshop and Competitors’ Seminar into one pre-banquet presentation. Now christened the “2020 NTPA Championship Pulling Seminar” (10 a.m.), the wide-ranging, two-hour workshop will highlight projects, plans, and programs that include everything from the new-in-2019 online ticketing service to pre-show track preparation.

The common thread that connects the topics: What factors lead to the success of Association events as viewed from the perspectives of their stakeholders: promoters, competitors, and spectators. Hence, members of all of these groups are invited to attend and discover what makes NTPA pulling tick.

Early arrivers are also welcome to sit in on the National Programs Meeting at which the tentative 2020 schedule will be revealed. In fact, for $15, you can reserve a plate for the NTPA Appreciation Breakfast; that meal is served from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Then, on Saturday night, $50 buys a ticket to the scrumptious banquet and subsequent Awards Program; the proceedings of which will also be reorganized.

“While by no means finalized,” Randall offered, “the sequence we have in mind will quicken the pace while still giving all of the champions, top finishers, and special award winners in attendance their due.”

“We sincerely hope the changes lead to both more efficiency in the delivery of critical information throughout the weekend and increased enjoyment by our banquet guests.”

Contact the NTPA office at 614.436.1761 with questions or to purchase tickets. And watch this space as well as the November issue of The Puller for further announcements as warranted.

 Hotel offering your special group rate of $123 USD per night: Book your room for the banquet here

Last Day to Book: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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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.

WPI/NTPA/K&K Higher-Ed Scholarship Deadline Is November 18

ScholarshipFPSS 19Scholarship essay deadline is November 18, 2019

Three higher education scholarships are open to high school seniors and college students in good standing who are immediate family of NTPA members or affiliates (e.g. competitors, crew, officials, entry, promoters, and associate members).

Sponsored by World Pulling International and K&K Insurance, the $1,000 scholarships will be presented at the NTPA Awards Banquet. Winners need not be present to accept.

Essay topic:“In today’s society, so many are struggling with negativity and disruption. How would you encourage someone to do something positive with their life?”

We hope you might be called to action by that thought-provoking question. But a well-considered answer in written form could be particularly rewarding to three members of the greater NTPA community.

2019 Scholarship Application Download

Five-and-Dime: Nichols' "On the Edge" Ends Decade-Long Petro TWD Streak

Russ Nichols (Lore City, Ohio)

"On the Edge"

2019 NTPA Grand National Two Wheel Drive Champion

"A dream season." That's how competitor Bryan McDonald described the 2019 of Russ Nichols, whose "On the Edge" Ford had seven top-fives in 10 appearances and finished nine points up on good friend McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" when the penny dropped in Bowling Green. After winning the opener in Benson, Nichols trailed McDonald after only Tomah and the first hook in Hagerstown but regained the lead with a second in "Hub City" and a first in Ionia. A third victory in Brandenburg pushed his lead to nine, but McDonald trimmed it to just two on Thursday night in BG before giving those points back on Saturday afternoon. "Sanity" claimed the Shell Rotella Cup, while defending and five-time champion Randy Petro's "Kathy's Komplaint" (-13) won the final hook to score Petro Motorsports' lone GN victory of the season. Roger Simon's "Simon Sez Chevy" (-27) and Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" (-38) completed the top five.

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.

Just What the "Doctor" Ordered: Silsby Completes Comeback in Sandwich Doubleheader

Jon Silsby (Vicksburg, Michigan)

"Crop Doctor"

2019 NTPA Grand National Super Farm Champion

Jon Silsby loaded up for the season's final Saturday in Sandwich knowing exactly what he needed to accomplish. His "Crop Doctor" was two points behind Brady Ferris' "Absolutely Nuts" in what had become a titanic two-tractor tussle for the 2019 title. Each of the two contenders had three wins, with Silsby's coming via a Rockwell sweep and a Session Four triumph in Bowling Green and Ferris' arriving just before and after the Iowa trip (Hoopeston, Ionia, Brandenburg). Both had late-class draws for the first session of Tractor Day, and "Doctor" scored a second to Ferris' fifth to even the score and set up a winner-take-all for the DeKalb County Fair finale. There, Silsby pulled early, was passed only by Ryan Anderson's "Checkin' Out" (third, -16), and waited through eight more hooks before "Absolutely" came up a heartbreaking sixth, scarcely 10.5" behind the championship-clinching run. Among other finishers besides Anderson's fine freshman-year effort, veteran Chris Weidinger surged to fourth with "Black Power" (-19) on the strength of two seconds, two thirds, and two fourths, and the Ferris family's flagship "Assorted Nuts" (-28) finished fifth.

"Wicked" Awesome: Theobald Claims Family's First Grand National Title in Rookie Light Unlimited Campaign

Doug Theobald (Shelbyville, Indiana)

"Full-Blown Wicked"

2019 NTPA Grand National Light Unlimited Champion

It was right the first night. When Doug Theobald fired the brand new "Full-Blown Wicked" in Benson for its inaugural pass in Grand National competition, he knew had a championship-caliber machine. He demonstrated as much by defeating veteran R.J. Simon and "Simon Sez Show No Mercy" (fifth, -56) in a pull-off there and by pushing 2015 champion Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" (-3) to a second round weeks later in Tomah. Though "Wicked" ceded the lead to "Bee" on two brief occasions, Theobald held the top spot after six of the season's nine hooks and was never down by more than a couple points. The first-ever Bowling Green victory for Shelbyville's famed pulling family effectively clinched the title on Thursday night, but Wayson came back on Friday to earn top honors in the Shell Rotella Cup miniseries. Doug's fellow freshman Jason Gibson's "Young Blood Jokers Wild" (-27) ended the season with fourths in two Illinois outings among four top fives overall, while three-time titlist Brandon Simon's "Simon Sez" (-43) had a win on Hagerstown's tough track.

Kellogg, "Trump" Become Third Champion in SSD 4x4s' First Three Grand National Seasons

Shane Kellogg (Kenton, Ohio)

"Trump"

2019 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel 4x4 Champion

From Tomah through Bowling Green, "Trump" was dealing it. The winner of both Super Nationals' weekend championships, Shane Kellogg had his best season since he captured his fourth Region II title in 2015. For the previous three crowns, Kellogg's ride was called "Gotta Have It," and that perfectly summarizes the urgency with which he approached the just-completed campaign. Three wins, three seconds, and three thirds kept "Trump" ahead of the pack from June's third Friday to September's first Thursday. Todd Dugan's "Angry Farmer Products" (-12), the rebadged reigning champion truck of Carl Atley, didn't miss a beat under the stewardship of its new owner in posting 10 top-fives (five with Atley, five with Dugan), while Van Haisley's "Rock Hard Ram" (-23) matched Kellogg in wins including the last one of the regular season. Shane Wurm's "Boost" (-37) had a fine freshman year in the division after upgrading from Pro Stock, and Don Bowling's' "Pulling for the Cure" (-38) posted a pair of blue ribbons to complement the pink.

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.

Bomb Squad: "Detonator Black" Achieves First GN Title as Spiegelbergs Finish One-Two

Adam Spiegelberg (Weyauwega, Wisconsin)
"Detonator Black"

He got close last year. Close enough to put a seven-time champion on notice heading for Bowling Green. Close enough to earn his peers' expressions of respect in both his division's Puller of the Year and the overall GN Rookie Awards. But while, as the saying goes, close counts in hand grenades, Adam Spiegelberg wouldn't miss his mark in 2019. His "Detonator Black" Case IH finished no lower than second over the nine hooks that followed Tomah's Session One and racked up two wins---one split and one outright---to go 16 points up on brother and first-year GN teammate Jordan's "Detonator Red." The championship chances of Jason Hootman's four-win Ford "Commander" (-19) were vaporized by a costly Tomah scratch that he could never quite overcome. Meanwhile, Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" spent most of the season finishing fourth through sixth, and 2013 champ Marcus Wettleson and "Gunpowder & Lead" (-33) rallied from a deep hole after the first weekend to salvage a fifth and qualify for the Enderle Pull-Off.

Check out his interview before the Enderle Pull-Off about the season.

 

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.

Father of SEMI Competitor Ted Ellis Has Passed; Update: Funeral Info

We regret to inform you of the passing on Wednesday, September 11 of Jim Ellis, 63, of Busti, New York as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Mr. Ellis was the father of Ted Ellis of Jamestown, New York, who was a longtime crewmember and driver for the 2008-2011 GN champion "Buckeye Bulldog" owned by J.R. and Linda Collins.

In addition to Ted, the elder Mr. Ellis is survived by his wife Pamela, brother David, sisters Linda (Dan) Anderson and Kay (Brian) Nelson, father Robert, son Tad (Bobbie Jo), grandchildren Ileana Grace Ellis and Clayton David Ellis, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Ellis' complete obituary may be found here.

There will be a memorial parade of semis, fire trucks, and motorcycles from Mr. Ellis' business, Busti Lime Service, to the Busti Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, September 21 at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Ellis was a volunteer fireman for 17 years.

Following the parade, a Masonic Lodge funeral service and a fire department memorial service will precede a Celebration of Life at the Busti Fire Hall, 886 Mill Road, Jamestown.

Words of condolence may be left with Lind Funeral Home of Jamestown. (LindFuneralHome.com), and memorial contributions may be made to the Busti Fire Department, to Busti Federated Church, 875 Mill Road, or to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, all in Jamestown, New York 14701.

The NTPA office extends its deepest sympathy to Ted and his family on their loss.

Road to the Enderle 2019: Week 16 GN Traffic Report (Final)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Wauseon moved the Grand National championship and Enderle Pull-Off invitation rosters forward, as Four Wheel Drives and Modified Minis reached the ends of their respective lines. Meanwhile, Canton's two-night Stark County Fair Pull provided the latest twist to a crazy season in Pro Stock. That division plus Super Stock Diesel, Super Farm, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, and Modified will see their winners crowned and their invitations stamped in Sandwich this Thursday and Saturday. Update: It's a done deal for "Trump" as of Thursday night in DeKalb County. Upperdate: At midafternoon in DeKalb County, there are still title and Enderle races to decide.

Don't miss the climactic Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14. (RN Report.) Buy your tickets online now and save!

GN Light Super Stock
Reigning Rookie and Puller of the Year Adam Spiegelberg completed his title run on four wheels with  "Detonator Black." We note that seemingly insignificant fact because his crew and fellow pullers aided in making repairs to his Case IH's left spindle assembly after his pre-restart pass sent his wheel wobbling away. Spiegelberg's second and his brother Jordan's third on "Detonator Red" (-16) earned them the top two invitations, but Jason Hootman's victory with "The Commander" (-19)---its fourth of the 10-hook season---freshed everyone's memory of who's been there and won it before. Kyle Karlen completed his steady season on "Bad Blood" (-32) with a characteristic fourth, while Marcus Wettleson brought his "Gunpowder & Lead" (-33) all the way back to an Enderle berth after leaving Tomah buried in 10th. Update: Bad news for Marcus, as he has discovered an issue that will keep him from running. Zach Linville will get the call with "Ridge Runner."

GN Super Stock Diesel
We've said it before: Why build a lead if you don't use it? The Ross Family started to do just that on Saturday afternoon in Sandwich, as a midtrack stoppage over 70' back of the winner left Colin and "Triple Bypass" in ninth and trimmed four points off its standings lead. But . But when evening rolled around, "Bypass" and Lily were ready to clinch their championship in style and did so with her third victory against, to date, zero defeats. Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" locked up its runner-up status in the division with a fifth and a third, whilst Esdon Lehn's "Diggin' Fever" and "Red Line Fever" maintained the consistent performances (third, fifth; fourth, sixth) that put them into the all-star game. Once "Lock-N-Load" was entered and "High Tech Red Neck" had scratched, the 'til-then tight tilt for that final berth was settled.

GN Super Stock Open
"GALOT II" (John Strickland) won its fourth straight title in BG, but team tractor "Get a Load of That," piloted by crew chief Brent Payne, earned the ring honors. Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet," Sid Broughton's "Desperado," and the Kale/Jerew "Ride the Lightning" are your other Enderle qualifiers. The NTPA office received word that "Lightning" has been grounded, and so the Linvilles' "Ridge Runner," which competed for SSO points at Tomah, has been invited.

GN Super Farm
Jon Silby and his "Crop Doctor" have their graduate degree in comebacks. Down two points to Brady Ferris' "Absolutely Nuts" to start the afternoon, Silsby drew even by taking second while Ferris got fifth. Then in the evening session, the "Doctor" matriculated its way down the track to a 323.260' on the class' second hook. Eight tractors later, it was up to "Absolutely" to decide it positively, and while Ferris made a fine run, his 322.385' fell 10.5"---and, astoundingly, three point positions---shy of Silsby's second second place of the day. Ryan Anderson's "Checkin' Out" was the night class' winner and claimed third on the year, overtaking Chris Weidinger and "Black Power" in the process. And Brook Ferris hung on for dear life to the final Enderle berth, as "Assorted Nuts" finished last and lost six points to the fifth-place finisher "Deere Traxx" but still made it into the show by a lone marker.

GN Pro Stock
Darrin Hunt went to Ohio on a mission that he completed in central Illinois. A string of mediocre performances from Kentucky through Illinois and into Ohio in a division that demands near-perfection on a nightly basis had left his once-leading "D2 Pro Stock Edition" looking up from fourth place. But Hunt held serve through the massive classes in Bowling Green and then knocked off the hometown powers in Stark County to retake the lead entering the Sandwich Fair. After Saturday afternoon, he had more than doubled his lead over his closest competitors, Mike Conny's "MAC Nasty," Mike's daughter Julia Ray's "MAC Daddy," and Jason Svonavec's "Bootlegger" But any one of the trio remained within striking distance given the strong contingent of GN vehicles on the grounds. No matter: Hunt  took the second hook of the evening session to 339'---4' better than closest challenger Ray---and made further calculations unnecessary. Tim Cain's "Red Gambler" will be the fifth qualifier by outlasting fellow pullin' dad Kevin Schmucker.

GN Two Wheel Drive
It's over, and the "dream season" of Russ Nichols is complete. His "On the Edge" turned in a masterful three-win, seven top-five season to hold off Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" and unseat the defending and five-time champion Randy Petro and "Kathy's Komplaint." As fate would have it, Nichols, who has a gift for drawing low numbers in BG, had the Saturday test hook. He wisely kept it and watched McDonald fall short just two trucks later and Petro drive past far enough on the pass after that for the win but not enough to collect the points necessary to overcome the deficit. Roger Simon's "Simon Sez Chevy" and Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" completed the top five. Every one of them has at least one GN win to its credit, and for the first time in a decade, every one will arrive in a different hauler. Update: Craig Corzine will drive for Mr. Simon.

GN Four Wheel Drive
A conservative run got Peyton Davis and "Punisher" just enough on Friday in Wauseon to clinch their second title in three years. This time, it came over the pistol-hot "Young Gun" of brother John T., who closed the gap from 11 to three. The Holmans' "4 Play" is assured of its 32nd Enderle Pull-Off invitation, and last year's second- and first-place championship finishers, Carmen Foster's "Foster Child" and Ben Ellis' "Benjammin," complete the list of qualifiers after they finished third and first in Fulton County.

GN Super Stock Diesel 4x4
"Trump" closed the deal: By virtue of a second-place finish on the infield track in Sandwich, Shane Kellogg captured his first Grand National title. Kellogg finished the season with the most wins (three) among 11 top-fives in 12 competitive appearances and both the Tomah and Bowling Green weekend championships. Todd Dugan took over for Carl Atley at midseason and piloted the former "Lethal Weapon," rebranded as "Angry Farmer Products," to second, while Van Haisley's "Rock Hard Ram" tightened the race a tick by outrunning the Trump Train on Thursday night. Shane Wurm's "Boost" and Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" are also Enderle-bound.

GN Super Semi
Congratulations, Dean Holicky, who clinched with a win in Hudsonville. Your five qualifiers are Holicky's "Mother Trucker," Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class" (-5), Ryan DeBroux's "Playin' with Fire" (-24.5), Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare" (-63.5), and Jack Kielmeyer's "Jacked Up" (-104).

GN Modified Mini
Ken Veney won his third championship in a Modified division with "Funny Lil' Farmall;" Veney, a four-time class winner this season, had previously won 7,500-lb. and Unlimited titles in 2008 and 2012. That ties him with second-place Joe Eder, whose "Polar Air" Mini is the stablemate of the UNL version that got him his third NTPA title. Still seeking a championship but getting a heck of a head start on 2020 are Chase Richardson and the "Vibrator"; they picked up their third win in their last five outings. Adam Koester's "Walk the Line" and "Beast of Burden" are also in the show with eight and six top-fives, respectively.

GN Light Unlimited
Doug Theobald, Grand National Champion. The first title for the storied pulling family came in Doug's first year of competition, when by his own admission early in the season, "Everything we did went right." "Full-Blown Wicked" ended up with three victories in its rookie campaign and will be a favorite to add a fourth in Champaign County. Meanwhile, Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" had two wins of its own amid six top threes, and Jason Gibson's "Young Blood Jokers Wild" will also be in Urbana after its first season included four top fives. The Farley, Iowans will be represented as well with their "Simon Sez" and "Show No Mercy" entries, which landed fourth and fifth. Update: The Simons have had to decline their berths, and that has made room for Steve Bollinger and "Money Pit Screwed Up." and Ashley Corzine and "Second-Degree Burn."

GN Modified
Bret Berg's "Money Maker" had empty pockets after a disheartening DQ in the evening session. But a quick run of the numbers showed that he would retain his point lead no matter what the evening brought. So Berg let it all hang out in that night session and claimed his fifth win of 2019 to establish his final margin at eight over Jeff Rose's "Giddy Up." Rose's ride was wounded after his brilliant afternoon performance spawned his first outright Grand National win and could manage only a bump late. Bill Douglas Jr.'s "Spook Gone Wild" broke an incoming tie with teammate Bob Jostock's "Wild Child" to earn third-place honors, while Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" retained its Enderle invitation.

GN Unlimited
1997 and 2003 GN Modified champion Joe Eder clinched his first Unlimited title with a win in Lorain County aboard "Polar Air." Eder finished his sterling season by visiting the winners circle for the seventh time in 13 competitive appearances and using his four-engine bulldozer to pile up a 21-point margin over season and event runner-up Wayne Purser and "Uncle Sam." Four-time champ Chuck Knapp and "Screamin' D" (-25) took a mid-pack fifth on the final night of the regular season but will have the most Urbana experience and victories among the division's Enderle qualifiers. Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (-92) will do double duty on the twin tracks after qualifying fourth, and Kevin Criswell's "Blown Centless" (-131) overtook Adam Bauer's absent "Cross Threaded" for the fifth transfer spot.

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.

Road to the Enderle 2019: Week 16 RN Traffic Report (Final)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---We're through counting down the hooks and counting up the qualifiers. But don't miss out on the main event: The 33rd Kent & Joan Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14 in Urbana, Ohio. Tickets are now on sale at ShopNTPA.com/tickets. (Latest GN Report)

RN Light Super Stock

  1. The two-hook series has ended, and Ryan Battrell piloted Jason Irvin's "Drunkin' Punkin'" to a sixth place in Lynn to win a tiebreaker over Jerry Yantes' "Spirit of Oliver."
  2. Alan Norby and "Red Thunder" finished off the race for the top berth with a third in Ridgeland on Labor Day Sunday. After sweeping Tomah earlier this year in GN action, the Mondovi Mafia will be looking for yet another hit at the Enderle.
  3. But they'll have another one of their Region III countrymen with whom to contend: Shipshewana winner Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" took the runner-up berth.

RN Heavy Super Stock

  1. A win in the NTPA's first appearance in Richwood was the clincher for Barry Eliker and his "Buckeye Bandit," which became the first alcohol-fueled Super to win Region II since Ed Johnson in 2014. It also became the first industrial yellow John Deere to win since...wait, it'll come to me..
  2. Robert Gansemer's "Ruttin' Deere" took second in Norwalk to hold off the Rachners to qualify for his sixth Enderle but first since 2012. Update: Gansemer has declined, and so Chris Rachner and the "Long-Haul Harvester" will represent their home region after their rookie campaign.
  3. By virtue of two perfect scores last October in Raleigh, Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" is already the invitee.
  4. Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" are in for a second appearance (also LSS) by virtue of a 59-point performance across Region V's two hooks.

RN Super Farm

  1. Findlay's finale was washed away by all-day storms, and that closed the book on the Capozzos' second straight qualifying season with "Cruel Intentions." After a slow start, the brothers finished with three wins, but all in Michigan. They'll be looking for a victory a little further south on September 14.
  2. It was a breakthrough season for the Caseys and their "Whoopie Maker," which made the Enderle on the strength of their first two national wins in Onaway and Hudsonville.
  3. Rod Deck took third in Ridgeland with "Dream On" to clinch his second regional title this season and third in the past two years.
  4. Chris Hales' "Outlaw" came back from a point down after 2018 Raleigh to top Daniel McDonald's "Bad Boy" in Benson for the Southeastern berth.
  5. Mike Wegner ended the season on the highest possible notes: Wins in Menomonie and Ridgeland have given his "Power Up," the Region III/V at-large qualifier, the greatest momentum heading to its biggest stage.

RN Light Pro Stock

  1. Tom Shafer's "Boss" has clinched its second-ever Enderle appearance. Only trouble is, Shafer is winless in his last five Eastern hooks. Maybe he's saving his setup for Urbana a second time, the site of his last victory. (He remembers we pull the opposite way from the fair, right?)
  2. Wes Spencer's "Bush Wacker" closed it out with a second and a sixth in Roanoke and Lynn. His six wins in the region made the final margin 36.5 points.
  3. Kevin Banion will get to pull in his hometown after traveling the world (well, OK, a good chunk of Ohio and Indiana) with "Forgiven" to win the Region II at-large berth.
  4. In its fourth season of regional national existence, the Light Pros have their fourth different champion. The Dorwins' "Young Bucks Reloaded" was never out of the top two in five appearances and will be the first Deere to represent its territory.
  5. Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" stayed smokin' hot from the State Fair to GALOT Park in winning the Region IV berth by five.

RN Limited Pro Stock

  1. After Travis Wisel's third and Garrett Boldry's fifth in Roanoke drew the leaders even once more, Wisel's "Irrational Behavior" sealed the deal with a win in Lynn.
  2. Roger Scalzo hung on late in Ridgeland with a sixth-place finish that was enough to edge the Ploetzes' "Big One" for Region III supremacy. Scalzo's "Bad to the Bone" thus takes the top berth from the region. Read on to see how the remaining Midwestern invitees were decided.
  3. It was Kent Enderle's unwavering philosophy to reward the competitors that run the most events. Hence, when Jeremy and Jarod Ploetz's "Big One" clinched both the Region III runner-up (in a tiebreaker over Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester," 4-2 on wins) and Region V champion slots, it necessitated an at-large that combined the two regions' points.
  4. When the two regions are combined, it is Bill Figanbaum's "Instigator" that accumulated the greatest number of points---407---among those who had not already qualified for the Pull-off.

RN Two Wheel Drive

  1. In Old Washington. the Shephards and their "Alcohol Addiction Retapped" gained a point on Tom Eisman for the Eastern championship that will be settled next week in West Salem. But Eisman's still all smiles, because when Shephard also topped Brent Secrest to claim the Eastern invitation, it sent him to the Enderle as well. (Honorable mention to the Secrests and many friends for getting him to the Guernsey County track with a chance.)
  2. Brian Grifka's "Apple Pie Express" is the 2019 Western champion, having led the season from Arcola to Roanoke and lots of places chronologically, if not geographically, in-between. It'll be the first trip for the driver, but the ol' Studebaker might remember the way: When it was Ron Hoffman's "49'R," it made it to the Fort back in '05 and won it in Urbana with Bob Hoffman in '06.
  3. The Shephards had earlier clinched the top point position for the Region II at-large, and so we advanced the earner of the second-greatest number of points, Tom Eisman's "Whipper Snapper II."
  4. The race tightened by a couple points, but in the end, Dustin Amundson's "Bottoms Up" had it sewn up entering DeKalb County. Amundson will be making his third straight trip to Urbana during a three-year span that includes four regional titles.
  5. They did it: Jason Sullivan and Lavern Kelchen are your Region V representatives. Their "Cornburner" Dodge picked up third in a six-truck pull-off in Waverly to cap an impressive rookie campaign with top-threes in all four Iowa appearances.

RN Four Wheel Drive

  1. As promised, it shook out in Lynn Saturday. Jake Zaring's "Fatheadz Eyewear" clinched the top berth and qualified for the Pull-Off by, well, qualifying for the pull-off at Lions Park.
  2. Ike Zaring's fourth-place finish with "Bucket List" made him the region's second qualifier over both team truck "Rule #19" and Ron Newell's 'Temporary Insanity" (both -1 for the berth). The result? A father-son-father-son battle at the Enderle.
  3. After being the top point-earner to close out the Region III season in Sandwich, M.O. has mo-mentum. Michael O'Connor's "Nasty Boys" was never out of the top five in six competitive appearances and earned O'Connor his first Enderle invitation since 1996.
  4. When a series is contracted to two hooks, ties are not unusual. But how about one that features a second and a third by each of the contenders? Or one in which the final decision is made on distances whose totals were 1.075' apart? Looking at you, Region V, and your 2019 champion, David O'Connor's "Nasty Habit," which edged the Suchys' "Totally Geared" by just that margin after Monticello and Waverly.

RN Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0

  1. Nick Stamm clinched his first subregional title, Region II East, with a victory over fellow contender Jeremy Straley by 37.8". "Frank" was already in the Enderle, but the result decided the at-large invitee as well.
  2. Jeff Hossler's "Flirtin' with Disaster" won seven times including five straight to end the season in a runaway. Though he's in the Enderle, Hossler hasn't technically clinched his second Western title, but he's up 17 on Stamm with only Allegan remaining.
  3. Garrett Loucks' "Un-Locked" advances by virtue of Stamm's top-point status for both berths A and C.

RN Modified Mini

  1. David Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" is now assured of the Region II North berth after clinching in Hudsonville.
  2. "Double" also clinched the South berth in Canton, and that puts second-place team tractor "Triple Play Unchained" in as well.
  3. Hence, "Double" is also the preordained at-large invitee, and with "Unchained" second, the berth will go to third-place overall finisher Ken Bultemeier and "WAE Flip Side."
  4. It was, as promised, one for the one-run-and-done in Ridgeland. And Brian Guza's "Grandpa's Disaster" got'er done by breaking the three-way tie with a win. That's points pulling, guys: Take 'em all. Congrats.

RN Modified

  1. Tarry Feiss struggled in Roanoke for her first non-top-two finish of the entire season in Region II Northwest, but as soon as her six-win "Feissty Farmer" was assured of at least ninth place, she owned the berth.
  2. With a pull-off win, Todd Feiss finished off the race for the Southeastern berth with "S'no Farmer." The Mods' first such subregional title will be decided at Dragway 42, but his lead is a healthy 12 points.
  3. The fourth Region II Mod to advance (with Don Deane having already qualified from Carolina) is Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special." It became official upon the conclusion of the Southeastern race Monday night.
  4. One hook at the Coors Light Shootout settled matters, and it's Corey Kielmeyer's "Double Trouble" who earned the right to represent Region III.
  5. Deane went to Raleigh and won twice last fall with his "Plumbers Nitemare" to become Region IV's delegate.

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.

Road to the Enderle 2019: Week 15-1/2 RN Traffic Report (Midweek Update) (8)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---We're almost through counting down the hooks and counting up the qualifiers. But don't miss out on the main event: The 33rd Kent & Joan Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14 in Urbana, Ohio. Tickets are now on sale at ShopNTPA.com/tickets. (Latest GN Report)

RN Light Super Stock

  1. The two-hook series has ended, and Ryan Battrell piloted Jason Irvin's "Drunkin' Punkin'" to a sixth place in Lynn to win a tiebreaker over Jerry Yantes' "Spirit of Oliver."
  2. Alan Norby and "Red Thunder" finished off the race for the top berth with a third in Ridgeland on Labor Day Sunday. After sweeping Tomah earlier this year in GN action, the Mondovi Mafia will be looking for yet another hit at the Enderle.
  3. But they'll have another one of their Region III countrymen with whom to contend: Shipshewana winner Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" took the runner-up berth.

RN Heavy Super Stock

  1. A win in the NTPA's first appearance in Richwood was the clincher for Barry Eliker and his "Buckeye Bandit," which became the first alcohol-fueled Super to win Region II since Ed Johnson in 2014. It also became the first industrial yellow John Deere to win since...wait, it'll come to me..
  2. Robert Gansemer's "Ruttin' Deere" took second in Norwalk to hold off the Rachners to qualify for his sixth Enderle but first since 2012. Update: Gansemer has declined, and so Chris Rachner and the "Long-Haul Harvester" will represent their home region after their rookie campaign.
  3. By virtue of two perfect scores last October in Raleigh, Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" is already the invitee.
  4. Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" are in for a second appearance (also LSS) by virtue of a 59-point performance across Region V's two hooks.

RN Super Farm

  1. Findlay's finale was washed away by all-day storms, and that closed the book on the Capozzos' second straight qualifying season with "Cruel Intentions." After a slow start, the brothers finished with three wins, but all in Michigan. They'll be looking for a victory a little further south on September 14.
  2. It was a breakthrough season for the Caseys and their "Whoopie Maker," which made the Enderle on the strength of their first two national wins in Onaway and Hudsonville.
  3. Rod Deck took third in Ridgeland with "Dream On" to clinch his second regional title this season and third in the past two years.
  4. Chris Hales' "Outlaw" came back from a point down after 2018 Raleigh to top Daniel McDonald's "Bad Boy" in Benson for the Southeastern berth.
  5. Mike Wegner ended the season on the highest possible notes: Wins in Menomonie and Ridgeland have given his "Power Up," the Region III/V at-large qualifier, the greatest momentum heading to its biggest stage.

RN Light Pro Stock

  1. Tom Shafer's "Boss" has clinched its second-ever Enderle appearance. Only trouble is, Shafer is winless in his last five Eastern hooks. Maybe he's saving his setup for Urbana a second time, the site of his last victory. (He remembers we pull the opposite way from the fair, right?)
  2. Wes Spencer's "Bush Wacker" closed it out with a second and a sixth in Roanoke and Lynn. His six wins in the region made the final margin 36.5 points.
  3. Kevin Banion will get to pull in his hometown after traveling the world (well, OK, a good chunk of Ohio and Indiana) with "Forgiven" to win the Region II at-large berth.
  4. In its fourth season of regional national existence, the Light Pros have their fourth different champion. The Dorwins' "Young Bucks Reloaded" was never out of the top two in five appearances and will be the first Deere to represent its territory.
  5. Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" stayed smokin' hot from the State Fair to GALOT Park in winning the Region IV berth by five.

RN Limited Pro Stock

  1. After Travis Wisel's third and Garrett Boldry's fifth in Roanoke drew the leaders even once more, Wisel's "Irrational Behavior" sealed the deal with a win in Lynn.
  2. Roger Scalzo hung on late in Ridgeland with a sixth-place finish that was enough to edge the Ploetzes' "Big One" for Region III supremacy. Scalzo's "Bad to the Bone" thus takes the top berth from the region. Read on to see how the remaining Midwestern invitees were decided.
  3. It was Kent Enderle's unwavering philosophy to reward the competitors that run the most events. Hence, when Jeremy and Jarod Ploetz's "Big One" clinched both the Region III runner-up (in a tiebreaker over Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester," 4-2 on wins) and Region V champion slots, it necessitated an at-large that combined the two regions' points.
  4. When the two regions are combined, it is Bill Figanbaum's "Instigator" that accumulated the greatest number of points---407---among those who had not already qualified for the Pull-off.

RN Two Wheel Drive

  1. It just keeps tightening: Ray and Jacob Shephard's lead with "Alcohol Addiction Retapped" is down to one point after Brent Secrest's second-place finish in Canfield with "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It." Given that "Nuthin'" would hold any tiebreaker, it'll effectively be winner-take-all in Old Washington next Monday night.
  2. Brian Grifka's "Apple Pie Express" is the 2019 Western champion, having led the season from Arcola to Roanoke and lots of places chronologically, if not geographically, in-between. It'll be the first trip for the driver, but the ol' Studebaker might remember most of the way: When it was Ron Hoffman's "49'R," it made it to the Fort back in '05.
  3. The Shephards have effectively clinched the preordained at-large berth with a 32-point lead over Eisman with two to go. Update: After Roanoke, it's 31, and that guarantees "Alcohol Addiction Retapped" a seat at the Enderle bar. Implications of Old Washington still abound, however: If "AA" hangs ono the East, Tom Eisman and "Whipper Snapper II" go via at-large.
  4. The race tightened by a couple points, but in the end, Dustin Amundson's "Bottoms Up" had it sewn up entering DeKalb County. Amundson will be making his third straight trip to Urbana during a three-year span that includes four regional titles.
  5. They did it: Jason Sullivan and Lavern Kelchen are your Region V representatives. Their "Cornburner" Dodge picked up third in a six-truck pull-off in Waverly to cap an impressive rookie campaign with top-threes in all four Iowa appearances.

RN Four Wheel Drive

  1. As promised, it shook out in Lynn Saturday. Jake Zaring's "Fatheadz Eyewear" clinched the top berth and qualified for the Pull-Off by, well, qualifying for the pull-off at Lions Park.
  2. Ike Zaring's fourth-place finish with "Bucket List" made him the region's second qualifier over both team truck "Rule #19" and Ron Newell's 'Temporary Insanity" (both -1 for the berth). The result? A father-son-father-son battle at the Enderle.
  3. After being the top point-earner to close out the Region III season in Sandwich, M.O. has mo-mentum. Michael O'Connor's "Nasty Boys" was never out of the top five in six competitive appearances and earned O'Connor his first Enderle invitation since 1996.
  4. When a series is contracted to two hooks, ties are not unusual. But how about one that features a second and a third by each of the contenders? Or one in which the final decision is made on distances whose totals were 1.075' apart? Looking at you, Region V, and your 2019 champion, David O'Connor's "Nasty Habit," which edged the Suchys' "Totally Geared" by just that margin after Monticello and Waverly.

RN Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0

  1. Well, well. Nick Stamm's "Frank" and Jeremy Straley's "Razor's Edge" are knotted at 197 points after Stamm scored his second win in Canton on Saturday. Straley needs to top Stamm in Old Washington to keep this from being thrown to an at-large.
  2. Jeff Hossler's "Flirtin' with Disaster" won seven times including five straight to end the season in a runaway. Though he's in the Enderle, Hossler hasn't technically clinched his second Western title, but he's up 17 on Stamm with only Allegan remaining.
  3. Garrett Loucks' "Un-Locked" finished third in Greenville to chip away, but the lead for Stamm's "Frank" still stands at a safe 57 with just two to go. Update: Now it's just Old Washington, and with a 60-point lead, Stamm doesn't have to show. (Bet he does, though.)

RN Modified Mini

  1. David Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" is now assured of the Region II North berth after clinching in Hudsonville.
  2. "Double" also clinched the South berth in Canton, and that puts second-place team tractor "Triple Play Unchained" in as well.
  3. Hence, "Double" is also the preordained at-large invitee, and with "Unchained" second, the berth will go to third-place overall finisher Ken Bultemeier and "WAE Flip Side."
  4. It was, as promised, one for the one-run-and-done in Ridgeland. And Brian Guza's "Grandpa's Disaster" got'er done by breaking the three-way tie with a win. That's points pulling, guys: Take 'em all. Congrats.

RN Modified

  1. In Wauseon, Tarry and "Feissty Farmer" scored their sixth Northwestern win to extend her lead over husband Todd's "S'no Farmer" to eight points. Update: Tarry struggled in Roanoke, but as soon as "Feissty Farmer" was assured of at least ninth place, she had it won.
  2. Then in Canfield, Todd returned the favor to pick up his fourth Southeastern win and made his lead there eight over Tarry. Old Washington will decide bragging rights, but Todd's in for sure as either the Southeast or at-large rep.
  3. Depending upon which Feiss leads after Roanoke and Old Washington, we'll either combine the Northwest and at-large (effectively doubling the value of the NW's points) or the Southeast and the at-large. But in the process, we'll skip Don Deane since he's already in from Region IV, so Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special" has got the inside track.
  4. One hook at the Coors Light Shootout settled matters, and it's Corey Kielmeyer's "Double Trouble" who earned the right to represent Region III.
  5. Deane already knows he's in: He went to Raleigh and won twice last fall with his "Plumbers Nitemare" to become Region IV's delegate.

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.

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Road to the Enderle 2019: Week 15-1/2 GN Traffic Report (Midweek Update) (8)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Wauseon moved the Grand National championship and Enderle Pull-Off invitation rosters forward, as Four Wheel Drives and Modified Minis reached the ends of their respective lines. Meanwhile, Canton's two-night Stark County Fair Pull provided the latest twist to a crazy season in Pro Stock. That division plus Super Stock Diesel, Super Farm, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, and Modified will see their winners crowned and their invitations stamped in Sandwich this Thursday and Saturday. Update: It's a done deal for "Trump" as of Thursday night in DeKalb County. Upperdate: At midafternoon in DeKalb County, there are still title and Enderle races to decide.

Don't miss the climactic Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14. (RN Report.) Buy your tickets online now and save!

GN Light Super Stock
Reigning Rookie and Puller of the Year Adam Spiegelberg completed his title run on four wheels with  "Detonator Black." We note that seemingly insignificant fact because his crew and fellow pullers aided in making repairs to his Case IH's left spindle assembly after his pre-restart pass sent his wheel wobbling away. Spiegelberg's second and his brother Jordan's third on "Detonator Red" (-16) earned them the top two invitations, but Jason Hootman's victory with "The Commander" (-19)---its fourth of the 10-hook season---freshed everyone's memory of who's been there and won it before. Kyle Karlen completed his steady season on "Bad Blood" (-32) with a characteristic fourth, while Marcus Wettleson brought his "Gunpowder & Lead" (-33) all the way back to an Enderle berth after leaving Tomah buried in 10th.

GN Super Stock Diesel
The Rosses have some wrenching to do after a faulty sensor led to conditions that wounded their "Triple Bypass" on itspull-off run in BG. But even a bump of the sled wasn't much of a bump in the road, as their lead looks pretty healthy headed to the Sandwich doubleheader. Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" has given good chase all year but is simply running out of hooks to make up ground, while Esdon Lehn's "Diggin' Fever" is in the Champaign show for sure and his "Red Line Fever" nearly so. Realistically, it's Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" and Mike Beck's "High Tech Red Neck"  that will be fighting for berth number five in Illinois. Update: "Triple Bypass" had a subpar outing in Sandwich, but its lead remains 17.5 points over "Super Rooster" for the title, "Lock-N-Load"'s gap back to "High Tech Red Neck" has expanded to 16.5, so it and Lehn's "Fever"s have made it with a legal hook.

GN Super Stock Open
"GALOT II" (John Strickland) won its fourth straight title in BG, but team tractor "Get a Load of That," piloted by crew chief Brent Payne, earned the ring honors. Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet," Sid Broughton's "Desperado," and the Kale/Jerew "Ride the Lightning" are your other Enderle qualifiers. The NTPA office received word that "Lightning" has been grounded, and so the Linvilles' "Ridge Runner," which competed for SSO points at Tomah, has been invited.

GN Super Farm
With Sandwich x 2 to go, Brady Ferris and "Absolutely Nuts" hold a lead for the title over the Saturday BG winner Jon Silsby and "Crop Doctor". But though they're well up on the field, even they are not technically safe for the Enderle just yet. Ryan Anderson's ring-winning "Checkin' Out" and Chris Weidinger's "Black Power" could move up if conditions are right in DeKalb County. Meanwhile, the Brook Ferrises (Sr. and Jr.) are going to have to work to keep their "Assorted Nuts" in the show over the Freezes' "Deere Traxx," which has a history of strong performances at that remaining venue. Update: A second-place finish by "Crop Doctor" and a fifth by "Absolutely Nuts" have knotted this race with just tonight's session to settle it. And, with 10 tractors on the grounds, the final berth presently held by "Assorted Nuts" remains reachable by "Deere Traxx" (-7).

GN Pro Stock
Kentuckian Darrin Hunt ventured into the heart of Pro Stock territory---Stark County, Ohio---and proceeded to score a win and 58 points. His "D2 Pro Stock Edition" thus was catapulted into sole possession of the division lead for the first time since its last win in Chapel Hill. Last week's leader, Jason Svonavec's "Bootlegger"  tumbled to third with a disastrous 41-point weekend, slipping behind 2016 champion Mike Conny's "MAC Nasty." Daughter Julia Ray's "MAC Daddy" is probably out of the title hunt with two to go, but it ain't over 'til Saturday night. Tim Cain and "The Red Gambler" got some breathing room ahead of father-son duo Kevin ("Git-Er-Dun Deere") and Danny ("Rampage") Schmucker at their home fair. Update: Not so fast on that "out of the hunt" stuff: "MAC Daddy"'s win Saturday afternoon drew it within eight of "D2". But "Bootlegger" (-5) and "MAC Nasty" (-6) are in closer conttention as the season moves toward its conclusion.

GN Two Wheel Drive
It's over, and the "dream season" of Russ Nichols is complete. His "On the Edge" turned in a masterful three-win, seven top-five season to hold off Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" and unseat the defending and five-time champion Randy Petro and "Kathy's Komplaint." As fate would have it, Nichols, who has a gift for drawing low numbers in BG, had the Saturday test hook. He wisely kept it and watched McDonald fall short just two trucks later and Petro drive past far enough on the pass after that for the win but not enough to collect the points necessary to overcome the deficit. Roger Simon's "Simon Sez Chevy" and Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" completed the top five. Every one of them has at least one GN win to its credit, and for the first time in a decade, every one will arrive in a different hauler. Update: Craig Corzine will drive for Mr. Simon.

GN Four Wheel Drive
A conservative run got Peyton Davis and "Punisher" just enough on Friday in Wauseon to clinch their second title in three years. This time, it came over the pistol-hot "Young Gun" of brother John T., who closed the gap from 11 to three. The Holmans' "4 Play" is assured of its 32nd Enderle Pull-Off invitation, and last year's second- and first-place championship finishers, Carmen Foster's "Foster Child" and Ben Ellis' "Benjammin," complete the list of qualifiers after they finished third and first in Fulton County.

GN Super Stock Diesel 4x4
"Trump" closed the deal: By virtue of a second-place finish on the infield track in Sandwich, Shane Kellogg captured his first Grand National title. Kellogg finished the season with the most wins (three) among 11 top-fives in 12 competitive appearances and both the Tomah and Bowling Green weekend championships. Todd Dugan took over for Carl Atley at midseason and piloted the former "Lethal Weapon," rebranded as "Angry Farmer Products," to second, while Van Haisley's "Rock Hard Ram" tightened the race a tick by outrunning the Trump Train on Thursday night. Shane Wurm's "Boost" and Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" are also Enderle-bound.

GN Super Semi
Congratulations, Dean Holicky, who clinched with a win in Hudsonville. Your five qualifiers are Holicky's "Mother Trucker," Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class" (-5), Ryan DeBroux's "Playin' with Fire" (-24.5), Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare" (-63.5), and Jack Kielmeyer's "Jacked Up" (-104).

GN Modified Mini
Ken Veney won his third championship in a Modified division with "Funny Lil' Farmall;" Veney, a four-time class winner this season, had previously won 7,500-lb. and Unlimited titles in 2008 and 2012. That ties him with second-place Joe Eder, whose "Polar Air" Mini is the stablemate of the UNL version that got him his third NTPA title. Still seeking a championship but getting a heck of a head start on 2020 are Chase Richardson and the "Vibrator"; they picked up their third win in their last five outings. Adam Koester's "Walk the Line" and "Beast of Burden" are also in the show with eight and six top-fives, respectively.

GN Light Unlimited
Doug Theobald, Grand National Champion. The first title for the storied pulling family came in Doug's first year of competition, when by his own admission early in the season, "Everything we did went right." "Full-Blown Wicked" ended up with three victories in its rookie campaign and will be a favorite to add a fourth in Champaign County. Meanwhile, Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" had two wins of its own amid six top threes, and Jason Gibson's "Young Blood Jokers Wild" will also be in Urbana after its first season included four top fives. The Farley, Iowans will be represented as well with their "Simon Sez" and "Show No Mercy" entries, which landed fourth and fifth. Update: The Simons have had to decline their berths, and that has made room for Steve Bollinger and "Money Pit Screwed Up." and Ashley Corzine and "Second-Degree Burn."

GN Modified
Bret Berg's "Money Maker" has earned at least 28 points every time out this year and owns three wins. That's been good for a lead over Jeff Rose and "Giddy Up" and a wider advantage over the Jostock-Douglas "Wild Child" and "Spook Gone Wild" entries. Those four will transfer to the Enderle for sure, and Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" will join them by merely hooking twice on Tractor Day in Illinois. Update: "Pack Rat 4" is in the Pull-Off. Meanshile, "Giddy Up" (-4) halved "Money Maker"'s lead, but with five GN tractors present and "MM" holding the tiebreaker, a bump is all that's needed to secure the title.

GN Unlimited
1997 and 2003 GN Modified champion Joe Eder clinched his first Unlimited title with a win in Lorain County aboard "Polar Air." Eder finished his sterling season by visiting the winners circle for the seventh time in 13 competitive appearances and using his four-engine bulldozer to pile up a 21-point margin over season and event runner-up Wayne Purser and "Uncle Sam." Four-time champ Chuck Knapp and "Screamin' D" (-25) took a mid-pack fifth on the final night of the regular season but will have the most Urbana experience and victories among the division's Enderle qualifiers. Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (-92) will do double duty on the twin tracks after qualifying fourth, and Kevin Criswell's "Blown Centless" (-131) overtook Adam Bauer's absent "Cross Threaded" for the fifth transfer spot.

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.

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Road to the Enderle 2019: Week 14 GN Traffic Report (7)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Just a week removed from the National Tractor Pulling Championships, nearly half of the 2019 Grand National champions have been crowned. Hudsonville and Wellington did those honors this week by closing out the Super Semis, Light Supers, and Unlimiteds. Along with the Open Supers, Two Wheel Drives, and Light Unlimiteds that reached the ends of their tours in Bowling Green, a large number of berths in other divisions have also been secured. But there are still plenty of races---for firsts and for fifths---to discuss in this week's edition that leads into the Four Wheel Drive and Modified Mini clinchers in Wauseon.

Don't miss the climactic Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14. (RN Report.) Buy your tickets online now and save!

GN Light Super Stock
Reigning Rookie and Puller of the Year Adam Spiegelberg completed his title run on four wheels with  "Detonator Black." We note that seemingly insignificant fact because his crew and fellow pullers aided in making repairs to his Case IH's left spindle assembly after his pre-restart pass sent his wheel wobbling away. Spiegelberg's second and his brother Jordan's third on "Detonator Red" (-16) earned them the top two invitations, but Jason Hootman's victory with "The Commander" (-19)---its fourth of the 10-hook season---freshed everyone's memory of who's been there and won it before. Kyle Karlen completed his steady season on "Bad Blood" (-32) with a characteristic fourth, while Marcus Wettleson brought his "Gunpowder & Lead" (-33) all the way back to an Enderle berth after leaving Tomah buried in 10th.

GN Super Stock Diesel
The Rosses have some wrenching to do after a faulty sensor led to conditions that wounded their "Triple Bypass" on its Friday pull-off run. But even a bump of the sled wasn't much of a bump in the road, as their 22.5-point lead looks pretty healthy headed to the Sandwich doubleheader. Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" (+140.5 from sixth) has given good chase all year but is simply running out of hooks to make up ground, while Esdon Lehn's "Diggin' Fever" (+126.5) is in the Champaign show for sure and his "Red Line Fever" (+51.5) nearly so. Realistically, it's Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" (+11.5) and Mike Beck's "High Tech Red Neck" (sixth) that will be fighting for berth number five in Illinois.

GN Super Stock Open
"GALOT II" (John Strickland) won its fourth straight title in BG, but team tractor "Get a Load of That," piloted by crew chief Brent Payne, earned the ring honors. Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet," Sid Broughton's "Desperado," and the Kale/Jerew "Ride the Lightning" are your other Enderle qualifiers. The NTPA office received word that "Lightning" has been grounded, and so the Linvilles' "Ridge Runner," which competed for SSO points at Tomah, has been invited.

GN Super Farm
With Sandwich x 2 to go, Brady Ferris and "Absolutely Nuts" (+24 from sixth) hold a two-point lead for the title over the Saturday BG winner Jon Silsby and "Crop Doctor" (+22). But though they're well up on the field, even they are not technically safe for the Enderle just yet. Ryan Anderson's ring-winning "Checkin' Out" and Chris Weidinger's "Black Power" are both plus-nine over sixth but also could move up if conditions are right in DeKalb County. Meanwhile, the Brook Ferrises (Sr. and Jr.) are going to have to work to keep their "Assorted Nuts" in the show over the Freezes' "Deere Traxx," which has a history of strong performances at that remaining venue.

GN Pro Stock
The backloaded Pros' schedule took another step toward completion on Friday in Wellington, and it was the MAC Trailer Team that indisputably won this round. Mike Conny's "MAC Nasty" (-10 from first, +28 from sixth) bumped the sled to earn the 30, but daughter Julia Ray's patient wind at the line with "MAC Daddy" (-16, +22) led to the night's most impressive pass---370-plus with power to spare---and a second-place behind her father. That resulted in Conny's five-point pickup on Jason Svonavec's leading "Bootlegger" (+38 from sixth) and a tie with Darrin Hunt's "D2 Pro Stock Edition" for second. While no one is yet Enderle-safe, those feeling the greatest urgency are the Lemkes' "New Generation Plus" (+2), Kevin Schmucker's "Git-Er-Dun Deere" (sixth), Tim Cain's "Red Gambler" (-4 from fifth), and Danny Schmucker's "Rampage" (-9), who are probably all fighting for that fifth spot.

GN Two Wheel Drive
It's over, and the "dream season" of Russ Nichols is complete. His "On the Edge" turned in a masterful three-win, seven top-five season to hold off Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" and unseat the defending and five-time champion Randy Petro and "Kathy's Komplaint." As fate would have it, Nichols, who has a gift for drawing low numbers in BG, had the Saturday test hook. He wisely kept it and watched McDonald fall short just two trucks later and Petro drive past far enough on the pass after that for the win but not enough to collect the points necessary to overcome the deficit. Roger Simon's "Simon Sez Chevy" and Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" completed the top five. Every one of them has at least one GN win to its credit, and for the first time in a decade, every one will arrive in a different hauler.

GN Four Wheel Drive
With just Wauseon to go, the Davis Motorsports Team is assured of having two trucks hook in Urbana. Peyton's "Punisher" leads the division by 11 over brother John T.'s "Young Gun," which won for the second time in three weeks and claimed the BG ring. The Holmans' "4 Play" is 26 back for the title but 29 up on sixth place, so the brothers look to make their historic 32nd Pull-Off. Last year's top two, Carmen Foster's "Foster Child" (+20 from sixth) and Ben Ellis' "Benjammin" (+13) are out of contention for the 2019 title but could still end on a high note. But to lock up that chance, they'll have to hold off Barry Cobb's suddenly dangerous "Hit Man" (sixth), which earned two seconds in the last month.

GN Super Stock Diesel 4x4
Did "Trump" get tired of winning? Um, no. Shane Kellogg asserted executive privilege over the field in Bowling Green with a win and a 30-point second to extend "Trump"'s Electoral College advantage  to 11. (OK, we'll stop now.) Todd Dugan's "Angry Farmer Products" (the former "Lethal Weapon" did all right for itself with 56 points in Wood County and a near-clinch of an Enderle berth at plus-27, and Van Haisley's "Rock Hard Ram" needs to hook and not get last place in a full field on Truck Night in Sandwich and he'll be in. Not as certain are Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" and Shane Wurm's "Boost," each of which leads Erik Stacey's "Smok'n Ya HD" for that final berth. Will Stacey's highly touted new chassis pay big dividends in DeKalb County?

GN Super Semi
Congratulations, Dean Holicky, who clinched with a win in Hudsonville. Your five qualifiers are Holicky's "Mother Trucker," Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class" (-5), Ryan DeBroux's "Playin' with Fire" (-24.5), Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare" (-63.5), and Jack Kielmeyer's "Jacked Up" (-104).

GN Modified Mini
A disappointing seventh in Wellington cut into Ken Veney's lead, but "Funny Lil' Farmall" (+19.5 from second) is still assured of a championship with a legal hook in Wauseon. Also certainly in after a third-place run is Joe Eder's "Polar Air" (+30 from fifth), and Adam Koester's "Walk the Line" (+25) and Chase Richardson's Spectacular-winning "Vibrator" (+20) will clinch once they are entered and teched at the Tri-State Showdown. Engaged in a battle for the final spot are Koester Racing's fifth-place "Beast of Burden" (+5) and "Footloose" (sixth).

GN Light Unlimited
Doug Theobald, Grand National Champion. The first title for the storied pulling family came in Doug's first year of competition, when by his own admission early in the season, "Everything we did went right." "Full-Blown Wicked" ended up with three victories in its rookie campaign and will be a favorite to add a fourth in Champaign County. Meanwhile, Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" had two wins of its own amid six top threes, and Jason Gibson's "Young Blood Jokers Wild" will also be in Urbana after its first season included four top fives. The Farley, Iowans will be represented as well with their "Simon Sez" and "Show No Mercy" entries, which landed fourth and fifth.

GN Modified
Bret Berg's "Money Maker" has earned at least 28 points every time out this year and owns three wins. That's been good for an eight-point lead over Jeff Rose and "Giddy Up" and an 18-point advantage over the Jostock-Douglas "Wild Child" and "Spook Gone Wild" entries. Those four will transfer to the Enderle for sure, and Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" will join them by merely hooking twice on Tractor Day in Illinois.

GN Unlimited
1997 and 2003 GN Modified champion Joe Eder clinched his first Unlimited title with a win in Lorain County aboard "Polar Air." Eder finished his sterling season by visiting the winners circle for the seventh time in 13 competitive appearances and using his four-engine bulldozer to pile up a 21-point margin over season and event runner-up Wayne Purser and "Uncle Sam." Four-time champ Chuck Knapp and "Screamin' D" (-25) took a mid-pack fifth on the final night of the regular season but will have the most Urbana experience and victories among the division's Enderle qualifiers. Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (-92) will do double duty on the twin tracks after qualifying fourth, and Kevin Criswell's "Blown Centless" (-131) overtook Adam Bauer's absent "Cross Threaded" for the fifth transfer spot.

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.

Road to the Enderle 2019: Week 14 RN Traffic Report (7)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---It's time to start counting down the hooks and counting up the qualifiers. But don't miss out on the main event: The 33rd Kent & Joan Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14 in Urbana, Ohio. Tickets are now on sale at ShopNTPA.com/tickets. (Latest GN Report)

RN Light Super Stock

  1. Halfway home after South Bend, Jerry Yantes' "Spirit of Oliver" leads Jason Irvin's "Drunkin' Punkin" by one point. The Lynn winner will likely be invited to Urbana the following Saturday.
  2. The Lights stayed on in rainy Norwalk long enough to see Bryce Pichler notch "Red Thunder"'s second RN win of the year and first in Region III. That has put the Case IH up by five on Ken Witt's "Mr. Yuk" Deere with just Ridgeland left.
  3. Kevin Lynn's "504 Rocket" (-27) was absent from Norwalk, not only missing a great steak dinner (we hear) but also its shot at the second berth. It's now "Yuk"'s for the taking in Wisconsin on Labor Day Sunday.

RN Heavy Super Stock

  1. With his win in Sandusky county, John Pfeiffer earned a point back on Barry Eliker's "Buckeye Bandit" in his bid for "Pfeiffermax"'s (-3) fourth straight Region II title. But he'll probably need to win on Labor Day in Richwood and get help from his fellow point-earners to climb to the top.
  2. Robert Gansemer's "Ruttin' Deere" took second in Norwalk to hold off the Rachners and their class-winning "Long-Haul Harvester" (-1). The 1466 mixed it up with both Grand and Regional National competition in a strong freshman season. But this year will belong to Gansemer, who qualified for his sixth Enderle but first since 2012.
  3. By virtue of two perfect scores last October in Raleigh, Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" is already the invitee.
  4. Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" are already in by virtue of a 59-point performance across Region V's two hooks.

RN Super Farm

  1. The happenings in Hudsonville and festivities in Fremont combined to halve the lead of the Capozzos' "Cruel Intentions" for this berth when Charlie took eighth and Nick fourth. The Caseys' landed "Whoopie Maker" (-5) in the BG winners circle last week and rode that momentum to a win and 59 points this week
  2. The Hudsonville and Sandusky Fairs also widened the Caseys' margin by a point over Dave Whelan's "My Last Excuse" (-14 from second berth) despite Whelan's split win in Fremont. Whelan's got two shots left this weekend in Wauseon and Findlay to deflate "Whoopie"'s cushion.
  3. Rod Deck's "Dream On" has won the Region V berth, so we'll combine it with Region III if his lead there holds through Ridgeland. Following Anoka and Menomonie, Deck has new chasers this week in Mitch Fehn's "Red Storm Reloaded" (-8) and the Larsons' "Hotwire" (-9).
  4. Chris Hales' "Outlaw" came back from a point down after 2018 Raleigh to top Daniel McDonald's "Bad Boy" in Benson for the Southeastern berth.
  5. A second-place finish in Bremer County clinched a second straight Region V title for Deck's "Dream On" to match his pair of GN championships in 2016 and 2017.

RN Light Pro Stock

  1. Tom Shafer's "Boss" is still in charge in the East, but the lead got three markers smaller when Matt Durbin's "Sidewinder" (-24) edged him for second in Erie County behind Dave Armstrong's "Rowdy Red" and then won outright in Zanesville. Kevin Banion's "Forgiven" (-35) and Brad Cochran's "Case Incognito" (-40) remain mathematically viable for the berth, but with four to go it'll likely take an absence by the leaders for them to contend.
  2. Home cooking was kind to Wes Spencer, as the Greenville-based "Bush Wacker" topped the field of 16 in Greenville to push its lead to 28.5 over the Fussner/Holland "Busted Budget." Roanoke and Lynn remain in a couple of weeks. .
  3. Dave Armstrong's "Rowdy Red" (-10) picked up seven points on Banion in Darke County. WIth five to go---Canton x 2 and Richwood coming this week---it's an open race.
  4. The Dorwins' "Young Bucks Reloaded" won again in Houston to replicate their effort in Tomah. That staked them to leads over previous qualifiers and Enderle winners Alan Cook ("Black Thunder," -3) and Collin Birkholz (International 1456, -7) going to the Ridgeland Nationals over Labor Day weekend.
  5. Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" stayed smokin' hot from the State Fair to GALOT Park in winning the Region IV berth by five.

RN Limited Pro Stock

  1. Travis Wisel's "Irrational Behavior" broke a weeks-old tie between itself and Garrett Boldry's "Smoke Fever" (-1) when Wisel claimed Edon's inaugural event. The late-summer chill will be in the air when the series resumes in Wauseon Labor Day weekend.
  2. It was a case of turnabout in Weyauwega, as Jeremy Ploetz won to put "Big One" back into the lead for the top Region III berth. Roger Scalzo's "Bad to the Bone" (-4) was second while Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester" (-6) tumbled to eighth in the class to give up seven points on the leader. However, with "Big One" already in via Region V, "Hyper" would still go based on current standings.
  3. Scalzo is the current qualifier for the second R3 slot, with "Hyper" (-2) and theh Sather/Lindstrom team tractor "Adrenaline Rush" (-6) the closest chasers.
  4. Jeremy and Jarod's "Big One" won in Monticello and Waverly to turn a two-point deficit to Bryan Deck's "One Bad Apple" into a five-point victory margin. If the Ploetzes happen to claim either of the Region III berths, we'll combine the paths to designate an at-large invitee.

RN Two Wheel Drive

  1. Sandusky shaved Jacob Shephard's advantage for this berth to five over Brent Secrest's event-winning "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It," and then Zanesville's results trimmed it further to just three. You'll recall "Nuthin' EZ" used a surge just about this time last year to overtake Shephard for the invitation and the title. (Bet that Secrest and Shephard, good friends off the track, both remember.)
  2. The Greenville-Hudsonville sweep tightened this race after Brian Grifka's "Apple Pie Express" weathered a withering assault by the Cains. First, Alan's "Madd Maxx" (-3) nabbed 30 points in a second-place effort in Darke County. Then, brother Matt took the victory with "Xtremely Buy Polar" (-5) in western Michigan. Tom Eisman's "Whipper Snapper II" (-9) gained two points on Grifka but needs top finishes in Wauseon and Roanoke to have a shot.
  3. In the preordained II-At-Large, Shephard's lead remains 34 over Eisman. If Shephard clinches both, the Eastern and at-Large standings are fused and second place is invited.
  4. A Weyauwega win grew Dustin Amundson's lead to 13 with "Bottoms Up." Chad Haggerty's "Hillbilly Hot Rod" was second there and is second in the standings with Ridgeland and Sandwich still to come.
  5. They did it: Jason Sullivan and Lavern Kelchen are your Region V representatives. Their "Cornburner" Dodge picked up third in a six-truck pull-off in Waverly to cap an impressive rookie campaign with top-threes in all four Iowa appearances.

RN Four Wheel Drive

  1. By virtue of its second place in Hudsonville, Jake Zaring's "Fatheadz Eyewear" pulled back into a tie with Ron Newell's "Temporary Insanity" for the division title and the number-one Region II berth. But neither can rest comfortably. Well, OK, maybe Jake can, because the next two trucks---both minus-one---are his "Bucket List" and "Rule #19."
  2. So that's four trucks within one point for two berths. It'll shake out in Findlay and Lynn over the next two weekends.
  3. Even after a fifth-place finish in Colby, Michael O'Connor's "Nasty Boys" still leads the division by eight. Now, however, it's over Lawrence Line's "Totally Hooked," which placed second, while Carol Suchy's "Totally Geared," sixth in Colby, sits nine back. The Youth Hunger-winning "Breakin' Da Law" (-32) of defending champ Cory Lemirande, though officially eliminated, showed it's still got it.
  4. When a series is contracted to two hooks, ties are not unusual. But how about one that features a second and a third by each of the contenders? Or one in which the final decision is made on distances whose totals were 1.075' apart? Looking at you, Region V, and your 2019 champion, David O'Connor's "Nasty Habit," which edged the Suchys' "Totally Geared" by just that margin after Monticello and Waverly.

RN Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0

  1. All three of the qualifiers will come from Region II. From 2018 Dover to now, there have been been seven scheduled hooks in the East, and Jeremy Straley's "Razor's Edge" and Nick Stamm's "Frank" have made them all. Straley leads Stamm six top-fives to five, but "Frank"'s Marysville victory coupled with Straley's fifth has cut the latter's lead to a "Razor"-thin one point. They'll rest a while until Canton at the end of the month.
  2. Jeff Hossler's "Flirtin' with Disaster" took its fourth straight victory and sixth overall in Darke County to build a 16-point lead on "Frank." That makes it a runaway if Hossler merely hooks in Roanoke.
  3. Garrett Loucks' "Un-Locked" finished third in Greenville to chip away, but the lead for Stamm's "Frank" still stands at a safe 52 with just three to go.

RN Modified Mini

  1. David Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" is now assured of the Region II North berth after clinching in Hudsonville.
  2. "Double"'s win in Greenville has given it an 18-point lead over its stablemate, "Triple Play Unchained," for the South berth. That makes it a foregone conclusion on Saturday in Canton.
  3. And, assuming all three hook in Stark County, we can tell you that "Triple Play Unchained" and Ken Bultemeier's "WAE Flip Side" are in line for the two at-large berths that will result from "Double" having swept the region. We'll wait until next week to turn them red.
  4. Weyauwega threw this race into a three-way tie atop the eight-vehicle standings when Brian Guza's "Grandpa's Disaster" took second, Christopher Burnett's "Li'l Disaster" third and Nathan Hoffman's heretofore-leading "Shakin' Shamrock" fifth. That makes it winner-take-all at the Ridgeland Nationals this Sunday.

RN Modified

  1. After husband and wife split (don't worry, we mean that in a good way) for the win in Greenville, Tarry and Todd Feiss went opposite directions in Fremont. Tarry's "Feissty Farmer" won it while Todd's "S'no Farmer" (-7) finished last. Wauseon and Roanoke will decide it.
  2. Kevin Jerew picked up the win in Zanesville a couple weeks back with "Wild Times," but Tarry took second to trim another point off Todd's lead (now seven) for the Southeastern berth. Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special" is 20 back with hooks in Canfield and Old Washington remaining along the path.
  3. Assuming one of the Feisses is the top point-earner for this berth---they're tied, with Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare" (-37.5) third and Miller (-70.5) fourth---we'll combine either the Northwest or the Southeast with this preordained at-large and take third place. But then, if it's Deane...
  4. One hook at the Coors Light Shootout settled matters, and it's Corey Kielmeyer's "Double Trouble" who earned the right to represent Region III.
  5. Deane already knows he's in: He went to Raleigh and won twice last fall with his "Plumbers Nitemare" to become Region IV's delegate.

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.

Canfield Fair Competitor Information

2019 CANFIELD FAIR TRACTOR and TRUCK PULLS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2019 at 7:00pm

PIT GATE INFORMATION

Pullers should be fully aware of the fact that harness racing takes place between 11:00am  and 3:00pm (on Saturday) in the exact same area where the pulls happen that evening.  For that reason NO haulers are permitted into the infield until after the last horse leaves the infield at approximately 3:00pm. If arraiving overnight please use Gate 2, after 8 a.m. use Gate 13. See map below.

A “holding area” has been established near the entrance to the infield pit area.  This “holding area” is open at Midnight and will contain roughly thirty (30) haulers.  Once this “holding area” is full all additional arriving haulers will be parked quite a distance away in the back parking lot area on the Fairgrounds.  These units will be moved up once the pit gate opens to allow those from the “holding area” into the Pit area. If you are one of the early arrivers and get into the close up “holding area” you may register and receive your credentials and leave you hauler in the secure area until after the harness racing is completed and then transition as a group into the normal pit area for the pulls. If you don't get into the holding area please be ready to enter as you get to the pit gate.

At 5:30pm the PIT GATE will be closed and LOCKED.  No additional persons or haulers or pullers will be permitted to enter the Pit area after 5:30pm. The Pit gate will be manned by security ONLY after 5:30pm.

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Top of Ohio Is the End of the Line for GN FWD, MINI Seasons

WauseonOHWorthington, Ohio---Gold standard. Golden anniversary.

On Friday, August 30, the Fulton County Fair in Wauseon, Ohio will host the M.E. Miller Tire Tri-State Showdown as part of the 50th season of National Tractor Pullers Association Championship Pulling. Welcoming two divisions within the 2019 NTPA Grand National Series presented by Case IH Agriculture and four others from the Association's Region II, the Pro National event will be conducted in one session to begin at 6 p.m.

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 in Wauseon?

The M.E. Miller Tire Tri-State Showdown will feature Grand National Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks and Mini Modifieds. Both divisions will vie for national titles, a lucrative year-end points fund, and shares of Case IH bonus monies exceeding $50,000. Also appearing will be Regional National Super Farm and Limited Pro Stock Tractors, Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Multi-Engine Modifieds, all of which will run for titles in Region II, which encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio (TWD: II-West, MOD: II-Northwest). And all will compete for berths in the NTPA's all-star invitational Enderle Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14 in Urbana, Ohio.

Expected to compete at Wauseon in defense of their 2018 titles are Ben Ellis of Champlain, Virginia ("Benjammin" FWD), Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa ("Iron Toy" MINI), Charlie and Nick Capozzo of Richmond, Michigan ("Cruel Intentions" SF), Garrett Boldry of Rochester, Indiana ("Smoke Fever" LIM PS), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD).

Last year's winners at the Tri-State Showdown included Ellis, Chase Richardson of Leitchfield, Kentucky (MINI), Dave Whelan of Tipton, Michigan ("My Last Excuse" SF), Ashley Corzine of Assumption, Illinois ("Second Degree" TWD), and Todd Feiss of Lawrenceburg, Indiana ("S'no Farmer" MOD).

Fans in attendance at Wauseon will experience live video, distances, and instant replays on the NTPA's Mobile Videoboard.

For more information about the Tri-State Showdown, visit the fair's website, www.FultonCountyFair.com, or its Facebook page. The Association's Schedule page at www.NTPAPULL.com has links to event details, maps, and local weather reports for the M.E. Miller Tire Tri-State Showdown and over 80 other events that constitute its historic 50th season.

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.

Contact Info

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


PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964