Road to the Enderle: Week 19 GN Report

Worthington, Ohio---After a topsy-turvy night in Sandwich, Illinois, we have our 13 champions and Enderle Pull-Off invitees. Keep checking this space in case that roster changes; due to breakage, we already have some adjustments to report.

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT SUPER STOCK
The owner/driver/tractor team of Mike Chizek, Brian Korth, and "Considered Armed & Dangerous" are your champions once more, but not before BG ring winner Jason Hootman and "The Commander" (-1) chipped away at their lead by a point per session at Bowling Green. In addition to winning their fourth straight title and seventh in the last eight years, Chizek and Korth also qualified team tractors "Excessive Force" (-5) and "Deadly Force" (-15.5) for the Enderle. Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" (-20) held onto the final transfer spot.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL
Colin Ross' "Triple Bypass" is a champion once more after a dramatic day in DeKalb County. Ross assumed the top spot over afternoon winner Stan Blagrave's "Red Horse" (second) and incoming leader Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" (third, -15) with a third-place finish; the mechanical issues that terminated Schlabach's pass proved too much to overcome, and he had to scratch out of the evening roster. When Blagrave took the class lead again that night with just a few licensed tractors remaining, it came down to counting---and re-counting---points. But no vehicles wedged themselves between "Red Horse"'s 319' and "Bypass"' 316', and so the Rosses claimed the title six wins to five. Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" (-41) and Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" (-46) finished fourth and fifth. Update: "Bone Twister" will not be mended in time for the Enderle, and the "Rooster" is not in good voice either. John Raymond's "Smoke-N-Mirrors" will take one of the spots. Breakage having ravaged most of the balance of the point-earning roster, Mike Beck's all-new "High Tech Redneck," which  made its GN debut at Sandwich, will take the final invitation.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK OPEN
What a heart-stopping way to win; what a gut-wrenching way to lose. John Strickland and "GALOT II" entered Wellington's Friday Night Spectacular down by a point after trading blows with Josh Blackbourn's "International Threat" (-1) at the Great Darke County Fair. To overcome the deficit, Strickland would either have to pass Blackbourn with a GN-licensed tractor in between or win the class outright. They and their two teammates qualified for the pull-off, and the teammates---Terry Blackbourn's "Extremely Armed & Dangerous" (-4) and Brent Payne's "GALOT" (-13)---pulled first and second. Up third, Blackbourn popped a charger just a few feet into his pull and made it to only 52'. Up fourth, Strickland got by Payne by less than 2' to clinch the championship. Notably, "GALOT II" and "International Threat" ended up one-two for the second straight year, and both they and "Extremely A&D" scored three wins apiece. Jordan Lustik and "Silver Bullet" (-52) finished fifth.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER FARM
Rod Deck's "Dream On" earned its second straight division title by the slimmest of margins. In fact, there was no margin at all; his first- and second-places on the day in Sandwich coupled with Brad Hart's third and seventh with "Don't Ask" moved the pair into a tie before Deck's third win broke it. The Ferrises' "Absolutely Nuts" (-9) ended up third and Dave Whelan's "My Last Excuse" (-22) fourth, while the fifth-place race was as fluid as the one for the top: After up-and-down days by contenders Tony Sietsema ("Wolverine Deere," -43), the Ferrises' "Assorted Nuts," and Bryan Deck's "One Bad Apple," it was the Deere that would claim the final Enderle invitation by just two points.

GRAND NATIONAL PRO STOCK
Though he had to scratch from the afternoon pull-off, Charles Pelletier had banked enough points to clinch his first Pro Stock with "CP Dream II" before the evening began. Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up!" (-17), the victor in said pull-off, assumed the division's runner-up spot, while Julia Ray's "MAC Nasty" (-18) which won the Sandwich nightcap for the second straight year, finshed third after winning it all in 2016. Speaking of past champs, Robby Lemke ("New Generation Plus," -21) and Danny Schmucker ("Rampage," -38), both of whom have celebrated at Sandwich in recent memory, completed the top five. Update: Finishing sixth was Schmucker team tractor "Git-Er-Dun Deere," and it will get the Enderle bid with "Rampage" unable to go.

GRAND NATIONAL TWO WHEEL DRIVE
With the Canfield Fair Championship Pull washed away, Jessie Petro's "Buckeye Hauler" quietly clinched its sixth consecutive Two Wheel Drive title. Dad Randy's "Kathy's Komplaint" (-5) finished number two for a second straight year, while Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" (-8, to be driven wife Ashley), Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" (-25) and Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" (-31) filled out the Enderle invitation list.

GRAND NATIONAL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
Peyton Davis' is your 2017 champion with the "Punisher," finishing 14 points ahead of the Holman Brothers' "4 Play" to earn his first Grand National title. Davis' "Young Gun" (-18) won its last hook in Wauseon to clinch third, while Donald LaBonte's "Rock" and Rob Foster's "Simply Red" are your remaining invitees by just four- and two-point margins, respectively.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
Josh Deeter's "Up in Smoke" led this division since winning Friday night in Fort Recovery, extended its lead with a victory in Mt. Sterling, and clinched it with an eventual runner-up finish in Sandwich. After consecutive wins in Bowling Green and Greenville, Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" (-10) finished right behind Deeter on the night and on the season, while Shane Kellogg's "Trump" (-19) used a 114-of-120-point stretch run to surge into third. Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (-27) also won at the Fort among his four top-fives. And Justin Gearhart's "Cream of the Crop" (-36) rose to the top in DeKalb County to win Enderle berth number five on the strength of a tiebreaker.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER SEMI
Having scored a perfect 120 points in its last four hooks---including a second, a win, and a ring in Bowling Green---Dan Prahl's "Full Tilt" broke the pinball machine and is your 2017 Grand National champion. Chasing valiantly to the end was three-time titlist Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" (-1), who entered and left Bowling Green a point down, albeit to different leaders. Lonny Sailor's "Holy Smokes" (fifth, -9) wafted into Wood County with the advantage; though he couldn't hold on, his first Enderle berth is a pretty nice consolation prize. Also reporting to Urbana on Saturday, September 16 will be Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare" (-2) and the Eilens' "Just Passin' Thru in Class" (-5). Update: Unfortunately, the Eilens had trouble when loading up and will not make it. More unfortunately, both Sonny Graese and Ryan Debroux are in the process of upgrading and are not ready to compete, so we'll have to run with four for a third straight year.

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED MINI
Bill Leischner piloted "Bobcat Jr." to a second-place finish in Fulton County and thus got to celebrate alongside the Boers. Another Dutch chassis, Jason Hathaway's "Honkin' Donkey Gray" (-27.5), took second ahead of the Koester tandem, dad Larry's "Footloose" (-42) and son Adam's "Beast of Burden" (-44) And Ken Veney, last year's Enderle winner, locked up fifth aboard "Funny Lil' Farmall" (-47.5).

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT UNLIMITED
As anticipated, Brandon Simon and "Simon Sez" earned their third division title in four seasons and their second in a row. His third and first won him a ring; brother R.J.'s first and fifth locked up a runner-up finish for "Simon Sez Show No Mercy" (-11). Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" and Craig Corzine's "Money Pit Screwed Up" (both -17) finished tied in points, but Wayson got the nod for third thanks to his win in Sandusky. And for the final Enderle berth, Paul Koontz' "Joker" (-33, +11 over sixth) beat out Ted Boyer's "Twist & Shout," which had to scratch from Session Two.

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED
Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" completed its first-ever championship with six wins on the season including a statement 315' pass in the afternoon session at Sandwich. His second place to 2016 champ Bret Berg and "Money Maker" in the evening class established his final margin over Berg at 15 points, the same advantage with which he had entered DeKalb County following a ring-winning Bowling Green sweep. Bob Jostock used two top-fives on the day to move up to third with "Wild Child" (-35) and ahead of Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" (-36), while Bill Douglas Jr.'s "Spook Gone Wild" (-41) survived a scare by Doug Lively's "Bank Robber" for fifth.

GRAND NATIONAL UNLIMITED
Chuck Knapp won his third straight GN title with "Screamin' D" (+29) He would have clinched anyway with a legal hook but never got the ramps wet as cloudburst after cloudburst soaked the Canfield infield. Kevin Criswell's "Blown Centless" and Brad Benedict's "Non-Cents All Screwed Up" (-42) finished second and third, Wayne Purser's "Uncle Sam" (-53) fourth, and Rose's "Giddy Up" (-57), which will add an engine after the Modifieds run, fifth.

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Road to the Enderle: Week 19 RN Report

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Roanoke, Tipton, and Old Washington are in the books, and so are all 37 Enderle qualifiers. Watch this space this week for changes to the invitation list.

LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A: George Everett and "Smokeless Alternative" clinched the Region II title at Logansport in a three-event, three-way point battle with Josh Hart and Jerry Yantes.
B: Kevin Lynn, entering the Marshfield-Ridgeland double down by a point, won the weekend with a pair of seconds to launch his "504 Rocket" into the Enderle to make it a red, blue, and green class. Update: Lynn declined his invitation, so the Spiegelbergs' "Detonator Black" will stand in the Rocket's stead.
C: Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapped up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.

HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: After leading from wire to wire, John Pfeiffer and "Pfeiffermax" made it official in Wauseon.
B: Ken Witt never got the chance to celebrate at Owatonna, so let's bid congratulations in this space to him and his "Mr. Yuk" on capturing the Region III/V open-fuel berth.
C: David Henderson's "Stray Horse Gone Wild" is your Enderle invitee after a strange day at Norwalk in which only two tractors---teammate Justin Nagel's "Stray Horse" and Duane Bauer's "Beaver Hunter Reloaded"---were healthy enough to make both hooks. Update: The "Horse" is staying in the barn next weekend, so the Degenhardts' "Diggin' Hard" is set to take its place. Upperdate: Bauer's McCormick is heading east after the Degenhardts didn't like their engine's sound while loading up.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May. Update: The Massey's under the weather, so Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" gets the nod.

SUPER FARM
A: Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" captured the wraparound Region II berth in Tipton reserved for the top point-earner. He'll be looking to clinch the overall title in Allegan on Wednesday; those points go in the bank toward the 2018 Pull-Off.
B: The Caseys' "Whoopie Maker" also won its invitation (the Region II second overall point-earner dating to Allegan 2016) officially at the Brodbeck Seed Fall Nationals. Matt will get the call to drive.
C: Jeff Larson and "Hot Wire" won on Saturday in Marshfield, and then Kyle hung on in Ridgeland to earn the Larsons' first trip to Urbana.
D: Chris Hales and "The Outlaw" staged a brilliant heist at Pinetops. They won Saturday's class to overcome a two-point deficit and surpass Phil Kelley by a single point.
E: But having been victorious in Decorah and Waverly around the rainout in Monticello, Kelley and the "Red-Blooded Binder" cruised to the Region V title and the Pull-Off berth.

LIGHT PRO STOCK
A: Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" has won the first-ever Region II Eastern Light Pro Stock championship; his second title in as many years.
B: Mike Palmer's "Red Avenger" won its Region II Western title in absentia in Tipton when the top three in points were not in attendance. No matter; welcome to the Enderle, Mike.
C: A year after winning the Wisconsin State title in his first season in Light Pro, Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" will make the Enderle on the strength of two wins and a third place.
D: Elizabeth City wasn't kind to Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" in the finish order (third and fourth out of four participants), but its lead was sufficient to send it to the Enderle for a second time as a Light Pro.

LIMITED PRO STOCK
A: Brad Boldry is your Region II champion. His "Smoke Fever" won twice and was never out of the top four in five hooks.
B: A down-the-order finish on Saturday in Central Wisconsin jeopardized Kevin Lindstrom's berth, but "Hyper Harvester"'s third in Ridgeland won him Region III and the invitation that goes with it.
C: Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" won the head-to-head with Lindstrom in Waverly, taking third to "Hyper"'s eighth and capturing the division, which had seven scheduled hooks in 23 days, by five.

TWO WHEEL DRIVE
A: The first Region II Eastern Two Wheel Drive title now officially belongs to Jeff Writsel's "At It Again."
B: It was a battle to the last hook in Tipton in the Western half of Region II, but Randy Petro's "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" escaped with a one-point margin over Brent Secrest's "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It."
C: Dustin Amundson clinched the Region III championship, his second of the season, in Sandwich with "Bottoms Up."
D: With his weekend sweep at Morgan's Corner, Steve Willson clinched his second straight Pull-Off berth with "Running Bear." Wife Crystal and "Her Dirty Money" finished four points back. Update: This invitation will go unclaimed, as Willson and every other Region IV point-earner were unable to attend.
E: With "Bottoms Up" having qualified twice, Rick Austin's "Dirt Flirt" gets the at-large bid as the second-highest point-earner across Regions III and V.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: Coming off wins in his last two hooks (including a GN W in Wauseon), Steve Elchinger's momentum stalled in Findlay. But his eighth-place finish there was jus' enough to clinch the Region II title and berth for "Jus' Passin' Thru" by one point.
B: Matthew Davis' "Outrage" held on in DeKalb County to win the Region III invitation.
C: Who "Seen" this coming? With a fourth and second and 58 points in Betsytown, Bunky Davis' "Seldom Seen" vaulted over three trucks to claim Region IV's berth.
D: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" averaged 28 points over Rockwell and New Hampton in his native northern Iowa to punch his ticket to Urbana.

MODIFIED MINI
A: Whew, that's a load off: The Bultmans' "Stress Relief" took the Region II Northern berth by two to return to the Enderle as the event's reigning champion.
B: David Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained" claimed its second berth as the rain was falling on Marietta. Check out Berth D for the implications.
C: Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" earned its second trip to the Enderle with its second second of the season in Marshfield.
D: As the runner-up in combined points across Region II South and Region IV, Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" now gets the at-large nod.
E: Hoffman found his four-leaf clover in New Hampton and had a brilliant performance with "Shakin' Shamrock" to win the two-hook shootout by three and become Region V's first MINI invitee.

MODIFIED
A: Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" captured the Region II Northwest berth with a third-place finish at Roanoke Park.
B. Old Washington on Monday saw Writsel crowned as the region's overall champion. Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare," the runner up in combined points, got the invitation by a scant 2.5-point margin over Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special" in the last close race of 2017.
C: The Kielmeyer Team will return to the Enderle regional ranks this year as the Region III MOD representative. Corey Kielmeyer and Dustin Amundson piloted "Double Trouble" to a second and first in Anoka; word is, Corey gets the driver's seat.
D: Sporting a new sized-up powerplant, Chip Street's "Wildfire" scored two fifth places at its former home track in Pinetops to claim the Region IV berth. Update: Chip can't come, so "Wildfire" will be replaced with the fellow single-turbine "Sly, Slick & Wicked" of Brent Adkins.

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Tom Arps, TWD Pioneer, Has Passed

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Tom Arps of Napoleon, Ohio. Mr. Arps competed for three decades with his "Black Widow" Chevrolet and was integral to the development and popularity of the Two Wheel Drive division.

Originally a Modified competitor, Mr. Arps was the NTPA's first Grand National 6,200-lb. Two Wheel Drive champion in 1983 and the division's Region III 5,800-lb. champ in 1987.

We will have additional details on funeral arrangements in this space as they are made available. Please think of the Arps family in their time of grief.

Scott Webb's Father Ed Has Died

We have been notified that Ed Webb, father of Light Pro Stock competitor Scott Webb (Ragin' Red), passed away on Monday, September 11.

We will post additional details concerning arrangements and services as they are known. Please keep Scott, his mom Karlene, and the Webb family in your thoughts.

"Triple" Doubles: Rosses Claim Second SSD Title in Wild Finish

SSD

Jody and Colin Ross (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania)
"Triple Bypass"
2017 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel Champions

Worthington, Ohio---Colin Ross was looking at gauges, wisps of smoke, and the 100' marker ahead of him when dad Jody climbed the left step of their "Triple Bypass" McCormick. The son had just aborted his first attempt at a division-clinching run hours after he had overtaken Travis Schlabach's wounded "Bone Twister" by a single point in the standings in the afternoon session at Sandwich. Schlabach would have to scratch from the evening session, but a challenge remained: the Blagrave Brothers' "Red Horse" had won the earlier class to move into a tie for second. Adding to the drama, Stan Blagrave had dropped his test hook on which he ran out of bounds. Well, whatever was exchanged between the elder and younger Rosses, man and machine responded with a gritty, fiery run to 316'. Six hooks later, Stan Blagrave did what he could in piloting "Red Horse" to 319' and its second victory of the day. But no one finished between them, and the tiebreaker favored the Rosses, six wins to five. Schlabach's scratch landed him in third, 15 points behind the leaders, while Hoosiers Steve Burge ("Lock-N-Load," -41) and Kent Payne ("Super Rooster," -46), completed the list of Enderle Pull-Off invitees.

Recurring Dream: Deck Completes Comeback to Capture SF Title

SF

Rod Deck (Winside, Nebraska)
"Dream On"
2017 NTPA Grand National Super Farm Champion

Worthington, Ohio---When competition began Saturday afternoon in Sandwich, Rod Deck faced a six-point deficit to Brad Hart's "Don't Ask" in his bid to repeat as Super Farm champion. Hart had settled in as the division's leader since his pair of thirds in Brandenburg, an event Deck swept to begin his midseason turnaround aboard "Dream On." He won for the third time on the season in the day's first session in DeKalb County to trim Hart's lead to four. Then, in the evening session, Deck pulled to 312' after Hart had been stopped at 304' eight hooks before, and the wait was on to see how many point-earning tractors would fall in between. Turns out, it would be precisely three, and so that win of a mere six hours before became the tiebreaker in Rod's favor. The Ferris family's "Absolutely Nuts" (-9), which led partway through the season, finished third, while two-time BG ring winner Dave Whelan's "My Last Excuse" (-22) got fourth. And fifth place---the final Enderle transfer position---was swapped among three tractors throughout the day; when the merry-go-round ended, Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" (-43) had claimed it by two points.

Fini: Pelletier Clinches First PS Championship

PS

Charles Pelletier (St. Armand, Quebec)
"CP Dream II"
2017 NTPA Grand National Pro Stock Champion

Worthington, Ohio---Charles Pelletier had plenty of memorable moments a season ago: Winning the Bowling Green ring on Super Sunday, celebrating his first Grand National victory in Hudsonville, hoisting a second first-place trophy in Sandwich. But at season's end, he had to stand to one side of the podium as Mike Conny's two John Deeres, "MAC Nasty" and "Mr. MAC Daddy," captured the top two spots in the championship standings. In 2017, Pelletier started strong on his quest to take center stage with three straight runner-up finishes while "MAC Nasty" dominated in the early going, and after a pair of top-threes in Chapel Hill, established himself as a long-run contender. Recovering from a DQ in Brandenburg, "CP Dream II" won in Mt. Sterling and again in Hudsonville, steadily widening its lead until, after Saturday night, it stood at 17 points over Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up!", which won earlier in the day to jump up in the standings. Conny's daughter Julia Ray drove "MAC Daddy" (-18) to its seventh win in the evening session to take third, while Robby Lemke's "New Generation Plus" (-21) and Danny Schmucker's "Rampage" (-38), the 2015 and 2014 champs, respectively, rounded out the top five. Pelletier's is the first Canadian championship won by a native of the province of Quebec and the first in a tractor division since 1973 (Gord Oughtred, 9,000 Super Stock).

Positively "Giddy": Half-Dozen Wins Pace Rose's Run to a Championship

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Ricky Rose (Glencoe, Minnesota)
"Giddy Up"
2017 NTPA Grand National Modified Champion

Worthington, Ohio---It started with a convincing 10' win in Ellsworth, but you could forgive Ricky Rose if he wasn't thinking "championship" that night. After all, his own Power Pull Nationals event in Hutchinson, with all the attendant preparations, was just six days away. But when the Modifieds' schedule resumed in Tomah, his "Giddy Up" twice finished second to the "Money Maker" of reigning champ Bret Berg (-15), and the march to a title began in earnest. Wins two weeks later in Rockwell and a month after that in Monroe got him out to a solid lead, and a sweep in Bowling Green made it comfortable. He and Berg played to a draw in Sandwich's two Tractor Day sessions with a first and a second apiece, in the process earning Rose his first Grand National title. Bob Jostock's "Wild Child" (-35) edged out Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" (-36) for third place, while the Jostock-prepared "Spook Gone Wild" piloted by Bill Douglas Jr. (-41) captured fifth.

Bang: Davis Wins His First GN Title with "The Punisher"

FWD

Peyton Davis (Tappahannock, Virginia)
"The Punisher"
2017 NTPA Grand National Four Wheel Drive Champion

Worthington, Ohio---A year after nearly closing the gap in Wauseon, Peyton Davis' "Punisher" was triumphant in Four Wheel Drive in 2017. Gaining and regaining the point lead after wins in Tomah and Langford, respectively, Davis' season was characterized by consistency: seven top-three finishes in 17 hooks and only one sub-20-point appearance. Davis' "Young Gun" (third, -18), new for this season, matched its stablemate in wins and nearly in top threes (six), giving the division's newest champ from the Old Dominion State a potential double threat well into the future. Finishing in between were the defending champion Holman Brothers and "4 Play" (-14), whose four wins in the last 11 hooks raised them from outside the top 10 to second place. Donald LaBonte's "Rock" (-20) won once and Rob Foster's "Simply Red" (-22) twice to get them Enderle Pull-Off bound.

Week 19 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---It has been 18 weeks since the first green flag waved on the 2017 NTPA season. And while the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, at which the final red flag will mark its end, is still a month away, national pulling in the Midwest reaches its finish line this week.

In Allegan, Michigan, it's the Allegan County Fair Pull on Wednesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. The final three Region II champions will be crowned in Super Farm, Pro Stock, and Modified Mini, while the Pros will pull for a raised Pro National purse. Leaders in these divisions are Stan Warda of Berrien Springs, Michigan ("Hammerin' Hank" SF, +28), Ryan Walters of Wharton, Ohio and the Whitneys of St. Marys, Ohio ("Chasin' Tail" and "Ground Force" PS, tied at +25), and David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play Unchained" MINI, +18). Allegan's results will count toward the 32nd Memorial Enderle Pull-Off. In fact, Warda and Lacey have already accepted invitations to the 2017 Enderle based on points accumulated through Tipton and Marietta.

Speaking of which, this Saturday, September 16 is the most prestigious single day in pulling: The 31st Memorial Enderle Pull-Off in Urbana, Ohio. Action begins at 5 p.m. with Regional National Session One, in which 37 competitors across nine divisions (Light Super Stock, Heavy Super Stock, Super Farm, Light Pro Stock, Limited Pro Stock, Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, Modified Mini, and Modified) will make one last run for the money. Then, around 7 p.m., Session Two's 65 Grand National pullers from 13 divisions (Light Super Stock, Super Stock Diesel, Super Stock Open, Super Farm, Pro Stock, Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, Super Semi, Modified Mini, Light Unlimited, Modified, and Unlimited) will close the curtain on the NTPA's premier circuit for 2017. In all, nearly $103,000 will be at stake on the twin tracks of the Champaign County Fairgrounds.

It's been a pleasure to be able to highlight so many great events on the NTPA's calendar all season long. We hope you've enjoyed learning about the competitors and tours that define NTPA Championship Pulling. For continuing in-depth season event coverage and exclusive offseason features, we invite you to pick up a copy of The Puller, the official magazine of the NTPA. It's available at ShopNTPA.com and at Tractor Supply Company stores. Even better, subscribe for one or two years for significant savings off the cover price. It's a publication custom-made for the serious pulling fan and makes a great Christmas present. Thanks for reading.

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Road to the Enderle: Week 18 RN Report (Sandwich, Roanoke Update)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Wow: We went from 17 settled berths after Week 16 all the way to 26 just seven days later. But that's the nature of champion-crowning season, of which we are square in the middle. We'll wrap up the remaining 11 by September 11---Monday in Old Washington, Ohio.

LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A: George Everett and "Smokeless Alternative" clinched the Region II title at Logansport in a three-event, three-way point battle with Josh Hart and Jerry Yantes.
B: Kevin Lynn, entering the Marshfield-Ridgeland double down by a point, won the weekend with a pair of seconds to launch his "504 Rocket" into the Enderle to make it a red, blue, and green class. Update: Lynn declined his invitation, so the Spiegelbergs' "Detonator Black" will stand in the Rocket's stead.
C: Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapped up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.

HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: After leading from wire to wire, John Pfeiffer and "Pfeiffermax" made it official in Wauseon.
B: Ken Witt never got the chance to celebrate at Owatonna, so let's bid congratulations in this space to him and his "Mr. Yuk" on capturing the Region III/V open-fuel berth.
C: David Henderson's "Stray Horse Gone Wild" is your Enderle invitee after a strange day at Norwalk in which only two tractors---teammate Justin Nagel's "Stray Horse" and Duane Bauer's "Beaver Hunter Reloaded"---were healthy enough to make both hooks. Update: The "Horse" is staying in the barn next weekend, so the Degenhardts' "Diggin' Hard" is set to take its place.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May. Update: The Massey's under the weather, so Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" gets the nod.

SUPER FARM
A: Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" is looking to nail down two prizes in the next eight days: first an Enderle berth in Tipton (+32), then a divisional title in Allegan (+30), an event that counts toward the 2018 Pull-Off.
B: But we take two to the Enderle from Region II, and the Caseys' "Whoopie Maker" (+15) just needs to drop the hook at the Brodbeck Seed Fall Nationals to clinch its berth.
C: Jeff Larson and "Hot Wire" won on Saturday in Marshfield, and then Kyle hung on in Ridgeland to earn the Larsons' first trip to Urbana.
D: Chris Hales and "The Outlaw" staged a brilliant heist at Pinetops. They won Saturday's class to overcome a two-point deficit and surpass Phil Kelley by a single point.
E: But having been victorious in Decorah and Waverly around the rainout in Monticello, Kelley and the "Red-Blooded Binder" cruised to the Region V title and the Pull-Off berth.

LIGHT PRO STOCK
A: The Canton and Marietta washouts narrowed this race to a single hook in Guernsey County this Monday. Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" (+17) just needs to make it to the track to clinch its second straight title and Enderle berth.
B: "Red Avenger Classic" (-2) has been reeling in "Red Avenger" over the last couple of weeks. Fortunately for Mike Palmer, he's a winner either way, and just needs to hook one of them in Tipton on Saturday. Hoping he doesn't is Larry Black's "Endless Torment" (-29).
C: A year after winning the Wisconsin State title in his first season in Light Pro, Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" will make the Enderle on the strength of two wins and a third place.
D: Elizabeth City wasn't kind to Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" in the finish order (third and fourth out of four participants), but its lead was sufficient to send it to the Enderle for a second time as a Light Pro.

LIMITED PRO STOCK
A: Brad Boldry is your Region II champion. His "Smoke Fever" won twice and was never out of the top four in five hooks.
B: A down-the-order finish on Saturday in Central Wisconsin jeopardized Kevin Lindstrom's berth, but "Hyper Harvester"'s third on Sunday coupled with Jason Rosenquist's misfortune won him Region III and the invitation that goes with it.
C: Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" won the head-to-head with Lindstrom in Waverly, taking third to "Hyper"'s eighth and capturing the division, which had seven scheduled hooks in 23 days, by five.

TWO WHEEL DRIVE
A: The Two Wheelers were the only class to run in soggy Stark County, and then they hiked to the westernmost Eastern event, Findlay, to reduce the tour to just Old Washington. With a second and first this weekend, Jeff Writsel's lead with "At It Again" is now 24 over Howard Antram's "Thunder Wagon II."
B: In Roanoke, Randy Petro's sixth with "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" combined with Brent Secrest's devastating DQ on the last hook of the class in "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" resulted in a four-point separation. Tough, but not impossible to overcome.
C: Dustin Amundson clinched the Region III championship, his second of the season, in Sandwich with "Bottoms Up."
D: With his weekend sweep at Morgan's Corner, Steve Willson clinched his second straight Pull-Off berth with "Running Bear." Wife Crystal and "Her Dirty Money" finished four points back.
E: With "Bottoms Up" having qualified twice, Rick Austin's "Dirt Flirt" gets the at-large bid as the second-highest point-earner across Regions III and V.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: Coming off wins in his last two hooks (including a GN W in Wauseon), Steve Elchinger's momentum stalled in Findlay. But his eighth-place finish there was jus' enough to clinch the Region II title and berth for "Jus' Passin' Thru" by one point.
B: Matthew Davis' "Outrage" held on in DeKalb County to win the Region III invitation.
C: Who "Seen" this coming? With a fourth and second and 58 points in Betsytown, Bunky Davis' "Seldom Seen" vaulted over three trucks to claim Region IV's berth.
D: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" averaged 28 points over Rockwell and New Hampton in his native northern Iowa to punch his ticket to Urbana.

MODIFIED MINI
A: Whew, that's a load off: The Bultmans' "Stress Relief" took the Region II Northern berth by two to return to the Enderle as the event's reigning champion.
B: David Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained" claimed its second berth as the rain was falling on Marietta. Check out Berth D for the implications.
C: Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" earned its second trip to the Enderle with its second second of the season in Marshfield.
D: As the runner-up in combined points across Region II South and Region IV, Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" now gets the at-large nod.
E: Hoffman found his four-leaf clover in New Hampton and had a brilliant performance with "Shakin' Shamrock" to win the two-hook shootout by three and become Region V's first MINI invitee.

MODIFIED
A: Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" captured the Region II Northwest berth with a third-place finish at Roanoke Park.
B. Old Washington on Monday will likely see Writsel crowned as the region's overall champion. In that case, the runner up in combined points gets the invitation, and  it's down to a 1.5-point race between Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare" and Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special."
C: The Kielmeyer Team will return to the Enderle regional ranks this year as the Region III MOD representative. Corey Kielmeyer and Dustin Amundson piloted "Double Trouble" to a second and first in Anoka; word is, Corey gets the driver's seat.
D: Sporting a new sized-up powerplant, Chip Street's "Wildfire" scored two fifth places at its former home track in Pinetops to claim the Region IV berth. Interestingly, four of the six point-earning vehicles were turbine-powered.

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"Up"ping Their Game: Deeter Wins SSD 4x4s' Inaugural GN Title

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Joshua Deeter (Avella, Pennsylvania)
"Up in Smoke"
2017 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive Champion

Worthington, Ohio---They can't say they weren't warned. When Josh Deeter convincingly swept his two hooks at the 2015 National Tractor Pulling Championships, he served notice that his "Up in Smoke" class-project Chevrolet would be a force on the national stage. Fast-forward two years, and he has become the division's first champion at the Grand National level, with wins in Fort Recovery and Salem amid six finishes of fourth place or better in nine competitive hooks. Turns out the Bowling Green ring has been a pretty good predictor of 2017 success: Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" (second, -10, three wins) was the 2016 winner, while Shane Kellogg's "Trump" (third, -19, one win) captured it this year. Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (-27, one win) took fourth place, while Justin Gearhart's "Cream of the Crop" (-36) won the final hook of the season in Sandwich to claim fifth place and an Enderle berth on a tiebreaker.

Top Cat: Team Effort Wins First International GN Championship

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Bobcat Jr. Team (Netherlands; Weldon, Illinois; Washington, Pennsylvania; Fitchburg, Massachusetts)
"Bobcat Jr."
2017 NTPA Grand National Modified Mini Champion

Worthington, Ohio---Berrie Boer, Bertus Boer, Jason Hathaway, Phillip Fairbanks, Bill Leischner, and Bart Sluis each took their turns steering "Bobcat Jr.," and each can claim credit for keeping the 2017 Grand National champion Modified Mini atop the standings from the second session at Benson onward. These six drivers combined for four wins, four seconds, four thirds, and three fourths in 19 competitive hooks. The result was a 27.5-point winning margin and the first GN championship ever won by a team based outside of North America, adding to the robust pulling tradition of the Boers' native Netherlands. Hathaway's own "Honkin' Donkey Gray" finished second with three victories on the season. Larry and Adam Koester's "Footloose" (-42, one win) and "Beast of Burden" (-44) took third and fourth and Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall" (-47.5, two wins) fifth.

Six Pack: Petros Close in on a Decade of Dominance

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Jessie Petro (Camden, Ohio)
"Buckeye Hauler"
2017 NTPA Grand National Two Wheel Drive Champion

Worthington, Ohio---In each of Jessie Petro's six championship seasons with "Buckeye Hauler," the key to the title has been the literal "home stretch": The latter portion of the season's hooks that are located in his native Ohio. Petro's pickup's pick-me-up came a little earlier this year, when a 58-point performance in Brandenburg in mid-July vaulted him to the top of the standings. From then until the Canfield rainout that terminated the season, Jessie registered 185 of a possible 195 points to edge dad Randy's "Kathy's Komplaint" by five. Together, the father-son duo has won the last nine Grand National Two Wheel Drive trophies ("2 Timin'" 2009, "Kathy's Komplaint" 2010-2011) and 11 overall (1995, 2001). Among the rest of the top five, Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" (-8) claimed the season's first hook in Benson, Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" (-25) had three straight 30-point finishes from Tomah to Ionia, and Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" had a midseason rally (138 of 150) around her victory in Meade County..

Scream 3: Knapp Captures Latest UNL Title Following Eight-Win Season

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Chuck Knapp (Charles City, Iowa)
"Screamin' D"
2017 NTPA Grand National Unlimited Champion

Worthington, Ohio---At least one win at every multi-hook venue and a Fort Recovery sweep. No finishes lower than third. And a 29-point final margin. After this season, the "D" in "Screamin' D" doesn't just denote "Dee," it defines "domination"---and possibly "dynasty," as Chuck Knapp became the first Unlimited competitor since Bill Voreis ("American Thunder," 2005-2010) to win three straight titles. Criswell/Benedict Team tractors "Blown Centless" and "Non-Cents All Screwed Up" (-42) fought valiantly and scored a win apiece, as did both Wayne Purser's "Uncle Sam" (-53) and Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (-57). But unlike the nailbiter 2015 title clinched on the final hook in Canfield or the 2016 comeback from a midseason double-digit deficit, Chuck and son/crew chief Kyloe led this race from pole to pole..

Mary Eder, Mother of Joe and Buck, Has Passed

We regret to inform you of the death on Sunday, September 3 of Mary Ann Eder, 84, of Carthage, North Carolina. Mrs. Eder was the mother of MOD/UNL competitor Joe Eder and Langford event promoter Buck Eder of North Collins, New York.

Alongside her husband Martin, who passed in September of 2015, Mrs. Eder worked as the secretary of Eder Lumber Company and on the family's dairy farm. She is survived by sons Kenneth (Patti), Robert (Barbara), Michael (Sherri), and Joseph (Karla); eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her full obituary may be found here.

A memorial service for Mrs. Eder will be held in North Collins at a later date. Please keep the Eder family in your prayers today.

Road to the Enderle: Week 17 GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---Eight Grand National divisions were active throughout last week---Super Stock Open, Super Farm, Pro Stock, and Modified Mini (three hooks apiece), Four Wheel Drive and Unlimited (two hooks apiece), and Two Wheel Drive and Super Stock Diesel 4x4 (one hook apiece)---and the Opens crowned a champion Friday night. Four more divisions will determine their champs and Enderle qualifiers by week's end in a busy Week 17.

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT SUPER STOCK
The owner/driver/tractor team of Mike Chizek, Brian Korth, and "Considered Armed & Dangerous" are your champions once more, but not before BG ring winner Jason Hootman and "The Commander" (-1) chipped away at their lead by a point per session at Bowling Green. In addition to winning their fourth straight title and seventh in the last eight years, Chizek and Korth also qualified team tractors "Excessive Force" (-5) and "Deadly Force" (-15.5) for the Enderle. Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" (-20) held onto the final transfer spot by seven-and-a-half points over Session Three winner Larry Phillips and "Extremely Insane."

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL
For the division, the lead of Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" is down to one after an assault by Jody and Colin Ross' "Triple Bypass." In winning their second straight ring, the Rosses picked up five points on Schlabach and are now bound for a head-to-head two-hook battle in DeKalb County at the Sandwich Fair on Saturday, September 9. The Blagraves are keeping this a three-horse race ("Red Horse," -3), while Kent Payne's fourth on Saturday with "Super Rooster" (+12 over sixth) and Steve Burge's win on Friday ("Lock-N-Load," +10) earned them a little breathing room over John Raymond's "Smoke-n-Mirrors" (sixth).

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK OPEN
What a heart-stopping way to win; what a gut-wrenching way to lose. John Strickland and "GALOT II" entered the Friday Night Spectacular down by a point after trading blows with Josh Blackbourn's "International Threat" (-1) at the Great Darke County Fair. To overcome the deficit, Strickland would either have to pass Blackbourn with a GN-licensed tractor in between or win the class outright. They and their two teammates qualified for the pull-off, and the teammates---Terry Blackbourn's "Extremely Armed & Dangerous" (-4) and Brent Payne's "GALOT" (-13)---pulled first and second. Up third, Blackbourn popped a charger just a few feet into his pull and made it to only 52'. Up fourth, Strickland got by Payne by less than 2' to clinch the championship. Notably, "GALOT II" and "International Threat" ended up one-two for the second straight year, and both they and "Extremely A&D" scored three wins apiece. Jordan Lustik and "Silver Bullet" (-52) finished fifth.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER FARM
Solid finishes in Hudsonville and Wellington (fifth, second, and eighth) extended the lead of Brad Hart's "Dont' Ask" to six over Rod Deck's "Dream On" and to 10 over the Ferris' "Absolutely Nuts." But two Saturday hooks at Sandwich, a brand new Super Farm venue, loom large. Dave Whelan's "My Last Excuse" (+10 over sixth) and Bryan Deck's "One Bad Apple" (+6) are currently on the Enderle list; hoping to unseat them with a productive trek to Illinois are Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere (sixth) and Ferris team tractor "Assorted Nuts" (-10 from fifth).

GRAND NATIONAL PRO STOCK
The site of his first Grand National win in 2016 was again kind to Charles Pelletier, as his victory Tuesday night with "CP Dream II" gained him 10 points in the standings on Mike Conny's "MAC Nasty" (-14). Conny swung back with a huge win the next night---his sixth of the year---but only made up one point due to "II"'s second place. Though they have eight wins and eight runner-up finishes between them, it marked the first time they finished one-two since Hutchinson in June. Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up!" (-22, +22 over sixth) and Robby Lemke's "New Generation Plus" (-23, +21) had a nice points week (82 and 78, respectively, of a possible 90) to solidify their Enderle status, while Danny Schmucker and "Rampage" (+10 over sixth) will now be working to fend off dad Kevin ("Git-Er-Dun Deere," sixth) and Tim Cain's "Red Gambler" (-17 from fifth) starting at his hometown event in Canton..

GRAND NATIONAL TWO WHEEL DRIVE
A second place in Greenville put son Jessie Petro and "Buckeye Hauler" three more points ahead of dad Randy ("Kathy's Komplaint," -5) in Jessie's quest for a sixth consecutive Two Wheel Drive title. Of course you remember that the son's lead was nine entering Canfield last year, and all but one point was whittled away in that eventful evening. Canfield 2016 winner Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" (-8) cooled off a little in Darke County but remains in the hunt, while Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" (-25, +14 over sixth) and Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" (-31, +8) are striving to keep purple in the mix with Enderle red. Tied for sixth are the surging "Second Degree" of Ashley Corzine and Jessie's "P5"; LeAnn Tormoehlen-May's "Thriller" sits 13 back of fifth.

GRAND NATIONAL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A legal hook in Fulton County will clinch Peyton Davis' first Four Wheel Drive title. His "Punisher" (+17) survived Jim Holman's victory in Hudsonville aboard "4 Play" by returning the next night with a runner-up finish and a 29-point dagger. Rob Foster's Wednesday win moved his "Simply Red" (-26, +4 over sixth) into third, while Donald LaBonte's "Rock" (+3) and Davis' "Young Gun" (+2) have a slippery grasp on the last two Enderle invitations. Ted Skelton's "Rock" (sixth), Lisa Peterson's "Profab" (-7 from fifth) and husband Larry's "Profab Geared Up" (-9) will try to wrest them away in Wauseon.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER STOCK DIESEL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
Josh Deeter's "Up in Smoke" has led this division since Friday night in Fort Recovery, but the top contenders in Bowling Green---Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" (-9) and Shane Kellogg's "Trump" (-17, +16 over sixth)---stayed hot Wednesday night in Greenville, finishing first and second in the pull-off. Only Atley can catch Deeter when they hook in Sandwich on Thursday night. The race for the first-ever GN Enderle berth, however, is another story, as Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (+11) sits fourth and Brion Withrow's "Nut Job" fifth, the latter having only a tiebreak advantage over Matt Clemons' "Alter Ego." One of Shawn Hodges' "On Borrowed Time" (-2 from fifth), Van Haisley's "Rock Hard Ram" (-3), Justin Gearhart's "Cream of the Crop" (-4), the Haisley/Bair "Off Constantly" (-7), and Chris Ryan's "Big Bad Dodge" (-9) could still make it in, too.

GRAND NATIONAL SUPER SEMI
Having scored a perfect 120 points in its last four hooks---including a second, a win, and a ring in Bowling Green---Dan Prahl's "Full Tilt" broke the pinball machine and is your 2017 Grand National champion. Chasing valiantly to the end was three-time titlist Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" (-1), who entered and left Bowling Green a point down, albeit to different leaders. Lonny Sailor's "Holy Smokes" (fifth, -9) wafted into Wood County with the advantage; though he couldn't hold on, his first Enderle berth is a pretty nice consolation prize. Also reporting to Urbana on Saturday, September 16 will be Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare" (-2) and the Eilens' "Just Passin' Thru in Class" (-5). Just missing out is Sonny Graese's "Stacks" (-5 from fifth).

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED MINI
The hook in Wauseon is a formality, as the "Bobcat Jr." Team holds a 22.5-point advantage over Jason Hathaway's "Honkin' Donkey Gray." And with a legal hook apiece, the remainder of the top five will be set as well: Larry Koester's "Footloose" (third, -33), Adam Koester's "Beast of Burden" (fourth, -41), and Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall" (fifth, -43.5, +27.5 over sixth), though some jostling is still possible.

GRAND NATIONAL LIGHT UNLIMITED
As anticipated, Brandon Simon and "Simon Sez" earned their third division title in four seasons and their second in a row. His third and first won him a ring; brother R.J.'s first and fifth locked up a runner-up finish for "Simon Sez Show No Mercy" (-11). Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" and Craig Corzine's "Money Pit Screwed Up" (both -17) finished tied in points, but Wayson got the nod for third thanks to his win in Sandusky. And for the final Enderle berth, Paul Koontz' "Joker" (-33, +11 over sixth) beat out Ted Boyer's "Twist & Shout," which had to scratch from Session Two.

GRAND NATIONAL MODIFIED
Domination. It's the word that springs to mind to describe Ricky Rose's weekend in which he swept the Modifieds' two Bowling Green hooks by a total of 45 feet over twice-runner-up Doug Lively ("Bank Robber," -34, -6 from fifth). Rose and his "Giddy Up" have opened up a 15-point bulge on second-place Bret Berg's "Money Maker" with only two hooks left on Tractor Day in Sandwich. Completing his weekend with a third place on Saturday afternoon in Wood County, Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" (+14 over sixth) is now in that position in the standings. Teammates Bob Jostock ("Wild Child," +11) and Bill Douglas Jr. ("Spook Gone Wild," +6) are now tasked with keeping Lively in check to make the Enderle.

GRAND NATIONAL UNLIMITED
Hooks in western and northern Ohio resulted in a pair of second places for point leader Chuck Knapp and his "Screamin' D" (+29), making the Canfield track his near-certain victory lap for a third straight season. Kevin Criswell's "Blown Centless" and Brad Benedict's "Non-Cents All Screwed Up" (-42) are pretty well locked into second and third, while Wayne Purser's "Uncle Sam" (-53, +10 over sixth) and Wellington winner Rose (+6) will battle under the rooster's watchful eye both for fourth and to keep David Richardson's "For Sale" (sixth) at bay.

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2017 GN Champs: LSS, Semi, LT UNL, SSO

SSO

John Strickland (Clinton, North Carolina)
GALOT II
2017 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Open Champion

Worthington, Ohio---In 2016, a sweep of the three Ohio weeknight classes by the Wells-Payne-Strickland team steadily widened the winning margin for John Strickland's "Get a Load of That II." In 2017, that margin refused to budge beyond a single marker. Down a point entering Wellington, Ohio's Friday Night Spectacular after a seesaw battle with Josh Blackbourn's "International Threat" (-1) in Greenville, the drama was intensified when those two contending tractors---along with their respective teammates "GALOT" (-13) and "Extremely Armed & Dangerous" (-4) ---qualified for a pull-off. Terry Blackbourn set the pace and ultimately won the class with a 336.5'. Brent Payne arrived second and pulled 308.5'. And when "Threat" suffered turbocharger problems at the line, it still wasn't over, as Strickland would have to get past Payne to go ahead by one. He went ahead by one, all right: 1.88' (310.4') to claim a second consecutive open-fuel Super Stock title. Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet" (-52), absent from Lorain County, still earned a ticket to Champaign County.


LSS

Chizek/Korth Earn Fourth Straight GN LSS Title

Mike Chizek (Newton, WI) and Brian Korth (Beaver Dam, WI)
"Considered Armed & Dangerous"
2017 NTPA Grand National Light Super Stock Champion

Worthington, Ohio---If the tougher the battle, the sweeter the fruits of victory, then the Armed & Dangerous Team's latest Light Super Stock Championship is a candy-coated clementine. The Mike Chizek-owned, Brian Korth-driven "Considered Armed & Dangerous" assumed a three-point lead for the first time this season in Langford, then held off Jason Hootman's "Commander" (-1) for two hooks in Bowling Green, conceding one point per session. Hootman's possession of the point lead through four appearances marked the first time since 2013 that a non-A&D tractor topped the standings for more than one hook in a season; Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" (fifth, -20) led after Brandenburg in 2016. The Korth/Chizek squad also put its two other tractors in the top five (and thus, the Enderle Pull-Off): "Excessive Force" (-5) finished third and "Deadly Force" (-) fourth.


SEMI

Full Tilt Boogie: Dan Prahl Wins First GN SEMI Title

Dan Prahl (Sunburg, Minnesota)
"Dan's Diesel Full Tilt"
2017 NTPA Grand National Super Semi Champion

Worthington, Ohio---It's fair to say that Dan Prahl's "Full Tilt" came through in the clutch. It's fairer to say that his clutch came through for him---barely. Fighting driveline issues all weekend at Tomah, the second event of the season, Prahl on two occasions needed two attempts and some hot-pit wrenching to make competitive passes. Had either one of those resulted in a hook-and-broke, he would not have been able to establish his eventual margin of victory: one point over reigning champion Dean Holicky and "Mother Trucker." At season's end, Prahl streaked to his first division title with four straight 30-point performances (three wins and one second) in Rockwell, Morley, and Bowling Green, in the process passing by Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare" (third, -2), the Eilens' "Just Passin' Thru in Class" (-5), and Lonny Sailor's "Holy Smokes" (-9) in the standings.


LtUNL

Go for Three---Wait, Did You Say "Simon Sez"?

Brandon Simon (Farley, Iowa)
"Simon Sez"
2017 NTPA Grand National Light Unlimited Champion

Worthington, Ohio---Leading wire-to-wire across nine scheduled hooks, Brandon Simon and "Simon Sez" captured their third Grand National championship in four seasons. Following a season-opening rainout in Tomah, Simon scored four wins (Tomah Session Two, Ionia Session One, Fort Recovery Session One, and Bowling Green Session Two), three seconds, and one third en route to an 11-point margin of victory over team tractor "Simon Sez Show No Mercy," driving duties for which were split between Brandon and his brother R.J. Overall, the Simon Sez Team earned seven of eight possible wins. Finishing 17 points back were both Keith Wayson's "Super Bee," the 2015 GN champ, and Craig Corzine's "Money Pit Screwed Up," a new and highly successful entry to the field this season; on the strength of his victory in Sandusky, Wayson claimed third. Paul Koontz' "Joker" (-33) rounded out the top five and claimed the final Enderle Pull-Off berth.

Week 18 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---It's another week for crowning Grand National, Region II, and Region III champions as the National Tractor Pullers Association's regular season winds down. Here's what's coming up in Week 18.

On September 7 and 9, it's the DeKalb County Fair NTPA Grand Nationals in Sandwich, Illinois. Thursday, "Truck Night," features the finale of Grand National Super Stock Diesel 4x4s and Region III Two Wheel Drives and Four Wheel Drives, plus the region's lone appearance of Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.6 Trucks, all on the twin tracks starting at 6:30 p.m. Central and streaming live at WatchNTPA.com. Holding the lead in each of these divisions are Josh Deeter of Avella, Pennsylvania ("Up in Smoke" SSD 4x4, +9), Dustin Amundson of Nerstrand, Minnesota ("Bottoms Up" TWD, +11), and Matthew Davis of Jefferson, Wisconsin ("Outrage" FWD, +5).

Then on Saturday, "Tractor Day," the Grand National Super Farms will make their DeKalb County debut and determine their champion alongside Super Stock Diesels, Pro Stocks, and Modifieds in two sessions at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Central, and again viewable worldwide at WatchNTPA.com. Presently on top are Brad Hart of Clayton, Michigan ("Don't Ask" SF, +6), Travis Schlabach of Marengo, Iowa ("Bone Twister" SSD, +1), Charles Pelletier of St. Armand, Quebec ("CP Dream II" PS, +14), and Ricky Rose of Glencoe, Minnesota ("Giddy Up" MOD, +15).

"Sandwiched" in-between is the Thunder in the Park in Roanoke, Indiana and five Region II classes on Friday, September 8 at 7 p.m. Light Pro Stocks (II-West), Limited Pro Stocks, Two Wheel Drives (II-West), StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0s, and Multi-Engine Modifieds will entertain the crowd at the Roanoke Fall Festival. Leading the pack in each division are Mike Palmer of Greenville, Ohio ("Red Avenger" LT PS, +6), Brad Boldry of Rochester, Indiana ("Smoke Fever" LIM PS, +6), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio and Brent Secrest of Coldwater, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" and "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" TWD, tied +52), Rob Wright of McArthur, Ohio ("All Attitude" PSD 4x4 3.0, +14), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD, +20.5). It's the end of the line for the Limited Pros, and we'll crown a champ.

On Saturday, September 9 at 8 p.m., it's the inaugural Brodbeck Seed Fall Nationals in Tipton, Indiana and three more regional classes: Super Farms, Light Pros, and Two Wheelers. It's the final hook in the West for both the Lights and the wheelstanders, while the Super Farms, led by Stan Warda of Berrien Springs, Michigan ("Hammerin' Hank" SF, +30), have one more hook in Michigan.

And on Monday, September 11 at 7 p.m., Old Washington, Ohio and the Guernsey County Fair Pull finish off the Light Pros and Two Wheel Drives (both II-East), StainlessDiesel.com 3.0s, and Modifieds. The two Eastern subregions are led by Kendall Houk of Lynchburg, Ohio ("Nothing Special" LT PS, +17) and Jeff Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("At It Again" TWD, +24).

So that leaves just two points events on the schedule for 2017: next Wednesday, September 13 in Allegan, Michigan and Friday-Sunday, October 13-15 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Both events' regional classes will count toward next year's Enderle Pull-Off. As for this year's Enderle, you'll read all about that in Week 19's preview. See you then.

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

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

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