Story by Darren Heartwell
Mike Chizek and Brian Korth continued their domination of the Light Super Stock class in 2016. The Armed & Dangerous team won six of the eight GN hooks. The GN champion tractor, “Excessive Force,” won four hooks, and the “Considered Armed & Dangerous” tractor won two events and finished third in GN points.
2016 marked the third consecutive championship for this team and sixth in seven years. Chizek stated, “That’s quite an accomplishment,” while Korth added, “It’s the whole team that made it possible, from the tire cutter to the engine builder to the chassis builder.” They both agreed that it was “definitely a lot tougher this year. Our competitors are right on our heels!”
In addition to their established championship-winning tractors, the team added a third Case IH, “Triple Barrel,” to the stable this year. They said that trying to get the bugs worked out of that tractor was one of the biggest challenges of the season.
The season started off in Benson, North Carolina with a win for the “Considered” tractor in the first hook and a win for “Excessive Force” on the second hook. The team switched the order at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, where “Excessive Force” won the first hook and “Considered” won the second to take the points lead following that event. Chizek said that winning both hooks in their home state was one of the highlights of the season.
Korth parked “Excessive Force” in third place on Friday night in Brandenburg, Kentucky to take a points lead he would not surrender. He won on Saturday night to extend his lead with just two points hooks remaining.
“Excessive Force” was fourth in the first hook at Bowling Green, Ohio’s 50th National Tractor Pulling Championships. Korth clinched the title in dramatic fashion with a win in Session Four.
Mike and Brian both acknowledge Terry and Josh Blackbourn at Blackbourn Racing Components and Mark Korth at K3 Tire for their support. Mike sends special thanks to his wife Debbie and son Cody, Brian Korth, and the guys in the shop at Chizek Transport. Brian thanks his wife Renee, and Mike Chizek.