Story by Darren Heartwell
Dean Holicky earned his third consecutive Grand National championship in 2016 with the “Mother Trucker” Peterbilt. He won the first hook and the final two to bookend the season.
Dean said that the highlight of the season was “seeing our friends, Bill Daluge, Eric Gregory, and Blake Kolles take the truck to Rockwell, Iowa and get a second and first place. We didn’t expect them to do that well.
“It was a challenge preparing the truck for a friend who had never driven it before and then watching him have success. We were on a family vacation and watched it on live stream. We were very excited!”
Dean started out the season with a win at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin and a fourth in the second hook. The truck finished second in Session One in Rockwell, and then Bill Daluge won in his second time in the seat of “Mother Trucker” in Session Two to take over the points lead.
“We came home from vacation a day early [and] put a turbo on the truck for Peoria, Illinois, but unfortunately that event was rained out.”
Dean was back in the seat and finished second in Morley, Michigan. He finished third and second at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green to take a one-point lead into the final hook of the year. There, Holicky was clutch once again, winning in Sandwich, Illinois to clinch another title. He capped the season by winning the Enderle Pull-Off invitational for the first time.
Holicky stated, “The truck ran flawlessly this summer with no major breakage.” Dean would like to thank his wife Beth; his kids Rachel, Katelyn and Casey; and his brother Danny. He wanted to acknowledge the late Bob Tuma, Bill and Shannon Daluge, Eric and Kenzie Gregory, Jon Halderson, Blake Kolles, Riverside Engines, Cyclone Machine, Columbus Diesel, Profab, Zumbrota Bearing and Gear (ZBAG), Jack and Trudy Kielmeyer, special helpers at home—Eric Gostomzcik, Troy Anderson and Bernie LaCanne—Bret and Jeannie Berg, Chris and Tracy Martin, the NTPA, the tech officials, the promoters, and the fans.