Story by Darren Heartwell
Jessie Petro continued his record-setting career by winning his fifth consecutive Grand National championship in 2016. This is the eighth consecutive championship for the Petro Motorsports Team, which this season placed four trucks in the top seven in GN points. Randy Petro finished in second with “Kathy’s Komplaint”—just one point behind “Buckeye Hauler”—Jessie parked “P5” in fifth, and cousin Joey Frasur finished seventh with “Runnin’ Block.”
Jessie started the season off with his worst finish of the year, a 26th place in Benson, North Carolina in Session One, but he bounced back to finish second in Session Two. He parked “Buckeye Hauler” in fourth in Session Three at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin and 19th in Session Four.
Randy earned the team’s first win of the season with “Kathy’s Komplaint” on Friday night in Ionia, Michigan while Jessie drove “Buckeye Hauler” to fourth and second.
The next weekend, the Meade County NTPA Nationals in Brandenburg, Kentucky was once again a great event for the team. Jessie earned the first GN win for “P5” on Friday night and Joey Frasur parked “Runnin’ Block” on top on Saturday night. “Buckeye Hauler” was fifth and seventh at this event.
Jessie finished third in “Buckeye Hauler” in Wapakoneta, Ohio, then won the first hook at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green to take over the points lead. He finished fifth in Session Four to extend that lead, then triumphed in the Super Sunday invitational with “P5” to earn the ring. This amazing weekend gave the team good momentum to finish the season with three Ohio hooks to go.
Jessie finished first with “Buckeye Hauler” in Greenville, then followed that up with a seventh place in Wellington to carry a nine-point lead into the final event of the season in Canfield. Jessie finished 11th there to clinch his record fifth consecutive title in this division.
Jessie would like to thank his parents Randy and Kathy, his girlfriend Jessica and daughter Audrey, Joey Frasur, Justin and Brandon Dake, Alex Honican, Joanna and Tom Dunaway, Mark Stelle, and Terry Frasur.
Jessie would also like to acknowledge and thank Bob Miner, JDF Performance, CFH, Fowler Engines, CM Pulling Tires, Full Pull Motorsports, Shell, Case IH, Cen-Pe-Co, and the NTPA.