Worthington, Ohio---Following a restful extended holiday weekend, the National Tractor Pullers Association is back to work, presenting six events covering eight sessions in the next seven days.
We'll begin in Shelbyville, Indiana on Wednesday, July 5, when the Shelby County Fair hosts two classes in the western subregion of Region II: Light Pro Stocks and Two Wheel Drives. Knotted atop the Light Pros with 57 points apiece, each with a win and a fourth place on the season, are Matt Durbin's "Side Winder" and Mike Palmer's "Red Avenger." Larry Black's "Endless Torment" is three back. Brent Secrest's "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" holds the top slot among the Two Wheelers; his fourth at Rushville was best among regional competitors. The Petro family's "2 Timin'" (-1) and Jim Roberts' "Hair Dryer Gone Blown" (-2) are Secrest's closest challengers early in this race.
Then it's on to the Marion County Fair in Marion, Ohio on Thursday, July 6 for three classes: Light Pros (II-East), Two Wheel Drives (II-East), and Modifieds. It's the first scheduled hook for the wheelstanders in the Eastern subregion, while only one hook's in the books for the Light Pros and Modifieds thus far. The Beasleys' "Farmall Fever" (30) and "Hi-Gear Harvester" (-1) are top-two among the Light Pros, with 2016 titlist Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" at -2. His fellow champ Ryan Writsel and "Lucky Stryke" hold a one-point lead in the Mods over Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare"; Mike Schoenemann's "Feelin' Froggy Extreme" (-2) sits third.
Then, 500 miles apart and both located at parks dedicated solely to pulling, come two of the more highly anticipated Friday-Saturday shows on the calendar. In Arcola, Indiana, just west of Fort Wayne, are Regional National classes of Heavy Super Stock and Light Pro Stock (West) Tractors and Minis and Multi-Engine Modifieds on both July 7 and 8 beginning at 7 p.m., with Four Wheel Drives joining in on Friday and Two Wheel Drives and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0s coming to play on Saturday. John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" leads the Supers after his win at Rushville; Ed Johnson's "Big Johnson" (-1) and Heath Weilnau's "Sin Wagon" (-2) alkies are close behind. Jake Zaring's "Fatheadz Eyewear" leads the doorslammers on the strength of his win at Preble; his "Dixie Chopper" is third (-2) with Jim Bosch's "Midnight Raider" in between. And after two hooks, Adam Hallien's "Wrecker" leads the PSD 4x4s (59); the "All Attitude" of Rob Wright (-3) and the "Flirtin' with Disaster" of Jeff Hossler (-4) round out the top three entering Saturday's action.
Meanwhile, in Rockwell, Iowa, just south of Mason City, it's the North Iowa Nationals on July 7 and 8 at 6 p.m. featuring four Grand National classes---Super Stock Diesel and Super Farm Tractors, Super Semis, and Multi-Engine Modifieds---and opening the Region V schedule for Limited Pro Stocks, Two Wheelers and Four Wheelers. GN point leaders entering the contest include Jody and Colin Ross' "Triple Bypass" SSD (162; Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" -1; the Blagraves' "Red Horse" -13), Bryan Deck's "One Bad Apple" SF (109; Brad Hart's "Don't Ask" -2, the Ferris family's "Assorted Nuts" -4 and "Absolutely Nuts" -5), Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" SEMI (101; Lonny Sailor's "Holy Smokes" -2, Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare" -4), and Bret Berg's "Money Maker" MOD (89; Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" -1, Douglas/Jostock's "Spook Gone Wild" -6).
Region II pulling can also be found Friday, July 7 in South Bend, Indiana, where the St. Joseph County Fair hosts Light Super Stock, Super Farm, and Limited Pro Stock Tractors, plus Two Wheel Drives (West). That four-class session kicks off at 7 p.m.
And on Monday night, July 10, it's the Howard County NTPA Nationals in Greentown, Indiana and three classes starting at 7 p.m.: Light Pro Stocks (West), Two Wheel Drives (West), and the first Region II hook in 2017 for Super Stock Diesel 4x4s.
The NTPA is ramping up to our two busiest weeks in pulling, Weeks 10 and 11, with 16 events over 14 days. Be sure to watch this space so you know where the action is.
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