Berrien Springs, Michigan
Stan Warda began pulling garden tractors at a young age. In late 2012, Stan, his wife Debby, and his son Matt purchased a rolling chassis and debuted the stunning black International 3688 at a couple of Michigan events. Matt came up with the “Hammerin Hank” name to surprise his grandpa, Henry “Hank” Warda, at their local fair pull. Since Mr. Warda’s passing last year, it is now a way to cherish and honor his memory.
Father and son followed the Wolverine and Region II circuits starting in 2013; back-to-back regional championships came in 2016 and 2017. They “had a lot of fun on the RN level and decided to go GN.”
The team started its drive on a high note: “Hank” came out on top on both Friday and Saturday at GALOT Park to build a permanent lead. They followed their Benson success with a second on Friday night in Rockwell. Matt called Saturday night a highlight: Stan came out on top in a 10-tractor pull-off for his third win. They took two thirds at the Ionia, Michigan Free Fair Pullsation. A five-week break was widened further when the first hook in Bowling Green was rained out. Then, the team endured its worst finish, 14th out of 38, but held a seven-point lead.
Stan and Matt were back in Michigan for the Hudsonville Community Fair the next Tuesday (sixth) and Wednesday (10th). Two days later, Stan piloted “Hammerin Hank” to a third in Wellington to take a 14-point lead to Sandwich. There, “Hank” continued its consistent trend by finishing fourth in both the afternoon and evening sessions to clinch a championship in his first year running the full GN circuit.
Stan commented that “the season went pretty smooth!” Matt added that the biggest challenge was picking the right gear and balance. “It’s nice to go somewhere with a fresh slate. It’s a challenge but a blessing.” Stan concluded this amazing season with his first Enderle victory.
Stan thanks Debby and son, crew chief, and mechanic Matt, as well as his daughter Henley, his daughter Ashley and son-in-law Brian and their children Brock and Brielle for all of their preparation for Louisville in 2018 and for all of their support. Additionally, Stan and Matt thank Jeff Wagner, “neighbor and friend who is a machinist and has helped us tremendously”; Marsh Farms Trucking, as “They showed us the ropes and got us going in the sport and hauled our tractor to every pull in 2013 and 2014”; Mike Gibson, for all of his help and support; Don Barlow, “who has driven the tractor to every pull since Tomah in 2016”; and Corey Kotarba, Matt’s friend and right-hand man at the farm. They also acknowledge Ryan at Salenbien Performance, Carl at Atlas Tractor, Cody McKinley at Corsa Data Acquisition, Adam Evans and family, the NTPA, and the fans.
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