Worthington, Ohio---The lawn chairs are already staked. The camper is already packed. The, uh, "pop" is already chlled.
BG week awaits.
But wait up: That's Week 14. We've still got a full weekend of Grand and Regional National action before the lid gets lifted on the 52nd, and some of it just might be on your way to Wood County.
In Sandusky, Ohio, it's the Erie County Fair Pull on Friday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m., with GN classes of Pro Stocks and Modified Minis as well as Region II Eastern StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0s and Modifieds. On top in each of these divisions are Charles Pelletier of St. Armand, Quebec ("CP Dream II" PS), Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa ("Iron Toy" MINI), and Rob Wright of McArthur, Ohio ("All Attitude" PSD 4x4-E), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD).
Then on Saturday, August 11, the Henry County Fair in Napoleon, Ohio welcomes Pros and Minis as well as Diesel Supers among the GN ranks, plus Region II Two- (W) and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. Your incoming leaders are Stan and Steve Blagrave of Ackerly, Texas ("Red Horse" SSD), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD-W), and Steve Elchinger of Holgate, Ohio ("Jus' Passin' Thru" FWD).
Also on Saturday, the Norwalk Lions Club in Norwalk, Wisconsin hosts a two-session affair. At noon, it's Grand National Four Wheel Drives and Multi-Engine Modifieds plus Region III Two Wheel Drives and Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association classes of Light Super Stocks, Light Limited Super Stocks, and Light Pro Stocks. At 6:30 p.m., the national classes return and are joined by Region III Limited Pro Stocks and state Super Farms. Incoming leaders are Carmen Foster of Fairgrove, Michigan ("Foster Child" FWD), Bret Berg of Farmington, Minnesota ("Money Maker" MOD), Dustin Amundson of Nerstrand, Minnesota ("Bottoms Up" TWD), and Bill Figanbaum of Tripoli, Iowa ("Instigator" LIM PS).
And on Sunday, August 12 at 7 p.m., Zanesville, Ohio's Muskingum County Fair will finish whetting the pulling fan's appetite with a four-class regional show: Eastern Light Pros and Two Wheel Drives plus Pro Stocks and Modifieds. Topping the charts are Scott Webb of Beverly, Ohio ("Ragin' Red LT PS-E), Jacob Shephard of Brown City, Michigan ("Alcohol Addiction Retapped" TWD), and the Whitney/Aller Team of St. Marys, Ohio ("Ground Force" PS).
So don't look past a great week of NTPA pulling---or Owatonna next Friday. But go ahead and practice so you don't blow out your vocal cords: FUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLL...
About National Tractor Pullers Association
The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.
Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.
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