Worthington, Ohio---Putting his "Screamin' D" into victory lane for the seventh time this season, Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa attached an exclamation point in Canfield, Ohio to his historic streak. He won his fourth title by 28 points over Adam Bauer's "Cross Threaded," which had five wins of its own in 17 appearances. But Knapp's astounding 13 top-twos and 16 top-threes never let Bauer---or anyone else---close the gap from weekend to weekend.
The year started off interestingly for Knapp, who had the honor of participating in the European Superpull in the Netherlands in March but then waited through a frustrating stretch to get his ride from overseas back to Iowa. Then, at the first event in Hutchinson, Minnesota, a ruptured fuel tank engulfed "Screamin' D" in flames, but the distance that night---and the next night, with the dedication of son/crewman Kyloe and several pulling friends---held up for a weekend sweep. Incredibly, a similar incident further marred the tractor's red and green paintjob at the North Iowa Nationals but not its winning ways; Knapp still scored 59 of a possible 60 points at Rockwell. His string of podium finishes (dating to Canfield 2016) was snapped at 29 with a fifth in Wellington, Ohio, but by then Knapp was nearly a hook's worth of points ahead of the competition and could cruise to the title.
Also finishing in the top five on the season were Rockwell winner Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (-76) David Richardson's "For Sale" (-89.5) and Bret Berg's "Money Maker" (-99). All five will participate in the 32nd Enderle Memmorial Pull-Off at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ohio on Saturday, September 15.
From 2005 through 2010, Bill Voreis' "American Thunder" won six straight NTPA Grand National Unlimited titles. Knapp and the Hall-of-Fame Banter Brothers (1982-1985) are now tied for the second-longest streak in the world's most powerful pulling division.