Worthington, Ohio---Wow: We went from 17 settled berths after Week 16 all the way to 26 just seven days later. But that's the nature of champion-crowning season, of which we are square in the middle. We'll wrap up the remaining 11 by September 11---Monday in Old Washington, Ohio.
LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A: George Everett and "Smokeless Alternative" clinched the Region II title at Logansport in a three-event, three-way point battle with Josh Hart and Jerry Yantes.
B: Kevin Lynn, entering the Marshfield-Ridgeland double down by a point, won the weekend with a pair of seconds to launch his "504 Rocket" into the Enderle to make it a red, blue, and green class. Update: Lynn declined his invitation, so the Spiegelbergs' "Detonator Black" will stand in the Rocket's stead.
C: Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapped up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.
HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: After leading from wire to wire, John Pfeiffer and "Pfeiffermax" made it official in Wauseon.
B: Ken Witt never got the chance to celebrate at Owatonna, so let's bid congratulations in this space to him and his "Mr. Yuk" on capturing the Region III/V open-fuel berth.
C: David Henderson's "Stray Horse Gone Wild" is your Enderle invitee after a strange day at Norwalk in which only two tractors---teammate Justin Nagel's "Stray Horse" and Duane Bauer's "Beaver Hunter Reloaded"---were healthy enough to make both hooks. Update: The "Horse" is staying in the barn next weekend, so the Degenhardts' "Diggin' Hard" is set to take its place.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May. Update: The Massey's under the weather, so Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" gets the nod.
A: Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" is looking to nail down two prizes in the next eight days: first an Enderle berth in Tipton (+32), then a divisional title in Allegan (+30), an event that counts toward the 2018 Pull-Off.
B: But we take two to the Enderle from Region II, and the Caseys' "Whoopie Maker" (+15) just needs to drop the hook at the Brodbeck Seed Fall Nationals to clinch its berth.
C: Jeff Larson and "Hot Wire" won on Saturday in Marshfield, and then Kyle hung on in Ridgeland to earn the Larsons' first trip to Urbana.
D: Chris Hales and "The Outlaw" staged a brilliant heist at Pinetops. They won Saturday's class to overcome a two-point deficit and surpass Phil Kelley by a single point.
E: But having been victorious in Decorah and Waverly around the rainout in Monticello, Kelley and the "Red-Blooded Binder" cruised to the Region V title and the Pull-Off berth.
LIGHT PRO STOCK
A: The Canton and Marietta washouts narrowed this race to a single hook in Guernsey County this Monday. Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" (+17) just needs to make it to the track to clinch its second straight title and Enderle berth.
B: "Red Avenger Classic" (-2) has been reeling in "Red Avenger" over the last couple of weeks. Fortunately for Mike Palmer, he's a winner either way, and just needs to hook one of them in Tipton on Saturday. Hoping he doesn't is Larry Black's "Endless Torment" (-29).
C: A year after winning the Wisconsin State title in his first season in Light Pro, Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" will make the Enderle on the strength of two wins and a third place.
D: Elizabeth City wasn't kind to Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" in the finish order (third and fourth out of four participants), but its lead was sufficient to send it to the Enderle for a second time as a Light Pro.
LIMITED PRO STOCK
A: Brad Boldry is your Region II champion. His "Smoke Fever" won twice and was never out of the top four in five hooks.
B: A down-the-order finish on Saturday in Central Wisconsin jeopardized Kevin Lindstrom's berth, but "Hyper Harvester"'s third on Sunday coupled with Jason Rosenquist's misfortune won him Region III and the invitation that goes with it.
C: Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" won the head-to-head with Lindstrom in Waverly, taking third to "Hyper"'s eighth and capturing the division, which had seven scheduled hooks in 23 days, by five.
TWO WHEEL DRIVE
A: The Two Wheelers were the only class to run in soggy Stark County, and then they hiked to the westernmost Eastern event, Findlay, to reduce the tour to just Old Washington. With a second and first this weekend, Jeff Writsel's lead with "At It Again" is now 24 over Howard Antram's "Thunder Wagon II."
B: In Roanoke, Randy Petro's sixth with "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" combined with Brent Secrest's devastating DQ on the last hook of the class in "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" resulted in a four-point separation. Tough, but not impossible to overcome.
C: Dustin Amundson clinched the Region III championship, his second of the season, in Sandwich with "Bottoms Up."
D: With his weekend sweep at Morgan's Corner, Steve Willson clinched his second straight Pull-Off berth with "Running Bear." Wife Crystal and "Her Dirty Money" finished four points back.
E: With "Bottoms Up" having qualified twice, Rick Austin's "Dirt Flirt" gets the at-large bid as the second-highest point-earner across Regions III and V.
FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: Coming off wins in his last two hooks (including a GN W in Wauseon), Steve Elchinger's momentum stalled in Findlay. But his eighth-place finish there was jus' enough to clinch the Region II title and berth for "Jus' Passin' Thru" by one point.
B: Matthew Davis' "Outrage" held on in DeKalb County to win the Region III invitation.
C: Who "Seen" this coming? With a fourth and second and 58 points in Betsytown, Bunky Davis' "Seldom Seen" vaulted over three trucks to claim Region IV's berth.
D: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" averaged 28 points over Rockwell and New Hampton in his native northern Iowa to punch his ticket to Urbana.
A: Whew, that's a load off: The Bultmans' "Stress Relief" took the Region II Northern berth by two to return to the Enderle as the event's reigning champion.
B: David Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained" claimed its second berth as the rain was falling on Marietta. Check out Berth D for the implications.
C: Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" earned its second trip to the Enderle with its second second of the season in Marshfield.
D: As the runner-up in combined points across Region II South and Region IV, Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" now gets the at-large nod.
E: Hoffman found his four-leaf clover in New Hampton and had a brilliant performance with "Shakin' Shamrock" to win the two-hook shootout by three and become Region V's first MINI invitee.
A: Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" captured the Region II Northwest berth with a third-place finish at Roanoke Park.
B. Old Washington on Monday will likely see Writsel crowned as the region's overall champion. In that case, the runner up in combined points gets the invitation, and it's down to a 1.5-point race between Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare" and Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special."
C: The Kielmeyer Team will return to the Enderle regional ranks this year as the Region III MOD representative. Corey Kielmeyer and Dustin Amundson piloted "Double Trouble" to a second and first in Anoka; word is, Corey gets the driver's seat.
D: Sporting a new sized-up powerplant, Chip Street's "Wildfire" scored two fifth places at its former home track in Pinetops to claim the Region IV berth. Interestingly, four of the six point-earning vehicles were turbine-powered.
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