2023 NTPA Convention and Banquet: Award Winners and Sponsors

The NTPA’s 52nd Convention and Awards Banquet was conducted on Friday and Saturday, December 1-2 at the Marriott Columbus Northwest in Dublin, Ohio. We congratulate the Grand and Regional National champions and special award winners listed below, and we thank the many companies and organizations that sponsored the activities, jackets, and plaques that were presented.

Watch or re-watch it on-demand at NTPA.tv free of charge, courtesy of Cow Tales Candy and Goetze’s Candy Company.

Pre-Banquet Convention Activities

  • Friday Hospitality Reception. Sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants.
  • Appreciation Breakfast. Sponsored by Case IH and O’Reilly Auto Parts.
  • Championship Pulling Seminar. Sponsored by Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association and Chapel Hill Lions Club.
  • Social Hour. Sponsored by K&K Insurance.
  • Banquet Live Stream. Sponsored by Cow Tales. Catch the on-demand replay free of charge at NTPA.tv.

Higher-Education Scholarships

  • WPI Higher-Education Scholarship: Robert Griffin. Sponsored by K&K Insurance.
  • Pullers Against Drugs Scholarships: Hayden Arnold and Alyssa Cain. Sponsored by WPI/NTPA.
  • Rod Deck Memorial Scholarship: Linley Freeze. Sponsored by the Rod Deck Family.

State and Regional National Awards

  • Member State of the Year: Wolverine Pullers, Inc. Sponsored by Dick Dakin & Associates.
  • Regional National Champions Jackets. Sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection and Case IH.
  • Regional National Modified Division Champion Awards. Sponsored by CM Pulling Tires.
  • Regional National Farm Division Champion Awards. Sponsored by Singer Sled Rental.
  • Regional National Pro Stock Division Champion Awards. Sponsored by Northwoods Heads.
  • Regional National Super Stock Division Champion Awards. Sponsored by Wipe Out Enterprises.
  • Regional National Truck Division Champion Awards. Sponsored by E. Grayson & Associates.
  • Regional National Pull of the Year: Great Jones County Fair Pull (Monticello, Iowa). Sponsored by Metzger Trucking.

Grand National Champions and Top Finishers

    • Champion Jackets. Sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection and Case IH.
    • Champion and Reserve Champion Awards. Sponsored by the Budweiser Dairyland NTPA Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin.
    • $50,050 Bonus Fund for Top Five Finishers in Each Division. Sponsored by Case IH.
    • 2023 Grand National Super Farm Division. Sponsored by Hi Torque.
    • 2023 Grand National Super Semi Division. Sponsored by Doctor Preload.
    • 2023 Grand National Modified Mini Division. Sponsored by KPXA.

Grand National Pullers of the Year

      • Two Wheel Drive: Donnie Sullivan. Sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection.
      • Four Wheel Drive: Mark Mangan. Sponsored by Profab Machine.
      • Super Stock Diesel 4×4: Erik Stacey. Sponsored by On the Mark Sled Rental.
      • Super Semi: Ryan DeBroux. Sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants.
      • Super Farm: Greg & Russ Freeze. Sponsored by Salenbien Performance.
      • Light Super Stock: Terry Blackbourn. Sponsored by Local Threads.
      • Pro Stock: Brent Meyer. Sponsored by Riverside Engine.
      • Super Stock Diesel: Kent Payne. Sponsored by Ironman Sleds/V&L Bauer LLC.
      • Super Stock Open: Zane Dehli. Sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants.
      • Modified Mini: Adam Bauer. Sponsored by TRB Machine.
      • Light Modified: Les Korporal. Sponsored by SCS Gearbox.
      • Modified: Brandon Simon. Sponsored by Sassy Racing Engines.
      • Unlimited: Adam Bauer. Sponsored by Modern Machine & Tool.

Special Awards

      • Hooker of the Year: Lee Butts. Sponsored by the Art Arfons Family.
      • Sled Company of the Year: Bauer Built/Ironman Sleds. Sponsored by SpecCast Collectibles.
      • Official of the Year: Kelly Schoenemann. Sponsored by BAD-Gear.com.
      • Cen-Pe-Co Fan Cheer of the Year: Farley  Nationals (Farley, Iowa). Sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants.
      • Crew Chief of the Year: Sandy Payne. Sponsored by Midwest Wheel.
      • Mechanic of the Year: Jordan Nelson. Sponsored by Haisley Machine.
      • Manufacturer of the Year: SandRidge Custom Chassis. Sponsored by the SFI Foundation.
      • Pulling Family of the Year: Tommy Owens Family. Sponsored by the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio
      • Grand National Rookie of the Year: Codey Chizek. Sponsored by the Fort Recovery Ambassador Club.
      • Grand National Pull of the Year: Farley Nationals (Farley, Iowa). Sponsored by Elite Trailer Manufacturing.
      • Super National Pull of the Year: National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio). Sponsored by Excel Sportswear.
      • Commitment to Excellence and Dedication: Sandwich Fair Grand Nationals (Sandwich, Illinois) and Clark County Fair Pull (Springfield, Ohio). Sponsored by Jim Miller & Melissa Graham.
      • Larry Koester Humanitarian: Larry Phillips. Sponsored by Shell Rotella.
      • Kent Enderle NTPA Hard Charger: Kent Payne. Sponsored by NTPA.

Pulling Hall of Fame

    • 2023 Inductee: Roger Simon. Sponsored by American Awards.
    • 2023 Inductee: Dennis Horst. Sponsored by Wimer Fuel & Turbo.


About the 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 Columbus, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls.

The 2024 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, Beck’s Hybrids, WIX Filters, Hot Shot’s Secret, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Cow Tales, Mitas Tires, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Ag Protect 1, U.S. Army, and STOP-FYRE.

Grand National Divisional Sponsors include New Fields Ag (Super Stock Diesel), Hi Torque (Super Farm), Yoder Popcorn (Pro Stock), CM Pulling Tires (Two Wheel Drive), Doctor Preload (Super Semi), and GMS Manufacturing & Machine (Light Modified). Region III is sponsorted by TerraMax. Region IV is sponsored by Pro Puller Tires. Point fund sponsors include the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin; Heritage Iron Magazine; Midwest Wheel Inc.; and Riverside Engine Inc.

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