“Championship Pulling” Season 16 Is Underway on RFD-TV

RFD LogoColumbus, Ohio---We know: It's been awfully hard to go to a pull in 2020.

So, how about we bring them to you instead?

The 16th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" on RFD-TV presented by Case IH Agriculture shakes screens nationwide each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Episode will be rebroadcast on Monday at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern (or Sunday 11:30 a.m. and Monday 5 a.m. Central).

And while our motorsport has largely been on an unwanted summer hiatus, be assured: It's not reruns that you'll be watching.

We've scoured our extensive video library and assembled never-before-seen shows from past years' thrilling performances. Tomah, Wisconsin; Chapel Hill, Tennessee; Bowling Green, Ohio; and Cloverdale, Indiana to take you through the first eight weeks of television's longest-running program dedicated entirely to truck and tractor pulling. Witness awesome competition across divisions such as Super Semis, Unlimiteds, Pro Stocks, and Minis that helped to define championship seasons and still stands the test of time.

After that, 2020's only Grand Nationals---the North Iowa Nationals from Rockwell and the NTPA Winter Nationals from Cloverdale---will take you through the rest of this uniquely challenging year. As always, Doc Riley and Gregg Randall are on the call. (For a list of descriptions of upcoming episodes, click here.)

So tune in on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT for first-run episodes or Mondays at 12:30 or 6 a.m. ET for encore performances of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH. Find us on DirecTV channel 345, Dish Network channel 231, or AT&T U-verse channel 568, or use RFD-TV's locator service at rfdtv.com to locate your channel on cable systems nationwide. "NTPA CP" is also available anytime via RFD-TV's streaming service, RFDNow.com. And at NTPA.tv, all 15 completed seasons have been archived and are available on-demand as well as each week's new episode.

Until we can gather in the stands and in the pits, stay safe, and keep an eye on the NTPA every Tuesday night.


NTPA to Roll Over Unused Portions of Memberships to 2021

Worthington, Ohio---Competitors who purchased 2020 NTPA driver licenses and/or 2020 NTPA vehicle registrations will have part or all of their paid amounts applied toward 2021 membership fees, announced World Pulling International, the Association's holding company. The decision was reached at the June 21 meeting of the Executive Board and came in the midst of a Championship Pulling season that has been dramatically shortened by the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.

For the purposes of rollover amount calculation, the basis for a "fully used" membership is six hooks during the calendar year beginning with the 2020 NTPA Winter Nationals in Cloverdale, Indiana. Here, A "hook" refers to any single appearance of a driver or vehicle in which the driver is insured by the policy that is in force due to NTPA or NTPA member state sanctioning, promotion, or other agreement.

A competitor who elected or elects to make at least one hook in 2020 may, for each hook left unused up to a maximum of six, apply one sixth (1/6) of the total of fees paid for their 2020 driver/vehicle combination toward the purchase of a 2021 license and/or registration.

Example: Jane Jones paid the middle rates for a Competition License ($470) and a Grand National Registration ($591) and made four hooks. That left two hooks of her six allotted hooks unused, and so Jane will be able to apply two sixths (2/6) of the $1061 total, or $354, toward her 2021 fees.

A competitor who elected or elects to make zero hooks in 2020 may apply all driver license and vehicle registration fees toward the purchase of a 2021 license and/or registration.

Example: John Smith paid the early rates for a Competition License ($409) and a Regional National/Member State Registration ($240). If John makes zero hooks, John will be able to apply the total, $649, toward his 2021 fees.

Members were presented with the option of requesting a 75-percent refund of fees paid, but no members had applied for such before the August 1, 2020 deadline.

A competitor who is entitled to the rollover or refund of any 2020 license or registration fees may choose to donate those fees to fund the continued operation of the NTPA office. To proceed with a donation, the member is invited to notify the NTPA office in writing (by mail or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on or before November 1, 2020.

Other than to designate their 2020 membership fees for donation, competitors need not take any action. The rollover amounts will be calculated by the NTPA office and applied to 2021 license and registration fees beginning October 1, 2020.

PSD 4x4 3.0 Bonus Presented by Stainless Diesel

Worthington, Ohio---Back for a fourth season of National Tractor Pullers Association sponsorship is Stainless Diesel, a cutting-edge manufacturer and supplier of specialty aftermarket performance products. The division that bears its name, Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks, is among the most prolific and most popular on the Region II circuit that encompasses Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

Once again, the 3.0s will have an extra incentive to run every event they can in this curtailed season, as shares of a $500 bonus await the top three finishers across the territory. Prizes for the first-, second-, and third-place finishers in Regional National points will be $250, $150, and $100, respectively. To be eligible, competitors must have and retain their RN vehicle registration for the duration of the 2020 campaign.

After an unexpected two-month wait due to COVID-19-related event cancellations, the first appearance for the Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 division will be at the Clinton County Fair Nationals in Wilmington, Ohio on Saturday, July 18. The finale is set for Roanoke, Indiana's Thunder in the Park on Friday, September 11.

Stainless Diesel, whose corporate operations are located in Middlebury, Indiana, produces and sells exhaust manifolds, custom turbo piping, turbochargers, and accessories for diesel trucks. The original manufacturer of the Stainless Dodge Cummins exhaust manifold, renowned throughout the industry for its zero-failure rate, Stainless Diesel builds both power and durability into all of its products. Customers experience superior diesel performance in everyday applications like towing and hauling as well as a competitive edge on the pulling or drag-racing track.

Be sure to check the Standings pages at www.NTPAPULL.com to keep up with all the races in Region II and nationwide.

No 2020 NTPA Champions; Banquet Cancelled; Point Funds to Be Awarded

Worthington, Ohio---For the first time since 1971, there will be no champions of the National Tractor Pullers Association.

The decision was made by the Executive Board of World Pulling International, the parent company of the NTPA. The cost-cutting maneuver comes in response to the drastically curtailed 2020 schedule that has resulted from event cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic. All of the active NTPA-sanctioned circuits—Grand National and Regions II through V—are affected by the move. Reduced year-end point funds will still be awarded to qualifying divisions.
In a related action, the WPI Board voted to suspend the subregional split of 2020 Region II Light Pro Stock, Two Wheel Drive, Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0, Modified Mini, and Modified circuits. These divisions will compete for a single fund apiece.

Also, the Board has acted to cancel the 2020 National Tractor Pullers Association Convention and Awards Banquet that was planned for Friday and Saturday, December 4-5 in Dublin, Ohio. It would have been the 49th consecutive year of the celebratory occasion.

At the time of this release, a Grand National schedule that originally included 159 class appearances across 13 divisions has been reduced to 38. Region II hooks have diminished from to 164 to 60, Region III from 58 to 11, and Region V from 12 to 2. (Region IV, with one or two hooks per division, would not have yielded a champion.)

Though standings will be maintained for the purpose of determining point fund awards, no champions or top finishers will be recognized as such in the Association’s official records. Competitor records for individual events that remain open-entry will be maintained.


Contact Info

National Tractor Pullers Association
6155-B Huntley Road,
Columbus, OH 43229

PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964