Mother of Don Schaller, NWOTPA Vice President, Has Passed

WPI/NTPA has been notified of the passing on Sunday, April 4 of Thelma Schaller, 92, of Perrysburg, Ohio. Mrs. Schaller was the mother of Don Schaller, Vice President of the Northwest Ohio Tractor Pullers Association, promoters of the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green.

Mrs. Schaller's full obituary may be found here, and condolences may be expressed at that website.

Visitation for Mrs. Schaller's family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, April 8 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Witzler-Shank-Walker Funeral Home, 222 East Boundary Street, in Perrysburg and on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 5520 Fremont Pike, in Stony Ridge, preceding her funeral.

Our thoughts are with Don and Betty Jo and the entire Schaller family.

Caroline Singer, Palestine Dyno Sled Family Matriarch, Has Passed

WPI/NTPA is saddened to learn of the passing on Monday, March 29 of Caroline Singer, 102, of Greenville, Ohio. Mrs. Singer was the mother of Joe and David Singer and the grandmother of Steve Singer, all of the "Palestine Dyno" weight transfer team.

Mrs. Singer's funeral service will be held privately. The Singer family will receive guests on Thursday, April 1 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Tribute Funeral Home, 1000 N. Broadway St, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Contributions in her memory may be directed to the Darke County Fair, 99 of whose annual instances she attended.

Mrs. Singer's full obituary may be found here.

Our thoughts are with Joe and Chevone, David and Staci, and Steve and Kristy as they mourn and remember with their loved ones.

Tennessee’s Clay Hill Dirt Track to Host GN SF, TWD, LT UNL in June

ClayHillGNColumbus, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association and Clayhill, LLC of Atwood, Tennessee have reached an agreement to present the Clay Hill NTPA Summer Sizzler, an all-new Association-sanctioned Grand National event in 2021. Tentative dates for the two-session pull are Friday and Saturday, June 4-5. Update: Tickets are on sale now at ShopNTPA.com/tickets

In NTPA Championship Pulling, vehicles drag a 20-ton weight transfer sled along a straight, dirt track as the sled's resistance increases. Within a class of similar vehicles, the puller who achieves the greatest distance is victorious. At events across the United States, elite competitors campaign their specialized machines---which resemble farm tractors, trucks, and dragsters---for chances at purse money and precious points toward end-of-season championships.

The 2021 season will be the NTPA's 52nd as the world's original and number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level truck and tractor pulling events. Fierce, fair pulling competition and a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere are hallmarks of NTPA Championship Pulling events. If you haven't experienced the rumbles, roars, and rivalries of the heaviest sport on wheels, why not give it a try in Atwood?

Classes to appear each night at the Summer Sizzler are Grand National Super Farm Tractors, Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and twin-engine Light Unlimited Modifieds.

Clay Hill is a 3/8-mile dirt/clay oval along Rimmer Road. Current management assumed control of the facility in 2016 and purchased it outright in 2020. Since then, "The Track Not for the Weak" has hosted monthly racing on Saturday nights, country concerts, and monster truck shows in its grandstands, but the June 2021 Clay Hill NTPA Summer Sizzler will represent the venue's first pulling event.

“This was a perfect match with all involved,” said track owner Phil Colwell of the pairing with NTPA. "It's a great fit to have the best in the tractor pulling world come to Atwood."

“Right from the beginning, the Clayhill group and our office had positive discussions and clear expectations for a high-caliber pulling event,” echoed Gregg Randall, the Association’s Executive Director. “We're honored to be asked to help put on the first sanctioned pull at this venue.”

Located along the western edge of the Volunteer State, the town of Atwood is home to around 1,000 residents. Memphis lies 100 miles to the southwest and Nashville 125 miles to the northeast of the surrounding Carroll County, which also hosts the Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Enrichment Center as well as the county's Shooting Sports Park.

For more information about Clay Hill, visit the facility's Facebook page: ClayhillLLC2020. For national pulling circuit schedules, event results, and point standings, check out www.NTPAPULL.com.

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

The 2021 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Angry Farmer Products, Hot Shot's Secret, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch "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. The 16th season of “NTPA CP” debuted on Tuesday, August 25.

Visit NTPA.tv to purchase on-demand access to individually live-streamed truck and tractor pulling events. Or go all-in on the $299 Yearly Pass and get live and on-demand access to all streamed summertime NTPA events plus current and past episodes of "NTPA Championship Pulling" included! Purchase each stream or the package in your browser at NTPA.tv and watch there or via the NTPA.tv app on popular smart tv platforms including Roku, AppleTV, and AndroidTV and on both Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. The PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook is carried in Tractor Supply Company (TSC) outlets.

Wear it loud! The ShopNTPA.com store has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Ticket Sales Open for Atwood, Tomah, and Rockwell GN Events

Columbus, Ohio---Three of the NTPA's summertime events have opened their box offices for ticket sales.

Check the NTPA Schedule page for information about classes and start times for these and dozens of other national events.

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

The 2021 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Angry Farmer Products, Hot Shot's Secret, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch "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. The 16th season of “NTPA CP” debuted on Tuesday, August 25.

Visit NTPA.tv to purchase on-demand access to individually live-streamed truck and tractor pulling events. Or go all-in on the $299 Yearly Pass and get live and on-demand access to all streamed summertime NTPA events plus current and past episodes of "NTPA Championship Pulling" included! Purchase each stream or the package in your browser at NTPA.tv and watch there or via the NTPA.tv app on popular smart tv platforms including Roku, AppleTV, and AndroidTV and on both Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. The PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook is carried in Tractor Supply Company (TSC) outlets.

Wear it loud! The ShopNTPA.com store has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

GN SEMI Added to Memorial Day Weekend NTPA PN in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota

GraniteCityMotorparkColumbus, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association and Granite City Motorpark have reached an agreement to bring NTPA Championship Pulling to Sauk Rapids in central Minnesota. The two-day Granite City NTPA Pro Nationals event is scheduled for 2021's Memorial Day weekend: Saturday and Sunday, May 29-30.

Update: Grand National Super Semis have been added to both sessions of the Granite City NTPA Pro Nationals!

In NTPA Championship Pulling, vehicles drag a 20-ton weight transfer sled along a straight, dirt track as the sled's resistance increases. Within a class of similar vehicles, the puller who achieves the greatest distance is victorious. At events across the United States, elite competitors campaign their specialized machines---which resemble farm tractors, trucks, and dragsters---for chances at purse money and precious points toward end-of-season championships.

The 2021 season will be the NTPA's 52nd as the world's original and number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level truck and tractor pulling events. Fierce, fair pulling competition and a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere are hallmarks of NTPA Championship Pulling events. If you haven't experienced the rumbles, roars, and rivalries of the heaviest sport on wheels, why not give it a try in Sauk Rapids?

Included in the roster of classes to appear in both sessions at the Granite City Pro Nationals is a trifecta of Grand National divisions: Super Stock Diesel Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks, Super Semis, and multi-engine Modifieds. At present, Sauk Rapids will mark the regular-season opener for each on the NTPA’s Grand National circuit, which is presented by Case IH Agriculture.

Also hooking each day will be Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks, while Super Farm Tractors will appear on Saturday only and Light Pro Stock Tractors on Sunday only. These four divisions will compete for Pro National purses and points toward championships at the NTPA's Regional National competition level.

Moreover, pullers in all Sauk Rapids classes will vie for a fast start along the Road to the Enderle Pull-Off, the NTPA's all-star invitational whose 34th iteration is planned for Saturday, September 18, 2021 in Urbana, Ohio.

Gregg Randall, NTPA's Executive Director, was pleased to confirm the agreement. "In addition to marking the unofficial beginning of summer, Memorial Day weekend offers families a chance to get away from work and school and to gather to enjoy each other's company. We at the NTPA couldn't be prouder to bring our brand of entertainment to the heart of Minnesota.

"Whether you like trucks or tractors, smoke or noise, we think you'll find something in this show to get excited about."

Regional Director Dale Quamme remarked on the enthusiasm for pulling expressed by James Trantina, the new owner of the Motorpark. “James is eager to bring NTPA Championship truck and tractor pulling to Granite City’s racing fans. This is a great facility with ample parking and many upgrades taking place.

“I look forward to working with James and his team to grow this event and make it successful for many seasons to come,” Quamme concluded.

Granite City Motorpark, a 3/8-mile clay oval, has hosted racing on Sunday nights throughout the summer months for six of the past eight seasons. The facility regularly features several automotive divisions within WISSOTA, a 40-year-old sanctioning organization that also governs races at Dacotah Speedway, a fellow NTPA track in Mandan, North Dakota.

Sauk Rapids, a suburb of St. Cloud along the upper rapids of the Mississippi River numbering 13,000 citizens, is about 50 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. In addition to the racetrack, Sauk Rapids is home to SummerLand Family Fun Park and the Bob Cross Nature Preserve.

To learn more about the Granite City Motorpark, visit its website, GCSpeedway.com, or its Facebook page, gcspeedway. For national pulling circuit schedules, event results, and point standings, check out www.NTPAPULL.com.

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

The 2021 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Angry Farmer Products, Hot Shot's Secret, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch "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. The 16th season of “NTPA CP” debuted on Tuesday, August 25.

Visit NTPA.tv to purchase on-demand access to individually live-streamed truck and tractor pulling events. Or go all-in on the $299 Yearly Pass and get live and on-demand access to all streamed summertime NTPA events plus current and past episodes of "NTPA Championship Pulling" included! Purchase each stream or the package in your browser at NTPA.tv and watch there or via the NTPA.tv app on popular smart tv platforms including Roku, AppleTV, and AndroidTV and on both Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. The PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook is carried in Tractor Supply Company (TSC) outlets.

Wear it loud! The ShopNTPA.com store has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Bill Berg, Super Stock Champion and Hall-of-Famer, Has Passed

WPI/NTPA regrets to report the passing of Bill Berg of Rosemount, Minnesota. Mr. Berg was the NTPA's 1987 Grand National 7,500-lb. Super Stock champion and was inducted into the Association's Pulling Hall of Fame in 2018. He was additionally the father and teammate of current GN competitor Bret Berg of Farmington.

After Bill got his pulling career started in 1973, he and Bret campaigned several editions of the "Not-a-Nuff" and "Never-a-Nuff" International diesels throughout the 1980s. The elder Mr. Berg did so in a comeback effort following the collapse of the construction industry due to the 1981 recession.

The eventual title-winning "Never-a-Nuff" 3688, built in 1983 and reconstructed into a four-charger configuration for 1985, found its stride in a sweep of the inaugural Chapel Hill NTPA GN event in 1987 with Bill at the wheel. Bret and crew chief Billy Giberson additionally contributed to that championship season. Together, they kept the red machine in the conversation for three of that year's Super Stock titles before overcoming a 10-point deficit at the season finale Nebraska State Fair Pull to clinch the 75.

We will post funeral details in this space once they have been announced.

We invite you to follow the link below to read Mr. Berg's Hall-of-Fame profile and learn about---or refresh your memory of---a legendary career amid a golden era of Super Stock pulling.

Bill Berg, 2018 Hall-of-Fame Inductee

We express our deepest sympathy to Bret and to the Berg family.

2021 Spring Nationals: Fan and Competitor Info

Columbus, Ohio---Pullers from across the country have begun their trek to the MEC---the Michiana Event Center---for the 2021 Wakaursa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals presented by Grogg-Martin Auctioneers and Realty.

Fifty pullers across five NTPA Championship Pulling divisions---Super Farm, Limited Pro Stock, Hot Farm, Pro Stock, and Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0---will participate in the second edition of the north-central Indiana event on Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20. Each session will include all five classes and start at 6 p.m. Class sponsors include Oxbo International, Haisley Machine, Stor-Loc Modular Drawer System, Heritage Iron Magazine, and Jess Performance.

Fans: Buy your tickets before day-of-show and save $5 at ShopNTPA.com/tickets. Can't make it for both nights? Stream it at home or on your mobile device at NTPA.tv.

Update: Class lineups have been posted on the Lineups page under the Tech tab at www.NTPAPULL.com/lineups. Note: The order in which the classes are listed is not necessarily the order in which they will be contested.

Competitors should time their arrival so that they can unload their competition and support vehicles between noon and 7 p.m. on Thursday or between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday. Vehicles will be situated in the Horse Barn/Staging Building at the south end of the complex, which will house the cold pits for the duration of the weekend.

Entry will open Friday morning, where vehicle cards and 2021 membership packets will be issued to Shipshewana competitors. (Mailings to the balance of NTPA competitors will commence next week.)

The drivers' meeting for Friday's Session One is scheduled for 4 p.m. The meeting will be held in-person, and therefore the wearing of masks or facial coverings is required. Competitors, fans, and event sfaff are expected to adhere to social distancing and other virus mitigation measures as they attend the Michiana Farm Show and Spring Nationals throughout the weekend.

To all those en route to the rustic countryside of LaGrange County: Please watch out for our friends on horse and buggy in particular, and travel safely in general. We look forward to gathering with you and entertaining you with NTPA Championship Pulling at its finest.

2021 Spring Nationals: List of Invited Competitors

NTPAPULLcom Shipshewana 2021Columbus, Ohio---The Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals presented by Grogg-Martin Auctioneers and Realty will comprise two sessions on Friday and Saturday, March 19-20.

Located just north of the intersection of U.S. Route 20 and State Route 5 in northeastern Indiana, the Michiana Event Center will host five invitational diesel divisions each evening beginning at 6 p.m.

For more information, check the NTPA website, NTPAPULL.com, or the facility's website, MichianaEvents.com. To purchase discount pre-event tickets, visit ShopNTPA.com/tickets.

Note: The following is an alphabetical list of invited competitors as of March 15. It does not necessarily indicate the order of classes within each session.

Super Farm Tractors

  • Ryan Anderson / Checkin' Out
  • David Batliner / Superhick
  • Lee Butts / Press On
  • Bryan Deck / Dream On
  • Brady Ferris / Absolutely Nuts
  • Brook Ferris / Assorted Nuts
  • Greg & Russ Freeze / Deere Traxx
  • Shane Masten / Thumpin' Pumpkin
  • Tony Sietsema / Wolverine Deere
  • Jon Silsby / Crop Doctor
  • Chris Weidinger / J.D. Hogg
  • Dave Whelan / My Last Excuse

Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks

  • Michael Carpenter / Top Priority
  • C.W. Cartmell / Most Hated
  • Anthony Finkbeiner / Inbred Inline
  • Nick Gillett / Black Smoke Matters
  • Jeff Hossler / Flirtin' with Disaster
  • John Humpe IV / Causin' Trouble
  • Garrett Loucks / Un-Locked
  • Brian Shew / Iron Maiden
  • Nick Stamm / Frank
  • Robert Widman / Boosted

Limited Pro Stock Tractors

  • Jeff Bahl / Doctor Deere
  • Bryan Deck / One Bad Apple
  • Bill Figanbaum / Instigator
  • James Giese / Hicktown Hurricane
  • Chris & Collin Leer / Dairy'in Deere
  • Kevin Lindstrom / Hyper Harvester
  • Lindstrom-Sather / Adrenaline Rush
  • Jeremy Ploetz / Big One
  • Jay Ruff / John Deere 5020
  • Rob Trowbridge / Disturbed

Hot Farm Tractors

  • Darren Bommer / I Got This
  • Brian Carrington / Endle$$
  • Alan Daily / No-Name Deere
  • Ryan Funk / Hooked on a Feeling
  • Tim Jones / Against the Odds
  • Kevin D. Smith / Buckshot Reloaded
  • Travis Smith / Cornfield Cadillac
  • Tony Weber / Fifty Shades of Red

Pro Stock Tractors

  • Chris Cain / Aces Wild
  • Tim Cain / Red Gambler
  • Mike Conny / MAC Nasty
  • Carlton Cope / Warpath
  • Mark Lawyer / Rapped Up with a Vengeance
  • Julia Ray / MAC Daddy
  • Danny Schmucker / Rampage
  • Kevin Schmucker / Git-Er-Dun Deere
  • Jason Svonavec / Bootlegger
  • Russ Yoder / Xtra Butter

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

The 2021 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Angry Farmer Products, Hot Shot's Secret, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch "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. The 16th season of “NTPA CP” debuted on Tuesday, August 25.

Visit NTPA.tv to purchase on-demand access to individually live-streamed truck and tractor pulling events. Or go all-in on the $299 Yearly Pass and get live and on-demand access to all streamed summertime NTPA events plus current and past episodes of "NTPA Championship Pulling" included! Purchase each stream or the package in your browser at NTPA.tv and watch there or via the NTPA.tv app on popular smart tv platforms including Roku, AppleTV, and AndroidTV and on both Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. The PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook is carried in Tractor Supply Company (TSC) outlets.

Wear it loud! The ShopNTPA.com store has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Pro Stock Pioneer Don Flowers Has Passed

WPI/NTPA regrets to report the passing on Friday, February 26 of Donald E. Flowers, 83, of Wharton, Ohio. Mr. Flowers was among the earliest competitors in the Pro Stock class and contended for NTPA Grand National titles through the mid-1980s with his "Red Knight" and "Black Knight" Massey Fergusons.

A farmer and truck driver by occupation, Mr. Flowers was victorious in the first appearance of the single-charger tractor division at Bowling Green, Ohio in 1980. That same year, he was the Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association's champion in 12,000-lb. Field Stock.

In 1981, with the Pro Stocks having been recognized as an NTPA-sanctioned division, he scored runner-up finishes at both the 10,000-lb. and 12,000-lb. weights in BG with his original "Red Knight" MF 1150. Another second in the 10 the following week at the Ohio State Fair earned him that same placing in the final Grand National standings, while he took third in the 12.

Flowers' "Red Knight" became a 2805 for 1982 and beyond, while he introduced the "Black Knight" 1150 in 1984. He had his best remaining season in 1983 when "Red" finished third and fourth in the light and heavy classes, respectively.

There will be no funeral service, per Mr. Flowers' wishes. His full obituary may be found here, and online condolences may be expressed to the family.

Mr. Flowers is survived by his wife Belva; daughters Cheryl Pfeiffer, Karen Frey, and Lisa Butler; five grandchildren, Ashley Walters, Brandy Clay, David Butler, Kylie Blakely and Jessica Mukherjee; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother Dennis.

We are heartened to note that Mr. Flowers' legacy of Pro Stock Massey Fergusons survives in the form of Ashley's husband Ryan and "Chasin' Tail," which sports the same painted smile on its grille that Mr. Flowers made famous.

Our thoughts are with Belva, Ryan and Ashley, and the entire Flowers family.

Bobby Williams, Founding Member of BG's Blue Shirts, Has Died

WPI/NTPA is saddened to learn of the passing on Thursday, February 25 of Robert A. Williams Jr., 93, of Alger, Ohio. Mr. Williams was a charter member of the Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association, the promoter of the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio.

In addition to grain farming his land in Hardin County, Mr. Williams was a retiree from Procter & Gamble's Lima plant. He served his community through his work transporting food from the Lima and Toledo Food Banks to that of his home church, Alger United Methodist.

Mr. Williams was among the group that met in 1967 to plan the first National Tractor Pull in Bowling Green. Two years later, he assumed a critical role in ensuring fair play at that event by coordinating the competition scales. And so, for the next half century from his position at the in-ground weigh station beyond the finish line, Mr. Williams was present to greet competitors mere seconds after they completed the hooks that defined their pulling careers.

Mr. Williams was an avid stock tractor puller, dating to the dead-weight pulls of the pre-transfer era, and he was a member of the Hardin County Collectors and Restorers. He and his wife Mary toured many antique shows aboard a customized Cub Cadet equipped with a John Deere riding mower transformed into a sidecar.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 65 years are four sons, Tom (Vanessa), Charles (Denise), David (Karyn), and John II (Deb); a daughter, Diana; five grandchildren, John III (Courtney), Spencer, Hunter, Sydney, and Tyler; and two great grandchildren, Raelynn and Emmalynn. Mr. Williams' full obituary may be found here. A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 and/or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 106, Kenton, Ohio 43326.

In 2016, it was The Puller Magazine's honor to interview Mr. Williams and his fellow charter Blue Shirt Dave Chamberlain on the occasion of the NTPC's 50th anniversary. Sadly, Mr. Chamberlain passed in April 2018. We invite you to read about two of the men whose foresight and determination built the world-renowned celebration of our motorsport that will be renewed for the 54th time this August.

Our hearts are with Mary and the Williams and Pulltown families.

FWD Competitor Mike Omps' Wife Marcella Has Passed

It is our sad duty to report the death on Sunday, February 21 of Marcella Louetta Omps, 56, of Clear Brook, Virginia. Mrs. Omps, known as "Beattle," was the wife of Four Wheel Drive competitor Mike Omps ("Green Machine").

Mrs. Omps' full obituary may be found here.

WPI/NTPA extends our sympathy to Mike and the entire Omps family.

Wisconsin Blake’s Prairie Event Moved to Lancaster’s Grant County Fairgrounds

Columbus, Ohio---The organizers of the Friday, July 9 NTPA Regional National/Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association event have announced a venue change.

The newly christened Full Throttle Shootout will be held at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Wisconsin, approximately 18 miles southeast of its previous home in Bloomington.

The new facility can "offer a larger fan and puller capacity," noted Jeff Bahl, event organizer and NTPA/WTPA competitor ("Doctor Deere" Limited Pro Stock). "The cold pits will be almost double in size, and fans' seating will be two thirds bigger" than at the previous site, the Blake's Prairie Junior Fairgrounds.

Bahl reported that the pull committee and event volunteers are excited about the change and will maintain the same "mouth-watering" concessions as could formerly be found in Bloomington.

While the class lineup---RN Limited Pro Stock, Super Farm, and Two Wheel Drive plus WTPA Limited Light Super Stock and United Pullers of Minnesota Pro Farm---remains the same for now, organizers are considering expansion for Lancaster in both 2021 and beyond. The Grant County Fairgrounds location at 916 East Elm Street/County Road A affords the possibility of conducting the contest on two tracks in future years, according to Bahl.

Formerly known as the Blake's Prairie Shootout, the first instance of the event was held in June 2019. The 2020 edition was a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic that eliminated all NTPA national and state events in Wisconsin.

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

The 2021 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Angry Farmer Products, Hot Shot's Secret, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch "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. The 16th season of “NTPA CP” debuted on Tuesday, August 25.

Visit NTPA.tv to purchase on-demand access to individually live-streamed truck and tractor pulling events. Or go all-in on the $299 Yearly Pass and get live and on-demand access to all streamed summertime NTPA events plus current and past episodes of "NTPA Championship Pulling" included! Purchase each stream or the package in your browser at NTPA.tv and watch there or via the NTPA.tv app on popular smart tv platforms including Roku, AppleTV, and AndroidTV and on both Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. The PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook is carried in Tractor Supply Company (TSC) outlets.

Wear it loud! The ShopNTPA.com store has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

2021 Shipshewana Spring Nationals to March into Michiana

NTPAPULLcom Shipshewana 2021Columbus, Ohio---On Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20, the Michiana Event Center (MEC) and Grogg-Martin Auctioneers and Realty will proudly present the second Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals Indoor Truck and Tractor Pull and Michiana Farm Show.

Tickets are on sale now at ShopNTPA.com/tickets!

Update: Current list of invited competitors.

The 2021 event will build on the success of the inaugural Spring Nationals which showcased some of the National Tractor Pullers Association's toughest competitors and filled the Center's gargantuan Trade Show Building with thousands of pulling fans.

Appearing for the first time in Shipshewana will be Grand National Pro Stock Tractors. Featuring the largest-displacement engines of any tractor division, the Pros will take turns battling the 20-ton weight transfer in both sessions on the regulation-length indoor track.

Joining the Pro Stocks in making their debut will be the up-and-coming Hot Farm Tractor division. And returning for their encore performances at the Spring Nationals will be Super Farm and Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks. All competitors were invited based upon their performance in 2019, the NTPA's most recent championship season.

Located just minutes south of the Michigan state line in northern Indiana's Amish Country, the charming town of Shipshewana sits at the intersection of U.S. Route 20 and State Route 5. The MEC and surrounding restaurants and tourist attractions are easily accessible from the Indiana Toll Road and will provide a weekend's worth of entertainment for the whole family.

“We were simply blown away by the response in 2019 in our first year for this event at the MEC,” said the Center’s Jeff Fought. “We had fans attend from several states away, and I feel the building and time of the year are the perfect scenario for a national indoor pull.

“We say the MEC was ‘Built For Big,’ and that’s what the Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Spring Nationals will be!”

The Michiana Farm Show, admission to which is included with Spring Nationals tickets or may be purchased separately, will fill the Center's central Coliseum Building each afternoon. Meanwhile, its Staging Building will house the freely accessible pit area in which fans can meet and talk with their pulling heroes and see their mighty machines up close. Ample and free parking surrounds each building within the facility, and additional overflow parking is within a short walk.

Once inside the Trade Show Building, devotees of power and noise will be enthralled by the action that takes place on an installed clay track whose regulation length will permit the skilled drivers and their exotic vehicles to reach full speed and song. Bellowing turbocharged powerplants will burn gallons of diesel fuel and spin tires large and small as they strive to reach the ramp at the end of their 300'-plus dirt road.

All attendees, participants, officials, and event staff members will be required to adhere to COVID-19 health protocols as issued by federal, state, and local authorities. Such protocols include the wearing of face coverings while indoors and social distancing in seating and concourse areas where possible. The state of Indiana and/or the LaGrange County Health Department may also impose limitations on the facility's attendance, which may in turn result in a cap on ticket sales. Attendees will sign a waiver when they purchase their tickets, should consider their susceptibility to illness when deciding whether to attend, and are asked to stay home or return home if they feel sick during the event.

“NTPA is excited to return to Shipshewana for the Spring Nationals,” began Gregg Randall, the Association's Executive Director. “This event exceeded everyone’s expectations for year one, and we think our all-smoke lineup will draw additional interest from the surrounding farming communities.

"Besides the farm show, attendees will have plenty to do and see in the heart of Amish country. This great invitational event is a must-see on any pulling fan's calendar! Moreover," Randall continued, "two days of pulling over the weekend that leads into spring will serve to warm up both drivers and spectators before the 2021 regular-season tour.”

The NTPA Spring Nationals II will be conducted at 6 p.m. both Friday (Session One) and Saturday (Session Two). Discounted pre-event tickets for the Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals and Michiana Farm Show presented by Grogg-Martin Auctioneers and Realty are available for electronic purchase 24/7 at ShopNTPA.com/tickets.

Admission prices for adults (ages 6 and over) are as follows: Session One or Two, $25 bleacher/$30 VIP Trackside; Weekend Pass (both sessions), $45 bleacher/$55 VIP Trackside. Children 5 and under admitted free. Day-of-show adult ticket prices will increase.

Those who can't make it to the Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Spring Nationals sessions may purchase and view each session, a la carte, at NTPA.tv. After signing up, viewers can enjoy the multi-camera presentation---narrated by the event's announcers and augmented by on-screen graphics and instant replays---from the convenience of their PC, phone, tablet, or smart TV via the NTPA.tv apps available on several platforms.

And new in 2021: The Shipshewana Spring Nationals broadcast is now included in the NTPA Live Streaming Yearly Pass! Visit NTPA.tv and purchase the Yearly Pass before the event to watch it live. It will be available to view on-demand to those who buy the pass afterward.

For more information about the Michiana Event Center, visit the facility's website, MichianaEvents.com, or contact the main office at 260.768.3300. To learn more about NTPA Championship Pulling, check out the Association's official website, NTPAPULL.com, or call 614.436.1761.

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

The 2021 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Angry Farmer Products, Hot Shot's Secret, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch "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. The 16th season of “NTPA CP” debuted on Tuesday, August 25.

Visit NTPA.tv to purchase on-demand access to individually live-streamed truck and tractor pulling events. Or go all-in on the $299 Yearly Pass and get live and on-demand access to all streamed summertime NTPA events plus current and past episodes of "NTPA Championship Pulling" included! Purchase each stream or the package in your browser at NTPA.tv and watch there or via the NTPA.tv app on popular smart tv platforms including Roku, AppleTV, and AndroidTV and on both Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. The PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook is carried in Tractor Supply Company (TSC) outlets.

Wear it loud! The ShopNTPA.com store has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Super Stock Competitor Tom Foley Has Died

WPI/NTPA regrets to report the passing on Sunday, February 14 of Tom Foley, 72, of Hamilton, Ohio. Mr. Foley was a frequent competitor on the Association's Regional National circuit with his Super Stock "Smokin' Thunder" International 3688 and teamed with his son Jason on the "Puff-N-Stuff" 1466.

Mr. Foley was a bus mechanic by trade. Prior to his three-decade span with "Thunder" on regional and state circuits, he was victorious in a three-way pull-off at the 1986 National Farm Machinery Show in 9,500-lb. Super Stock with the original "Puff-N-Stuff," an International 806.

In addition to Jason, Mr. Foley is survived by his wife Noelle. He was preceded in death by their daughter Tiffany, who passed away in December.

Our thoughts are with the Foley family as they mourn.

Steve Hay, Limited Pro Stock Competitor, Has Passed

The WPI/NTPA office has recently been informed of the passing on Sunday, January 17 of Steve Hay, 76, of Sully, Iowa. Mr. Hay was a Regional National competitor in the Limited Pro Stock division. He and his "Fearless Ford" New Holland TSA 135 posted a pair of home-state Region V wins, in Waverly in 2017 and in Decorah in 2018.

Mr. Hay is survived by his wife Julia, their four sons and their wives, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His full obituary may be found here.

We extend our sympathy to Julia and the Hay family. Please keep them in your thoughts.

Skeltons, FWD Competitors, Suffer Loss of Two Family Members

With sorrow, WPI/NTPA reports the passing of the fathers of both Ted and Tammy Skelton within the past week. The Skeltons and their son Tim campaign "The Rock" Chevrolet and "The Bone" Ford in the Four-Wheel-Drive Truck division.

William Clarence Keller Sr., 82, of Sycamore, lliinois passed away Sunday, February 7.

Mr. Keller worked various jobs throughout his life, including farming, grain hauling, and golf-course maintenance. He enjoyed wood-working, gardening, and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to Tammy, Ted, and Tim, Mr. Keller is survived by his wife Agnes; sons, William Jr., Dan (Jessica Snyder) Keller; daughters, Teresa (David) Dean; granddaughters, Heather (Jeremy) Hamm, Tiphaney Dean, Megan Dean; grandsons, Michael Dean, Doug (Sarah) Dean, Edgar and Eivin Keller: great-grandchildren, Savannah and Grayson Hamm, Haleigh and Abby Dean; sisters, Maxine and Carolyn: brothers, Bob (Barb), Gene, and Larry (Sue) Keller; sisters-in-laws, Linda, Martha and Angela Wennemar, Cherry Keller.

As requested by Mr. Keller, there will be no public services of remembrance or funeral. Memorials can be made to the family for a fund to be established. Visit www.olsonfh.com to express a condolence. 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Skelton, 87, of Sycamore, Illinois died Thursday, February 4.

Mr. Skelton and his wife Beatrice had 66 years together. He last lived on Ramm Road, Maple Park, in the home they built together with her father in 1960. Mr. Skelton farmed, operated the elevator in Elburn, ran a corn sheller, hauled canned milk for farmers, drove for Floit Sand & Gravel, and did concrete work (sidewalks, patios, etc.), and he also drove school bus for Sycamore Schools for 20-plus years. He was an active member of Sycamore United Methodist Church since 1954, served as an usher, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and member of the choir.

In addition to Beatrice, Ted, and Tammy, Mr. Skelton is survived by two daughters, Kathy (Dave) Smith and Amilyn Skelton; four sons, James (Shonda), Courtney (Robyn), Clayton (Terri) and Ronald; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Josephine Maxstadt, Lydia Johnson, Betty Lahti and Linda Gibbs; and brothers-in-law, Richard, Randy and Kenneth Yearton..

Mr. Skelton's funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10 at Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Avenue. The service will follow visitation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Sycamore United Methodist Church.

Our thoughts are with Ted and Tammy, Heather and Jeremy, and Tim and Allison during this difficult time.

 

Dodge City, Kansas to Host NTPA GN LSS, SSD, FWD, and MOD over Independence Day Weekend

BigSmokeNationals LogoColumbus, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) and Dodge City Raceway Park (DCRP) of Dodge City, Kansas will present the Wild West NTPA Grand Nationals, which will include two nights of competition on Friday and Saturday, July 2-3, 2021.

The Wild West Grand Nationals mark the Association's first contest in the storied southwest Kansas town in 32 years and its first in the Sunflower State since 1994. The renewed interest in truck and tractor pulling comes as the 3/8-mile dirt oval begins a new chapter in its history with the naming of Craig Dollansky, a retired World of Outlaws sprint car racer, as the track's manager and promoter.

"My team and I are very excited to be bringing the NTPA to DCRP for the first annual Wild West Tractor Pull Nationals," Dollansky said. "I am a fan of all motorsports and have seen the NTPA in action, and they put on a phenomenal show. They are fun to watch and experience."

In NTPA Championship Pulling, vehicles drag a 20-ton weight transfer sled along a straight, dirt track as the sled's resistance increases. Within a class of similar vehicles, the puller who achieves the greatest distance is victorious. At events across the United States, elite competitors campaign their specialized machines---which resemble farm tractors, trucks, and dragsters---for chances at purse money and precious points toward end-of-season championships. Registered vehicles in most NTPA divisions also earn points toward invitational appearances at the 34th Enderle Pull-Off, the NTPA's all-star event on Saturday, September 18, 2021 in Urbana, Ohio.

The 2021 season will be the NTPA's 52nd as the world's original and number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level truck and tractor pulling events. Fierce, fair pulling competition and a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere are hallmarks of NTPA Championship Pulling events. If you haven't experienced the rumbles, roars, and rivalries of the heaviest sport on wheels, why not give it a try in Dodge City?

Scheduled to appear on both nights of the new Wild West Grand Nationals are Light Super Stock and Super Stock Diesel Tractors, Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and multi-engine Modifieds. All of these divisions will compete for championship points on the NTPA's Grand National Circuit presented by Case IH Agriculture.

"My goal is to build NTPA Wild West Tractor Pull Nationals competition into a mainstay event that fans, competitors, and the series mark on their calendar and are excited to come back year after year. This event will be a great addition to our 2021 lineup at DCRP," Dollansky said.

The track plans for a memorable Fourth of July weekend for both fans and competitors. A "pre-pull party" on the evening of Thursday, July 1 will include live entertainment and a fireworks display. "By the end of the weekend, our NTPA competitors will be handed some beautiful Wild West Tractor Pull Nationals hardware," Dollansky added.

Gregg Randall, NTPA's Executive Director, welcomed the opportunity to re-extend the reach of Association-sanctioned pulling. "Our motorsport has always had great spectators and participants from across the Great Plains and the Southwest. We are eager to bring Championship Pulling closer to these folks than it has been in many years.

"At the same time," Randall continued, "we think our devoted fans might enjoy a midsummer trip westward, both for a quality destination event and a chance to see more of our great country along the way."

Tickets for the Wild West NTPA Grand Nationals will go on sale in February, and camping reservations will be available in March. Check the DCRP website, DodgeCityRaceway.com, for both.

Dodge City is famous to generations of television viewers as the setting of the long-running series "Gunsmoke." But the real-life town, constructed just west of the U.S. Army's Fort Dodge along the Santa Fe Trail and the Arkansas River, was an integral part of the settling of the nation's frontier in the late 1800s. The modern-day city of 27,000 residents boasts the Boot Hill Museum among several western-themed attractions.

For more information about Dodge City Raceway Park (11322 110 Road; Dodge City, KS 67801), visit its website, DodgeCityRaceway.com, or follow its social media accounts including Twitter (@DCRacewayPark) and Facebook (@DodgeCityRaceway).

For national pulling circuit schedules, event results, and point standings, check out www.NTPAPULL.com.

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

The 2021 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Angry Farmer Products, Hot Shot's Secret, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch "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. The 16th season of “NTPA CP” debuted on Tuesday, August 25.

Visit NTPA.tv to purchase on-demand access to individually live-streamed truck and tractor pulling events. Or go all-in on the $299 Yearly Pass and get live and on-demand access to all streamed summertime NTPA events plus current and past episodes of "NTPA Championship Pulling" included! Purchase each stream or the package in your browser at NTPA.tv and watch there or via the NTPA.tv app on popular smart tv platforms including Roku, AppleTV, and AndroidTV and on both Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. The PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook is carried in Tractor Supply Company (TSC) outlets.

Wear it loud! The ShopNTPA.com store has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.




Kevin Bradtmueller, Past GN MINI Champion, Has Passed

WPI/NTPA is shocked and saddened to report the death on Monday, January 25 of Kevin Bradtmueller, 60, of Hoagland, Indiana. Mr. Bradtmueller had competed for nearly 20 years over stints in the 1980s and 2010s---all in the Modified Mini division ("Whomp Ass Express")---and was the Association's 1980 Grand National champion in the 1,700-lb. class.

Mr. Bradtmueller got his start in pulling by joining his hometown Four Kings Team in the mid-1970s and began piloting "Express" as soon as he was old enough to be licensed. In an era in which championships were chased from coast to coast, Mr. Bradtmueller claimed his GN title---by two points---in his first full season by winning events in Harrisburg and Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Bowling Green, Ohio; and Fresno, California. He and his high school friend, Ken Bultemeier Jr., and their supercharged 350 Chevrolet finished second that same year in the 1,500-lb. Mini division. Throughout the balance of the decade, the pair claimed a dozen top-10 GN-point finishes across both weights.

In addition to his driving abilities, Mr. Bradtmueller was known for superlative welding and fabrication, skills which he learned and practiced while employed by Dave Linker and Toby Rohrbach's Pro-Trac Engineering. Based in Hoagland, located just southeast of Fort Wayne, Pro-Trac was among the premier Modified and Mini chassis builders of the 1980s, most famously of Bruce Hutcherson's aluminum wedge "Makin' Bacon Special," Dan Utz's "Thumper," and Jim Brockmann's "Taylor Rental Special" Mini and Inlaws & Outlaws vehicles.

After an extended hiatus from driving, Mr. Bradtmueller returned to the seat and to national competition in 2010. Teaming again with Mr. Bultemeier---with Mr. Linker returning the favor as their crewman---the partners won four straight hooks in mid-2015. Then, in 2016, he directed his creative energies toward building two new team tractors, namely "Whomp Ass Express" and "WAE Flip Side." Together, they have since won three times in Region II competition, and the latter claimed the 2016 Region IV championship.

Per Mr. Bradtmueller's request, there will be no public visitation or funeral service.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Mr. Bradtmueller's family and many friends in pulling.

Hot Shot's Secret, NTPA Sponsor, to Stream Overnight Trucking Show

OvernightDriveColumbus, Ohio---WPI/NTPA has been notified of an exciting new project underway by circuit sponsor Hot Shot's Secret.

"The Steve Sommers Overnight Drive," a midnight-to-5 a.m. live call-in talk show centering on issues and information relevant to the trucking industry, originates from the Hot Shot's Secret studios near Cincinnati, Ohio. The show is live streamed from www.OvernightDriveRadio.com. The full text of the announcement appears here. Details on the show's rollout  are provided on the Hot Shot's Secret YouTube and Facebook social media channels.

The streamed broadcast fills a void arising from the November 2020 cancellation of Sommers' national radio program, "America's Truckin' Network." Begun by Sommers' father Dale (the "Truckin' Bozo") in 1984 and hosted by Steve since 2004, "ATN" was an overnight companion of long-haulers and third-shifters across the United States.

Based in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, Hot Shot's Secret, a producer of protective fuel and oil additives for diesel- and gasoline-powered vehicles and equipment, joined the NTPA family of sponsors in 2020. For more information about their products (including hand sanitizer), visit their website: HotShotSecret.com.

Hot Shot's Secret / Steve Sommers release

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

The 2021 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Angry Farmer Products, Hot Shot's Secret, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch "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. The 16th season of “NTPA CP” debuted on Tuesday, August 25.

Visit NTPA.tv to purchase on-demand access to individually live-streamed truck and tractor pulling events. Or go all-in on the $299 Yearly Pass and get live and on-demand access to all streamed summertime NTPA events plus current and past episodes of "NTPA Championship Pulling" included! Purchase each stream or the package in your browser at NTPA.tv and watch there or via the NTPA.tv app on popular smart tv platforms including Roku, AppleTV, and AndroidTV and on both Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. The PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook is carried in Tractor Supply Company (TSC) outlets.

Wear it loud! The ShopNTPA.com store has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Contact Info

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


PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964