National Event Announcer Butch Krieger Has Died

It is our sad duty to report the passing on Friday, November 25 of Walter "Butch" Krieger of Greenville, Indiana. Mr Krieger was an announcer for countless national events and the father of announcers Miles and Jeremy Krieger.

In the coming days, we will post more about Mr. Krieger, one of whose last received accolades was his 2022 induction into the National Tractor Pulling Championships' Hall of Fame alongside his late partner Harold Walliser and Ed Johnson. We will also relate funeral and visitation hours when known.

For the moment, at this time of sudden and painful loss for the pulling community, we invite you to seek solace in the remembrance offered on Miles' social media account Friday morning. We have reprinted it in its entirety below.

Our hearts are with Miles, Jeremy, their sister Jennifer, Mr. Krieger's companion Ruth, and the entire Krieger family. Though Butch's earthly voice has been silenced, the echoes of his energy, his showmanship, his humor, and his authenticity will reverberate across truck and tractor pulling for generations.

 

To some he was an idol, a destination for a crowning achievement, a voice, a salesman, a minister, and a coach.

To others he was colleague, a partner in a dynamic duo, the trusted man with a microphone, a racing buddy, a hot rodder, a cheerleader, and a friend. 

Those in his inner circle called him Uncle, Cousin, Brother, Peter Pan, Wally, Bruce, and companion.

To Jennifer, Jeremy, and I he was Dad and to his eight grandchildren he carried his most important title of “Popo”.

Last night November 25th in his home in Greenville, Indiana, Walter “Butch” Krieger took his final breath in the home he built with our mother Donna more than four decades ago. 

Much like our mothers passing, Dad went quickly and without suffering.  While the sudden loss has us completely numb, we also realize that Dad is now living in a far better world now and he has been reacquainted with those he loved and admired in Heaven.

We have often joked that we couldn’t go anywhere with dad where he didn’t know someone; and at times it was often annoying but he loved it and ultimately should have run for office at some point in his life. 

It is our hope that in the coming days, weeks, or months, when the spirit moves you to share a story, your favorite experience, or highlight with our father, that you will share it in this forum with us as a means of healing and therapy. 

As the Holiday season arrives, we will covet your prayers as Christmas was Dad’s absolute favorite time of year and his inner Chris Kringle would often gleam for all to see.  

Details of his visitation and funeral service will be posted in the coming days.  In the mean time, we want to also request that you pray for dads companion Ruth and her family as this loss isn’t just limited to us. 

If you are reading this, know that Dad loved you.  Please hold on to those that you love and pronounce your love for them without fear or concern, pick up the phone and answer the call or better yet call them, and lastly don’t wait to have a health screening done as it simply isn’t worth the loss, people love you!

 

Fourth Shipshewana Spring Nationals to Host Five Classes March 17-18

NTPAPULLcomShipshewana2023 2The 2022 season of NTPA Championship Pulling has begun to fade away while autumn invariably yields to the icy grip of wintertime. But winter will someday give way to spring. As it does, so will return a burgeoning event that has already earned its place among the sport's traditions.

The fourth edition of the Deutz-Fahr/Wakarusa Ag NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals will be conducted in two sessions on Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, 2023. The pull and associated Michiana Farm Show will fill the entirety of northern Indiana's Michiana Event Center, with the open pit area housed in the Stall Building, the farm show in the Coliseum, and the contest on 300-plus feet of track in the massive Trade Show Building.

Update: Tickets are now on sale: ShopNTPA.com/tickets

"The transformation of the MEC facility is nothing short of amazing," remarked Gregg Randall, the NTPA's Executive Director. "Before we arrive, you would never believe that Trade Show Building could be transformed into a pulling venue. But once the track is laid in and the bleachers are in place, you can't see it any other way."

Classes that are scheduled to appear include Super Farm, Pro Stock, 4.1 Pro Stock, and Hot Farm Tractors and Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks. Invitations will be based on performance at national classes (GN for Super Farm and Pro Stock; RN for 4.1 Pro, Hot Farm, and 3.0).

"We've heard from pullers that an invitation to Shipshewana has become a major incentive for them to compete during the regular season," Randall noted. "We're happy to provide our competitors and fans with a marquee indoor event after a long, cold winter."

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 2022 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, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, Riverside Engine Inc., Stainless Diesel, and Summit Racing 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 17th season of “NTPA CP” debuted on Tuesday, August 31.

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.

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.

Overnight Radio Report: GN Champs, Shipshewana Preview

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Surrounding select events throughout the season, the NTPA will file audio reports that can be heard on The Steve Sommers' Overnight Drive, a live-streamed, trucking-themed call-in show originating from the Hot Shot's Secret Studios near Cincinnati, Ohio and broadcasting Monday through Friday from midnight to 5 a.m. Eastern. The Overnight Drive is the successor to the terrestrial and satellite radio program begun by Steve's father Dale "The Trucking Bozo" Sommers in 1984.

NTPA fans and competitors are invited to listen at OvernightDriveRadio.com or via the OvernightDriveRadio apps available at the Google Play and Apple App Stores.

The current Overnight Radio Report congratulates 2022 Grand National champions Travis Schlabach and Jake Zaring and announces the opening of ticket sales for the fourth Shipshewana NTPA Spring Nationals. Click here to listen.

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New Scholarship Created in Roy Everett's Memory

The Doerunner Pulling Team has announced the creation of a new scholarship in memory of Roy Everett. Doe Runner

The Roy Everett Memorial Scholarship is in honor of a beloved competitor whose career included three Grand National championships, culminating in his induction into the NTPA and United Pullers of the Carolinas Halls of Fame. As it happens, the first awarding of the Roy Everett Memorial Scholarship in 2022 coincides with the 50th anniversary of his first pulling season.

Starting in 1972 with a Case 970, Mr. Everett migrated to truck pulling in 1977 with a worn-out fertilizer truck powered by a 350 Chevrolet. "I used to do some drag racing," said Everett, "but I saw right quick that I wanted to get into pickup pulling." Mr. Everett's first pulling circuit was the Georgia Tractor Pullers Association, where he served as a delegate to the NTPA Board.

Pulling fans and fellow competitors will forever identify Mr. Everett with the 1967 Chevrolet called "The Doerunner," named after his Georgia hometown of Doerun. The pair were Region IV champions in their first year together and earned four more titles (in Super Stock and Open FWD at 5,800 and 6,200 lbs.) in 1980 alone. He added three more over the next two seasons and, in 1983, won the first-ever FWD appearance at the Indy Super Pull. Then powered by an aluminum Rodeck racing engine, Mr. Everett's trusty Chevy claimed the 1983 and 1984 Grand National 5,800-lb. titles, as well as the 1983 GN 6,200-lb. title.

He and his wife Connie chose to pull more locally through the balance of the decade, during which time son Tony assumed some driving duties. Struck with a health concern as the 1990s dawned, Mr. Everett briefly sold "Doerunner," but after battling through the illness, repurchased his ride and resumed his pulling journey. With Tony at the wheel and the elder statesman serving as his crew chief, "Doerunner" won yet another Region IV title in 2008.

In recognition of Everett's many on-track successes and off-track contributions to the sport of pulling, the NTPA is honored to participate in the awarding of the 2022 Roy Everett Memorial Scholarship alongside the Doerunner Pulling Team of Connie, Paul and Tony Everett and their families.

The 2022 WPI scholarship application deadline is November 14. More information is available here.

For questions or additional details concerning this new scholarship, please contact the NTPA/WPI office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 614-436-1761 ext. 102.

2022 Scholarship Applications Open, Deadline: November 14

$5,000 in scholarships will be awarded in 2022 through World Pulling International to students in the pulling industry looking to further their education. High school seniors and college or trade school students in good academic standing who are immediate family members of NTPA competitors, crew members, officials, clerks, promoters, and associates are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Monday, November 14.

The application includes questions regarding school, community, and pulling involvement, along with written essay prompts. The application and essays combined will be judged to determine scholarship winners. Scholarship winners will be notified the week following the deadline. Winners will be recognized at the annual NTPA Awards Banquet on December 3, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio, as well as announced online at www.NTPApull.com.

Two $1,000 scholarships are available through World Pulling International, made possible by the NTPA’s Pullers Against Drugs fund, and one $1,000 scholarship is available thanks to the sponsorship of K & K Insurance. The Rod Deck Memorial Scholarship was created in the fall of 2020 by the Deck family in memory of the longtime Super Farm competitor. This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student in good academic standing who is enrolled or intends to enroll in a college or trade school. New for 2022, the Doerunner Pulling Team has founded the Roy Everett Memorial Scholarship in memory of the beloved Four Wheel Drive competitor and NTPA Hall of Fame member, which will award $1,000 to high school seniors applying to colleges or trade schools or current college/trade school enrollees who are family of NTPA members or NTPA staff.

Learn more about the WPI Scholarship Program, and the specific scholarships offered as well as their requirements, on the Scholarship page of the NTPA website. 

For questions or additional details concerning all scholarships, please contact the NTPA/WPI office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 614-436-1761 ext. 103.

Ronnie Strickland, Region IV/UPOC HSS Competitor Has Passed; Update: Funeral Info

IMG 8144 loThe WPI/NTPA office has been notified of the passing on Tuesday, November 8 of Ronnie Strickland of Selma, North Carolina. Mr. Strickland drove the "Another Outlaw" Heavy Super Stock in Region IV and United Pullers of the Carolinas competition for several seasons.

Piloting the "Nameless Horse" International 1066 in the mid-2000s, Mr. Strickland finished second in Region IV HSS points in 2005. Through this period, he also helped out with Alton Cox's Outlaw Super Stock/Super Farm pulling team as a sponsor, hauler driver, and occasional tractor driver.

At the turn of the decade, Mr. Strickland piloted other Supers such as "Bad Luck Binder" and "The Stroker," the latter placing second in Region IV in 2011. Then in 2015, Chris Hales and Mr. Strickland debuted "Another Outlaw," the 1486 with which Mr. Strickland would entertain NTPA fans in Pinetops and Raleigh, North Carolina, qualify for the 2016 Enderle Pull-Off and earn the 2017 and 2018 Region IV titles.

Mr. Strickland is survived by his wife Sandra. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday, November 12 at 11 a.m. at Parrish Funeral Home, 1351 South Pollock Street, Selma NC 27576.

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Kramer Leaves WPI/NTPA Staff

Columbus, Ohio---World Pulling International has announced the departure of Michaela Kramer from the Columbus headquarters staff.

Kramer has served as NTPA's Membership, Media and Publications Coordinator for nearly three years, originally joining the staff in December 2019. Her last day in the WPI/NTPA office was November 2. She has accepted a new role as an Account Coordinator with Stratovation Group, a consulting, marketing and research firm based in central Ohio.

“We certainly wish Michaela the best of luck in her new endeavors,” began NTPA Executive Director Gregg Randall. “She was instrumental to the modernization of operations and to the performance of various tasks over her three seasons. Post-COVID, she dedicated herself to the coordination of membership, ensuring that partial and total rolled-over dues would be honored. She was also the driving force behind our Case IH Superfan Sweepstakes the past two seasons,” Randall noted.

“The NTPA staff and I valued our collaboration and fellowship with Michaela. She will be missed, and we thank her for her contributions to WPI/NTPA.”

2022 NTPA Convention and Awards Banquet, December 2-3 in Dublin, OH

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The 51st NTPA Convention and Awards Banquet will be held Friday and Saturday, December 2-3, 2022 at the Marriott Columbus Northwest in Dublin, Ohio. This is the same location as the preceding banquet in 2021. 

Tickets for the NTPA Awards Banquet ($50) and the NTPA Appreciation Breakfast ($15) may be purchased online at any time here. Tickets may also be obtained by calling the NTPA office at (614) 436-1761. In all cases, tickets will be distributed at the on-site registration desk throughout the weekend.

In 2022, there will be no Tech Official School or Entry Clerk School hosted the Friday before the banquet. Dates for those schools will be released when they are available, but the first school can be expected in early 2023.

Saturday's lineup will kick off with the annual Appreciation Breakfast (8 a.m.) where NTPA sponsors and supporters will be recognized. Directly following is the Membership Programs Meeting (9:30 a.m.), in which member benefits and annual NTPA programs will be discussed, followed by the Championship Pulling Seminar (10 a.m.). The evening program will start with the banquet dinner at 6 p.m. before the Awards Ceremony begins at 7:45 p.m.

Those wishing to donate an item to the scholarship raffle and auction are encouraged to let the NTPA office know ahead of time; however, all donations will happily be accepted on the day of the event. All bids will close at 7:45 p.m. at the start of the Awards Ceremony, and winners of these items will be announced during the ceremony. All proceeds from the scholarship raffle/auction will benefit the WPI Scholarship fund, which annually awards scholarships to members or affiliates of the pulling industry who are either pursuing or planning to pursue higher education.

To book your room at the group hotel rate, complete your reservation by Thursday, November 10. Do so through the online booking link here, or call 888-801-7133 and mention the NTPA Banquet when booking.

For questions regarding the NTPA Convention and Awards Banquet, please contact the NTPA office at (614) 436-1761.

Cassie Wigal Promoted to Full-Time WPI/NTPA Accountant

CW webColumbus, Ohio---World Pulling International has announced the addition of Cassie Wigal to its Columbus headquarters staff.

Wigal has been affiliated with WPI/NTPA for two years as a subcontracted employee of JH Accounting, the Association's corporate accounting firm. She will continue in her previously assigned duties as well as assume staff responsibilities related to event production and member services.

"Cassie has met the challenges of accounting in our unique and multifaceted business with insightfulness and enthusiasm," began Gregg Randall, the NTPA's Executive Director. "Well beyond her contracted obligations, she has also been willing to pitch in and help with other aspects of events such as the Enderle Pull-Off and our Awards Banquet. I believe she is an excellent fit within the NTPA team."

Wigal and her husband Austin reside in Ostrander, Ohio.

Epperson Named Tech Services Director; Richwine to Remain Consultant

Columbus, Ohio – The Executive Board of World Pulling International, the managing company of the National Tractor Pullers Association, announced October 6 it has named Marvin Epperson the NTPA's new Director of Technical Services.

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Epperson succeeds Larry Richwine, who has served as the department director since 1993. Richwine will remain with WPI/NTPA as a consultant on technical and safety issues.

"On behalf of the Board, I'd like to thank Larry for his nearly 30 years as director of the Technical Services Department and his commitment to NTPA," Wysong said. "His truck and tractor pulling expertise and commitment to safety have made a substantial impact on the sport, something that will no doubt continue in his transition to a consulting role."

As the director, Epperson will manage the NTPA's staff of technical officials and entry clerks, supervise the NTPA's safety program and oversee the management of several national events.

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"Marvin has contributed to the NTPA for many years, acquiring a great deal of technical expertise while building strong relationships with competitors and event promoters along the way," Wysong said. "His involvements make him well-suited to lead the department and support its continuous improvement."

Epperson, who lives in Camden, Ohio, with his wife, Kim, has previously served as a tech official and event manager for the NTPA and has operated several weight transfers at events on behalf of On the Mark Pulling Sleds of Greenville, Ohio. Epperson is also a former competitor within the two-wheel drive truck division.

Epperson will assume the Director of Technical Services position as of Oct. 6, 2022. He may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NTPA.tv Presents $49.95 "NTPA Championship Pulling" 18-Season Pass

TVSeries bundleColumbus, Ohio---We figure you're ready to see something cheerful come across your smart TV, PC, or mobile device. How about the blistering speed, shattering noise, and astonishing power of your favorite motorsport?

Right now, you can watch all 17 seasons of "NTPA Championship Pulling" for one full year at $49.95. That comes to over 400 episodes of the longest-running television series in the sport's history as filmed for broadcast by AP Productions.

Catch up on memorable moments you haven't seen in years as the NTPA's legends of the millennium stake their claims to greatness on the toughest tracks on the NTPA circuit: Hutchinson. Tomah. Rockwell. Chapel Hill. Bowling Green. The Enderle Pull-Off. Cloverdale. Episodes past and present include the original calls by hosts Army Armstrong, Gregg Randall, Ashley Corzine, and Doc Riley.

The package is commercial-free and accessible on demand---anytime, day or night---at NTPA.tv, truck and tractor pulling's cutting-edge live-streaming launchpad. Casually peruse the pictorial selection interface to rediscover a monster pass or scintillating finish. Or go straight to a specific season and episode to relive your pulling heroes' boldest moves along their winding paths to Grand National glory.

In these challenging times, we recognize that your entertainment dollar needs to bring you greater value than it ever has before. We think you'll find that our televised, guided tour of the modern era of premier-level pulling will entertain your whole family in front of one screen.

So while our chance to bring pulling to you in person may be limited in the short term, let us help you gather the ones who mean the world to you---and leave the world behind, at least for a little while.

Browse to NTPA.tv for subscription and device details, and then proceed to the NTPA TV Series Videos (All Years) Page.

Rocky Mount, NC UPOC Event Postponed to October 8

The United Pullers of the Carolinas event in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 1, has been postponed to Saturday, October 8 due to anticipated rain and threatening conditions arising from Hurricane Ian.

Check UPOCPulling.com, the organization's official website, for further updates.

J.R. Collins, Hall-of-Fame SEMI Competitor, Has Passed

It is our sad duty to notify you of the passing on Saturday, September 24 of J.R. Collins of Painesville, Ohio. Mr. Collins was a founding member of the Super Semi division ("Killer"/"Buckeye Bulldog" Mack), a participant within it for 33 years, a six-time national champion, and a 2018 inductee into the Pulling Hall of Fame.

Said Mr. Collins of his motivation for barnstorming the country to popularize big rig sled pulling: “All my life, since I was a kid, I wanted to drive truck.” That began in the conventional way, with plenty of over-the-road miles earned in a stock truck that moonlighted as a puller. But when sponsor R.W. Sidley offered to house a dedicated pulling shop for Collins' then-exhibition ventures, and a Superliner was located on the West Coast, the "Killer Mack" was born.

Mr. Collins earned his first NTPA title in 1994, powered by wins in Albert Lea, Minnesota and Ionia and Cassopolis, Michigan. He renamed the truck "Buckeye Bulldog" based on wife Linda's suggestion, and despite health challenges during that offseason, defended his championship in 1995.

The next one would have to wait for over a decade, but the spectators' enthusiasm for the famous fire-breathing "Bulldog" never waned, whether in the U.S. or at the European Superpull. Mr. Collins clinched his next NTPA title in 2008 in Sandwich, Illinois, then followed it with a seven-win 2009. He won two more championships to close out that decade and open the next as the undisputed kingpin of the division.

Mr. Collins is survived by his wife Linda; son Charlie; stepdaughters Melissa Davidson and Jenni (David) Craft: grandchildren Jared, Marissa, Chase, and Aiden; sister Sue (Willie) Myers; and several nieces and nephews.

A private funeral service will be held for the family. Contributions in Mr. Collins' memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis TN 38105; or the Wounded Warrior Project, 600 River Ave. Ste 900, Pittsburgh PA 15212.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Linda and to the Collins family.

$36,000 to Be Paid to Triple Crown Challenge Top Finishers

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Columbus, Ohio---The NTPA's competitors already make the Grand National circuit the toughest in motorsports. This year, every division will have 3,000 more reasons to leave it all on the track.

The 2022 NTPA Triple Crown Challenge Series will reward GN competitors who earn the greatest number of points across three venues. For each division, the TCC series encompasses five or six appearances at events in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Fans and participants can stay up-to-date on the Challenge points via the Standings pages at NTPAPULL.com.

Update: All 12 GN divisions have seen their Triple Crown Challenge races completed as of September 10:

  • Light Super Stock: 1. Adam Spiegelberg / Detonator Black; 2. Marcus Wettleson / Gunpowder & Lead; 3. Craig Smith / Whiskey's Fine
  • Super Stock Diesel: 1. Travis Schlabach / Bone Twister; 2. Kent Payne / Super Rooster; 3. Chris Cain / Aces Wild
  • Super Stock Open: 1. Brian Korth / Considered Armed & Dangerous HD; 2.Brent Payne / Get a Load of That; 3. John Strickland / GALOT II
  • Super Farm: 1. Ryan Anderson / Check'n Out; 2. Dave Whelan / My Last Excuse; 3. Stan Warda / Hammerin' Hank
  • Pro Stock: 1. Danny Schmucker / Rampage; 2. Julia Ray / MAC Daddy; 3. Kevin Schmucker / GIt-Er-Dun Deere
  • Two Wheel Drive: 1. Jessie Petro / Buckeye Hauler; 2. Jacob Shephard / Alcohol Addiction Retapped; 3. Wayne Timmerman / Showtime
  • Four Wheel Drive: 1. Carmen Foster / Foster Child; 2. Jim & Paul Holman / 4 Play; 3. Jake Zaring / Rule #19
  • Super Stock Diesel 4x4: 1. Justin Gearhart / Cream of the Crop; 2. Shane Kellogg / Trump; 3. Todd Dugan / Angry Shine
  • Super Semi: 1. Lonny Sailor / Holy Smokes; 2. Craig Braun / The Executioner; 3. Brian Elithorpe / Nikki's Nightmare
  • Mini: 1. Adam Bauer / Iron Toy; 2. Chase Richardson / Vibrator; 3. C.J. Graczyk / Pile Driver
  • Modified: 1. Tommy Owens / Ramblin' Rose; 2. Bret Berg / Money Maker; 3. Les Korporal / Korporal Punishment
  • Unlimited: 1. Joe Eder / EMAX; 2. Steve Bollinger / Money Pit; 3. Chuck Knapp / Screamin' D

Payouts will total $36,000---$3,000 per division, paid to the top three finishers---and will be ceremonially announced at the final venue for each division series.

"Grand National titles are the product of a ton of hard work for an entire summer," noted Gregg Randall, the Association's Executive Director. "And not everyone can make that commitment. So we thought we should incentivize pullers coming to play with us a few times over the course of the long season.

"We hope both our fans and our pullers embrace these Triple Crown series as exciting races to follow and goals to chase in 2022."

Among Tractor Classes, Triple Crown Challenge locations include Dodge City, Wellington, and Canton for Light Super Stock; Hutchinson, Dodge City, and Napoleon for Super Stock Diesel; Tomah, Rockwell, and Bowling Green for Super Stock Open; Franklin, Brandenburg, and Sandwich for Super Farm; and Hutchinson, Franklin, and Sandwich for Pro Stock.

Among Truck Classes, Two Wheel Drives will earn TCC points at Dodge City, Franklin, and Napoleon; Four Wheel Drives at Dodge City, Rockwell, and Napoleon; Super Stock Diesel 4x4s at Tomah, Fort Recovery, and Rockwell; and Super Semis at Hutchinson, Rockwell, and Morley.

Among Modified Classes, TCC sites will be Hutchinson, Dodge City, and Wauseon for Mini; Hutchinson, Dodge City, and Sandwich for Modified; and Tomah, Rockwell, and Wellington for Unlimited.

To earn Triple Crown Challenge points, vehicles must be registered at the Grand National level.

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 2022 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, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, Riverside Engine Inc., Stainless Diesel, and Summit Racing 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 17th season of “NTPA CP” debuted on Tuesday, August 31.

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.

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 Armstrong, Early FWD Competitor, Has Passed

The WPI/NTPA office has been notified of the passing on Friday, September 16 of William E. Armstrong, 78, of Wauseon, Ohio. Mr. Armstrong was a Four-Wheel-Drive Truck competitor ("Salt Shaker") in the formative years of the division and was influential in the early careers of fellow Wauseon pullers Gerry Baldwin ("Pepper Shaker") and Paul Holman ("4 Play").

Mr. Armstrong farmed grain and beef cattle on his Oak Shade, Ohio property. In later years, his hobby became retrofitting sport-utility vehicles with Duramax diesel engines.

Mr. Armstrong is survived by his wife Sandra, sons J.R. (Lilly) and Brian (Stacie), daughters Beth (Mark) Cordrey and Amy (David) Bliss, 13 grandchildren, sisters Dorothy (Carl) Lorenz, Lue (Don) Hostetler, and Carol (Dave) Niese, and brother Clair (Dyann) Armstrong.

Visitation for Mr. Armstrong's family and friends is scheduled for Friday, September 23 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the West Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church, 18354 U.S. 20A, Wauseon, Ohio 43567. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Dunkard Brethren Youth Retreat. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.grisierfh.com.

Our thoughts are with Sandra and the Armstrong family.

Mike Omps, FWD Competitor, Has Passed; Update: Funeral Info

WPI/NTPA is saddened to learn of the passing on Saturday, September 17 of Michael V. Omps, 60, of Clear Brook, Virginia. Mr. Omps competed on the Grand National circuit in several stints since the 1980s in Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks ("Green Machine" Ford).

Mr. Omps was the co-owner and operator of H.H. Omps Transportation, Inc. In addition to his competitive interest and mechanical prowess, he was an avid outdoorsman. Mr. Omps' brother Kenneth, a.k.a. Willie, also pulled in the pickup division ("Bits 'n Pieces," "Enforcer"). The two competed at the regional level as early as 1980, earning points in the Association's northeastern Region I in the 6,500-lb. Open, and each won a session at Lowville, New York in 1983. That same week, Mike won his first Grand National event in Syracuse. He finished second in Brandenburg, Kentucky in 2021 in what proved to be one of his last NTPA appearances.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marcella ("Beattle") in February 2021. In addition to Willie and his wife Lisa, Mr. Omps is survived by his daughter Kelsey (Matthew) Omps-Artrup, two grandchildren, sisters Jessie (Terry) Gulick and Martha (Wayne) Miller, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends of Mr. Omps is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Amherst Chapel at Omps Funeral Home, 1600 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601 (540.662.6633). His funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the chapel. It will be followed by a Celebration of Life at the Gore (Virginia) Fire Hall.

Please keep the Omps family in your thoughts.

Travel Advisory for Dragway 42 Shootout Competitors

The organizers of the Dragway 42 Fall Shootout scheduled for this Saturday, September 24 have requested that early-arriving competitors enter the grounds from the dedicated overnight gate.

Pullers coming directly from Dover, Ohio on Friday night should enter the West Salem facility off Jeffery Road, as that gate will be open all night.

Competitors coming in the morning and arriving after 9 a.m. should enter from the U.S. 42 gate.

Enderle 2022: List of Grand National Competitors

EnderleLogo4WebThe National Tractor Pullers Association will welcome 60 competitors for the Grand National portion of the 35th Enderle Pull-Off. The GN classes will start at approximately 7 p.m. Eastern, both in-person and broadcast live on NTPA.tv.

Pull order will be determined by driver selection in order of GN point standings finish. Class order will be announced on the day of show.

GN Light Super Stock

  • Adam Spiegelberg/Detonator Black
  • Marcus Wettleson/Gunpowder & Lead
  • Craig Smith/Whiskey’s Fine
  • Mark Hootman/Hooter’s Scooter
  • Chris Linville/Ridge Runner

GN Super Stock Diesel

  • Travis Schlabach/Bone Twister
  • Kent Payne/Super Rooster
  • Chris Cain/Aces Wild
  • Matt Goodwin/Intimidator
  • Mark Bradish/M-80

GN Super Stock Open

  • John Strickland/GALOT II
  • Brent Payne/Get a Load of That
  • Aaron Hull/Taking Care of Business
  • Aaron Hull/Out of Time
  • Jordan Lustik/Silver Bullet

GN Super Farm

  • Gary Schyvinch/New Attitude
  • Ryan Anderson/Check’n Out
  • Dave Whelan/My Last Excuse
  • Brad Hart/Don’t Ask
  • Tony Sietsema/Wolverine Deere

GN Pro Stock

  • Danny Schmucker/Rampage
  • Julia Ray/MAC Daddy
  • Mike Conny/MAC Nasty
  • Kevin Schmucker/Git-Er-Dun Deere
  • Tim Cain/Red Gambler

GN Two Wheel Drive

  • Brent Secrest/Nuthin’ EZ ‘Bout It
  • Wayne Timmerman/Showtime
  • Jessie Petro/Kathy’s Komplaint
  • Jessie Petro/Buckeye Hauler
  • Renee Theobald/Pretty Wicked

GN Four Wheel Drive

  • Jake Zaring/Rule #19
  • Jim Holman/4 Play
  • Carmen Foster/Foster Child
  • Jake Zaring/Fatheadz Eyewear
  • Ike Zaring/Bucket List

GN Super Stock Diesel 4x4

  • Shane Kellogg/Trump
  • Justin Gearhart/Cream of the Crop
  • Todd Dugan/Angry Shine
  • Todd Dugan/Angry Farmer Penetrating Spray
  • Nick Gillett/Top Shelf

GN Super Semi

  • Ryan DeBroux/Playin’ with Fire
  • Lonny Sailor/Holy Smokes
  • Pat Eilen/Keep on Truckin’
  • Tom Eilen/Just Passin’ Thru in Class
  • Ben Gordon/Let ‘Er Rip Tater Chip

GN Modified Mini

  • Adam Bauer/Iron Toy
  • Adam Bauer/Cowboy Up
  • Grant Theobald/Li’l Wicked
  • C.J. Graczyk/Pile Driver
  • Chase Richardson/Vibrator

GN Modified

  • Bret Berg/Renk Seed Money Maker
  • Tommy Owens/Ramblin’ Rose
  • Les Korporal/Korporal Punishment
  • Doug Christensen/Pack Rat 4
  • Jeff Rose/Giddy Up

GN Unlimited

  • Joe Eder/EMAX
  • Steve Bollinger/Money Pit
  • Dave Richardson/4-Sum
  • Chuck Knapp/Screamin’ D
  • Ricky Rose/Giddy Up

Enderle 2022: List of Regional National Competitors

EnderleLogo4WebThe National Tractor Pullers Association will welcome 45 competitors for the Regional National portion of the 35th Enderle Pull-Off. The RN classes will start at 5 p.m. Eastern, both in-person and broadcast live on NTPA.tv.

Pull order will be determined by random draw via the regular NTPA entry system. Class order will be announced on the day of show.

RN Light Limited Super Stock

  • Chris Rydahl/Chicken Coop Special
  • Jim Rodgers/90 Proof
  • Roland Thompson/Hummin’ Harvester

RN Heavy Super Stock

  • Barry Eliker/Buckeye Bandit
  • Ken Rachner/Long-Haul Harvester
  • Scott Feldkamp/Trophy Buck

RN Super Farm

  • Kevin Mignault/Green Energy
  • Steve Yaggy/Holy Smokes
  • Daniel McDonald/Bad Boy
  • Jon Silsby/Crop Doctor
  • Nick Capozzo/Cruel Intentions

RN Light Pro Stock

  • Travis Tilton/Always $omethin’
  • Shaun Thornhill/Red Avenger Classic
  • Al Cook/Black Thunder
  • Kendall Beasley/Hi-Gear Harvester
  • Mike Palmer/Red Avenger

RN Limited Pro Stock

  • Patrick Payne/Bad to the Bone
  • Kevin Lindstrom/Hyper Harvester
  • Matt Lindstrom/Adrenaline Rush
  • James Giese/Hicktown Hurricane

RN Hot Farm

  • Everett Wilkerson/Just One More
  • Brian Carrington/Endle$$
  • Tim Jones/Against the Odds
  • Alan Daily/No-Name Deere

RN Two Wheel Drive

  • Marshall Foiles/Kickstart My Heart
  • Matt Sites/Buckeye Hooker II
  • Chad Timmerman/Showdown
  • Jimmy Johnson/Carolina Charger
  • Tom Eisman/Whipper Snapper II

RN Four Wheel Drive

  • Ron Newell/Temporary Insanity
  • David O’Connor/Nasty Boys
  • Bill Suchy/Totally Geared

RN Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0

  • Frank Kruger/Smoke Show
  • Jake Widman/Under Pressure
  • Eric Widman/BIg Red

RN Modified Mini

  • Todd Bultman/Stress Relief
  • Dave Lacey/Triple Play Unchained
  • Christopher Burnett/Li’l Disaster
  • Jimmy Thigpen/Satisfaction
  • Kodey Singletary/Carolina Night Train
  • Dave Lacey/Triple Play: Double or Nothing

RN Modified

  • Joe Schoenemann/Raptor
  • Ken Miller/Corn & Soybean Special
  • Todd Feiss/S’no Farmer
  • Adam Revier/Iron Phoenix

 

Contact Info

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


PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964