December 8 "NTPA Championship Pulling" Episode Pre-Empted by RFD-TV; Will Run December 14

Columbus, Ohio---RFD-TV has notified the NTPA office that the scheduled Tuesday, December 8 broadcast of "NTPA Championship Pulling" will be pre-empted in favor of the channel's continuing coverage of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. That event will consume most of the primetime broadcast hours of RFD-TV and its sister network, The Cowboy Channel, between Thursday, December 3 and Saturday, December 12.

The missed episode features the national debut of invitational Hot Farm Tractors from the 2020 NTPA Winter Nationals in Cloverdale, Indiana.

In addition to each episode's Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central premiere, encores run on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern (Sundays 11:30p/Mondays 5a Central). We invite viewers of the show to set their favorite device to record either airing on Monday, December 14 (Sunday, December 13 Central for the 11:30p airing).

The NTPA office is working toward securing an alternative date on which that episode can run in primetime. At present, it is automatically scheduled as a rerun for early June 2021.

"NTPA Championship Pulling" is now in its 16th season on RFD-TV, which may be found on DirecTV channel 345, Dish Network 231, AT&T 568, and many cable systems nationwide.

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Iowa Super Stock Puller Doug Ham Has Died

WPI/NTPA has been informed of the passing on Friday, November 20 of Douglas Ham, 74, of Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Mr. Ham competed in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the "Smog Frog" John Deere 4010 Super Stock and was the father of current competitor Mark Ham ("Impostor" TWD).

Mr. Ham was victorious in Regional National competition at Cedar Rapids in 1981 in the 7,000-lb. class and won his home state's 7,500-lb. point championship in 1975 and 1981.

His full obituary may be found here.

We send our condolences to Mark and to the entire Ham family.

Cindy Adkins, FWD Competitor, Has Passed; Update: Funeral Info

The WPI/NTPA office has been notified of the death on Friday, November 27 of Cindy Adkins, 63, of Statesville, North Carolina. Mrs. Adkins was a competitor in both gas and diesel Four-Wheel-Drive Truck divisions ("Green-Eyed Lady," "Mama's Grocery Get'r," "Pullin' for the Cure") and the wife of fellow puller Brent Adkins ("Sly, Slick & Wicked" MOD).

Mrs. Adkins' passing follows an inspirational, years-long battle against metastatic breast cancer,. Alongside Brent, she championed this cause publicly and in community projects and awareness efforts that coincided with her passion for running 5K races and crafting quilts and decorative items for others. 

Mrs. Adkins was a graduate of West Rowan High School and Queens Business College in Charlotte. She and Mr. Adkins were members of Western Avenue Baptist Church.

For many years, Mrs. Adkins managed the family business, Professional Towing and Diesel, a wrecker service in Statesville. Husband and wife shared the driving duties of "Warrior" in the early '90s before adding the "Grocery Get'r" Dodge Caravan to their pulling stable for the balance of the decade. She moved on to the "Green-Eyed Lady" Dodge in 2001 and pulled it through 2005.

Mrs. Adkins posted three national victories in NTPA competition. All came in 2009 with her pink-ribboned Super Stock Diesel 4x4, which earned Cindy that summer's Region IV championship.

For her service on behalf of Iredell County's Hospice & Palliative Care, Mrs. Adkins received the 2017 Governor's Medallion Award, one of only 20 awarded each year to volunteers in the Tarheel State. Cindy was deeply involved in the hospice's Rainbow Kidz program, which provides counseling and care to children who struggle with the loss of loved ones.

Mrs. Adkins is survived by four children: Shelley (Michael) Houston, Emily (Tate) Little, Alex (Alison) Hege (Alison), and Courtney Hege (Caleb) Glenn; and seven grandchildren. Her full obituary may be found here.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, December 3 at 1 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Memorials may be made to Rainbow Kidz, care of of Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County; or to Molly's Kids of Molly Grantham WBTV.

We offer our deepest condolences to Brent and the Adkins family.

Tech Official Randy Geiser's Mother Has Died

It is our sad duty to report the passing on Saturday, November 21 of Nada Fern Geiser, 93, of Apple Creek, Ohio. Mrs. Geiser was the mother and grandmother of NTPA officials Randy and Mark Geiser.

Mrs. Geiser spent her adult life helping her husband Leonard on their farm on Hackett Road in Apple Creek, where she gardened and crafted gifts for family and friends. Both she and the late Mr. Geiser were active members of Kidron Mennonite Church and enjoyed spending time with their family.

In addition to Randy, Linda, and their sons Mark (Georgina), Phillip, and Jon (Jenna), Mrs. Geiser is survived by her son Jim (Pam), her daughter Tammi Rex, her great-grandson Noah, her brother Paul Thomas, and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Geiser's full obituary may be found here.

The family thanks the Life Care Hospice staff. Memorial contributions may be made to Kidron Mennonite Church, Kidron Ohio 44636.

WPI/NTPA extends our condolences to the Geiser family in their time of grief. 

Bob McDowell, Longtime Erie County Fair President, Has Passed

WPI/NTPA is saddened to learn of the passing on Wednesday, November 18 of Robert W. McDowell Jr., 75, of Sandusky, Ohio. Mr. McDowell was a decades-long member of the Erie County Fair.

A 1963 graduate of Sandusky High School, Mr. McDowell served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor. As a Major in the Erie County Sheriff's Department, he was the handler for its first K-9 unit. He also owned M & M Boarding Kennel and placed hundreds of dogs with law enforcement agencies throughout northern Ohio and across the United States. He was an avid volunteer in community organizations ranging from the Firelands Military Vehicle Group to the Perkins Township Park Board.

Mr. McDowell's interaction with the Association stemmed from his 30-year involvement with the fair board, on which he served as its president for most of that time. He was instrumental in Sandusky's early-August pull becoming an NTPA national event in 2007 and maintaining that status since.

Mr. McDowell is survived by Rosemary, his wife of 52 years; daughter JanMarie Miller; son William "Rob" (Becky) McDowell; grandchildren Abbygail, Olivia, Braxton, Ethan, Hailey, Madeline, and Penelope; brother David (Deb) McDowell; and nieces and nephews.

Memories and words of comfort may be shared with Mr. McDowell's family at DavidFKoch.com, which has posted his complete obituary. Contributions in his honor may be made to your local Police Department K-9 Unit Fund.

The Association mourns with Mr. McDowell's family at the loss of a patriot and friend of truck and tractor pulling.

Cloverdale, Indiana’s Winter Nationals Invitational Cancelled for 2021

Columbus, Ohio---The C-Bar-C Expo Center and the NTPA have announced the cancellation of the 2021 Winter Nationals in Cloverdale, Indiana. The seventh edition of the event, originally set for Friday and Saturday, January 8-9, will not be rescheduled during the calendar year.

Concerns about the likely midwinter return and enhancement of COVID-19-related restrictions on mass gatherings persisted into the fall and forced the facility to make the difficult decision to terminate its planning and expenditure toward the promotion and production of this year's event.

Gregg Randall, the Association's Executive Director, stated, "We share in our fans' and competitors' disappointment. Cloverdale has become a favorite way for us all to break up that long offseason---a longer one this year than most, to be sure.

"But we certainly understand the tough spot Cindy and Carl [Harlan, C-Bar-C owners] are in. Do you go into winter running commercials and renting equipment only to have the rug pulled out? Instead, and wisely, they'll keep their powder dry and hope conditions improve for 2022."

Resultantly, the Shipshewana NTPA Spring Nationals at the Michiana Event Center will be the Association's first event of 2021. The Shipshewana, Indiana invitational will expand to three sessions over Friday and Saturday, March 19-20.

Tennessee’s Clay Hill Dirt Track to Host NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull in June 2021

1 Clayhill logo loColumbus, 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.

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?

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. The class lineup will be announced once it has been finalized this winter.

“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.

Murrel Richardson, Father and Grandfather of David and Chase, Has Died

The WPI/NTPA office has been notified of the passing of Murrel Richardson, 80, of Leitchfield, Kentucky. Mr. Richardson was the father and grandfather, respectively, of Grand National competitors David ("For Sale" Unlimited) and Chase ("The Vibrator" Modified Mini) Richardson.

 
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Richardson served his community as President of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Board, a member of the state's Fish and Wildlife Commission, and a county property valuation administrator. He belonged to Leitchfield Masonic Lodge #236 and Mt. Vernon Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
 
In addition to David and his wife Julie and Chase, Mr. Richardson is survived by his daughter Melody (Paul) Nash; grandchildren Mika (Matt) Tyler, Taylor Nash, and Spencer (Christina) Nash; step-grandchildren Latisha Heller and Kristin Embry; six great-grandchildren; and sisters Mary Nell Graham and Edna Horrell.
 

 

Our thoughts reside with David, Julie, Chase, and their family as they grieve. 

Carol Warschkow, Pullers' Wife and Mother, Has Passed

The NTPA office regrets to report the passing of Carol Warschkow, 72, of Iowa Falls, Iowa on October 22, 2020. Carol was the wife of former puller Ron Warschkow and mother of TWD puller (Jeepers Creepers) Troy Warschkow.

Carol married her high school sweetheart, Ron, in 1966, and they started their family in 1968 with the birth of son Troy, followed by their daughter Trisha in 1972. Carol was a puller's wife and crew chief from the beginning, as Ron pulled out-of-the-field tractors until becoming a charter member of the Iowa Tractor Pulling Association in 1970. Carol did drive Ron's Allison powered modified tractor "The Persuader" down the track one weekend but was satisfied with just watching from then on. When Ron built "Top Gun" in 1986, Troy took over driving duties of “The Persuader” and Carol had a new favorite puller. In later years, Troy built his TWD “Jeepers Creepers,” which he still pulls today.

She was Troy's biggest fan throughout the years and attended every event he pulled at, often giving him better advice from the stands than his pit crew from the sidelines. Even after being diagnosed with cancer in April---and undergoing two rounds of chemotherapy in June and July---she still insisted on attending the North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell at the beginning of August. She proudly sat in the stands and watched every session, as she loved the sport that much.

Mrs. Warschkow's full obituary can be found here.

Our thoughts are with Ron, Troy, Trisha, and the entire Warschkow family as they mourn and remember.

Brandenburg, Kentucky and NTPA Renew Contract Through 2023

Photo Jul 27 11 07 03 PM 1Columbus, Ohio---It's truck and tractor pulling's annual bowl game in the Bluegrass State. And it's on for at least three more years.

The National Tractor Pullers Association and the Meade County Fair of Brandenburg, Kentucky have reached a new agreement whereby the Meade County Fair Grand Nationals will remain Association-sanctioned through 2023.

Resultantly, NTPA competitors who elect to follow the Grand National Circuit presented by Case IH Agriculture will travel the rolling hills of northwestern Kentucky for Friday-Saturday sessions on July 30-31, 2021; July 29-30, 2022; and July 28-29, 2023. Each iteration, conducted within the fairgrounds' natural amphitheater, coincides with the concluding weekend of the annual eight-day fair.

Divisions scheduled to appear each season will be announced via www.NTPAPULL.com, The Puller Magazine, and the Association's social media accounts.

"The Meade Co Fair Board is very proud of our longstanding relationship with the NTPA," said Kenny Haught, chairman of the pull committee. "We would like to thank the NTPA, sponsors, and many volunteers that have made the Meade County Fair Grand Nationals a three-time NTPA Grand National Pull of the Year.

"We look forward to seeing all of our friends in 2021 and years beyond," Haught concluded.

The 2019 edition of the premier-level event, located less than an hour west of Louisville and just minutes south of the Indiana border, featured four classes that were contested at the GN level for prize money and points toward championships and berths in the Enderle Pull-Off invitational. The 2020 Brandenburg pull was a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the Meade County Fair Board to consolidate its operations to a Junior Fair that excluded grandstand attractions.

"After a year like 2020, we've learned not to take anything for granted," said Gregg Randall, the NTPA's Executive Director. "But signing a new contract with the good folks in Brandenburg to keep NTPA Championship Pulling in their unique arena for years into the future makes us feel like things are getting back to normal."

(Photo by MAD Pulling Pics/Anna Galloway)

NTPA introduces new online membership application, increased digital communication

In an effort to reinforce a commitment to its membership and increase efficiency during the membership process, the NTPA will launch a new online membership application in November 2020. This user-friendly way of initiating or renewing memberships will augment the traditional printed forms.  

Beginning November 2, competitors wishing to purchase a competition or crewperson license and/or vehicle registration will now have the option to apply and pay for their annual NTPA membership entirely online. NTPA tech officials, entry clerks, sled operators, family crewpersons and associate members will also have this option. Not only will this speed up the application process (as members will no longer be expected to mail forms), but it is expected that it will also improve internal NTPA records and consistency across all levels of membership. 

“With the limited 2020 season, the NTPA office has been able to evaluate our processes and streamline workflows in many departments,” said NTPA Executive Director Gregg Randall. “The online membership application is just one of the many ways we plan to increase our digital capabilities to improve communication with our membership and stakeholders.”

Competition members who are rolling over a partial or full 2020 license or vehicle registration will receive an email from the NTPA office on November 2 informing them of the balance that will be applied to each portion for the 2021 season. Upon receipt of the email, members are encouraged to visit the NTPA website to fill out their 2021 application online. All 2020 NTPA members who have not renewed their membership online by November 16 will be mailed a paper application; however, the online form will stay open throughout the year so interested parties can apply for a membership at any time (even if they received a mailed form). Members who do not receive an email by November 4 should call the NTPA office to confirm their email address.

By providing accurate email addresses with their 2021 membership application, competitors will be automatically signed up to receive regular emails from the NTPA regarding memberships, events, technical news, and more. This will ensure that important news reaches the members in a timelier fashion, especially throughout the competition season.

Membership packets with membership cards, vehicle and support vehicle stickers, sponsor decals and more will be mailed starting in February 2021.

All precommitted Grand National competitors are expected to renew their 2021 memberships and vehicle registrations by April 1, 2021.

For questions concerning NTPA memberships or vehicle registrations, please contact the NTPA/WPI office at 614-436-1761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

World Pulling International and K&K Insurance Higher-ed Scholarship Applications due Nov. 16

Applications are now open to apply for the 2020 World Pulling International and Pullers Against Drugs Higher Education Scholarships. The deadline to apply is November 16. Though winners are traditionally recognized at the annual NTPA Awards Banquet, due to the cancellation of this year-end celebration scholarship winners will instead be announced on the NTPA website and in The Puller magazine. 

High school seniors and college students in good academic standing who are immediate family members of NTPA competitors, crew members, officials, clerks, promoters, and associates are encouraged to apply for three $1,000 awards. Sponsoring these scholarships once again is K&K Insurance and WPI. The online application can be found on the NTPA website, here, and includes a series of questions regarding school and community involvement, along with a written essay prompt. 

The essay prompt is: The year 2020 will be remembered as among the most tumultuous in American history. While our free society has always been tolerant of differing points of view, it seems that our citizenry is as divided as it has ever been on matters of politics, economics, safety, and health. Describe an interaction with a classmate, a teacher, a relative, or a friend with whom you respectfully ‘agreed to disagree’ on an issue of your choice. What reasoning did they provide to support their opinion, and what reasoning did you provide to support your opinion?

In place of the recognition that recipients would have received as part of the usual banquet ceremonies, the winners will be featured in The Puller magazine and on the NTPA website. For questions or additional details concerning scholarships, please contact the NTPA/WPI office at 614-436-1761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New scholarship founded in Rod Deck's memory

The family of the late Rod Deck has announced the formation of an academic scholarship in his honor.

The longtime Super Farm competitor’s daughters, Michelle DeBoer and Melyssa Dexter, have committed to award $1,000 in each of the next five years to a student in good academic standing who is enrolled or intends to enroll in a college or trade school. Applicants must be, be nominated by, or be affiliated with an NTPA member and must complete the online application on the NTPA website, here.

The application includes an essay that will be judged to determine the winner. Submissions must be received by November 16, 2020. For 2020, the essay topic is as follows:

“The coronavirus pandemic got many people thinking about our nation’s food supply. To someone who is unfamiliar with a farm-to-market delivery chain, describe a challenge that arises when the chain for a dairy, meat, or produce item is momentarily interrupted.”

Deck, a third-generation farmer and two-time Grand National champion (“Dream On”), passed this winter after a courageous years-long battle with cancer. His son Bryan continues to pull “One Bad Apple” in the Limited Pro Stock division.

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.

NTPA Staff Member Sarah Smith Wins Columbus Marathon Spirit Award

SarahAndMillieWorthington, Ohio---Sarah Smith, NTPA Publications Editor and Merchandise/Webmall Coordinator, has been honored with the Lashutka Spirit Award in conjunction with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon.

She and her husband Chris will join 20,000 other participants in the Columbus Marathon on Sunday, October 21, she for the fourth time. But this year, they and a group of friends will be running in support of a cause: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer, with which Sarah was diagnosed this past July. Her motto, inspired by The Puller magazine feature subject Dave Archer, is "Bound and Determined."

A front page article on Sarah, Chris, Millie (pictured), and J.J. appeared in the Friday, October 19 Columbus Dispatch. Brief profiles on this year's 10 Spirit Award winners also appeared on the Marathon's website and blog.

We offer our congratulations to Sarah and our encouragement in this and all of her future marathons.

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.

Eldon Townes, RN MOD Champion, Has Died

The NTPA regrets to report the passing on July 18 of Eldon Townes, 89, of Weare, New Hampshire. Mr. Townes was the co-owner and driver of several editions of the "Sassy Massey" Chrysler Hemi-powered Modified from 1979 to 1985 and won four Regional National titles in a three-year span.

Mr. Townes served his nation with distinction as a Chief Petty Officer with the Navy Sea Bees for 18 years. Following his discharge, he entered the construction industry where he remained for half a century. In addition, Mr. Townes was a Road Agent for Weare and a member of the Free Masons and the Shriners.

Mr. Townes was fond of speed and horsepower, and his interests were directed to stock car, sprint car, and snowmobile racing, the last of which he enjoyed alongside his son Rick. In the late 1970s, he partnered with John Knox to build the single-426 "Massey," to which they added a second powerplant in 1980. They won the northeastern Region I's 5,200-lb. Modified title in 1981 and then the region's 7,200- and 9,200-lb. championships in 1982, with Rick sharing the driving duties. Based on his winning performances across Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Virginia, Mr. Townes qualified for both the 1982 and 1983 Indy Super Pulls.

The next year, the pair advanced their program to a triple-Hemi setup and added one more title in 92 MOD in 1984 before Mr. Townes retired from competition in 1985. In all, he amassed 13 class victories over a six-year stretch. The Modified would evolve into four- and five-engine combinations throughout the 1980s and eventually assume the "Country Girl" name when John's wife Rodalyn migrated from drag racing to pulling.

Mr. Townes is survived by Carol, his wife of 68 years; their children, Susan T. (John) Hutchison, Richard E. (Lynda) Townes, and Julie A. (Peter) Steele; his brother, eight grandsons; and nine great-grandchildren. His full obituary may be found here, where messages of condolence may be left for the family. Next spring or summer, the Townes family will hold a Celebration of Life at Moody Pond.

We express our deepest sympathy to Carol and to Mr. Townes' family and friends on the occasion of their loss.

Urbana, Ohio's Don Bauer Has Passed

WPI/NTPA is saddened to announce the death on Sunday, September 6 of Donald Bauer, 75, of Urbana, Ohio. Mr. Bauer was a good friend to the Association in general and a booster of the Enderle Pull-Off in particular after it moved to the Champaign County Fairgrounds in 2006.

A graduate of Iowa State University, Mr. Bauer was a sales manager for DeKalb Ag Research and Morton Buildings before starting Bauer Stoves and Fireplaces in Urbana, a business with which he remained involved until his passing. He was a tireless ambassador for his community and for Champaign County and annually hosted the Enderle family and early-arriving staff and participants of the NTPA's all-star event.

Mr. Bauer's other passions included sports cars, wooden boats, trains, tractors, fire trucks, horses and cattle, and living on Hearthstone Farm where he grew up. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Jane, his children Chuck (Kerry) and Heather (Gary), his brother Andy, his grandsons Will and Charlie, and several cousins and nieces. His full obituary may be found here.

A private funeral service will be held graveside for immediate family, while a celebration of life event will be at Hearthstone Farm at a date and time to be determined later.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Champaign County Rotary Club at P.O. Box 660, Urbana, Ohio 43078 to benefit Freedom Grove Park, in whose founding Mr. Bauer was instrumental in founding.

We extend our sympathy to Jane, the entire Bauer family, and the Urbana community of which Mr. Bauer was a dedicated servant-leader.

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

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

So, how about we bring them to you instead?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NTPA to Roll Over Unused Portions of Memberships to 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roanoke, Indiana Event Cancelled; National Regular Season Concludes

The Roanoke Tractor Pullers Association has announced the cancellation of the Thunder in the Park NTPA Regional National event that had been planned for Friday, September 11. Local health officials informed the Roanoke TPA that the limit for mass gatherings in the state was 250 persons and that they would not permit the event to proceed.

The five-class contest has traditionally been one of the major attractions within the Roanoke Fall Festival. The cancellation of the greater community gathering had been announced in June.

Thunder in the Park will not be rescheduled this year. The tentative 2021 date for the Roanoke is September 10.

With this cancellation, the 2020 NTPA national regular season ends after four events: Wilmington and Washington Court House, Ohio; Mandan, North Dakota; and Rockwell, Iowa. The 2021 pulling calendar is scheduled to begin in Cloverdale, Indiana on January 8-9.

The following is the Roanoke TPA's statement that was released on August 21:

To all of our loyal fans and supporters, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 events. With the current pandemic and the restrictions associated with it, the deck was stacked against us to have a safe and successful event for both fans and competitors. We would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding. We look forward to a successful 2021 event.

Bowling Green Event Has Cancelled; 54th Edition Set for August 19-21, 2021

BowlingGreenWorthington, Ohio---On Tuesday, June 16, the Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association (NWOTPA), the promotional group of the National Tractor Pulling Championships (NTPC) in Bowling Green, Ohio, elected to cancel the 2020 edition of the NTPA Super National pull. The decision comes after several briefings with Wood County officials on the challenges of staging the motorsport's greatest spectacle, one that welcomes participants and spectators from across the nation and around the world into its campgrounds, pits, and grandstands.

Mike Erford, NWOTPA President, cited "the underlying threat to our youth groups and senior volunteers [and] our community" and reported to the "pullers, fans, and sponsors" that there could be "found no way to safely bring you all together."

Originally planned for Thursday through Saturday, August 20-22, the NTPC's 54th edition will be delayed until August 19-21, 2021. As a result, 2020 will be the first year since 1967 that the tracks at the corner of Poe and Haskins will be silent on the third weekend of August.

"For any pulling fan, from casual to passionate, the name 'Bowling Green' is synonymous with the sport," began Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager. "Every year there's been a Super Bowl in the winter for football, there's been a NTPC in the summertime for pulling, and hooking there and winning there are the ways a great many of our competitors measure the arc of their careers.

"The absence of BG from our 2020 schedule is just another brutal consequence of the coronavirus," Randall continued. "From the content and tone of my discussions throughout the summer with promoters and officials from around the nation, I was braced for the call the Blue Shirts might have to make. But it's still a tough one."

Bowling Green joins the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin (June) and the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (July) as cancelled 2020 Super National events. An updated schedule of remaining events is maintained at NTPAPULL.com.

For information regarding the application of 2020 National Tractor Pulling Championships ticket and campsite purchases to 2021, visit the event's official website, PullTown.com.

The following is the full text of the release prepared by the NWOTPA office.

In the wake of the wearisome coronavirus threat that continues to hang over us, the Board of Directors of the National Tractor Pulling Championships has decided to cancel the 54th consecutive Super National Event in Bowling Green, Ohio.

To say that this decision was difficult is an understatement. However, after many meetings with State and Local officials and experts, we felt the underlying threat to our youth groups and senior volunteers, our community, and of course the love we have for our pullers, fans and sponsors, was a risk too great to take.

From all of us, to all of you, we are sorry. We looked at every avenue and every option available to us and we found no way to safely bring you all together.

As the Board of Directors for the NTPC, we ask that you respect this decision. We know you are disappointed, as we are. But please keep all remarks that you share on social media or among one another positive and productive. This is nobody’s fault. We enjoy and appreciate the pictures and comments you share, of all the great times you have experienced in Pulltown USA, and we want everybody to concentrate on the memories yet to be made. Anticipation can be an amazing thing!

So, button down the hatches, and be ready for one heck of a show in 2021. All tickets and campsites already purchased will be rolled over to next year. Anybody wishing to purchase or add tickets for 2021 can order beginning Monday, January 4, 2021.

Until next year, please stay safe and healthy. We miss you and look forward to seeing you all August 19-21, 2021.

Mike Erford, President
Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association
National Tractor Pulling Championships

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