Darrin Hunt (Herndon, Kentucky)
"D2 Pro Stock Edition"
2019 NTPA Grand National Pro Stock Champion
After seven seasons, Darrin Hunt is a Grand National champion once more. The winner of the 2012 Super Farm title with "Dreamin' Too," Hunt put up five wins (including a third straight in Chapel Hill) and 11 top-fives across 20 appearances in 2019. But in between those strong performances came two 11ths (Hutchinson, Hagerstown) and a 12th (Salem) that knocked "D2" to fourth in the standings on a couple of occasions. Hunt found himself in that spot as late as August 10, when he trailed Jason Svonavec's "Bootlegger" (fourth, -9), Julia Ray's "MAC Daddy" (third, -9), and Mike Conny's "MAC Nasty" (-8). That was before Hunt stormed Bowling Green and Canton---the very heart of Ohio's venerable Pro Stock community---for two of his wins and surged back to the standings lead. An early-hook 339' in the Saturday night Sandwich finale left the others jockeying for final positioning and set off the celebration in the camp from Herndon, Kentucky. Hunt ended a streak of five consecutive titles won by John Deeres and is the first International/Case IH champion since 2009 when Tim Cain ("Red Gambler," fifth, -43) won it all on the very same Sandwich track.
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