2018 Live Streaming Schedule and Season Pass now Available at WatchNTPA.com

watchntpa logoWorthington, Ohio---Returning for a second season of delivering the action from the National Tractor Pullers Association circuit's toughest tracks live to your living room, it's the $299 Season Pass, exclusively at WatchNTPA.com.

Featuring event announcer commentary, multiple camera angles, on-screen driver and vehicle identifications and distances, and instant replays, NTPA Live Streaming will broadcast 14 events totaling 33 sessions of Super, Grand, and Regional National competition. Where present at 19 SN and GN sessions to film for RFD-TV's weekly "NTPA Championship Pulling" program, the AP Productions crew will perform the camera work. Video for the remaining 14 GN and RN sessions---including the newest arrival to the streaming roster, Langford, New York’s Northeast Nationals---will be generated from the NTPA Mobile Videoboard. Access to the stream, available both in real-time and on-demand for up to one year, may be purchased session-by-session at prices set by the event. Via the Season Pass, the price drops to well below $10 per session.

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The 2018 WatchNTPA.com schedule opens with Pinetops 300 in Pinetops, North Carolina (May 18-19, MVB). It then proceeds to the GALOT Motorsports Park Mule City 300 in Benson, North Carolina (June 1-2, MVB), the NTPA Power Pull Nationals in Hutchinson, Minnesota (June 15-16, AP), the Budweiser Dairyland NTPA Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin (June 21-23, AP), the North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell, Iowa (July 5-7, AP), the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (July 20-21, AP), the Fort Recovery NTPA Grand Nationals in Fort Recovery, Ohio (July 27-28, MVB), the Langford Northeast Nationals in Langford, New York (August 4-5, MVB), the Erie County Fair Pull in Sandusky, Ohio (August 10, MVB), the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio (August 16-18, AP), the Great Darke County Fair Pull in Greenville, Ohio (August 21, MVB), the Friday Night Spectacular in Wellington, Ohio (August 24, MVB), and the DeKalb County Fair Pull in Sandwich, Illinois (September 6 and 8, MVB). The streaming season concludes at the 32nd Enderle Memorial Pull-Off in Urbana, Ohio (September 15, AP).

The WatchNTPA.com Live Streaming interface includes a "Live DVR" feature which allows viewers to pause, rewind, and fast-forward. Also, while a 1.0 Mb/s connection is recommended, the streaming interface adapts to lower bitrates to promote an interruption-free broadcast. The package includes on-demand access to all streamed events for up to a year after their initial broadcast. Check out the FAQ tab at WatchNTPA.com for additional details and a list of supported devices. Responsive technical support via e-mail is included in the purchase price.

No refunds will be issued for terminated or cancelled sessions or events. Purchases made during this season apply to events on the 2018 schedule only and will not carry over to 2019.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

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2018 NTPA GN Precommitted Competitors

Precommitment

Precommitment at a Glance:

For 2018, 10 precommitment positions were made available in each of the NTPA's 13 Grand National divisions. After the initial offering to 2017's top-10 GN point finishers, remaining 2017 GN point-earners were offered positions in descending order of finish.

Precommitted competitors who fulfill the program's terms receive free entry to their class(es) of precommitment at Super National and Grand National events and shares of the end-of-season Precommitment Fund. Any GN-licensed competitor can earn points at GN events, however, so precommitment is not a prerequisite to contend for a GN championship. So fans, remember just because your favorite driver is not on this list, they still may be at an event.

2018 NTPA Grand National Light Super Stock

The schedule (8 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Tomah, WI x 2; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Langford, NY x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Mike Chizek (Newton, WI) and Brian Korth (Beaver Dam, WI)

  • Considered Armed & Dangerous: 2017 Grand National Champion (216 points)...2 GN wins (Brandenburg S2, Langford S2)...average GN finish: 2.7 (7 appearances)...2015, 2014 GN champion.
  • Excessive Force: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-5)...2 GN wins (Langford S1, Bowling Green S1)...average GN finish: 3.3 (7 appearances)...2016, 2012, 2011, 2010 GN champion.
  • Deadly Force: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-15.5)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 4.9 (7 appearances).

Jason Hootman (Corfu, NY)

  • The Commander: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-1)...2 GN wins (Tomah S3, Brandenburg S1)...average GN finish: 2.4 (7 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Kyle Karlen (Minerva, OH)

  • Bad Blood: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-20)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 5.6 (7 appearances).

Larry and Brandon Phillips (Vine Grove, KY)

  • Extremely Insane: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-27.5)...GN win (Bowling Green S3)...average GN finish: 5.3 (6 appearances).
  • Insanity: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-40)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 8.7 (6 appearances).

Marcus Wettleson (Postville, IA)

  • Gunpowder & Lead: Finished 10th in 2017 GN points (-84)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 10.4 (5 appearances)...2013 GN champion.

Adam Spiegelberg (Weyauwega, WI)

  • Detonator Black: 2017 Region III Enderle Pull-Off LSS qualifier.
  • New vehicle for 2018.

2018 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel

The schedule (19 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Langford, NY x 2; Napoleon, OH; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Sandwich, IL x 2
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 4/17/18):

Jody and Colin Ross (Waynesburg, PA)

  • Triple Bypass: 2017 Grand National Champion (441 points)...6 GN wins (Benson x 2, Tomah x 2, Napoleon, Bowling Green S5)...average GN finish: 2.7 (15 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup...won Enderle Pull-Off...2016 GN champion.

Travis Schlabach (Marengo, IA)

  • Bone Twister: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-15)...3 GN wins (Hutchinson S1, Rockwell S2, Chapel Hill S2)...average GN finish: 2.8 (14 appearances).

Steve Burge (Lynn, IN)

  • Lock-N-Load: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-41)...GN win (Bowling Green S2)...average GN finish: 6.5 (14 appearances).

Kent Payne (Veedersburg, IN)

  • Super Rooster: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-46)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 6.7 (15 appearances).

John Raymond (Caledonia, NY)

  • Smoke-n-Mirrors: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-71)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 8.4 (14 appearances).

Bill, Joe, and Jon Degenhardt (Norwalk, WI) and Esdon Lehn (Dayton, MN)

  • Diggin' Fever: Finished 8th in 2017 GN points (-164)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 5.7 (10 appearances).
  • Red Line Fever: Finished 9th in 2017 GN points (-190)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 8.3 (9 appearances)...2012, 2006, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999 GN SSD champion...1996 GN SS champion...1989 GN GN 9,500-lb. SS champion...1988 GN 11,200 SS champion...1985, 1984, 1983 GN 7,500-lb. SS champion.

Mike Beck (Napoleon, OH)

  • High Tech Red Neck: Finished 12th in 2017 GN points (-393)...average GN finish: 9.5 (2 appearances).

Darren and Drew Olden (Keedysville, MD)

  • Kryptonite: Did not appear in 2017...finished 5th in 2013 Region IV HSS points.

Jim Rand (Rohrersville, MD)

  • White Fawn: Did not appear in 2017...finished 11th in 2013 Region IV HSS points.

2018 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Open

The schedule (9 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Monroe, MI; Salem, IL; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Wellington, OH
The competitors (6 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

John Strickland (Clinton, NC), Brent Payne (Hamilton, OH), and Earl Wells (Clinton, NC)

  • GALOT II: 2017 Grand National Champion (301 points)...3 GN wins (Benson S1, Bowling Green S2, Greenville S1)...average GN finish: 2.7 (10 appearances)...2016 GN champion.
  • Get a Load of That: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-13)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 4.2 (10 appearances).

Josh and Terry Blackbourn (Shullsburg, WI) and Mike Chizek (Newton, WI)

  • International Threat: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-1)...3 GN wins Tomah S4, Bowling Green S4, Greenville S2)...average GN finish: 2.7 (10 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.
  • Extremely Armed & Dangerous: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-4)...3 GN wins (Benson S2, Monroe, Wellington)...average GN finish: 3.0 (10 appearances)...2015, 2014, 2013 GN champion. [T.Blackbourn: 1999 GN SSO champion].
  • New vehicle for 2018.

Sid Broughton (South Haven, MI)

  • Desperado: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-83)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 6.3 (8 appearances).

2018 NTPA Grand National Super Farm

The schedule (13 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Ionia, MI x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Hudsonville, MI x 2; Wellington, OH; Sandwich, IL x 2
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Rod Deck (Winside, NE)

  • Dream On: 2017 Grand National Champion (448 points)...3 GN wins (Brandenburg x 2, Sandwich S2)...average GN finish: 6.2 (17 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2016 GN champion.

Brad Hart (Clayton, MI)

  • Don't Ask: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (lost tiebreaker on wins, 3-2)...2 GN wins (Benson S2, Rockwell S1)...average GN finish: 6.5 (17 appearances).

Brook, Brook Jr., and Brady Ferris (Addison, MI)

  • Absolutely Nuts: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-9)...GN win (Tomah S5)...average GN finish: 6.8 (17 appearances).
  • Assorted Nuts: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-47)...GN win (Benson S1)...average GN finish: 10.9 (17 appearances).    

Dave Whelan (Tipton, MI)

  • My Last Excuse: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-22)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 7.5 (17 appearances).

Tony Sietsema (Allendale, MI)

  • Wolverine Deere: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-43)...GN win (Rockwell S2)...average GN finish: 10.8 (17 appearances).

Lee Butts (Fairgrove, MI)

  • Press On: Finished 9th in 2017 GN points (-72)...2 GN wins (Hudsonville S2, Wellington)...average GN finish: 12.9 (17 appearances).

Jeff (Keystone, IN) and Mike Prible (Bluffton, IN)

  • Top Priority: Finished 10th in 2017 GN points (-72)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 12.4 (17 appearances)...2015 GN champion.

Chris Weidinger (Attica, OH)

  • Black Power: Finished 11th in 2017 GN points (-76)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 12.5 (17 appearances).

Russ Freeze (Manchester, TN)

  • Deere Traxx: Finished 12th in 2017 GN points (-77)...GN win (Sandwich S3)...average GN finish: 13.4 (17 appearances).

2018 NTPA Grand National Pro Stock

The schedule (18 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Salem, IL; Sandusky, OH; Napoleon, OH; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Wellington, OH; Canton, OH; Sandwich, IL x 2
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Charles Pelletier (St. Armand, QC)

  • CP Dream II: 2017 Grand National champion (566 points)...2 GN wins (Mt. Sterling, Hudsonville S1)...average GN finish: 4.7 (20 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Mark Lawyer (New Castle, IN)

  • Rapped Up!: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-17)...GN win (Sandwich S2)...average GN finish: 5.5 (20 appearances)

Mike Conny (Beloit, OH)

  • MAC Nasty: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-18)...7 GN wins (Benson S2, Hutchinson S1, Tomah x 2, Brandenburg S2, Hudsonville S2, Sandwich S3)...average GN finish: 5.7 (20 appearances)...2016 GN champion.

Robby Lemke (Helenville, WI)

  • New Generation Plus: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-21)...2 GN wins (Brandenburg S1, Bowling Green S3)...average GN finish: 5.8 (20 appearances)...2015, 2007 GN champion.

Danny and Kevin Schmucker (Louisville, OH)

  • Rampage: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-38)...GN win (Salem)...average GN finish: 7.1 (20 appearances)...2014, 2012, 2011 GN champion.
  • Git-Er-Dun Deere: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-49)...3 GN wins (Chapel Hill x 2, Wellington)...average GN finish: 7.5 (20 appearances)...2010, 2008 GN champion.

Tim and Chris Cain (New Palestine, IN)

  • The Red Gambler: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-54)...GN win (Sandusky)...average GN finish: 9.0 (20 appearances)...2009 GN champion.
  • Aces Wild: Finished 9th in 2017 GN points (-105)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 10.9 (19 appearances).

Cody Shay (Shannon City, IA)

  • Red Edge Pro: Finished 8th in 2017 GN points (-93)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 11.5 (20 appearances).

Tim Ammons (Hagerstown, MD)

  • Ultimate Harvester: Finished 10th in 2017 GN points (-216)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 14.7 (17 appearances).

2018 NTPA Grand National Two Wheel Drive

The schedule (14 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Ionia, MI x 2; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Waverly, IA; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Canfield, OH
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Jessie and Randy Petro (Camden, OH) and Joey Frasur (Liberty, IN)

  • Buckeye Hauler: 2017 Grand National Champion (331 points)...GN win (Brandenburg S2)...average GN finish: 6.7 (12 appearances)...2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 GN champion...[J.Petro: 2009 GN champion].
  • Kathy's Komplaint: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-5)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 7.5 (12 appearances)...2011, 2010, 2001, 1995 GN champion...NTPA Hooker of the Year.
  • Runnin' Block: Finished 11th in 2017 GN points (-82)...best GN finish: 8th...average GN finish: 17.6 (12 appearances).

Craig and Ashley Corzine (Assumption, IL)

  • Burn Notice: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-8)...GN win (Benson S1)...average GN finish: 7.3 (12 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup...won Enderle Pull-Off [A.Corzine].
  • Second Degree: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-39)...2 GN wins (Ionia S2, Bowling Green S5)...average GN finish: 12.9 (12 appearances).

Bryan McDonald (Kennedyville, MD)

  • Suffering Sanity: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-25)...2 GN wins (Tomah S4, Ionia S1)...average GN finish: 9.2 (12 appearances).

Renee and Doug Theobald (Shelbyville, IN)

  • Pretty Wicked: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-31)...GN wins (Brandenburg)...average GN finish: 9.5 (12 appearances).
  • Wicked: Finished 10th in 2017 GN points (-81)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 16.8 (12 appearances).

Russ Nichols (Lore City, OH)

  • On the Edge: Finished 8th in 2017 GN points (-52)...GN win (Bowling Green S2)...average GN finish: 12.1 (12 appearances).

LeAnn Tormoehlen-May (Vallonia, IN)

  • Thriller: Finished 9th in 2017 GN points (-59)...GN win (Wapakoneta)...average GN finish: 13.6 (12 appearances).

2018 NTPA Grand National Four Wheel Drive

The schedule (16 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Monroe, MI; Langford, NY x 2; Norwalk, WI x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Wauseon, OH
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Peyton Davis (Tappahannock, VA)

  • Punisher: 2017 Grand National Champion (456 points)...2 GN wins (Tomah S2, Langford S1)...average GN finish: 6.8 (17 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.
  • Young Gun: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-18)...2 GN wins (Chapel Hill S1, Monroe)...average GN finish: 7.7 (17 appearances).

Jim and Paul Holman (Wauseon, OH)

  • 4 Play: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-14)...4 GN wins (Chapel Hill S2, Langford S2, Norwalk S2, Hudsonville S1)...average GN finish: 8.2 (17 appearances)...2016, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1994, 1991, 1990 GN champion...1989 GN 6,200-lb. FWD, 5,800-lb. FWD champion.

Donald LaBonte (Stanstead, QC)

  • The Rock: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-20)...GN win (Bowling Green S4)...average GN finish: 7.9 (17 appearances).

Rob, Carmen, and Tanya Foster (Fairgrove, MI)

  • Simply Red: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-22)...2 GN wins (Norwalk S1, Hudsonville S2)...average GN finish: 8.9 (17 appearances)...2010 GN champion.
  • Foster Child: Finished 9th in 2017 GN points (-50)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 10.8 (17 appearances).

Ted Skelton (Harvard, IL)

  • The Rock: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-24)...GN win (Hutchinson S1)...average GN finish: 9.9 (17 appearances).

Larry and Lisa Peterson (Baldwin, WI)

  • Profab Geared Up: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-29)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 9.1 (17 appearances).
  • Profab: Finished 8th in 2017 GN points (-33)...GN win (Benson S2)...average GN finish: 9.5 (17 appearances).

Tyler Cobb (Baxley, GA)

  • Bandit: Finished 10th in 2017 GN points (-67)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 11.3 (17 appearances).

2018 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel 4x4

The schedule (15 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Fort Recovery, OH x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Salem, IL; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Hudsonville, MI x 2; Sandwich, IL
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Josh Deeter (Avella, PA)

  • Up in Smoke: 2017 Grand National Champion (261 points)...2 GN wins (Fort Recovery S1, Mt. Sterling)...average GN finish: 4.0 (9 appearances).

Carl Atley (Xenia, OH)

  • Lethal Weapon: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-10)...3 GN wins (Tomah S2, Bowling Green S5, Greenville S2))...average GN finish: 5.1 (9 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Shane Kellogg (Kenton, OH)

  • Trump: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-19)...GN win (Bowling Green S2)...average GN finish: 5.9 (9 appearances).

Don Bowling (Fostoria, OH)

  • Pulling for the Cure: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-27)...GN win (Fort Recovery S2)...average GN finish: 7.1 (9 appearances).

Justin Gearhart (Kingston, OH)

  • Cream of the Crop: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-36)...GN win (Sandwich S1)...average GN finish: 8.4 (9 appearances).

Matt Clemons (Wakeman, OH)

  • Alter Ego: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-36)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 8.7 (9 appearances).

Brion Withrow (Mechanicsburg, OH)

  • The Nut Job: Finished Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-39)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 9.0 (9 appearances).

Shawn Hodges (Avella, PA)

  • On Borrowed Time: Finished 8th in 2017 GN points (-42)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 9.7 (9 appearances).   

Jeffrey Mifek (Princeton, MN)

  • New vehicle in 2018.

2018 NTPA Grand National Super Semi

The schedule (11 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Ionia, MI x 2;  Morley, MI, Bowling Green, OH x 2
The competitors (8 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Dan Prahl (Sunburg, MN)

  • Full Tilt: 2017 Grand National Champion (239 points)...3 GN wins (Rockwell S2, Morley, Bowling Green S4)...average GN finish: 3.4 (8 appearances).

Dean Holicky (Montgomery, MN)

  • Mother Trucker: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-1)...GN win (Tomah S6)...average GN finish: 3.5 (8 appearances)...2016, 2015, 2014 GN champion.

Brian Elithorpe (Bridport, VT)

  • Nikki's Nightmare: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-2)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 3.8 (8 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Tom and Pat Eilen (Hampton, MN)

  • Just Passin' Thru in Class: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-5)...2 GN wins (Tomah S3, Rockwell S1)...average GN finish: 4.1 (8 appearances).

Lonny Sailor (MN)

  • Holy Smokes: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-9)...GN win (Hutchinson S1)...average GN finish: 6.0 (8 appearances).

Sonny Graese (Crivitz, WI)

  • Stacks: Finished 6th in 2016 GN points (-14)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 6.3 (8 appearances).

Ryan Debroux (New Franken, WI)

  • Playin' with Fire: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-73)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 7.8 (6 appearances).

Jack Kielmeyer (Nerstrand, MN)

  • Jacked Up: Did not appear in 2017...Finished 5th in 2016 GN points.

2018 NTPA Grand National Modified Mini

The schedule (21 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Fort Recovery, OH x 2, Langford, NY x 2; Sandusky, OH; Napoleon, OH; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Wellington, OH; Wauseon, OH
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Joe Eder (North Collins, NY)

  • Polar Air [Bobcat Jr.: 2017 Grand National Champion (531 points)...4 GN wins (Tomah S5, Chapel Hill S1, Langford S1, Bowling Green S3)...average GN finish: 3.3 (18 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup.]

Larry and Adam Koester (Wadesville, IN)

  • Footloose: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-42)...GN win (Fort Recovery S2)...average GN finish: 7.1 (18 appearances)...2008, 2006, 2001 GN champion.
  • Beast of Burden: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-44)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 6.3 (18 appearances)...[A.Koester: 2007 GN champion].
  • Walk the Line: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-72)...GN win (Napoleon, OH)...average GN finish: 8.5 (18 appearances)...2016 GN champion.

Ken Veney (Wadsworth, OH)

  • Funny Lil' Farmall: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-47.5)...2 GN wins (Bowling Green S5, Greenville S2)...average GN finish: 6.3 (18 appearances).

Adam Bauer (Paton, IA)

  • Iron Toy: Finished 9th in 2017 GN points (-109)...GN win (Hutchinson S1)...average GN finish: 6.9 (18 appearances)...2013, 2011, 2009 GN champion.
  • Cowboy Up: Finished 10th in 2017 GN points (-114.5)...4 GN wins (Langford S2, Greenville S1, Wellington, Wauseon)...average GN finish: 6.3 (18 appearances)...2012 GN champion.

Jerry Thompson (Janesville, WI)

  • Hellraiser: Finished 12th in 2017 GN points (-153.5)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 13.6 (16 appearances).

Chase Richardson (Leitchfield, KY)

  • The Vibrator: Finished 13th in 2017 GN points (-205)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 10.0 (12 appearances).

Davey Skinner (Georgetown, KY)

  • New vehicle in 2018.

2018 NTPA Grand National Light Unlimited

 The schedule (10 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Tomah, WI x 2; Fort Recovery, OH x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Waverly, IA; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Hudsonville, MI x 2
 The competitors (6 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Brandon and R.J. Simon (Farley, IA)

  • Simon Sez: 2017 Grand National Champion (250 points)...4 GN wins (Tomah S2, Ionia S1, Fort Recovery S2, Bowling Green S2)...average GN finish: 1.6 (8 appearances)...2016, 2014 GN champion.
  • Simon Sez Show No Mercy: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-11)...3 GN wins (Ionia S2, Fort Recovery S1, Bowling Green S1)...average GN finish: 3.0 (8 appearances).

Keith Wayson (Harwood, MD)

  • Super Bee: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-17)...1 GN win (Sandusky)...average GN finish: 3.8 (8 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2015 GN champion.

Craig Corzine (Assumption, IL) and the Bollingers (Stonington, IL)

  • Money Pit Screwed Up: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-17)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 3.8 (8 appearances).

Ed (Union, MI) and Ted Boyer (Edwardsburg, MI)

  • Twist and Shout: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-44)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 5.5 (6 appearances).

David Richardson (Leitchfield, KY)

  • New vehicle in 2018.

2018 NTPA Grand National Modified

The schedule (14 hooks, as of 4/2/18): Ellsworth, WI; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; New Hampton, IA x 2; Monroe, MI; Norwalk, WI x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Sandwich, IL x 2
The competitors (8 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Ricky Rose (Glencoe, MN)

  • Giddy Up: 2017 Grand National Champion (322 points)...6 GN wins (Ellsworth, Rockwell S1, Monroe, Bowling Green x 2, Sandwich S2)...average GN finish: 1.7 (11 appearances).

Bret Berg (Farmington, MN)

  • Money Maker: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-15)...4 GN wins (Tomah x 2, Rockwell S2, Sandwich S3)...average GN finish: 3.3 (11 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2016, 2012, 2011 GN champion.

Bob Jostock (Lapeer, MI) and Bill Douglas Jr. (Alvinston, ON)

  • Wild Child: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-35)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 5.4 (11 appearances)...2007 GN champion.
  • Spook Gone Wild: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-41)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 6.0 (11 appearances).

Dennis Christensen (Glencoe, MN)

  • Pack Rat 4: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-36)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 5.4 (11 appearances).

Doug Lively (State Center, IA)

  • Bank Robber: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-43)...GN win (Wapakoneta)...average GN finish: 3.3 (10 appearances)...2014, 2013 GN champion.

Joe, Bob, and Ray Fintak (North Collins, NY)

  • North American: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-55)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 7.6 (11 appearances).

Corey Kielmeyer (Faribault, MN)

  • Double Trouble: 2017 Region III Enderle Pull-Off MOD qualifier...1 RN win (Anoka S2)...best GN finish: 3rd.

2018 NTPA Grand National Unlimited

The schedule (19 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2, Fort Recovery, OH x 2; Langford, NY x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Wellington, OH; Canfield, OH
The competitors (9 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Chuck Knapp (Charles City, IA)

  • Screamin' D: 2017 Grand National Champion (442 points)...8 GN wins (Benson S1, Hutchinson S1, Tomah S6, Chapel Hill S1, Fort Recovery x 2, Mt. Sterling, Bowling Green S5)...average GN finish: 1.6 (14 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup...won Enderle Pull-Off...2016, 2015 GN champion.

Wayne Purser (Norman, OK)

  • Uncle Sam: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-53)...GN win (Bowling Green S1)...average GN finish: 5.6 (14 appearances).

Ricky Rose (Glencoe, MN)

  • Giddy Up: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-57)...GN win (Wellington)...average GN finish: 6.1 (14 appearances).

David Richardson (Leitchfield, KY)

  • For Sale: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-63)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 6.4 (14 appearances).

Bret Berg (Farmington, MN)

  • Money Maker: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-69)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 6.9 (14 appearances).

Adam Bauer (Paton, IA)

  • Cross Threaded: Finished 8th in 2017 GN points (-114)...GN win (Greenville S2)...average GN finish: 6.9 (12 appearances)...2014, 2013 GN champion.

Bill Douglas Jr. (Alvinston, ON) and Bob Jostock (Lapeer, MI)

  • Spook Gone Wild: Finished 9th in 2017 GN points (-324)...best GN finish: 8th...average GN finish: 10.5 (4 appearances).
  • Wild Child: Finished 10th in 2017 GN points (-337)...best GN finish: 7th...average GN finish: 10.0 (4 appearances).

Joe Eder (North Collins, NY)

  • New vehicle in 2018. [GEICO: Best 2017 GN finish: 4th.]

Dan Prahl Clinched His First Grand National Title in Semis

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Story by Darren Heartwell

Dan Prahl clinched his first Grand National title by making a huge comeback in the season’s second half. He did not hold the points lead until after the final hook.

Prahl has been pulling for eight years. He started in Four Wheel Drive and moved into the Semi class four years ago. He recounted the changes made to his Kenworth in that time. “We changed to a triple-turbo setup two years ago. We went back to a single turbo last year. We returned to the three turbos with a different configuration this year. We were having issues with our clutch.” The biggest challenge was “getting everything to work together and be reliable.”

Prahl started the season with a fifth-place finish on Friday night in Hutchinson, Minnesota. He had his worst outing of the year with an eighth on Friday night at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin. He moved up to third in the Sunday afternoon session.

In Rockwell, Iowa, he experienced issues and finished sixth on Friday. He earned his first win of the season on Saturday night to start a dominant stretch that continued when he won again in Morley, Michigan.

The final two hooks of the season were at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. Prahl finished second on Thursday night, the results of which put four trucks within three points heading into the last hook of the season.

Prahl commented, “Our truck has done poorly on dry tracks, [and] this was an afternoon hook. We had to make sure we could get traction.

“We knew we had the horsepower to beat them. We dropped air pressure in all our tires, cranked our pushdown down a little further, it was the right call, it worked!” He made a monster pass of 315.6’ to win the session, the ring, and the championship. “It all came together at the end!”

Prahl would like to thank “my family for being involved in pulling! My wife, Jennifer, for helping make this possible and my sons, Brandon and Jordan.”
He would like to acknowledge his sponsor, Dan’s Diesel and “the workers and staffs at our shops for keeping things going while we’re gone, and the NTPA for putting this circuit together.”

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

Joshua Deeter Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive Class First GN Champion

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Story by Darren Heartwell

The 2017 season was historic for Joshua Deeter and the entire Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive class, as it was their first year at the Grand National level. Deeter commented, “It’s great to be the first Grand National champion for our class! It’s awesome! It’s a big deal, an accomplishment!”

Deeter started his pulling career with a stock truck for a couple of seasons, pulling the 3.0 diesel class for two years. He moved into the SSD 4x4 class three years ago.
The first hook of the year was rained out at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin. Josh finished second on Friday afternoon. He earned his first victory at the next hook in Fort Recovery, Ohio and finished second there on Saturday evening to take a points lead that he would not surrender for the rest of the season.

He won again in Mount Sterling, Illinois to open up a 12-point lead before ending up sixth the next night at the Marion County Grand Nationals in Salem, Illinois.

Deeter parked “Up in Smoke” in fourth place on Friday afternoon at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. On Saturday evening, he finished 12th, the only time all season he was outside the top 10.

He finished sixth in Greenville, Ohio to take a nine-point lead into the final hook of the season in Sandwich, Illinois. “I knew I had to be in the top eight (to win the championship). I pulled into the lead with only two trucks left.” He ultimately finished second.

Deeter added, “Being the Grand National Champion was the highlight of the season. I was the most consistent all season; that’s how you win the championship.
“Carl Atley has been a good mentor. He taught me a lot of what I know today.”

Joshua would like to thank his wife Kelly Deeter, his mom and dad, brother Brad (who pulls a SSD 4x4, too: “Oversize Load”), the whole SSD 4x4 class including Shawn Hodges, Carl Atley, and Kent Crowder. Josh also thanked his sponsor, Deeter Farms Construction; Scheid Diesel; Nichols Tire; Kevin Campbell at Chaos Fabrication; Mark MacGyver at Schaefer’s Oil; his pulling family; and all of the fans. “If we didn’t have fans, we couldn’t do this!”

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

2016 GN Rookie of the Year Pelletier, Now 2017 GN Champion

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Story by Darren Heartwell

Charles Pelletier made history in 2017 by becoming the first Quebec native to win a Grand National title. Charles said he is a “lucky man! Very proud” to be the first competitor from his province to reach the sport’s pinnacle. The 2016 GN Rookie of the Year started by pulling farm tractors. His first pulling tractor was an Allis-Chalmers D21.

About five years ago, Charles and his wife Linda were at a pull watching Pro Stock tractors. He told Linda, “I will have one someday.” Linda replied “Why not now?” so they decided to build a Pro Stock.

Charles stated “This is my life now. I’m never back home, never working. The kids, Elsa and Jonathan, take care of my business and allow me to be here in the U.S. pulling. All summer long, my life is dedicated to pulling!”

Pelletier started the season strong with two runner-up finishes in Benson, North Carolina at the Mule City 300. He notched another second-place finish on Friday night in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Saturday night was rained out.

He finished fifth in both hooks at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin but fell out of the points lead. Third- and second-place finishes at the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee put him back atop the standings.

The first hook in Brandenburg, Kentucky could have been one of the low points of the season. Pelletier was disqualified for going out of bounds and received last-place points. He said that this was actually one of the highlights of the season because he realized we have to be “sharp and pay attention to detail. Be professional; it goes so fast.” He bounced back from this setback to finish sixth on Saturday night.

Pelletier said, “Russell and Josh Shipley worked hard to change the whole tractor from the front hook to the drawbar. We had to figure out how to weight it and how to drive it. We finally found the right weight and made some changes to the setup, and it worked for me.”

He won the event in Mount Sterling, Illinois to gain the lead permanently. “CP Dream II” was in the runner up spot in Salem, Illinois. Then it was on to Ohio for four hooks. He finished fourth at the Erie County Fair in Sandusky and sixth in Napoleon. At the National Tractor Pulling Championships, where he won the ring in 2016, he finished 16th on Friday night and sixth on Saturday night. He began to open up a larger lead with a win and a second in Hudsonville, Michigan. He finished seventh at the Friday Night Spectacular in Wellington, Ohio before the event in Canton, Ohio was rained out.

The dream came true for the Pelletier family in Sandwich, Illinois. Charles parked the beautiful John Deere in eighth place in the afternoon session. He finished second to clinch the Championship in the evening session.

Charles would like to thank his wife, Linda: “She is the reason we do this, she does a monster job keeping the tractor clean and inspires us to keep going.”
He would also like thank his children—--Elsa, Jonathan and Jennie—--and Russell and Josh Shipley at Shipley Tractor.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

Simon Sez Third Championship

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Story by Darren Heartwell

2017 was another spectacular year for Brandon Simon and the Simon Sez Team. Brandon won seven of the eight hooks between the team’s two tractors. He won four with the Grand National Championship “Simon Sez” tractor and three aboard the runner-up “Simon Sez Show No Mercy” tractor. This marks the third championship in four years for the “Simon Sez” tractor with a second-place finish in 2015.

“Simon Sez” led the points race from wire to wire. The first hook in Tomah, Wisconsin was rained out. Brandon earned the victory in the second session to take a lead he would not relinquish. He followed that up with another win in Ionia, Michigan on Friday night and drove “Simon Sez Show No Mercy” to the top spot on Saturday night.

He won again the next Friday night with that tractor in Fort Recovery, Ohio. On Saturday he parked “Simon Sez” in the top spot at the Fort. He finished second with “Simon Sez” in Sandusky, Ohio to take a nine-point lead into the final two hooks of the year.

He took the victory on Thursday night with “Simon Sez Show No Mercy” at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, finishing third with “Simon Sez.” On Friday afternoon he won the hook, claimed the Bowling Green ring, and clinched the championship with an awesome pass of 328.2’ aboard “Simon Sez.”

Brandon stated that the biggest challenge this season was “getting away from the farm to go pulling.” He added that the highlights of the season were “winning the ring in Bowling Green to cap the championship and winning every hook except Sandusky” where they finished second with “Simon Sez.”

He commented, “We were pretty dominant. We have our program together. We stayed on top due to the hard work and dedication of our family and our team.”

Brandon would like to acknowledge his sponsors, Simon’s Trucking and Simon’s Cattle Company. He would like to thank his wife Jodi, daughter Braylen, and son Kash along with his brother R.J. and brother-in-law Jerry Wulfekuhle.

He would also like to thank his mother Darlene and father Roger. “We appreciate our father, Roger, for all the support. He comes with us to help us read the track and set up our tractors based on his knowledge from decades in the sport.”

He would also like to thank Steve Olson “for all the time he puts in on the tractors to make them go down the track!”

“Thank you to our help at the shop back home: Chris, Bob, and Cody and to John, Josh, Keith, and all the other help at the farm that lets me come out and do this!”

The team would also like to thank Cen-Pe-Co and Mark Korth at K3 Tire.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

Peyton Davis Earns His First Grand National Championship

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Story by Darren Heartwell

Peyton Davis earned his first Grand National Championship with his “Punisher” Chevrolet in 2017. He also finished third with the “Young Gun” Chevrolet. The young veteran won four times during the season, twice with each truck.

He stated, “It’s the season that I’ve dreamed of for a long time! It took a lot of hard work to do it. I had a lot of people back home and on the road helping me. Everything just went our way! Everywhere we go, the Four Wheel Drive class is so tough. You have to be on your ‘A’ game to win.”

Davis began the season with a seventh-place finish on Friday night in Benson, North Carolina. He moved into a tie for the points lead with a runner-up finish on Saturday night. He finished 11th in Hutchinson, Minnesota on Friday night and Saturday night was rained out.

The Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin was one of the highlights of the season. He won on Friday afternoon and finished second on Saturday night to extend his points lead. He stated, “I’ve always wanted to win there; been second many times.”

He parked “Young Gun” in first place in Session One at the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. “Punisher” finished fifth on Friday night and 13th on Saturday night.
The next weekend was busy with a Thursday night hook in Michigan, Peyton’s birthday on Saturday, and then two hooks in New York on Sunday. It was a great start to the weekend. In Monroe, Michigan he won with the “Young Gun” truck and finished second with “Punisher” to seize the points lead. He would not give up the lead for the remainder of the season. He won the afternoon session at the Western New York Championship pull in Langford, New York with “Punisher” and placed third in the evening session.

He finished 13th and 12th in the two hooks in Norwalk, Wisconsin to take a 14-point lead into the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. Davis finished seventh and ninth there to extend the lead to 20 points with just three hooks remaining.

He stayed consistent with another ninth-place finish at the Tuesday hook in Hudsonville, Michigan. He moved up to third place on Wednesday. Davis finished 16th at the Tri-State Showdown in Wauseon, Ohio to clinch his first championship. He followed that up with his first Grand National win at the 31st Enderle Memorial Pull-Off in Urbana, Ohio with “Punisher.” He won the Enderle at the regional level in 2009.

Peyton stated, “This championship means everything to me! It’s what we’ve always wanted to do since we started. It all worked out, feels great!”

He would like thank his parents, Terry and Ellen, his brother John, Mara, Lena, Patrick, Hunter Brooks, and Ernie Schefflien. He would also like to thank his sponsor, DeKalb and Asgrow—--“Robert helps us out in the field and pulling”—--Sonny’s Racing Engines, SCS Gearbox and Steve Barker Chassis.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

Bobcat Jr. Team Becomes the First Team Based Outside of North America to Win a Grand National Championship

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Story by Darren Heartwell

The Bobcat Jr. Team made history in 2017 by becoming the first team based outside of North America to win a Grand National championship. The tractor of the Boer family from the Netherlands used six different drivers to accomplish this feat.

The team stated, “Tractor pulling is a family” and this was a true international effort with three drivers from the Netherlands—Berrie and Bertus Boer and Bart van der Sluis—and three from the United States—Bill Leischner and former GN Mini champions Phillip Fairbanks and Jason Hathaway. Regardless of the driver, the team finished in the top 10 at every event in 2017.

Berrie and Bertus Boer initially connected with their teammates in the United States through Brian Knox at Sassy Racing Engines. They have been bringing the tractor over and running the Shell Rotella Cup events, but they wanted to get more ambitious this year and run the whole circuit. Whoever was available would come over and drive the tractor; if no one was available, Hathaway would drive. Interviewed at the Enderle Pull-Off, Hathaway stated, “The ‘Bobcat Jr.’ tractor just made passes. There were no major issues, it held together great!” In addition to the title, the team also won the Shell Rotella Cup and the Bowling Green ring. Hathaway added, “It was a perfect season!”

It began with Berrie behind the wheel at the Mule City 300 in Benson, North Carolina. He drove the tractor to third- and second-place finishes to establish a lead they would hold the entire season. Hathaway was in the seat for a fourth in Hutchinson, Minnesota. The Saturday session in Hutchinson and the Thursday night session in Tomah, Wisconsin were both rained out. Berrie piloted the tractor to the first win of the season on Saturday night at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals.

Bertus drove to victory on Friday night at the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee and finished third on Saturday night to extend the points lead.

In Fort Recovery, Ohio, Hathaway drove the tractor to a runner-up finish on Friday night and Leischner to a 10th on Saturday night. Fairbanks took his turn behind the wheel in Langford, New York. He won in the afternoon and finished fourth in the evening session. Bart Sluis was at the controls for an eighth-place finish in Sandusky, Ohio and a sixth in Napoleon, Ohio.

Berrie was back to pull at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. He won on Friday night and finished second on Saturday night to win the ring. Berrie finished fourth and third in Greenville, Ohio and third again at the Friday Night Spectacular in Wellington, Ohio. Leischner completed the regular season and clinched the title with a runner-up finish at the M.E. Miller Tire Tri-State Showdown in Wauseon, Ohio.

The Bobcat Jr. Team would like to thank Bennie Vreeman (Vampire Gears), Brian Knox at Sassy Racing Engines, The Hathaway and Leischner families, the Dirtslinger Team, Phil and Jessica Fairbanks, Marty and Kathy, and everyone involved in transporting, working on, and driving the tractor.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

Strickland/Wells Take Second Consecutive Open Super Title

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Story by Darren Heartwell

John Strickland earned his second consecutive Grand National title in dramatic fashion in 2017. Strickland earned three victories and never finished outside of the top five all season long.

John started his title defense the best way possible with a win at his home track at the Mule City 300 in Benson, North Carolina. He said that this was one of the highlights of the season for him. He finished third in the second session there. The next hook in Tomah, Wisconsin was rained out. Strickland finished fourth in the second hook there. Teammate Brent Payne drove the tractor to another fourth place finish in Monroe, Michigan.

Strickland was back in the saddle for a runner-up finish at the Marion County Grand National in Salem, Illinois to take a one-point lead into Bowling Green, Ohio. He won the first hook at the National Tractor Pulling Championships and finished fifth on Saturday afternoon.

He went to Greenville, Ohio trailing by one point. Strickland won the first hook at the Great Darke County Fair to take a two-point lead. Following a fourth-place finish on Wednesday night, he trailed by one point with one hook remaining.

“We were behind going into Wellington. We won there last year to clinch the title so we knew we could perform well at that track.” John’s second-place finish at the Friday Night Spectacular in Wellington, Ohio clinched back-to-back championships for him.

He stated, “This year seems to be a little better than last year. This year was really a challenge. This will be a really memorable year for me!”

John would like to thank team owners Earl and Peggy Wells, John’s father-in-law and mother-in-law; his wife Dana; son Holt; and daughter Janalee. He would also like to thank Brent Payne, his wife Lee and children Annabelle, Johnny, and Jack, and the crew at GMS: Joe Ferneding, Dennis Payne, Dan Lyons, Timmy Hettrich, Craig Gettinger, Andy Smith, Austin Engel, Kevin Hall, and Ted Grassmick.

John added, “Brent does a great job working on our tractors and driving. He uses his tractor [GALOT] as a guinea pig.”

The GALOT Team also acknowledges GMS, GALOT Motorsports, CM Pulling Tires, Humpco Machine, Keating Machine, HPS Cylinder Head, Cen-Pe-Co, and Rite Care—Scottish Rite Masons, Helping Children Communicate—--Speech, Language, and Literacy.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

Jessie Petro Wins Sixth Consecutive Grand National Title in the Two Wheel Drive

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Story by Darren Heartwell

Jessie Petro continued to rewrite the record books by winning his sixth consecutive and seventh overall Grand National title in the Two Wheel Drive class in 2017. This championship included another clutch, late-season charge to seize the title.

The 2017 title was earned with consistency; he won only one GN hook the entire season. The Petro Motorsports team has now won nine TWD championships in a row, starting with Jessie’s first title in 2009 with “2 Timin’,” continuing with father Randy’s wins in 2010 and 2011 in “Kathy’s Komplaint,” and now Jessie’s six straight with “Buckeye Hauler.”

The season did not start out on a positive note for the reigning champion. Jessie drove “Buckeye Hauler” to a 15th-place finish at the first hook in Benson, North Carolina. Jessie commented, “For whatever reason, that truck does not like Benson on Friday night.” He finished second in the Saturday session at the Mule City 300 and took the points lead with his second entry, the “P5” truck.

“Buckeye Hauler” finished 15th and 17th at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, but then would not finish outside the top 10 the rest of the season. Jessie finished fourth and ninth in Ionia, Michigan and was 12 points out of first place heading to Brandenburg, Kentucky. He gained several points with a third-place finish on Friday night and pulled within five points of the lead with his only victory on Saturday night.

He took a one point lead over his father, Randy, with a third place finish at the Moon City Nationals in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Randy reassumed the lead after Jessie’s sixth place finish on Friday afternoon at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. Jessie finished third on Saturday night to seize a lead he would not surrender.

A runner-up finish in Greenville, Ohio extended his lead to five with one hook remaining. Unfortunately, the final event of the season was rained out in Canfield, Ohio.

Jessie added, “This truck lives up to its name. It really likes Ohio and Ohio dirt. I was pleased with the way the truck ran in the latter part of the season. The highlights of the season were winning the championship, finishing first and second with my Dad again this year, and qualifying for the Enderle Pull-Off.”

Jessie would like to thank Randy and Kathy Petro, his girlfriend Jessica, daughter Audrey, Joey Frasur, Justin and Brandon Dake, Alex Honican, Joanna and Tom Dunaway, Mark Stelle, and Terry Frasur.

Jessie would also like to acknowledge and thank Bob Miner and Adam Koester at Miner Brothers Racing, JDF Performance, CFH, Fowler Engines, Chad Mayhill at CM Pulling Tires, Full Pull Motorsports, Champion Spark Plugs, Shell, Case IH, Cen-Pe-Co, and the NTPA.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

Rod Deck Earned His Second Consecutive Title in Dramatic Fashion

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Story by Darren Heartwell

Rod Deck earned his second consecutive title in dramatic fashion in 2017 aboard the “Dream On” Case IH.

“I’m still speechless,” said Deck. “Last year I was ahead by 30 points all season. This year I struggled all year until midseason. I finally got the bugs out of it. I appreciate the fact that I have a son that I can go out and bond with and do this pulling thing. We’re basically best friends and he’s proud when I win and I’m happy when he does well!”

The Super Farm season kicked off at the Mule City 300 in Benson, North Carolina. Deck notched a ninth on Friday night and an eighth on Saturday night. He finished 13th on Saturday night at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, then moved up to third place on Sunday afternoon. “Dream On” finished 12th on Friday night in Rockwell, Iowa and sixth on Saturday evening.

Deck stated, “I had a lot of issues at the start of the season. We went to Ionia, Michigan and I wrecked the turbocharger the first night, finishing 15th. Dave Whelan [“My Last Excuse” driver] took a trip to Ryan Salenbien’s shop and picked me up a different one to put on. It was like the tractor ran day and night after that.”

He finished second on Saturday to begin his crawl back into points contention. Rod moved on to Brandenburg, Kentucky where he swept both hooks to get within 10 points of the lead. He finished ninth on Friday night and second on Saturday night at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio to pull within two points with five hooks remaining.
Deck finished seventh in both hooks in Hudsonville, Michigan and seventh again in Wellington, Ohio. He was six points behind with two hooks remaining in Sandwich, Illinois. Deck won the afternoon session to pull within four going into the final hook of the season.

Rod commented, “I earned the win in the first session to hold the tiebreaker. My plan in Sandwich was to hold onto second place. The ‘Absolutely Nuts’ tractor was right behind me; they had a great season.

“I didn’t think I could make up the six points in two sessions but I had the luck of the draw. Russ Freeze had a real good run and won by a couple inches. To get three tractors to squeeze in between Brad Hart and I, it came down to the last hook. Dave Whelan, the guy who saved me in Ionia, made the points for me. I owe a big thanks to Dave!

“My hat’s off to Brad. He was a great competitor all year; he’s a great guy!” “Dream On” and Hart’s “Don’t Ask” were tied with 448 points, but the title went to Deck due to his three wins versus Hart’s two. Deck capped off another championship season with an Enderle win.

Rod acknowledges Ryan Salenbien at Salenbien Peformance, Extreme Tire Cutting, Mark Colberg at Colberg Machine, and Cen-Pe-Co. Rod thanks his son, Bryan, for all of the research and development work, his daughter-in-law Connie Deck who worked on the irrigation system while they were gone pulling, God, his daughters Michelle and Melyssa, and son-in-law Jeremy Dexter, who re-scheduled their wedding due to Sandwich, and his grandchildren---Justin, Ryan, Anna, and Bronson.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

Corrected Class Schedule for Langford, NY

An erroneous class schedule was published for the Langford Northeast Nationals in Langford, New York on page 60 in the March/April issue of The Puller magazine (Grand National Event Profiles). The schedules published in the front of that issue and online at www.NTPAPULL.com are correct.

To clarify: The 2018 Langford class lineup consists of NTPA Grand National Four Wheel Drive, Light Super Stock, Modified Mini, Super Stock Diesel, and Unlimited both on Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m. and on Sunday, August 5 at noon. Empire State Pullers classes will also run in both sessions, while invitational Super Semis and the Western New York Pro Pulling Series will appear on Sunday. Neither Pro Stocks nor Two Wheel Drives are scheduled for Langford.

We apologize for the error.

Ross Family Pulling Earn Second Consecutive Championship

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Story by Darren Heartwell

The Ross Family Pulling Team earned their second consecutive championship with their McCormick MTX200. Father and son share driving duties, and the entire family is involved. Jody stated,“Nobody said it would be easy, and it’s not. If it was easy, I wouldn’t be doing it...I’m thankful things came out the way they did!”

“We came out of the box with two wins in Benson, North Carolina, [and] a fourth in Hutchinson, Minnesota,” recalled Colin. “Dad won both hooks in Tomah, Wisconsin, we were four-for-five. Travis Schlabach was only one point behind at that point, he was extremely consistent.”

The team finished seventh and fifth at the North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell. Jody was in the driver’s seat for a runner-up finish at the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee on Friday night. Colin took the controls on Saturday and finished second as well.

Jody commented, “July was a rough month; we lost my mother, Jean. We worked on the tractor religiously for major issues.” Jody began August with a seventh in Wapakoneta, Ohio—the last time the team would finish outside the top five—to fall 10 points behind Travis. The team figured out they had an injector pump issue and fixed it before the hook in Napoleon, Ohio, were Colin won to get within six points of the lead going into Bowling Green, Ohio. Jody parked “Triple Bypass” in third on Friday afternoon. then Colin won on Saturday night to clinch the team’s second straight ring.

Having closed the deficit to one point with just two hooks left in Sandwich, Illinois. Jody stated, “We let it all hang out. The top three were in that mode as well. We didn’t have as good of a run as we would’ve liked on Saturday afternoon [third], but it was in one piece, and we drove it off the track. We have had an issue with that at Sandwich the past couple years...The filter was clean so we were good to go on Saturday night after checking a few things over.”

Going into the final hook, the Rosses held a one-point lead over Schlabach’s “Bone Twister” and the Blagraves’ “Red Horse.” Unfortunately, Schlabach broke that afternoon, so he was not able to compete. Jody added, “We hated that, we want to pull on the track. That’s not the way we want to do things.” In the evening session Stan Blagrave won with “Red Horse,” his second win on the day, and Colin finished second. “Blagraves ran very well, as they always do,” said Jody. “That tied us. We had the tiebreaker with six wins.” The Blagraves had five.

For an exclamation point to the exceptional season, Jody won the Enderle Pull-Off. He commented, “This really caps off the year! I would like to thank everyone who has helped us along this journey. We’ve pulled for a long time, but this feels good, as good as winning a championship. We’ve been here several times, been second a couple times. This is our first Enderle win, I really wanted it!”

Jody thanks his parents, Joe and Jean Ross, his in-laws John and Dixie Christopher, his wife Charlotte, daughter Lily, and son Colin.

Jody and Colin would also like to thank Jim Main for his years of friendship and endless support with engineering and design and Shawn Orndoff for his meticulous fabricating and welding skills. Without these two men, “Triple Bypass” would only be a dream.

The family thanks Shawn Alger, Bill Crayne, Gary Bennett, Joe Carter, Donny Moore, and Dave Miller at Ross Tractor Sales for keeping things going while they’re away. They also acknowledge Tim and Josh Shipley at Shipley Tractor, Wimer Fuel Injection, Hypermax Engineering, Mark Massey, Nick McCormick (Sonny Bryant Crankshaft supplier), Engler Machine, Profab, Chris Spect at Columbus Diesel, Nichols Tire, Korek Designs, and Carlton Cope.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

Ricky Rose Earned His First Grand National Championship in the Modified Division

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Story by Darren Heartwell

Ricky Rose earned his first Grand National championship in the Modified division in 2017.

Rose “started in 1973 when I was in high school with a souped-up farm tractor.” He joined the NTPA in 1980 and pulled at the Regional National level. He moved to the Grand National circuit in 2010.

Rose stated that this championship is “greatly appreciated because you never know if you’re going to get to this point!” He added, “It was an awesome year! Don’t know if it can get much better. We never broke once in the Modified class this year.”

The dream season included six wins and three runner-up finishes in 11 hooks. He never finished lower than fourth place all season.

The Giddy Up Team ran the GN circuit in the Unlimited and Modified classes. June was an especially busy time. In addition to finishing up planting season on the farm and promoting their pull in Hutchinson, Minnesota, they started the GN Modified season.

The first hook was in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Rose won the Showdown in Curdtown to start on a positive note. He finished second in both hooks at the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin. He won on Friday night in Rockwell, Iowa to take a points lead he would not relinquish, then finished fourth on Saturday night.

After almost a month-long break in the Modified class, he earned another win in Monroe, Michigan. He parked “Giddy Up” in fourth place later that weekend in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

He then went on a dominant stretch to seize the title. In one of the highlights of the season, he swept both hooks at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio to earn his first championship ring. He won the Saturday afternoon session in Sandwich, Illinois and finished second in the evening session to clinch the championship.

Rose stated, “We are the promoters of the Power Pull Nationals in Hutchinson, Minnesota. We would like to thank all of the fans; we always have a sellout crowd. It makes a promoter feel good. I really like pull-offs, it’s good for the excitement of the fans.

“We would like to thank Case IH, our local dealer Peter Arnold, LG Seeds, and many other wonderful sponsors. Without the awesome backing from our sponsors and help from volunteers, the Power Pull Nationals could not happen.”

Ricky would like to “thank my family, my sons Jeff, Shaun, and Travis—who is my crew chief—and all four of my grandchildren.” He also acknowledges Ken Veney, Craig Sage at SCS Gearbox, Phil McIntire who supplies Cen-Pe-Co oil on the farm, and Brian Knox at Sassy Racing Engines.

Rose commented on his more than 40-year pulling career, “You’ve been doing it so long it almost becomes a job. But when you get to this point, a GN Championship, it’s an awesome, awesome feeling!”

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

New Hampton, IA Adds Two GN Modified Classes

EventSchedule 2018 GNGridWorthington, Ohio---The Kenwood Avenue Park NTPA Nationals in New Hampton, Iowa has added a Grand National class of Modifieds to each of its two nights of action, Friday and Saturday, July 13-14. The Mods will join a program that already contains four Region V classes: Super Farm, Limited Pro Stock, and Two and Four Wheel Drives. Each evening's action at Kenwood Avenue Park will begin at 7 p.m.

At right is a grid displaying all locations of 2018 Grand National classes as of Monday, April 2.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

Shell Rotella Cup Bonus Program Expands to All GN Divisions, 10 SN/GN Events

ShellRotellaCupWithOR 2018Worthington, Ohio---Now, everyone gets a chance to hoist the Cup.

Demonstrating a deepening commitment to National Tractor Pullers Association Championship Pulling and its Grand National competitors, Shell Rotella will award $54,000 across all 13 divisions on the Association’s premier circuit in 2018.

The awards, presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts, will go to top-three finishers in GN points accumulated at 10 Super and Grand National events. Each division will have a three- or four-event series.

“Shell came to us at the end of last season and inquired how our involvement together could become greater,” explained Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager. “The natural progression was to expand the current Shell Rotella Cup to all of our GN divisions. We looked at our 2018 schedule, and some things just clicked into place.”

One of those things that clicked was Bowling Green, Ohio’s inclusion of the Light Unlimiteds, which meant that every Cup check could be cut in the same winners circle. Other factors were the growth of events in Rockwell, Iowa and Langford, New York (to three and two days, respectively) and the enthusiasm and cooperative spirit expressed by each of the promoters in making the enlarged schedule work.

“Of course it’s great for our competitors,” Randall continued, “but not to be lost in this is how six more events get to share in the prestige of the Cup challenge.” In addition to Rockwell’s North Iowa Nationals (July 5-7) and Langford’s Northeast Nationals (August 4-5), the Shell Rotella Cup tour’s new stops include the Power Pull Nationals in Hutchinson, Minnesota (June 15-16), the Ionia Free Fair Pullsation in Ionia, Michigan (July 13-14), the Fort Recovery NTPA Grand Nationals in Fort Recovery, Ohio (July 27-28), and the Meade County Fair NTPA Grand Nationals in Brandenburg, Kentucky (July 27-28).

They join the four familiar locales, now designated as “anchor events”: Benson, North Carolina’s GALOT Motorsports Park Mule City 300 (June 1-2), Tomah, Wisconsin’s Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals (June 21-23), Chapel Hill, Tennessee’s Lions Super Pull of the South (July 20-21), and Bowling Green’s National Tractor Pulling Championships (August 16-18).

Each of the five divisions that have been a part of the Shell Rotella Cup series since its beginnings in 2007---Super Stock Diesel, Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, Modified Mini, and Unlimited---will have a four-stop tour that starts in Benson, continues in Tomah, and concludes in Bowling Green. In between, the Diesel Supers, Four Wheelers, Minis, and Unlimiteds visit Chapel Hill, while the Two Wheelers travel to Ionia.

In each of the eight newly minted Cup divisions, rewarded will be the top three point-earners across either three or four venues:

Light Super Stock (Tomah, Brandenburg, Langford, and Bowling Green), Super Stock Open (Benson, Tomah, and Bowling Green), Super Farm (Benson, Rockwell, Ionia, and Bowling Green), Pro Stock (Tomah, Chapel Hill, Brandenburg, and Bowling Green), Super Stock Diesel 4x4 (Benson, Tomah, Fort Recovery, and Bowling Green), Super Semi (Hutchinson, Tomah, Ionia, and Bowling Green), Light Unlimited (Tomah, Fort Recovery, and Bowling Green), and Modified (Tomah, Rockwell, and Bowling Green).

Fans can keep up to date on Shell Rotella Cup point standings at the conclusion of each session at www.NTPAPULL.com and are invited to check the site for regular “Cup Update” reports. Shell Rotella’s message will appear in 30-second spots in 13 episodes of “NTPA Championship Pulling” on RFD-TV presented by Case IH, and viewers will be kept abreast of Cup standings during each episode. Click here for a summary of the expanded 2018 Shell Rotella Cup schedule.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

Seventh Title in Eight Years for the Light Super Stock Duo

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Story by Darren Heartwell

The Wisconsin-based team of Mike Chizek and Brian Korth continued their streak of success in Light Super Stock by winning their seventh title in eight years in this division. The team ran three tractors in this class and won four of the seven points hooks this season. The 2017 title is the third with the “Considered Armed & Dangerous” entry (2014, 2015).

Following a rainout of the first hook in Tomah, Wisconsin, “Considered Armed & Dangerous” finished seventh in Session Three. This would be the low point of the season for the team. The tractor moved up to a second-place finish in the first hook in Brandenburg, Kentucky. On Saturday the team earned its first victory of the season.

The points battle moved to Langford, New York for two hooks on the same day. The team won the afternoon session with the “Armed & Dangerous: Excessive Force” tractor that they rode to four championships (2010, 2011, 2012, 2016). They came back in the evening session to earn the victory and take the top spot in the points chase with “Considered.”

The action moved to the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio to finish out the season. Brian drove “Excessive Force” to victory in Session One on Thursday night. He finished third with “Considered” to take a two-point lead into the final hook of the season. He drove the tractor to another third-place finish to clinch the team’s seventh championship.

Brian stated, “It’s as tight as it has even been. You can win one weekend but not the next.” Mike added, “There were four different winners in seven hooks, multiple winners. It is not a landslide.”

Chizek commented that the biggest challenge of the year was figuring out the tracks, “it was there but you had to find the right spot to win.” He stated that their biggest highlight of the season was “finishing first and second in both sessions in Langford and getting the new tractor [Deadly Force] figured out.”

Korth added, “We won both hooks in Langford. That’s what put us over the top!

“They get harder to win every year. To have seven titles on the Grand National circuit is beyond anyone’s dream! Winning a Grand National title is not easy!”

Mike and Brian both acknowledge Terry and Josh Blackbourn at Blackbourn Racing Components and Mark Korth at K3 Tire for their support. Mike sends special thanks to his wife Debbie and son Cody, Brian Korth, and the guys in the shop at Chizek Transport.

Brian thanks his wife Renee and Mike Chizek.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

NTPC Co-Founder and NTPA SS Champion Jack Walter Has Died

The WPI/NTPA office was recently notified of the passing on January 8, 2018 of Jack Walter, 81, of Carey, Ohio. Mr. Walter was a Grand National Super Stock champion, an Ohio delegate to the NTPA, and a co-founder of the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green.

Mr. Walter farmed in Ohio's Wyandot County until his retirement in 1981. His early International 856 and later "Father Farmall" International 1466 won several NTPA events in the early 1970s. He captured the 1972 GN championship in 9,000 Super Stock with "Father Farmall"; that same year, he finished second in the 12,000-lb. Open and third in 12,000-lb. Super Stock. Mr. Walter's son Don, who passed away in 1990 following an industrial accident, also competed in the Super Stock division with an IH 1066.

Surviving are Mr. Walter's daughters Karen Walter, Mary A. (Dennis) Dible, and Teresa J. Holsinger; sons Dennis and J. Daniel (Nancy Krout); seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; four sisters; and one brother. Mr. Walter's obituary may be found here, from which memorial contributions to the Hannah House may be directed.

We offer our belated condolences to Danny and the entire Walter family.

Discovery Channel's "Street Outlaws" Series Visits GALOT Track

GALOTMPWorthington, Ohio---GALOT Motorsports Park, site of the NTPA's Grand National season-opening Mule City 300, will be among the featured racetracks on the Discovery Channel's "Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings," part of the channel's "Motor Wednesday" lineup. The pre-taped episode will air on Wednesday, April 18 at 9 p.m. Eastern.

According to Discovery's publicity, "Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings" highlights a challenging form of street racing in which "racers drive on tracks that have not been primed with traction compounds...The rules are simple, and it’s every man for himself in each wild and dangerous race." Hosted by Street Outlaws all-star Chuck Seitsinger, the series premiered on February 27, and episodes began airing regularly on Wednesdays beginning March 7.

The show's taping at the GALOT facility was Friday and Saturday, March 9-10 and "got really good reviews," according to track executive John Strickland. "People came from all over everywhere: Ohio, West Virginia, Texas, Maine" after only a week of advertising, "and only on social media." Driven mostly by the sport's extensive exposure on Discovery and its satellite channels, attendees "were not your typical drag-race fans, but were more TV fans," Strickland detected. The event drew such crowds that Strickland didn't have time to watch it unfold live. "I spent most of my time parking cars," he admitted.

Preparing the track for "no-prep" racing actually took more work than a regular race, Strickland explained. "Our track holds rubber really good, and we'd normally put rosin and glue down. [For this event] we had to strip the track with torches and scrapers to heat the rubber up and peel it off to a real thin layer." To relate the added degree of difficulty to tractor pullers, he said it would be like "going to Bowling Green today with no graders and just pulling in the mud." He indicated that viewers of the episode can expect to witness "a few incidents" as a result of the slickened surface.

The announcement of the Discovery Channel's visit to the revitalized Benson, North Carolina racetrack is the latest in a series of honors for track/team owner Earl Wells and race car/pulling tractor driver Strickland. On the pulling side, the Mule City 300 won 2016's Grand National Pull of the Year and 2017's Cen-Pe-Co Fan Cheer of the Year Awards, and Strickland has piloted "GALOT II" to consecutive Grand National Super Stock Open championships. Meanwhile, the dragstrip was named the Professional Drag Racers Association's Track of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. Interestingly, Strickland believes this to have been the first broadcast coverage of racing from GALOT Motorsports Park, while the Grand National event has previously been part of the "NTPA Championship Pulling" series on RFD-TV.

This year's NTPA event in Benson is Friday and Saturday, June 1-2 and features eight Grand National divisions each night, beginning at 7 p.m.: Super Stock Diesel, Super Stock Open, Super Farm, Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, Modified Mini, and Unlimited.

For more information about GALOT Motorsports Park, visit their website: www.GALOTMotorsportsPark.com. Information on the Discovery Channel series is located here.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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.

 

Hutchinson, MN SEMI Classes Are GN Select

Worthington, Ohio---The Super Semis’ two appearances at Hutchinson, Minnesota’s NTPA Power Pull Nationals on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17 are designated as Grand National Select classes.

Vehicles licensed at the GN level are automatically eligible to participate. Other SEMI competitors may contact promoter Ricky Rose (320.510.0832, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to request a written invitation.

This constraint applies to the SEMI classes only; the other divisions pulling at Hutch are all GN level (SSD, UNL, MINI, PS, and FWD) and are open to regional and per-hook competitors with no invitation necessary.

About 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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 12th season of "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.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall 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