2019 NTPA Shell Rotella Cup-Date Final: Bowling Green

Worthington, Ohio---The Cup has been claimed.

Beautiful, sunny skies beckoned pulling fans from across the nation---and competitors from around the globe---to northwestern Ohio for the 53rd annual National Tractor Pulling Championships. And its world-famous winners circle, situated trackside and directly in front of the venerable Wood County Fairgrounds grandstand, was the site of not only 130 trophy and 13 Championship Ring awards but also of 39 Shell Rotella Cup check presentations. Such were the prizes earned by competitors in the National Tractor Pullers Association's Grand National series who had earned the most points across the 2019 Shell Rotella Cup tour, which included stops in Benson, North Carolina; Tomah, Wisconsin; Hutchinson, Minnesota; Rockwell, Iowa; Chapel Hill, Tennessee; Ionia, Michigan; and Bowling Green, Ohio.

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

In 2019, the Association is proud to complete its first half century as the world's original and number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level truck and tractor pulling contests. Fierce, fair pulling competition and a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere are hallmarks of NTPA Championship Pulling. If you haven't experienced the rumbles, roars, and rivalries of the heaviest sport on wheels, why not give it a try this summer?

Below, we congratulate the top three finishers in each Shell Rotella Cup division and synopsize their championship performances in Bowling Green.

Light Super Stock

The track was tough and the setup was elusive for the 6,000-lb. multi-turbocharged division, but Adam Spiegelberg, whose Detonator Black had led the standings all season long, turned in a second and a first to clinch the Cup and the final Hardest-Working Puller weekend total-distance award of the season.

1. Adam Spiegelberg (Weyauwega, Wisconsin)/Detonator Black
2. Jordan Spiegelberg (Weyauwega, Wisconsin)/Detonator Red
3. Larry Phillips (Vine Grove, Kentucky)/Extremely Insane

Super Stock Diesel

Jody Ross qualified his family's "Triple Bypass" for a three-tractor pull-off in the Diesels' first weekend appearance, but a malfunctioning sensor proved to be costly on that second pass. He could only budge the sled inches in the Supers' second hook but his Cup point lead was substantial enough to withstand the hit. Brandon Hunt's "Liv'n a Dream" took a first and a second to win the HWP.

1. Jody and Colin Ross (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania)/Triple Bypass
2. Kent Payne (Veedersburg, Indiana)/Super Rooster
3. Esdon Lehn (Dayton, Minnesota)/Diggin' Fever

Super Stock Open

The GALOT Motorsports Team proved it was the class of the field once more in Bowling Green by ending their six-hook season (which coincided with the Cup tour) with a win each. Brent Payne and "Get a Load of That" won the HWP, but John Strickland and "Get a Load of That II" proved to be victorious in the series.

1. John Strickland (Clinton, North Carolina)/Get a Load of That II
2. Brent Payne (Hamilton, Ohio)/Get a Load of That
3. Jordan Lustik (Eighty-Four, Pennsylvania)/Silver Bullet

Super Farm

Jon Silsby roared back to first place on Saturday after a mid-pack Friday finish to win the Cup by six points over the Ferris family's "Absolutely Nuts." Ryan Anderson's "Checkin' Out" used a ring- and HWP-winning weekend to edge out the Ferrises' other tractor, "Assorted Nuts," for third.

1. Jon Silsby (Vicksburg, Michigan)/Crop Doctor
2. Brady Ferris (Addison, Michigan)/Absolutely Nuts
3. Ryan Anderson (Hoopeston, Illinois)/Checkin' Out

Pro Stock

"Hot when it counted" is how to describe Darrin Hunt's season aboard his "D2 Pro Stock Edition." His Cup-and-down season saw each of his three GN victories to date come in Shell Rotella action including his Saturday night triumph in BG. Jason Svonavec's "Bootlegger" took the HWP, though, by just over a foot of total distance.

1. Darrin Hunt (Herndon, Kentucky)/D2 Pro Stock Edition
2. Jason Svonavec (Rockwood, Pennsylvania)/Bootlegger
3. Robby and Esdon Lemke (Helenville, Wisconsin)/New Generation Plus

Two Wheel Drive

The wheelstanding division crowned its 2019 champion in Bowling Green: Russ Nichols' "On the Edge." And the first to congratulate him? Second-place finisher and good friend Bryan McDonald. But he had a pretty nice consolation prize: His "Suffering Sanity" claimed the Cup by five tallies.

1. Bryan McDonald (Kennedyville, Maryland(/Suffering Sanity
2. Russ Nichols (Lore City, Ohio)/On the Edge
3. Randy Petro (Camden, Ohio)/Kathy's Komplaint

Four Wheel Drive

Peyton Davis has been methodically dealing out the pain this year. His "Punisher" stormed out to an early Cup lead on the strength of two wins and has run out the clock on his nearest rivals. One of those is very near: brother John T. and their "Young Gun" team truck scored a win and the ring in BG. Another is the 13-time champion Holman Brothers, who were victorious on Friday afternoon to surge into third.

1. Peyton Davis (Tappahannock, Virginia)/Punisher
2. John T. Davis (Tappahannock, Virginia)/Young Gun
3. Jim and Paul Holman (Wauseon, Ohio)/4 Play

 

 

Minnesota Competitor Warren Daluge Has Died; Update: Funeral Info

The WPI/NTPA office has been notified of the passing on Tuesday, August 13 of Warren Daluge, 70, of Loretto, Minnesota from complications following a farming accident. Mr. Daluge was a competitor in the United Pullers of Minnesota Pro Farm division ("Ageless") and the father of UPM President Bill Daluge.

Mr. Daluge's wake is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 pm on Sunday, August 18 at Salem Lutheran Church, 9655 Pioneer Trail, Greenfield, Minnesota 55357. His funeral service will be held at the church at noon on Monday with visitation beforehand beginning at 10 a.m. The family requests that instead of memorials, "Pay it forward," remembering that Mr. Daluge "was always helping someone, in small and big ways!!!"

Please keep Mr. Daluge's wife Sally, Bill, and the whole Daluge family in your thoughts during this difficult time.

Tech Official Harold Phipps' Mother Marlys Has Passed; Update: Funeral Info

We are saddened to learn of the passing in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 11 of Marlys Phipps, 81, of Ames, Iowa. Mrs. Phipps was the mother of NTPA tech official Harold Phipps.

Born in Minnesota, Mrs. Phipps and her family moved to Los Angeles in her youth, where she met and married Donald Phipps. The couple relocated to Iowa shortly afterward and started their trucking business, Refrigerated Transport, for which Mrs. Phipps was an over-the-road driver and bookkeeper. She and Donald enjoyed camping, and she was active in her church.

Surviving are Donald, Harold and his wife Dawn, as well as a daughter Janine (Jon) Seibert; grandchildren Courtney (Jimmy) Edwards, Colin (Samantha) Seibert, and Andy (Brookly) Gerleman; and great grandchildren Harmony, Ava, and Zoe Gerleman. Mrs. Phipps' full obituary may be found here, and online condolences may be left here.

Visitation for Mrs. Phipps' family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, August 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Heartland Baptist Church, 3333 Stange Road, Ames, Iowa 50010. Her memorial service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the church..

Our hearts go out to Harold and his family in their time of sorrow.

Road to the Enderle 2019: Week 12 RN Traffic Report

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---It's time to start counting down the hooks and counting up the qualifiers. But don't miss out on the main event: The 33rd Kent & Joan Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14 in Urbana, Ohio. Tickets are now on sale at ShopNTPA.com/tickets. (Latest GN Report)

RN Light Super Stock

  1. Halfway home after South Bend, Jerry Yantes' "Spirit of Oliver" leads Jason Irvin's "Drunkin' Punkin" by one point. The Lynn winner will likely be invited to Urbana the following Saturday.
  2. The Lights stayed on in rainy Norwalk long enough to see Bryce Pichler notch "Red Thunder"'s second RN win of the year and first in Region III. That has put the Case IH up by five on Ken Witt's "Mr. Yuk" Deere with just Ridgeland left.
  3. Kevin Lynn's "504 Rocket" (-27) was absent from Norwalk, not only missing a great steak dinner (we hear) but also its shot at the second berth. It's now "Yuk"'s for the taking in Wisconsin on Labor Day Sunday.

RN Heavy Super Stock

  1. Barry Eliker's "Buckeye Bandit" got one shy of the max in Charlotte to take a two-point lead over the Feldkamps' "Trophy Buck." Perennial champ John Pfeiffer had an unpfortunate pfire the second night in Michigan to pfall pfour behind.
  2. Robert Gansemer's "Ruttin' Deere" took second in Norwalk to hold off the Rachners and their class-winning "Long-Haul Harvester" (-1). The 1466 mixed it up with both Grand and Regional National competition in a strong freshman season. But this year will belong to Gansemer, who qualified for his sixth Enderle but first since 2012.
  3. By virtue of two perfect scores last October in Raleigh, Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" is already the invitee.
  4. Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" are already in by virtue of a 59-point performance across Region V's two hooks.

RN Super Farm

  1. Charlie Capozzo took "Cruel Intentions" to victory in Berrien Springs to extend his lead to 10 over the Caseys' "Whoopie Maker." Dave Whelan's "My Last Excuse" was third and got 29 to keep the pressure on "Whoopie" for that second berth.
  2. Just four hooks remain for Whelan to make up his 13-point deficit. The series resumes next Wednesday in Hudsonville and then tours northwestern Ohio (Fremont, Wauseon, and Findlay) for its final three appearances.
  3. Rod Deck's "Dream On" has won the Region V berth, so we'll combine it with Region III if his lead there holds through Ridgeland. Following Anoka and Menomonie, Deck has new chasers this week in Mitch Fehn's "Red Storm Reloaded" (-8) and the Larsons' "Hotwire" (-9).
  4. Chris Hales' "Outlaw" came back from a point down after 2018 Raleigh to top Daniel McDonald's "Bad Boy" in Benson for the Southeastern berth.
  5. A second-place finish in Bremer County clinched a second straight Region V title for Deck's "Dream On" to match his pair of GN championships in 2016 and 2017.

RN Light Pro Stock

  1. Tom Shafer's "Boss" is still in charge in the East, but the lead got three markers smaller when Matt Durbin's "Sidewinder" (-24) edged him for second in Erie County behind Dave Armstrong's "Rowdy Red" and then won outright in Zanesville. Kevin Banion's "Forgiven" (-35) and Brad Cochran's "Case Incognito" (-40) remain mathematically viable for the berth, but with four to go it'll likely take an absence by the leaders for them to contend.
  2. A third in Monroe and a win at Eaton II have pushed Wes Spencer's "Bush Wacker" to a 24.5-point lead over the Fussner/Holland "Busted Budget," which won in southern Michigan but lost ground in southwestern Ohio. They're off until Spencer's hometown Greenville on the Tuesday after BG.
  3. This year, we'll take three from Region II with the last being a preordained at-large. After Armstrong's mighty week (28-point average over three hooks), he's just 17 back of Banion with seven left.
  4. The Dorwins' "Young Bucks Reloaded" won again in Houston to replicate their effort in Tomah. That staked them to leads over previous qualifiers and Enderle winners Alan Cook ("Black Thunder," -3) and Collin Birkholz (International 1456, -7) going to the Ridgeland Nationals over Labor Day weekend.
  5. Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" stayed smokin' hot from the State Fair to GALOT Park in winning the Region IV berth by five.

RN Limited Pro Stock

  1. Travis Wisel's "Irrational Behavior" broke a weeks-old tie between itself and Garrett Boldry's "Smoke Fever" (-1) when Wisel claimed Edon's inaugural event. The late-summer chill will be in the air when the series resumes in Wauseon Labor Day weekend.
  2. The 12-hook Region III circuit will send two, and right now it's the Ploetzes' three-win "Big One" and Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester" (-2) that would get the nod. Lindstrom made huge gains in the standings last week by earning 54 points across two competitive hooks in Anoka and Menomonie but lost a chance to move up further when the class was rained out in Norwalk.
  3. For that second berth, "Hyper" is up two points on the team tractor "Adrenaline Rush" of Matt Lindstrom and Mike Sather and Roger Scalzo's "Bad to the Bone." Plus, Bill Figanbaum's "Instigator" lurks at only four behind. With three hooks to go, it's a wide-open race.
  4. Jeremy and Jarod's "Big One" won in Monticello and Waverly to turn a two-point deficit to Bryan Deck's "One Bad Apple" into a five-point victory margin. If the Ploetzes happen to claim either of the Region III berths, we'll combine the paths to designate an at-large invitee.

RN Two Wheel Drive

  1. Sandusky shaved Jacob Shephard's advantage for this berth to five over Brent Secrest's event-winning "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It," and then Zanesville's results trimmed it further to just three. You'll recall "Nuthin' EZ" used a surge just about this time last year to overtake Shephard for the invitation and the title. (Bet that Secrest and Shephard, good friends off the track, both remember)
  2. The Brown City-Peck metroplex is still set to send two to Urbana, but Brian Grifka's got not one but two trucks garaged in Eaton, Ohio to worry about. Matt Cain's "Xtremely Buy Polar" and brother Alan's "Madd Maxx" finished second and third and got the top two point scores in Napoleon on Saturday to tie for second at minus-10. Meanwhile, Tom Eisman's Eaton-winning "Whipper Snapper II" is only 11 back despite a rough night in Henry County. Greenville is next.
  3. In the preordained II-At-Large, Shephard's lead remains 38 over Eisman.
  4. Defending Region III champion Dustin Amundson won twice across Anoka and Menomonie to snatch the lead from Wayne Timmerman's "Showtime" (-1)  which was twice third. Chad Haggerty's "Hillbilly Hot Rod" (-13) and the Stampfli/Frontzak "Twisted Tight" (-17) are well back, but it won't be settled until Sandwich .
  5. They did it: Jason Sullivan and Lavern Kelchen are your Region V representatives. Their "Cornburner" Dodge picked up third in a six-truck pull-off in Waverly to cap an impressive rookie campaign with top-threes in all four Iowa appearances.

RN Four Wheel Drive

  1. Ron Newell broke through for a fourth-place, 30-point finish in Napoleon to wrestle a top score away from the Zarings' fleet of Dodges. Since Steve Elchinger's opening two-win salvo in Preble and Arcola, one or the other or the other of Jake and Ike's Mopar pickups---"Rule #19" (tied with Newel for lead, owns tiebreaker on wins), "Bucket List," or "Fatheadz Eyewear" (now both -2) had earned the most points in each regional outing. It marked Newell's fourth fourth of the year but by far the most profitable heading into Hudsonville.
  2. With the Taylors' "Grain Hollers Mafia" at minus-80 for this berth, it's likely just four trucks under a blanket.  .
  3. Michael O'Connor scored 74 points across Anoka's two sessions (one rain) and Menomonie to vault into the lead with "Nasty Boys." And that lead is substantial at eight points over the Suchys' "Totally Geared" and at 11 over team truck "Totally Hooked" (-11). Michael's son David was the Dunn County runner-up to pull into fourth at minus-12. Colby and Sandwich remain. (Why are we hungry all of a sudden?)
  4. When a series is contracted to two hooks, ties are not unusual. But how about one that features a second and a third by each of the contenders? Or one in which the final decision is made on distances whose totals were 1.075' apart? Looking at you, Region V, and your 2019 champion, David O'Connor's "Nasty Habit," which edged the Suchys' "Totally Geared" by just that margin after Monticello and Waverly.

RN Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0

  1. All three of the qualifiers will come from Region II. From 2018 Dover to now, there have been been seven scheduled hooks in the East, and Jeremy Straley's "Razor's Edge" and Nick Stamm's "Frank" have made them all. Straley leads Stamm six top-fives to five, but "Frank"'s Marysville victory coupled with Straley's fifth has cut the latter's lead to a "Razor"-thin one point. They'll rest a while until Canton at the end of the month.
  2. The West got started in Allegan last year. Jeff Hossler's "Flirtin' with Disaster" won twice this week to increase his season total to five and his lead to seven points over Stamm. All quiet now until Greenville in a couple weeks.
  3. Those hooks keep piling up for the planned at-large as well, where the "Frank" Wagon has powered its way to a 59-point bulge.

RN Modified Mini

  1. David Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained" (24) took the win in Berrien Springs and its stablemate "Double or Nothing," the leader along all three Region II paths, was second. Todd Bultman piloted the Schaendorfs' "Max'd Out" (-7) to third. With only Hudsonville left, the family from Dorr will probably need a win and help to overtake "Double" for the berth.
  2. Active for the first time since Hamilton, the Southern Region II path passed through Sandusky, where Lacey went went first and fourth with "Double or Nothing" and "Unchained" around Tim Rea's "Wicked Sensation" (-10) and Kevin Bradtmueller's "Whomp Ass Express." On opposite ends of Ohio, Greenville and Canton are the deciders.
  3. The overall Region II berth (that also started at Allegan 2018) is safely Lacey's, either with "Double" or "Unchained" (-39). At-large scenarious abound; we'll elaborate as the possibilities narrow heading to Canton.
  4. We now have a tie in the Region III race after two hooks, the more recent being Menomonie. There, a second by Christopher Burnett's "Li'l Disaster" evened the score with the Ellsworth-winning "Shakin' Shamrock" of Nathan Hoffman. Brian Guza's "Grandpa's Disaster" is minus-four and Jim Gehrke's "Rare Breed" minus-five with three hooks remaining. Next: Colby.

RN Modified

  1. Tarry Feiss won the Northwestern hook at Sandusky to assume a one-point lead over husband Todd in this race, which has four to go. Her "Feissty Farmer" now has three straight wins in the subregion after five straight seconds---four to "S'no Farmer," one to Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special"---as Feiss Motorsports has opened an 18-point lead heading to Darke County.
  2. Kevin Jerew picked up the win in Zanesville with "Wild Times," but Tarry took second to trim another point off Todd's lead (now seven) for the Southeastern berth. Miller is 20 back with hooks in Canfield and Old Washington remaining along the path.
  3. "S'no Farmer" also leads Tarry for the at-large by seven. And with six hooks left, it's not too early to remind you: If we have the same winner for two (or three) berths, we combine and take the second- (and third-) place finishers.
  4. One hook at the Coors Light Shootout settled matters, and it's Corey Kielmeyer's "Double Trouble" who earned the right to represent Region III.
  5. Don Deane already knows he's in: He went to Raleigh and won twice last fall with his "Plumbers Nitemare" to become Region IV's delegate.

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Road to the Enderle 2019: Week 12 GN Traffic Report

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Eight Grand National divisions were at rest over the weekend leading into the National Tractor Pulling Championships. But Super Stock Diesels, Pro Stocks, and Modified Minis got a hook's worth of opportunity to improve their championship and Enderle Pull-Off qualifying standings positions at Napoleon's Henry County Fair. That annual Grand National, located 30 miles from the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green, also had classes of Two- and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks whose regional point-earners rubbed elbows with GN visitors who were in search of a final tune that will pay dividends in Pulltown.

We're now only four weeks away from the climactic Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14. (RN Report.)

GN Light Super Stock
After a month-plus in the dark, the Lights were on for five of nine evenings spannng the two weeks with a single hook in Monroe surrounded by doubles in Brandenburg and Langford. With a Saturday night victory but a Sunday bump in New York, Marcus Wettleson's "Gunpowder & Lead" made its move back into the top five (-24 from lead, +7 from sixth), while Jason Hootman's "Commander" continued its climb after an 87-point trip around the lakes. The Spiegelbergs---Adam's "Detonator Black" and Jordan's "Detonator Red" (-9)---continue to lead the way heading to Bowling Green, while the Linvilles' sixth-place "Ridge Runner" can still capitalize on anyone's slipup.

GN Super Stock Diesel
For the second time in three weeks, Lily got the keys to the family's sedan 8,000-lb., three-charger McCormick and showed she was more than up to the challenge. As in Fort Recovery, she drew the test hook but stopped to regroup when something wasn't right. Once it was right, the Rosses' "Triple Bypass" got steered to a nearly 14' victory by Jody's daughter/Colin's sister, who remains undefeated and earned her first outright GN win. Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" ruffled the right chalk for a DQ that set him back to minus-24.5 in the standings, but he concluded the night in Henry County with an exhibition pass to recenter his program before his run at a repeat of his 2018 ring-winning performance. Esdon Lehn's "Red Line Fever" (+43 from sixth) held the lead until Lily and looks healthy heading for BG, while Napoleon homeboy Mike Beck's advantage with "High Tech Red Neck" over Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" for the final Enderle berth is now just a half point.

GN Super Stock Open
"GALOT II" (John Strickland) and "I" (Brent Payne) lead the way after four of six, but with exactly five regular contenders (including Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet," Scott Jerew and Eilene Kale's "Ride the Lightning," and Sid Broughton's "Desperado"), all are expected to qualify after the series concludes in Bowling Green.

GN Super Farm
Brady Ferris' "Absolutely Nuts" is positively on fire, having posted two wins and a third across the last three hooks in Michigan and Kentucky. Resultantly, Ferris has taken a two-point lead over Jon Silsby's "Crop Doctor," whose 56 of a possible 60 astoundingly lost him three points in the standings. Meanwhile, Chris Weidinger's "Black Power" is stealthily entering the championship conversation; his 57-point weekend in That State Up North has moved him within eight of the lead. But as is characteristic of the division, even Weidinger is only 13 ahead of sixth-place Ryan Anderson's "Checkin' Out," a former Bowling Green winner. (Guess what's next...) The Brook Ferris Sr./Jr. "Assorted Nuts" and Brad Hart's "Don't Ask" (both +4 on sixth) are on hotter seats, while Lee Butts' "Press On" and the Freezes' "Deere Traxx" (both -6 from fifth) could easily gain what they need with strong performances in big classes in Wood County.

GN Pro Stock
At the site of his third GN win a year ago, Jason Svonavec struggled to 11th in Henry County in 2019. But even though the race tightened, his "Bootlegger" continues to hold the top spot in a division that has seen three different leaders and 10 different winners across 13 hooks. It's now Mike Conny's "MAC Nasty" (-4 from lead) that most closely trails Svonavec, while Conny's daughter Julia and "MAC Daddy" (-5) slipped from second to third. Darrin Hunt's "D2 Pro Stock Edition" (-8) remains fourth but won seven points back on a night that saw Tim Ammons score his first Grand National victory with "Ultimate Harvester." In fact, Napoleon has earned a reputation as a Waterloo for the Waterloo Boys, as non-Deeres have won the green-heavy class six times in the last eight years. The 2019 edition saw a top-five consisting of Conny (third), three Reds, and an Esdon---Lemke, who drove "New Generation Plus" (-5 from fifth-place Tim Cain/"Red Gambler") to a strong runner-up finish in his second-ever national outing.

GN Two Wheel Drive
Russ Nichols' "On the Edge" is now officially on the verge of doing what no one has since Chuck Knapp in 2008---nail a Two Wheel Drive trophy to a wall that's not in Camden, Ohio. Nichols saw his lead over Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" contract from seven points to two Friday night but expand to nine when his green Ford was victorious over a field of 22. Randy Petro's bid for a second straight championship and sixth overall with "Kathy's Komplaint" (-19) will need a lot to go his way in Bowling Green; a second consecutive ring there would certainly help. Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked," the Session One victor, is now seven points ahead of sixth-place R.J. Simon's "Sez Chevy," while Roger's "Dodge" is in between at plus-five. And Doug Theobald's "Wicked" (-17) could still make it two bound for Urbana from the Shelbyville stable (or really three, counting the Light Unlimited) with a strong NTPC performance.

GN Four Wheel Drive
In boxing, they call it a combination. Might it have been a knockout? Too early to say for sure with three to go, but the Davis brothers---Peyton, your Monroe and Langford Sunday winner, and John T., your Saturday first-time victor in NY---are punching awfully hard right now. Peyton's "Punisher" leads John T.'s "Young Gun" by nine, which in turn leads Carmen Foster's "Foster Child" by five. But Carmen well knows that a championship can turn on a strong BG, and so do the Holmans ("4 Play," +19 from sixth) and Ben Ellis ("Benjammin," +3). Barry Cobb's "Hit Man" surged into sixth on the strength of two seconds to climb the "Rock"s of Donald LaBonte and Ted Skelton.

GN Super Stock Diesel 4x4
Did "Trump" get tired of winning? We don't think so, but it has now been four hooks since Shane Kellogg's last triumph in Rockwell, and the race is beginning to tighten.Todd Dugan's "Angry Farmer Products" (the erstwhile "Lethal Weapon") is now just seven behind after Dugan's first GN W came in Mt. Sterling. And the rest of the field is spreading the wealth around: Van Haisley's "Rock Hard Ram" (Fort Recovery S1 win, now +10 from sixth), Justin Gearhart's "Cream of the Crop" (Fort S2 win), and Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (Salem win, now +8 from sixth). Still winless is Shane Wurm's "Boost," but like "Cure" it's also up eight points on Erik Stacey's "Smok'n Ya HD" for the final transfer spot with BG and Sandwich to go.

GN Super Semi
Tied through Hutch with two wins apiece, Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" and Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class" Petes are separated by one place point from their lone trip down Rockwell's track. That night, it was Ryan DeBroux's "Playin' with Fire" that became the season's third winner, but it trails its fellow K-Whopper, Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare," by six for third. Jack Kielmeyer's "Jacked Up" is hanging in fifth after an on-again, off-again three events thus far. The Pond got a little deeper in soggy Morley, so BG and Hudsonville are all that are left, and we'll have a champion in just over a week.

GN Modified Mini
Chase Richardson and his "Vibrator" won for the first time this season in Napoleon, and given that his last regular-year victory came in neighboring Fulton County, we reckon the college roundball coach has gotten very fond of Ohio's northwestern corner. Richardson is doing his best to track down the four-win "Funny Lil' Farmall" of Ken Veney, who placed second to extend his standings lead to 15.5 points. "Vibrator" overtook Adam Koester's "Walk the Line" (-18.5 from lead, +20 from sixth) when the latter placed fifth and earned a bit more space back to fourth in the standings when Joe Eder retook the reins of "Polar Air" (-21.5 from lead, +17 from sixth) but got trapped close to the left sideline. Koester's "Beast of Burden" was fourth and "Footloose" was sixth in the class to remain 16 points on either side of the Enderle cut line, while Richardson's teammate C.J. Graczyk and "Cash Crop" (sixth) are gaining experience and have four hooks left to make a run at Urbana.

GN Light Unlimited
We're down to Bowling Green to determine a champion. Division rookie Doug Theobald's "Full-Blown Wicked" took first and third over last weekend in Illinois to tie 2015 champion Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" for the lead, while Jason Gibson's "Young Blood Jokers Wild" held a consistent fourth to assume the third spot. All three are now locked into the Enderle and may be joined by any two of the following: The Simons' "Simon Sez" (+40 from sixth) and "Show No Mercy" (+30), Steve Bollinger's "Money Pit Screwed Up" (sixth), and Ashley Corzine's "Second-Degree Burn" (-40 from fifth).

GN Modified
Bret Berg's "Money Maker" has rung the register three times so far across Tomah and Maryland and leads the division by eight. Jeff Rose's efforts in the seat of dad Ricky's "Giddy Up" have resulted in three seconds and two fourths, while the Jostock-Douglas Team's "Wild Child" and "Spook Gone Wild" and Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" remain safely ahead of part-timer Lane Bollinger's "Top Gun" (-46 from fifth). BG times two and Sandwich times two will conclude the 10-hook season.

GN Unlimited
In front of a hometown crowd last Saturday, Joe Eder posted the sixth win in seven outings with "Polar Air," and the margins haven't been small lately: 29' this time separated Eder from four-time champion Chuck Knapp's "Screamin' D." But when the Unlimiteds opened the NTPA portion of the Langford program on Sunday, Eder along with several others took wild rides on a track that suddenly seemed possessed. Even with his season-worst fourth, Eder gained on Knapp whose transmission jumped out of "D" and whose engines screamed in disapproval to finish seventh. Rebounding from his Session One sixth was Wayne Purser's "Uncle Sam," whose Session Two second drew it within two of Knapp and 23 of the leader. All three are now assuredly Enderle-bound, while Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (+45 from sixth) and Adam Bauer's New York-absent "Cross Threaded" (+37) have to hold off the Criswell-Benedict entries through three more hooks in eight days.

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 was 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

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Road to the Enderle 2019: Week 11 GN Traffic Report (4)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Events in Illinois and New York moved eight Grand National races forward this weekend before a bit of a pre-BG breather for all but three classes arrives in Week 11. We're now only five weeks away from the climactic Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14. (RN Report.)

GN Light Super Stock
After a month-plus in the dark, the Lights were on for five of nine evenings spannng the past two weeks with a single hook in Monroe surrounded by doubles in Brandenburg and Langford. With a Saturday night victory but a Sunday bump, Marcus Wettleson's "Gunpowder & Lead" made its move back into the top five (-24 from lead, +7 from sixth), while Jason Hootman's "Commander" continued its climb after an 87-point trip around the lake. The Spiegelbergs---Adam's "Detonator Black" and Jordan's "Detonator Red" (-9)---continue to lead the way heading to Bowling Green, while the Linvilles' sixth-place "Ridge Runner" can still capitalize on anyone's slipup.

GN Super Stock Diesel
"Triple Bypass" is on a Thruway. Colin Ross won for the third time in four outings in the Empire State to draw nearer to his family's third title in the past four years. After Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" took Saturday's session, Ross and his crew discovered an engine issue. Renewed, "Bypass" passed by Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" (fifth, +1.5 from sixth) by nearly 19' and Payne (-19.5 from first) by almost 28' to re-lengthen its lead. Esdon Lehn's "Diggin' Fever" was second and fourth to further solidify its third (-27.5) in the standings, and Lehn's legendary "Red Line Fever" (+41.5 from sixth) now looks safe to make it to Urbana. Still close to that goal heading into his home territory are Mike Beck and his sixth-place "High Tech Red Neck."

GN Super Stock Open
"GALOT II" (John Strickland) and "I" (Brent Payne) lead the way after four of six, but with exactly five regular contenders (including Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet," Scott Jerew and Eilene Kale's "Ride the Lightning," and Sid Broughton's "Desperado"), all are expected to qualify after the series concludes in Bowling Green.

GN Super Farm
Brady Ferris' "Absolutely Nuts" is positively on fire, having posted two wins and a third across its last three hooks in Michigan and Kentucky. Resultantly, Ferris has taken a two-point lead over Jon Silsby's "Crop Doctor," whose 56 of a possible 60 astoundingly lost him three points in the standings. Meanwhile, Chris Weidinger's "Black Power" is stealthily entering the championship conversation; his 57-point weekend has moved him within eight of the lead. But as is characteristic of the division, even Weidinger is only 13 ahead of sixth-place Ryan Anderson's "Checkin' Out," a former Bowling Green winner. (Guess what's next...) The Brook Ferris Sr./Jr. "Assorted Nuts" and Brad Hart's "Don't Ask" (both +4 on sixth) are on hotter seats, while Lee Butts' "Press On" and the Freezes' "Deere Traxx" (both -6 from fifth) could easily gain what they need with strong performances in big classes in Wood County.

GN Pro Stock
A Salem pull-off second to Danny Schmucker's "Rampage" followed a Mt. Sterling win for the "Bootlegger" that expanded Jason Svonavec's lead to seven over Julia Ray. It offered a measure of redemption for Svonavec, whose costly DQ last year in Marion County derailed his title hopes. Ray saw her "MAC Daddy" get mired in seventh there after finishing third in western Illinois. Dad Mike's "MAC Nasty" remained third in the standings after a fifth and an eighth that far exceeded the slumping Darrin Hunt, whose "D2 Pro Stock Edition" remained in fourth but saw the leaders get smaller after a disastrous hook-and-broke in Salem. Hunt is still up 11 over sixth-place Kevin Schmucker's "Git-Er-Dun Deere," while fellow IH man Tim Cain's "Red Gambler" is on a hotter chair at plus-three for the final Enderle berth. They'll spend the week along U.S. 6, first in Napoleon and then in BG.

GN Two Wheel Drive
Russ Nichols' "On the Edge" is now officially on the verge of doing what no one has since Chuck Knapp in 2008---nail a Two Wheel Drive trophy to a wall that's not in Camden, Ohio. Nichols saw his lead over Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" contract from seven points to two Friday night but expand to nine when his green Ford was victorious over a field of 22. Randy Petro's bid for a second straight championship and sixth overall with "Kathy's Komplaint" (-19) will need a lot to go his way in Bowling Green; a second consecutive ring there would certainly help. Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked," the Session One victor, is now seven points ahead of sixth-place R.J. Simon's "Sez Chevy," while Roger's "Dodge" is in between at plus-five. And Doug Theobald's "Wicked" (-17) could still make it two bound for Urbana from the Shelbyville stable (or really three, counting the Light Unlimited) with a strong NTPC performance.

GN Four Wheel Drive
In boxing, they call it a combination. Might it have been a knockout? Too early to say for sure with three to go, but the Davis brothers---Peyton, your Thursday and Sunday winner, and John T., your Saturday first-time victor in Langford---are punching awfully hard right now. Peyton's "Punisher" leads John T.'s "Young Gun" by nine, which in turn leads Carmen Foster's "Foster Child" by five. But Carmen well knows that a championship can turn on a strong BG, and so do the Holmans ("4 Play," +19 from sixth) and Ben Ellis ("Benjammin," +3). Barry Cobb's "Hit Man" surged into sixth on the strength of two seconds to climb the "Rock"s of Donald LaBonte and Ted Skelton.

GN Super Stock Diesel 4x4
Did "Trump" get tired of winning? We don't think so, but it has now been four hooks since Shane Kellogg's last triumph in Rockwell, and the race is beginning to tighten.Todd Dugan's "Angry Farmer Products" (the erstwhile "Lethal Weapon") is now just seven behind after its first GN W came in Mt. Sterling, and the rest of the field is spreading the wealth around: Van Haisley's "Rock Hard Ram" (Fort Recovery S1 win, now +10 from sixth), Justin Gearhart's "Cream of the Crop" (Fort S2 win), and Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (Salem win, now +8 from sixth). Still winless is Shane Wurm's "Boost," but like "Cure" it's also up eight points on Erik Stacey's "Smok'n Ya HD" for the final transfer spot with BG and Sandwich to go.

GN Super Semi
Tied through Hutch with two wins apiece, Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" and Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class" Petes are separated by one place point from their lone trip down Rockwell's track. That night, it was Ryan DeBroux's "Playin' with Fire" that became the season's third winner, but it trails its fellow K-Whopper, Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare," by six for third. Jack Kielmeyer's "Jacked Up" is hanging in fifth after an on-again, off-again three events thus far. The Pond got a little deeper in Morley, so BG and Hudsonville are all that are left.

GN Modified Mini
On Saturday evening in Langford, Ken Veney and Chase Richardson squared off in a pull-off, and the 79-year-old "Funny Lil' Farmall" pilot had all the right moves. Then on Sunday afternoon, Veney took the second hook of the class to within an inch and a half of the full-pull line to complete his first weekend sweep since he took both at Benson in 2016. Veney's lead thus grew to 15.5 points over both Joe Eder's "Polar Air," of late driven by Bart van der Sluis, and Adam Koester's "Walk the Line." Richardson's "Vibrator" is now 16.5 back of the leader and about the same ahead of the sixth-place "Footloose," while Koester's "Beast of Burden" is 14 ahead of its stablemate.

GN Light Unlimited
We're down to Bowling Green to determine a champion. Division rookie Doug Theobald's "Full-Blown Wicked" took first and third over the weekend in Illinois to tie 2015 champion Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" for the lead, while Jason Gibson's "Young Blood Jokers Wild" held a consistent fourth to assume the third spot. All three are now locked into the Enderle and may be joined by any two of the following: The Simons' "Simon Sez" (+40 from sixth) and "Show No Mercy" (+30), Steve Bollinger's "Money Pit Screwed Up" (sixth), and Ashley Corzine's "Second-Degree Burn" (-40 from fifth).

GN Modified
Bret Berg's "Money Maker" has rung the register three times so far across Tomah and Maryland and leads the division by eight. Jeff Rose's efforts in the seat of dad Ricky's "Giddy Up" have resulted in three seconds and two fourths, while the Jostock-Douglas Team's "Wild Child" and "Spook Gone Wild" and Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" remain safely ahead of part-timer Lane Bollinger's "Top Gun" (-46 from fifth).

GN Unlimited
In front of a hometown crowd on Saturday, Joe Eder posted the sixth win of his last seven outings with "Polar Air," and the margins haven't been small lately: 29' this time separated Eder from four-time champion Chuck Knapp's "Screamin' D." But when the Unlimiteds opened the NTPA portion of the Langford program on Sunday, Eder along with several others took wild rides on a track that suddenly seemed possessed. Even with his season-worst fourth, Eder gained on Knapp whose transmission jumped out of "D" and whose engines screamed in disapproval to finish seventh. Rebounding from his Session One sixth was Wayne Purser's "Uncle Sam," whose Session Two second drew it within two of Knapp and 23 of the leader. All three are now assuredly Enderle-bound, while Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (+45 from sixth) and Adam Bauer's New York-absent "Cross Threaded" (+37) have to hold off the Criswell-Benedict entries through three more hooks.

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 was 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

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Road to the Enderle 2019: Week 11 RN Traffic Report (4)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---It's time to start counting down the hooks and counting up the qualifiers. But don't miss out on the main event: The 33rd Kent & Joan Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14 in Urbana, Ohio. Tickets are now on sale at ShopNTPA.com/tickets. (Latest GN Report)

RN Light Super Stock

  1. Halfway home after South Bend, Jerry Yantes' "Spirit of Oliver" leads Jason Irvin's "Drunkin' Punkin" by one point. The Lynn winner will likely be invited to Urbana the following Saturday.
  2. Ken Witt's hometown Houston was a little inhospitable last Saturday, as "Mr. Yuk" had difficulties that dropped it to third in the combined Region III/V race. Leading the way is the team aboard "Red Thunder," while Kevin Lynn's "504 Rocket" (-2 from top berth), the Throwdown's winner, now sits second.
  3. A hook apiece in Norwalk (this Saturday) and Ridgeland (Labor Day Sunday) will provide Witt a chance to close his own two-point gap to the "Rocket" for the second III/V berth.

RN Heavy Super Stock

  1. Barry Eliker's "Buckeye Bandit" got one shy of the max in Charlotte to take a two-point lead over the Feldkamps' "Trophy Buck." Perennial champ John Pfeiffer had an unpfortunate pfire the second night in Michigan to pfall pfour behind.
  2. Bob Gansemer's "Ruttin' Deere," which took second among the 8,000-lbers in Houston, is now in the transfer spot for this Region III berth. The Rachners' new "Long-Haul Harvester" is only two points behind with just Norwalk to go.
  3. By virtue of two perfect scores last October in Raleigh, Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" is already the invitee.
  4. Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" are already in by virtue of a 59-point performance across Region V's two hooks.

RN Super Farm

  1. The 3.0-chargers pulled more nights this week (four) than they rested (three) to push this race to the three-quarter pole. The Capozzos' "Cruel Intentions" claimed 30 in Cassopolis and 29 in Mason (with Pat Jenuwine piloting) around a 25 in Monroe and Morley's rainout to extend their lead over the Caseys' "Whoopie Maker" to six.
  2. But the North Baltimore gang will still make the show if they can hold off Rob Girvin's "Last Call" (-6 from second berth). They made progress toward this goal by banking the maximum in Monroe. Next up: Berrien Springs this Monday.
  3. Rod Deck's "Dream On" has won the Region V berth, so we'll combine it with Region III if his lead there holds through Ridgeland. Following Anoka and Menomonie, Deck has new chasers this week in Mitch Fehn's "Red Storm Reloaded" (-8) and the Larsons' "Hotwire" (-9).
  4. Chris Hales' "Outlaw" came back from a point down after 2018 Raleigh to top Daniel McDonald's "Bad Boy" in Benson for the Southeastern berth.
  5. A second-place finish in Bremer County clinched a second straight Region V title for Deck's "Dream On" to match his pair of GN championships in 2016 and 2017.

RN Light Pro Stock

  1. Tom Shafer's "Boss" is ruling the East. Shafer got his 1466 to hook to a driver's track in Urbana Monday night to post his second straight win and fourth overall. A gremlin-free season has made him the favorite to return to that track in about six weeks, but Matt Durbin's "Sidewinder" (-27) finished third to hang within one hook of the lead.
  2. A third in Monroe and a win at Eaton II have pushed Wes Spencer's "Bush Wacker" to a 24.5-point lead over the Fussner/Holland "Busted Budget," which won in southern Michigan but lost ground in southwestern Ohio. They're off until Spencer's hometown Greenville on the Tuesday after BG.
  3. This year, we'll take three from Region II with the last being a preordained at-large. After Dave Armstrong's second in Champaign County with "Rowdy Red," his deficit to Urbana native Kevin Banion's "Forgiven" his tightened to just two points.
  4. The Dorwins' "Young Bucks Reloaded" won again in Houston to replicate their effort in Tomah. That staked them to leads over previous qualifiers and Enderle winners Alan Cook ("Black Thunder," -3) and Collin Birkholz (International 1456, -7) going to the Ridgeland Nationals over Labor Day weekend.
  5. Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" stayed smokin' hot from the State Fair to GALOT Park in winning the Region IV berth by five.

RN Limited Pro Stock

  1. Travis Wisel's "Irrational Behavior" broke a weeks-old tie between itself and Garrett Boldry's "Smoke Fever" (-1) when Wisel claimed Edon's inaugural event. The late-summer chill will be in the air when the series resumes in Wauseon Labor Day weekend.
  2. The 12-hook Region III circuit will send two, and right now it's the Ploetzes' three-win "Big One" and Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester" (-2) that would get the nod. Lindstrom made huge gains in the standings this week by earning 54 points across two competitive hooks in Anoka and Menomonie.
  3. For that second berth, "Hyper" is up two points on the team tractor "Adrenaline Rush" of Matt Lindstrom and Mike Sather and Roger Scalzo's "Bad to the Bone." Plus, Bill Figanbaum's "Instigator" lurks at only four behind. With four hooks to go, it's a wide-open race.
  4. Jeremy and Jarod's "Big One" won in Monticello and Waverly to turn a two-point deficit to Bryan Deck's "One Bad Apple" into a five-point victory margin. If the Ploetzes happen to claim either of the Region III berths, we'll combine the paths to designate an at-large invitee.

RN Two Wheel Drive

  1. Marysville trimmed the lead of Jacob Shephard's "Alcohol Addiction Retapped" to nine points over the second-place Secrests, who you'll recall parlayed a late-season surge to the berth and eventually the Eastern title in 2018. A new hook in Sandusky and a familiar one in Zanesville await in Week 11.
  2. The Brown City-Peck metroplex might be well represented in Urbana this year, as Brian Grifka's "Apple Pie Express" leads the subregion by eight. But there's been some shuffling for second, as Tom Eisman's second win with "Whipper Snapper II" has jumped it over Hamilton victor Alan Cain's "Madd Maxx" (fourth, -14). In between sits Joe Schoenemann and "Should'a Said No" (-13) with Saturday at Napoleon on the horizon.
  3. In the preordained II-At-Large, Shephard's lead remains 36, but it's now over Eisman.
  4. Defending Region III champion Dustin Amundson won twice across Anoka and Menomonie to snatch the lead from Wayne Timmerman's "Showtime" (-1)  which was twice third. Chad Haggerty's "Hillbilly Hot Rod" (-13) and the Stampfli/Frontzak "Twisted Tight" (-17) are well back, but it won't be settled until Sandwich .
  5. They did it: Jason Sullivan and Lavern Kelchen are your Region V representatives. Their "Cornburner" Dodge picked up third in a six-truck pull-off in Waverly to cap an impressive rookie campaign with top-threes in all four Iowa appearances.

RN Four Wheel Drive

  1. The Z-man is scoring straight-As. Jake Zaring crowded the rest of the field to fourth in Mason by winning with "Rule #19" (-2) taking second with the berth-leading "Bucket List," and hauling in third with "Fatheadz Eyewear" (-3). With Dodges lodged in the first three spots, it'll be tough to leave one at home on Enderle day.
  2. But it's far from over. Ron Newell's "Temporary Insanity" took fourth in Ingham County and is still just two points back of the runner-up invitation, but he needs to start cracking that top three to get there. Napoleon awaits.
  3. Michael O'Connor scored 74 points across Anoka's two sessions (one rain) and Menomonie to vault into the lead with "Nasty Boys." And that lead is substantial at eight points over the Suchys' "Totally Geared" and at 11 over team truck "Totally Hooked" (-11). Michael's son David was the Dunn County runner-up to pull into fourth at minus-12. Colby and Sandwich remain. (Why are we hungry all of a sudden?)
  4. When a series is contracted to two hooks, ties are not unusual. But how about one that features a second and a third by each of the contenders? Or one in which the final decision is made on distances whose totals were 1.075' apart? Looking at you, Region V, and your 2019 champion, David O'Connor's "Nasty Habit," which edged the Suchys' "Totally Geared" by just that margin after Monticello and Waverly.

RN Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0

  1. All three of the qualifiers will come from Region II. From 2018 Dover to now, there have been been seven scheduled hooks in the East, and Jeremy Straley's "Razor's Edge" and Nick Stamm's "Frank" have made them all. Straley leads Stamm six top-fives to five, but "Frank"'s Marysville victory coupled with Straley's fifth has cut the latter's lead to a "Razor"-thin one point. They'll rest a while until Canton at the end of the month.
  2. The West got started in Allegan last year. Jeff Hossler's "Flirtin' with Disaster" won twice this week to increase his season total to five and his lead to seven points over Stamm. All quiet now until Greenville in a couple weeks.
  3. Those hooks keep piling up for the planned at-large as well, where the "Frank" Wagon has powered its way to a 59-point bulge.

RN Modified Mini

  1. Second versus fifth in Cassopolis and first versus fourth in Mason. That's how the week went for Northern leaders David Lacey ("Triple Play Unchained") and Tyler Schaendorf ("Max'd Out," -6) after the two were tied seven days ago. Two hooks remain in Berrien Springs on Monday and in Hudsonville the following Wednesday. (Remember: Allegan 2019 wraps to Enderle 2020.)
  2. A win in Hamilton last Thursday solidified "Double"'s grip on the South. It is now being most closely challenged by Tim Rea's "Wicked Sensation" (-9) and its trailermate "Triple Play: Unchained" (-12) with Sandusky on the horizon this Friday as the first of three to go.
  3. The overall Region II berth (that also started at Allegan 2018) is safely Lacey's, either with "Double" or "Unchained" (-37).
  4. We now have a tie in the Region III race after two hooks, the more recent being Menomonie. There, a second by Christopher Burnett's "Li'l Disaster" evened the score with the Ellsworth-winning "Shakin' Shamrock" of Nathan Hoffman. Brian Guza's "Grandpa's Disaster" is minus-four and Jim Gehrke's "Rare Breed" minus-five with three hooks remaining. Next: Colby.

RN Modified

  1. Tarry 2, Todd 1. That's the score from the weekend spent in the Northwest subregion which saw "S'no Farmer" capture Monroe but "Feissty Farmer" emerge victorious in Mason and Edon to tie.Their chase resumes in Sandusky on Friday.
  2. For the first time since Arcola in late June, the Region II MOD winner wasn't a Feiss or a Writsel. But it was a twin-engine---the new entry of Brad Benedict making its second appearance on the season---that dropped Todd's "S'no" to second. Still, his lead for the Southeastern berth expanded to eight over Tarry and to 15 over Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special," which was that Arcola-winning triple.
  3. "S'no Farmer" also leads Tarry for the at-large by eight. And with eight hooks left, it's not too early to remind you: If we have the same winner for two (or three) berths, we combine and take the second- (and third-) place finishers.
  4. One hook at the Coors Light Shootout settled matters, and it's Corey Kielmeyer's "Double Trouble" who earned the right to represent Region III.
  5. Don Deane already knows he's in: He went to Raleigh and won twice last fall with his "Plumbers Nitemare" to become Region IV's delegate.

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 was 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

2019 Week 10 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---Benson was Week One, and Raleigh will be Week 21. That means we're still not halfway through the National Tractor Pullers Association's 50th season schedule, but we're certainly in the thick of the championship and Enderle Pull-Off pushes. Let's see where they take us this week.

In Cassopolis, Michigan, it's the Cass County Fair and its slate of three Region II classes---Super Farm, Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 West, and Modified Mini---that concludes the NTPA's busy July slate on Tuesday the 30th. Current point leaders in those divisions are Dave Whelan of Tipton, Michigan ("My Last Excuse" SF), Jeff Hossler of Columbia City, Indiana ("Flirtin' with Disaster" PSD 4x4), and David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play: Double or Nothing" MINI).

The shield stays in the Wolverine State for three more shows that week beginning on Thursday, August 1 and a Pro National event at Monroe, Michigan's county fair. Grand National Light Super Stocks and Four Wheel Drives will make a rare midweek appearance, joining raised-purse classes of Super Farms, Western Light Pro Stocks, and Northwestern Modifieds. Coming out of Kentucky and Tennessee, respectively, the GN frontrunners are Adam Spiegelberg of Weyauwega, Wisconsin ("Detonator Black" LSS) and Peyton Davis of Tappahannock, Virginia ("Punisher" FWD), while the Region II divisions are paced by Wes Spencer of Greenville, Ohio ("Bush Wacker" LT PS) and Todd Feiss of Lawrenceburg, Indiana ("S'no Farmer" MOD).

Friday, we move to Mason, Michigan and the Ingham County Fair Nationals, which will bring Region II Four Wheel Drives into the mix with Super Farms, Minis, and NW Mods. Jake and Ike Zaring are out front of the doorslammers with their "Bucket List" Dodge.

Also on Friday, Eaton, Ohio's second shot of NTPA action of the summer---now on a new night within the Preble County Fair's huge week---includes Western Light Pros, Two Wheel Drives, and 3.0 Trucks, plus Hot Farms. The last have yet to get going this year after a rained-out Rushville, while the wheelstanders are all following Brian Grifka of Peck, Michigan and his "Apple Pie Express."

We'll get to that fourth Michigan hook in a minute, but things get busy on the premier level before then with Mount Sterling's Western Illinois Grand Nationals on Friday, August 2. Heading to the arguable birthplace of organized pulling will be Pro Stocks, Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, and Light Unlimiteds. The proceedings in Brandenburg, Fort Recovery, and Ionia put into the pole positions Julia Ray of Beloit, Ohio ("MAC Daddy" PS), Shane Kellogg of Kenton, Ohio ("Trump" SSD 4x4), and Keith Wayson of Harwood, Maryland ("Super Bee" LT UNL).

Those same three divisions will move east and south within the Land of Lincoln to appear at Salem, Illinois' Marion County Fair Grand Nationals on Saturday night, August 3.

But before they kick off, it's a Saturday afternoon matinee in Langford, New York, where the Northeast Nationals, possibly the longest continuously held tractor pull in the nation, gets going with five GN divisions: Light Supers, Super Stock Diesels, Four Wheel Drives, Minis, and Unlimiteds. On that list, we haven't yet mentioned the Ross family of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD), Ken Veney of Wadsworth, Ohio ("Funny Lil' Farmall" MINI), and Joe Eder of North Collins, New York ("Polar Air" UNL) as our top point-earners so far in 2019. The same five classes will finish off the Nationals on Sunday at noon.

Edon, Ohio and its Edon Days Village Festival will be a little noisier and smokier this year, as coming to town will be Limited Pro Stocks, Western Two Wheel Drives, and Northwestern Modifieds on Saturday, August 3. It's Indianans Travis Wisel of Roanoke ("Irrational Behavior") and Garrett Boldry of Rochester ("Smoke Fever") who lead the Limiteds.

And Waverly, Iowa completes the Region V schedule for the year by crowning champions in Super Farm, Limited Pro, Two Wheel Drive, and Four Wheel Drive on Saturday, August 3. Leaders are Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF), Jeremy and Jarod Ploetz of Utica, Minnesota ("Big One" LIM PS), Jason Sullivan and Lavern Kelchen of Edgewater, Iowa ("Cornburner" TWD), and Mark Mangan of Goodhue, Minnesota ("The Outlaw" FWD).

And that long-awaited Michigan hook takes place at the end of the Saturday, August 3 Celebration on the Pond in Morley. Super Semis led by Dean Holicky of Montgomery, Minnesota ("Mother Trucker") will be part of the convoy to the trucking capital that also invites Region II Super Farms and Minis.

Monday night concludes the season's 10th week in Urbana, Ohio, where the Champaign County Fair is the place to be for Pro Stocks, Eastern Light Pros, Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, and Southeastern Mods. Atop each of these charts, respectively, are Russell Hildenbrand of Connellsville, Pennsylvania ("Loose Cannon" PS), Tom Shafer of Glenford, Ohio ("The Boss" LT PS), Cody Hastings of Ashville, Ohio ("Against the Grain" SSD 4x4), and Feiss.

We'll pause for a few days and re-rack the board for the week leading into Bowling Green with events in Sandusky, Napoleon, and Zanesville, Ohio, plus Berrien Springs, Michigan and Norwalk, Wisconsin. Enjoy the pulls.

Longtime WTPA Officer Nola Skaar Has Died

The WPI/NTPA office has recently been informed of the passing on Tuesday, July 16 of Nola Skaar, 80, of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin following a courageous battle with cancer. Mrs. Skaar served the Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association as its Secretary and Treasurer for two decades as part of her 50-plus-year involvement in the motorsport. She was also the mother of Nick Skaar, driver of the "Screamin' Norwegian" Super Farm in state and national competition.

Alongside her husband Jim and son (also known as Neli), Nola farmed for three quarters of her life, working in both the fields and the office of the family business. She formed many lifelong friendships from both her relationships to tobacco farming and pulling and enjoyed being a "second mother" to many.

In addition to Jim and Neli, Mrs. Skaar is survived by daughter Jami (Todd) Moe; granddaughters Kaia and Brita Moe; brother Arlyn (Mary Onsrud) Waag; sister Micky Waag; sisters-in-law Jean Waag, Mia Martin, and Dorothy Skaar; brother-in-law Duane Skaar; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Justin and Damien Johnson and J. Bird Schmidt. Her complete obituary may be found here, and you are invited to view and post tributes to Mrs. Skaar at that website.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Mrs. Skaar's family and friends on Sunday, July 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Nora's Tavern, 1843 U.S. 12/18 in Deerfield, Wisconsin. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Skaar's name may be made to the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.

Our sympathies are with the Skaar family in their time of grief and remembrance.

2019 Week 9 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---You get one deep breath.

Alright, that's enough.

The National Tractor Pullers Association schedule is quiet on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the merry-go-round spins up again with action in two regions beginning on Thursday and dueling Grand National events coming this weekend.

The Butler County Fair Pull in Hamilton, Ohio gets things going on Thursday, July 25 with Region II-West Light Pro Stocks and Two Wheel Drives, Four Wheel Drives, and Modified Minis. Division leaders entering the week include Wes Spencer of Greenville, Ohio ("Bush Wacker" LT PS), Brian Grifka of Peck, Michigan ("Apple Pie Express" TWD), Jake Zaring of Fillmore, Indiana ("Fatheadz Eyewear" FWD), and David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play: Double or Nothing").

Then in Anoka, Minnesota, the Coors Light Shootout raises the bar with two nights of Region III and United Pullers of Minnesota classes on Thursday and Friday, July 25-26. On the national card both nights are Limited Pro Stocks, Two Wheel Drives, Four Wheel Drives, and Modifieds; Super Farms are Thursday-only, while Heavy Super Stocks join in on Friday along with UPM Pro Farms. Incoming chart-toppers are Ken Witt of Houston, Minnesota ("Mr. Yuk" HSS), Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF), Jeremy and Jarod Ploetz of Utica, Minnesota ("Big One" LIM PS), Wayne Timmerman of Cuba City, Wisconsin ("Showtime" TWD), and Carol and Bill Suchy of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota ("Totally Geared" FWD). The Mods will be making their only two hooks, and the best combined finish among regionally licensed competitors earns a ticked to the 33rd Enderle Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14.

Friday and Saturday, two long-pedigreed Grand Nationals combine to feature eight GN and two RN divisions. In Brandenburg, Kentucky on July 26-27, the Meade County Fair Grand Nationals will host Light Super Stocks, Super Farms, Pro Stocks, and Two Wheel Drives. Adam and Jordan Spiegelberg of Weyauwega, Wisconsin are tied for the LSS lead with their "Detonator Black" and "Detonator Red," while Jon Silsby of Vicksburg, Michigan ("Crop Doctor" SF), Darrin Hunt of Herndon, Kentucky ("D2 Pro Stock Edition" PS) and Russ Nichols of Lore City, Ohio ("On the Edge" TWD) are the others in top point positions.

Also on July 26-27, the Fort Recovery Grand Nationals will bring Ambassador Park in Fort Recovery, Ohio to life once more for GN Super Stock Diesels, Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, and Mini and Unlimited Modifieds, plus Region II classes of Light Pro Stocks (West) and Four Wheel Drives that will pay a raised Pro National purse. Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD), Shane Kellogg of Kenton, Ohio ("Trump" SSD 4x4), Adam Koester of Wadesville, Indiana ("Walk the Line" MINI), and Joe Eder of North Collins, New York ("Polar Air" UNL) are the GN standard-bearers.

Saturday, July 27 will bring NTPA action back to the Union County Fair in Marysville, Ohio with Region II Eastern Light Pros and Stainless Diesel PSD 4x4 3.0s andn Southeastern Modifieds, where the leaders are Tom Shafer of Glenford, Ohio ("The Boss" LT PS), Jeremy Straley of London, Ohio ("Razor's Edge" PSD 4x4), and Todd Feiss of Lawrenceburg, Indiana ("S'no Farmer" MOD).

Saturday also has Region III events in the Badger and Gopher States. In Menomonie, Wisconsin, the Dunn County Fair has invited Super Farms, Limited Pros, Two Wheel Drives, Four Wheel Drives, and Minis, the last of which are led by Nathan Hoffman of Knapp, Wisconsin ("Shakin' Shamrock"). Menomonie will also present a WTPA class of Limited Light Super Stocks.

And in Houston, Minnesota, the Throwdown at Hoedown hits year number two with a seven-class festival: Regional Light and Heavy Supers and Light Pros, WTPA 2.6 Diesel Trucks, and UPM Pro Farms, Super Stock 4x4 Trucks, and Pro Stock Semis. Witt is the national leader in Light Supers; Eric and Travis Dorwin of Emerald, Wisconsin ("Young Bucks Reloaded") lead the Light Pros.

Week 10 starts fast in Cassopolis, Michigan on Tuesday, and then Monroe, Mason, and Morley follow in the Wolverine State. Ohio hosts Eaton on a new weekday---Friday---leading into Edon on Saturday and Urbana on Monday. Plus there's GN action in Langford, New York, Mt. Sterling and Salem, Illinois, and the Region V finale in Waverly.

So get those next breaths in when you can, but don't miss any of the action.

 

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 was 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

Larry Koester, Three-Time GN Champion, Has Passed; Update: Funeral Info

koester webThe world of pulling and the community of pullers mourn the untimely death on Saturday, July 20 of Larry Koester, 64, of Wadesville, Indiana. Mr. Koester was a three-time Grand National champion in the Modified Mini division with "Footloose" and the patriarch of the Koester Racing Team that included his wife Coral ("Caesar") and his son Adam ("Walk the Line," "Beast of Burden" Minis). He was also the father of LT UNL competitor Ashley (Craig) Corzine.

Mr. Koester passed in his sleep while attending the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee.

Critically injured in a mowing accident in 1986, Mr. Koester began his pulling career the very next year with a Mini called "Dear Abby." But his fame grew with the wryly named "Footloose," and under that banner he won his first GN event in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania in 1992. He achieved his first GN championship in 2001, and two more came in 2006 and 2008 around Adam's first title in 2007.

The owner of O.K. Transport of Wadesville, Mr. Koester's personal story and gregariousness made him a beloved figure among fans and his fellow competitors. His representation of the sport extended to his longstanding relationships with sponsor Shell Rotella and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, whose cause he triumphed each August at the National Tractor Pulling Championships. There, children afflicted with terminal or life-threatening illnesses and their parents had their spirits lifted as they and Larry cheered each other on all weekend long in Bowling Green.

In addition to Caesar, Ashley and Craig, and Adam and Jamilyn, Mr. Koester is survived by his mother Vernita; sisters Carol (Kenny) Martin, Janice (Daniel) Schmitt, Marlene (Kenneth) Kissel, Donna (Rick) Stevens, and Connie (Randy) Vickery; brothers, Joe (Becky) and John (Jeane); granddaughters Erica, Julia, Carsen, and Raylen Corzine; and grand dog Rolo. His complete obituary may be found here, and condolences for the family may be left at that site.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio, 215 N. St. Clair Street, Toledo, OH 43604 or to Vote Trump 2020.

Words cannot adequately express our sympathy for Caesar, Ashley and Craig and their children, and Adam and Jamilyn in their time of grief.

2019 NTPA Shell Rotella Cup-Date Issue Five: Chapel Hill/Ionia

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Worthington, Ohio---And then there was one.

Following the rain-attenuated proceedings of the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee and the Ionia Free Fair Pullsation in Ionia, Michigan, only the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio remains among the 2019 venues for the Shell Rotella Cup tour. Five of the National Tractor Pullers Association's 13 Grand National divisions were already looking ahead to BG to settle their series. And now, the eight others discussed below will join them.

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

In 2019, the Association is proud to complete its first half century as the world's original and number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level truck and tractor pulling contests. Fierce, fair pulling competition and a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere are hallmarks of NTPA Championship Pulling. If you haven't experienced the rumbles, roars, and rivalries of the heaviest sport on wheels, why not give it a try this summer?

KoesterLarry loWe may go no further without noting the tragedy that befell the tractor pulling world and the Shell Rotella family this weekend. Larry Koester, the three-time champion driver of the "Footloose" Modified Mini and the patriarch of the Shell-sponsored Koester Racing Team, passed away overnight between sessions of the Lions Super Pull at age 64. The hearts of the community of NTPA competitors, officials, and fans go out to the Koesters and Corzines and to the folks at Shell Rotella who welcomed him into their circle of motorsports personalities.

Let's first address the lone night of action in Chapel Hill.

SRCup 2019 ChapTN SSD HWP TripleBypass loIn Super Stock Diesel, the defending-GN champion Blagraves and their "Red Horse" got their first taste of NTPA action this season after a spring spent farming and competing closer to home. It's safe to say they haven't lost their touch, as Steve piloted the Case IH well beyond the track-ending 330' marker. The champion of the previous two seasons, Colin Ross and the "Triple Bypass" McCormick, later matched Blagrave to require a pull-off, as did Mike Beck's Louisville-winning "High Tech Red Neck," which is angling for a shot at the invitational Enderle Pull-Off in September. The second round would include strong runs from all three participants and end with Ross (FP/322.5', HWP) on top. With the win, "Triple Bypass" extended its Shell Rotella Cup standings lead to 11 points over Kent Payne's "Super Rooster," which experienced a driveline issue at 240' and will need a little wrenching before the GN series resumes next week. Next NTPA stop for SSD: Fort Recovery, Ohio; final Cup stop: Bowling Green.

SRCup 2019 ChapTN PS HWP D2ProStockEdition loIn Pro Stock, Darrin Hunt continued his tear through the NTPA's Southern tracks with a sub-4" pull-off win over Mike Boyd's "Green Streak X." Hunt's "D2 Pro Stock Edition" (HWP) won the Shell Rotella Cup opener in Benson, North Carolina in June and has now emerged victorious in three straight sessions in Chapel Hill dating to 2018. He's not so bad on the northern tracks, either, having picked up a second place in Cup competition in Tomah to help burnish his 10-point lead over two-time GN champion Robby Lemke's "New Generation Plus." Jason Svonavec's "Bootlegger" (-16) lost eight points after a costly out-of-bounds disqualification, but those traditionally big classes in Bowling Green can still help him make up the difference. Next NTPA stop for PS: Brandenburg, Kentucky; final Cup stop: Bowling Green.

SRCup 2019 ChapTN FWD HWP 4Play loIn Four Wheel Drive, the Holman Brothers' "4 Play" (HWP) will make the Chapel Hill t-shirt for a third straight year, but in unconventional fashion. Usually it's the Saturday night winners that are so honored, and Paul Holman so drove to that reward in 2017 and 2018. But Jim's turn came on Friday this year, and his late-night, early-class 317.1' held up through 14 more hooks in what became the doorslammers' only Tennessee appearance. Peyton Davis' division- and Cup-leading "Punisher" was second and extended its lead over Carmen Foster's "Foster Child" to six points when she finished seventh on Friday. Davis' team truck "Young Gun" was piloted by brother John T. to 10th and now trails by 10. Next NTPA stop for FWD: Monroe, Michigan; final Cup stop: Bowling Green.

SRCup 2019 ChapTN MINI HWP CuttinUp loIn Modified Mini, when the "Cuttin'" was done, Reese's piece was perched atop the pile. Part of the Shelton Team's five Grand National vehicles that include three Minis and two Unlimiteds (that's 11 engines, by the way), "Cuttin' Up" (HWP) joined its brother "Sawed-Off" (2017) and sister "Splinter" (2018) (and Reese his siblings Grayson and Camille) as Chapel Hill champs. Grayson was second by about 13" and about half that ahead of Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall," which is now 6.5 points up on "Cuttin' Up" and 8.5 up on Adam Koester's "Walk the Line" in the Cup chase. But "Farmall" trails "Line" by just a half point in the overall GN standings with half a season still ahead. Next NTPA stop for MINI: Fort Recovery; final Cup stop: Bowling Green.

SRCup 2019 ChapTN UNL HWP PolairAir loAnd in Unlimited, Joe Eder's "Polar Air" keeps turning up the heat. Nearly a year removed from its first top-five finish at Fort Recovery, the North Collins, New York-based machine now has four consecutive wins on the 2019 circuit around two rainouts and has built an 11-point overall advantage over four-time champion Chuck Knapp's "Screamin' D." The lead is eight in Shell Rotella Cup standings after Eder's 339' monster on the third hook in Tennessee left the rest gasping for "Air" and grasping for second. Grayson Shelton's "Ruckus" claimed that position, and Brad Benedict's "Non-Cents All Screwed Up" made its second appearance of the year with a nice pass to earn third. Knapp was sixth and needs to get hot soon to keep alive his drive for five. Next NTPA stop for UNL: Fort Recovery; final Cup stop: Bowling Green.

The Free Fair Pullsation suffered the same fate as the Lions Super Pull, albeit a couple hours earlier: Heavy downpours just before showtime that softened the grounds and precluded competition. Here's our report based on Friday night's results.

SRCup 2019 IoniMIfile SF HWP AbsolutelyNuts loIn Super Farm, Brady Ferris owns Ionia. His "Absolutely Nuts" (HWP) has won for the third straight time on the GN track closest to the family's headquarters in Addison, and the home-track advantage was on full display before the partisan Friday night crowd. Brady and brother Brook Jr.'s "Assorted Nuts," which now trail Shell Rotella Cup leader Jon Silsby's "Crop Doctor" by six and eight points, respectively, put 2.5' on third-place Chris Weidinger in what is becoming a breakout season for the "Black Power" (-9 Cup) 6030 Deere. Silsby was fourth and Brad Hart's "Don't Ask" fifth in their home state. Next NTPA stop for SF: Brandenburg; final Cup stop: Bowling Green.

SRCup 2019 IoniMIfile TWD HWP OnTheEdge loIn Two Wheel Drive, Russ Nichols' "On the Edge" (HWP) was the best of 22 to narrow to six his deficit to leader and Ionia third-place finisher Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity." Pulling in the middle of the class, Nichols drove by reigning champion Randy Petro's "Kathy's Komplaint," which finished second, and sustained the lead through McDonald's run late in the field. LeAnn Tormoehlen-May's "Thriller" came home just an inch behind "Sanity" for fourth, and Roger Simon's Tomah runner-up "Simon Sez Dodge" was fifth. On the Cup season, Petro and Simon are in third (-12) and fourth (-13), while May's fellow Hoosier Clay Chastain is within range of a Cup check in his sophomore NTPA season with "Fistful of Dollars." Next NTPA stop for TWD: Brandenburg; final Cup stop: Bowling Green.

SRCup 2019 IoniMIfile LTUNL HWP SuperBee loAnd in Light Unlimited, Keith Wayson won for the second time in Shell Rotella competition this season and earned a second single-hook HWP in the process. Wayson's "Super Bee" topped the Simon family's "Simon Sez Show No Mercy" by just over 3' and Doug Theobald's "Full-Blown Wicked" by just under 9' to expand his Cup lead to three points over Theobald and 10 over the other Farley, Iowa entry "Simon Sez." Next NTPA stop for LT UNL: Mount Sterling, Illinois; final Cup stop: Bowling Green.

Watch this space for our final Shell Rotella Cup-Date after the August 15-17 National Tractor Pulling Championships, visit the Standings page at www.NTPAPULL.com for up-to-the-minute Cup standings, and check out The Puller, the NTPA's official publication, for comprehensive Grand National event coverage throughout 2019.

(Chapel Hill photos by Tracy Waters/Nitrozilla.com. Ionia: file photos by Tracy Waters and Moore Photos)

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 was 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

Gary Freeze, Son and Brother of Super Farm Pullers Greg and Russ, Has Died

The WPI/NTPA has been recently informed of the passing on Monday, July 15 of Gary Freeze, 45, of Manchester, Tennessee. Mr. Freeze was the son of Greg and the brother of Russ Freeze, who are Grand National Super Farm competitors (Deere Traxx). He died at St. Thomas West in Nashville surrounded by his family.

In addition to Greg and Pam and Russ and Audra, Mr. Freeze is survived by his daughters Katlynn Yvonne, Karleigh Faith (Blake), and Kristlynn Rose; his maternal grandmother Jean; brothers Stan (Laura) and Brad (Priscilla); a niece Linley; nephews Zach, Jake, Wyatt, and Kaden; and a granddaughter Alivia Dyanne Brown. His complete obituary may be found at the funeral home's website, where condolences may be left for the family.

We are saddened for Greg, Russ, and their families for their loss.

2019 Week 8 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---They number a dozen.

That's right: 12 national events are headed for tracks near you as the National Tractor Pullers Association rolls into Week 8 of its historic 50th season.

Two of those events, the Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee and the Ionia Free Fair Pullsation in Ionia, Michigan will have massive implications on the Grand National and Shell Rotella Cup points races. Incoming championship point leaders in the eight divisions that pull in the Volunteer and Wolverine States include Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" Super Stock Diesel in Chapel Hill), Jon Silsby of Vicksburg, Michigan ("Crop Doctor" Super Farm in Ionia), Jason Svonavec of Rockwood, Pennsylvania ("Bootlegger" Pro Stock in Chapel Hill), Russ Nichols of Lore City, Ohio ("On the Edge" Two Wheel Drive in Ionia), Peyton Davis of Tappahannock, Virginia ("Punisher" Four Wheel Drive in Chapel Hill), Adam Koester of Wadesville, Indiana ("Walk the Line" Modified Mini in Chapel Hill), Doug Theobald of Shelbyville, Indiana ("Full-Blown Wicked" Light Unlimited in Ionia), and  Joe Eder of North Collins, New York ("Polar Air" Unlimited Modified in Chapel Hill).

But the national action starts promptly on Tuesday, July 16 with a pair of Region II events. In Hartford, Michigan, the Hartford NTPA Nationals will entertain the crowd at the Van Buren County Fair with Super Farms, Four Wheel Drives, and Minis, whose leaders entering the week are Dave Whelan of Tipton, Michigan ("My Last Excuse" SF), Ron Newell of Leipsic, Ohio ("Temporary Insanity" FWD), and David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play: Double or Nothing" MINI).

And in Washington Court House, Ohio, the Fayette County Fair Pull will welcome Eastern Light Pro Stocks and Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0s, Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, and Southeastern Modifieds. It's the first hook for the Supers, while the remaining classes are paced by Matt and Luke Durbin of New Philadelphia, Ohio ("Sidewinder" LT PS), John Humpe IV of Bloomingdale, Ohio ("Causin' Trouble" PSD 4x4), and Todd Feiss of Lawrenceburg, Indiana ("S'no Farmer" MOD).

Three of those classes---the Light Pros, PSD 4x4s, andn Mods, will roll down I-71 and into Lebanon, Ohio's Warren County Fair on Wednesday, July 17 and be joined by Eastern Two Wheel Drives, which are led by Jacob Shephard of Brown City, Michigan ("Alcohol Addiction Retapped" TWD).

But also on Wednesday, Region V resumes after a six-day break with the Great Jones County Fair National Summer Slide in Monticello, Iowa. There, fans will get the chance to see Heavy Super Stock, Super Farm, and Limited Pro Stock Tractors along with Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. The leaderboard is topped by Ken Witt of Houston, Minnesota ("Mr. Yuk" HSS), Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF), Bryan Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("One Bad Apple" LIM PS), and Jason Sullivan and Lavern Kelchen of Edgewater, Iowa ("Cornburner" TWD).

Back east, Kentland, Indiana's Newton County Punk'n Vine Fair will bring its first Region II action to the patch with Limited Pros and Four Wheel Drives alongside Hoosier State Tractor Pullers Association classes of Hot Farms and 3.0 Trucks. Garrett Boldry of Rochester, Indiana ("Smoke Fever" LIM PS) sits number one coming into the week.

And Region III has its lone event of the week at its western outpost, Mandan, North Dakota and the Dacotah Speedway Roughrider Pull. Featured on Saturday, July 20 are Limited Pros, Four Wheel Drives, and Super Stock Four Wheel Drives. The first two divisions are presently led by Matt Lindstrom and Mike Sather of Ellsworth, Wisconsin ("Adrenaline Rush" LIM PS) and Carol Suchy of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota ("Totally Geared" FWD).

The weekend is still young for Region II, however, as Saturday through Monday dates are stocked with pulling events. On Saturday, it's the Clark County Fair Pull in Springfield, Ohio with Pro Stocks, Eastern Light Pros, Modified Minis, and Southeastern Modifieds. It'll be the first chance for the heavy Pros since the Rushville washout.

On Sunday, Mount Vernon, Ohio's Knox County Fair will bring in Pros, Eastern Light Pros, Two Wheelers, and 3.0 Trucks, and Southeastern Mods, while the Super Farms and Minis trek north to Adrian, Nichigan's Earl Kelley Memorial Pull, which will also see a Wolverine Super Stock Combo class.

And on Monday, the Clermont County Fair Pull in Owensville, Ohio wraps up a crazy week with Eastern Light Pros and Two Wheel Drives, Minis, and Southeastern Modifieds.

Many chases for national titles will be advanced this week, but so will the paths for those coveted berths in the Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14. Look for our first Road to the Enderle Traffic Report next weekend as those races begin to take shape.

And don't forget to sleep. Sometime.

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 was 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

33rd Enderle Pull-Off: 23 Divisions will Advance 107 Competitors to Esteemed Invitational

Worthington, Ohio---Four years ago, pulling’s most prestigious event underwent a significant expansion. To commemorate its 10th year as a standalone event at Urbana, Ohio’s Champaign County Fairgrounds, the Enderle Pull-Off grew to include all 12 Grand National divisions and every Regional National division that competed across multiple territories.

Competitors and fans alike were introduced to a new qualification process. Complicated? A bit. But one thing was—and remains—easy to explain: Every hook matters.

EnderlePullOff 33rdOn Saturday, September 14, the 33rd edition of the Kent & Joan Enderle Memorial Pull-Off will once again bring over 100 competitors to southwestern Ohio for the chance to maximize their shares of over $100,000 with one last run at summer’s end.

GN competitors will number 65 (five from each of 13 divisions) in the evening’s second session. Qualification for those precious slots coincides with GN competitors’ championship pursuits that commence at Benson, North Carolina’s Mule City 300 May 31-June 1 and conclude at Sandwich, Illinois’ DeKalb County Fair Grand Nationals on September 5 and 7.

Meanwhile, four regions will advance 42 competitors across 10 divisions: Light Super Stock, Heavy Super Stock, Super Farm, Light Pro Stock, and Limited Pro Stock Tractors; Two-Wheel-Drive, Four-Wheel-Drive, and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks; and Mini and Multi-Engine Modifieds. (Complete list of RN All-Star Qualifiers.)

For several of those slots, qualification began in September and October of 2018 in Allegan, Michigan, Dover and West Salem, Ohio, and Raleigh, North Carolina. And for two of them, Raleigh was both the beginning and the end of qualifying.

The first 2019 event along the regional Road to the Enderle is Ellsworth, Wisconsin’s Showdown in Curdtown, which will launch qualifying for eight Region III berths on Saturday, June 8. The next two are Saturday, June 15, and both are Pro National raised-purse contests that are new to the NTPA calendar. New Castle, Pennsylvania and Hoopeston, Illinois.

Just under three months of intense competition later, qualifying will wrap in Old Washington, Ohio on Monday, September 9 for Two Wheel Drives, Diesel 3.0s, and Modifieds. Remaining 2019 events will count toward potential berths in the 2020 Enderle.

In between, the paths to over three dozen slots are diverse and divergent. Most will go to regional or subregional 2019 champions (or top point-earners, as it takes three scheduled appearances to award a title). Two will go to top earners across portions of regions and two more to runners-up, while one division (LSS) will combine two regions to award two berths. Four divisions have planned at-large qualifiers from combined territories. And wraparounds from 2018 will influence (or decide) 16 berths.

To earn points toward Enderle GN or RN qualifying, a vehicle must be registered at that level at the time of competition. Vehicles may not be licensed at both levels, and before points are assigned, the NTPA system removes from a national class’ finishing order those vehicles that are not same-level-registered.

While it is possible for the same vehicle to earn multiple championships in the same division, a vehicle may earn only one Enderle berth in a given division. If a vehicle satisfies the conditions for two (three, etc.) berths in the same division, the paths to those berths are combined and the second-place (third place, etc.) competitor across the combined paths is awarded an at-large berth. This is in keeping with the late Mr. Enderle’s philosophy of rewarding the competitors who run the hardest.

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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 was 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

2019 NTPA Shell Rotella Cup-Date Issue Four: Rockwell

ShellRotellaCupPointsFund 2019 squareWorthington, Ohio---The rain reigned for a night and a half. But still, it ended well in Rockwell.

Competitors, officials, and fans fought a valiant battle against two storm fronts that brought early ends to the Thursday and Friday night sessions of the July 4-6 North Iowa Nationals, the fourth stop of the 2019 Shell Rotella Cup Series. But those disappointments served as a contrasting prelude to Saturday night's thrilling session of action that actually offered the dedicated attendees more than was advertised.

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

In 2019, the Association is proud to complete its first half century as the world's original and number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level truck and tractor pulling contests. Fierce, fair pulling competition and a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere are hallmarks of NTPA Championship Pulling. If you haven't experienced the rumbles, roars, and rivalries of the heaviest sport on wheels, why not give it a try this summer?

Granted, the sadness that accompanies any lost opportunity to participate in or witness truck and tractor pulling is small when compared with the devastation that such weather patterns can wreak on farmlands and the communities that depend on their productivity for economic stability. The Hawkeye State has certainly claimed its share of 2019's Midwestern misery that has disrupted and even desisted planting in flooded fields. But the Nationals, while impacted itself by the two latest downpours, served as a brief respite for the weather weary, an opportunity to experience a carefree evening of masterful performances by drivers from all corners and machines of all configurations. And for all seven Grand National and three Regional National divisions present, there was afforded the chance to hook at least one time competitively. Even the Four Wheel Drives, which were unlucky enough to have their scheduled appearances cancelled and terminated during Sessions One and Two, put on an exhibition class in Session Three thanks to the generosity of the event's promoters and sponsors.

For five GN divisions, there were precious Shell Rotella Cup points at stake as well as the weekend's Hardest-Working Puller total-distance awards. So let's talk Rockwell and bring you up to date on the state of the races.

SRCup 2019 RkwlIA SF HWP CropDoctor loSaid race just got underway for the Super Farms, as the North Iowa Nationals served as their first Cup event of the summer, and Jon Silsby (HWP) and his "Crop Doctor" International were surgically precise in winning twice. On Friday, the "Doctor" carved out victory by 3/4" over Ryan Anderson's "Checkin' Out" and by less than 2" over Brady Ferris' "Absolutely Nuts" in the class of 17. Then on Saturday, it was Chris Weidinger's "Black Power" that mounted a late challenge to Silsby but stopped 4' shy. Silsby's sweep, coupled with scrambled finishing orders behind him over the course of Friday and Saturday nights, has staked him to a nine-point lead over four challengers: Anderson, Ferris,  Brad Hart's "Don't Ask," and the Freeze family's "Deere Traxx." Next NTPA/Cup stop for SF: Ionia, Michigan.

SRCup 2019 RkwlIA SSD4x4 HWP Trump loFor Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, it was a third Cup weekend in a row dating to Tomah, Wisconsin and Hutchinson, Minnesota, which leaves only one more chance---the finale in Bowling Green, Ohio---for someone to defeat "Trump." That's the name of the Dodge that has been piloted by Shane Kellogg (HWP) to two wins over that span including the diesels' only on-track crack at Rockwell on Saturday night when Thursday's hook was washed away. Pulling directly after Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" in the class of nine, Kellogg's 345.8' edged the defending GN and Cup champion by 11" and upped his advantage in the polls to nine points over Atley and class newcomer Shane Wurm with "Boost." Next GN stop for SSD 4x4: Fort Recovery, Ohio; next Cup stop: Bowling Green.

SRCup 2019 RkwlIA SEMI HWP PlayinWithFire loLike their four-tired counterparts, the Super Semis were on their third straight Shell Rotella Cup haul as the series entered Iowa. Lamentably, their trip to Rockwell was attenuated like the 4x4s' to a one-and-done. But in a scintillating Saturday night show-stopper, Ryan DeBroux's "Playin' with Fire" (HWP) Kenworth took the "Ironman" sled 358.1' southbound and down to thwart reigning champ Dean Holicky's chance at a third W. Holicky's "Mother Trucker" continues to lead both the GN and Cup standings by a solitary point over Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class" after each posted double wins ("MT" in Tomah, "JPTIC" in Hutch). Next GN stop for SEMI: Morley, Michigan; next Cup stop: Bowling Green.

SRCup 2019 RkwlIA MOD HWP MoneyMaker loThe multi-engine Modified class saw its Cup chase turn once and then again over the first two nights in North Iowa in which the division's participants, pulling early, got done just in time to don coats and covers. On night one, the last three hooks were the best three, as Bret Berg's "Money Maker," Doug Lively's "Bank Robber," and Jeff Rose's "Giddy Up" ended the class in top-this fashion. But Saturday night brought a dramatically different outcome, as Corey Kielmeyer, the leader who got brushed aside for the Thursday podium, willed his three-engine "Double Trouble" to 311.2' to finish ahead of Bill Douglas Jr.'s "Spook Gone Wild." Third both nights, Berg (HWP) went from one marker down to Lively after Session One to two up on Bob Jostock's "Wild Child" in both Cup and GN points. Next GN stop for MOD: Hagerstown, Maryland; next Cup stop: Bowling Green.

SRCup 2019 RkwlIA UNL HWP PolarAir loAnd in Unlimited, it was a Session Three free-for-all as several regular Modified participants joined in to mix it up with their unrestricted counterparts in a 10-vehicle field. But the storyline headed into the Super Pull of the South is this: Can anyone whoa Joe? The four-engine "Polar Air" of Joe Eder (HWP) has found itself in a gulf stream after three consecutive wins dating to last Friday in Hutch and exclusively top-three finishes across five appearances to date. That rarified air has been occupied the last several seasons by Chuck Knapp's "Screamin' D," which finished second to Eder in Rockwell's only roll but now sits six points behind at the halfway point for Cup. With nine GN hooks remaining, however, there's still plenty of time for the four-time champion Knapp to awaken. Next GN/Cup stop for UNL: Chapel Hill, Tennessee.

Remaining events on the season-long Shell Rotella Cup Series tour include Chapel Hill, Tennessee's Lions Super Pull of the South (July 19-20 for Super Stock Diesel, Pro Stock, Four Wheel Drive, Modified Mini, and Unlimited), Ionia, Michigan's Free Fair Pullsation (July 19-20 for Super Farm, Two Wheel Drive, and Light Unlimited), and Bowling Green, Ohio's National Tractor Pulling Championships (August 15-17 for all divisions). Watch this space for more Shell Rotella Cup-Dates after each event, visit the Standings page at www.NTPAPULL.com for up-to-the-minute Cup standings, and check out The Puller, the NTPA's official publication, for comprehensive Grand National event coverage throughout 2019.

(Photos by Rick & Kim Moore/MoorePhotosMN.com)

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 was 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

Roughrider Truck Pull Stream Available

DacotahSpeedwayTVWorthington, Ohio---Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, North Dakota has announced that their media arm, Dacotah Speedway Productions, will broadcast the Roughrider Truck Pull on Saturday, July 20 live to the internet. The stream will be available for purchase at DacotahSpeedway.tv for $20 per device.

Starting at 7 p.m. Central, the event will feature three NTPA Region III classes: Modified Four-Wheel-Drive and Super Stock Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks and Limited Pro Stock Tractors.

DacotahSpeedway.tv is a member of the Hammer Motorsports Broadcast Network (Hammer.tv), which produces internet telecasts from racetracks across the United States.

The pay-per-view broadcast of the Mandan event is not affiliated with or produced by the NTPA's official Live Streaming service, WatchNTPA.com . The stream will not be included (either live or on-demand) in the $299 NTPA Season Pass packag

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 was 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

Jon Herring, "Kryptonite" FWD Driver, Has Passed

The WPI/NTPA office was recently notified of the passing on Friday, July 5 of Jon Herring, 47, of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Mr. Herring drove the "Kryptonite" Ford to the 2005 Region IV Four Wheel Drive championship and to two United Pullers of the Carolinas titles in 2006 and 2007.

In pursuit of his lifelong loves of motorsports and fabrication, Mr. Herring worked for his father at his construction company and founded Kryptonite Motorsports. A 32nd degree Master Mason and member of the New Lebanon Lodge #314, he also was well known for his culinary skills and lent his assistance to many fundraisers.

Mr. Herring is survived by his wife Shelly, his dad Mike and his wife Jo Ann, his father- and mother-in-law Donnie and Sue Raper, and his sister and brother-in-law Michaelle and Nicky Overman and their children Steven, Logan, and Beth. His full obituary may be found here.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Herring family and our friends in the Carolinas.

2019 Week 7 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---We've reached the time of year when every points race is rolling and seemingly every fairground from Ohio to Iowa is or will soon be rocking with NTPA Championship Pulling action. So read on to prepare for the busy week to come with the 2019 season's first preview.

On Thursday and Friday, July 11 and 12, the Eaton County 4-H Fair in Charlotte, Michigan will host nine Region II classes: Heavy Super Stocks (both nights), Western Light Pros, Two-Wheel-Drives and Stainless Diesel PSD 4x4s, and Northwestern Modifieds Thursday only, and Super Farms, Four Wheel Drives, and Minis Friday only. Incoming divisional point leaders are Dave Whelan's "My Last Excuse" SF, Wes Spencer's "Bush Wacker" LT PS-W, Brian Grifka's "Apple Pie Express" TWD-W, Ron Newell's "Temporary Insanity" FWD, Jeff Hossler's "Flirtin' with Disaster" PSD 4x4-W, David Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" MINI, and in MOD-NW, the Feisses' "S'no Farmer" and "Feissty Farmer.".

Also on Thursday, July 11, Decorah, Iowa's Winneshiek County Fair Pull hosts five Region V divisions: Light and Heavy Supers, Super Farms, Limited Pros, and Two Wheel Drives. It's the first hook for the first three, while the Limiteds and Two Wheelers are paced by the Rockwell winners: Roger Scalzo's "Bad to the Bone" and Jason Sullivan's "Cornburner."

A brand new Grand National event will roar into Hagerstown (MD) Speedway on Friday and Saturday, July 12-13. Tickets are available at ShopNTPA.com/tickets, and you can watch every minute of the Hagerstown, Maryland Hub City Grand Nationals via the NTPA's Live Stream. The four classes to appear each night are Pro Stocks, Two Wheel Drives, Light Unlimiteds, and Modifieds. The class leaders are Jason Svonavec's "Bootlegger" PS, Bret Berg's "Money Maker" MOD, and home-state heroes Bryan McDonald (from Kennedyville) and the "Suffering Sanity" TWD and Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" LT UNL from Harwood.

Friday, July 12 will also see Region II pulling make its annual stop at London, Ohio's Madison County Fair Pull. Featured are Eastern Light Pros, Two Wheel Drives, and Stainless Diesel PSD 4x4s and Southeastern Modifieds, where the leaders are Matt and Luke Durbin's "Sidewinder" LT PS-E, Ray and Jacob Shephard's "Alcohol Addiction Retapped" TWD-E, and Todd Feiss' "S'no Farmer" MOD-SE.

And Wilmington, Ohio's Clinton County Fair Nationals on Saturday, July 13 will add Modified Minis to London's mix and reward each division with the R&L Carriers Showdown Bonus.

Finally, River Falls, Wisconsin's FFA Alumni Pull Grounds will host its first Regional National pull. Smoke 'N' Thunder by the Kinni will include Region III point-earning Super Farms, Light Pros, and Limited Pros as well as Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association Light Supers. Regional leaders are the Larsons' "Hotwire" and Rod Deck's "Dream On" SFs, the Dorwins' "Young Bucks Reloaded" LT PS, and Matt Lindstrom and Mike Sather's "Adrenaline Rush" LIM PS.

Check back next week as we look ahead to premier-level events in Tennessee and Michigan and a full slate of regional events from around the nation. And watch this space for the first GN and RN Road to the Enderle Traffic Reports (coming soon!) as the races get into full swing for those coveted berths in pulling's most lucrative invitational.

Enjoy the pulls, everyone.

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 was 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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.

Wauseon

WauseonOHWorthington, Ohio---Gold standard. Golden anniversary.

On Friday, August 30, the Fulton County Fair in Wauseon, Ohio will host the M.E. Miller Tire Tri-State Showdown as part of the 50th season of National Tractor Pullers Association Championship Pulling. Welcoming two divisions within the 2019 NTPA Grand National Series presented by Case IH Agriculture and four others from the Association's Region II, the Pro National event will be conducted in one session to begin at 6 p.m.

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

In 2019, the Association is proud to complete its first half century as the world's original and number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level truck and tractor pulling contests. Fierce, fair pulling competition and a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere are hallmarks of NTPA Championship Pulling. If you haven't experienced the rumbles, roars, and rivalries of the heaviest sport on wheels, why not give it a try in Wauseon?

The M.E. Miller Tire Tri-State Showdown will feature Grand National Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks and Mini Modifieds. Both divisions will vie for national titles, a lucrative year-end points fund, and shares of Case IH bonus monies exceeding $50,000. Also appearing will be Regional National Super Farm and Limited Pro Stock Tractors, Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Multi-Engine Modifieds, all of which will run for titles in Region II, which encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio (TWD: II-West, MOD: II-Northwest). And all will compete for berths in the NTPA's all-star invitational Enderle Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14 in Urbana, Ohio.

Expected to compete at Wauseon in defense of their 2018 titles are Ben Ellis of Champlain, Virginia ("Benjammin" FWD), Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa ("Iron Toy" MINI), Charlie and Nick Capozzo of Richmond, Michigan ("Cruel Intentions" SF), Garrett Boldry of Rochester, Indiana ("Smoke Fever" LIM PS), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD).

Last year's winners at the Tri-State Showdown included Ellis, Chase Richardson of Leitchfield, Kentucky (MINI), Dave Whelan of Tipton, Michigan ("My Last Excuse" SF), Ashley Corzine of Assumption, Illinois ("Second Degree" TWD), and Todd Feiss of Lawrenceburg, Indiana ("S'no Farmer" MOD).

Fans in attendance at Wauseon will experience live video, distances, and instant replays on the NTPA's Mobile Videoboard.

For more information about the Tri-State Showdown, visit the fair's website, www.FultonCountyFair.com, or its Facebook page. The Association's Schedule page at www.NTPAPULL.com has links to event details, maps, and local weather reports for the M.E. Miller Tire Tri-State Showdown and over 80 other events that constitute its historic 50th season.

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 was 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 14th 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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 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