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NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals Competitor List
It's “Built for Big”---and back for more!
On Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, the Michiana Event Center and Grogg-Martin Auctioneers and Realty will proudly present the second annual Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals Indoor Truck and Tractor Pull and Michiana Farm Show. Having been expanded to three sessions and seven competing divisions plus Exhibition Super Semis, the 2020 event will build on the tremendous success of the inaugural edition which converted the Center's gargantuan Trade Show Building into a regulation-length arena to the delight of thousands of first-time and long-time pulling fans alike.
Competitors in this internationally contested motorsport construct specialized, high-performance vehicles that resemble farm tractors, trucks, and dragsters in order to pull a weighted sled the greatest distance along a straight, dirt course. The National Tractor Pullers Association, the world's longest-tenured sanctioning organization, provides competition and safety rules and establishes divisions and circuits that resulted in the crowning of 45 national champions in 2019. In cooperation with its member states and promotional partners, the NTPA will present over 200 sessions of premier-level pulling competition in 2020, the Association's 51st season.
Located just minutes south of the Michigan state line in northern Indiana's Amish Country, the charming town of Shipshewana sits at the intersection of U.S. Route 20 and State Route 5. The MEC and surrounding restaurants and tourist attractions are easily accessible from the Indiana Toll Road and will provide a weekend's worth of entertainment for the whole family.
“We were simply blown away by the response in 2019 in our first year for this event at the MEC,” said the Center’s Jeff Fought. “We had fans attend from several states away, and I feel the building and time of the year are the perfect scenario for a national indoor pull.
“The response was so great we are doubling down by going to three sessions this year. We say the MEC was ‘Built For Big,’ and that’s what the Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Spring Nationals will be!”
The Michiana Farm Show, admission to which is included with Spring Nationals tickets or may be purchased separately, will fill the Center's central Coliseum Building each afternoon. Meanwhile, its Staging Building will house the freely accessible pit area in which fans can meet and talk with their pulling heroes and see their mighty machines up close. Ample and free parking surrounds each building within the facility, and additional overflow parking is within a short walk.
Once inside the Trade Show Building, devotees of power and noise will be enthralled by the action that takes place on an installed clay track whose full length will permit the skilled drivers and their exotic vehicles to reach full speed and song. Screaming supercharged engines and bellowing turbocharged powerplants will spin tires large and small as they strive to beat the 30-ton weight transfer and drive up the ramp at the end of their 300' dirt road.
“NTPA is excited to return to Shipshewana for the Spring Nationals,” began Gregg Randall, the Association's General Manager. “This event exceeded everyone’s expectations for year one, and year two should see additional growth with the expansion to the third session and the divisions that now have their opportunity to compete on a 300'-plus track.
"Besides the farm show, attendees will have plenty to do and see in the heart of Amish country. This great invitational event is a must-see on any pulling fan's calendar! Moreover," Randall continued, "two days of pulling over the first weekend of spring will serve to warm up both drivers and spectators before the great 2020 regular season and the competitive tour that the Association has assembled.”
The NTPA Spring Nationals II will be conducted Friday at 6 p.m. (Session One) and Saturday at noon (Session Two) and 6 p.m. (Session Three). Each show will feature a slightly different slate of invitation-only classes from among the following NTPA Championship Pulling divisions: Super Farm Tractors (Sessions One and Two); Light Super Stock and Limited Pro Stock Tractors, Exhibition Super Semis, and Modified Minis (each in Sessions One and Three); Hot Farm Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks (each in Session Two only); and Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 Trucks (Sessions Two and Three).
Discounted pre-event tickets for the Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals and Michiana Farm Show presented by Grogg Martin Auctioneers and Realty are on sale at the MEC's Box Office (455 East Farver Street in Shipshewana; 260.768.4990) and at the checkout register at O'Reilly Auto Parts outlets nationwide. Moreover, electronic tickets are on sale 24/7 at ShopNTPA.com/tickets. Admission prices for adults (ages 11 and over) are as follows: Session One or Two, $25 bleacher/$30 VIP Trackside; Session Three, $30 bleacher/$35 VIP Trackside; Weekend Pass (all three sessions), $65 bleacher/$80 VIP Trackside. The admission price for children ages 4 through 10 is $15 per session (bleacher or trackside), with children 3 and under admitted free. Day-of-show adult ticket prices will increase.
Those who can't make it to one or all of the Wakarusa Ag/Deutz-Fahr NTPA Spring Nationals sessions may purchase and view the entire event at the all-new NTPA.tv. After signing up, viewers can enjoy the multi-camera presentation---narrated by the event's announcers and augmented by on-screen graphics and instant replays---from the convenience of their PC, phone, tablet, or smart TV via the NTPA.tv apps available on several platforms. (Subscribers to the NTPA.tvYearly Pass please note: Shipshewana is not included among the 2020 summer season event offerings and must be purchased separately.)
For more information about the Michiana Event Center, visit the facility's website, MichianaEvents.com, or contact the main office at 260.768.3300. To learn more about NTPA Championship Pulling, check out the Association's official website, NTPAPULL.com, or call 614.436.1761.
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.
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