The WPI/NTPA organization is saddened to learn of the deaths of two of the Association's past competitors within the past week.
Al Swanson, 74, of Royal, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, December 8. Mr. Swanson was the NTPA's 7,200-lb. Modified champion in Region III in 1977. At the time, that territory encompassed Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Mr. Swanson spun a Cockshutt 40 rearend with a single 482 Chevrolet powerplant from 1972 through 1977 and then upgraded to twin blown Chevys and a Massey Ferguson 1155 rear for 1978, his final year of competition.
Mr. Swanson's obituary appears here.
Dave Chrisman, 84, of Flat Rock, Indiana passed on Sunday, December 13. Mr. Chrisman, who hailed from nearby Edinburgh during his 16-season national pulling career, was a seven-time Grand National winner (including two victories in Tomah, Wisconsin) in the 5,500-lb. Super Stock division. He finished second twice and third five times in the GN final standings with his unnamed Allis-Chalmers 180 from 1974 through 1989. Mr. Chrisman also claimed two home-state wins at the Purdue Boilermaker Pull in West Lafayette and one at the State Fair in Indianapolis.
Mr. Chrisman's obituary and arrangements will appear here.
We offer our sympathies to the Swanson and Chrisman families on the occasions of their losses.