Friday-Sunday, October 15-17: Raleigh, NC's State Fair Southern Showdown

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In conjunction with the North Carolina State Fair, the National Tractor Pullers Association and the United Pullers of the Carolinas will present the NC State Fair Southern Showdown Friday through Sunday, October 15-17 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event will be conducted in four sessions on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at noon and 6 p.m., and Sunday at 1 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.

2021 marks the 52nd year of NTPA Championship Pulling, the world's original and number-one circuit for premier-level truck and tractor pulling events. Come to Raleigh and fill your senses with the sights of glistening graphics, the sounds of mechanical might, the scents of exhausted energy, and the spirit of American achievement.

The event marks the finale of the Association's 2021 regular season, as Regional National, UPOC member state, and invitational classes will be contested throughout the event. The RN classes will initiate several qualifying paths for the 35th Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 17, 2022 in Urbana, Ohio.

The event schedule is as follows: Session One (Friday, October 15, 6 p.m.): RN Light Pro Stock Tractors, RN Modified Minis, invitational Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and invitational Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. Session Two (Saturday, October 16, noon): RN Heavy Super Stock Tractors, RN Super Farm Tractors, RN Modifieds, invitational Hot Farm Tractors, and invitational Light Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. Session Three (Saturday, October 16, 6 p.m.): RN Light Pro Stock Tractors, RN Modified Minis, invitational Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and invitational Light Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. Session Four (Sunday, October 17, 1 p.m.): UPOC Heavy Super Stock Tractors, UPOC Super Farm Tractors, UPOC Modifieds, invitational Hot Farm Tractors, and invitational Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks.

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For more information about the NC State Fair Southern Showdown, visit the fair's website,, or its Facebook page, NCStateFair. To learn more about the United Pullers of the Carolinas, browse to To view event schedules, results, point standings, and more, check out

About the 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 2021 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Angry Farmer Products, Hot Shot's Secret, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch "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 The 16th season of “NTPA CP” debuted on Tuesday, August 25.

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Contact Info

National Tractor Pullers Association
6155-B Huntley Road,
Columbus, OH 43229

PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964