Columbus, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association and Granite City Motorpark have reached an agreement to bring NTPA Championship Pulling to Sauk Rapids in central Minnesota. The two-day Granite City NTPA Pro Nationals event is scheduled for 2021's Memorial Day weekend: Saturday and Sunday, May 29-30.
Update: Grand National Super Semis have been added to both sessions of the Granite City NTPA Pro Nationals!
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.
The 2021 season will be the NTPA's 52nd as the world's original and number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level truck and tractor pulling events. Fierce, fair pulling competition and a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere are hallmarks of NTPA Championship Pulling events. If you haven't experienced the rumbles, roars, and rivalries of the heaviest sport on wheels, why not give it a try in Sauk Rapids?
Included in the roster of classes to appear in both sessions at the Granite City Pro Nationals is a trifecta of Grand National divisions: Super Stock Diesel Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks, Super Semis, and multi-engine Modifieds. At present, Sauk Rapids will mark the regular-season opener for each on the NTPA’s Grand National circuit, which is presented by Case IH Agriculture.
Also hooking each day will be Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks, while Super Farm Tractors will appear on Saturday only and Light Pro Stock Tractors on Sunday only. These four divisions will compete for Pro National purses and points toward championships at the NTPA's Regional National competition level.
Moreover, pullers in all Sauk Rapids classes will vie for a fast start along the Road to the Enderle Pull-Off, the NTPA's all-star invitational whose 34th iteration is planned for Saturday, September 18, 2021 in Urbana, Ohio.
Gregg Randall, NTPA's Executive Director, was pleased to confirm the agreement. "In addition to marking the unofficial beginning of summer, Memorial Day weekend offers families a chance to get away from work and school and to gather to enjoy each other's company. We at the NTPA couldn't be prouder to bring our brand of entertainment to the heart of Minnesota.
"Whether you like trucks or tractors, smoke or noise, we think you'll find something in this show to get excited about."
Regional Director Dale Quamme remarked on the enthusiasm for pulling expressed by James Trantina, the new owner of the Motorpark. “James is eager to bring NTPA Championship truck and tractor pulling to Granite City’s racing fans. This is a great facility with ample parking and many upgrades taking place.
“I look forward to working with James and his team to grow this event and make it successful for many seasons to come,” Quamme concluded.
Granite City Motorpark, a 3/8-mile clay oval, has hosted racing on Sunday nights throughout the summer months for six of the past eight seasons. The facility regularly features several automotive divisions within WISSOTA, a 40-year-old sanctioning organization that also governs races at Dacotah Speedway, a fellow NTPA track in Mandan, North Dakota.
Sauk Rapids, a suburb of St. Cloud along the upper rapids of the Mississippi River numbering 13,000 citizens, is about 50 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. In addition to the racetrack, Sauk Rapids is home to SummerLand Family Fun Park and the Bob Cross Nature Preserve.
To learn more about the Granite City Motorpark, visit its website, GCSpeedway.com, or its Facebook page, gcspeedway. For national pulling circuit schedules, event results, and point standings, check out www.NTPAPULL.com.
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.
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