Worthington, Ohio---By vote of the Executive Board of World Pulling International, the holding company of the National Tractor Pullers Association, competitors who purchased 2020 driver licenses and/or 2020 vehicle registrations will be presented with options regarding how those funds will be directed. The move comes in the midst of a Championship Pulling season that has been dramatically shortened by the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.
Association members are encouraged to choose the option from among those below that best suits their personal circumstance and their intention to run in what remains of 2020. (For the purposes of discussing the options below, a "hook" refers to any single appearance of a driver or vehicle in which the driver is insured by the policy that is in force due to NTPA or NTPA member state sanctioning, promotion, or other agreement.)
Option A: Partial Rollover of Fees Toward 2021 License/Registration
A competitor who elects to make at least one hook in 2020 may, for each hook left unused up to a maximum of six, apply one sixth (1/6) of the total of fees paid for their 2020 driver/vehicle combination toward the purchase of a 2021 license and/or registration.
Example: Jane Jones paid the middle rates for a Competition License ($470) and a Grand National Registration ($591) and made four hooks. That left two hooks of her six allotted hooks unused, and so Jane will be able to apply two sixths (2/6) of the $1061 total, or $354, toward her 2021 fees.
- Note 1: A competitor who makes six or more hooks will owe no further membership fees in 2020 but will be entitled to no 2021 rollover amount.
- Note 2: A competitor who chooses Option A may earn points toward year-end point fund amounts that will be awarded to top finishers in qualifying divisions. No national championships will be awarded in 2020.
Option B: Total Rollover of Fees Toward 2021 License/Registration
A competitor who elects to make zero hooks in 2020 may apply all driver license and vehicle registration fees toward the purchase of a 2021 license and/or registration.
Example: John Smith paid the early rates for a Competition License ($409) and a Regional National/Member State Registration ($240). If John makes zero hooks, John will be able to apply the total, $649, toward his 2021 fees.
Option C: Partial Refund of 2020 Fees
A competitor who elects to make zero hooks in 2020 may request a refund of 2020 driver license and vehicle registration fees paid less a 25-percent production fee that will fund the continued operation of the NTPA office.
Example: Jim Johnson paid the late rates for a Competition License ($515) and a Regional National/Member State Registration ($315). If Jim makes zero hooks and requests a refund, Jim will receive payment in the amount of 75 percent of the $830 total, or $623, from the NTPA office.
Option D: Donation of Remaining 2020 Fees
A competitor who is entitled to the rollover or refund of any 2020 license or registration fees may choose to donate those fees to fund the continued operation of the NTPA office.
Competitors who have not notified the office of their intention to choose Option C on or before August 1 will assume to have selected Option A or B (where applicable) unless they later notify the office of their intention to choose Option D.