Worthington, Ohio---Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, the National Tractor Pullers Association teams with the Chapel Hill Lions Club in Chapel Hill, Tennessee to present the Lions Super Pull of the South. Part of the NTPA Championship Pulling Series, the event will include five classes in each of two Super National sessions beginning at 7 p.m.
In truck and tractor 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 that achieves the greatest distance is victorious The NTPA is the world's number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level events that feature highly specialized machines resembling farm tractors, trucks, and dragsters and dedicated competitors that battle for purse money and end-of-season championships. With superchargers emitting an ear-splitting whine, massive tires churning clay at 100-mph wheelspeeds, turbochargers pumping columns of diesel smoke into the sky, and engine combinations exceeding 10,000 horsepower, high-performance pulling offers fans a multitude of thrills unmatched by any other motorsport.
The Lions Super Pull of the South is part of the NTPA's Grand National series presented by Case IH Agriculture and will present classes of Super Stock Diesel and Pro Stock Tractors, Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks; and Mini and Unlimited Multi-Engine Modifieds. In 2017, Case IH will pay top NTPA competitors over $50,000 at year's end, and participants will earn points toward Grand National titles and berths in the 31st Enderle Memorial Pull-Off all-star invitational on Saturday, September 16.
The Lions Super Pull of the South is also the third tour stop for the Shell Rotella Cup presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts, which rewards the top three Grand National pullers in each of five divisions (SSD, TWD, FWD, MINI, and UNL) with $30,000 in bonus money. The Shell Rotella Cup series spans three additional events: The GALOT Motorsports Park Mule City 300 in Benson, North Carolina; the Budweiser Dairyland NTPA Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin; and the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. Over each Cup event weekend, GN competitors from each Cup division who pull the greatest and second-greatest total distance will earn "Hardest-Working Puller" O'Reilly gift cards. Though not a Cup class, Pro Stock competitors will be so rewarded in Chapel Hill.
Class winners from the 2016 Lions Super Pull of the South were Steve Blagrave of Ackerly, Texas ("Red Horse" SSD), Travis Schlabach of Marengo, Iowa ("Bone Twister" SSD), Tim Shipley of Kensington, Ohio ("Mr. MAC Daddy" PS), Peyton Davis of Tappahannock, Virginia ("Punisher" FWD), Larry Peterson of Baldwin, Wisconsin ("Profab Geared Up" FWD), Larry Koester of Wadesville, Indiana ("Footloose" MINI), Adam Koester of Wadesville, Indiana ("Walk the Line" MINI), Ricky Rose of Glencoe, Minnesota ("Giddy Up" UNL), and Steve Boyd of Washington, Indiana ("Green Streak" UNL).
Expected to defend their 2016 Grand National titles are champions Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD), Mike Conny of Beloit, Ohio ("MAC Nasty"), Jim and Paul Holman of Wauseon, Ohio ("4 Play" FWD), Adam Koester, and Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL).
Fans in attendance at Chapel Hill will enjoy live video, instant replays, distances, and sponsor messages on the NTPA's Official Mobile Video and LED Scoreboards. And fans around the world can tune into the broadcast, including live announcer commentary, via the all-new Live Streaming interface. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase individual sessions or the $299 Season Pass or to read a list supported devices and connection instructions. The event will also be part of Season 13 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" on RFD-TV, which will debut in August.
Tickets for Friday's session are $25 reserved, $20 general admission adult, and $10 general admission child. Tickets for Saturday's session are $30 reserved, $25 general admission adult, and $10 general admission child. Tickets may be purchased from the event's website (www.LionsSuperPull.com). For additional information about the event, visit the website of the NTPA (www.NTPAPULL.com).
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 2017 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.
Watch the 12th season of "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 www.rfdtv.com.
NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 12 national events in 2017. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.
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