Southern Showdown in Raleigh Caps NTPA's National Season

RaleighNCWorthington, Ohio---On Friday through Sunday, October 13-15, the National Tractor Pullers Association teams with the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, North Carolina to present the NC State Fair Southern Showdown. The event will feature 16 Regional National and state-level classes over four sessions: Friday at 6 p,m., Saturday at noon and 6 p.m., and Sunday at 1 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 cards for each session of the Southern Showdown read as follows. Friday's Session One: Regional Light Pro Stocks and Modified Minis and invitational classes of Two- and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. Saturday's Session Two: regional Heavy Super Stock and Super Farm Tractors and invitational Two-Wheelers and Light Four Wheel Drives. Saturday's Session Three: regional Multi-Engine Modifieds, United Pullers of the Carolinas classes of Light Pros and Minis, and invitational Light Four-Wheelers. Sunday's Session Four: regional Heavy Supers and Modifieds, UPOC Super Farms, and invitational Four-Wheelers. Participants in the regional classes at the Southern Showdown will compete for points toward championships in NTPA's Region IV (North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia) and berths in the 32nd Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ohio.

Winners at the 2016 Southern Showdown included Brent Payne of Hamilton, Ohio and John Strickland of Clinton, North Carolina ("GALOT" HSS), Phil Kelley of Wexford, Pennsylvania ("Red-Blooded Binder" SF), Mark Wiederhold of Clarksville, Ohio ("Bare Necessities" LT PS), Steve Willson of Prince Frederick, Maryland ("Running Bear" TWD), Allen Brown of Camden, North Carolina ("Sweet Thang" TWD), John T. Davis of Tappahannock, Virginia ("The Legend" FWD), David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play Unchained" MINI), and Scott Tedder of Marion, Indiana ("Mr. Twister" MOD). Region IV champions from 2016 included Marty Harrell of Elm City, North Carolina ("Pure Country" HSS), Chris Hales of Autryville, North Carolina ("The Outlaw" SF), Ron Beasley of Moncure, North Carolina ("Farmall Fever" LT PS), Ken Bultemeier of Fort Wayne, Indiana ("WAE Flip Side" MINI), and Don Deane of Trafalgar, Indiana ("Plumbers NItemare" MOD). The Southern Showdown marks the season's final hook for Region IV Heavy Supers, Super Farms, Minis, and Modifieds, and class champions will be crowned.

Fans in attendance at Raleigh will enjoy live video, instant replays, distances, and sponsor messages on the NTPA's Official LED Scoreboard.

For more information about the Southern Showdown, visit the event's website: To learn more about NTPA Championship Pulling, check out for up-to-date event schedules (including maps and local weather), point standings, and event results.

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.

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