As we continue our recognition of 2018 Regional Champions, we take a look at Region 2, which encompassed events in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. You can catch the live-stream of the banquet on ntpapull.com Saturday night December 1, thanks to Kentucky Trailer. Also be sure to see the full recaps of all the Regional and Grand National Champions in the January/February issue of The Puller Magazine.
Light Super Stock:
- Just two hooks survived a wet summer, but it was a great “punkin’” crop. Jason Irvin took his first Light Super championship on a tiebreaker by winning Urbana outright before the outage. Losing the tie: “Hart's Desire,” which has missed two titles in two years by one total point.
Heavy Super Stock:
- John Pfeiffer trailed the standings for about 24 hours in Arcola before winning Session Two to retake the lead. “Pfeiffermax” won three times in all alongside three thirds to take his third straight Heavy Super title. Barry Eliker’s industrial-yellow “Buckeye Bandit” was second.
- Charlie and Nick Capozzo took their dad’s 4010 on a tour of Region II. “Cruel Intentions” promptly won its first six hooks and scored 30 points eight times to erase the Allegan deficit and qualify for the Enderle. Jorge Zenz’s “Minor Setback” had two wins to make it to number two in Super Farm.
- A year after losing Allegan’s winner-take-all, the Whitney/Aller Team came out in force with a win, a second, and a third in their first three Pro Stock hooks. Still, “Ground Force” led the Campbells’ “Soup Line Express” by only a single point entering Findlay before finishing fifth to clinch.
Light Pro Stock - East:
- The final gap was 10 in the East, but it required something special in West Salem: fellow Light Pro competitors helped Kendall Houk change a turbo in the pits. “Nothing Special” then took sixth to claim the crown over the runner-up “Ragin’ Red” of Scott Webb after each had three wins.
Light Pro Stock - West:
- Wes is king of the West. His “Bush Wacker” won in Rushville and had five top fives across 11 appearances to take the lead for keeps after Fort Recovery. Both of Mike Palmer’s “Avengers” finished 10 points back; the original had three wins.
Limited Pro Stock:
- Garrett Boldry’s sweep at the Fort was the last word in Limited Pro Stock. His first two national wins aboard “Smoke Fever” got by Travis Wisel’s “Irrational Behavior” by just one point before early September rains wiped out Roanoke and Lynn.
Two Wheel Drive - East:
- I’ll see your London, Wilmington, and Mount Vernon and raise you Owensville, Zanesville, Canton, and West Salem. So said the Secrests to the Shephards of their respective 30-point performances in the East. But the Two Wheelers’ turning point was “EZ’s” squeaker over “AA” in Findlay.
Two Wheel Drive - West:
- Between his West-winning “Vintage” and his Grand National champion “Kathy’s Komplaint,” Randy Petro took the checkered flag eight times in 2018. When all was said and done, Petro and the Secrests’ "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" had staged a rerun of last year’s top-two finish.
Four Wheel Drive:
- A wins in the Four Wheelers’ first visit to Michigan got Steve Elchinger the lead. But it wasn’t just his second win there that helped him keep it. “Jus’ Passin’ Thru” just kept on pulling away from Ron Newell’s “Temporary Insanity” with four top fives down the stretch.
Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 - East:
- Rob Wright is the East’s first StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 champ a year after winning the division’s inaugural title. Firsts in two of his final three hooks in Mount Vernon and Canton helped hold off Nickolas Stamm’s “Frank.” Wright also claimed the 3.0s’ first Enderle win.
Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 - West:
- Like Wright, the Western champion Jeff Hossler and runner-up Adam Hallien had two wins apiece, and all three were Enderle qualifiers, with “Flirtin’ with Disaster” claiming the scheduled at-large berth. Hossler knocked off Hallien’s “Wrecker” at Allegan to win the title by one point.
Super Stock Diesel 4x4:
- Unlike 2017, when the two diesel Super 4x4 contenders never met, Cody Hastings’ “Against the Grain” and Susan Ingram’s “Scheid Diesel” faced off twice this season, when Ingram won in Washington Court House and Hastings in Findlay. The difference was Hastings’ third in Fayette County.
- David Lacey reversed the order in which his “Triple Play” Minis ended up even as “Unchained” out-won “Double or Nothing” five to three. They finished back-to-back 10 times in 13 appearances, were one-two five of those times, and tied for a win in Canton.
- And in Modifieds, Ryan Writsel scattered five wins across 15 hooks and finished lower than second only once in leading the division wire-to-wire. It’s Writsel’s third title in “Lucky Stryke”’s three seasons. Todd Feiss’ “S’no Farmer” returned to its regional roots for the runner-up and at-large Enderle berth.
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