Worthington, Ohio---Gold standard. Golden anniversary.
On Friday through Sunday, October 18-20, the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina will host the NC State Fair Southern Showdown Truck and Tractor Pull as the final event of the 50th season of National Tractor Pullers Association Championship Pulling. The Regional National event will be conducted in four sessions.
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.
In 2019, the Association is proud to complete its first half century as the world's original and number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level truck and tractor pulling contests. Fierce, fair pulling competition and a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere are hallmarks of NTPA Championship Pulling. If you haven't experienced the rumbles, roars, and rivalries of the heaviest sport on wheels, why not give it a try in Raleigh?
Divisions competing at the Southern Showdown are as follows: Session One (Friday, 6 p.m.): Regional Light Pro Stocks and Modified Minis and invitational classes of Two- and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. Session Two (Saturday, noon): Regional Heavy Super Stock and Super Farm Tractors and multi-engine Modifieds and invitational Hot Farm Tractors and Light Four Wheel Drive Trucks. Session Three (Saturday, 6 p.m.): Regional Light Pros, UPOC Modified Minis, and invitational Four Wheel Drives and Light Four Wheel Drives. Session Four (Sunday, 1 p.m.): Regional Heavy Supers, Super Farms, and Modifieds, and invitational Hot Farms and Two Wheel Drives.
Participants in the regional classes will run for titles in Region IV, which encompasses North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. All will further compete for berths in the 34th edition of NTPA's all-star invitational Enderle Pull-Off on Saturday, September 19, 2020 in Urbana, Ohio.
Winners of RN classes at the 2018 Southern Showdown included Brent Payne of Hamilton, Ohio ("Get a Load of That" HSS), Daniel McDonald of Red Springs, North Carolina ("Bad Boy" SF), Ron Beasley of Moncure, North Carolina ("Farmall Fever" LT PS), Kim Quamme of Faribault, Minnesota ("Well-Oiled Machine" MINI), and Don Deane of Trafalgar, Indiana ("Plumbers Nitemare" MOD).
Expected in Raleigh to defend their 2018 national titles are Ronnie Strickland of Selma, North Carolina ("Another Outlaw"), McDonald, Beasley, and Deane.
Fans in Raleigh will see all the action on the NTPA's Official LED Scoreboard, which features on-screen driver/vehicle identification and distances and instant replays.
For more information about the Southern Showdown, visit the event's website: www.NCStateFair.org. The Association's Schedule page at www.NTPAPULL.com has links to event details, maps, and local weather reports for the Southern Showdown and over 80 other events that constitute its historic 50th season.
About 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 2019 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron Magazine, 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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