End of Year Awards Banquet honors 2016 Championships, Special Awards and Hall of Fame Inductees

Worthington, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association held its 46th annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 3 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin, Ohio. There, the Association honored its 2016 National Champions and special award winners.

Education Awards and Scholarships

  • Daulton Klmetz: WPI Higher Education Award, sponsored by K&K Insurance Group
  • Allison Luedeke and Carmen Foster: Pullers Against Drugs Scholarships, sponsored by World Pulling International

Regional National Awards

Regional National Champions: Jackets sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

  • Region II Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Singer Sled Rental
  • Region III Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council
  • Region IV Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by AKE Stop-Fyre®
  • Region V Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Joe Busch Ag Repair

Carl Atley: Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive Truck Puller of the Year, sponsored by Pit Bull Tires

Grand National Awards

Grand National Pulling Circuit Top-Five Finishers: Points fund exceeding $50,000 sponsored by Case IH

Grand National Champions: Awards sponsored by Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals of Tomah, Wisconsin; jackets sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

Grand National Pullers of the Year

  • Ken Veney: Modified Mini Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by TRB Machine
  • Dean Holicky: Super Semi Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Larry Peterson: Four Wheel Drive Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Profab
  • Jessie Petro: Two Wheel Drive Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Fowler Engines
  • Bryan Deck: Super Farm Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Alliance Tire Group
  • Mike Conny: Pro Stock Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Columbus Diesel Supply
  • Kyle Karlen: Light Super Stock Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Full Pull Motorsports
  • Jody and Colin Ross: Super Stock Diesel Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Bauer Built/Ironman Sleds
  • John Strickland: Super Stock Open Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Brandon Simon: Light Unlimited Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by SCS Gearbox
  • Bret Berg: Modified Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Sassy Racing Engines
  • Chuck Knapp: Unlimited Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

Special Awards

  • Kathy Petro: Crew Chief of the Year Award, sponsored by Midwest Wheel
  • Tim Shipley: Mechanic of the Year Award, sponsored by the Christian Pullers Association
  • Profab Machine, Inc.: Manufacturer of the Year Award, sponsored by the SFI Foundation
  • Vaughn Bauer: Sled of the Year Award, sponsored by Spec Cast
  • Wilma Mende: Official of the Year Award, sponsored by Arias Pistons
  • The Enderles: NTPA National Fan Cheer of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Joey Frasur: Hooker of the Year Award, sponsored by The Pickle Road Gang and Arfons Family
  • Fulton County Fair Pull (Wauseon, Ohio): Regional National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Racepak
  • Mule City 300 (Benson, North Carolina): Grand National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Simpson Performance
  • National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio): Super National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Simpson Performance
  • Charles Pelletier: Grand National Rookie of the Year Award, sponsored by Ambassador Club (Fort Recovery, Ohio)
  • The Kevin Schmucker Family: Pulling Family of the Year Award, sponsored by the National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio)
  • Feiss Pulling Team: NTPA Hard Charger Award

Pulling Hall of Fame, 2016 Class

  • Ken and Cindy Lamping: Pulling Hall of Fame Inductees, sponsored by Firestone Tires
  • Mike Holden: Pulling Hall of Fame Inductee, sponsored by American Awards

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 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, 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, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T 568 along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the annual PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook in each of its 650+ locations.

For more information about the NTPA, visit and follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), Youtube (NTPApull) and Instagram (ntpa) or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

 

2017 Cloverdale, IN Winter Nationals Competitor List

2017 ClovINThe third annual NTPA Winter Nationals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 20-21 on the 320’ indoor track at the C-Bar-C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana. The event will include seven divisions and 10 classes over three sessions. The following competitors have accepted invitations as of Monday, November 28. Updated: Friday, December 2.

Modified Mini (Fri. 7p & Sat. 1p)

  • Adam Koester (Walk the Line)
  • Larry Koester (Footloose)
  • Adam Bauer (Iron Toy)
  • Adam Koester (Beast of Burden)
  • Adam Bauer (Cowboy Up)
  • Chris Martin (LG Seeds)
  • Bret Berg (Brandt Professional Ag)
  • Jerry Thompson (Hellraiser)
  • Bill Leischner/Joe Eder (GEICO Jr.)
  • Chase Richardson (The Vibrator)
  • Jesslyn Fagundes (Sharecropper)
  • Donnie Reeves (California Mule).

Pro Stock (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Mike Conny (MAC Nasty)
  • Tim Shipley (Mr. MAC Daddy)
  • Robby Lemke (New Generation Plus)
  • Danny Schmucker (Rampage)
  • Mark Lawyer (Rapped Up)
  • Carlton Cope (Warpath)
  • Kevin Schmucker (Git-Er-Dun Deere)
  • Tim Cain (Red Gambler)
  • Chris Cain (Aces Wild)
  • Nick McCormick (Nasty Stuff)
  • Darrin Hunt (D2 Pro Stock Edition)
  • Victor Miller (Diesel N Dirt)
  • Mike Boyd (Green Streak).

SS Diesel 4x4 (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Van Haisley (Rock Hard Ram)
  • Brion Withrow (The Nut Job)
  • Don Bowling (Pulling for the Cure)
  • Curt Haisley (Off Constantly)
  • Jon Bair (Grin N Bair It)
  • Carl Atley (Lethal Weapon)
  • Kent Crowder (Scheid Diesel)
  • Chris Ryan (Big Bad Dodge).
  • Brion Withrow (Nut Job 2)
  • Brad & Susan Ingram (Scheid Diesel)

Super Stock Diesel (Sat. 1p)

  • Jody & Colin Ross (Triple Bypass)
  • Travis Schlabach (Bone Twister)
  • Steve Burge (Lock-N-Load)
  • Stan and Steve Blagrave (Red Horse)
  • John Raymond (Smoke-n-Mirrors)
  • Brandon Hunt (Liv’n a Dream)
  • Kent Payne (Super Rooster)
  • The Degenhardts (Diggin’ Hard)
  • David Henderson (Stray Horse Gone Wild)
  • Henry Everman (Final Decision).

Four Wheel Drive (Sat. 1p)

  • Larry Peterson (Profab Geared Up)
  • Tim Skelton (The Bone)
  • Carmen Foster (Foster Child)
  • Rob Foster (Simply Red)
  • Lisa Peterson (Profab)
  • Ted Skelton (The Rock)
  • Jake Zaring (Dixie Chopper)
  • Jake Zaring (Fatheadz Eyewear)
  • Tyler Cobb (The Bandit)
  • Patrick Paul (Dustex Cyclone)
  • Jason Brammer (Corn Fed)
  • Taylor and Taylor (Grain Hollers Mafia).

Light Pro Stock (Sat. 1p)

  • Kendall Houk (Nothing Special)
  • Mike Palmer (Red Avenger)
  • Shaun Thornhill (Missy’s Pissy)
  • Mark Wiederhold (Bare Necessities)
  • Gary Holman (Power Hound)
  • Travis Tilton (Always Somethin’)
  • Jason Fliehman (Second Chances)
  • Wes Spencer (Bush Wacker)
  • Zach Howell (New Holland T8020)
  • Jared Nussbaum (Gutless General)
  • Kevin Smith (Flirtin’ with Deerezastor)
  • Matt Cosler (All In).

Two Wheel Drive (Sat. 7p)

  • Jessie Petro (Buckeye Hauler)
  • Randy Petro (Kathy’s Komplaint)
  • Renee Theobald (Pretty Wicked)
  • Jessie Petro (P5)
  • Doug Theobald (Wicked)
  • Joey Frasur (Runnin’ Block)
  • Craig Corzine (Burn Notice)
  • Russ Nichols (On the Edge)
  • Alex Ort (Bad Attitude)
  • Ashley Corzine (Second Degree)
  • Sean Blagrave (Wild Horse)
  • Marty Clock (Just Like Clockwork)

Discount tickets are available on the NTPA Webmall (ShopNTPA.com) and at O’Reilly Auto Parts Stores. For up-to-the-minute event information, visit the NTPA Winter Nationals event website.

Located just off Interstate 70’s Exit 41 (about halfway between Indianapolis and Terre Haute) the C-Bar-C facility features open pit areas, exhibits and vendors, and concessions and merchandise all under one roof.

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 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, 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, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T 568 along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the annual PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook in each of its 650+ locations.

For more information about the NTPA, visit and follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), Youtube (NTPApull) and Instagram (ntpa) or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Kent Enderle Has Passed; Update: Funeral Info

11610With great regret, we must inform you of the death of Kent Enderle, founder of Enderle Fuel Injection and the Enderle Pull-Off invitational event. Mr. Enderle died on the evening of Saturday, November 19 after battling pulmonary fibrosis.

Funeral services for Mr. Enderle are scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m. at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, California  91311. Flowers can be arranged through Joan’s Flower Shop (named after Joan Enderle and adjacent to Oakwood Memorial Park) by phone at 855.562.6757 or online at joansflowershop.com.

Cards of condolence may be addressed to Mike and Yovana Keena, 2705 Wheatfield Circle, Simi Valley, California  93063.

Mr. Enderle and his late wife Joan were two of the NTPA's greatest supporters and friends. It saddens us beyond words that Kent has departed us, but we are comforted by the thought that he and Joan have been reunited.

Please pray for Mike, Yovana, and the entire Enderle family and staff in their time of grief.

 

Sharon Christensen's Father Has Passed

It is our sad duty to inform you of the death of Roy G. Howk, 92, of Glencoe, Minnesota on Monday, November 14. Mr. Howk was the father of Sharon Christensen, the wife, mother, and grandmother of NTPA competitors Dennis and Doug Christensen and Kim and Jordan Moore.

Mr. Howk retired from his 36-year career as farm supervisor at Green Giant in 1999.  He was an usher and operated the audio system at the Apostolic Christian Church in Winthrop, Minnesota. His hobbies included woodworking, camping, playing dominoes, and spending time with friends and family, particularly his grandchildren. Mr. Howk's complete obituary may be found here, where you are invited to sign an online guestbook.

In addition to Sharon, Dennis, Kim, Rick, and Jordan, Mr. Howk is survived by his sister Carol and her husband Dennis; three daughters, two sons, and their spouses; a sister-, brothers-, and daughter-in-law; many nieces and nephews; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

Please keep the Howk, Christensen, and Moore families in your thoughts and prayers.

RFD-TV now in 50 Million Homes, Expanding Availability

RFD-TV is now being launched in 10 million NEW homes on Charter Spectrum, Time Warner, and Brighthouse cable systems. For the first time, major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Cleveland, Raleigh and 150 other cities around the country will now be enjoying this rural channel on basic cable. Who do we have to thank for this? YOU. Our viewers, who wrote thousands of letters to the FCC earlier this year in support of rural and senior programming. It got noticed and made a huge difference. This is a giant leap forward in our goal to reconnect city with country again, and puts RFD-TV into over fifty million homes nationwide.
More viewers, means more advertisers, and thus more money to invest in and upgrade the programming you love. So thank you again. And tell those friends and neighbors in the big towns that now, they too, can watch RFD-TV.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T 568 along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

NTPA Awards Ceremony Streamed Thanks to Kentucky Trailers

BanquetStream2016 hqThe National Tractor Pullers Association is pleased to announce the Live Streaming partnership with Kentucky Trailer. With this partnership, viewers will have the opportunity to view the NTPA banquet, live, free of charge, from the comfort of their homes.

The NTPA banquet will be streamed live, Saturday, December 3, 8:00 p.m. at www.NTPAPULL.com/Banquet. Emceed by Alan Washburn, the broadcast will include video presentations of Grand and Regional National Champions and acceptance speeches by GN champs and special award recipients.

Kentucky Trailer has been an innovative leader in the transportation business since its earliest roots in 1879. Today, Kentucky Trailer is the nation's leading manufacturer of custom moving vans for the moving and storage industry. Kentucky Trailer is driven to be the best in the world at design, build and service solutions for specialty trailer, custom transport, and mobilized business markets.

The streaming interface is compatible with major browsers and desktop and mobile devices. 

"Yellow Fever" Pro Stock Competitor Don Nolan Has Died

We regret to report the passing on Thursday, October 27 of Don Nolan, 85, of Taylorville, Illinois, following a long illness. Mr. Nolan campaigned the "Yellow Fever" Minnepolis-Moline G1000 Pro Stock from 1982 to 1987 and teamed with neighbor Charles DeClerck on the "Thunderbolt" Allison-powered Modified. Mr. Nolan was an original board member of the Illinois Tractor Pullers Association and was present at the inception of the National Farm Machinery Show's tractor pull.

Mr. Nolan was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, returning home to farm. Before and during his first few years of pulling, he raced motorcycles in the 1950s and '60s. He was also a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and University of Illinois Fighting Illini. Mr. Nolan and his wife Mary traveled extensively in their RV and loved attending their grandson’s activities.

He is survived by Mary, their daughter Kathy Drea and her husband Mike, grandsons Nolan and Ryan, his brother Larry, and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic School.

The Puller featured the DeClerck-Nolan partnership in a two-issue series last year (part one, part two). We invite you to read about Mr. Nolan and many of his fellow pioneers in national and Illinois state pulling.

Mr. Nolan's complete obituary may be found here, where condolences to the family may also be expressed. The NTPA family adds ours and requests your prayers for the Nolan family.

Norma McVey, Wife and Mother of Competitors Lloyd and Larry, Has Passed; Update: Obituary Info

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Norma McVey, wife and mother of "Super Banana" Modified competitors Lloyd Sr. and Larry. Mrs. McVey died in Naples, Florida in the evening of Thursday, October 27.

Lloyd and Norma started two trucking companies, McVey Trucking in Illinois in 1960 and OTS Trucking in Florida in 1990. They switched their primary hobby from drag racing, which Lloyd had pursued through the 1960s, to tractor pulling, a sport which was in its infancy in 1971. With the support of Norma and their family, the future Hall of Famer left an indelible mark on the pulling world in general and the Modified division in particular with the "Super Banana," a name Norma coined due to the shape of its sheetmetal enclosure of the drivetrain and driver. Lloyd Sr. passed on in 2010; Lloyd Jr died earlier this year.

Mrs McVey is survived by son Larry and his wife Correna; grandchildren Sarah Yeager, Krista Cole, Kari Simpson, Keith McVey, Shannon Krauel, Trisha Poullird, and Tom Krauel; great-grandchildren Alexis Cole, Hunter Cole, and Gage Simpson; sisters Ethel Eichorist and Linda Richter; brothers Tommy Richter, Bobby Richter and his wife Karen, and brother-in-law Dean McVey and his wife Charlotte. Mrs. McVey's complete obituary may be found here, where tributes may be submitted.

Please think of Larry, Correna, and the McVey family at this difficult time.

Jerry Hoffman, Wisconsin Mini Rod Competitor, Has Passed

The NTPA family mourns the loss of Jerry Hoffman, 59, of Downing, Wisconsin. Mr. Hoffman drove the "Corn-Fused" tractor for the Hoffman Pulling Team in Wisconsin state Modified Mini competition. He was the father of Nathan Hoffman, WTPA president and "Shakin' Shamrock" Mini competitor.

Mr. Hoffman worked for concrete and implement businesses in the Glenwood City, Wisconsin area before entering into farming as a full-time occupation with his wife Cheryl. In addition to tractor pulling, his hobbies included horseback riding, hunting, and snowmobiling.

Mr. Hoffman is survived by wife Cheryl, parents William and Mabel, son Nathan and his wife Shanna, daughter Tammy Oberle and her husband Derrick, three brothers, four brothers-in-law, four grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and God-children. Mr. Hoffman's full obituary may be found here.

Please keep Cheryl, Nathan, Tammy, and the entire Hoffman family close by in your thoughts today.

Randy Hinton Passes

We regret to inform you of the passing of Randy Hinton, 65, of Clear Lake, Iowa, on Friday, October 7 following a great fight against cancer. Randy was a Grand National Champion and owner of the Red Power Team Case IH dealerships.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake and will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 3:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church, 112 N. 4th Street, Clear Lake. A dinner will follow the service at the Surf Ballroom. Mr. Hinton's full obituary.

Please keep the Hinton family and his friends close by in your thoughts.

Updated: Jason and Jeremy Brammer Father Passes

It is our unfortunate duty to post about the passing of the father of Jason and Jeremy Brammer, Corn Fed Four Wheel Drive Pulling Team. Mr. Donald Brammer passed early in the morning on October 10, 2016. Please keep the family in your prayers in this difficult time. 

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville.

Obituary for Donald B. Brammer

2016 Convention and Banquet Info: December 2 & 3

Save the dates—Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3—for the 46th annual Convention and Awards Banquet.

On Saturday evening, the NTPA will recognize its 2016 Grand National Champions and honor the Divisional Pullers of the Year, GN Rookie of the Year, Hard Charger, Pulls of the Year, and more. And the night will conclude with the newest inductions into the Pulling Hall of Fame.

But even before the banquet, you can enjoy the seminars, meetings, and announcement of new programs at the convention on Friday. 

To make your hotel reservations, call the Marriott or complete the online reservation form by Monday, November 7. When making reservations, mention the NTPA to receive the group rate. For banquet details, call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Columbus Marriott Northwest
5605 Blazer Parkway
Dublin, Ohio 43017
614.791.1000

Convention and Banquet Schedule
Friday, December 2
8 a.m.—11 a.m.: WPI Executive Board Meeting/NTPA Executive Board Meeting
9 a.m.—6 p.m.: Registration
11 a.m.—Noon: Open (Lunch)
Noon—1 p.m.: NTPA Election of Officers/Full Board Meeting/NTPA Member State Checks
1 p.m.—2 p.m.: NTPA Member State Programs
2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.: NTPA Entry School
1:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m.: Tech School
4 p.m.—6 p.m.: Promoters Seminar
7 p.m.—11 p.m.: Cen-Pe-Co Hospitality Room
Saturday, December 3
7 a.m.—5 p.m.: Registration
8 a.m.—10 a.m.: NTPA Annual Appreciation Breakfast (Ticket: $15)
10:30 a.m.—11 a.m.: NTPA National Programs Meeting
11 a.m.—Noon: Competitors Seminar
Noon—5 p.m.: Open
5 p.m.—6 p.m.: K&K Insurance Social Hour
6 p.m.—7:30 p.m.: NTPA Banquet Meal (Ticket: $50)
7:30 p.m.—8 p.m.: Raffle & Opening Remarks
8 p.m.—10:15 p.m.: Awards Ceremony

K&K Insurance and WPI Higher Education Scholarships

WPI and K&K Insurance are once again offering three higher education scholarships to deserving students in the tractor pulling community.

Who is eligible: High school seniors and college students in good standing who are immediate family of NTPA members or affiliates (e.g. competitors, crew, officials, entry, promoters, and associate members)

Three $1,000 scholarships will be presented at the NTPA Awards Banquet on Saturday, December35. Winners need not be present to accept the scholarships.

Complete the scholarship application, including the essay topic: “With the rise of more deadly drugs being made available on the streets, how has drug activity in and around you affected your life, and what steps would or have you taken tomake a difference?”

The deadline for submission is Monday, November 7. Good luck!

Father of Rob Russell Killed in Farming Accident

We regret to inform you of the passing of Jerry A. Russell, 78, of Prescott, Iowa, on Wednesday, September 21 following an accident at his farm. Mr. Russell was the father of "Work Horse Pro" Pro Stock competitor Rob Russell.

A native of Adams County, Iowa, Mr. Russell was a lifelong farmer, having started his career while still in high school. He was named Iowa's Master Corn Grower in 1968 and 1969. In addition to pulling, Mr. Russell enjoyed flying, stock car racing, snowmobiling, and traveling. Mr. Russell is survived by his wife Sharon; children Julie (Jerry) Reed of Lenox, Barbie Burnett of Newton, and Robbie Russell (Julie) of Prescott; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren as well as brothers- and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. Mr. Russell's full obituary is now online, as are means to express condolences.

Please keep Rob and his family close by in your thoughts.

 

Mini, Pro Stock, Diesel Super Stock and Modified Wrap Up 2016 GN Titles

Nine Wins Put Rosses' "Triple Bypass" on Expressway to Super Stock Diesel Title

champ rossWorthington, Ohio---Jody and Colin Ross are 2016's NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel champions following a dominant second-half run with their "Triple Bypass" McCormick.  The first of nine regular-season wins came in May in Benson, but the success that was to come might have been evident to those who observed their performance at the NTPA Winter Nationals invitational in Cloverdale, Indiana in January. There, after Colin opened the first session with a crossways trip down the indoor track, the Waynesburg, Pennsylvania natives literally straightened out their setup and stormed to a victory in Session Two. Wins at Hutchinson and Tomah followed the one in Mule City, but it was a win in the second session at Brandenburg that started them on a seven-hook winning streak (well, eight, counting the ring round at Bowling Green) that effectively clinched the championship. "The Legacy" (-18) and "Young Blood" (-93) AGCOs of the Shrameks finished second and fourth, respectively, the former's finish coming with no wins but 15 top fives in 19 hooks to stay in the championship conversation until late in the year. Travis Schlabach's sophomore GN season ended in third place with "Bone Twister" (-27), while the 2014-2015 champion "Lock-N-Load" of Steve Burge had a tough year but scored a pair of wins in the day-night doubleheader in Sandwich to close out the campaign.

MAC-nificent: Conny Passes Shipley in Sandwich to Earn Pro Stock Championship

champ MACWorthington, Ohio---It was a bad-news, good-news situation for Mike Conny.

On one hand, the owner of the point-leading "Mr. MAC Daddy" Pro Stock watched as the tractor suffered internal engine breakage during the first session at Sandwich. relegating the point leader at the time to 23rd place and wiping out its three-point advantage. On the other hand, the Alliance, Ohio-based owner and driver of the second-place "MAC Nasty" Pro Stock still had his own run to make, and when it ended in a second-place finish, he held a 10-point lead. Repairs were made to "Daddy" (-17) before the evening session, but "Nasty" won the season's final hook to make Conny a first-time Grand National champion. Charles Pelletier nabbed his first two GN wins in Hudsonville and Sandwich after a victorious Super Sunday in Bowling Green to charge his way to third in the standings with his "CP Dream II" (-30). The 2015 and 2014 champions, Robby Lemke and "New Generation Plus" (-36) and Danny Schmucker and "Rampage" (-40), rounded out the all-Deere top five, the latter having made a spirited comeback with 57 points in the final two hooks.

 

Four Wins Propel Berg's "Money Maker" to Third Modified Title in Six Seasons.

champ bergWorthington, Ohio---What's a good return on an investment? How does 40 percent sound?

Bret Berg's "Money Maker" won four of 10 Modified hooks in 2016 to claim the NTPA Grand National championship. Berg, from Farmington, Minnesota, never finished below fourth place in those hooks and also scored three seconds. Two of those came to second-place and 2013-2014 champ Doug Lively's "Bank Robber" (-14) in the season's early hooks in Tomah and Rockwell. But once Berg won in Wapakoneta and swept Bowling Green, he had established an eight-point lead that proved to be too much for Lively or the rest of the field to overcome.  Terry Jostock's "Wild Won" (-18) and brother Bob's "Wild Child" (-19) finished third and fourth, while Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" (-33) completed the top five. The 2015 NTPA "Hard Charger" Award winner, Berg also seriously challenged for the Unlimited title, finishing fourth in that division, and placed ninth in Grand National Modified Mini division with his "Brandt Professional Ag" entry.

Cashin' In: Adam Koester's "Walk the Line" Claims the Mini Title in Its First Season 

champ koesterWorthington, Ohio---The Koesters' latest musical entry into the Modified Mini field is officially a hit. "Walk the Line" outran its stablemates "Footloose" (second, -20) and "Beast of Burden" (fifth, -54) as well as the rest of the field in a 21-hook marathon that stretched from the very first hook of the season in Benson to the very last in Sandwich. Along the way, Koester, of Wadesville, Indiana, won five times with the new tractor, matching the total of Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall" (third, -31), who traded the lead with Adam's dad Larry in the early part of the season before the new ride got into its championship groove. From Saturday night in Chapel Hill until Saturday night in Sandwich, "Walk the Line" never scored fewer than 26 points in a hook and steadily pulled away from its challengers. And in Greenville, perfection: Adam, Larry, and Adam placed first, second, and third. Adam Bauer's "Iron Toy" (fourth, -51) won the other hook in Darke County to position itself in the end-of-season top five. The Grand National championship is Adam's second (2007) and the Koester Team's fifth overall.

Four More Champions Crowned in Unlimited, Two and Four Wheel Drive, and Super Semi

Jessie Petro Captures Unprecedented Fifth Straight TWD Title

champ petroJessie Petro, "Buckeye Hauler," 2016 NTPA Grand National Two Wheel Drive Champion

The raw numbers entering the last stop on the schedule in Canfield virtually guaranteed that a Petro would win the 2016 Grand National Two Wheel Drive Championship. They strongly favored son Jessie over dad Randy, as the five-time and defending champ (2009, 2012-2015) held a nine-point lead over the four-timer (1995, 2002, 2010, 2011).

Then things got interesting, as Randy drove "Kathy's Komplaint" into a pull-off slot, while Jessie placed "Buckeye Hauler" just over 300' and out of the running for the second round. That pull-off turned out to include four trucks including Jessie's second entry, "P5," while "Hauler" found itself mired in 11th place. OK, quick math: (Nine-point lead) + (10-truck spread) = (win, Randy, and you're champ). But Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" continued its late-season tear and knocked Randy out of contention on the pull-off's second hook; hence, "KK" finished a single point back of its trailermate. That makes five titles in a row for Jessie and "Buckeye Hauler" and an astonishing eight straight for Petro Motorsports.

Renee Theobald's "Pretty Wicked" (-12) finished third in the championship standings, Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" (-26) fourth, and (appropriately enough) "P5" (-29) fifth in the all-important Enderle Pull-Off transfer position.

Scream II: Knapp Completes Late-Season Comeback to Repeat as UNL Champ

champ knappChuck Knapp, "Screamin' D," 2016 NTPA Grand National Unlimited Champion

This Unlimited class sure knows how to finish off a season.

Exactly one year after champion Chuck Knapp, runner-up Wayne Purser, and Bill Voreis waged a spirited three-way battle at Canfield that determined the 2015 title on the season's final pass, two of those players---Knapp and Voreis---each had an eerily similar opportunity to control their own championship destiny on the same Mahoning County grandstand track. Once Voreis made the pull-off, Knapp making it and finishing no worse than fourth among GN point-earning competitors would have clinched the title, given Knapp's 3.5-point lead. Once Knapp didn't make the pull-off, Voreis placing no worse than second among GN pullers would have clinched the title. But Voreis made a miscue, running out of bounds on the left-hand side of the grandstand track to finish sixth in the bonus round, just one position ahead of Knapp to bring the final margin for the now-repeat champ to 2.5.

Despite his third run-ending fireshow of the summer, Adam Bauer and "Cross Threaded" (-5.5) finished first among point-earners to move into third in the season-ending standings. Bret Berg's "Money Maker" (-6) finished fourth, and the "Non-Cents All Screwed Up" of Brad Benedict (-8.5) rounded out the top five..

Holmans Hang on to Earn Latest FWD Title

champ holmanJim and Paul Holman, "4 Play," 2016 NTPA Grand National Four Wheel Drive Champion

You can exhale now, Jim and Paul. You too, Wauseon.

The "4-Play" Chevrolet won its 13th Grand National Championship in front of the Holman Brothers' hometown crowd, but not until after Peyton Davis had given them both barrels. Davis placed his "Young Gun" and "Punisher" one-two at the Miller Tire Tri-State Showdown while the 1960 Apache had an uncharacteristically middling run to shrink the Holmans' incoming 14-point margin over "The Punisher" to just three. But that really wasn't anything new; the two trucks traded the top spot in the standings several times until the season's midpoint at Chapel Hill, from which the brothers departed with a four-point lead. While they never relinquished that advantage, it shrank to as little as one point after a two-session Saturday in Norwalk. It marks the first title for "4 Play" since 2009 and its 12th at the 6,200-lb. weight. The Holmans also won the last 5,800-lb. FWD championship in 1989..

Rick Johnson and "Bad Bowtie" (-17) finished third, while "Young Gun" (-21, won tie on 2nds 1-0) parlayed its strong Fulton County showing into fourth place in the division. Larry Peterson and "Profab Geared Up" (-21, lost tie) will be the fifth invited to the Enderle Pull-Off and will look to replicate his BG Championship Ring round last-to-first performance to earn the big check in Urbana.

Holicky Wins Third Straight GN Title on Strength of Three Wins

champ semiDean Holicky, "Mother Trucker," 2016 NTPA Grand National Super Semi Champion

Dean Holicky called upon his faithful Peterbilt, and it delivered once again in Sandwich, Illinois, where his "Mother Trucker" won a one-hook showdown with Tom and Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class." The two had arrived in DeKalb County separated by one point since Saturday in Bowling Green and each with two wins and three second places. But Holicky put all doubt to rest by winning the class outright on the final hook of the night. The Elens (-3) ended an excellent sophomore campaign with an invitation to the Enderle Pull-Off, as did Sonny Graese and "Stacks" (-10). Larry and Brian Carey's "Dodge Fever" (-18) finished fourth, while Jack Kielmeyer continues to make repairs to his "Jacked Up" Peterbilt (-71), which missed Sandwich but won't miss the Enderle, where it has scored wins in each of the Semis' two appearances.

 

UPDATED: 2016 Enderle Pull-Off - "What happens if it rains?"

Update for the Night Show of the Enderle Pull-Off​. We will not be starting at 7, but the weather does look to be clearing. Expected start time is 8 p.m. (As of 6 p.m.)

A lot of folks are wondering about the forecast for the Champaign Co. Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ohio - site of the 30th annual Enderle Pull-Off - NTPA's Season Finale.

Right now, everything is a go for Saturday. This summer, we have had events in which there was no chance of rain get rained out and other events where it was suppose to be rainy, only to be pleasantly surprised by having decent weather all day. That is the life of an outdoor event.

We will have the track prepared, rolled shut, and already have dry dirt piles covered with plastic on the ready. We have plenty of equipment and expertise on hand to make the operation go as smoothly as possible given whatever conditions may face us.

The first step is to know that either session of the Enderle Pull-Off scheduled for Saturday COULD go into a rain delay. Of course, we won't know that until Saturday. We had a delay happen last year. Our 1 PM schedule session began a couple of hours late. Once it got started, it was a very good show. The evening session began on time.

Once/IF we get into a situation where it is too late to begin a session due to weather, the following will occur:

If the Saturday afternoon session is declared rained out, but evening session can occur, the GN show will begin at 7 PM as scheduled, and the RN show will start after the conclusion of the regularly scheduled GN show.

If the Saturday afternoon RN session is completed, but the Saturday evening GN session is rained out, Sunday's rain date will be utilized, and will begin on Sunday at 1 PM.

If Saturday is a total wash. Rain date will be utilized and both sessions will be held on Sunday @ 1 PM

Again, everything is a go presently - we are hoping for good weather on Saturday, but if we have to make adjustments, we are prepared!

Even with the forecast, we feel that the "show will go on." It is our intent to have this event this weekend!

Keep posted up-to-date on Saturday at www.allstarpull.com or www.ntpapull.com as well as on Facebook - NTPA Truck and Tractor Pulling.

Tom Bollinger, Sr., Father of Steve and Tom, Has Passed; Update: Funeral Details

It is our sad duty to report the passing of Thomas Bollinger, Sr., 74, of Taylorville, Illinois on Wednesday, September 14. Mr. Bollinger was the father of Steve and Tom Bollinger, drivers of the "Money Pit" and "Top Gun" Modifieds.

Mr. Bollinger was a lifelong farmer in the Stonington area. In addition to enjoying his sons' participation in pulling, he liked to ski, attend St. Louis Cardinals baseball games, and take part in his grandchildren's activities.

Mr. Bollinger was preceded in death by his beloved wife Jean. He is survived by his sister, Joanne May; his children: daughter Stephanie and her husband Mark Ramsey, son Tom and his wife Kelly, and son Steve and his wife Lori; eight grandchildren; and his companion and dear friend, Janet DeClerck. Mr. Bollinger's full obituary may be found here.

Visitation for Mr. Bollinger will be on Saturday, September 17 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 308 North Pine, Stonington, IL, 62567. Mr. Bollinger's funeral service will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Hospice (800 E Carpenter Street, Springfield, IL) or Challenge Aspen (PO Box 6639 Snowmass, CO 81615) a charity dedicated to positively impacting the lives of individuals with cognitive or physical challenges.

The WPI/NTPA family expresses its condolences to the Bollingers. Please keep them in your prayers.

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