Larry Richwine's Mother-in-Law Passes

Mary Ann Lockhart (mother-in-law of NTPA Tech Services Director Larry Richwine), 88, of Brownsburg, Indiana, passed away April 14, 2015.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Matthews Mortuary, Brownsburg, Indiana. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m.; burial will be in Brownsburg Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.

The NTPA requests your prayers for Larry, Linda, and family and friends. 

2015 NTPA Precommitment List: UNL

 14W2283The schedule (14 hooks, as of 3/20/15): Tomah, WI x 2; New Hampton, IA x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Fort Recovery, OH x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Wellington, OH; Canfield, OH.

The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 4/6/15):

Dave Archer (Marietta, OH)

  • Pioneer: Finished 2nd in 2014 GN points (-12)...2 GN wins (Tomah, WI S5; Mt. Sterling, IL)...average GN finish: 3.8 (10 appearances).

Bob Jostock (Lapeer, MI) and James Martell (Mayville, MI)

  • Wild Won: Finished 3rd in 2014 GN points (-21)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 4.6 (10 appearances).
  • Wild Child: Finished 4th in 2014 GN points (-37)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 6.5 (10 appearances).

Bill Voreis (Argos, IN)

  • American Thunder: Finished 5th in 2014 GN points (-52)...1 GN win (Fort Recovery, OH S2)...average GN finish: 6.7 (9 appearances)...2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 GN UNL champion.

Steve and Tom Bollinger (Stonington, IL) and John Gerhold (Moweaqua, IL)

  • Money Pit: Finished 6th in 2014 GN points (-83)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 5.9 (8 appearances).
  • Top Gun: Finished 7th in 2014 GN points (-108)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 8.3 (7 appearances).

Bret Berg (Farmington, MN)

  • Money Maker: Finished 9th in 2014 GN points (-209)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 5.0 (3 appearances).

Ricky Rose (Glencoe, MN)

  • Giddy Up: Finished 10th in 2014 GN points (-212)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 5.3 (3 appearances).

Chuck Knapp (Charles City, IA)

  • Screamin' D: No 2014 UNL appearances, move from Modified class.

Wayne Purser (Norman, OK)

  • Uncle Sam: No 2014 UNL appearances.

[This is the last in a series of articles introducing the 2015 Pre-Commitment Program Competitors]

The NTPA Pre-commitment Program, established in 1989, this program will take up to 10 competitor vehicles for full benefits, which includes free entry and extra payment incentive for making all of the events or making as many as possible with an excused absence(s). That payment is made at the end of the year, to those competitors who fulfill their commitment. This year’s pre-commitment program features a fierce group of competitors vying for an NTPA title in their respective divisions.

Remember that if your favorite driver is not listed, it does not mean that he or she won’t be at an event near you! The list also is not our roster of NTPA pullers, but only those who have enrolled in the precommitment program. We will continue to fill spots available up until the first hook of each division. Once that occurs, the program is closed. Be sure to stay abreast of all of the news as it happens on ntpapull.com or facebook.com/ntpapulling.

2015 NTPA Precommitment List: SEMI

 14M1400The schedule (15 hooks, as of 3/16/15): Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Ionia, MI x 2; Monroe, MI; Morley, MI; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Sandwich, IL; Spencer, IA x 2.

The competitors (3 vehicles, as of 3/16/15):

Dean Holicky (Montgomery, MN)

  • Mother Trucker: 2014 Grand National Champion (607 points)...5 GN wins (Tomah, WI S3; Rockwell, IA S2; Saluda, SC S1; Saluda, SC S2; Hudsonville, MI S2)...average GN finish: 2.4 (19 appearances).

Larry and Brian Carey (Morley, MI)

  • Dodge Fever: Finished 4th in 2014 GN points (-77)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 6.1 (17 appearances)...2004 GN SEMI champion.

Jack Kielmeyer (Faribault, MN)

  • Jacked Up: Finished 5th in 2014 GN points (-173)...4 GN wins (Tomah, WI S6; Rockwell, IA S1; Spencer, IA S1; Spencer, IA S2)...average GN finish: 4.2 (13 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

[This is the eleventh in a series of articles introducing the 2015 Pre-Commitment Program Competitors]

The NTPA Pre-commitment Program, established in 1989, this program will take up to 10 competitor vehicles for full benefits, which includes free entry and extra payment incentive for making all of the events or making as many as possible with an excused absence(s). That payment is made at the end of the year, to those competitors who fulfill their commitment. This year’s pre-commitment program features a fierce group of competitors vying for an NTPA title in their respective divisions.

Remember that if your favorite driver is not listed, it does not mean that he or she won’t be at an event near you! The list also is not our roster of NTPA pullers, but only those who have enrolled in the precommitment program. We will continue to fill spots available up until the first hook of each division. Once that occurs, the program is closed. Be sure to stay abreast of all of the news as it happens on ntpapull.com or facebook.com/ntpapulling.

Robert Menn's Mother Passes

Margaret Jo Menn (mother of NTPA Tech Official, Robert Menn), 90, of Carthage, Illinois passed away at 12:25 a.m. on Thursday morning, April 9, 2015 at River Hills Village in Keokuk.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Printy Funeral Home in Carthage, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the First United Presbyterian Church in Carthage, Illinois.

Memorials may be directed to the First United Presbyterian Church in Carthage, Illinois.

The NTPA requests your prayers for the Menn family.

2015 NTPA Precommitment List: LT UNL

 14W0267The schedule (13 hooks, as of 3/20/15): Fairlea, WV x 2; Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Troy, MO; Jerseyville, IL; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Dubuque, IA; Hudsonville, MI x 2.

The competitors (6 vehicles, as of 3/20/15):

Brandon Simon (Farley, IA)

  • Simon Sez: 2014 Grand National Champion (299 points)...4 GN wins (Fairlea, WV S1; LaGrange, IN; Jerseyville, IL; Benson, NC S1)...average GN finish: 2.7 (10 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.
  • New vehicle

Tarry and Todd Feiss (Lawrenceburg, IN)

  • Feissty Farmer: Finished 2nd in GN points (-1)...2 GN wins (Fairlea, WV S2; Rossville, IL)...average GN finish: 2.7 (10 appearances).
  • S'no Farmer Xtreme: Finished 4th in 2014 GN points (-20)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 4.6 (10 appearances).

Brian Diekman (Genoa, OH)

  • New vehicle

Duane Bergman (Fort Recovery, OH)

  • New vehicle

[This is the tenth in a series of articles introducing the 2015 Pre-Commitment Program Competitors]

The NTPA Pre-commitment Program, established in 1989, this program will take up to 10 competitor vehicles for full benefits, which includes free entry and extra payment incentive for making all of the events or making as many as possible with an excused absence(s). That payment is made at the end of the year, to those competitors who fulfill their commitment. This year’s pre-commitment program features a fierce group of competitors vying for an NTPA title in their respective divisions.

Remember that if your favorite driver is not listed, it does not mean that he or she won’t be at an event near you! The list also is not our roster of NTPA pullers, but only those who have enrolled in the precommitment program. We will continue to fill spots available up until the first hook of each division. Once that occurs, the program is closed. Be sure to stay abreast of all of the news as it happens on ntpapull.com or facebook.com/ntpapulling.

2015 NTPA Precommitment List: SSD

 14W0774The schedule (16 hooks, as of 3/20/15): Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; New Hampton, IA x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Monroe, MI; Salem, IL; Napoleon, OH; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Sandwich, IL x 2.

The competitors (8 vehicles, as of 4/13/15):

Steve Burge (Lynn, IN)

  • Lock-N-Load: 2014 Grand National Champion (632 points)...9 2014 GN wins (Hutchinson, MN S1; Hutchinson, MN S2; Tomah, WI S3; Ionia, MI S1; Napoleon, OH; Bowling Green, OH S4; Jefferson City, MO S1; Jefferson City, MO S2; Wauseon, OH)...average GN finish: 2.5 (21 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Esdon Lehn (Dayton, MN)

  • Red Line Fever: Finished 2nd in 2014 GN points (-16)...2 2014 GN wins (Alta, IA; Salem, IL)...average GN finish: 3.6 (21 appearances)... 2012, 2006, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999 GN SSD champion...1996 GN SS champion...1989 GN GN 9,500-lb. SS champion...1988 GN 11,200 SS champion...1985, 1984, 1983 GN 7,500-lb. SS champion.

Mike Beck (Napoleon, OH)

  • High Tech Red Neck: Finished 4th in 2014 GN points (-124)...1 2014 GN win (Greenville, OH S1)...average GN finish: 5.2 (18 appearances).

Brian and Braden Shramek (Williamsburg, MO)

  • Young Blood: Finished 6th in 2014 GN points (-271)...2 2014 GN wins (Rossville, IL: Sandwich, IL S2)...average GN finish: 3.8 (12 appearances)...2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 GN SSD champion.
  • The Legacy: Finished 7th in 2014 GN points (-310)...1 2014 GN win (Tomah, WI S6)...average GN finish: 5.6 (10 appearances).

Travis Schlabach (Marengo, IA)

  • Bone Twister: 1 2014 GN win (New Hampton, IA S1)...average GN finish: 4.0 (5 appearances)...2014 Region V HSSD champion.

Jody and Colin Ross (Waynesburg, PA)

  • Resurrected Red Neck: No 2014 GN SSD appearances.

Brian Bricker (Chambersburg, PA)

  • Screamin' Demon: No 2014 GN SSD appearances.

[This is the ninth in a series of articles introducing the 2015 Pre-Commitment Program Competitors]

The NTPA Pre-commitment Program, established in 1989, this program will take up to 10 competitor vehicles for full benefits, which includes free entry and extra payment incentive for making all of the events or making as many as possible with an excused absence(s). That payment is made at the end of the year, to those competitors who fulfill their commitment. This year’s pre-commitment program features a fierce group of competitors vying for an NTPA title in their respective divisions.

Remember that if your favorite driver is not listed, it does not mean that he or she won’t be at an event near you! The list also is not our roster of NTPA pullers, but only those who have enrolled in the precommitment program. We will continue to fill spots available up until the first hook of each division. Once that occurs, the program is closed. Be sure to stay abreast of all of the news as it happens on ntpapull.com or facebook.com/ntpapulling.

2015 NTPA Precommitment List: SF

 14W1788The schedule (15 hooks, as of 3/16/15): Fairlea, WV x 2; Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Troy, MO; Jerseyville, IL; Ionia, MI x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Wellington, OH.

The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/16/15):

Rob and Andrew Trowbridge (South Haven, MI)

  • Disturbed: 2014 Grand National Champion (503 points)...4 GN wins (Fairlea, WV S2; Tomah, WI S4; Georgetown, OH; Saluda, SC S1)...average GN finish: 5.5 (17 appearances).

Russ Freeze (Manchester, TN)

  • Deere Traxx: Finished 2nd in 2014 GN points (-2)...4 GN wins (LaGrange, IN; Mt. Sterling, IL; Saluda, SC S2; Greenville, OH S1)...average GN finish: 4.7 (17 appearances).

Larry Dean (Hollywood, AL)

  • Never Enough: Finished 3rd in 2014 GN points (-3)...3 GN wins (Troy, MO; Bowling Green, OH S3; Wellington, OH)...average GN finish: 5.2 (17 appearances).

Jeff (Keystone, IN) and Mike Prible (Bluffton, IN)

  • Top Priority: Finished 4th in 2014 GN points (-18)...1 GN win (Fairlea, WV S1)...average GN finish: 6.9 (17 appearances).

Dan and Drew Parkinson (Granville, OH)

  • The Commandeere: Finished 5th in 2014 GN points (-31)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 8.1 (15 appearances).
  • The Bombardeere: Finished 7th in 2014 GN points (-116)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 12.4 (15 appearances).

Chris Weidinger (Attica, OH)

  • Black Power: Finished 6th in 2014 GN points (-46)...1 GN win (Benson, NC S1)...average GN finish: 10.4 (17 appearances).

Rod and Bryan Deck (Winside, NE)

  • One Bad Apple: Finished 8th in 2014 GN points (-252)...1 GN win (Bowling Green, OH S1)...average GN finish: 5.3 (8 appearances)...2013 GN SF champion.
  • Dream On: Finished 9th in 2014 GN points (-337)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 5.2 (5 appearances).

Lee Butts (Fairgrove, MI)

  • Press On: Best 2014 GN finish: 10th...average GN finish: 21.0 (3 appearances)...finished 2nd in 2014 Region II SF points.

[This is the eighth in a series of articles introducing the 2015 Pre-Commitment Program Competitors]

The NTPA Pre-commitment Program, established in 1989, this program will take up to 10 competitor vehicles for full benefits, which includes free entry and extra payment incentive for making all of the events or making as many as possible with an excused absence(s). That payment is made at the end of the year, to those competitors who fulfill their commitment. This year’s pre-commitment program features a fierce group of competitors vying for an NTPA title in their respective divisions.

Remember that if your favorite driver is not listed, it does not mean that he or she won’t be at an event near you! The list also is not our roster of NTPA pullers, but only those who have enrolled in the precommitment program. We will continue to fill spots available up until the first hook of each division. Once that occurs, the program is closed. Be sure to stay abreast of all of the news as it happens on ntpapull.com or facebook.com/ntpapulling.

2015 NTPA Precommitment List: SSO

IMG 0148The schedule (16 hooks, as of 3/20/15): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Troy, MO; Jerseyville, IL; Ionia, MI x 2; Fort Recovery, OH x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Salem, IL; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Wellington, OH.

The competitors (5 vehicles, as of 3/20/15):

Terry and Josh Blackbourn (Shullsburg, WI) and Mike Chizek (Newton, WI)

  • Extremely Armed & Dangerous: 2014 Grand National Champion (458 points)...5 GN wins (Troy, MO; Jerseyville, IL; Bowling Green, OH S3; Greenville, OH S2; Sandwich, IL S2)...average GN finish: 2.4 (16 appearances)...2013 GN SSO champion
  • International Threat: Finished 2nd in 2014 GN points (-14)...5 GN wins (Tomah, WI S4; Fort Recovery, OH S1; Fort Recovery, OH S2; Monroe, MI; Wellington, OH)...average GN finish: 3.7 (16 appearances).

Brent Payne (Hamilton, OH), John Strickland, and Earl Wells (Clinton, NC)

  • GALOT II: Finished 3rd in 2014 GN points (-17)...2 GN wins (Salem, IL; Sandwich, IL S3)...average GN finish: 3.8 (16 appearances).
  • Get a Load of That: Finished 5th in 2014 GN points (-69)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 7.3 (15 appearances).

Sid Broughton (South Haven, MI)

  • Desperado: Finished 4th in 2014 GN points (-24)...1 GN win (Tomah, WI S1)...average GN finish: 4.3 (16 appearances).

[This is the seventh in a series of articles introducing the 2015 Pre-Commitment Program Competitors]

The NTPA Pre-commitment Program, established in 1989, this program will take up to 10 competitor vehicles for full benefits, which includes free entry and extra payment incentive for making all of the events or making as many as possible with an excused absence(s). That payment is made at the end of the year, to those competitors who fulfill their commitment. This year’s pre-commitment program features a fierce group of competitors vying for an NTPA title in their respective divisions.

Remember that if your favorite driver is not listed, it does not mean that he or she won’t be at an event near you! The list also is not our roster of NTPA pullers, but only those who have enrolled in the precommitment program. We will continue to fill spots available up until the first hook of each division. Once that occurs, the program is closed. Be sure to stay abreast of all of the news as it happens on ntpapull.com or facebook.com/ntpapulling.

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