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.

Road to the Enderle: Final RN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---That celebration three decades in the making is this Saturday!

The 30th Annual Enderle Pull-Off, title-sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection of Simi Valley, California, is the NTPA's all-star invitational. One hundred ten participants---50 Regional National and 60 Grand National---in two sessions on Saturday, September 17, will come to Champaign County in west-central Ohio on the last Saturday of summer to compete for the largest possible share of over $107,000. The Enderle Pull-Off will have awarded over $1.5 million to NTPA competitors in its illustrious 30-year history.

The Road to the 30th actually began in September and October 2015, when events in Allegan, Michigan; Spencer, Iowa; and Raleigh, North Carolina settled some of that year's regional championships but came too late to count for the 29th Enderle. And the road ended in Old Washington, Ohio Monday night, so we have identified all of our qualifiers.

Light Super Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Rex Kuhn's "Git-R-Done" clinched his Region II title in Urbana after three wins in four appearances.
  • Berth B: The "Red Thunder" Team competed hard for this berth across Regions III and V, amassing a 45-point bulge in the final total.
  • Berth C: On the strength of a tiebreaker on second places, Martin Daniel's "On the Edge" won the two-hook shootout in Hopkinsville, Kentucky over Jay Fuqua's "Tennessee Tracks."

Heavy Super Stock (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" is in the Enderle after a steady and strong performance all season long in Region II.
  • Berth B: 2015 champ Kent Payne and his "Super Rooster" will also make the show from the Region II runner-up slot.
  • Berth C: Esdon Lehn's "Red Line Fever" held on to its two-point lead under an umbrella in Owatonna. Update: Due to breakage on Saturday in Sandwich, Esdon will be unable to attend, so Ken Witt's "Mr. Yuk" gets the call.
  • Berth D: Ronnie Strickland and "Another Outlaw" outran the field in Region IV by five points despite Marty Harrell's two big wins in Pinetops.
  • Berth E: Speaking of sweeps, Brandon Hunt's "Liv'n a Dream" gave its competitors nightmares with a dominant performance in Hopkinsville to claim this invitation.

Heavy Super Stock Diesel (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: David Henderson's "Stray Horse Gone Wild" won at Marshfield to seal the deal. Update: "Stray Horse" needs to stay close to the barn, and mechanical difficulties sidelined several potential substitutes, but Duane Bauer's "Beaver Hunter Reloaded" is ready to be reloaded into the trailer for a trip to Urbana.
  • Berth B: After Waverly, Lehn has clinched this berth with "Red Line Fever" as well as the Pro National Berth C. Update: But due to "RLF"'s untimely breakage, the invitation proceeds to the Degenhardts and their "Diggin Hard."
  • Berth C: Guy Blechinger and his "Sleepless Nights" earned the second-most combined points (193). But Guy is broke, so Ron Ament's "Just Passin' Through" will step up for a chance at the big check.

Super Farm (6 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" finished off his fine campaign through the I-80 and North Path with a 30-point performance at Wauseon.
  • Berth B: Despite missing the Allegan wraparound from 2015, the Capozzos and their "Cruel Intentions" hit the schedule hard enough this season to finish second in combined points (402) from Berths A and B.
  • Berth C: Trevan Rohde and his "Somethin' Fierce" (so that's what SF stands for...) did what it had to do in Ridgeland---win---to capture this Region III berth by a single point.
  • Berth D: The infield will be full of outlaws, with Chris Hales' "Outlaw" ride taking three top-fours dating to Raleigh and a six-point win over Phil Kelley.
  • Berth E: But the Keystone Stater Kelley and his "Red-Blooded Binder" will again represent Region V at the Enderle. His PA-to-IA gambit paid off for a second straight year.
  • Berth F: The Enderle will be "Thunder Struck" for a second time, as Brad Woods nabbed a first, a fifth, and 59 points to own the tiebreaker over Michael Fanning's "Bad Habit Is Back."

Pro Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Cory Hoffman's "King of Deeres" earned his way to the Enderle in Findlay on Labor Day. There's still a hook in Allegan to go for the regional championship, whose race Hoffman leads by two points.
  • Berth B: Ryan Walters and "Chasin' Tail" will be the recipient of Region II's second invitation by grabbing a third place finish in Hancock County.
  • Berth C: The Mid-South Berth goes to Philip Parish's "El Nino," which stormed to a first and fifth in western Kentucky. Update: "El Nino" can't go, nor can Don Masterson's "Tinker Toy." So we've invited Christopher Couch's "Cotton Pick'n Deere," who won the third-place tiebreaker by---get this---2.5 feet on total distance.

Light Pro Stock (4 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Travis Tilton's "Always Somethin'"  clinched the Region II Eastern berth by hitting every one of this subregion's 16 hooks.
  • Berth B: But it's all good for Kendall, because his "Nothing Special" has a 39-point advantage in the Western berth with only Roanoke left.
  • Berth C: Chad Webster's "A Workin' Girl" put forth the right effort in June in Ellsworth and in September in Marshfield to claim this two-hook Region III berth.
  • Berth D: Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" claimed victory in this division's only Region IV points hook on Saturday night in Elizabeth City.

Limited Pro Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: The McKinleys' "Knight Train" built up a head of steam early in this season and hung on for a 6.5-point division victory.
  • Berth B: Craig Braun's "Hampton Hooker" hung on by one point to close out the race for this Region III berth in Ridgeland.
  • Berth C: After a small slip in Monticello, Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" was number-one in Waverly and ended up taking this berth by eight over Bill Figanbaum.

Two Wheel Drive (6 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Jeff Writsel's "At It Again" captured the first of the Region II berths. Fitting that the man from Orient would win the East.
  • Berth B: In Western Region II, Randy Petro won the Western berth with a 117-point margin aboard "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint." That makes four Petro Motorsports trucks in the Enderle, one RN and three GN.
  • Berth C: Dale Stampfli trimmed Doc Christensen's lead to one in Sandwich, but could get no closer. "Pack Rat V" will represent Region III.
  • Berth D: Steve Willson's "Running Bear" won once each in Pinetops and Elizabeth City to clinch this berth.
  • Berth E: Waverly settled this berth in favor of Doug Christensen's "Pack Rat VI," which erased a VI-point deficit and won the tiebreaker on the strength of third places, 2-1, over Corey Kielmeyer's "Beer Wagon."
  • Berth F: It's been a while, but the "Thunder Road" of Mike Rigsby already knows the way to the Enderle. Back in 2003, it was Chuck Knapp's qualifying vehicle, "Eighty Acres."

Four Wheel Drive (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Let's start by congratulating Chris Taylor and the "Grain Hollers Mafia." He won Region II by attending every hook from Napoleon through Findlay and earned his title and Enderle berth with consistency and diligence.
  • Berth B: But the story of Region II FWD is the untimely and tragic passing of Dave Weiss, whose "Detonator" gave chase to Taylor all season long and in whose absence, with Pat Pixley at the wheel in Findlay, nearly caught him (-1). Mr. Weiss' team members and competitors alike checked in and offered help to make sure his truck would be able to compete for the title and Enderle berth, and so it did.
  • Berth C: It's Carol Suchy's "Totally Geared" with a fine fourth-place finish in Sandwich to clinch the Region III championship and Enderle berth after a hard-fought battle with Lawrence Line, Rich Thomsen, and David O'Connor., all of whome finished single-digits behind.
  • Berth D: Kevin Schools' camo-ed Chevy will be spotted in Urbana. His two-time GN champ truck "Jus' Rutt'n" won Region IV at Elizabeth City.
  • Berth E: The O'Connors nearly came all the way back at the finale in Monticello, but Jamie Busch hung on to claim this berth by one point with "Thunder Struck." Wins in his hometown Rockwell and nearby New Hampton gave him the margin of victory. (Update: Busch has yielded this berth to the O'Connors, so they'll practice their "Nasty Habit" in Urbana in September.)

Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Van Haisley's "Rock Hard Ram" clinched its Region II title and an Enderle berth in Old Washington.
  • Berth B: The "Nut Job" of Brion Withrow finished second to Haisley and qualifies from the runner-up slot.
  • Berth C: Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" has clinched the Pro National berth with a 114-point performance at this season's Super Nationals.

Modified Mini (4 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: What a finish: Todd Bultman overcame a missed hook at Allegan by dominating the 2016 season with nine wins in 12 appearances aboard "Stress Relief." His second-place finish in Canton ended up as the clincher when the weight transfer suffered breakage in Findlay to terminate that class.
  • Berth B: What a finish, part two: Meanwhile, Tim Rea's "Wicked Sensation" got 28 points in each of five straight hooks to end the season and edged Dave Lacey by one in the final standings.
  • Berth C: It's Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" with a first, second, and third who claimed this Region III/V berth. Jesslyn Fagundes' "Share Cropper" had two wins but was doomed by a bad run Friday at New Hampton.
  • Berth D: Ken Bultemeier's trips to North Carolina last fall and this spring earned the Region IV berth with "WAE Flip SIde."

Modified (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Ryan Writsel and "Lucky Stryke" are your Region II champs for 2016. Ryan also won the Pro National berth, necessitating an at-large combination.
  • Berth B: Don Deane and his "Plumbers Nitemare" will advance as the runner-up, so Berth C (the Region IV wraparound) will also become at-large.
  • Berth C: By virtue of his fall/spring North Carolina tour, Mike Schoenemann's "Feelin' Froggy Extreme" holds the high cards in combined II/IV points.
  • Berth D: And the "Corn & Soybean Special" of Ken Miller is also assured of pulling at the Enderle by virtue of combined Region II and PN points.
  • Berth E: Bill Daluge's "Delusional" was the only points-earning tractor to compete at Anoka. Update: Daluge has declined to attend..

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Road to the Enderle: Final GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---Here they are: Our 60 Grand National Session Two qualifiers for the 30th annual Enderle Pull-Off.

Light Super Stock (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Excessive Force, Bad Blood, Considered Armed & Dangerous, Gunpowder & Lead, Extremely Insane.

Congratulations are in order for Brian Korth and Mike Chizek, who have won their sixth Grand National championship in seven seasons between "Excessive Force" and "Considered A&D." But a tip of the cap goes to Kyle Karlen, who in a sense broke up that dominance by finishing a strong second (-7) in the division with five top fives in eight appearances, Marcus Wettleson, the 2013 champ, placed himself a point ahead of Larry Phillips, who himself is breathing a sigh of relief after claiming a fifth-place tiebreaker over Jason Hootman's "Commander" on second places, 1-0.

Super Stock Diesel (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Triple Bypass, The Legacy, Bone Twister, Young Blood, Lock-N-Load.

The Rosses had a tough afternoon and evening in DeKalb County, but the lead they had so impressively built since Chapel Hill held up to earn them their first GN championship. Ol' Five-Time got repaired from its catastrophic breakage at BG and made a couple of nice passes. Meanwhile, Enderle specialists Burge, Shiebla, and Stuart seem to have figured out what ailed "Lock-N-Load," and they'll roll into Urbana with momentum after a Sandwich sweep.

Super Stock Open (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: GALOT II, International Threat, Extremely Armed & Dangerous, Silver Bullet, Get a Load of That.

It was an all-orange week in Ohio for the Open Supers, as "GALOT" won once and "GALOT II" twice. The latter, piloted by John Strickland, won Earl Wells' team its first Grand National championship.

Super Farm (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Dream On, One Bad Apple, Don't Ask, My Last Excuse, The Commandeere..

Congratulations are in order for division champion Rod Deck as well as Brad Hart and Dave Whelan, who won their way into the Enderle in Greenville and Wellington. It marked the second victories of the year for both, and they were the only two Super Farms with two wins in this competitive division.

Pro Stock (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: MAC Nasty, Mr. MAC Daddy, CP Dream II, New Generation Plus, Rampage.

The Sandwich doubleheader resulted in changes at both ends of this list. "MAC Nasty," which trailed by one point entering Saturday's action, passed its stablemate which experienced engine troubles but was back for a try in the evening session. And Danny Schmucker's "Rampage" picked up 57 points in the day's two hooks to get around Mark Lawyer for the fifth and final Enderle berth.

Two Wheel Drive (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Buckeye Hauler, Kathy's Komplaint, Pretty Wicked, Suffering Sanity, P5.

"Theoretically, [Jessie's lead] could evaporate in Canfield," it said in this space last week. Well, in actuality it nearly happened. Had Randy won the class, he would have tied Jessie on points and wins and beaten him in the tiebreaker (4-2 on 2nds). Now, Randy will have to be satisfied with a chance to whip the young'un's two vehicles ("Hauler" and "P5") on the track in Urbana. Congrats also to regular qualifier Renee Theobald and first-timer Bryan McDonald.

Four Wheel Drive (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: 4 Play, The Punisher, Bad Bowtie, Young Gun, Profab Geared Up.

We weren't about to predict that a 14-point lead could vanish on the Holman Brothers on their home track, but that almost happened, too. Peyton Davis did everything he could do to capture the title in Fulton County ("Young Gun" 1st, "Punisher" 2nd) and secure two Enderle berths for his trucks. He accomplished the latter objective by winning a tie for fourth over Larry Peterson on seconds, 1-0. As for the first, he shrank those two touchdowns to just a field goal.

Super Semi (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Mother Trucker, Just Passin' Thru in Class, Stacks, Dodge Fever, Jacked Up.

No suspense for the Enderle here, as this is the entire roster of GN point-collecting trucks. Dean Holicky won the class at the Sandwich Fair to hold off Pat and Tom Eilen and capture his third straight championship.

Modified Mini (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Walk the Line, Footloose, Funny Lil' Farmall, Iron Toy, Beast of Burden.

The Koesters snuck a third Mini into the Enderle class when "Beast of Burden" got a third and a fourth in Sandwich while Terry Jostock's "Wild Cat" had to scratch. But the new-in-2016 "Walk the Line" kept its steady gait to clinch the title. Oh, and Ken Veney picked up his fifth win of the season in the afternoon session. Remember, boys: It only takes one.

Light Unlimited (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Simon Sez, Super Bee, Milk Money, Feissty Farmer, S'no Farmer.

Seven wins in nine hooks built a 15-point winning margin for two-time champ Brandon Simon. The final margin for that last Enderle berth? A single point separated Todd Feiss from the Ferrys' "Rotten, Mean and Nasty."

Modified (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Money Maker, Bank Robber, Wild Won, Wild Child, Pack Rat 4, Feissty Farmer.

Bret Berg picked up six points in two sessions at Sandwich to capture his third Grand National title (2011-2012, 2016) in six seasons. Doug Lively suffered serious breakage in the afternoon session, could only bump the sled in the evening, and will be unable to make repairs in time for Sandwich, so "Feissty Farmer" will join the MOD roster with Todd Feiss at the wheel.

Unlimited (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Screamin' D, American Thunder, Cross Threaded, Money Maker, Non-Cents All Screwed Up.

Oh, man: With Chuck Knapp mired in seventh and out of the pull-off in Canfield, Bill Voreis had his shot to capture the title but could not capitalize. They'll have their rematch under the lights in Urbana and have to fight off a red-hot (oh, sorry) Adam Bauer, perennial contender Bret Berg, and Brad Benedict, who arrested his late-season skid with 55 points in his last two hooks.

To learn more about the NTPA Championship Pulling Series (including pull location maps and local weather), check out www.NTPAPULL.com.

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 is 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.

Updates for Pullers and Fans on the Roanoke and Sandwich Events

The event in Roanoke Indiana for tonight is a go. Jim Miller is building the track now. 

Sandwich Fair is good, but to help with the infield conditions trucks will be able to come until 6 pm CT tonight. After that please park in the median of the driveway, they will get you in the morning. 

IMG 20160908 192553635Building Track at Roanoke 

Road to the Enderle: Week 17 GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---Seven down and five to go, all in Sandwich, Illinois on Thursday and Saturday. Update: We've eaten half our Sandwich, and the Semi class is in the books.

Light Super Stock (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Excessive Force, Bad Blood, Considered Armed & Dangerous, Gunpowder & Lead, Extremely Insane.

Congratulations are in order for Brian Korth and Mike Chizek, who have won their sixth Grand National championship in seven seasons between "Excessive Force" and "Considered A&D." But a tip of the cap goes to Kyle Karlen, who in a sense broke up that dominance by finishing a strong second (-7) in the division with five top fives in eight appearances, Marcus Wettleson, the 2013 champ, placed himself a point ahead of Larry Phillips, who himself is breathing a sigh of relief after claiming a fifth-place tiebreaker over Jason Hootman's "Commander" on second places, 1-0.

Super Stock Diesel (through Hudsonville, MI S2, 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Triple Bypass, The Legacy, Bone Twister, Young Blood, Lock-N-Load.
  • Currently out: Red Horse (-71 from fifth place), Smokin' Hot Deere.

Only Kent Payne's regional "Rooster" kept the Rosses from an eighth straight point win aboard the "Bypass," but their lead stands at 21 with only two quick hooks in DeKalb County remaining on Saturday, September 10..

Super Stock Open (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: GALOT II, International Threat, Extremely Armed & Dangerous, Silver Bullet, Get a Load of That.

It was an all-orange week in Ohio for the Open Supers, as "GALOT" won once and "GALOT II" twice. The latter, piloted by John Strickland, won Earl Wells' team its first Grand National championship.

Super Farm (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Dream On, One Bad Apple, Don't Ask, My Last Excuse, The Commandeere..

Congratulations are in order for division champion Rod Deck as well as Brad Hart and Dave Whelan, who won their way into the Enderle in Greenville and Wellington. It marked the second victories of the year for both, and they were the only two Super Farms with two wins in this competitive division.

Pro Stock (through Canton, OH; 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Mr. MAC Daddy, MAC Nasty, CP Dream II, New Generation Plus, Rapped Up.
  • Currently out: Rampage (-2 from fifth place), Warpath, Git-Er-Dun Deere, The Red Gambler, seven others -83 or more.

The top two are close ("Daddy" over "Nasty" by 3); the next two are closer ("CP" over "NGP" by 1); and the next two ("Rapped Up" and "Rampage") are separated by only two themselves, with "Warpath" still mathematically alive (-11 from fifth). All will be revealed in Sandwich.

Two Wheel Drive (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Buckeye Hauler, Kathy's Komplaint, Pretty Wicked, Suffering Sanity, P5.

"Theoretically, [Jessie's lead] could evaporate in Canfield," it said in this space last week. Well, in actuality it nearly happened. Had Randy won the class, he would have tied Jessie on points and wins and beaten him in the tiebreaker (4-2 on 2nds). Now, Randy will have to be satisfied with a chance to whip the young'un's two vehicles ("Hauler" and "P5") on the track in Urbana. Congrats also to regular qualifier Renee Theobald and first-timer Bryan McDonald.

Four Wheel Drive (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: 4 Play, The Punisher, Bad Bowtie, Young Gun, Profab Geared Up.

We weren't about to predict that a 14-point lead could vanish on the Holman Brothers on their home track, but that almost happened, too. Peyton Davis did everything he could do to capture the title in Fulton County ("Young Gun" 1st, "Punisher" 2nd) and secure two Enderle berths for his trucks. He accomplished the latter objective by winning a tie for fourth over Larry Peterson on seconds, 1-0. As for the first, he shrank those two touchdowns to just a field goal.

Super Semi (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Mother Trucker, Just Passin' Thru in Class, Stacks, Dodge Fever, Jacked Up.

No suspense for the Enderle here, as this is the entire roster of GN point-collecting trucks. Dean Holicky won the class at the Sandwich Fair to hold off Pat and Tom Eilen and capture his third straight championship.

Modified Mini (through Wauseon, OH; 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Walk the Line, Footloose, Funny Lil' Farmall, Wild Cat, Iron Toy.
  • Currently out: Beast of Burden (-6 from fifth place), LG Seeds, Cowboy Up, Brandt Professional Ag, five others -116 or more.

A 13-point lead for "Walk the Line" looks like cash in the bank, but you never know with back-to-back hooks in Sandwich still to come. And "BoB" sits only six back of "Iron Toy" in the race for that fifth Enderle transfer spot, "LG" 11, and "Cowboy" 15. It could be an eventful return for the Minis to the twin tracks in Illinois.

Light Unlimited (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Simon Sez, Super Bee, Milk Money, Feissty Farmer, S'no Farmer.

Seven wins in nine hooks built a 15-point winning margin for two-time champ Brandon Simon. The final margin for that last Enderle berth? A single point separated Todd Feiss from the Ferrys' "Rotten, Mean and Nasty."

Modified (through Bowling Green, OH; 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Money Maker, Bank Robber, Wild Won, Wild Child, Pack Rat 4.
  • Currently out: Feissty Farmer (-16 from fifth place), S'no Farmer, six others -45 or more.

Bret gets the BG sweep and an eight-point lead, Doug gets the ring. Two hooks Sandwiched together on Saturday. will decide this hard-fought berth.

Unlimited (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Screamin' D, American Thunder, Cross Threaded, Money Maker, Non-Cents All Screwed Up.

Oh, man: With Chuck Knapp mired in seventh and out of the pull-off in Canfield, Bill Voreis had his shot to capture the title but could not capitalize. They'll have their rematch under the lights in Urbana and have to fight off a red-hot (oh, sorry) Adam Bauer, perennial contender Bret Berg, and Brad Benedict, who arrested his late-season skid with 55 points in his last two hooks.

To learn more about the NTPA Championship Pulling Series (including pull location maps and local weather), check out www.NTPAPULL.com.

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 is 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.

Road to the Enderle: Week 17 RN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---That celebration three decades in the making is now less than two weeks away!

The 30th Annual Enderle Pull-Off, title-sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection of Simi Valley, California, is the NTPA's all-star invitational. One hundred ten participants---50 Regional National and 60 Grand National---in two sessions on Saturday, September 17, will come to Champaign County in west-central Ohio on the last Saturday of summer to compete for the largest possible share of over $107,000. The Enderle Pull-Off will have awarded over $1.5 million to NTPA competitors in its illustrious 30-year history.

The Road to the 30th actually began in September and October 2015, when events in Allegan, Michigan; Spencer, Iowa; and Raleigh, North Carolina settled some of that year's regional championships but came too late to count for the 29th Enderle. Having seen a spate of clinchings over Labor Day weekend, we are down to a precious few to be decided in Sandwich, Illinois on Thursday and in Old Washington, Ohio next Monday. Update: Session One in Sandwich is in the books, and we have two new qualifiers. Read on.

Light Super Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Rex Kuhn's "Git-R-Done" clinched his Region II title in Urbana after three wins in four appearances.
  • Berth B: The "Red Thunder" Team competed hard for this berth across Regions III and V, amassing a 45-point bulge in the final total.
  • Berth C: On the strength of a tiebreaker on second places, Martin Daniel's "On the Edge" won the two-hook shootout in Hopkinsville, Kentucky over Jay Fuqua's "Tennessee Tracks."

Heavy Super Stock (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: The lead for John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" is down to just 6.5 points after the proceedings in Wauseon and Marietta. But a lead is still a lead, and there's only one hook to go, in Guernsey County, for this berth.
  • Berth B: There are no losers in the race for this berth, anyway. Kent Payne's nine-win "Super Rooster" is safely ensconced in second place.
  • Berth C: "Red Line Fever" held on to its two-point lead under an umbrella in Owatonna.
  • Berth D: Ronnie Strickland and "Another Outlaw" outran the field in Region IV by five points despite Marty Harrell's two big wins in Pinetops.
  • Berth E: Speaking of sweeps, Brandon Hunt's "Liv'n a Dream" gave its competitors nightmares with a dominant performance in Hopkinsville to claim this invitation.

Heavy Super Stock Diesel (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: David Henderson's "Stray Horse Gone Wild" won at Marshfield to seal the deal. Update: "Stray Horse" needs to stay close to the barn Enderle weekend, and with Esdon Lehn coming in second, the invitation proceeds to the Degenhardts and their "Diggin Hard."
  • Berth B: After Waverly, Lehn has clinched this berth with "Red Line Fever" as well as the Pro National Berth C, so  these two paths will be combined to create an at-large berth.
  • Berth C: Guy Blechinger and his "Sleepless Nights" will be the invitee from Berth C, having earned the second-most combined points (193).

Super Farm (6 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" finished off his fine campaign through the I-80 and North Path with a 30-point performance at Wauseon.
  • Berth B: Despite missing the Allegan wraparound from 2015, the Capozzos and their "Cruel Intentions" hit the schedule hard enough this season to finish second in combined points (402) from Berths A and B.
  • Berth C: Trevon Rohde and his "Somethin' Fierce" (so that's what SF stands for...) did what it had to do in Ridgeland---win---to capture this Region III berth by a single point.
  • Berth D: The infield will be full of outlaws, with Chris Hales' "Outlaw" ride taking three top-fours dating to Raleigh and a six-point win over Phil Kelley.
  • Berth E: But the Keystone Stater Kelley and his "Red-Blooded Binder" will again represent Region V at the Enderle. His PA-to-IA gambit paid off for a second straight year.
  • Berth F: The Enderle will be "Thunder Struck" for a second time, as Brad Woods nabbed a first, a fifth, and 59 points to own the tiebreaker over Michael Fanning's "Bad Habit Is Back."

Pro Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Cory Hoffman's "King of Deeres" earned his way to the Enderle in Findlay on Labor Day. There's still a hook in Allegan to go for the regional championship, whose race Hoffman leads by two points.
  • Berth B: Ryan Walters and "Chasin' Tail" will be the recipient of Region II's second invitation by grabbing a third place finish in Hancock County.
  • Berth C: The Mid-South Berth goes to Philip Parish's "El Nino," which stormed to a first and fifth in western Kentucky. Update: "El Nino" can't go, nor can Don Masterson's "Tinker Toy." So we've invited "Cotton Pick'n Deere," who won the third-place tiebreaker by---get this---2.5 feet on total distance.

Light Pro Stock (4 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Travis Tilton's "Always Somethin'"  leads by 68 points over Kendall Houk through Marietta. With only Old Washington left in the Eastern Region II berth, this race is over.
  • Berth B: But it's all good for Kendall, because his "Nothing Special" has a 39-point advantage in the Western berth with only Roanoke left.
  • Berth C: Chad Webster's "A Workin' Girl" put forth the right effort in June in Ellsworth and in September in Marshfield to claim this two-hook Region III berth.
  • Berth D: Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" claimed victory in this division's only Region IV points hook on Saturday night in Elizabeth City.

Limited Pro Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: With wins in two appearances and a third at the Fort the McKinleys' "Knight Train" is on a rail to the Region II title, up 8.5 with only Roanoke left this Friday.
  • Berth B: Craig Braun's "Hampton Hooker" hung on by one point to close out the race for this Region III berth in Ridgeland.
  • Berth C: After a small slip in Monticello, Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" was number-one in Waverly and ended up taking this berth by eight over Bill Figanbaum.

Two Wheel Drive (6 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Jeff Writsel's "At It Again" leads Matt Cain's "Xtremely Buy Polar" by 28 in the Eastern Region II berth. Writsel will clinch with a legal entry in Old Washington.
  • Berth B: In Western Region II, Randy Petro has an 89-point margin with "Vintage KK." With one to go (Roanoke), it's insurmountable.
  • Berth C: Dale Stampfli trimmed Doc Christensen's lead to one in Sandwich, but could get no closer. "Pack Rat V" will represent Region III.
  • Berth D: Steve Willson's "Running Bear" won once each in Pinetops and Elizabeth City to clinch this berth.
  • Berth E: Waverly settled this berth in favor of Doug Christensen's "Pack Rat VI," which erased a VI-point deficit and won the tiebreaker on the strength of third places, 2-1, over Corey Kielmeyer's "Beer Wagon."
  • Berth F: It's been a while, but the "Thunder Road" of Mike Rigsby already knows the way to the Enderle. Back in 2003, it was Chuck Knapp's qualifying vehicle, "Eighty Acres."

Four Wheel Drive (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Let's start by congratulating Chris Taylor and the "Grain Hollers Mafia." He won Region II by attending every hook from Napoleon through Findlay and earned his title and Enderle berth with consistency and diligence.
  • Berth B: But the story of Region II FWD is the untimely and tragic passing of Dave Weiss, whose "Detonator" gave chase to Taylor all season long and in whose absence, with Pat Pixley at the wheel in Findlay, nearly caught him (-1). Mr. Weiss' team members and competitors alike checked in and offered help to make sure his truck would be able to compete for the title and Enderle berth, and so it did.
  • Berth C: It's Carol Suchy's "Totally Geared" with a fine fourth-place finish in Sandwich to clinch the Region III championship and Enderle berth after a hard-fought battle with Lawrence Line, Rich Thomsen, and David O'Connor., all of whome finished single-digits behind.
  • Berth D: Kevin Schools' camo-ed Chevy will be spotted in Urbana. His two-time GN champ truck "Jus' Rutt'n" won Region IV at Elizabeth City.
  • Berth E: The O'Connors nearly came all the way back at the finale in Monticello, but Jamie Busch hung on to claim this berth by one point with "Thunder Struck." Wins in his hometown Rockwell and nearby New Hampton gave him the margin of victory. (Update: Busch has yielded this berth to the O'Connors, so they'll practice their "Nasty Habit" in Urbana in September.)

Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Van Haisley's "Rock Hard Ram" holds an eight-point lead over Brion Withrow's "Nut Job" with Old Washington still to come.
  • Berth B: But "Nut Job" is a pretty safe bet to go by holding a nine-point lead over Don Bowling.
  • Berth C: Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" has clinched the Pro National berth with a 114-point performance at this season's Super Nationals.

Modified Mini (4 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: What a finish: Todd Bultman overcame a missed hook at Allegan by dominating the 2016 season with nine wins in 12 appearances aboard "Stress Relief." His second-place finish in Canton ended up as the clincher when the weight transfer suffered breakage in Findlay to terminate that class.
  • Berth B: What a finish, part two: Meanwhile, Tim Rea's "Wicked Sensation" got 28 points in each of five straight hooks to end the season and edged Dave Lacey by one in the final standings.
  • Berth C: It's Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" with a first, second, and third who claimed this Region III/V berth. Jesslyn Fagundes' "Share Cropper" had two wins but was doomed by a bad run Friday at New Hampton.
  • Berth D: Ken Bultemeier's trips to North Carolina last fall and this spring earned the Region IV berth with "WAE Flip SIde."

Modified (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Ryan Writsel and "Lucky Stryke" hold a 27-point lead in Region II.
  • Berth B: Don Deane would advance as the runner-up, but then it would become an at-large berth, as he already owns Berth C.
  • Berth C: Reportedly, the ol' triple turbine never left its hauler over the winter between Raleigh and Pinetops. The "Plumbers Nitemare" remembered how to make it down a Carolina track, though.
  • Berth D: "Lucky Stryke" is also assured of pulling at the Enderle by winning the Pro National path through Arcola and Sandusky.
  • Berth E: Bill Daluge's "Delusional" was the only points-earning tractor to compete at Anoka. Update: Daluge has declined to attend..

To learn more about the NTPA Championship Pulling Series (including pull location maps and local weather), check out www.NTPAPULL.com.

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 is 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.

2016 Shell Rotella Cup Winners

Worthington, Ohio---The NTPA congratulates the winners of the 2016 Shell Rotella Cup and Hardest-Working Puller Bonus Incentive awards presented by Shell Rotella and O'Reilly Auto Parts.

The Shell Rotella Cup rewards the Grand National competitors with the greatest championship point totals across the series which included the GALOT Motorsports Park Mule City 300 in Benson, North Carolina; the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin; the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee; and the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. Each division's first-, second-, and third-place finishers received $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 in end-of-series prize money.

GN-licensed competitors also competed for $100 and $50 O'Reilly gift cards in the Hardest-Working Puller contest at each event in which the weekend's greatest and second-greatest total distances were calculated in each Cup division as well as Grand National Pro Stocks in their first-ever appearance at Chapel Hill.

2016 Grand National Super Stock Diesel Shell Rotella Cup
1. Jody and Colin Ross (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania), "Triple Bypass"
2. Brian and Braden Shramek (Williamsburg, Missouri), "The Legacy"
3. Steve Burge (Lynn, Indiana), "Lock-N-Load"
   
2016 GN SSD Hardest-Working Pullers
Benson: "Lock-N-Load"; Travis Schlabach (Marengo, Iowa) "Bone Twister"
Tomah:Stan and Steve Blagrave (Ackerly, Texas), "Red Horse" and "Lock-N-Load"
Chapel Hill: "The Legacy" and Brian and Braden Shramek (Williamsburg, Missouri), "Young Blood"
Bowling Green: "Triple Bypass" and "Lock-N-Load"

2016 Grand National Two Wheel Drive Shell Rotella Cup
1. Bryan McDonald (Kennedyville, Maryland); "Suffering Sanity"
2. Jessie Petro (Camden, Ohio), "Buckeye Hauler"
3. Renee Theobald (Shelbyville, Indiana), "Pretty Wicked"
   
2016 GN TWD Hardest-Working Pullers
Benson: "Suffering Sanity" and Randy Petro (Camden, Ohio), "Kathy's Komplaint"
Tomah: "Pretty Wicked" and Doug Theobald (Shelbyville, Indiana), "Wicked"
Bowling Green: "Suffering Sanity" and Trevor Blagrave (Ackerly, Texas), "Wild Horse"

2016 Grand National Super Stock Diesel Shell Rotella Cup
1. Jim and Paul Holman (Wauseon, Ohio), "4 Play"
2. Peyton Davis (Tappahannock, Virginia), "The Punisher"
3. Rick Johnson (Powell, Wyoming), "Bad Bowtie"
   
2016 GN FWD Hardest-Working Pullers
Benson: "The Punisher" and "4 Play"
Tomah: "4 Play" and "The Punisher"
Chapel Hill: "4 Play" and Lisa Peterson (Baldwin, Wisconsin), "Profab"
Bowling Green: "Bad Bowtie" and "4 Play"

2016 Grand National Modified Mini Shell Rotella Cup
1. Adam Koester (Wadesville, Indiana), "Walk the Line"
2. Gert Dingerink (Apeldoorn Area, Netherlands), Berrie Boer (Ysselmuiden, Netherlands), and Phil Fairbanks (Fitchburg, Massachusetts), "Bobcat Jr."
3. Larry Koester (Wadesville, Indiana), "Footloose"
   
2016 GN MINI Hardest-Working Pullers
Benson: Ken Veney (Wadsworth, Ohio), "Funny Lil' Farmall" and "Footloose"
Tomah:"Funny Lil' Farmall" and "Bobcat Jr."
Chapel Hill: "Footloose" and "Funny Lil' Farmall"
Bowling Green: "Bobcat Jr." and "Walk the Line"

2016 Grand National Unlimited Shell Rotella Cup
1. Chuck Knapp (Charles City, Iowa), "Screamin' D"
2. Bret Berg (Farmington, Minnesota), "Money Maker"
3. Kevin Criswell (Marion, Ohio), "Blown Centless"
   
2016 GN UNL Hardest-Working Pullers
Benson: Adam Bauer (Paton, Iowa), "Cross Threaded" and "Money Maker"
Tomah: Brad Benedict (Marion, Ohio), "Non-Cents All Screwed Up" and Steve Boyd (Washington, Indiana), "Green Streak"
Chapel Hill: Steve Bunnage (Golden Gate, Illinois), "Takes a Lickin'" and "Blown Centless"
Bowling Green: "Screamin' D" and "Blown Centless"

2016 GN PS Hardest-Working Pullers
Chapel Hill: Tim Shipley (Kensington, Ohio), "Mr. MAC Daddy" and Mike Conny (Beloit, Ohio), "MAC Nasty"

Let the Celebration Begin: 30th Enderle Pull-Off on Saturday, September 17

Event16 Urb2OH0Urbana, Ohio---The twin tracks at the Champaign County Fairgrounds will be the center of the pulling universe on Saturday, September 17, as 110 of the National Tractor Pullers Association's best competitors from 2016 get one more try at one more trophy and another chance to say "Thanks, Kent."

The 30th annual Enderle Pull-Off---sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection of Simi Valley, California and presented by Farmers Equipment Incorporated of Urbana, Case IH, and Ray Hensley Incorporated of Springfield, Ohio---will again arrive in two spectacular sessions. Regional National Session One at 1 p.m. will bring 50 competitors to the line in 12 divisions of tractors (Light Super Stock, Heavy Super Stock, Heavy Super Stock Diesel, Super Farm, Pro Stock, Light Pro Stock, and Limited Pro Stock), trucks (Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, and Super Stock Diesel 4x4), and modifieds (Mini and Multi-Engine). Qualifying for this session began with late-season events in 2015 and continued through five competition regions and around 60 pulls on the NTPA's 2016 schedule.

Then, Grand National Session Two at 7 p.m. will feature the top five competitors in each of 12 GN divisions: Light Super Stock, Super Stock Diesel, Super Stock Open, Super Farm, and Pro Stock Tractors; Two-Wheel-Drive, Four-Wheel-Drive, and Super Semi Trucks; and Mini, Light Unlimited, Multi-Engine, and Unlimited Modifieds. Every one of the 20 events on the NTPA's Super and Grand National circuits had Enderle implications, and several races for those coveted invitations have or will come down to the final hooks of the season.

In all, over $107,000 in prize money is there for the taking---in the form of checks signed and presented by EFI founder Kent Enderle himself---for those competitors willing to turn up the wick and go for it. We invite you to check out www.NTPAPULL.com for qualification details and point standings and AllStarPull.com for event details.

In between the afternoon's and evening's on-track action, the 30th Enderle promises to be a season-ending festival for the pulling fan. Drivers and crew members will be giving their vehicles a final tune and shine but are happy to answer questions, take pictures, and sign autographs. Access to pit, vending, and exhibitor areas is included in the price of admission. But, says Gregg Randall, NTPA Office General Manager, competitors and spectators had better relax when they can.

"The prospect of that final run of the season with everything set on kill is exhilarating, and fans can sense it. But it can be overwhelming, too, even for experienced drivers." Randall continued: "All that hard work, all those road miles, and all those wins and strong finishes to get to this prestigious event flash through the drivers' minds at some point during the day, as does the finality of another season. Speaking for the NTPA team, it affects us as well. From the track to the sled to the officiating crews, we dig deep to put on the most exciting event we possibly can."

Advance, discount, all-day (both-session) adult tickets are available for $20 at the NTPA's Webmall (ShopNTPA.com) as well as presenting sponsor Farmers Equipment of Urbana and sponsors Farmer's Daughter Restaurant of Urbana; Dave Kehl Chevrolet of Mechanicsburg; Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken locations in Clark, Logan, Shelby, and Miami Counties, and over 80 area O'Reilly Auto Parts stores. Children under 10 are admitted free.

On the day of the event, adult admission is $30 for both sessions or $25 for Session Two only. No refunds will be issued. If any of Saturday's classes are not completed due to inclement weather, they will be rescheduled for Sunday, September 18 at 1 p.m.

In high performance truck and tractor pulling, participants strive to drag a metal sled weighing up to 20 tons the greatest distance along a straight, dirt track. Competitors build highly specialized vehicles that resemble farm tractors, trucks, and dragsters and battle for purse money and end-of-season championships. The longest-running and most lucrative one-day invitational event in the motorsport, the Enderle Pull-Off will have awarded competitors over $1.6 million in prize money since its inception in 1987 as a means of expressing gratitude from Kent Enderle and his late wife Joan toward customers of Enderle Fuel Injection across the pulling world. The first three Pull-Offs were held at the Ohio State Fair, the next 16 in Fort Recovery, Ohio, and the past 11 as a standalone event in Urbana.

Week 17 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---As we write this, we are 10 days away from the Enderle Pull-Off and barely a month from the end of national pulling in 2016 which comes in Raleigh, North Carolina. It's been a tough, fast, and fun season, and we've enjoyed the anticipation of great competition almost as much as the competition itself. But before we sign off, we've got one more stout weekend of pulling that will crown no fewer than five Grand National and eight Regional National champions.

First up, it's Sandwich, Illinois and the DeKalb County Fair NTPA Nationals on Thursday and Saturday, September 8 and 10. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. is the traditional Truck Night, with Grand National Super Semis and Region III classes of Two Wheel Drives and Four Wheel Drives to end in the awarding of titles, plus the Pro Stock Diesel 4x4s' only appearance in the region. Then, Tractor Day on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. will feature a two-hook blitz for Grand National Super Stock Diesel and Pro Stock Tractors and Mini and Multi-Engine Modifieds that finish off their seasons. Leading the standings entering Sandwich are Dennis Christensen of Glencoe, Minnesota ("Pack Rat V" TWD, +6), Carol and Bill Suchy of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota ("Totally Geared" FWD, +3), Dean Holicky of Montgomery, Minnesota ("Mother Trucker" SEMI, +1), Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD, +21), Tim Shipley of Kensington, Ohio ("Mr. MAC Daddy" PS, +3), Adam Koester of Wadesville, Indiana ("Walk the Line" MINI, +13), and Bret Berg of Farmington, Minnesota ("Money Maker" MOD, +8). NTPA Live Streaming will bring you all of the action in all three sessions; see NTPAPULL.com/LIVE to sign up.

In between the slices of bread lies a meaty pull in Roanoke, Indiana on Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m. and the Thunder in the Park event. Four Region II classes---Light Pro Stock and Limited Pro Stock Tractors, Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Modifieds---will do battle, and the Limited Pro champ will be determined. Topping the standings this week are Kendall Houk of Lynchburg, Ohio ("Nothing Special" LT PS, +153.5), Doug McKinley of Winamac, Indiana ("Knight Train" LIM PS, +8.5), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD, +70), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD, +27).

Then on Monday, September 12 at 7 p.m., it's the Guernsey County Fair in Old Washington, Ohio with five classes of season-ending Region II action: Heavy Super Stock, Light Pro Stock, Two Wheel Drive, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, and Modified. Hoping to keep that lead for one more hook are John Pfeiffer of Connersville, Indiana ("Pfeiffermax" HSS, +6.5) and Van Haisley of Fairmount, Indiana ("Rock Hard Ram" SSD 4x4, +8).

If you're keeping track, that will leave three more Region II champs to be crowned in Allegan, Michigan next Wednesday---namely Super Farm, Pro Stock, and Mini---but those Enderle berths have already been determined for 2016, and Allegan's results will wrap around to the 31st annual Enderle Pull-Off in 2017. Which will be here before you can say, "Thanks, Kent!"

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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 is 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.

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FWD Competitor Dave Weiss Has Passed; Funeral Info Updated

The NTPA is stunned and and saddened to learn of the death of Four Wheel Drive competitor Dave Weiss of Bronson, Michigan on Saturday, September 3. Mr. Weiss, 65, drove the "Detonator" Ford in Region II competition over the past two seasons and was in championship contention for all of 2016.

Mr. Weiss had retired from Consumer Energy in Bronson in 2013. In addition to truck pulling, his hobbies included the restoration of antique vehicles.

Mr. Weiss is survived by his wife Sue Ann; son Josh; daughters Tisha (Rick) Warren and Tonya Adkins; stepsons Pat (Missy) Pixley, Matt (Dianna) and Josh (Dorie) Swinehart; mother Doris Kehoe; sister Pam (Jim) Stout; brother Larry (Robin) Kehoe; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Weiss' full obituary may be found here, where you are invited to sign a book of memories for Mr. Weiss' family. Memorial contributions in Mr. Weiss' nam may be directed to Friends of the Bronson Library or the American Heart Association.

Visitation for Mr. Weiss is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 8 at Dutcher Kolcz Funeral Home, 321 East Chicago Street, Bronson, MI 49028. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Please think of Mr. Weiss' family during this extremely difficult time.

Mr. Weiss' truck was driven by his stepson Pat Pixley in Findlay on Labor Day to a second-place finish, in the process clinching a berth for the vehicle in the Enderle Pull-Off.

Road to the Enderle: Week 16 RN Update

Worthington, Ohio---We are merely eight seven six five four three weeks away from the celebration three decades in the making: The 30th Annual Enderle Pull-Off. Title-sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection of Simi Valley, California, the NTPA's all-star invitational will have 110 participants---50 Regional National and 60 Grand National---in two sessions on Saturday, September 17. In its illustrious history, the Enderle Pull-Off has awarded over $1.5 million to NTPA competitors.

The Road to the 30th actually began in September and October 2015, when events in Allegan, Michigan; Spencer, Iowa; and Raleigh, North Carolina settled some of that year's regional championships but came too late to count for the 29th Enderle. The rainout in Owatonna provided the most recent settling of the berths; the next round of clinchings arrives over Labor Day weekend.

Light Super Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Rex Kuhn's "Git-R-Done" clinched his Region II title in Urbana after three wins in four appearances.
  • Berth B: After six hooks, it's a 16-point lead for the Red Thunder Team over Gary Hagel's "Destination Unknown." With only Ridgeland left this weekend, "Thunder" just needs to tighten the chain.
  • Berth C: On the strength of a tiebreaker on second places, Martin Daniel's "On the Edge" won the two-hook shootout in Hopkinsville, Kentucky over Jay Fuqua's "Tennessee Tracks."

Heavy Super Stock (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" has maintained a 13-point lead over Kent Payne's surging "Super Rooster," mostly by finishing second when Payne has won. Two weeks ago in the Heavies' most recent hook, those roles were reversed at Zanesville.
  • Berth B: The race for second is effectively over; it'll be either Pfeiffer or Payne, who has a 143-point cushion with only three hooks to go.
  • Berth C: "Red Line Fever" held on to its two-point lead under an umbrella in Owatonna.
  • Berth D: Ronnie Strickland and "Another Outlaw" outran the field in Region IV by five points despite Marty Harrell's two big wins in Pinetops.
  • Berth E: Speaking of sweeps, Brandon Hunt's "Liv'n a Dream" gave its competitors nightmares with a dominant performance in Hopkinsville to claim this invitation.

Heavy Super Stock Diesel (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: David Henderson's "Stray Horse" got a win and a place at Norwalk to assume a one-point lead over the Degenhardts with only Marshfield left on Saturday.
  • Berth B: After Waverly, Lehn has clinched this berth with "Red Line Fever" as well as the Pro National Berth C, so  these two paths will be combined to create an at-large berth. We'll wait to see what happens in Region III first. (Remember, if the same competitor claims two berths within the same division, the points from those paths are combined, and the runner up is invited. If three berths are claimed by the same tractor, then two at-large berths are determined by combined points.)
  • Berth C: The 12-time GN champ "Red Line Fever" has qualified for the Enderle RN session.

Super Farm (6 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" has a 25-point advantage over second-place Tony Sietsema. With just Wauseon to go, Warda likely just needs to make the hook .
  • Berth B: It's over in the South subregion, though, and "Hammerin' Hank" will be in the Enderle dugout for sure. We'll await Wauseon but will likely knit Region II back together to determine an at-large.
  • Berth C: The Larsons' "Hot Wire" had a hot night in Worthington; its second place jumped it three points ahead of the Lindstroms' "Hyper Harvester." Now it's just Ridgeland remaining.
  • Berth D: The infield will be full of outlaws, with Chris Hales' "Outlaw" ride taking three top-fours dating to Raleigh and a six-point win over Phil Kelley's "Red-Blooded Binder."
  • Berth E: But the Keystone Stater Kelley and his "Red-Blooded Binder" will again represent Region V at the Enderle. His PA-to-IA gambit paid off for a second straight year.
  • Berth F: The Enderle will be "Thunder Struck" for a second time, as Brad Woods nabbed a first, a fifth, and 59 points to own the tiebreaker over Michael Fanning's "Bad Habit Is Back."

Pro Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: It's the first-ever appearances for Pros at the regional level. Cory Hoffman's "King of Deeres" is hoping to be crowned in Findlay on Labor Day with the first of two Region II berths. (The regional championship won't be settled until Allegan, though.)
  • Berth B: Meanwhile, Joel Kingen's "Full Metal Jacket" has the inside lining on the runner-up berth with a one-point lead over Ryan Walters' "Chasin' Tail."
  • Berth C: The Mid-South Berth goes to Philip Parish's "El Nino," which stormed to a first and fifth in western Kentucky. Update: "El Nino" can't go, so Don Masterson's "Tinker Toy" has been invited to Urbana. Don was edged by Philip in a tiebreaker on wins.

Light Pro Stock (4 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Travis Tilton's "Always Somethin'" now leads by 40 points over Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" through Lima. Three hooks remain in the eastern half of Ohio: Canton, Marietta, and Old Washington. The first two are Saturday and Sunday nights.
  • Berth B: Second- and fifth-place finishes in Greenville put Kendall's lead to 33 over Shaun Thornhill. So it looks like "Something" vs. "Nothing" at the Enderle.
  • Berth C: Ellsworth started and Marshfield will finish this two-hook berth.
  • Berth D: Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" claimed victory in this division's only Region IV points hook on Saturday night in Elizabeth City.

Limited Pro Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: With wins in two appearances and a third at the Fort the McKinleys' "Knight Train" is on a rail to the Region II title, up 8.5 with only Roanoke left.
  • Berth B: The "Hampton Hooker"'s lead is now four after Craig Braun's runner-up finish at Norwalk. Keith Vsetecka's win put the "Instigator" in second going into Ridgeland.
  • Berth C: After a small slip in Monticello, Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" was number-one in Waverly and ended up taking this berth by eight over Bill Figanbaum.

Two Wheel Drive (6 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Jeff Writsel's lead is 18 over Bill Widenmeyer in the Eastern Region II berth. They have the same schedule left as the Light Pros: Stark, Washington, and Guernsey Counties.
  • Berth B: In Western Region II, Randy Petro has a 60-point margin with "Vintage KK" after Napoleon with two to go. One more legal pull will clinch.
  • Berth C: With 57 points in two hooks at Norwalk, Dale Stampfli's "Twisted Tight" (-8) has stepped up as "Pack Rat V" Dennis Christensen's closest challenger. Can he tighten the race in Ridgeland en route to Sandwich?
  • Berth D: Steve Willson's "Running Bear" won once each in Pinetops and Elizabeth City to clinch this berth.
  • Berth E: Waverly settled this berth in favor of Doug Christensen's "Pack Rat VI," which erased a VI-point deficit and won the tiebreaker on the strength of third places, 2-1, over Corey Kielmeyer's "Beer Wagon."
  • Berth F: It's been a while, but the "Thunder Road" of Mike Rigsby already knows the way to the Enderle. Back in 2003, it was Chuck Knapp's qualifying vehicle, "Eighty Acres."

Four Wheel Drive (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: It's been a great race in Region II. Chris Taylor (Grain Hollers Mafia) leads by a just three over Dave Weiss (Detonator) with only Findlay to go.
  • Berth B: Weiss is looking dynamite for the runner-up slot, which he leads by five over Greenville winner Ron Newell.
  • Berth C: The Total Team's third (Geared) and fourth (Hooked) in Worthington mitigated the effects of the O'Connors' win with "Nasty Habit." Carol and Bill lead dad Lawrence by three and David by four.
  • Berth D: Kevin Schools' camo-ed Chevy will be spotted in Urbana. His two-time GN champ truck "Jus' Rutt'n" won Region IV at Elizabeth City.
  • Berth E: The O'Connors nearly came all the way back at the finale in Monticello, but Jamie Busch hung on to claim this berth by one point with "Thunder Struck." Wins in his hometown Rockwell and nearby New Hampton gave him the margin of victory. (Update: Busch has yielded this berth to the O'Connors, so they'll practice their "Nasty Habit" in Urbana in September.)

Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: A "Rock"-solid weekend in BG got Van Haisley's lead over Brion Withrow's "Nut Job" up to nine.
  • Berth B: But "Nut Job" would get to go too as the runner-up. Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (-5) is Withrow's closest rival.
  • Berth C: Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" has clinched the Pro National berth with a 114-point performance at this season's Super Nationals.

Modified Mini (4 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Dave Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained" continues to lead the race for this berth, but Todd Bultman's "Stress Relief" has piled up an unbelievable nine wins to pull within two points despite missing the wraparound in Allegan last year.
  • Berth B: So Bultman currently owns the runner-up berth with momentum to the max. Tim Rea's still got a shot (-2) though, with two Ohio hooks to go (Canton, Findlay).
  • Berth C: It's Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" with a first, second, and third who claimed this Region III/V berth. Jesslyn Fagundes' "Share Cropper" had two wins but was doomed by a bad run Friday at New Hampton.
  • Berth D: Ken Bultemeier's trips to North Carolina last fall and this spring earned the Region IV berth with "WAE Flip SIde."

Modified (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Ryan Writsel now has a half dozen wins and leads the division by two dozen points after Lima. He has struck luck with that Tedder chassis.
  • Berth B: Don Deane would advance as the runner-up, but then it would become an at-large berth, as he already owns Berth C. Ken Miller (-6) would take over as it stands right now.
  • Berth C: Reportedly, the ol' triple turbine never left its hauler over the winter between Raleigh and Pinetops. The "Plumbers Nitemare" remembered how to make it down a Carolina track, though.
  • Berth D: "Lucky Stryke" is also assured of pulling at the Enderle by winning the Pro National path through Arcola and Sandusky.
  • Berth E: Bill Daluge's "Delusional" was the only points-earning tractor to compete at Anoka, so he's your Enderle qualifier.

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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 is 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.

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Road to the Enderle: Week 16 GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---It's Championship Weekend for three more Grand National divisions: Four Wheel Drives, Two Wheel Drives, and Unlimiteds. Let's take another look at the races for titles and Enderle Pull-Off invitations.

Light Super Stock (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Excessive Force, Bad Blood, Considered Armed & Dangerous, Gunpowder & Lead, Extremely Insane.

Congratulations are in order for Brian Korth and Mike Chizek, who have won their sixth Grand National championship in seven seasons between "Excessive Force" and "Considered A&D." But a tip of the cap goes to Kyle Karlen, who in a sense broke up that dominance by finishing a strong second (-7) in the division with five top fives in eight appearances, Marcus Wettleson, the 2013 champ, placed himself a point ahead of Larry Phillips, who himself is breathing a sigh of relief after claiming a fifth-place tiebreaker over Jason Hootman's "Commander" on second places, 1-0.

Super Stock Diesel (through Hudsonville, MI S2, 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Triple Bypass, The Legacy, Bone Twister, Young Blood, Lock-N-Load.
  • Currently out: Red Horse (-71 from fifth place), Smokin' Hot Deere.

Only Kent Payne's regional "Rooster" kept the Rosses from an eighth straight point win aboard the "Bypass," but their lead stands at 21 with only two quick hooks in DeKalb County remaining on Saturday, September 10..

Super Stock Open (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: GALOT II, International Threat, Extremely Armed & Dangerous, Silver Bullet, Get a Load of That.

It was an all-orange week in Ohio for the Open Supers, as "GALOT" won once and "GALOT II" twice. The latter, piloted by John Strickland, won Earl Wells' team its first Grand National championship.

Super Farm (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Dream On, One Bad Apple, Don't Ask, My Last Excuse, The Commandeere..

Congratulations are in order for division champion Rod Deck as well as Brad Hart and Dave Whelan, who won their way into the Enderle in Greenville and Wellington. It marked the second victories of the year for both, and they were the only two Super Farms with two wins in this competitive division.

Pro Stock (through Wellington, OH; 5 invitees, 3 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Mr. MAC Daddy, MAC Nasty, New Generation Plus, CP Dream II, Rapped Up.
  • Currently out: Rampage (-3 from fifth place), Warpath, Git-Er-Dun Deere, Soup Line Express, The Red Gambler, six others -113 or more.

Victories on Saturday and Tuesday nights for "MAC Nasty" solidified its second place to its, um, Trailer-mate "Mr. MAC Daddy." The spread between them is down to two; their bulge over the balance of the division is up to 15. But a 370' run by Robby Lemke at Wellington might foreshadow a tightening race (remember that Sandwich sweep in 2015?) . It seems that three are left to jockey for that coveted fifth-place Enderle transfer spot: Mark Lawyer holds it at the moment (+3), but Danny Schmucker and Carlton Cope are still within earshot.

Two Wheel Drive (through Wellington, OH; 5 invitees, 1 hook to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Buckeye Hauler, Pretty Wicked, Kathy's Komplaint, Suffering Sanity, P5.
  • Currently out: Wicked (-1 from fifth place), Runnin' Block, On the Edge, Burn Notice, Just Like Clockwork, Lumberjack, Bad Attitude, Lawless, Second Degree, The Untouchable, Blade Gone Sweet, Hoosier Avalanche, Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It, 13 others -71 or more.

Jessie Petro's lead has swelled to nine over dad Randy. Theoretically, it could evaporate in Canfield, but in practicality, the "Buckeye Hauler" just flat loves its namesake state's tracks. McDonald's "Sanity" and the Petros' "P5" switched places after the proceedings in Lorain County, with the full-bodied Ford now occupying the hot seat. Doug Theobald's "Wicked" will likely hold the tiebreaker between them for the last transfer spot if it's needed, so it may very well come down to a winner-take-all Saturday night.

Four Wheel Drive (through Hudsonville, MI S2; 5 invitees, 3 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: 4 Play, The Punisher, Bad Bowtie, Profab Geared Up, Young Gun.
  • Currently out: The Bone (-6 from fifth place), Foster Child, Profab, Simply Red, The Rock, Profab, Bandit, two others -165 or more.

It'll come down to the Tri-State Showdown for this division's title, and the hometown Holmans have a two touchdown lead under the Friday night lights. Tim Skelton cut his fifth-place deficit in half last Wednesday in Hudsonville; can he make up the rest in Fulton County?

Super Semi (through Bowling Green; 5 invitees, 1 hook to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Mother Trucker, Just Passin' Thru in Class, Stacks, Dodge Fever, Jacked Up.

No suspense for the Enderle here, as this is the entire roster of GN point-collecting trucks. But the Eilens (-1) have been gaining on Dean since Morley with three straight 30-point outings. Do they have the turn signal on, ready to pass him in Sandwich?

Modified Mini (through Greenville, OH S2; 5 invitees, 3 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Walk the Line, Footloose, Funny Lil' Farmall, Wild Cat, Iron Toy.
  • Currently out: LG Seeds (-4 from fifth place), Beast of Burden, Cowboy Up, Brandt Professional Ag, five others -86 or more.

Adam Koester reported at Greenville that their team had met a goal by placing their three tractors 1-2-3. But "Walk the Line" was still on top, meaning it gained another point on dad Larry's "Footloose." Dating to Chapel Hill, "WTL" has earned 248 of a possible 255 points.

Light Unlimited (5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Simon Sez, Super Bee, Milk Money, Feissty Farmer, S'no Farmer.

Seven wins in nine hooks built a 15-point winning margin for two-time champ Brandon Simon. The final margin for that last Enderle berth? A single point separated Todd Feiss from the Ferrys' "Rotten, Mean and Nasty."

Modified (through Bowling Green, OH; 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Money Maker, Bank Robber, Wild Won, Wild Child, Pack Rat 4.
  • Currently out: Feissty Farmer (-16 from fifth place), S'no Farmer, six others -45 or more.

Bret gets the BG sweep and an eight-point lead, Doug gets the ring. Two hooks Sandwiched together on Saturday, September 10 will decide this hard-fought berth.

Unlimited (through Wellington, OH; 5 invitees, 1 hook to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Screamin' D, American Thunder, Money Maker, Cross Threaded, Non-Cents All Screwed Up.
  • Currently out: Blown Centless (loses tie on wins, 1-0), Giddy Up, Wild Child, Wild Won, nine others -48 or more.

So, what's the better story going into Canfield---Chuck Knapp's march from double digits out of the lead to 3.5 points up? Or a three-way tie from fourth through sixth?

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Week 16 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---After a week that concentrated on Grand National events in Ohio and Michigan, we're back on the road again with seven events over four days in Ohio and Wisconsin that'll put the wraps on significant portions of the Region II and III schedules.

First up, it's the Miller Tire Tri-State Showdown in Wauseon, Ohio on Friday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m. Grand National Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks and Modified Minis will team with Region II Heavy Super Stock, Super Farm, and Light Pro Stock Tractors, Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Multi-Engine Modifieds. It'll be the last hook of the year for the Four Wheelers, and the hometown Holman Brothers and their "4 Play" Chevrolet hold a 14-point advantage in the race for the Grand National Championship. The Koesters' "Walk the Line" based in Wadesville, Indiana leads the Minis by 11 over team tractor "Footloose" with two hooks to go in Sandwich after Wauseon. And among regional classes, the leaders are John Pfeiffer of Connersville, Indiana ("Super Rooster" HSS, +13, three to go), Stan Warda of Berrien Springs, Michigan ("Hammerin' Hank" SF, +20, two to go), Kendall Houk of Lynchburg, Ohio ("Nothing Special" LT PS, +126.5, five to go), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD, +12, five to go), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD, +24, three to go).

Then, the Canfield Fair Championship Pull in Canfield, Ohio will finish up a tremendous night of competition on Saturday, September 3 by crowning NTPA's 2016 Grand National Two-Wheel-Drive Truck and Unlimited champions. The show will begin with three U.S.A. East-sanctioned classes at 6:30 p.m. Topping the tables entering Canfield are Jessie Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Buckeye Hauler" TWD, +9) and Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL, +3.5).

Also on Saturday and just 40 miles away in Canton, Ohio, the GN Pro Stocks and Region II Light Pros, Two Wheelers, and Minis will perform at the Stark County Fair. Tim Shipley's "Mr. MAC Daddy" of Kensington, Ohio holds a two-point lead in Pros with two more hooks in Sandwich to follow, while Todd Bultman's "Stress Relief" is out front by 28 in Minis with Findlay and Allegan still to come.

Out west, it's the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Marshfield, Wisconsin playing host to NTPA action on Saturday, September 3 at 7 p.m. Region III Heavy Super Stock Diesel and Light Pro Stock Tractors will join with four state classes. It's the last hook for both, with David Henderson of Spring Valley, Minnesota ("Stray Horse Gone Wild" HSSD, +1) and Dan Schullo of Cumberland, Wisconsin ("Entertainer II" LT PS, +1) holding the high cards.

And the next night, Sunday, September 4, the tour moves on to Ridgeland, Wisconsin and the Ridgeland Nationals, where at 7:30 p.m. regional classes of Light Super Stocks, Super Farms, Limited Pro Stocks, and Two Wheel Drives. For the tractor classes, it's the season's last blast, and hoping to hang on for one more hook are leaders Marty Nelson of Prairie Farm, Wisconsin ("Just-a-Case" LSS, +2), Jeff and Kyle Larson of West Salem, Wisconsin ("Hot Wire" SF, +3), and Craig Braun of Hampton, Minnesota ("Hampton Hooker" LIM PS, +4).

Meanwhile, another 60 miles down I-77 from Canton, in Marietta, Ohio, it's the Washington County Fair Pull and three classes starting at 7 p.m.: Heavy Supers, Light Pros, and Two Wheel Drives.

Bringing the holiday weekend to a close is a Labor Day matinee in Findlay, Ohio that starts at 1 p.m. On tap are regional Pro Stocks, Four Wheel Drives, Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, and Minis. Chris Taylor's "Grain Hollers Mafia" from Eaton, Indiana leads the alcohol/gasoline Four Wheelers by three points going into their final hook, while Cory Hoffman of Richwood, Ohio ("King of Deeres" PS, +2) and Van Haisley of Fairmount, Indiana ("Rock Hard Ram" SSD 4x4, +9) are your other entering frontrunners.

So work in your grilling and swimming around some Championship Pulling. Happy Labor Day, all.

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 is 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.

Champions Crowned in Super Farm, Light Unlimited, Light and Open Supers

Chizek/Korth A&D Team Captures Sixth LSS Title in Seven Years

Mike Chizek and Brian Korth "Excessive Force" 2016 NTPA Grand National Light Super Stock Champions

korth 16 web champWorthington, Ohio---In the end, "Excessive Force" racked up 50 percent of its division's wins on the season. This, despite having 50 percent more competition from its own trailer.

The team of owner Mike Chizek and driver Brian Korth added a third Case IH Light Super Stock to its Armed & Dangerous arsenal, "Triple Barrel," like its brothers an MX 210. And while it wasn't a contender in the early going, it placed second in two of the season's final four hooks. By then, "Excessive Force," the 2010-2012 champion, had established a solid lead on both of its teammates, but not all of its competition: After Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" AGCO won on Friday night in Brandenburg, the race tightened to just two points. Scoring 88 of a possible 90 points from then forward, however, Korth ensured "Force"'s fourth title and the team's sixth overall. Karlen broke up the A&D team's recent dominance of the top two spots by finishing in second (-7), while "Considered Armed & Dangerous," the two-time defending champ, ended up third (-14). 2013 champion Marcus Wettleson and "Gunpowder & Lead" will advance to the Enderle from fourth place (-21), as will Larry Phillips and "Extremely Insane" (-22), who owned the tiebreaker over Jason Hootman's "Commander" on second-place finishes, 1-0.

The Mother "Load": "II" Wins First SSO Title for GALOT Team

John Strickland "GALOT II" 2016 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Open Champion

galot 16 web champWorthington, Ohio---This time, the deal got sealed. The door got shut. The title got clinched.

In position to topple the formidable Blackbourn/Chizek Armed & Dangerous Open Super team in each of the last two seasons only to see their championship hopes unravel in the schedule's final hooks, the Get a Load of That Team of owner Earl Wells and "GALOT II" driver John Strickland surged in the season's final week, claiming victories in Greenville and Wellington to establish an eight-point advantage over Josh Blackbourn's "International Threat"; each finished with five wins. Strickland and three-time defending champion Terry Blackbourn (third, -9) were tied entering and exiting Bowling Green, with Terry leading after the first of two hooks there. But Blackbourn's choppy pass on Tuesday night in Darke County cost him two points to a steadier Strickland while teammate Brent Payne (fifth, -22) notched the first of the AGCOs' three W's on the week with "GALOT." Jordan Lustik and the "Silver Bullet" took home fourth place, 10 points back.

 

 

"Simon Sez" Go for Two: Brandon Claims Second LT UNL Title in Three Years

Brandon Simon "Simon Sez" 2016 NTPA Grand National Light Unlimited Champion

simon 16 web champWorthington, Ohio---Seven wins in nine appearances and no finishes outside the top four resulted in a 15-point margin of victory for Brandon Simon, also the 2014 champion. Simon joins Adam Bauer (2012, 2013) as the division's only holders of multiple titles.

The year started off reasonably well for Simon in Benson, North Carolina, after whose two hooks he trailed 2015 champ Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" (second, -15) by a single point. But after a weekend sweep in Tomah, Simon would not trail again. Tough conditions at a rainy Fort Recovery resulted in a season-worst fourth-place finish, but Brandon rebounded to reel off four straight wins at the Fort, Sandusky, and Hudsonville. The Ferry Brothers' "Milk Money" Modified took third (-33) in its two-engine configuration, while the Feiss Motorsports duo of Tarry ("Feissty Farmer," fourth, -37) and Todd ("S'no Farmer," fifth, -38) won a squeaker over the other Ferry entry, "Rotten, Mean and Nasty" (-39), for the coveted Enderle invitations.

Recurring "Dream": Rod Deck Earns a SF Title with Consistent Finishes

Rod Deck "Dream On" 2016 NTPA Grand National Super Farm Champion

deck 16 web champWorthington, Ohio---In a division renowned for tight finishes, this one wasn't even close. And yet...

Rod Deck claimed his 2016 Super Farm title on the strength of precisely one Grand National victory, on a Friday night in Rockwell. In July. He garnered the full 30 points only one other time, finishing second on Saturday ni---er, Sunday morning in Bowling Green. But it was what he was doing when not winning that got him an 29-point advantage over son Bryan ("One Bad Apple," second) and an astounding 50-plus-point bulge over the portion of the field not from Nebraska. Four seconds. Three thirds. Two fourths. And one fifth. Add it up and that's 11 top-five finishes in 13 hooks; not one other tractor collecting GN points had more than six. In fact, it took until the season's last two hooks for anyone to amass a second victory, as wins in Greenville and Wellington by Brad Hart ("Don't Ask," third, -52) and Dave Whelan ("My Last Excuse," fourth, -54), respectively, locked up their invitations to the Enderle Pull-Off. Drew Parkinson's "Commandeere" (-54) will go, too, despite driveline troubles in Wellington that threatened his hold on fifth. Deck is the division's seventh different champion in the last seven years. Yeah, that's the Super Farm class we know.

Photos by: Tracy Waters, GALOT Motorosports, Simon Sez Pulling Team, and Connie Deck.

"Simon Sez" Go for Two: Brandon Claims Second LT UNL Title in Three Years

Brandon Simon
"Simon Sez"
2016 NTPA Grand National Light Unlimited Champion

Worthington, Ohio---Seven wins in nine appearances and no finishes outside the top four resulted in a 15-point margin of victory for Brandon Simon, also the 2014 champion. Simon joins Adam Bauer (2012, 2013) as the division's only holders of multiple titles.

The year started off reasonably well for Simon in Benson, North Carolina, after whose two hooks he trailed 2015 champ Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" (second, -15) by a single point. But after a weekend sweep in Tomah, Simon would not trail again. Tough conditions at a rainy Fort Recovery resulted in a season-worst fourth-place finish, but Brandon rebounded to reel off four straight wins at the Fort, Sandusky, and Hudsonville.The Ferry Brothers' "Milk Money" Modified took third (-33) in its two-engine configuration, while the Feiss Motorsports duo of Tarry ("Feissty Farmer," fourth, -37) and Todd ("S'no Farmer," fifth, -38) won a squeaker over the other Ferry entry, "Rotten, Mean and Nasty" (-39), for the coveted Enderle invitations.

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