2015 NTPA Precommitment List: PS

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

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

[This is the first of a series of articles introducting the 2015 Pre-Commitment Program Competetitors]

IMG 02552015 NTPA Grand National Pro Stock

The schedule (20 hooks, as of 3/20/15): Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Troy, MO; Jerseyville, IL; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Salem, IL; Sandusky, OH; Napoleon, OH; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Hudsonville, MI x 2; Wellington, OH; Canton, OH; Sandwich, IL x 2.

The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/20/15):

Kevin and Danny Schmucker (Louisville, OH)

  • Rampage: 2014 Grand National Champion (577 points)...3 GN wins (Brandenburg, KY S2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Wellington, OH)...average GN finish: 3.8 (21 appearances)...2012, 2011 GN PS champion.
  • Git-Er-Dun Deere: Finished 4th in 2014 GN points (-21)...2 GN wins (Hutchinson, MN S2; Canton, OH)...average GN finish: 6.0 (21 appearances)...2010, 2008 GN PS champion.

Robby Lemke (Helenville, WI)

  • New Generation Plus: Finished 2nd in 2014 GN points (-1)...5 GN wins (Tomah, WI S2; Brandenburg, KY S1; Salem, IL; Hudsonville, MI S2; Sandwich, IL S2)...average GN finish: 4.8 (21 appearances)...2007 GN PS champion.

Randy and Rick Campbell (Homeworth, OH) and Carlton Cope (Salem, OH)

  • Warpath: Finished 3rd in 2014 GN points (-14.5)...4 GN wins (Hutchinson, MN S1; Tomah, WI S5; Troy, MO; Napoleon, OH)...average GN finish: 6.0 (21 appearances)...2013 GN PS champion.
  • Soup Line Express: Finished 7th in 2014 GN points (-61)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 9.6 (21 appearances).

Tim and Chris Cain (New Palestine, IN)

  • Red Gambler: Finished 5th in 2014 GN points (-37)...1 GN win (Monroe, MI)...average GN finish: 7.0 (21 appearances)...2009 GN PS champion.
  • Aces Wild: Finished 6th in 2014 GN points (-48)...1 GN win (Sandusky, OH)...average GN finish: 8.1 (20 appearances).

Joel Kingen (McCordsville, IN)

  • Full Metal Jacket: Finished 8th in 2014 GN points (-121)...1 GN win (Jerseyville, IL)...average GN finish: 10.2 (19 appearances).

Lance Little (Tuscola, IL)

  • True Grit: Finished 9th in 2014 GN points (-251.5)...1 GN win (Hutchinson, MN S1)...average GN finish: 7.0 (12 appearances).

Mike and Julia Conny (Beloit, OH)

  • Mr. MAC Daddy: Best 2014 GN finish: 6th...average GN finish: 8.7 (3 appearances).

Gene Dixon of Mt. Sterling, IL has died

It is our sad duty to inform the NTPA community of the passing of Harold Eugene "Gene" Dixon of the Brown County Fair in Mt. Sterling, Illinois. A member of the fair board for 55 years and its president for 30 until his retirement in 2013, Mr. Dixon oversaw the fair's first tractor pull in the mid 1950s and ultimately brought Grand National pulling to Mt. Sterling in 1996. Mr. Dixon also served on the board of the Illinois Tractor Pullers Association for two decades including a tenure as its president.

Mr. Dixon, who died on Saturday, March 21, is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carlene, three children, and four grandchildren. The complete obituary may be found here.

The NTPA requests your prayers for the Dixon family.

Vote for Joey!

Please take a minute of time to vote for Joey Frasur, one of the best newcomers in the TWD class! This is one of the few occasions, we can show the strong fan base of Truck & Tractor Pulling! Go to http://www.championsparkplugs.com/search-for-a-champion/view/42#.VOyMB7A5DIV get registered and help him win a major sponsorship and make Champion Spark Plugs aware of us!

We are proud to announce that Joey Frasur and the "Runnin' Block" Super Modified 2wd has acquired a sponsorship from Champion Spark Plugs for 2015! This was all made possible because of your help in voting for him in the "Search for a Champion" contest in January. Joey is now 1 of the 15 finalists for the Grand Prize sponsorship of $50,000. Between February 24th and March 24th, voting for the Grand Prize will be open on Champion's website. Thank you for voting for Joey Frasur.

Bone Twister Takes Hardest-Working Puller Award in Cloverdale

HWP 2015During the first-ever C Bar C NTPA Winter Nationals, Travis Schlabach of Marengo, Iowa captured the title of “Hardest-Working Puller.” Sponsored by Shell Rotella and O’Reilly Auto Parts, the award was earned by the competitor that pulled the greatest combined distance over the two nights of competition among the three divisions.

After Friday’s Session One, Schlabach’s “Bone Twister” Diesel Super Stock was in third place by two and a half feet, trailing fellow class winners Rick Campbell (“Soup Line Express” Pro Stock) and Renee Theobald (“Pretty Wicked” Two Wheel Drive). With a strong Saturday pass, Schlabach finished over five feet in front of the Petro team’s “Runnin’ Block” (the Session Two TWD class winner) and vaulted into first, sweeping the weekend in the process.

Schlabach was awarded a $1,000 bonus from Shell Rotella and O’Reilly Auto Parts as the prize. Notably, all three divisions that participated in the Winter Nationals were represented in the top three of the HWP standings after both sessions.

Vehicle

Friday

Saturday

Total

Behind

Bone Twister (SSD)

318.0100

314.5950

632.6050

 

Runnin’ Block (TWD)

317.4150

309.7700

627.1850

5.4200

Soup Line Express (PS)

320.6350

301.6850

622.3200

10.2850

Pretty Wicked (TWD)

319.0050

300.7650

619.7700

12.8350

Red Line Fever (SSD)

303.9500

311.6150

615.5650

17.0400

NTPA to Live Stream Winter Nationals

Worthington, Ohio---The first indoor tractor pull sanctioned by the National Tractor Pullers Association in 20 years will be available to fans worldwide this weekend in the comfort of their living rooms.

The NTPA will broadcast the 2015 Winter Nationals live from the C Bar C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana via its website, www.NTPAPULL.com/live. Sessions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24. The price for each session's stream is $35, and both sessions may be purchased as a package for $50. Included in each price is on-demand access to that session as many times as desired for a full calendar year.

Classes appearing each night are Grand National Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks, Super Stock Diesel Tractors, and Pro Stock Tractors. A list of the 36 committed competitors appears at www.NTPAPULL.com.

The broadcasts will feature three manned cameras, additional camera angles, instant replays, and commentary and winner interviews by public address announcer Doc Riley of RFD-TV's NTPA Championship Pulling. Coverage begins Friday at 6:45 p.m. with competitor introductions and opening ceremonies. The first hook drops on Session One at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's Session Two begins at 6:30 p.m., with the stream commencing at 6:00 p.m.

The streaming interface is compatible with major browsers and desktop and mobile devices. Fans new to streaming are encouraged to sign in at the start of each broadcast to check their connection speed and configuration. Technical support is available via the streaming service, Stretch Internet ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

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 2014 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Power Service Products, Shell Rotella, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Ag Protect 1, Columbus Diesel Supply, Cow Tales, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, and STOP-FYRE.

NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH currently airs three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, Wednesdays at 5 a.m. EST, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. EST. Season 10 of NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH will premiere on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 and repeat during the scheduled air times listed above. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345) and Dish Network (231), 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.

Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries NTPA’s official monthly magazine, The Puller, in each of its 650+ locations. The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories and related pulling information. You will also see the NTPA’s PULL! souvenir program available in TSC stores everywhere.

For more information about the NTPA, visit www.ntpapull.com, www.facebook.com/ntpapulling, www.twitter.com/ntpapull, or call the NTPA office at (614) 436-1761.

Shell, O’Reilly to present Hardest-Working Puller Award

RotellaoreillysCompetitors at the inaugural NTPA Winter Nationals in Cloverdale, Indiana will compete for additional prize money courtesy of Shell Rotella and O’Reilly Auto Parts. The Hardest-Working Puller Award and $1,000 will be presented to the competitor with the greatest total combined distance from both pulling sessions, across all divisions.

Three Grand National Invitational divisions will share the spotlight, including Super Stock Diesel Tractors, Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks and Pro Stock Tractors. Competitors will battle for over $38,000 in prize money on a regulation, 300-foot track. The list of confirmed competitors may be found at www.ntpapull.com.

Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 23 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 24. Tickets are $25 at the door. Pre-sale tickets are $22 on the NTPA Webmall (shop.ntpapull.com) and at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores nationwide. Tickets for children ages 4 through 10 are $15.

Spectators will be admitted into the arena on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. Fans are invited to browse the indoor open pits where the 36 competition vehicles will be parked. An exhibit area will feature O’Reilly’s monster truck display as well as Bane-Welker Case IH, Community Ram Trucks, and MAC Trailer. Refreshments will be available from vendors.

On Saturday, the doors will open at noon, and festivities will include a live band performing from 2 to 4 p.m.

Contact Info

  • ADDRESS:
    National Tractor Pullers Association
    6155-B Huntley Road,
    Columbus, OH 43229
  • PHONE:
    (614) 436-1761
  • FAX:
    (614) 436-0964
  • WEBMASTER EMAIL