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, "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. Those roles were reversed at Zanesville, however.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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.
- Berth B: A second-place finish in Greenville has extended Kendall's lead to 34 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.
- 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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