Family Patriarch Verne Bauer Has Passed; Update: Funeral Info

The WPI/NTPA family mourns the loss Saturday evening of Verne Bauer, 81, of Paton, Iowa. Mr. Bauer was the father of "Ironman" weight transfer owner/operators Vaughn, Kevin, and Chris Bauer and the grandfather of Modified Mini and Unlimited competitor Adam Bauer.

Visitation for Mr. Bauer will be at Hastings Funeral Home, 403 North Elm, Jefferson, Iowa 50129, on Tuesday, July 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. His funeral will be at the United Methodist Church in Paton on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Lunch will follow at the 209 Main Restaurant in Paton. Condolences may be expressed online here.

Please keep the Bauer family---Vaughn and wife Lori, Kevin and his wife Lori, Adam, Chris, and all of Mr. Bauer's grandchildren---in your thoughts today.

Week 11 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---After last week's 10-event pulling binge, there are a scant six pulls on this week's schedule. So what will you do with all of your free time, pulling fans? Well, read about pulling, of course...

On Thursday and Friday, July 28 and 29, it's the Miller Genuine Draft Showdown in Anoka, Minnesota. Four Wheel Drives, Two Wheel Drives, Heavy Supers, and Modifieds will be in the show on both nights starting at 6:30 p.m. Limited Pros will be present on Thursday, while Super Farms and state Pro Stock Semis are scheduled for Friday. Region III point leaders entering the contest are Wisconsinites Jeff Bahl of Princeton ("Doctor Deere" SF), Roger Scalzo of Spooner ("Bad to the Bone" LIM PS), Wayne Timmerman of Cuba City ("Showtime" TWD), and Mike Manke of Arlington ("Foolish Farmer" FWD).

Also on Thursday, it's the Butler County Fair Pull in Hamilton, Ohio, where Modified Minis, Two and Four Wheelers, and Light Pros will square off starting at 7 p.m. Leading the standings in each of these Region II divisions are Ken Bultemeier of Fort Wayne, Indiana ("WAE Flip Side" MINI), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD), Chris Taylor of Eaton, Indiana ("Grain Hollers Mafia" FWD), and Kendall Houk of Lynchburg, Ohio ("Nothing Special" LT PS).

Then Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m., the Grand National schedule resumes with two venerable events. The cozy confines of the Meade County Fairgrounds' pulling arena will host the Meade County NTPA Nationals in Brandenburg, Kentucky and four classes: GN Two Wheel Drives, Light Super Stocks, and Super Stock Diesels and Region II Super Farms. On the top of the tables are Petro ("Kathy's Komplaint" TWD), Brian Korth of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin ("Considered Armed & Dangerous" LSS), Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD), and Stan Warda of Berrien Springs, Michigan ("Hammerin' Hank" SF).

Meanwhile, at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, the Fort Recovery Grand Nationals at Ambassador Park in Fort Recovery, Ohio will introduce their fans to the twin-engine Light Unlimited class along with traditional favorites: GN Open Supers, Minis, and Unlimiteds and RN Light Pros, Two Wheel Drives (Friday only) and Limited Pros (Saturday only). Your leaders? Brandon Simon of Farley, Iowa ("Simon Sez" LT UNL), John Strickland of Clinton, North Carolina ("GALOT II" SSO), Larry Koester of Wadesville, Indiana ("Footloose" MINI), Brad Benedict of Marion, Ohio ("Non-Cents All Screwed Up" UNL), and Doug McKinley of Winamac, Indiana ("Knight Train" LIM PS).

And Regions III and V are not to be left out on Saturday. At 6:30 p.m. in Waverly, Iowa, it's the Bremer County Fair Pull featuring Heavy Diesel Supers, Limited Pros, Super Farms, Two Wheel Drives, and Pro Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drives in their only Region V appearance. Ahead in the points are Esdon Lehn of Dayton, Minnesota ("Red Line Fever" HSSD), Steve Bousema of Worthington, Minnesota ("Special Edition" LIM PS), Phil Kelley of Wexford, Pennsylvania ("Red-Blooded Binder" SF), and A.J. Riedl of Dubuque, Iowa ("Shafted" TWD).

And at 7 p.m. Saturday in Menomonie, Wisconsin, it's the Dunn County Fair's Regional National Pull with invitational Semis, regional Four Wheel Drives, Light Supers, and Super Farms, and state-level Light Limited Supers, Light Pros, and Minis. Marty Nelson's "Just-a-Case" out of Allmena, Wisconsin leads the Light Supers.

So try not to get into mischief with only a half dozen pulls to follow this week. See you next time.

Road to the Enderle: Week 11 GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---With Grand National Events on the schedule each weekend from now until the Enderle Pull-Off, it's time for competitors to make their moves into the top five in each division to ensure their invitation. Some can play conservatively from a comfortable margin in the standings; others need podium finishes and plenty of them. Let's have a Week 11 look at the state of the 12 races for the 60 slots in the 7 p.m. session of the 30th Enderle. 10-4? (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

Light Super Stock (through Tomah, WI; 5 invitees, 4 hooks to go)

  • Currently in: Considered Armed & Dangerous (115, +15 over 6th place), Excessive Force (+12), Bad Blood (+8), Gunpowder & Lead (+6), Extremely Insane (+6).
  • Currently out: The Commander (-6), Korth/Case IH (-10), Field Sobriety (-13), Insanity (-19), Stormy (-22).

The two experienced Armed & Dangerous Team tractors continue to dominate this division, taking six of eight possible top-two finishes. There's an outside shot that they'll qualify the new third tractor if its bugs are worked out soon, but those six-point margins of Marcus Wettleson and Larry Phillips will be tough to surmount if they can manage two or three more top-five finishes each.

Super Stock Diesel (through Chapel Hill, TN; 5 invitees, 11 hooks to go)

  • Currently in: Triple Bypass (210, +47 over 6th place), The Legacy (+47), Lock-N-Load (+46), Bone Twister (+44), Young Blood (+40).
  • Currently out: Red Horse (-40), Smokin' Hot Deere (-152).

The top five in this class will merely be jockeying for position (and the right to choose their draw order) if they make the rest of the hooks. But that's not a certainty given some mechanical difficulties experienced this past weekend in Tennessee.

Super Stock Open (through Ionia, MI; 5 invitees, 9 hooks to go)

  • Currently in: GALOT II (174, +20 over 6th place), Extremely Armed & Dangerous (+15), Silver Bullet (+14), International Threat (+10), Get a Load of That (+7).
  • Currently out: Desperado (-7).

It's going to be bitter disappointment for exactly one of these six GN point collectors. And with 60 percent of the season to go, it could be any of them. With a win at each of the first three events, GALOT Motorsports has to like their chances at a championship. But you can't count out the Bullet at the Fort or the Blackbourns at BG now, can you?

Super Farm (through Ionia, MI; 5 invitees, 5 hooks to go)

  • Currently in: Dream On (222, +40 over 6th place), Don't Ask (+23), One Bad Apple (+21), Crop Doctor (+17), Absolutely Nuts (owns tie on 2nds, 2-0)
  • Currently out: Deere Traxx (loses tie), Commandeere (-1), Bombardeere Reloaded (-2), My Last Excuse (-4), Press On (-7), Green Fever Too (-14), Superhick (-15), Assorted Nuts (-17), Black Power (-18), five others -35 or more.

So, as you're reading this, Rod Deck is driving down a track somewhere (and Bryan is probably, um, on deck), as the men from Winside, Nebraska have fully assumed a "hook anywhere, anytime" mentality in 2016. The extra exercise hasn't hurt their chances at a GN title or qualifying for the Enderle. But look at that race for fifth: six tractors within seven points? Super Farm's always a game of inches, people.

Pro Stock (through Chapel Hill, TN; 5 invitees, 12 hooks to go)

  • Currently in: New Generation Plus (208, +30 over 6th place), MAC Nasty (+29), Mr. MAC Daddy (+24), CP Dream II (+18), Warpath (+13).
  • Currently out: Rapped Up (-13), Rampage (-13), Git-Er-Dun Deere (-21), Diesel'N'Dirt (-25), True Grit (-32), Nasty Stuff (-35), Red Gambler (-35), Aces Wild (-38), Soup Line Express (-45), two others -102 or more.

The Lions Club of Chapel Hill may hold the deed to Motorsports Park, but this weekend it belonged to the MAC Trailer Team of Beloit, Ohio. The Pro Stocks' first-ever appearance in Chapel Hill saw "Mr. MAC Daddy" and "MAC Nasty" get two wins and two seconds in a float on Friday and a four-way pull-off on Saturday. Robby Lemke clings to a one-point lead heading out to the Illinois tracks in a couple of weeks, while a lot of preseason favorites for the 2016 title are currently on the wrong side of fifth place.

Two Wheel Drive (through Ionia, MI; 5 invitees, 8 hooks to go)

  • Currently in: Kathy's Komplaint (161, +26 over 6th place), Pretty Wicked (+15), Buckeye Hauler (+8), Wicked (+6), Runnin' Block (owns tie on 2nds, 1-0).
  • Currently out: P5 (loses tie), Suffering Sanity (-6), On the Edge (-7), Blade Gone Sweet (-13), Lawless (-14), Simon Sez Dodge (-14), Burn Notice (-16), Just Like Clockwork(-18), Second Degree (-20), 17 others -25 or more.

Not that a 25-point deficit is by any means insurmountable, but with an incredible 31 trucks chasing Grand National points, we'll leave the rest of the list to the Standings page. The next stop is Brandenburg for a two-fer, where twice in recent memory Petro Team trucks have finished 1-2-3-4. Good luck, rest of the field.

Four Wheel Drive (through Chapel Hill, TN; 5 invitees, 9 hooks to go)

  • Currently in: 4 Play (203, +27 over 6th place), The Punisher (+23), The Bone (+7), Profab Geared Up (owns tie on wins, 1-0), Bandit (owns tie on 4ths, 3-0).
  • Currently out: Dustex Cyclone (loses tie), Profab (-2), Young Gun (-3), Bad Bowtie (-5), Foster Child (-11), The Rock (-11), Simply Red (-13).

No one's out of the hunt, but there's quite the traffic jam at 4-5-6 after a weekend at the Super Pull of the South that turned Friday's finish order nearly upside-down on Saturday. The Southern trucks (Peyton Davis x 2, Tyler Cobb, Patrick Paul) have made their cases on Southern tracks, but now the schedule swings northward---and eventually way northward to Norwalk, Wisconsin for a brand new day-night doubleheader the Saturday before BG.

Super Semi (through Peoria, IL; 5 invitees, 4 hooks to go)

  • Currently in: Mother Trucker (132), Stacks (129), Just Passin' Thru in Class (128), Dodge Fever (123), Jacked Up (97).

No suspense for the Enderle here, as this is the entire roster of GN point-collecting trucks. But after two exciting nights in Rockwell (and the top four running the wipers all night in Peoria), there's quite the battle being waged for King of the Road.

Modified Mini (through Chapel Hill, TN; 5 invitees, 11 hooks to go)

  • Currently in: Footloose (261, +30 over 6th place), Walk the Line (+25), Funny Lil' Farmall (+22), Iron Toy (+9), Wild Cat (+6).
  • Currently out: Cowboy Up (-6), LG Seeds (-11), Hellraiser (-23), Beast of Burden (-24), Brandt Professional Ag (-31), four others -73 or more.

The oldest and youngest vehicles in the Koester fleet are this division's toughest contenders at roughly the midpoint, while Ken Veney's three early wins and six top-fours have him well within striking distance. Adam Bauer still has a chance to qualify both of his Minis, but he'll have to leapfrog Terry Jostock who has run a fine inaugural campaign.

Light Unlimited (through Tomah, WI; 5 invitees, 5 hooks to go)

  • Currently in: Simon Sez (118, +16 over 6th place), Super Bee (+9), Milk Money (+2), Outcast (+1, owns tie on 2nds, 1-0), S'no Farmer (+1, owns tie on 3rds, 1-0)
  • Currently out: Feissty Farmer (-1), Rat Poison (-2), Rotten Mean and Nasty (-9), The Joker (-9), Simon Sez Show No Mercy (-12), Keeps on Tickin' (-59).

The 2014 and 2015 champs look fairly safe, but another logjam at fourth, fifth, and sixth has the Enderle roster completely up for grabs. Will this division's first two appearances at the Fort this weekend clarify or confound the situation?

Modified (through Rockwell, IA; 5 invitees, 6 hooks to go)

  • Currently in: Money Maker (116, +23 over 6th place), Bank Robber (+20), Wild Child (+17), Wild Won (+15), Pack Rat 4 (+7).
  • Currently out: Feissty Farmer (-7), S'no Farmer (-9), six others -49 or more.

Two wins on the young season have Doug Lively thinking of a third championship (2013, 2014). But the man who won the two before him still holds the advantage by virtue of four top-three finishes. Doc Christensen has positioned himself well to clinch an invite, but the Feisses have lots more experience on the upcoming Region II dirt.

Unlimited (through Chapel Hill, TN; 5 invitees, 8 hooks to go)

  • Currently in: Non-Cents All Screwed Up (197, +15 over 6th place), Money Maker (+7.5), Blown Centless (+5), American Thunder (+4), Giddy Up (+1.5).
  • Currently out: Cross Threaded (-1.5), Screamin' D (-2), Wild Child (-11.5), Wild Won (-17.5), eight others -43.5 or more.

The Criswell-Benedict Team has to be happy with their "Screw Up" (one win, five top fives)---and their conventionally supercharged "Centless"---thus far this season, as the men from Marion, Ohio have smoothly navigated what has been a choppy season for most. Bill Voreis has two wins but sits fourth, Adam Bauer has two wins but sits sixth, and reigning champ Chuck Knapp sits seventh with a fourth place in Chapel Hill being his best result to date. But it's a long way to Canfield.

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.

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Road to the Enderle: Week 11 RN Update

Worthington, Ohio---We are merely eight seven 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. Several of this year's berths have already been decided, others are heating up, and still others have yet to begin in earnest or at all. We'll spend this week chronicling the state of the regional races; after the big doings in Chapel Hill and Ionia this weekend, we'll concentrate on the Grand National competitors next week.

Light Super Stock (3 invitees)

  • Berth A: Undefeated Rex Kuhn and "Git-R-Done" have a seven-point advantage with one to run in Urbana on Monday, August 8.
  • Berth B: Three hooks into the scheduled seven, the Red Thunder Team holds a nine-point lead over Gary Hagel's "Destination Unknown" after the Degenhardts' "Diggin' Hard" fell ill at New Hampton.  
  • 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)

  • Berth A: John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" missed last year's wraparound in Allegan, but he's more than made up for it this year with four straight top-two finishes.He leads Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" by 17.
  • Berth B: Payne now holds the Region II runner-up berth after a comeback from carnage at Rushville. The alkies of Ed Johnson and Heath Weilnau are still in the chase, but recent absences have put them well behind for now.
  • Berth C: Decorah was the start of this combined four-appearance Region III/V path, and it's Ken Witt who has the good taste in his mouth after "Mr. Yuk" took third and 30 points.
  • 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)

  • Berth A: After Ellsworth, Esdon Lehn leads the race for this Region III berth over the Degenhardts (-1) and David Henderson's "Stray Horse Gone Wild" (-2).
  • Berth B: After Monticello, Esdon Lehn leads the race for this Region V berth over Guy Blechinger's "Sleepless Nights" (-39).
  • Berth C: After Rockwell, Esdon Lehn...owns the Pro National berth with "Red Line Fever"! So the 12-time GN champ has qualified for the Enderle RN session, and it puts the second-place holder for those other berths in play for an at-large invitation. (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.)

Super Farm (6 invitees)

  • Berth A: Just past its halfway point, the I-80-and-North Berth sees Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" leading Kevin Mignault's "Green Energy" by 10 points. Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" has slipped to third (-20).
  • Berth B: But "Hank" has swung for the fences all season long and leads the eight-hook South-of-I-80 Berth by six over the Rhoades' "Gamblin' Man"; both earned 59 points this past week. If "Hank" captures both berths, one will become an at-large.
  • Berth C: Jeff Bahl's "Doctor Deere" is the healthiest after one hook at Ellsworth, but there's a long five hooks to go when the Region III schedule resumes this week in Anoka.
  • 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: Speaking of which, the NASCAR cameraman and his Keystone State 88 have a key grip on this Region V berth thanks to wins at Decorah and Monticello and a second and fourth at Spencer last 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)

  • 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)

  • Berth A: At and east of I-75, it's Travis Tilton's "Always Somethin'" in the lead by 21 points through Mt. Vernon; he picked up 12 in the standings in just the last three events.
  • Berth B: Meanwhile, west of 75 we've put seven hooks in the books. Jason Fliehman's "Second Chances" has made them all and leads by 26 over Shaun Thornhill's "Missy's Pissy" and 22 others.
  • 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)

  • Berth A: With wins in both appearances after the Fremont rainout, the McKinleys' "Knight Train" is on a rail to the Region II title. Jerry Wisel's hanging tough with "Constant Conflict" (-5.5); son Travis' "Irrational Behavior" sits third (-9).
  • Berth B: A win at Ellsworth in its first NTPA appearance has Roger Scalzo's "Bad to the Bone" up one on Craig Braun's "Hampton Hooker."
  • Berth C: Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" captured 89 of a possible 90 points in Decorah and New Hampton to pull ahead with two events to go. The Brothers Bousema, Steve ("Special Edition," -2) and Mike ("Limited Edition," -3), are the closest.

Two Wheel Drive (6 invitees)

  • Berth A: Two more hooks for the Eastern Region II has the Writsels' "At It Again" up six on both the Petros' "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" and Bill Widenmeyer's totally tubular turbocharged "Twin T."
  • Berth B: In Western Region II, Randy Petro has almost lapped the field with "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" (+26) after nine pulls. But with six left, there's still time for the Shephards' "Alcohol Addiction Retapped" and Widenmeyer to mount a challenge.
  • Berth C: Two-time champ Wayne Timmerman (Showtime) leads after Ellsworth. Dale Stampfli's "Twisted Tight" and the Flemings' "Hi! Maintenance" are second and third with two-hook Anoka looming.
  • Berth D: Steve Willson's "Running Bear" won once each in Pinetops and Elizabeth City to clinch this berth.
  • Berth E: The "Beer Wagon" of Corey Kielmeyer is six points up on Kim Moore's "Pack Rat VII" after New Hampton. Their respective trailermates, Dustin Amundson's "Bottoms Up" and Doug Christensen's "Rat VI," are third and fourth.
  • 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)

  • Berth A: A busy week in Region II has tightened this race. The Taylors' "Grain Hollers Mafia." leads Dave Weiss' "Detonator" by a single point.
  • Berth B: But that puts Weiss in position for a ticket to Urbana from the runner-up berth. Ron Newell (-15) has slipped past Steve Elchinger (-21) to capitalize if the Taylors or Weiss slips up.
  • Berth C: Wadena will be the first appearance for this division in Region III.
  • 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.

Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive (3 invitees)

  • Berth A: Van Haisley's "Rock Hard Ram" got the win in Springfield and with it a one-point lead over "The Nut Job" of Brion Withrow.
  • Berth B: But "Nut Job" would get to go too as the runner-up. Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (-4) is Withrow's closest rival.
  • Berth C: Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" was the weekend's winner at Tomah and thus leads the Pro National berth which wraps up in Bowling Green.

Modified Mini (4 invitees)

  • Berth A: Ken Bultemeier's "WAE Flip Side" has assumed the lead after hooks in Hilliard and Preble. David Lacey's ""Triple Play Unchained" and "Double or Nothing" trail by one and two points, respectively.
  • Berth B: So Lacey is battling himself for the runner-up berth along with Tim Rea and Todd Bultemeier, who has overcome the deficit from missing the Allegan wraparound to trail by only nine points.
  • 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: Bultemeier's playing with house money, having gone to North Carolina last fall and this spring to earn the Region IV berth with "WAE Flip SIde."

Modified (5 invitees)

  • Berth A: Ryan Writsel may not have named his Modified yet, but it's got everybody's number, having picked up four wins, two seconds, and a third. He now leads the persistent Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare" by eight.
  • Berth B: Deane would advance as the runner-up, but then it would become an at-large berth, as he already owns Berth C. Ken Miller (-12) would then 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: Don and Ryan also co-lead the Pro National berth after two hooks in Arcola. There's one to go in Sandusky. Tony Schmiesing's "Bionic Buzzard" has third place in this race (-3).
  • Berth E: This newest path to the Enderle was born when Anoka added a second session of Modifieds. Stay tuned this week.

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.

Hans Boxler Sr. Killed in Accident; Update: Funeral Info

We regret that we must share the tragic news of the death of longtime Super Stock competitor Hans Boxler Sr. of Varysburg, New York. Mr. Boxler was killed in an accident at the Hidden Valley Animal Park, a wildlife adventure facility that he operated since 2002.

Mr. Boxler and his son, Hans Jr., are well known to NTPA fans and colleagues for their Super Stock Diesel, "The Special."

The Boxler family released a statement which reads in part:

“[Hans Sr.] wanted to share his passion for God’s animals with others, which encouraged him to create his own Noah’s Ark at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure ... Since its incarnation, thousands have enjoyed various animals from around the world. He enjoyed visiting with guests, many of whom had traveled from great distances ... His greatest reward was listening to and seeing their enjoyment with his animals and the beautiful setting he created at Hidden Valley. He was very proud of all his staff who took the time to ensure his animals and guests were treated as VIPs every day.”

Calling hours will be conducted from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, July 25 and 26, at the Lodge at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. Mr. Boxler's funeral mass wil take place on Wednesday, July 27; his Belgian horses will carry his casket in a processional from the park lodge to St. Joachim and Anne Church, 2311 Attica Street, Varysburg, New York with interment to follow.

Please keep Hans Jr. and the entire Boxler family in your thoughts and prayers.

Week 10 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---Read fast; we've got a lot to cover in this, the NTPA's busiest week in 2016.

Two for Tuesday: The Hartford NTPA Nationals at the Van Buren County Youth Fair in Hartford, Michigan will have two NTPA RN classes on Tuesday, July 19: (Super Farm, Two Wheel Drive) and a state Super Stock Combo class. Point leaders entering the event are Stan and Matt Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" in SF and Randy Petro's "Kathy's Komplaint" in TWD.

Meanwhile in Washington Court House, Ohio, a new event at the Fayette County Fair graces the NTPA schedule with Heavy Supers, Light Pros, Modifieds, and Super Stock Diesel 4x4s. Presently topping the Region II standings in these classes are John Pfeiffer and "Pfeiffermax" in HSS, Kendall Houk and "Nothing Special" in LT PS, Ryan Writsel in MOD, and Brion Withrow's "The Nut Job" in SSD 4x4.

The focus shifts to Region V and Monticello, Iowa's National Summer Slide at the Great Jones County Fair on Wednesday, July 20. Classes of Heavy Diesel Supers, Super Farms, Limited Pros, and Two and Four Wheel Drives are to appear, and the region's FWD point race will be settled. Incoming leaders are Esdon Lehn's "Red Line Fever" HSSD, Phil Kelley's "Red-Blooded Binder" SF, Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" LIM PS, Doug Christensen's "Pack Rat VI" TWD, and Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" FWD, which carries a three-point advantage into the final hook.

Then, it's the midseason classic Super National event in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, namely the Lions Super Pull of the South, which for the first time ever will invite the Grand National Pro Stocks to compete alongside Super Stock Diesels, Four Wheel Drives, Modified Minis, and Unlimiteds on each of Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23. Atop the GN standings are Robby Lemke's "New Generation Plus" PS, Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" SSD, the Holman Brothers' "4 Play" FWD, Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall" MINI, and Brad Benedict's "Non-Cents All Screwed Up" UNL.

But up in Ionia, Michigan, fans will feel the Pullsation of three other GN divisions at the Ionia Free Fair, also on Friday and Saturday nights. Super Stock Open, Super Farm, and Two Wheel Drive competition will appear in each session. Those divisions' point leaders are John Strickland and "GALOT II" in SSO, Rod Deck and "Dream On" in SF, and Renee Theobald and "Pretty Wicked" in TWD.

Well, that's half the week. Breathe, let your eyes refocus. Good? Let's move on.

Back in Ohio on Friday night comes the Franklin County Fair's four-class regional in Hilliard. Light Pros, Two Wheelers, Four Wheelers, and Minis will storm the stage. Out front in FWD is Chris and Darren Taylor's "Grain Hollers Mafia," while the MINI division has been paced by Todd Bultman's "Stress Relief," which has yet to lose in five outings.

Then on Saturday come both an event as old as the NTPA itself and also a brand-new event. Experience belongs to the Power-O-Rama at the Preble Fireman's Park in Preble, Indiana with both Light and Limited Pro Stocks, Minis, and Two Wheel Drives. The entering LIM PS point leader will be Doug McKinley's "Knight Train."

Meanwhile, Springfield, Ohio and the Clark County Fair have invited the NTPA in for five classes: Heavy Super Stocks, Super Farms, Four Wheel Drives, SS Diesel 4x4s, and Modifieds.

And Sunday evening, July 24, it's the Knox County Fair Pull in Mount Vernon, Ohio that plays host to five divisions: Super Farms, Light Pros, Two and Four Wheel Drives, and Modififeds.

Finally, we'll take a ride down I-71 to Owensville, Ohio and the Clermont County Fair Nationals on Monday, July 25, which will feature Region II Heavy Supers, Light Pros, Two Wheel Drives, and Modifieds.

Count 'em, that's 10 events for Week 10. Enjoy the heart of the NTPA season, folks.

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2016 Grand National Precommitted Competitors

The NTPA Pre-commitment Program, established in 1989, this program will take up to 10 competitor vehicles for full benefits, which includes free entry and extra payment incentive for making all of the events or making as many as possible with an excused absence(s). That payment is made at the end of the year, to those competitors who fulfill their commitment. This year’s pre-commitment program features a fierce group of competitors vying for an NTPA title in their respective divisions. Remember that if your favorite driver is not listed, it does not mean that he or she won’t be at an event near you! The list also is not our roster of NTPA pullers, but only those who have enrolled in the pre-commitment program. We will continue to fill spots available up until the first hook of each division. Once that occurs, the program is closed.

List updated 7/18/16:

2016 NTPA Grand National Modified Mini

The schedule (21 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Benson, NC x 2; Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Fort Recovery, OH x 2; Sandusky, OH; Napoleon, OH; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH x 2; Wauseon, OH; Sandwich, IL x 2.

The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 5/12/16):

Adam and Larry Koester (Wadesville, IN)

  • Double Play: Finished 2nd in 2015 GN points (-9)...best GN finish: 2nd (3)...average GN finish: 4.0 (21 appearances)...2007 GN champion.
  • Footloose: Finished 3rd in 2015 GN points (-33)...3 GN wins (Benson S2, New Hampton S2, Sandusky)...average GN finish: 5.7 (21 appearances)...2008, 2006, 2001 GN champion.
  • New vehicle in 2016.

Ken Veney (Wadsworth, OH)

  • Funny Lil' Farmall: Finished 5th in 2015 GN points (-40)...best GN finish: 2nd (5)...average GN finish: 6.7 (21 appearances).

Chris Martin (Cannon Falls, MN) and Bret Berg (Farmington, MN)

  • Small Change: Finished 6th in 2015 GN points (-96)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 8.2 (21 appearances).
  • Brandt Professional Ag: New vehicle in 2016...Won Cloverdale S1. [Roundup Ready 2: Finished 7th in 2015 GN points (-123)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 10.0 (21 appearances).]

Adam Bauer (Paton, IA)

  • Cowboy Up: Finished 9th in 2015 GN points (-289)...4 GN wins (Tomah S1, Bowling Green x 2, Wauseon)...average GN finish: 5.1 (11 appearances)...2012 GN champion.
  • Iron Toy: Finished 10th in 2015 GN points (-291)...2 GN wins (Rockwell S1, New Hampton S1)...average GN finish: 5.9 (11 appearances)...2013, 2011, 2009 GN champion.

Jerry Thompson (Janesville, WI)

  • Hellraiser: Finished 11th in 2015 GN points (-294)...best GN finish: 6th (2)...average GN finish: 10.9 (13 appearances).

Terry Jostock (Lapeer, MI)

  • New vehicle in 2016.

2016 NTPA Grand National Light Unlimited

The schedule (9 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Fort Recovery, OH x 2; Sandusky, OH; Hudsonville, MI x 2.

The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/28/16):

Keith Wayson (Harwood, MD)

  • Super Bee: 2015 Grand National Champion (366 points)...6 GN wins (Fairlea x 2, Benson S2, Brandenburg S1, Dubuque, Hudsonville S2)...average GN finish: 2.9 (13 appearances).

Brandon and R.J. Simon (Farley, IA)

  • Simon Sez: Finished 2nd in 2015 GN points (-5)...2 GN wins (Troy, Jerseyville)...average GN finish: 3.4 (13 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2014 GN champion.
  • Simon Sez Show No Mercy: Finished 4th in 2015 GN points (-23)...GN win (Brandenburg S2)...average GN finish: 4.9 (13 appearances).

Todd and Tarry Feiss (Lawrenceburg, IN)

  • Feissty Farmer: Finished 3rd in 2015 GN points (-12)...best GN finish: 2nd (3)...average GN finish: 3.8 (13 appearances).
  • S'no Farmer Xtreme: Finished 5th in 2015 GN points (-33)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 4.8 (13 appearances).

Brian Diekman (Genoa, OH)

  • Rat Poison: Finished 6th in 2015 GN points (-60)...GN win (Hudsonville S1)...average GN finish: 5.0 (12 appearances).

Paul Koontz (Welcome, NC)

  • The Joker: Finished 7th in 2015 GN points (-198)...GN win (Benson S1)...average GN finish: 3.2 (6 appearances).

Matt and Manny Ferry (Westport, MA)

  • Rotten, Mean and Nasty: Finished 8th in 2015 GN points (-306)...2 GN wins (Tomah x 2)...average GN finish: 1.5 (2 appearances).

Wayne Bunnage (Ellery, IL)

  • New vehicle in 2016

Jacob Ohl (Danville, IL)

  • Outcast: Average 2015 GN finish: 3.7 (3 appearances).

2016 NTPA Grand National Modified

The schedule (10 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Monroe, MI; Wapakoneta, OH; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Sandwich, IL x 2.

The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/28/16):

Scott Tedder (Marion, IN)

  • Mr. Twister: 2015 Grand National Champion (336 points)...5 GN wins (Monroe, Wapakoneta, Bowling Green x 2, Sandwich S3)...average GN finish: 3.0 (12 appearances).

Bret Berg (Farmington, MN)

  • Money Maker: Finished 2nd in 2015 GN points (-8)...GN win (Hutchinson S1)...average GN finish: 3.7 (12 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2012, 2011 GN champion.

Terry and Bob Jostock (Lapeer, MI)

  • Wild Won: Finished 4th in 2015 GN points (-25)...best GN finish: 2nd (2)...average GN finish: 5.1 (12 appearances)...2009 GN champion..1996 GN 7,200-lb. MOD champion.
  • Wild Child: Finished 6th in 2015 GN points (-32)...GN win (Rockwell S1)...average GN finish: 5.7 (12 appearances)...2007 GN champion.

Ricky Rose (Glencoe, MN)

  • Giddy Up: Finished 5th in 2015 GN points (-26)...GN win (Rockwell S2)...average GN finish: 5.2 (12 appearances).

Doug Lively (State Center, IA)

  • Bank Robber: Finished 7th in 2015 GN points (-38)...GN wins (Tomah S3)...average GN finish: 6.3 (12 appearances)...2014, 2013 GN champion.

Joe and Ray Fintak (North Collins, NY)

  • North American: Finished 9th in 2015 GN points (-200)...best GN finish: 9th...average GN finish: 11.9 (7 appearances).

Dennis Christensen (Glencoe, MN)

  • Pack Rat 4: Finished 10th in 2015 GN points (-202)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 8.3 (6 appearances).

Todd and Tarry Feiss (Lawrenceburg, IN)

  • Feissty Farmer: Finished 11th in 2015 GN points (-233)...best GN finish: 6th...average GN finish: 10.6 (5 appearances).
  • S'no Farmer Xtreme: Finished 14th in 2015 GN points (-257)...best GN finish: 9th...average GN finish: 10.8 (4 appearances).

2016 NTPA Grand National Unlimited

The schedule (16 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Benson, NC x 2; Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Fort Recovery, OH x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Wellington, OH; Canfield, OH.

The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/28/16):

Chuck Knapp (Charles City, IA)

  • Screamin' D: 2015 Grand National Champion (386 points)...2 GN wins (New Hampton x 2)...average GN finish: 3.8 (14 appearances).

Wayne Purser (Norman, OK)

  • Uncle Sam: Finished 2nd in 2015 GN points (-1)...2 GN wins (Chapel Hill S2, Wellington)...average GN finish: 3.5 (14 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup.

Bill Voreis (Argos, IN)

  • American Thunder: Finished 3rd in 2015 GN points (-3)...5 GN wins (Tomah S5, Mt. Sterling, Bowling Green S4, Greenville S2, Canfield)...average GN finish: 3.9 (14 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 GN champion.

Bret Berg (Farmington, MN)

  • Money Maker: Finished 4th in 2015 GN points (-25)...2 GN wins (Fort Recovery x 2)...average GN finish: 5.6 (14 appearances).

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

  • Wild Won: Finished 5th in 2015 GN points (-52)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 8.1 (14 appearances).
  • Wild Child: Finished 7th in 2015 GN points (-67)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 9.2 (14 appearances).

Adam Bauer (Paton, IA)

  • Cross Threaded: Finished 11th in 2015 GN points (-161)...GN win (Chapel Hill S1)...average GN finish: 3.4 (8 appearances)...2014, 2013 GN champion.

Ricky Rose (Glencoe, MN)

  • Giddy Up: Finished 12th in 2015 GN points (-199)...GN win (Tomah S6)...average GN finish: 7.9 (8 appearances).

Kevin Criswell and Brad Benedict (Marion, OH)

  • Blown Centless: Finished 14th in 2015 GN points (-340)...best GN finish: 8th (2)...average GN finish: 10.5 (2 appearances).
  • Non-Cents: Finished 17th in 2015 GN points (-360)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 5.0 (1 appearance).

2016 NTPA Grand National Two Wheel Drive

The schedule (14 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Ionia, MI x 2; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Wapakoneta, OH; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Wellington, OH; Canfield, OH.

The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/28/16):

Jessie and Randy Petro (Camden, OH) and Joey Frasur (Liberty, IN)

  • Buckeye Hauler: 2015 Grand National Champion (441 points)...4 GN wins (Tomah S6, Chapel Hill S2, Bowling Green S1, Canfield)...average GN finish: 4.4 (16 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup...won Enderle Pull-Off...2014, 2013, 2012 GN champion.
  • Kathy's Komplaint: Finished 3rd in 2015 GN points (-35)...GN win (Wellington)...average GN finish: 7.3 (16 appearances)...2011, 2010, 2001 GN champion.
  • Runnin' Block: Finished 4th in 2015 GN points (-54)...2 GN wins (Fort Recovery S1, Wapakoneta)...average GN finish: 10.0 (16 appearances).
  • 2 Timin': Finished 7th in 2015 GN points (-77)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 11.6 (16 appearances)...2009 GN champion.

Renee and Doug Theobald (Shelbyville, IN)

  • Pretty Wicked: Finished 2nd in 2015 GN points (-21)...2 GN wins (Benson S2, New Hampton S1)...average GN finish: 6.8 (16 appearances).
  • Wicked: Finished 5th in 2015 GN points (-58)...1 GN win (Chapel Hill S1, Greenville S1)...average GN finish: 9.3 (16 appearances).

Craig and Ashley Corzine (Assumption, IL)

  • Burn Notice: Finished 6th in 2015 GN points (-76)...GN win (Benson S1)...average GN finish: 11.5 (16 appearances).
  • Second Degree: Finished 9th in 2015 GN points (-105)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 15.2 (16 appearances).

Tarry Feiss (Lawrenceburg, IN)

  • Hoosier Avalanche: Finished 8th in 2015 GN points (-88)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 12.6 (16 appearances).

Brent Secrest (Coldwater, OH)

  • Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It: Finished 10th in 2015 GN points (-106)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 14.5 (16 appearances).

2016 NTPA Grand National Four Wheel Drive

The schedule (17 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Benson, NC x 2; Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Monroe, MI; Wapakoneta, OH; Norwalk, WI x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Hudsonville, MI x 2; Wauseon, OH.

The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/28/16):

Jim and Paul Holman (Wauseon, OH)

  • 4 Play: Finished 2nd in 2015 GN points (-17)...best GN finish: 2nd (3)...average GN finish: 5.6 (16 appearances)...2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1994, 1991, 1990 GN champion...1989 GN 6,200-lb. FWD, 5,800-lb. FWD champion.

Ted and Tim Skelton (Harvard, IL)

  • The Rock: Finished 3rd in 2015 GN points (-37)...3 GN wins (Benson S1, Tomah S5, Wauseon)...average GN finish: 8.9 (16 appearances).
  • The Bone: Finished 5th in 2015 GN points (-56)...best GN finish: 3rd (4)...average GN finish: 9.9 (16 appearances).

Rob, Tanya, and Carmen Foster (Fairgrove, MI)

  • Simply Red: Finished 4th in 2015 GN points (-46)...GN win (Fairlea S2)...average GN finish: 10.6 (16 appearances).
  • Foster Child: Finished 6th in 2015 GN points (-61)...GN win (Hutchinson S1)...average GN finish: 11.4 (16 appearances).

Tyler Cobb (Baxley, GA)

  • Bandit: Finished 7th in 2015 GN points (-73)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 12.1 (16 appearances).

Peyton Davis (Tappahannock, VA)

  • Young Gun: Finished 8th in 2015 GN points (-126)...best GN finish: 2nd (3)...average GN finish: 6.0 (12 appearances).
  • Punisher: Finished 9th in 2015 GN points (-129)...2 GN wins (Chapel Hill S2, Hudsonville S1)...average GN finish: 6.6 (12 appearances).

Larry and Lisa Peterson (Baldwin, WI)

  • Profab Geared Up: Finished 10th in 2015 GN points (-129)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 7.6 (12 appearances).
  • Profab: Finished 11th in 2015 GN points (-133)...2 GN wins (Chapel Hill S1, Hudsonville S2)...average GN finish: 7.9 (12 appearances).

2016 NTPA Grand National Super Semi

The schedule (9 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Peoria, IL; Morley, MI; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Sandwich, IL.

The competitors (2 vehicles, as of 3/28/16):

Jack Kielmeyer (Faribault, MN)

  • Jacked Up: Finished 3rd in 2015 GN points (-64)...6 GN wins (Hutchinson x 2,  Tomah S6, Rockwell S2, Monroe, Bowling Green S2)...average GN finish: 2.6 (14 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Larry and Brian Carey (Morley, MI)

  • Dodge Fever: Finished 4th in 2015 GN points (-138)...GN win (Spencer S1)...average GN finish: 4.3 (12 appearances)...2004 GN champion.

2016 NTPA Grand National Light Super Stock

The schedule (8 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2.

The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/28/16):

Mike Chizek (Newton, WI) and Brian Korth (Beaver Dam, WI)

  • Considered Armed & Dangerous: 2015 Grand National Champion...5 GN wins (Tomah S1, New Hampton S1, Brandenburg x 2, Sandwich S3)...average GN finish: 2.0 (10 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2014 GN champion.
  • Excessive Force: Finished 2nd in 2015 GN points (-2)...4 GN wins (Tomah S4, Bowling Green x 2, Sandwich S2)...average GN finish: 2.4 (10 appearances)...2012, 2011, 2010 GN champion.
  • New vehicle for 2016.

Marcus Wettleson (Postville, IA)

  • Gunpowder & Lead: Finished 3rd in 2015 GN points (-23)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 5.1 (10 appearances)...2013 GN champion.

Kyle Karlen (Minerva, OH)

  • Bad Blood Double Take: Finished 5th in 2015 GN points (-45)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 8.4 (10 appearances).

Bob Barbee (Springfield, TN)

  • Stormy: Finished 11th in 2015 GN points (-117)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 11.3 (8 appearances).

Bobby Jones (Pleasant Hill, IL)

  • Field Sobriety: Finished 12th in 2015 GN points (-199)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 12.5 (4 appearances).

Jason Hootman (Corfu, NY)

  • The Commander: Best 2015 GN finish: x...average GN finish: 9.5 (2 appearances).

Adam Spiegelberg

  • New vehicle for 2016.

2016 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel

The schedule (19 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Benson, NC x 2; Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Salem, IL; Napoleon, OH; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Hudsonville, MI x 2; Sandwich, IL x 2.

The competitors (6 vehicles, as of 5/31/16):

Steve Burge (Lynn, IN)

  • Lock-N-Load: 2015 Grand National Champion (445 points)...5 GN win (New Hampton x 2, Napoleon, Bowling Green S4, Greenville S1)...average GN finish: 2.5 (16 appearances)...2014 GN champion.

Braden, Brian, and Dennis Shramek (Williamsburg, MO)

  • The Legacy: Finished 4th in 2015 GN points (-56)...GN win (Hutchinson S1)...average GN finish: 5.0 (14 appearances).
  • Young Blood: Finished 6th in 2015 GN points (-90)...best GN finish: 3rd (3)...average GN finish: 6.8 (13 appearances).

Jody and Colin Ross (Waynesburg, PA)

  • Triple Bypass: Finished 8th in 2015 GN points (-140)...best GN finish: 3rd (3)...average GN finish: 6.4 (13 appearances).

Travis Schlabach (Marengo, IA)

  • Bone Twister: Finished 10th in 2015 GN points (-193)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 8.5 (11 appearances).

Mike Beck (Napoleon, OH)

  • New vehicle for 2016. [High Tech Red Neck: Finished 11th in 2015 GN points (-193)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 7.1 (11 appearances).]

2016 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Open

The schedule (15 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Ionia, MI x 2; Fort Recovery, OH x 2; Monroe, MI; Salem, IL; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH x 2; Wellington, OH.

The competitors (7 vehicles, as of 4/12/16):

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

  • Extremely Armed & Dangerous: 2015 Grand National Champion (464 points)...6 GN wins (Tomah x 2, Fort Recovery x 2, Greenville, Wellington)...average GN finish: 2.0 (16 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2014, 2013 GN SSO champion.
  • International Threat: Finished 2nd in 2015 GN points (-11)...2 GN wins (Ionia S2, Bowling Green S1)...average GN finish: 3.0 (16 appearances).

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

  • GALOT II: Finished 3rd in 2015 GN points (-12)...6 GN wins (Benson x 2, Jerseyville, Ionia S1, Mt. Sterling, Salem)...average GN finish: 3.1 (16 appearances).
  • Get a Load of That: Finished 4th in 2015 GN points (-40)...GN win (Troy)...average GN finish: 5.9 (16 appearances).

Sid Broughton (South Haven, MI)

  • Desperado: Finished 5th in 2015 GN points (-43)...best GN finish: 3rd (2)...average GN finish: 6.0 (16 appearances).

Jordan and RIchard Lustik (Eighty-Four, PA):

  • Silver Bullet: Finished 6th in 2015 GN points (-300)...1 GN win (Bowling Green S3)...average GN finish: 4.7 (6 appearances)...2011, 2010, 2009, 2000 GN SSO champion.
  • New vehicle for 2016

2016 NTPA Grand National Super Farm

The schedule (13 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Ionia, MI x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Wellington, OH.

The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/28/16):

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

  • Top Priority: 2015 Grand National Champion (388 points)...3 GN wins (Benson S1, Troy, Jerseyville)...average GN finish: 5.7 (15 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Brad Hart (Clayton, MI)

  • Don't Ask: Finished 2nd in 2015 GN points (-17)...2 GN wins (Ionia S2, Wellington)...average GN finish: 7.1 (15 appearances).

Rod and Bryan Deck (Winside, NE)

  • Dream On: Finished 3rd in 2015 GN points (-18)...3 GN wins (Fairlea S2, Mt. Sterling, Bowling Green S3)...average GN finish: 7.1 (15 appearances).
  • One Bad Apple: Finished 8th in 2015 GN points (-43)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 9.2 (15 appearances)...2013 GN champion.

Drew and Dan Parkinson (Granville, OH)

  • The Commandeere: Finished 4th in 2015 GN points (-23)...GN win (Tomah S4)...average GN finish: 7.4 (15 appearances).
  • The Bombardeere: Finished 11th in 2015 GN points (-60)...GN win (Greenville S2)...average GN finish: 10.9 (15 appearances).

Russ Freeze (Manchester, TN)

  • Deere Traxx: Finished 5th in 2015 GN points (-27)...best GN finish: 2nd (3)...average GN finish: 8.3 (15 appearances).

Dave Whelan (Tipton, MI)

  • My Last Excuse: Finished 6th in 2015 GN points (-29)...2 GN wins (Tomah S1, Bowling Green S1)...average GN finish: 9.7 (15 appearances).

Jon Silsby (Vicksburg, MI)

  • Crop Doctor: Finished 7th in 2015 GN points (-41)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 9.0 (15 appearances).

Lee Butts (Fairgrove, MI)

  • Press On: Finished 10th in 2015 GN points (-60)...GN win (Fairlea S1)...average GN finish: 10.8 (15 appearances).

2016 NTPA Grand National Pro Stock

The schedule (20 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Benson, NC x 2; Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Chapel Hill, TN 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 3/28/16):

Robby Lemke (Helenville, WI)

  • New Generation Plus: 2015 Grand National Champion (550 points)...4 GN wins (Tomah S5, Sandusky, Sandwich x 2)...average GN finish: 4.3 (20 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2007 GN champion.

Danny and Kevin Schmucker (Louisville, OH)

  • Rampage: Finished 2nd in 2015 GN points (-11)...4 GN wins (Tomah S2, Jerseyville, Salem, Canton)...average GN finish: 5.0 (20 appearances)...2014, 2012, 2011 GN champion.
  • Git-Er-Dun Deere: Finished 3rd in 2015 GN points (-62)...GN win (Hudsonville S2)...average GN finish: 9.3 (20 appearances)...2010, 2008 GN champion.

Tim and Chris Cain (New Palestine, IN)

  • Red Gambler: Finished 4th in 2015 GN points (-68)...GN win (Napoleon)...average GN finish: 9.3 (20 appearances)...2009 GN champion.
  • Aces Wild: Finished 7th in 2014 GN points (-48)...GN win (Hutchinson S1)...average GN finish: 10.0 (20 appearances).

Nick McCormick (Stewardson, IL)

  • Nasty Stuff: Finished 5th in 2015 GN points (-70)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 8.8 (20 appearances).

Mike Conny (Beloit, OH) and Tim Shipley (Kensington, OH)

  • MAC Nasty: Finished 6th in 2015 GN points (-74)...3 GN wins (Mt. Sterling, Hudsonville S1, Wellington)...average GN finish: 9.4 (20 appearances).
  • Mr. MAC Daddy: Finished 11th in 2015 GN points (-127)...GN win (Brandenburg S1)...average GN finish: 14.4 (20 appearances).

Randy and Rick Campbell (Homeworth, OH)

  • Soup Line Express: Finished 8th in 2015 GN points (-92)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 11.9 (20 appearances).

Lance Little (Tuscola, IL)

  • True Grit: Finished 9th in 2015 GN points (-115)...GN win (Hutchinson S2)...average GN finish: 10.9 (19 appearances).

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 Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6:00 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.

Subscripte to the Official Magazine of the NTPA, THE PULLER. The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries NTPA’s official monthly magazine, The Puller and PULL! souvenir program, in each of its 650+ locations.

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

2016 GN Precommitted Competitors: LSS

Light Super Stocks will have a mixture of new vehicles and veteran competitors in 2016. This is the fourth class on the lineup of the 2016 pre-commitment list. 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 pre-commitment program.

Check back daily for the next division to be revealed. Be sure to stay abreast of all of the news as it happens on ntpapull.com or facebook.com/ntpapulling.

2016 NTPA Grand National Light Super Stock

The schedule (8 hooks, as of 3/28/16): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2.

The competitors (9 vehicles, as of 7/18/16):

LSSMike Chizek (Newton, WI) and Brian Korth (Beaver Dam, WI)

  • Considered Armed & Dangerous: 2015 Grand National Champion...5 GN wins (Tomah S1, New Hampton S1, Brandenburg x 2, Sandwich S3)...average GN finish: 2.0 (10 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2014 GN champion.
  • Excessive Force: Finished 2nd in 2015 GN points (-2)...4 GN wins (Tomah S4, Bowling Green x 2, Sandwich S2)...average GN finish: 2.4 (10 appearances)...2012, 2011, 2010 GN champion.
  • New vehicle for 2016.

Marcus Wettleson (Postville, IA)

  • Gunpowder & Lead: Finished 3rd in 2015 GN points (-23)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 5.1 (10 appearances)...2013 GN champion.

Kyle Karlen (Minerva, OH)

  • Bad Blood Double Take: Finished 5th in 2015 GN points (-45)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 8.4 (10 appearances).

Bob Barbee (Springfield, TN)

  • Stormy: Finished 11th in 2015 GN points (-117)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 11.3 (8 appearances).

Bobby Jones (Pleasant Hill, IL)

  • Field Sobriety: Finished 12th in 2015 GN points (-199)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 12.5 (4 appearances).

Jason Hootman (Corfu, NY)

  • The Commander: Best 2015 GN finish: x...average GN finish: 9.5 (2 appearances).

Adam Spiegelberg

  • New vehicle for 2016.

 

Week 9 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---Welcome to the second most hectic week on the 2016 calendar for NTPA pulling. Eight events will touch down in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa and heat up the point races in Regions II and V.

First on Tuesday, it's LaPorte, Indiana. Pro National classes of Light Pro Stocks and Two Wheel Drives (which earn Region II points) are teamed with Super Stock Diesel 4x4s and Super Farms. After a diesel pickup hook Monday night in Greentown, it's Brion Withrow's "Nut Job" with the early one-point lead. Others at the top of the standings entering LaPorte are Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" LT PS, Randy Petro's "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD, and Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" SF.

Then on Wednesday, it's the Heart of Illinois Fair's Super Semi Event in Peoria, Illinois. Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" has the advantage entering after Bill Daluge's two turns at the wheel in Rockwell netted 60 points.

Also on Wednesday, a new event takes center stage in Decorah, Iowa at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds with Region V classes of Heavy Super Stocks, Super Farms, Limited Pro Stocks, and Two Wheel Drives. It's the Heavy Supers' and Super Farms' first chances at the weight transfer this year (Rockwell's classes were diesel-only), while the Limiteds and wheelstanders got their seasons going at the North Iowa Nationals last weekend. Those hooks saw Steve Bousema's "Special Edition" LIM PS dominate with two wins, while Doug Christensen's "Pack Rat VI" holds the TWD point lead.

Thursday and Friday belong to the Eaton County Fair Pull in Charlotte, Michigan, which features Heavy Super Stocks both nights. On Thursday, they'll be joined by Light Pros, Two Wheelers, Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, and Modified Minis, while Friday's action also sees Super Farms, Four Wheel Drives, and Modifieds. At the top of the Region II tables entering competition will be Keith Middleton's "Deere & Company" HSS, Todd Bultman's "Stress Relief" MINI, Chris Taylor's "Grain Hollers Mafia" FWD, and Ryan Writsel's yet-unnamed MOD.

Additionally on Friday comes London, Ohio, with Light Pros, SSD 4x4s, Two Wheelers, and Minis.

And that same evening is the start of the Kenwood Avenue Nationals in New Hampton, Iowa, which consists of six Region V classes both Friday and Saturday nights: Light and Heavy Diesel Super Stocks, Limited Pro Stocks, Two and Four Wheel Drives, and Minis. There's lots at stake for the Minis, as Kenwood completes the path to the Region III/V Enderle berth currently led by Jesslyn Fagundes' "Share Cropper" after last month's pull in Ellsworth. The Light Supers will be making their 2016 debut, while Esdon Lehn's "Red Line Fever" leads the Heavy Diesels and Jamie Busch's "Thunderstruck" the Four Wheel Drives.

But we're still not done with Week 9; we've got two Region II Saturday night specials to go. In Wilmington, Ohio, it's the Clinton County Fair Pull, which has Light Pros, Two Wheel Drives, Minis, and Modifieds.

And the Cass County Fair Pull in Logansport, Indiana will feature five classes including this year's first haul for the Pro Stock Semis. Also appearing are Light Supers, Super Farms, Limited Pros, and Four Wheelers. Leading the Light Super standings is Rex Kuhn's "Git-R-Done," while Doug McKinley's "Night Train" is out front in Limiteds.

Next week, we'll reach midseason on the NTPA calendar with our number-one busiest week of competition (10 pulls in all) including top-tier events in Chapel Hill and Ionia. See you then.

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.

TWD Competitor Mike Rodgers' Father Pat Has Died

The NTPA is saddened to hear of the death of Pat Rodgers, 73, of Saluda, South Carolina, on Friday, July 8. Mr. Rodgers was the father of Two Wheel Drive competitor Mike Rodgers (Dog House).

In addition to Mike and his wife Tina, the late Mr. Rodgers is survived by his wife Nancy, his brother Michael, and four grandchildren. His complete obituary may be found here.Condolences may be expressed  via the Ramey Funeral Home's website.

Please pray for Nancy, Mike, and the Rodgers family today in their time of sorrow.

Week 8 Preview

It's a good---and busy---time to be a truck and tractor pulling fan.

Tomah, Wisconsin and Hopkinsville, Kentucky had each of the last two weeks to themselves. But no pull will have that degree of exclusivity (not even BG: hello, Owatonna) from now until the Enderle Pull-Off on Saturday, September 17---some invitations to which, by the way, have already been earned. Watch this space for a midseason Enderle report, coming soon.

Update: The event in Shelbyville has been cancelled. No rain points will be issued. The Shelby County Fair Pull in Shelbyville, Indiana kicks off this week on Wednesday, July 6, with classes of Two Wheel Drives and Light Super Stocks. The only reigning champion of that event was the rain, as it was washed out a day in advance last year. Entering competition, Region II point leaders are Rex Kuhn's "Git-R-Done," which leads by one in Light Supers over Jason Irvin's "Drunkin' Punkin'" after Boswell, and Bill Widenmeyer's "Twin T" Two Wheel Drive, which has an 11-point bulge over the Petros' regional entries "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" and "2-Timin'."

Then on Thursday, July 7, Marion, Ohio will host three regional classes: Light Pro Stocks, Two Wheelers, and Modifieds. Brad Benedict won his hometown pull with his "Non-Cents" MOD last year; other winners from 2015 were Tom Shafer and "The Boss" in Light Pros and Russ Nichols and "On the Edge" in TWD. Leading the LT PS standings entering Marion are Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" (+23 over Kevin Smith's "Flirtin' with Deerezastor"). The MOD class was last spotted in Sandusky County carrying umbrellas to the drivers' meeting; they're looking forward to their first trip down the track in 2016.

And on Friday, Region II splits Indiana in two while the Grand National and Region V circuits get going a couple of states west. The St. Joseph County Fair Pull in South Bend hosts Light Super Stock, Super Farm, and Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks. At this point, it's the Tony Awards in Super Farm (Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" vs. Capozzo's "Cruel Intentions"), while the Lim Pros have only Fremont rain points to show. Meanwhile, the Arcola National Truck and Tractor Pull runs both Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, with classes of Heavy Super Stocks, Light Pro Stocks, Minis, and Modifieds both nights along with Four Wheel Drives on Friday and Two Wheelers (you read right, that's four in four nights) on Saturday. Winners at Arcola 2015 were Dick Storehalder and Dave Lacey (MINI), Steve Burge (HSS), Shafer and Scott Webb (LT PS), Ken Miller and Don Deane (MOD), Paul Holman (FWD), and Russ Nichols (TWD). The Modifieds have extra incentive; after Arcola, someone will be two thirds of the way to a Pro National Enderle berth.

The North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell, Iowa---this year a Grand National event---share the Friday-Saturday timeslot. The GN classes include Super Farms, Super Semis, Minis, and Modifieds, whlle regional classes include Heavy Super Stock Diesels (with their own two-hook Enderle slot at stake), Limited Pros, and Two and Four Wheelers. Last year's winners were Dean Holicky and Jack Kielmeyer (SEMI), Adam Bauer and Jason Hathaway (MINI), Bob Jostock and Ricky Rose (MOD), Travis Schlabach (HSSD), Brian Poppe and Keith Vsetecka (LIM PS), Wayne Timmerman (TWD), and Jamie Busch and Mark Mangan (FWD). It's the first Region V hook, while GN point leaders are Rod Deck ("Dream On" SF, +7), Tom and Pat Eilen ("Just Passin' Thru in Class" SEMI, +1), Ken Veney ("Funny Lil' Farmall" MINI, +3), and Bret Berg and Bob Jostock (MOD, +1).

And finally for the Tuesday-to-Monday NTPA week comes Greentown, Indiana and the Howard County Fair on Monday, July 11. There, Light Pros and Two Wheel Drives will combine with Region II's  first hook for the Super Stock Diesel Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks.

LaPorte, Indiana follows quickly next Tuesday, but we'll cover that in next week's preview.

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.

Shelbyville Event Cancelled; No Rain Points Issued

The regional national pull in Shelbyville, Indiana scheduled for Wednesday, July 6 has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Since the decision was reached more than eight hours in advance of the scheduled start time of 7 p.m., no rain points will be issued to competitors.

Week 5 Preview

After two solid weeks of Regional National action in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin, it's time for the Grand National circuit to return to the stage. (But we'll manage to get get in a Region II event on Monday, too.)

The Power Pull Nationals in Hutchinson, Minnesota will take over the McLeod County Fairgrounds for two nights on Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18, beginning at 7 p.m. Unlimited Modifieds will make their first-ever appearances and will be joined both evenings by Pro Stock and Super Stock Diesel Tractors, Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Modified Minis. The event will also include United Pullers of Minnesota Super Semi classes.

Reigning Grand National champions are Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL), Robby Lemke of Helenville, Wisconsin ("New Generation Plus" PS), Steve Burge of Lynn, Indiana ("Lock-N-Load" SSD), Jason Brammer of Donovan, Illinois ("Corn Fed" FWD), and Jason Hathaway of Washington, Pennsylvania ("Honkin' Donkey Black" MINI).

Class winners at the 2015 Power Pull were Braden Shramek of Williamsburg, Missouri ("The Legacy" Super Stock Diesel), Bret Berg of Farmington, Minnesota ("Money Maker" Modified), Hathaway ("Honkin' Donkey Black" and "Honkin' Donkey Red" Minis), Chris Cain of New Palestine, Indiana ("Aces Wild" Pro Stock), Tanya Foster of Fairgrove, Michigan ("Foster Child" Four Wheel Drive), John Raymond of Caledonia, New York ("Smoke-n-Mirrors" SSD), Brad Benedict of Marion, Ohio ("Non-Cents" MOD), Lance Little of Tuscola, Illinois ("True Grit" PS), and Brammer.

Then it's on to Rushville, Indiana and the Rush County Fair Truck and Tractor Pull on Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. for Heavy Super Stock, Light Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks. Winners at the 2015 Rush County Fair were Joe Moore of Three Oaks, Michigan ("Dirty Deeds" Light Pro Stock), Russ Nichols of Lore City, Ohio ("On the Edge" Two Wheel Drive), Tim Stone of Greensburg, Indiana ("Rollin' Stone" Pro Stock), and Kent Payne of Veedersburg, Indiana ("Super Rooster" Heavy Super Stock). Payne was his division's Region II champion in 2015, as were Scott Webb of Beverly, Ohio ("Ragin' Red" LT PS) and Marty Clock of Hartford City, Indiana ("Just Like Clockwork" TWD).

Looking ahead, we're fewer than 10 days away from the first Super National event of the young season, namely the 41st annual Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, June 23-26.

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

Ken Lamping's Mother Irene Has Passed

We are saddened to report the passing of Irene Lamping, 92, mother of retired WPI director Ken Lamping. She died at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea, Minnesota on Saturday, June 4.

She called Emmons, Minnesota home for nearly 60 years and was an active member of Emmons Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Lamping was preceded in death by her husband and Ken's father Glen. She is survived by Ken and Cindy's four children and their spouses---Pam and Craig Braget, Wanda and Douglas Wrolson, Terri and Paul Tenold, and Chad Lamping---11 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren. Her full obituary may be found here.

Please keep Ken and Cindy and their family in your prayers today.

Week 4 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---The NTPA has poured the rain out of its collective boots as we leave behind a soggy Week 3 in which four of five sessions were affected by rain and two---Elizabeth City on Friday and Fremont on Saturday---were washed out entirely. For Week 4, we head to the western portions of three of NTPA's busiest states for continued action in Region II and the opening event in Region III.

First, a dynamite Friday night (June 10) at the TNT Full Pull in Napoleon, Ohio will feature four classes beginning at 7 p.m.: Light Pro Stock and Super Farm Tractors and Two- and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. It'll be the first scheduled hook of the season for the hub-lockers and the first actual try at the sled for the SFs and TWDs after the Fremont rainout. Meanwhile, Travis Tilton and "Always Somethin'" lead the Light Pro points after two runs in Sugarcreek and Alliance. Last year's winners at the TNT were David Whelan of Tipton, Michigan ("My Last Excuse" SF), Jason Fliehman of Eaton, Ohio ("Second Chances" LT PS), Tim Messer of Warsaw, Kentucky ("Wide Open" TWD), and Jim Bosch of West Olive, Michigan ("Midnight Raider" FWD).

Then in Boswell, Indiana on Saturday, June 11 at 6 p.m. comes the state-line Illiana Shakedown with Light Super Stock, Light Pro Stock, and Super Farm Tractors and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. They'll be hoping for clear skies over the Benton County Fairgrounds this year after rain wiped out the 2015 edition. It's the first of five Region II hooks for the Light Supers this season.

And in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, the Showdown in Curdtown will invade the Pierce County Fairgrounds with nine classes, including Regional National Light and Heavy Diesel Super Stock, Light and Limited Pro Stock, and Super Farm Tractors; Two- and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks; and Modified Minis, plus a Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association state-level Semi class. Action will begin at 7 p.m. Last year's champs at the Showdown in returning RN classes were Esdon Lehn of Dayton, Minnesota ("Red Line Fever" HSSD), Wayne Timmerman of Cuba City, Wisconsin ("Showtime" TWD), Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF), and Isaac Vangelder of Ocheyedan, Iowa ("Full Bore Farmer" LIM PS).

To learn more about the NTPA Championship Pulling Series, 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.

Week 3 Preview: RN Action Ramps Up in OH, NC

Worthington, Ohio---The saying, "As one door closes, another opens," is true in triplicate this weekend, as no fewer than three Enderle berths (and two division titles) are on the line in the Tarheel State, while a busy Region II schedule gets up to speed in three locations in the Buckeye State.

The Elizabeth City 300 at Morgan's Corner Pulling Park in Elizabeth City, North Carolina will host classes of Two- and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks and Light Pro Stocks on each of two nights: Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4. The proceedings will determine the class champions and Enderle Pull-Off invitees for the truck divisions following their performances at Pinetops two weeks ago. Leading the points entering Friday's action are Randy Brann of Warsaw, Virginia ("Last Call" FWD) and Steve Willson of Prince Frederick, Maryland ("Running Bear" TWD). Meanwhile, the 300 marks the Light Pros' first-ever Region IV points hooks and will determine their Enderle representative. The champion's crowning will have to wait until Raleigh in October, however.

We'll also have a barn-raising (of sorts) on Friday, June 3. The First Annual Strawberry Pull-Off at the Harvest Barn in Sugarcreek, Ohio is hosting its inaugural NTPA event with classes of Region II Heavy Super Stocks, Pro Stocks, and Light Pro Stocks. Competitors from those three classes will then proceed up I-77 and U.S. 62 about an hour north and east to the Mile Branch Grange in Alliance, Ohio for a show on Saturday, June 4. MBG Smoker Series winners from a year ago were all home-staters: Keigm Parobek of West Salem ("Another Dear" HSS), Kevin Schmucker of Louisville ("Git-Er-Dun Deere" PS, third in GN points in 2015), and Scott Webb of Beverly ("Ragin' Red" LT PS). Webb is expected to compete in defense of his 2015 Region II championship, as is Kent Payne of Veedersburg, Indiana ("Super Rooster" HSS).

Meanwhile, in the northwest portion of the state, the Fremont Speedway/Sandusky County Fairgrounds in Fremont, Ohio will have four classes of action on Saturday: Limited Pro Stock and Super Farm Tractors, Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Multi-Engine Modifieds. Defending Region II champs in these divisions are Hoosiers Brad Boldry of Rochester ("Smoke Fever" LIM PS), Marty Clock of Hartford City ("Just Like Clockwork" TWD), and Don Deane of Trafalgar ("Plumbers Nitemare" MOD), as well as Shane Masten of Niles, Michigan ("Thumpin' Pumpkin" SF).

To learn more about the NTPA Championship Pulling Series, 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.

Contact Info

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