Duane Edwards' Wife Toni Has Passed

We are dismayed to learn of the death of Tonia "Toni" Van Dyke Edwards, 70, of Greenville, Ohio on Wednesday, January 11 following a brief illness. Toni was the wife of NTPA and Darke County Tractor Pullers Association announcer Duane Edwards.

In addition to Duane, Mrs. Edwards is survived by their daughter Dawn and her husband David Duff and grandsons Jacob and Lucas Campbell. Visit here for her complete obituary and to leave messages of condolence. Contributions in Mrs. Edwards' memory may be made to the Darke County Cancer Association or State of the Heart Care.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Duane and his family on their loss.

2017 Cloverdale, IN Winter Nationals Competitor List

2017 ClovINThe third annual NTPA Winter Nationals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 20-21 on the 320’ indoor track at the C-Bar-C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana. The event will include seven divisions and 10 classes over three sessions. Updated: January 17, 2017.

Modified Mini (Fri. 7p & Sat. 1p)

  • Adam Koester (Walk the Line)
  • Larry Koester (Footloose)
  • Adam Bauer (Iron Toy)
  • Adam Koester (Beast of Burden)
  • Adam Bauer (Cowboy Up)
  • Chris Martin (LG Seeds)
  • Bret Berg (Brandt Professional Ag)
  • Jerry Thompson (Hellraiser)
  • Bill Leischner/Joe Eder (GEICO Jr.)
  • Chase Richardson (The Vibrator)
  • Jesslyn Fagundes (Sharecropper)
  • Donnie Reeve (California Mule).

Pro Stock (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Mike Conny (MAC Nasty)
  • Tim Shipley (Mr. MAC Daddy)
  • Robby Lemke (New Generation Plus)
  • Danny Schmucker (Git-Er-Dun Deere)
  • Mark Lawyer (Rapped Up)
  • Carlton Cope (Warpath)
  • Tim Cain (Red Gambler)
  • Chris Cain (Aces Wild)
  • Nick McCormick (Nasty Stuff)
  • Darrin Hunt (D2 Pro Stock Edition)
  • Victor Miller (Diesel N Dirt)
  • Mike Boyd (Green Streak)
  • Joel Kingen (Full Metal Jacket).

SS Diesel 4x4 (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Van Haisley (Rock Hard Ram)
  • Brion Withrow (The Nut Job)
  • Don Bowling (Pulling for the Cure)
  • Curt Haisley (Off Constantly)
  • Jon Bair (Grin N Bair It)
  • Carl Atley (Lethal Weapon)
  • Kent Crowder (Scheid Diesel)
  • Chris Ryan (Big Bad Dodge)
  • Brion Withrow (Nut Job 2)
  • Craig Dickey (Cummins Killer II)
  • Brad & Susan Ingram (Scheid Diesel)
  • Shawn Hodges (On Borrowed Time)
  • Matt Clemons (Alter Ego)

Super Stock Diesel (Sat. 1p)

  • Jody & Colin Ross (Triple Bypass)
  • Travis Schlabach (Bone Twister)
  • Steve Burge (Lock-N-Load)
  • Stan and Steve Blagrave (Red Horse)
  • John Raymond (Smoke-n-Mirrors)
  • Brandon Hunt (Liv’n a Dream)
  • Kent Payne (Super Rooster)
  • The Degenhardts (Diggin’ Hard)
  • David Henderson (Stray Horse Gone Wild)
  • Henry Everman (Final Decision).

Four Wheel Drive (Sat. 1p)

  • Larry Peterson (Profab Geared Up)
  • Tim Skelton (The Bone)
  • Carmen Foster (Foster Child)
  • Tanya Foster (Simply Red)
  • Lisa Peterson (Profab)
  • Ted Skelton (The Rock)
  • Jake Zaring (Dixie Chopper)
  • Jake Zaring (Fatheadz Eyewear)
  • Tyler Cobb (The Bandit)
  • Patrick Paul (Dustex Cyclone)
  • Jason Brammer (Corn Fed)
  • Taylor and Taylor (Grain Hollers Mafia).

Light Pro Stock (Sat. 1p)

  • Kendall Houk (Nothing Special)
  • Mike Palmer (Red Avenger)
  • Shaun Thornhill (Missy’s Pissy)
  • Mark Wiederhold (Bare Necessities)
  • Matt Holland (Black Tornado)
  • Travis Tilton (Always Somethin’)
  • Jason Fliehman (Second Chances)
  • Wes Spencer (Bush Wacker)
  • Zach Howell (New Holland T8020)
  • Jared Nussbaum (Gutless General)
  • Kevin Smith (Flirtin’ with Deerezastor)
  • Matt Cosler (All In).

Two Wheel Drive (Sat. 7p)

  • Jessie Petro (Buckeye Hauler)
  • Randy Petro (Kathy’s Komplaint)
  • Renee Theobald (Pretty Wicked)
  • Jessie Petro (P5)
  • Doug Theobald (Wicked)
  • Joey Frasur (Runnin’ Block)
  • Craig Corzine (Burn Notice)
  • Russ Nichols (On the Edge)
  • Alex Ort (Bad Attitude)
  • Ashley Corzine (Second Degree)
  • Sean Blagrave (Wild Horse)
  • Marty Clock (Just Like Clockwork)

Discount tickets are available on the NTPA Webmall (ShopNTPA.com) and at O’Reilly Auto Parts Stores. For up-to-the-minute event information, visit the NTPA Winter Nationals event website.

Located just off Interstate 70’s Exit 41 (about halfway between Indianapolis and Terre Haute) the C-Bar-C facility features open pit areas, exhibits and vendors, and concessions and merchandise all under one roof.

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 was 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 9:30 p.m. EST, Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sundays 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T 568 along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the annual PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook in each of its 650+ locations.

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

2016 NTPA Year in Review

2016 was an exciting year with many surprises along the way to 2017. Let's take a look back at our top 10 list as compiled by the NTPA staff.

10.  We pulled all night and into the morning in Bowling Green, Ohio. Due to rain that started just as the Saturday afternoon session was wrapping up, the night show kicked off three hours late at 9:33 pm. The action continued long into Sunday morning with the final Super Farm hooking at 2:47 am.

9.  We were shaken by the news that Esdon Lehn was diagnosed with cancer and would stay close to home for treatment throughout 2016. The King of Smoke’s first time out this summer in Ellsworth, Wis. was impressive, though, as he put 20 plus feet on the class to finish first en route to the Region III and Region V championships. Even better: his health is looking good, and he plans to be back out on the Grand National circuit again in 2017. (Ellsworth Video)

8. Growing Up: While some events have been on the schedule for decades, others are fairly new. Two up-and-coming events decided to mix it up a bit and go to three sessions in 2016. The first: January’s NTPA Winter Nationals at the C Bar C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana. (Hint...get your 2017 tickets now...) The second: the Mule City 300 at the GALOT Motorsports park in Benson, North Carolina. Both great facilities should be on your list to attend this year or in the near future.growing events

7. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words (or thousands of dollars), Jacked Up at Bowling Green... Also for further enjoyment, Young Blood at Bowling Green.
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6. Kent Enderle, founder of Enderle Fuel Injection and the Enderle Pull-Off invitational event, passed away on the evening of Saturday, November 19 after battling pulmonary fibrosis. Transcending their longtime sponsorship, Mr. Enderle and his late wife Joan were two of the NTPA's greatest supporters and friends and were inducted into the Pulling Hall of Fame in 2011. We are saddened to have lost such an esteemed member of our pulling family, but we are thankful he was able to make it to the 30th annual Enderle Pull-Off last September. The event will go on as the Enderle Memorial Pull-Off, honoring Kent and Joan.

5.  We had some uncommon champions in 2016. An inline six cylinder claimed the Open Super Stock title, the first to do so since 2008 (Ken Measel). Earl Wells put together the team of driver John Strickland and mechanic Brent Payne to show they could beat the V-8s. Jody and Colin Ross also earned a championship in Super Stock Diesel with a McCormick. Besides the unconventional brand, they employed the power of three turbos when most of the field used four.

4. But 2016 engraved familiar names on trophies, too. Mike Chizek and Brain Korth continued to hold the top spot in Light Supers for the Armed & Dangerous Team’s second three-peat (2014-2016, 2010-2012). The Holman Brothers were back on-top of the Four Wheel Drive division, bring their number of GN titles to 12. The Petro Motorsports crew claimed three of the top five spots and a championship in the Two Wheel Drive division, Jessie’s fifth straight and sixth overall. And in the Minis, Koester Motorsports achieved the same top-five feat as the Petros, and Adam’s new "Walk the Line" entry earned him his second title (2007).

3. Mike Conny had an amazing season in 2016 to clinch his first Grand National championship. He and NTPA Mechanic of the Year Tim Shipley finished first and second with the powerful John Deeres “MAC Nasty” and “Mr. MAC Daddy” in the very competitive Pro Stock division. A new event for Pro Stock tractors---the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee--provided a particularly stellar weekend for the team: Shipley won both hooks at the Super National event aboard “Daddy,” and Mike was second both nights with “Nasty.”

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2.  We got some exciting news in early December, and just before Christmas it was confirmed: pulling is moving to prime time! Beginning Tuesday, January 3, “NTPA Championship Pulling” on RFD-TV presented by Case IH will appear on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. Eastern/8:30 p.m. Central. The shift to prime timeslots in these two zones reflects the show’s impressive audience size and intense viewer loyalty. The show will be re-run on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. in the East, meaning that “NTPA Championship Pulling” will also be seen Sunday nights at 9:30 in the Pacific zone. The other encore appearance of each episode will be Mondays at 6 a.m. EST/3 a.m. PST.

1.  You just can't recap 2016 without mentioning the milestones. First, the 50th National Tractor Pulling Championships: In commemoration of the first half century of the NTPC, competition began in Pulltown U.S.A. on Thursday night. NTPA competitors earned points for classes in the first five sessions. The sixth marked the return of Super Sunday, an invitational session for the top five competitors in each division who qualified based on average placings earlier in the weekend. Super Sunday winners were awarded the Bowling Green championship rings. Also celebrating birthdays ending in zero were Chapel Hill with their 40th anniversary edition, the 40th Pinetops 300, and the 30th annual Enderle Pull-Off. 

2016 sure was fun, but now we prepare for 2017. First stop: Cloverdale Indiana; January 20-21.

Mini Competitor Dick Storehalder's Wife Diane Has Passed

The NTPA family is saddened to learn of the death of Diane Marie Storehalder, 57, wife of Modified Mini competitor Dick Storehalder. Mrs. Storehalder passed away Christmas morning at the Hillsdale Community Health Center.

In addition to Dick, she is survived by their son Alan and his wife Veronica, their three daughters: Krista and her husband Craig Kurtz, Trisha, and Heidi; three brothers: Randy, Ron, and Steven Morrison; and 10 grandchildren. Her full obituary may be found here, where notes of condolence may be left for the family.

Contributions in Mrs. Storehalder's memory may be made to the King's Kupboard Food Pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church, 69 Griswold Street, Hillsdale, Michigan 49242.

We express our deepest sympathy to Dick and the Storehalder and Morrison families in their time of sorrow.

Steve Burge's Mother Has Passed

We regret to report the death of Mary Kay Burge, 77, on Tuesday, December 27. Mrs. Burge was the mother of Super Stock Diesel competitor Steve Burge of Lynn, Indiana.
Mrs. Burge is survived by her husband LeRoy, their daughter Laurie and her husband Dale Carr, Steve and his wife Kim, six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Burge's full obituary may be found here; messages of comfort and support can be left for the family.
Contributions may be made in Mrs. Burge's name to the local 4-H (861 Salisbury Road, North Richmond, Indiana 47374) or Choroideremia Foundation for the Blind (23 East Brundreth Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01109).

Please send your thoughts and prayers to the Burge family.

NTPA Moves To Prime Time on RFD-TV

NTPA moves to prime time on RFD-TV, new time is 9:30 PM ET Tuesday Nights. 

Beginning Tuesday, January 3, “NTPA Championship Pulling” on RFD-TV presented by Case IH will appear on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. Eastern/8:30 p.m. Central. The shift to prime timeslots in these two zones reflects the show’s impressive audience size and intense viewer loyalty.

rfd new time“Programmers are always looking to maximize ratings,” said Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager and co-host of “NTPA Championship Pulling.” “We’re proud to have delivered those solid numbers over the last 11 1/2 years to the point where we have become part of RFD’s prime time programming strategy. We have all of you fans to thank for that.

“It’s an exciting opportunity, having truck and tractor pulling on as a family friendly entertainment option every week when folks are settling into their living rooms at the end of a long day,” Randall continued. “It’s true that the dinner hour has been good to us. But we are intrigued by the possibility that so many more potential fans will be exposed to our brand of premier pulling when cruising around the dial.”

The show will be re-run on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. in the East, meaning that “NTPA Championship Pulling” will also be seen Sunday nights at 9:30 in the Pacific zone. The other encore appearance of each episode will be Mondays at 6 a.m. EST/3 a.m. PST.

RFD-TV’s reach recently expanded to 10 million new homes on Charter Spectrum, Time Warner, and Brighthouse systems, so readers are encouraged to check their cable lineups to see if the channel is now available to them. RFD-TV can be found on DirecTV channel 345, Dish Network channel 231, and AT&T U-verse channel 568. Moreover, the channel is streamed online via its Country Club subscription service. Visit www.RFDTV.com for details.

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 was 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 the 12th season of “NTPA Championship Pulling” presented by Case IH, now in prime time on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. Eastern/8:30 p.m. Central/6:30 p.m. Pacific. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. Eastern/Sundays at 9:30 p.m. Pacific and Mondays at 6 a.m. Eastern/3 a.m. Pacific. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum, Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at 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

End-of-Year Banquet Honors 2016 Champions, Special Award Winners, and Hall of Fame Inductees

GNChamps 2016Worthington, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association held its 46th annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 3 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin, Ohio. There, the Association honored its 2016 National Champions and special award winners.

Education Awards and Scholarships

  • Daulton Kmetz: WPI Higher Education Award, sponsored by K&K Insurance Group
  • Allison Luedeke and Carmen Foster: Pullers Against Drugs Scholarships, sponsored by World Pulling International

Regional National Awards

Regional National Champions: Jackets sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

  • Region II Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Singer Sled Rental
  • Region III Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council
  • Region IV Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by AKE Stop-Fyre®
  • Region V Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Joe Busch Ag Repair

Carl Atley: Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive Truck Puller of the Year, sponsored by Pit Bull Tires

Grand National Awards

Grand National Pulling Circuit Top-Five Finishers: Points fund exceeding $50,000 sponsored by Case IH

Grand National Champions: Awards sponsored by Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals of Tomah, Wisconsin; jackets sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

Grand National Pullers of the Year

  • Ken Veney: Modified Mini Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by TRB Machine
  • Dean Holicky: Super Semi Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Larry Peterson: Four Wheel Drive Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Profab
  • Jessie Petro: Two Wheel Drive Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Fowler Engines
  • Bryan Deck: Super Farm Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Alliance Tire Group
  • Mike Conny: Pro Stock Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Columbus Diesel Supply
  • Kyle Karlen: Light Super Stock Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Full Pull Motorsports
  • Jody and Colin Ross: Super Stock Diesel Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Bauer Built/Ironman Sleds
  • John Strickland: Super Stock Open Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Brandon Simon: Light Unlimited Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by SCS Gearbox
  • Bret Berg: Modified Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Sassy Racing Engines
  • Chuck Knapp: Unlimited Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

Special Awards

  • Kathy Petro: Crew Chief of the Year Award, sponsored by Midwest Wheel
  • Tim Shipley: Mechanic of the Year Award, sponsored by the Christian Pullers Association
  • Profab Machine, Inc.: Manufacturer of the Year Award, sponsored by the SFI Foundation
  • Vaughn Bauer: Sled of the Year Award, sponsored by Spec Cast
  • Wilma Mende: Official of the Year Award, sponsored by Arias Pistons
  • The Enderles: NTPA National Fan Cheer of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Joey Frasur: Hooker of the Year Award, sponsored by The Pickle Road Gang and Arfons Family
  • Tri-State Showdown (Wauseon, Ohio): Regional National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Racepak
  • Mule City 300 (Benson, North Carolina): Grand National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Simpson Performance
  • National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio): Super National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Simpson Performance
  • Charles Pelletier: Grand National Rookie of the Year Award, sponsored by Ambassador Club (Fort Recovery, Ohio)
  • The Kevin Schmucker Family: Pulling Family of the Year Award, sponsored by the National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio)
  • Feiss Motorsports: NTPA Hard Charger Award

Pulling Hall of Fame, 2016 Class

  • Ken and Cindy Lamping: Pulling Hall of Fame Inductees, sponsored by Firestone Tires
  • Mike Holden: Pulling Hall of Fame Inductee, sponsored by American Awards

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 was 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.

 

Kent Enderle Has Passed; Update: Funeral Info

11610With great regret, we must inform you of the death of Kent Enderle, founder of Enderle Fuel Injection and the Enderle Pull-Off invitational event. Mr. Enderle died on the evening of Saturday, November 19 after battling pulmonary fibrosis.

Funeral services for Mr. Enderle are scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m. at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, California  91311. Flowers can be arranged through Joan’s Flower Shop (named after Joan Enderle and adjacent to Oakwood Memorial Park) by phone at 855.562.6757 or online at joansflowershop.com. Following the funeral, a reception will be hosted from noon to 3 p.m. at the Junkyard Cafe, 2585 Cochran Street, Simi Valley, California 93065 (805.520.5865).

Cards of condolence may be addressed to Mike and Yovana Keena, 2705 Wheatfield Circle, Simi Valley, California  93063.

Mr. Enderle and his late wife Joan were two of the NTPA's greatest supporters and friends. It saddens us beyond words that Kent has departed us, but we are comforted by the thought that he and Joan have been reunited.

Please pray for Mike, Yovana, and the entire Enderle family and staff in their time of grief.

 

Sharon Christensen's Father Has Passed

It is our sad duty to inform you of the death of Roy G. Howk, 92, of Glencoe, Minnesota on Monday, November 14. Mr. Howk was the father of Sharon Christensen, the wife, mother, and grandmother of NTPA competitors Dennis and Doug Christensen and Kim and Jordan Moore.

Mr. Howk retired from his 36-year career as farm supervisor at Green Giant in 1999.  He was an usher and operated the audio system at the Apostolic Christian Church in Winthrop, Minnesota. His hobbies included woodworking, camping, playing dominoes, and spending time with friends and family, particularly his grandchildren. Mr. Howk's complete obituary may be found here, where you are invited to sign an online guestbook.

In addition to Sharon, Dennis, Kim, Rick, and Jordan, Mr. Howk is survived by his sister Carol and her husband Dennis; three daughters, two sons, and their spouses; a sister-, brothers-, and daughter-in-law; many nieces and nephews; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

Please keep the Howk, Christensen, and Moore families in your thoughts and prayers.

RFD-TV now in 50 Million Homes, Expanding Availability

RFD-TV is now being launched in 10 million NEW homes on Charter Spectrum, Time Warner, and Brighthouse cable systems. For the first time, major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Cleveland, Raleigh and 150 other cities around the country will now be enjoying this rural channel on basic cable. Who do we have to thank for this? YOU. Our viewers, who wrote thousands of letters to the FCC earlier this year in support of rural and senior programming. It got noticed and made a huge difference. This is a giant leap forward in our goal to reconnect city with country again, and puts RFD-TV into over fifty million homes nationwide.
More viewers, means more advertisers, and thus more money to invest in and upgrade the programming you love. So thank you again. And tell those friends and neighbors in the big towns that now, they too, can watch RFD-TV.

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.

NTPA Awards Ceremony Streamed Thanks to Kentucky Trailers

BanquetStream2016 hqThe National Tractor Pullers Association is pleased to announce the Live Streaming partnership with Kentucky Trailer. With this partnership, viewers will have the opportunity to view the NTPA banquet, live, free of charge, from the comfort of their homes.

The NTPA banquet will be streamed live, Saturday, December 3, 8:00 p.m. at www.NTPAPULL.com/Banquet. Emceed by Alan Washburn, the broadcast will include video presentations of Grand and Regional National Champions and acceptance speeches by GN champs and special award recipients.

Kentucky Trailer has been an innovative leader in the transportation business since its earliest roots in 1879. Today, Kentucky Trailer is the nation's leading manufacturer of custom moving vans for the moving and storage industry. Kentucky Trailer is driven to be the best in the world at design, build and service solutions for specialty trailer, custom transport, and mobilized business markets.

The streaming interface is compatible with major browsers and desktop and mobile devices. 

"Yellow Fever" Pro Stock Competitor Don Nolan Has Died

We regret to report the passing on Thursday, October 27 of Don Nolan, 85, of Taylorville, Illinois, following a long illness. Mr. Nolan campaigned the "Yellow Fever" Minnepolis-Moline G1000 Pro Stock from 1982 to 1987 and teamed with neighbor Charles DeClerck on the "Thunderbolt" Allison-powered Modified. Mr. Nolan was an original board member of the Illinois Tractor Pullers Association and was present at the inception of the National Farm Machinery Show's tractor pull.

Mr. Nolan was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, returning home to farm. Before and during his first few years of pulling, he raced motorcycles in the 1950s and '60s. He was also a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and University of Illinois Fighting Illini. Mr. Nolan and his wife Mary traveled extensively in their RV and loved attending their grandson’s activities.

He is survived by Mary, their daughter Kathy Drea and her husband Mike, grandsons Nolan and Ryan, his brother Larry, and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic School.

The Puller featured the DeClerck-Nolan partnership in a two-issue series last year (part one, part two). We invite you to read about Mr. Nolan and many of his fellow pioneers in national and Illinois state pulling.

Mr. Nolan's complete obituary may be found here, where condolences to the family may also be expressed. The NTPA family adds ours and requests your prayers for the Nolan family.

Norma McVey, Wife and Mother of Competitors Lloyd and Larry, Has Passed; Update: Obituary Info

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Norma McVey, wife and mother of "Super Banana" Modified competitors Lloyd Sr. and Larry. Mrs. McVey died in Naples, Florida in the evening of Thursday, October 27.

Lloyd and Norma started two trucking companies, McVey Trucking in Illinois in 1960 and OTS Trucking in Florida in 1990. They switched their primary hobby from drag racing, which Lloyd had pursued through the 1960s, to tractor pulling, a sport which was in its infancy in 1971. With the support of Norma and their family, the future Hall of Famer left an indelible mark on the pulling world in general and the Modified division in particular with the "Super Banana," a name Norma coined due to the shape of its sheetmetal enclosure of the drivetrain and driver. Lloyd Sr. passed on in 2010; Lloyd Jr died earlier this year.

Mrs McVey is survived by son Larry and his wife Correna; grandchildren Sarah Yeager, Krista Cole, Kari Simpson, Keith McVey, Shannon Krauel, Trisha Poullird, and Tom Krauel; great-grandchildren Alexis Cole, Hunter Cole, and Gage Simpson; sisters Ethel Eichorist and Linda Richter; brothers Tommy Richter, Bobby Richter and his wife Karen, and brother-in-law Dean McVey and his wife Charlotte. Mrs. McVey's complete obituary may be found here, where tributes may be submitted.

Please think of Larry, Correna, and the McVey family at this difficult time.

Jerry Hoffman, Wisconsin Mini Rod Competitor, Has Passed

The NTPA family mourns the loss of Jerry Hoffman, 59, of Downing, Wisconsin. Mr. Hoffman drove the "Corn-Fused" tractor for the Hoffman Pulling Team in Wisconsin state Modified Mini competition. He was the father of Nathan Hoffman, WTPA president and "Shakin' Shamrock" Mini competitor.

Mr. Hoffman worked for concrete and implement businesses in the Glenwood City, Wisconsin area before entering into farming as a full-time occupation with his wife Cheryl. In addition to tractor pulling, his hobbies included horseback riding, hunting, and snowmobiling.

Mr. Hoffman is survived by wife Cheryl, parents William and Mabel, son Nathan and his wife Shanna, daughter Tammy Oberle and her husband Derrick, three brothers, four brothers-in-law, four grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and God-children. Mr. Hoffman's full obituary may be found here.

Please keep Cheryl, Nathan, Tammy, and the entire Hoffman family close by in your thoughts today.

Randy Hinton Passes

We regret to inform you of the passing of Randy Hinton, 65, of Clear Lake, Iowa, on Friday, October 7 following a great fight against cancer. Randy was a Grand National Champion and owner of the Red Power Team Case IH dealerships.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake and will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 3:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church, 112 N. 4th Street, Clear Lake. A dinner will follow the service at the Surf Ballroom. Mr. Hinton's full obituary.

Please keep the Hinton family and his friends close by in your thoughts.

Updated: Jason and Jeremy Brammer Father Passes

It is our unfortunate duty to post about the passing of the father of Jason and Jeremy Brammer, Corn Fed Four Wheel Drive Pulling Team. Mr. Donald Brammer passed early in the morning on October 10, 2016. Please keep the family in your prayers in this difficult time. 

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaverville.

Obituary for Donald B. Brammer

2016 Convention and Banquet Info: December 2 & 3

Save the dates—Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3—for the 46th annual Convention and Awards Banquet.

On Saturday evening, the NTPA will recognize its 2016 Grand National Champions and honor the Divisional Pullers of the Year, GN Rookie of the Year, Hard Charger, Pulls of the Year, and more. And the night will conclude with the newest inductions into the Pulling Hall of Fame.

But even before the banquet, you can enjoy the seminars, meetings, and announcement of new programs at the convention on Friday. 

To make your hotel reservations, call the Marriott or complete the online reservation form by Monday, November 7. When making reservations, mention the NTPA to receive the group rate. For banquet details, call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Columbus Marriott Northwest
5605 Blazer Parkway
Dublin, Ohio 43017
614.791.1000

Convention and Banquet Schedule
Friday, December 2
8 a.m.—11 a.m.: WPI Executive Board Meeting/NTPA Executive Board Meeting
9 a.m.—6 p.m.: Registration
11 a.m.—Noon: Open (Lunch)
Noon—1 p.m.: NTPA Election of Officers/Full Board Meeting/NTPA Member State Checks
1 p.m.—2 p.m.: NTPA Member State Programs
2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.: NTPA Entry School
1:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m.: Tech School
4 p.m.—6 p.m.: Promoters Seminar
7 p.m.—11 p.m.: Cen-Pe-Co Hospitality Room
Saturday, December 3
7 a.m.—5 p.m.: Registration
8 a.m.—10 a.m.: NTPA Annual Appreciation Breakfast (Ticket: $15)
10:30 a.m.—11 a.m.: NTPA National Programs Meeting
11 a.m.—Noon: Competitors Seminar
Noon—5 p.m.: Open
5 p.m.—6 p.m.: K&K Insurance Social Hour
6 p.m.—7:30 p.m.: NTPA Banquet Meal (Ticket: $50)
7:30 p.m.—8 p.m.: Raffle & Opening Remarks
8 p.m.—10:15 p.m.: Awards Ceremony

K&K Insurance and WPI Higher Education Scholarships

WPI and K&K Insurance are once again offering three higher education scholarships to deserving students in the tractor pulling community.

Who is eligible: High school seniors and college students in good standing who are immediate family of NTPA members or affiliates (e.g. competitors, crew, officials, entry, promoters, and associate members)

Three $1,000 scholarships will be presented at the NTPA Awards Banquet on Saturday, December35. Winners need not be present to accept the scholarships.

Complete the scholarship application, including the essay topic: “With the rise of more deadly drugs being made available on the streets, how has drug activity in and around you affected your life, and what steps would or have you taken tomake a difference?”

The deadline for submission is Monday, November 7. Good luck!

Contact Info

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