Shell Rotella Cup-Date, Issue 10: Bowling Green

ShellRotellaCupWithOR 2018Worthington, Ohio---It is now but a memory, but the greatest season of Shell Rotella Cup competition came to its conclusion over a three-day, often-wet, always-wild weekend at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. The August 16-18 event, beset by precipitation during three of its five sessions, still managed to award in its winners circle 36 of its 39 top-three finishers in the Cup Series presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts. (Complete Cup Final Standings)

Let's congratulate the recipients of the prize checks and O'Reilly Hardest-Working Pullers from throughout the season.

Super Stock Diesel:

  1. ($3,000) Stan & Steve Blagrave (Ackerly, Texas) / Red Horse
  2. ($2,000) Colin Ross (Waynesburg, Pennsylavnia) / Triple Bypass
  3. ($1,000) Travis Schlabach (Marengo, Iowa) / Bone Twister
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: Blagraves/Red Horse (Benson, Tomah, Chapel Hill), Kent Payne/Super Rooster (Bowling Green)

Two Wheel Drive:

  1. ($3,000) Randy Petro (Camden, Ohio) / Kathy's Komplaint
  2. ($2,000) Jessie Petro (Camden, Ohio) / Buckeye Hauler
  3. ($1,000) Sean & Trevor Blagrave (Ackerly, Texas) / Wild Horse
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: Jessie Petro/Buckeye Hauler (Benson, Ionia), Craig Corzine/Burn Notice (Tomah), Randy Petro/Kathy's Komplaint (Bowling Green)

Four Wheel Drive:

  1. ($3,000) Jim & Paul Holman (Wauseon, Ohio) / 4 Play
  2. ($2,000) Peyton Davis (Tappahannock, Virginia) / Young Gun
  3. ($1,000) Tyler Cobb (Bartow, Georgia) / Bandit
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: Ted Skelton/The Rock (Benson), Carmen Foster/Foster Child (Tomah), Holmans/4 Play (Chapel Hill), Peyton Davis/Young Gun (Bowling Green)

Modified Mini:

  1. ($3,000) Berrie & Bertus Boer and Bart Sluis (Ysselmuiden, Netherlands) / Bobcat Jr.
  2. ($2,000) Gert & Wim Dingerink (Apeldoorn, Netherlands) / Lambada
  3. ($1,000) Adam Bauer (Paton, Iowa) / Iron Toy
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: Dingerinks/Lambada (Benson), Boers/Bobcat Jr. (Tomah), Chase Richardson (Chapel Hill), Jason Hathaway/Honkin' Donkey Gray (Bowling Green)

Unlimited:

  1. ($3,000) Adam Bauer (Paton, Iowa) / Cross Threaded
  2. ($2,000) Chuck Knapp (Charles City, Iowa) / Screamin' D
  3. ($1,000) Ricky Rose (Glencoe, Minnesota) / Giddy Up
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: Chuck Knapp/Screamin' D (Benson), Adam Bauer/Cross Threaded (Tomah, Bowling Green), Steve Boyd/Green Streak (Chapel Hill)

Light Super Stock:

  1. ($1,500) Brian Korth (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin) / Considered Armed & Dangerous
  2. ($1,000) Adam Spiegelberg (Weyauwega, Wisconsin) / Detonator Black
  3. ($500) Jason Hootman (Corfu, New York) / The Commander
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: Brian Korth/Considered Armed & Dangerous (Tomah, Bowling Green), Korth/Excessive Force (Brandenburg), Adam Spiegelberg/Detonator Black (Langford)

Super Stock Open:

  1. ($1,500) John Strickland (Clinton, North Carolina) / Get a Load of That II
  2. ($1,000) Brent Payne (Hamilton, Ohio) / Get a Load of That
  3. ($500) Jordan Lustik (Eighty-Four, Pennsylvania) / Silver Bullet
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: John Strickland/GALOT II (Benson, Bowling Green), Josh Blackbourn/International Threat (Tomah)

Super Farm:

  1. ($1,500) Stan Warda (Berrien Springs, Michigan) / Hammerin' Hank
  2. ($1,000) Brady Ferris & Brook Ferris, Jr. (Addison, Michigan) / Absolutely Nuts
  3. ($500) Dave Whelan (Tipton, Michigan) / My Last Excuse
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: Stan Warda/Hammerin' Hank (Benson, Rockwell), Brady Ferris/Absolutely Nuts (Ionia), Dave Whelan/My Last Excuse (Bowling Green)

Pro Stock:

  1. ($1,500) Charles Pelletier (St. Armand, Quebec) / CP Dream II
  2. ($1,000) Jason Svonavec (Rockwood, Pennsylvania) / Bootlegger
  3. ($500) Mark Lawyer (New Castle, Indiana) / Rapped Up with a Vengeance
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: Charles Pelletier/CP Dream II (Tomah, Brandenburg, Bowling Green), Cody Shay/Red Edge Pro (Chapel Hill)

Super Stock Diesel 4x4:

  1. ($1,500) Carl Atley (Xenia, Ohio) / Lethal Weapon
  2. ($1,000) Justin Gearhart (Kingston, Ohio) / Cream of the Crop
  3. ($500) Shane Kellogg (Kenton, Ohio) / Trump
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: Justin Gearhart/Cream of the Crop (Benson, Bowling Green), Kent Crowder/Scheid Diesel (Tomah), Carl Atley/Lethal Weapon (Fort Recovery)

Super Semi:

  1. ($1,500) Dean Holicky (Montgomery, Minnesota) / Mother Trucker
  2. ($1,000) Ryan DeBroux (New Hampton, Wisconsin) / Playin' with Fire
  3. ($500) Pat Eilen (Hampton, Minnesota) / Just Passin' Thru in Class
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: Ryan DeBroux/Playin' with Fire (Hutchinson), Dan Prahl/Full Tilt (Tomah), Pat Eilen/Just Passin' Thru in Class (Ionia, Bowling Green)

Light Unlimited:

  1. ($1,500) Brandon Simon (Farley, Iowa) / Simon Sez
  2. ($1,000) Craig Corzine (Assumption, Illinois) and Steve Bollinger (Stonington, Illinois) / Money Pit All Screwed Up
  3. ($500) Keith Wayson Sr. (Harwood, Maryland) / Super Bee
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: Craig Corzine/Money Pit Screwed Up (Tomah), Brandon Simon/Simon Sez (Fort Recovery, Bowling Green)

Modified:

  1. ($1,500) Doug Lively (State Center, Iowa) / Bank Robber
  2. ($1,000) Ricky Rose (Glencoe, Minnesota) / Giddy Up
  3. ($500) Bret Berg (Farmington, Minnesota) / Money Maker
  • Hardest-Working Pullers: Doug Lively/Bank Robber (Tomah, Bowling Green), Corey Kielmeyer/Double Trouble (Rockwell)

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

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

Road to the Enderle: Week 15 GN Traffic Report

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---They went through a lot of towels in Bowling Green, but they never threw 'em in.

A historically wet weekend at the National Tractor Pulling Championships made for one cancelled session, two abbreviated ones, and nine one-hook rings. But the chaos that huge classes and high pressure wreak on Grand National point chases ran as hot as ever. Let's take a few minutes to examine the aftermath, but only that long: Between them, Greenville and Hudsonville get six divisions back at it Tuesday and Wellington crowns Open Supers on Friday. And don't forget the races within the races: The 32nd Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio invites only the top five from each division.

Don't miss your chance at discounted pre-event tickets, now on sale at ShopNTPA.com. And while you're online, stop by www.NTPAPULL.com for Enderle RN Traffic reports and complete, up-to-date Grand National standings, Enderle Pull-Off standings, and now-final Shell Rotella Cup standings.

GN LIGHT SUPER STOCK (Updated through Bowling Green)
Brian Korth's "Considered Armed & Dangerous" is the champion once more after winning Thursday night and collecting 15 rain points on Friday. Adam Spiegelberg's "Detonator Black" took second in the lone competitive hook and finished there in the points, while Jason Hootman's "Commander" took fourth and finished the season in third. The remaining Korth/Mike Chizek Armed & Dangerous entries, "Excessive Force" and "Deadly Force" stanched Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" to clinch berths in Urbana.

GN SUPER STOCK DIESEL (Updated through Bowling Green)
One of only four divisions to get all of their on-track business concluded in BG, the Diesel Supers were put to the test in Sessions Two and Five. In the latter, the Blagraves' "Red Horse" (+107 over sixth) got back on track after a winless month to expand its lead to 13 over Colin Ross' "Triple Bypass" (+94) , while Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" (+83) matched the "Horse" with 56 points to stay 24 back. But the story of the weekend was Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" (+70) which belted out two wake-up calls to the rest of the division (one first, one second) to claim the championship ring. (Actually, that's a bit of poetic license; Payne's fellow competitors, as tight-knit a group as you'll find in pulling, have been noting the "Rooster"'s progress for a while.) And a pair of top-fours put Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" (+61) in an unchallengeable position for berth number five with two hooks left.

GN SUPER STOCK OPEN (Updated through Bowling Green)
John Strickland and "Get a Load of That II" (+174) are on their way to title number three after capturing 60-points and the ring over Sessions Two and Four. Strickland's lead is four (and he holds the tiebreaker) over teammate Brent Payne ("Get a Load of That," +170), while Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet" (+111) and Sid Broughton's "Desperado" (+105), piloted of late by son-in-law Rob Trowbridge, are third and fourth.

GN SUPER FARM (Updated through Bowling Green)
Washed out Friday  night, Super Farm competitors were champing at the bit to attack the reconstructed BG track Saturday afternoon. Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" (+23) had its lowest finish of the season (14th) but still earned 25 points amid a slew of regional and per-hook competitors, and Brady Ferris' "Absolutely Nuts" (+16) finished fourth to stay close with five hooks to go across three states. But Dave Whelan once again proved his mastery of the Wood County Fairgrounds' surface by winning his second straight ring and third overall with "My Last Excuse" (+5). The victory helped him in the ever-tightening Enderle chase, too, as the Ferrises' "Assorted Nuts" (+3) and the Freezes' "Deere Traxx" (+1) are now straining to hold off Brad Hart's "Don't Ask" (sixth) and Chris Weidinger's "Black Power" and Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" (both -2 from fifth).

GN PRO STOCK (Updated through Bowling Green)
Like their limited-charger brethren, the Pros had only one hook for glory. Theirs came Saturday night, and Darrin Hunt won it with the regionally licensed "D2 Pro Stock Edition" to capture his third straight Super National class trophy. As in Chapel Hill's Session One, second came Charles Pelletier's "CP Dream II" (+50), who once again leads Jason Svonavec's "Bootlegger" (+39) and Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up with a Vengeance" (+38) by double digits. Hanging onto fourth and fifth are Tim Cain's "Red Gambler" (+16) and an unlucky Robby Lemke's "New Generation Plus" (+14), who finished near the bottom of the order with fuel pump problems. That got Chris Cain's "Aces Wild" (sixth) a few points closer to fifth with four appearances remaining.

GN TWO WHEEL DRIVE (Updated through Bowling Green)
A pair of seconds had Kathy Petro---oh, and Randy, too---very pleased. Petro's "Kathy's Komplaint" (+57) finished behind R.J. Simon's "Ol' Blue" Friday and Jared Nelson's "Midnight Revenger" Saturday to claim the NTPC hardware and pick up 59 points to reach first place in the GN standings. Session Five was not as kind to son Jessie's "Buckeye Hauler" (+42), which slipped to third behind the Blagraves' "Wild Horse" (+48), or Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" (+36), which now sits fifth. Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" (+38) had its rough day on Friday but rebounded nicely to 10th in the 50-truck Session Five class. With just two hooks remaining, it'll take a no-show for Tommy Tormoehlen's "Showtime" (sixth) to shake up the top five.

GN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (Updated through Bowling Green)
Carmen Foster ("Foster Child," +35) still leads her race to a Grand National title, but her cushion over Ben Ellis' "Benjammin" (+33) was flattened amid the downpours over Wood County. A 15-point swing across two hooks made it anybody's game at Wauseon's Tri-State Showdown. The Holmans' "4 Play" (+16), though not within place points of the lead, could yet affect the finish at their hometown pull next Friday, while Larry Peterson's "Profab Geared Up" (+10) will look for a chance to advance his position. Tyler Cobb's "Bandit" (+1) must now avoid being pelted by the "Rock"s of Ted Skelton (sixth) and Donald LaBonte (-13 from fifth).

GN SUPER STOCK DIESEL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (Updated through Bowling Green)
It was one run and done for the coal-rollers, and Justin Gearhart's "Cream of the Crop" (+77.5, 3 wins) made its count on Saturday night. With the win, Gearhart bettered Carl Atley's leading "Lethal Weapon" (+88) by two positions to regain second place over Shane Kellogg's "Trump" (+77.5, 1 win). All are seemingly safely ahead of Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (+58.5) and Brion Withrow's "Nut Job" (+38.5)---and they're just about locked in, too---with three to go.

GN SUPER SEMI  (Updated through Bowling Green)
Congratulations all around to three of the long-haulers: Dean Holicky (Mother Trucker) for clinching his fourth GN title (2018, 2016, 2015, 2014), to Pat Eilen (Just' Passin' Thru in Class) for the championship ring, and to Ryan DeBroux (Playin' with Fire) for a two-win (Hutchinson S1, Ionia S2), six-top three season. But the laurels won't end there, and when you're looking toward Urbana, does anyone win (or love to win) at the Enderle more than Jack Kielmeyer (Jacked Up)? And how about Brian Elithorpe (Nikki's Nightmare), who'll return to Champaign County as the event's defending champ.

GN MODIFIED MINI (Updated through Bowling Green)
Finishing fifth and sixth in a six-way pulloff still served Adam Bauer's long-term interests. His "Iron Toy" (+67) and "Cowboy Up" (+62) remain comfortably ahead of the non-Paton, Iowans, the first of whom is Adam Koester's "Walk the Line" (+52), 15 points back of the GN standings lead with three stops in Ohio to go. Joe Eder's "Polar Air" (+46) and Koester's "Beast of Burden" (+23) were in the money in Bowling Green but may have seen their championship hopes disappear, while Larry Koester ("Footloose," sixth) will probably have to unseat his son to make the Enderle.

GN LIGHT UNLIMITED (Updated through Bowling Green)
There's no Enderle suspense---only five vehicles have earned points---but the championship race is another story. The Corzine/Bollinger "Money Pit Screwed Up" saw its lead trimmed to two when Brandon Simon's "Simon Sez" won its second BG ring (incidentally, all there've been for this division). Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" (-3 GN) could still sting with a strong two-hook Hudsonville, while the Simons' "Show No Mercy" (-7 GN) and Ted Boyer's "Mr. Twist-N-Shout" are likely fourth and certainly fifth, respectively.

GN MODIFIED  (Updated through Bowling Green)
So, has Doug Lively turned his attention to jewelry stores? His "Bank Robber" (+29) made a quick getaway after the test hook Saturday afternoon to claim the championship ring and assume an eight-point lead  over Bret Berg's "Money Maker" (+21) with only Sandwich's doubleheader to go. Ricky Rose punctured another block on "Giddy Up" (+18) en route to second place and limped through the Unlimited class that night but still earned Shell Cup checks in both divisions. And how about that cut-line drama: Corey Kielmeyer's "Double Trouble" (+4) and Bill Douglas Jr.'s "Spook Gone Wild" (+2) are points to the good, while Bob Jostock's "Wild Child" (sixth) and Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" (-8) will each need a good day in DeKalb County to make it in.

GN UNLIMITED (Updated through Bowling Green)
Chuck Knapp ("Screamin' D," +105) hasn't let many prizes slip his grip in the last three-plus seasons, but Adam Bauer ("Cross Threaded," +81) wrested the ring and the Shell Rotella Cup from him in a legendary head-to-head Saturday night. Knapp's season-long consistency, however, keeps him a heavy favorite for the title with the three-hook Buckeye State tour to come. Carnage for Rose (+73) and Berg (+52) left them questionable for Greenville on Tuesday. Can Dave Richardson's "For Sale" (+22.5) capitalize?

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, 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.

NTPC Championship Ring Winners

BG Logo FlagWorthington, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association offers our congratulations to the Championship Ring winners at the 52nd annual National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio.

  • Light Super Stock:
    Brian Korth (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin) / Considered Armed & Dangerous (S1: 1st / S3: Rain)
  • Super Stock Diesel:
    Kent Payne (Veedersburg, Indiana) / Super Rooster (S2: 1st / S5: 2nd)
  • Super Stock Open:
    John Strickland (Clinton, North Carolina) / Get a Load of That II (S2: 2nd / S4: 1st)
  • Super Farm:
    Dave Whelan (Tipton, Michigan) / My Last Excuse (S3: Rain / S4: 1st)
  • Pro Stock:
    Darrin Hunt (Herndon, Kentucky) / D2 Pro Stock Edition (S3: Rain / S5: 1st)
  • Two Wheel Drive:
    Randy Petro (Camden, Ohio) / Kathy's Komplaint (S2: 2nd / S5: 2nd)
  • Four Wheel Drive:
    Danny Johnson (Baxley, Georgia) / Talk to Me (S1: 5th / S4: 5th)
  • Super Stock Diesel 4x4:
    Justin Gearhart (Kingston, Ohio) / Cream of the Crop (S2: Rain / S5: 1st)
  • Super Semi:
    Pat Eilen (Hampton, Minnesota) / Just Passin' Thru in Class (S1: Rain / S4: 1st)
  • Modified Mini:
    Bruce Slagh (Zeeland, Michigan) / Show No Mercy (S3: Rain / S5: 1st)
  • Light Unlimited:
    Brandon Simon (Farley, Iowa) / Simon Sez (S1: Rain / S2: 1st)
  • Modified:
    Doug Lively (State Center, Iowa) / Bank Robber (S3: Rain / S4: 1st)
  • Unlimited:
    Adam Bauer (Paton, Iowa) / Cross Threaded (S1: Rain / S5: 1st)

 

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

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

 

Road to the Enderle: Week 15 RN Traffic Report

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---Regions IV, V, and VI have wrapped, and Region II was quiet as eyes turned to Bowling Green. But Region III was busy at Owatonna's Steele County Fair. And so our Enderle update this week is limited but focused on three races, one of which came to a conclusion in O-town.

Don't forget that you can now purchase tickets to the 32nd Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio at the NTPA Webmall (ShopNTPA.com). For event details, check out AllStarPull.com. (Report going into week of August 21-27. Berths clinched: 16. Current Enderle RN point standings.) We discuss the state of the 13 premier-level races in our separate Grand National Road to the Enderle Traffic Report.

RN LIGHT SUPER STOCK

  • Berth A (Region II Champion): Jason Irvin's win at the Champaign County Fair aboard "Drunkin' Punkin'" has knotted the race with James Hart's "Hart's Desire." By virtue of that W, Irvin holds the tiebreaker, but they'll decide it in Lynn, Indiana on the Saturday before the Pull-Off.
  • Berth B (Region III/V Total): Two thirds of the way through this bi-regional path, the Pichler/Norby "Red Thunder" has two wins and a perfect 60-point score. Ken Witt's "Mr. Yuk" (-4) still has hopes of catching up but will have to do it all at Ridgeland on Sunday, September 2.
  • Berth C (Hopkinsville): Two hooks in Hopkinsville settled this berth in favor of Robert Galloway's "Hulk Alcohol Edition." Andy Cox drove it to a tiebreak victory over Daniel Northcutt's "On the Edge."

RN HEAVY SUPER STOCK

  • Berth A (Region II Champion): Over Charlotte's two hooks, John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" and Ed Johnson's "Big Johnson" (-23) each earned 59 points. Barry Eliker's "Buckeye Bandit" (-7) tallied 54, and that stretched Pfeiffer's lead with only Fremont (August 25) and Wauseon remaining..
  • Berth B (Region III/V Total): Witt and "Mr. Yuk" showed their mettle with a third in Steele County to clinch both this berth and the Region III HSS title.
  • Berth C (Raleigh 2017): On the strength of a third and a fifth in Raleigh last October, Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" will make another appearance at the Enderle. He knocked off the Beasleys' "Farmers Pride" by two.
  • Berth D (Hopkinsville): Brandon Hunt found his quarry with two no-doubt wins at near-hometown Hopkinsville. His "Liv'n a Dream"  is in the show.

RN SUPER FARM

  • Berth A (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II Through Tipton): Despite missing wraparound Allegan last September, Charlie Capozzo and his "Cruel Intentions" now lead the Region II top points berth by 6.5 over the Caseys' "Whoopie Maker." Since last week, Capozzo's performance across the three Michigan M's---Monroe, Mason, and Morley---broke his streak of consecutive 30-point outputs at six (Mason: 28) but did not fade from his season-opening excellence.
  • Berth B (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II Through Tipton Runner-Up): The Caseys must now try to catch "Cruel Intentions" while defending the number-two spot against a hard-charging Jorge Zenz ("Minor Setback," -7.5) who has two wins of his own.
  • Berth C (Region III Champion): Mitch Fehn's "Red Storm Reloaded" has been hovering over the winners circle all year long with top-fours in all prior appearances. But the "Storm" finally let loose at a (finally)-dry Owatonna to take a win and the lead from the Rohdes' "Somethin' Fierce" (-4). Dan Schulte's "Binder Express" (-9) narrowed the gap to the new leader but will still need lots of help to catch up in Ridgeland on Labor Day Sunday.
  • Berth D (Raleigh 2017): Burnace Vandergriff picked a good weekend to vacation in North Carolina. The Deere driver from the Volunteer state qualified his "Green Fever" on the strength of Saturday afternoon's hook at the State Fair, and it stood when Pinetops was washed out.
  • Berth E (Region V Champion): Rod Deck made the Saturday night calculations easy. Up by five coming in, his "Dream On" won the Bremer County Fair Pull and with it Region V's berth.
  • Berth F (Hopkinsville): Michael Fanning has arrived. With a third and a win in western Kentucky, "Bad Habit Is Back" is your Mid-South qualifier. Finishing a heartbreaking second was Cranford Jennings; his "Bare Bones Binder" barely lost on a tiebreaker.

RN PRO STOCK

  • Berth A (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II): None of the top point-earners was present in Zanesville, so going to Fremont this Saturday, the Whitney/Aller "Ground Force" remains up 32 on the Campbells' "Soup Line Express."
  • Berth B (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II Runner-Up): The Campbells are still safely ahead of Ryan Walters' "Chasin' Tail" (-30) and the rest of the potential field for the second Region II berth.
  • Berth C (Hopkinsville): "El Nino" stormed to a first and a second in Hopkinsville, stamping Philip Parish's pass to Urbana.

RN LIGHT PRO STOCK

  • Berth A (Region II East Through Canton): Kendall Houk's victory in Zanesville with "Nothing Special" turned a three-point deficit into a four-point advantage over Scott Webb's "Ragin' Red." Webb will hope to return the favor at the finale in Canton on September 2.
  • Berth B (Region II West Champion): The Western subregion was idle but will resume next Tuesday in Greenville, the first of three hooks that remain. Wes Spencer's "Bush Wacker" (+10) leads both of Mike Palmer's "Red Avenger" and "Red Avenger Classic," all of whom will be pulling in their hometown.
  • Berth C (Region III Champion): The lead is three for Collin Birkholz's 1456 after its second place in Houston. Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" made up a point at the Throwdown but will need help to eliminate the deficit at Ridgeland in early September.
  • Berth D (Raleigh 2017): Mark Garrett's "Southern Smoke" sealed its envelope last October at the Showdown. A Friday night win was all it took once the Pinetops 300 was zeroed out for 2018.

RN LIMITED PRO STOCK

  • Berth A (Region II Champion): Welcome to NTPA competition, Garrett Boldry! Undefeated after his first two turns in the seat at the Fort, his "Smoke Fever" has pulled ahead (+1) of last week's leader, Travis Wisel's "Irrational Behavior." Jon Liechty's "Rush Hour" and Jerry Shepherd's "Barnyard Banshee" (both -8) share third with back-to-backs in Roanoke and Tipton on September's second weekend.
  • Berth B (Region III Champion): The Lindstrom/Sather Team had a great night in Norwalk, finishing one- ("Adrenaline Rush," -7) two ("Hyper Harvester," -8) to keep within range of Bill Figanbaum and Keith Vsetecka's "Instigator," which was not top-five for the first time since Tomah. But there's still a pretty good chance that the "Instigator" will finish on top in both regions, in which case the points are combined and an at-large berth is awarded to the second-best finisher (see next berth). They'll decide it in Ridgeland.
  • Berth C (Region V Champion): Like Deck, Bill Figanbaum's "Instigator" kept the calculators cool. A win in Waverly made his final margin 12 over Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester." Provided Figanbaum can hang on in Region III as well, the leaderboard for the at-large stands as follows after Norwalk: 1. "Hyper Harvester," 2. "Big One" (-3).

RN TWO WHEEL DRIVE

  • Berth A (2018 Region II East Through Findlay): Brent Secrest's win with "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" in Zanesville cut the lead of Jason Shephard's "Alcohol Addiction Retapped" in half, to two points, with two back-to-back events on opposite ends of the East yet to come: Canton (September 1) and Findlay (September 2).
  • Berth B (Region II West Champion): Napoleon's split-decision at the top resulted in 30 points for Randy Petro's "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" and a three-point lead extension over Secrest (-7). But Wauseon, Roanoke, and Tipton loom, so it's not over by any means.
  • Berth C (Region III Champion): Another lead change came in Steele County, as Dustin Amundson's "Bottoms Up" returned to the top after a first-place finish. The Rick Austin-piloted "Twisted Tight" (-1) got third to keep the race close, while Wayne Timmerman's "Showtime" (-9) lost three to the leader. It's another at-large situation if "TT" overcomes the deficit and goes number-one in III. We'll keep you informed through Ridgeland and Sandwich.
  • Berth D (Pinetops): With Pinetops' cancellation, no hooks remained on which to base an invitation. Hence, this berth will remain vacant.
  • Berth E (Region V Champion): Austin and Dale Stampfli are your champions and Enderle invitees. Stampfli's sixth in Monticello with "Twisted Tight" was enough to beat out Austin's own ride, "Dirt Flirt" (-6), and Timmerman's "Showtime" (-8), which had an off night.
  • Berth F (Hopkinsville): Wesley Foster's "Barbwire" jumped to first and second in Hoptown to win this berth by a point over Evan Anderson's "Playin' Hooky."

RN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE

  • Berth A (Region II Champion): Another sled pulled, another point gained for the methodical "Jus' Passin' Thru" of Steve Elchinger. Third place netted him 28 in Napoleon, one better (again) than Ron Newell ("Temporary Insanity," -5) and two better (again) than Pat Pixley ("Detonator," -9). It's Findlay and Lynn to finish up.
  • Berth B (Region III Champion): In the upper Midwestern division, we've had the hurry-up---Anoka x 2 and Menomonie in three nights---and now it's time to wait---until Sandwich in September. Holding a seven-point lead until then will be Cory Lemirande's "Breakin' Da Law," which scored 84 points in those three days, second only to John Yantzer's "Boss" (85). Lawrence Line's "Totally Hooked" scored 81 to hang in second, while the Suchys' "Totally Geared" is third at minus-11 and will need a strong finish in a big field in DeKalb County.
  • Berth C (Pinetops): With Pinetops' cancellation, no hooks remained on which to base an invitation. Hence, this berth will remain vacant.
  • Berth D (Region V Champion): After winning Region III last year, Matthew Davis chose to run the whole V schedule this season and clinched that championship with "Outrage" in Monticello. Davis topped three trucks that finished two points back: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck," the Suchys' "Totally Geared," and Brian Loosbrock's "American Iron," the last of which led through Rockwell.

RN STAINLESSDIESEL.COM PRO STOCK DIESEL 4x4 3.0

  • Berth A (2018 Region II East Through Canton): The diesels' first visit to Erie County was a successful one for Rob Wright's "All Attitude" which, while finishing second to Eric Widman's "Big Red," still enlarged his lead over Jeff Hossler's "Flirtin' with Disaster" (-3). A third or better will clinch in Canton.
  • Berth B (2018 Region II West Through Tipton): Rain washed out the diesels in Cassopolis, and then Adam Hallien's "Wrecker" had a rare crash-and-burn in Eaton (11th of 18). But his lead remains four over Hossler and seven over Nickolas Stamm's "Frank." Greenville is next on Tuesday.
  • Berth C (2018 Region II Combined Through Tipton): "Flirtin'" is now 15 up on "Frank" (-12) in what remains a two-truck race with four to go.

RN MODIFIED MINI

  • Berth A (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II North Through Hudsonville): Soggy Cassopolis kept this race stable on Tuesday night, and the Mason-Morley double did about the same as David Lacey's pair of "Triples"---"Double or Nothing" and "Unchained" (-5)---continue to dominate the race for the Northern berth. The Schaendorfs' "Max'd Out" (-32) is now third with only Hudsonville x 2 to go.
  • Berth B (2018 Region II South Through Canton) In Hamilton, Lacey's "Triples" went one-two to put "Double" up three on "Unchained" and up 14 on the rest, led by Phil Curtis' "Runnin' on Empty." Just Canton remains over Labor Day weekend.
  • Berth C (Region III): We're halfway home as of Ellsworth, and Minnesotan Bret Berg's "Cenex" is up by one over Ontarian Lacey's "Double," by two over Californian Donnie Reeve Jr.'s "Mini Fever," and by three over Wisconsinite Nathan Hoffman's "Shakin' Shamrock." Ridgeland is the finale September 2.

RN MODIFIED

  • Berth A (Region II Northwest): Todd Feiss' "S'no Farmer" won in Sandusky to get within seven points of fellow pull-off qualifier Ryan Writsel. He'll now hope to be a fellow Pull-Off qualifier by winning the Northwest outright or by finishing second to capture the at-large.
  • Berth B (Region II Southeast through Zanesville): With a third in Muskingum County, Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" is in. If he also wins the Northwest half of the region, combined standings come into play. Right now: 1. "S'no Farmer," 2. "Feissty Farmer" (-10) 3. "Corn & Soybean Special" (-35).
  • Berth C (Anoka): Joe Schoenemann of Yoder, Indiana loaded up Alan Judy's "Raptor" in Germantown, Ohio and headed for Anoka, Minnesota. Two wins later, they're in Urbana, Ohio.
  • Berth D (Raleigh 2017): After his triumphant return to competition, Randy Davis will have had nearly a year to celebrate his invitation. After his first and third in Raleigh to break a tie with Sharon Everman's "Wild Hare," his "Running Bear" clinched the berth when Pinetops was cancelled.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, 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 15 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---The National Tractor Pulling Championships may be behind us, but Grand National crowning season is just beginning.

Except for those participating in the Enderle Pull-Off on September 15---now less than four weeks away, believe it or not---the year has ended for Light Super Stocks and Super Semis. Four events are on tap for this midweek and weekend across Ohio and Michigan, and two will finish off the season for two other divisions, while all will begin the process of winding down an incredible 2018.

In Greenville, Ohio on Tuesday, August 21, the Great Darke County Fair Pull welcomes GN Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks and Mini and Unlimited Modifieds along with Western Region II Light Pro Stocks and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0s beginning at 7 p.m. Leading the points as they arrive in western Ohio are Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Kathy's Kompaint" TWD), Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa ("Iron Toy" MINI), Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL),  Wes Spencer of Greenville, Ohio ("Bush Wacker" LT PS-W), and Adam Hallien of Fort Wayne, Indiana ("Wrecker" PSD 4x4-W). If you can't get to Greenville, you can see it all at WatchNTPA.com.

Meanwhile on Tuesday and continuing to Wednesday, August 22, it's the Hudsonville Community Fair in Hudsonville, Michigan. Both nights of action will begin at 7 p.m. and include Grand National Super Farm Tractors, Super Stock Diesel 4x4 Trucks, and twin-engine Light Unlimited Modifieds, plus Region II Minis. On top are Stan Warda of Berrien Springs, Michigan ("Hammerin' Hank" SF), Carl Atley of Xenia, Ohio ("Lethal Weapon" SSD 4x4), Craig Corzine of Assumption, Illinois and Steve Bollinger of Stonington, Illinois ("Money Pit Screwed Up" LT UNL), and David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play: Double or Nothing" MINI). It's the last two hooks for the Light Unlimiteds, and their champion will be recognized Wednesday night.

In Wellington, Ohio on Friday, August 24 at 6 p.m., the Lorain County Fair's Friday Night Spectacular will hail a Super Stock Open champ and will continue the seasons of Grand National Super Farms, Pro Stocks, Minis, and Unlimiteds in both northern Ohio and worldwide at WatchNTPA.com. On the first lines of the standings tables are John Strickland of Clinton, North Carolina ("GALOT II" SSO) and Charles Pelletier of St. Armand, Quebec ("CP Dream II" PS).

And finally, the Sandusky County Fair in Fremont, Ohio wraps up the week on Saturday, August 25 at 7 p.m. with four Region II classes: Heavy Super Stocks, Super Farms, Pro Stocks, and Modifieds, where the leaders are John Pfeiffer of Connersville, Indiana ("Pfeiffermax" HSS), Charlie Capozzo of Richmond, Michigan ("Cruel Intentions" SF), the Whitney/Aller Team of St. Marys, Ohio ("Ground Force" PS), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD).

Looking ahead to the balance of the Grand National campaign, Minis and Four Wheelers will wrap next Friday in Wauseon, Two Wheelers and Unlimiteds in Canfield, and Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, Super Farms, Pros, Diesel Supers, and Modifieds in Sandwich. Savor every minute of the remaining days of the GN and RN seasons, and stay up-to-date right here at www.NTPAPULL.com.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, 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 14 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---Pulltown, here we come!

The caravan of haulers has already begun to occupy every available empty space on the Wood County Fairgrounds. The fans will follow suit and fill the grandstands, bleachers, and racetrack beginning this coming Thursday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m. and continuing through Friday, August 17 (noon and 7 p.m.) and Saturday, August 18 (noon and 6:30 p.m.). All will do so just for the feeling of being a part of the 52nd National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. And if you can't come, you can still cheer from the comfort of your own living room on the NTPA's Live Streaming Service at WatchNTPA.com.

All 13 Grand National divisions hook twice in BG; check the event's press release (link above) for the schedule specifics. Leaders in Grand National standings entering Bowling Green are Jason Hootman of Corfu, New York ("The Commander" Light Super Stock; +1 with final two hooks in BG), Stan and Steve Blagrave of Ackerly, Texas ("Red Horse" Super Stock Diesel), John Strickland of Clinton, North Carolina ("GALOT II" Super Stock Open), Stan Warda of Berrien Springs, Michigan ("Hammerin' Hank" Super Farm), Charles Pelletier of St. Armand, Quebec ("CP Dream II" Pro Stock), Jessie Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Buckeye Hauler" Two Wheel Drive), Carmen Foster of Fairgrove, Michigan ("Foster Child" Four Wheel Drive), Carl Atley of Xenia, Ohio ("Lethal Weapon" Super Stock Diesel 4x4), Dean Holicky of Montgomery, Minnesota ("Mother Trucker" Super Semi; +6 with final two hooks in BG), Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa ("Iron Toy" Modified Mini), Craig Corzine of Assumption, Illinois and Steve Bollinger of Stonington, Illinois ("Money Pit Screwed Up" Light Unlimited), Doug Lively of State Center, Iowa ("Bank Robber" Modified), and Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" Unlimited).

The Steele County Fair in Owatonna, Minnesota will keep the Region III fires burning on Friday night, August 17, at 6:30 p.m. It's the last hook of the year for Heavy Super Stock Tractors and also hosts Super Farms and Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks alongside United Pullers of Minnesota classes of Four Wheel Drives and Pro Farms. Ken Witt of Houston, Minnesota ("Mr. Yuk" HSS), Trevan and Curtis Rohde of Rice Lake, Wisconsin ("Somethin' Fierce" SF), and Rick Austin of Brodhead, Wisconsin and Dale Stampfli of New Glarus, Wisconsin ("Twisted Tight" TWD) are your incoming leaders.

When Week 14 has passed, we'll have crowned three champions (two GN, one Region III). When Week 15 is over, we'll have recognized two more premier-level champs after their work is done in Greenville, Ohio, Hudsonville, Michigan (LT UNL), Wellington, Ohio (SSO), and Fremont, Ohio. Stay right here for all the updates on national, Shell Rotella Cup, and Enderle standings. And enjoy yourself at all of these great events.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, 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.

Shell Rotella Cup-Date, Issue 9: BG Preview

ShellRotellaCupWithOR 2018Worthington, Ohio---Don't stand still, or the Cup will runneth you over.

For eight weekends on the National Tractor Pullers Association's Grand National Circuit, competitors, spectators, and promoters have enjoyed watching and following the outrageous displays of horsepower that have comprised the expanded Shell Rotella Cup Series presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts. Nine events in, and all but one of every three- or four-event miniseries are in the books. But as anyone who knows the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio can tell you, the twists and turns that can be condensed into that two-hook, three-day weekend are at least unpredictable---and at most, unbelievable.

So let's take our bye week to refresh you on the state of the 13 races and how this year's Cup contenders came to be.


LIGHT SUPER STOCK

LangNY S1 3rd LSS Commander loBbrgKY S2 LSS ConsideredArmedDangerous loBbrgKY S1 LSS DetonatorBlack loThe Lights were the last to finish their pre-event series by hooking in Langford, New York's Saturday-Sunday affair. And the Northeast Nationals simultaneously shook up and tightened down this race for the Cup, the grasp of which remains mathematically possible for at least six tractors and eminently attainable for three. Jason Hootman posted a third and a sixth in his home state---and took sole command of the Cup and GN standings leads in the process when Brian Korth's Session One-winning "Considered Armed & Dangerous" (-1) faltered to seventh in Session Two. Meanwhile, Adam Spiegelberg maintained his upward trajectory with a fourth and a second (-2). With a good Bowling Green, any of these or Korth's "Excessive Force" (-4) or "Deadly Force" (-7) or Kyle Karlen's 2016 championship runner-up "Bad Blood" (-7) could drive their way into the winners circle to claim the top prize on Friday.  


SUPER STOCK DIESEL
SSD 1T RedHorse loChapTN S2 SSD TripleBypass loSSD 1T BoneTwister loThe "Red Horse" of Stan and Steve Blagrave takes an 11-point advantage into Bowling Green on the strength of four wins (Benson S1, Tomah x 2, Chapel Hill S1) in six Cup appearances to date. Colin Ross' "Triple Bypass" is second having won the most recent hook at Lions Motorsports Park, while Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" sits third (-24) with the other Benson victory. It'll be hard to catch the Blagraves for first, but with a large field anticipated, not at all impossible. Within striking distance of a big check are Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" (-30) and Darren Olden's "Kryptonite" (-34); Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" and the Olden/Rand "White Fawn" (both -39) are longshots.

SUPER STOCK OPEN
SSO 1 GALOTII loSSO 2 GetALoadOfThat loTomaWI S4 SSO InternationalThreat loMathematically, it can only be "GALOT II" (leader) or stablemate "GALOT" (-1) for first prize, as only Earl Wells teammates John Strickland and Brent Payne have hit both venues (Benson and Tomah). But it's a five-way battle for the bronze among the Armed & Dangerous Team's "International Threat" (-57), "Extremely Armed & Dangerous" (-58), and "Considered Armed & Dangrous HD" (-61), Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet" (-62), and Sid Broughton's "Desperado" (-63).

SUPER FARM
SF 1 HammerinHank loIoniMI S1 SF AbsolutelyNuts loRkwlIA S1 SF DontAsk loLike the Blagraves, Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" is up 11, having gotten there with three wins in the first four hooks (Benson x 2, Rockwell S3). But an Ionia sweep put the Ferrises' "Absolutely Nuts" in the conversation. Brad Hart's "Don't Ask" (-19), the other Rockwell winner, is out of the running for first prize if Warda hooks twice as there are only nine GN-licensed vehicles. Hoping to catch somebody for a check are Russ Freeze's "Deere Traxx" (-20), the Ferrises' "Assorted Nuts" (-21), and David Whelan's "My Last Excuse" and Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" (both -23).

PRO STOCK
BbrgKY S1 PS CPDreamII loPS Bootlegger loBbrgKY S2 PS NewGenerationPlus loIt's been a dream season---equal parts serenity and cold sweat---for Charles Pelletier. The reigning GN champion is three points ahead of newcomer Jason Svonavec's "Bootlegger" after wins in Tomah and Chapel Hill among his five top-threes. But a snapped camshaft on Saturday night in Tennessee combined with Svonavec's surprising early success (one win, four top-fours) will keep this race competitive to the wire. Robby Lemke's "New Generation Plus" (third, -8) and Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up with a Vengeance" (fourth, -9) are also just a dominant performance away from claiming the top money.

TWO WHEEL DRIVE
IoniMI S1 TWD BuckeyeHauler loTomaWI HWP TWD BurnNotice loIoniMI S2 2nd TWD KathysKomplaint loJessie Petro's "Buckeye Hauler," his dad Randy's "Kathy's Komplaint" (third, -7), and Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" (second, -4) are in check-accepting position right now. But past Cup champ Bryan McDonald's "Suffering Sanity" (fourth, -8), the Blagraves' "Wild Horse" fifth, -17), and Craig's wife Ashley's "Second Degree" (sixth, -24) cannot be counted out, especially when a full field holds the potential of a 15-point swing on a single hook.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
ChapTN S2 FWD 4Play loTomaWI S4 FWD FosterChild loFWD 1T Bandit loCup Tour wins in Benson's and Chapel Hill's second sessions have propelled the Holman Brothers' "4 Play" to a one-point lead on Carmen Foster's "Foster Child." From there, it's a three-way tie at the moment for third among Tyler Cobb's "Bandit," Larry Peterson's "Profab Geared Up," and Ted Skelton's "Rock" (all -4) in which Cobb holds the advantage via his Benson win. Peyton Davis' "Young Gun" (-7) and Ben Ellis' "Benjammin" (-9) are also in the hunt.

SUPER STOCK DIESEL 4X4
FtReOH S2 SSD4x4 LethalWeapon loSSD4x4 Trump loSSD4x4 1 CreamOfTheCrop loA win, a second, a third, and a fourth in six hooks has brought Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" within range of the diesel pickups' first Cup. But Shane Kellogg's "Trump" (-2), a former regional champion, and Justin Gearhart's "Cream of the Crop" (-3), point leader for much of the season, will not go quietly. Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (-9) has a chance to knock one of the top three off the podium with a strong weekend.

SUPER SEMI
IoniMI S1 2nd SEMI MotherTrucker loIoniMI S2 SEMI PlayinWithFire loIoniMI S1 SEMI JustPassinThruInClass loLike the Light Supers, the Semis have two races that will end on one of the NTPC's twin tracks: Their Grand National season will wrap as well as the Shell Rotella Cup series. Leading in both is Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" (Cup +2), whose win in Tomah and top-threes throughout have given him a small cushion over sophomore Ryan DeBroux and "Playin' with Fire," a winner at Hutchinson and at Ionia. Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class" (-7) has the only other realistic shot at the title, and at plus-23 or better over fourth, these three will almost certainly earn the checks in some permutation.

MODIFIED MINI
ChapTN S1 2nd MINI BobcatJr loMINI 1 Lambada loMINI IronToy loLast year's Grand National champion Bobcat Jr. Team, led by Berrie and Bertus Boer, decided to run a smaller circuit this year, and their concentration on the Shell Rotella Cup tour has resulted in four top-threes and a six-point lead over fellow Netherlands countrymen the Dingerinks and their "Lambada." Adam Bauer's "Iron Toy," at times the GN standings leader this year, is third in Cup comp at minus-12, while Joe Eder's "Polar Air" and Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall" (both -16) and Adam Koester's "Walk the Line" (-17) are on the edge of contention.

LIGHT UNLIMITED
FtReOH S1 LTUNL MoneyPitScrewedUp loFtReOH S2 LTUNL SimonSez loFtReOH S2 2nd LTUNL SuperBee loTheir series shortened to just five hooks by Tomah's early rains, the Light Unlimiteds' race started to look like a runaway when first Craig Corzine and then Steve Bollinger drove "Money Pit Screwed Up" to victories in Wisconsin and western Ohio. But a Saturday night fourth at Fort Recovery coupled with Brandon Simon's "Simon Sez" victory brought them into a points tie. Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" (-1), twice a runner-up, sits third, and the Simons' "Show No Mercy" (-6) fourth with a lot of ground to make up in a class with only five vehicles.

MODIFIED
RkwlIA S2 3rd MOD BankRobber loMOD MoneyMaker loMOD GiddyUp loThough winless on the season, consistency has paid off for Doug Lively, whose "Bank Robber" is on top by two over Bret Berg's "Money Maker." The latter has wins at Tomah and Rockwell but also a fourth and a seventh at those two locales. Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (-5), who swept Bowling Green in '17 while Lively was runner-up twice, will be looking in two directions this weekend: up, to try to track down the leaders, and down, to hold off challengers Bill Douglas Jr. ("Spook Gone Wild," -7), Bob Jostock ("Wild Child," -13), and Dennis Christensen ("Pack Rat 4," -15).

UNLIMITED
ChapTN S2 2nd UNL CrossThreaded loChapTN S2 2nd UNL ScreaminD loUNL GiddyUp loThe most thrilling Cup race of the summer has been in the Unlimited class, where two different paths have converged in a first-place deadlock going to Wood County. Adam Bauer's "Cross Threaded" has three wins and five top-threes but a lower-half finish in Benson. Chuck Knapp's "Screamin' D" has only one win but exclusively top-three finishes in six appearances. With Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (-14) the closest to the pair of Iowans, it seems assured that one will hoist the cup. Both Knapp and Bauer are multi-year champions, so each knows what it takes to perform under BG's bright lights.

(photos by Tracy Waters, Moore Photos, Dave Gifford, Anna Galloway/MAD Pulling Pics, Jeff Mainous, and Adam Draudt/MAD Pulling Pics)

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2018 NTPA GN Precommitted Competitors

Precommitment

Precommitment at a Glance:

For 2018, 10 precommitment positions were made available in each of the NTPA's 13 Grand National divisions. After the initial offering to 2017's top-10 GN point finishers, remaining 2017 GN point-earners were offered positions in descending order of finish.

Precommitted competitors who fulfill the program's terms receive free entry to their class(es) of precommitment at Super National and Grand National events and shares of the end-of-season Precommitment Fund. Any GN-licensed competitor can earn points at GN events, however, so precommitment is not a prerequisite to contend for a GN championship. So fans, remember just because your favorite driver is not on this list, they still may be at an event.

2018 NTPA Grand National Light Super Stock

The schedule (8 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Tomah, WI x 2; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Langford, NY x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

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

  • Considered Armed & Dangerous: 2017 Grand National Champion (216 points)...2 GN wins (Brandenburg S2, Langford S2)...average GN finish: 2.7 (7 appearances)...2015, 2014 GN champion.
  • Excessive Force: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-5)...2 GN wins (Langford S1, Bowling Green S1)...average GN finish: 3.3 (7 appearances)...2016, 2012, 2011, 2010 GN champion.
  • Deadly Force: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-15.5)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 4.9 (7 appearances).

Jason Hootman (Corfu, NY)

  • The Commander: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-1)...2 GN wins (Tomah S3, Brandenburg S1)...average GN finish: 2.4 (7 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Kyle Karlen (Minerva, OH)

  • Bad Blood: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-20)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 5.6 (7 appearances).

Larry and Brandon Phillips (Vine Grove, KY)

  • Extremely Insane: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-27.5)...GN win (Bowling Green S3)...average GN finish: 5.3 (6 appearances).
  • Insanity: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-40)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 8.7 (6 appearances).

Marcus Wettleson (Postville, IA)

  • Gunpowder & Lead: Finished 10th in 2017 GN points (-84)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 10.4 (5 appearances)...2013 GN champion.

Adam Spiegelberg (Weyauwega, WI)

  • Detonator Black: 2017 Region III Enderle Pull-Off LSS qualifier.
  • Detonator Red: Limited Light Super Stock in 2017.

2018 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel

The schedule (19 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Langford, NY x 2; Napoleon, OH; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Sandwich, IL x 2
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 8/7/18):

Jody and Colin Ross (Waynesburg, PA)

  • Triple Bypass: 2017 Grand National Champion (441 points)...6 GN wins (Benson x 2, Tomah x 2, Napoleon, Bowling Green S5)...average GN finish: 2.7 (15 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup...won Enderle Pull-Off...2016 GN champion.

Travis Schlabach (Marengo, IA)

  • Bone Twister: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-15)...3 GN wins (Hutchinson S1, Rockwell S2, Chapel Hill S2)...average GN finish: 2.8 (14 appearances).

Steve Burge (Lynn, IN)

  • Lock-N-Load: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-41)...GN win (Bowling Green S2)...average GN finish: 6.5 (14 appearances).

Kent Payne (Veedersburg, IN)

  • Super Rooster: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-46)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 6.7 (15 appearances).

John Raymond (Caledonia, NY)

  • Smoke-n-Mirrors: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-71)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 8.4 (14 appearances).

Bill, Joe, and Jon Degenhardt (Norwalk, WI) and Esdon Lehn (Dayton, MN)

  • Diggin' Fever: Finished 8th in 2017 GN points (-164)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 5.7 (10 appearances).
  • Red Line Fever: Finished 9th in 2017 GN points (-190)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 8.3 (9 appearances)...2012, 2006, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999 GN SSD champion...1996 GN SS champion...1989 GN GN 9,500-lb. SS champion...1988 GN 11,200 SS champion...1985, 1984, 1983 GN 7,500-lb. SS champion.

Mike Beck (Napoleon, OH)

  • High Tech Red Neck: Finished 12th in 2017 GN points.

Darren and Drew Olden (Keedysville, MD)

  • Kryptonite: Did not appear in 2017...finished 5th in 2013 Region IV HSS points.

Jim Rand (Rohrersville, MD)

  • White Fawn: Did not appear in 2017...finished 11th in 2013 Region IV HSS points.

2018 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Open

The schedule (9 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Monroe, MI; Salem, IL; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Wellington, OH
The competitors (3 vehicles, as of 6/4/18):

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

  • GALOT II: 2017 Grand National Champion (301 points)...3 GN wins (Benson S1, Bowling Green S2, Greenville S1)...average GN finish: 2.7 (10 appearances)...2016 GN champion.
  • Get a Load of That: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-13)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 4.2 (10 appearances).

Sid Broughton (South Haven, MI)

  • Desperado: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-83)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 6.3 (8 appearances).

2018 NTPA Grand National Super Farm

The schedule (13 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Ionia, MI x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Hudsonville, MI x 2; Wellington, OH; Sandwich, IL x 2
The competitors (9 vehicles, as of 7/12/18):

Brad Hart (Clayton, MI)

  • Don't Ask: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (lost tiebreaker on wins, 3-2)...2 GN wins (Benson S2, Rockwell S1)...average GN finish: 6.5 (17 appearances).

Brook, Brook Jr., and Brady Ferris (Addison, MI)

  • Absolutely Nuts: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-9)...GN win (Tomah S5)...average GN finish: 6.8 (17 appearances).
  • Assorted Nuts: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-47)...GN win (Benson S1)...average GN finish: 10.9 (17 appearances).    

Dave Whelan (Tipton, MI)

  • My Last Excuse: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-22)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 7.5 (17 appearances).

Tony Sietsema (Allendale, MI)

  • Wolverine Deere: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-43)...GN win (Rockwell S2)...average GN finish: 10.8 (17 appearances).

Chris Weidinger (Attica, OH)

  • Black Power: Finished 11th in 2017 GN points (-76)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 12.5 (17 appearances).

Russ Freeze (Manchester, TN)

  • Deere Traxx: Finished 12th in 2017 GN points (-77)...GN win (Sandwich S3)...average GN finish: 13.4 (17 appearances).

Jon Silsby (Vicksburg, MI)

  • Crop Doctor: Finished 13th in 2017 GN points (-81)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 12.9 (17 appearances).

Stan Warda (Berrien Springs, MI)

  • Hammerin' Hank: 2017 Region II Champion.

2018 NTPA Grand National Pro Stock

The schedule (18 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Salem, IL; Sandusky, OH; Napoleon, OH; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Wellington, OH; Canton, OH; Sandwich, IL x 2
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Charles Pelletier (St. Armand, QC)

  • CP Dream II: 2017 Grand National champion (566 points)...2 GN wins (Mt. Sterling, Hudsonville S1)...average GN finish: 4.7 (20 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Mark Lawyer (New Castle, IN)

  • Rapped Up!: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-17)...GN win (Sandwich S2)...average GN finish: 5.5 (20 appearances)

Mike Conny (Beloit, OH)

  • MAC Nasty: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-18)...7 GN wins (Benson S2, Hutchinson S1, Tomah x 2, Brandenburg S2, Hudsonville S2, Sandwich S3)...average GN finish: 5.7 (20 appearances)...2016 GN champion.

Robby Lemke (Helenville, WI)

  • New Generation Plus: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-21)...2 GN wins (Brandenburg S1, Bowling Green S3)...average GN finish: 5.8 (20 appearances)...2015, 2007 GN champion.

Danny and Kevin Schmucker (Louisville, OH)

  • Rampage: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-38)...GN win (Salem)...average GN finish: 7.1 (20 appearances)...2014, 2012, 2011 GN champion.
  • Git-Er-Dun Deere: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-49)...3 GN wins (Chapel Hill x 2, Wellington)...average GN finish: 7.5 (20 appearances)...2010, 2008 GN champion.

Tim and Chris Cain (New Palestine, IN)

  • The Red Gambler: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-54)...GN win (Sandusky)...average GN finish: 9.0 (20 appearances)...2009 GN champion.
  • Aces Wild: Finished 9th in 2017 GN points (-105)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 10.9 (19 appearances).

Cody Shay (Shannon City, IA)

  • Red Edge Pro: Finished 8th in 2017 GN points (-93)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 11.5 (20 appearances).

Tim Ammons (Hagerstown, MD)

  • Ultimate Harvester: Finished 10th in 2017 GN points (-216)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 14.7 (17 appearances).

2018 NTPA Grand National Two Wheel Drive

The schedule (14 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Ionia, MI x 2; Brandenburg, KY x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Waverly, IA; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Canfield, OH
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

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

  • Buckeye Hauler: 2017 Grand National Champion (331 points)...GN win (Brandenburg S2)...average GN finish: 6.7 (12 appearances)...2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 GN champion...[J.Petro: 2009 GN champion].
  • Kathy's Komplaint: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-5)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 7.5 (12 appearances)...2011, 2010, 2001, 1995 GN champion...NTPA Hooker of the Year.
  • Runnin' Block: Finished 11th in 2017 GN points (-82)...best GN finish: 8th...average GN finish: 17.6 (12 appearances).

Craig and Ashley Corzine (Assumption, IL)

  • Burn Notice: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-8)...GN win (Benson S1)...average GN finish: 7.3 (12 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup...won Enderle Pull-Off [A.Corzine].
  • Second Degree: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-39)...2 GN wins (Ionia S2, Bowling Green S5)...average GN finish: 12.9 (12 appearances).

Bryan McDonald (Kennedyville, MD)

  • Suffering Sanity: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-25)...2 GN wins (Tomah S4, Ionia S1)...average GN finish: 9.2 (12 appearances).

Renee and Doug Theobald (Shelbyville, IN)

  • Pretty Wicked: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-31)...GN wins (Brandenburg)...average GN finish: 9.5 (12 appearances).
  • Wicked: Finished 10th in 2017 GN points (-81)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 16.8 (12 appearances).

Russ Nichols (Lore City, OH)

  • On the Edge: Finished 8th in 2017 GN points (-52)...GN win (Bowling Green S2)...average GN finish: 12.1 (12 appearances).

LeAnn Tormoehlen-May (Vallonia, IN)

  • Thriller: Finished 9th in 2017 GN points (-59)...GN win (Wapakoneta)...average GN finish: 13.6 (12 appearances).

2018 NTPA Grand National Four Wheel Drive

The schedule (16 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Chapel Hill, TN x 2; Monroe, MI; Langford, NY x 2; Norwalk, WI x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Wauseon, OH
The competitors (10 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Peyton Davis (Tappahannock, VA)

  • Punisher: 2017 Grand National Champion (456 points)...2 GN wins (Tomah S2, Langford S1)...average GN finish: 6.8 (17 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.
  • Young Gun: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-18)...2 GN wins (Chapel Hill S1, Monroe)...average GN finish: 7.7 (17 appearances).

Jim and Paul Holman (Wauseon, OH)

  • 4 Play: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-14)...4 GN wins (Chapel Hill S2, Langford S2, Norwalk S2, Hudsonville S1)...average GN finish: 8.2 (17 appearances)...2016, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1994, 1991, 1990 GN champion...1989 GN 6,200-lb. FWD, 5,800-lb. FWD champion.

Donald LaBonte (Stanstead, QC)

  • The Rock: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-20)...GN win (Bowling Green S4)...average GN finish: 7.9 (17 appearances).

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

  • Simply Red: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-22)...2 GN wins (Norwalk S1, Hudsonville S2)...average GN finish: 8.9 (17 appearances)...2010 GN champion.
  • Foster Child: Finished 9th in 2017 GN points (-50)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 10.8 (17 appearances).

Ted Skelton (Harvard, IL)

  • The Rock: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-24)...GN win (Hutchinson S1)...average GN finish: 9.9 (17 appearances).

Larry and Lisa Peterson (Baldwin, WI)

  • Profab Geared Up: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-29)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 9.1 (17 appearances).
  • Profab: Finished 8th in 2017 GN points (-33)...GN win (Benson S2)...average GN finish: 9.5 (17 appearances).

Tyler Cobb (Baxley, GA)

  • Bandit: Finished 10th in 2017 GN points (-67)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 11.3 (17 appearances).

2018 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel 4x4

The schedule (15 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Benson, NC x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Fort Recovery, OH x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Salem, IL; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Hudsonville, MI x 2; Sandwich, IL
The competitors (6 vehicles, as of 6/4/18):

Carl Atley (Xenia, OH)

  • Lethal Weapon: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-10)...3 GN wins (Tomah S2, Bowling Green S5, Greenville S2))...average GN finish: 5.1 (9 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Shane Kellogg (Kenton, OH)

  • Trump: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-19)...GN win (Bowling Green S2)...average GN finish: 5.9 (9 appearances).

Don Bowling (Fostoria, OH)

  • Pulling for the Cure: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-27)...GN win (Fort Recovery S2)...average GN finish: 7.1 (9 appearances).

Justin Gearhart (Kingston, OH)

  • Cream of the Crop: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-36)...GN win (Sandwich S1)...average GN finish: 8.4 (9 appearances).

Brion Withrow (Mechanicsburg, OH)

  • The Nut Job: Finished Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-39)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 9.0 (9 appearances).

Jeffrey Mifek (Princeton, MN)

  • Triple Alpha Process: New vehicle in 2018.

2018 NTPA Grand National Super Semi

The schedule (11 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Hutchinson, MN x 2; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Ionia, MI x 2;  Morley, MI, Bowling Green, OH x 2
The competitors (8 vehicles, as of 6/18/18):

Dan Prahl (Sunburg, MN)

  • Full Tilt: 2017 Grand National Champion (239 points)...3 GN wins (Rockwell S2, Morley, Bowling Green S4)...average GN finish: 3.4 (8 appearances).

Dean Holicky (Montgomery, MN)

  • Mother Trucker: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-1)...GN win (Tomah S6)...average GN finish: 3.5 (8 appearances)...2016, 2015, 2014 GN champion.

Brian Elithorpe (Bridport, VT)

  • Nikki's Nightmare: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-2)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 3.8 (8 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off.

Tom and Pat Eilen (Hampton, MN)

  • Just Passin' Thru in Class: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-5)...2 GN wins (Tomah S3, Rockwell S1)...average GN finish: 4.1 (8 appearances).

Sonny Graese (Crivitz, WI)

  • Stacks: Finished 6th in 2016 GN points (-14)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 6.3 (8 appearances).

Ryan Debroux (New Franken, WI)

  • Playin' with Fire: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-73)...best GN finish: 5th...average GN finish: 7.8 (6 appearances).

Jack Kielmeyer (Nerstrand, MN)

  • Jacked Up: Did not appear in 2017...Finished 5th in 2016 GN points.

Kurt Heyroth (Bangor, WI)

  • Tow Mater.

2018 NTPA Grand National Modified Mini

The schedule (21 hooks, as of 3/19/18): 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, Langford, NY x 2; Sandusky, OH; Napoleon, OH; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Wellington, OH; Wauseon, OH
The competitors (9 vehicles, as of 5/22/18):

Joe Eder (North Collins, NY)

  • Polar Air [Bobcat Jr.: 2017 Grand National Champion (531 points)...4 GN wins (Tomah S5, Chapel Hill S1, Langford S1, Bowling Green S3)...average GN finish: 3.3 (18 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup.]

Larry and Adam Koester (Wadesville, IN)

  • Footloose: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-42)...GN win (Fort Recovery S2)...average GN finish: 7.1 (18 appearances)...2008, 2006, 2001 GN champion.
  • Beast of Burden: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-44)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 6.3 (18 appearances)...[A.Koester: 2007 GN champion].
  • Walk the Line: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-72)...GN win (Napoleon, OH)...average GN finish: 8.5 (18 appearances)...2016 GN champion.

Ken Veney (Wadsworth, OH)

  • Funny Lil' Farmall: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-47.5)...2 GN wins (Bowling Green S5, Greenville S2)...average GN finish: 6.3 (18 appearances).

Adam Bauer (Paton, IA)

  • Iron Toy: Finished 9th in 2017 GN points (-109)...GN win (Hutchinson S1)...average GN finish: 6.9 (18 appearances)...2013, 2011, 2009 GN champion.
  • Cowboy Up: Finished 10th in 2017 GN points (-114.5)...4 GN wins (Langford S2, Greenville S1, Wellington, Wauseon)...average GN finish: 6.3 (18 appearances)...2012 GN champion.

Jerry Thompson (Janesville, WI)

  • Hellraiser: Finished 12th in 2017 GN points (-153.5)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 13.6 (16 appearances).

Chase Richardson (Leitchfield, KY)

  • The Vibrator: Finished 13th in 2017 GN points (-205)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 10.0 (12 appearances).

2018 NTPA Grand National Light Unlimited

 The schedule (10 hooks, as of 3/19/18): Tomah, WI x 2; Fort Recovery, OH x 2; Mt. Sterling, IL; Waverly, IA; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Hudsonville, MI x 2
 The competitors (5 vehicles, as of 7/12/18):

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

  • Simon Sez: 2017 Grand National Champion (250 points)...4 GN wins (Tomah S2, Ionia S1, Fort Recovery S2, Bowling Green S2)...average GN finish: 1.6 (8 appearances)...2016, 2014 GN champion.
  • Simon Sez Show No Mercy: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-11)...3 GN wins (Ionia S2, Fort Recovery S1, Bowling Green S1)...average GN finish: 3.0 (8 appearances).

Keith Wayson (Harwood, MD)

  • Super Bee: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-17)...1 GN win (Sandusky)...average GN finish: 3.8 (8 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2015 GN champion.

Craig Corzine (Assumption, IL) and the Bollingers (Stonington, IL)

  • Money Pit Screwed Up: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-17)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 3.8 (8 appearances).

Ed (Union, MI) and Ted Boyer (Edwardsburg, MI)

  • Mr. Twist and Shout: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-44)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 5.5 (6 appearances).

2018 NTPA Grand National Modified

The schedule (14 hooks, as of 4/2/18): Ellsworth, WI; Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; New Hampton, IA x 2; Monroe, MI; Norwalk, WI x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Sandwich, IL x 2
The competitors (8 vehicles, as of 3/19/18):

Ricky Rose (Glencoe, MN)

  • Giddy Up: 2017 Grand National Champion (322 points)...6 GN wins (Ellsworth, Rockwell S1, Monroe, Bowling Green x 2, Sandwich S2)...average GN finish: 1.7 (11 appearances).

Bret Berg (Farmington, MN)

  • Money Maker: Finished 2nd in 2017 GN points (-15)...4 GN wins (Tomah x 2, Rockwell S2, Sandwich S3)...average GN finish: 3.3 (11 appearances)...won Enderle Pull-Off...2016, 2012, 2011 GN champion.

Bob Jostock (Lapeer, MI) and Bill Douglas Jr. (Alvinston, ON)

  • Wild Child: Finished 3rd in 2017 GN points (-35)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 5.4 (11 appearances)...2007 GN champion.
  • Spook Gone Wild: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-41)...best GN finish: 4th...average GN finish: 6.0 (11 appearances).

Dennis Christensen (Glencoe, MN)

  • Pack Rat 4: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-36)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 5.4 (11 appearances).

Doug Lively (State Center, IA)

  • Bank Robber: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-43)...GN win (Wapakoneta)...average GN finish: 3.3 (10 appearances)...2014, 2013 GN champion.

Joe, Bob, and Ray Fintak (North Collins, NY)

  • North American: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-55)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 7.6 (11 appearances).

Corey Kielmeyer (Faribault, MN)

  • Double Trouble: 2017 Region III Enderle Pull-Off MOD qualifier...1 RN win (Anoka S2)...best GN finish: 3rd.

2018 NTPA Grand National Unlimited

The schedule (19 hooks, as of 3/19/18): 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; Langford, NY x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Greenville, OH; Wellington, OH; Canfield, OH
The competitors (7 vehicles, as of 5/21/18):

Chuck Knapp (Charles City, IA)

  • Screamin' D: 2017 Grand National Champion (442 points)...8 GN wins (Benson S1, Hutchinson S1, Tomah S6, Chapel Hill S1, Fort Recovery x 2, Mt. Sterling, Bowling Green S5)...average GN finish: 1.6 (14 appearances)...won Shell Rotella Cup...won Enderle Pull-Off...2016, 2015 GN champion.

Wayne Purser (Norman, OK)

  • Uncle Sam: Finished 4th in 2017 GN points (-53)...GN win (Bowling Green S1)...average GN finish: 5.6 (14 appearances).

Ricky Rose (Glencoe, MN)

  • Giddy Up: Finished 5th in 2017 GN points (-57)...GN win (Wellington)...average GN finish: 6.1 (14 appearances).

David Richardson (Leitchfield, KY)

  • For Sale: Finished 6th in 2017 GN points (-63)...best GN finish: 3rd...average GN finish: 6.4 (14 appearances).

Bret Berg (Farmington, MN)

  • Money Maker: Finished 7th in 2017 GN points (-69)...best GN finish: 2nd...average GN finish: 6.9 (14 appearances).

Adam Bauer (Paton, IA)

  • Cross Threaded: Finished 8th in 2017 GN points (-114)...GN win (Greenville S2)...average GN finish: 6.9 (12 appearances)...2014, 2013 GN champion.

Joe Eder (North Collins, NY)

  • Polar Air: New vehicle in 2018. [GEICO: Best 2017 GN finish: 4th.]

Shell Rotella Cup-Date, Issue 7: Brandenburg and Fort Recovery

ShellRotellaCupWithOR 2018Worthington, Ohio---For the first time, the Shell Rotella Cup Series presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts had a divided attention span, as two of the 10 events in its expanded 2018 format coincided. Each within a few miles of the Indiana border, the Fort Recovery Grand Nationals in Fort Recovery, Ohio and the Meade County Grand Nationals in Brandenburg, Kentucky featured two Cup classes apiece among their four appearing GN divisions.

Fans at either venue didn't have to wait long to feel the extra electricity that accompanies Shell Rotella Cup competition, as the Super Stock Diesel 4x4 Trucks and twin-engine Light Unlimited Modifieds began the Fort's Friday proceedings on its side-by-side tracks, while Light Super Stock and Pro Stock Tractors were the first two classes to appear on B-burg's singular surface.

FtReOH S1 SSD4x4 AlterEgo loIn Fort Recovery, the Super Stock Diesel 4x4s entered with four prior Cup appearances to date across Benson, North Carolina and Tomah, Wisconsin. Justin Gearhart's "Cream of the Crop," having swept the GALOT Motorsports Park event, held a three-point lead over Shane Kellogg's "Trump" and a four-point bulge over the third-place "Pulling for the Cure" of Don Bowling. The Session One class was really two classes in one---or three, counting the pull-off, as seven of the final 10 trucks in the class of 18 exceeded the 330' track length. Finding himself on the outside looking in at that bonus round was Gearhart (322.1', 10th), who knew that his point lead would contract but did not know yet by how much. When Stephen Nagy took Bowling's "Cure" (FP/305.9') to fifth and Kellogg drove "Trump" (FP/305.4') to sixth, it resulted in a three-way tie atop the Cup standings entering Session Two. Kent Crowder drove his own "Scheid Diesel" (306.2') to fourth and Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" (FP/312.6') to second, while class winner Matt Clemons and his "Alter Ego" (FP/313.0') participated in his first Cup event and put himself in prime position for the O'Reilly Hardest-Working Puller total-distance award for the weekend.FtReOH S2 SSD4x4 LethalWeapon lo

The gate hung open once more in Session Two, and six trucks snuck out the end and into a final round. Crowder again qualified both his own "Scheid" (FP/311.7') ride and that of the ailing Atley, whose "Weapon" was first to fire in the pull-off and got to an ultimately insurmountable FP/325.0' to win the gift card. Finishing second was regional contender Cody Hastings with "Against the Grain" (FP/313.0'), and completing the pull-off were Shane Wurm's new Dodge (FP/311.2'), Chase Eller's "Caretaker" (FP/310.0'), and Clemons (FP/308.5'). The win moved "Lethal Weapon" to the top of the Cup tally, with "Trump" at minus-two and "Cream" at minus-three. The diesel trucks are in Grand National action this weekend in Illinois; only BG remains among Cup appearances.FtReOH S2 3rd SSD4x4 ScheidDieselCrowder lo

Meanwhile, the twin-engine Light Unlimited Modifieds were visiting their second-ever venue as Shell Rotella Cup participants after their season-opener in Tomah. "Money Pit Screwed Up," a wry reference to screw-type superchargers that are gaining popularity across the NTPA's Unlimited ranks, was driven in Wisconsin by Craig Corzine. But on this night, Corzine was otherwise occupied winning a class in Kentucky with the Shell Rotella-sponsored "Burn Notice" Two Wheeler. So duties fell to the chassis' owner Steve Bollinger, who for decades pulled it and its predecessor "Money Pit"s with Allison aircraft-engine power. The first to qualify for an eventual three-way pull-off alongside the last two division champions---Brandon Simon's "Simon Sez" (2017, 2016, 2014) and Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" (2015)---Bollinger (FP/315.8') got his Hemis to take flight and claimed the team's second win of the year. Entering Session Two and the second half of their six-hook Cup campaign, Simon (FP/315.7') and Wayson (FP/307.8') were tied for second (-3).FtReOH S1 LTUNL MoneyPitScrewedUp lo

FtReOH S2 2nd LTUNL SuperBee loBut in tractor pulling, hungry champions never stay down for long, and on Saturday night Simon and Wayson staged a pull-off that would snap that tie and put one of them into first place in Cup after Bollinger (315.2', fourth) was stopped short. "Super Bee" (FP/3315.7') took the green flag first in round two, and then Simon brought the thrilling class to its conclusion with an FP/319.7' aboard "Simon Sez" that hearkened to his Saturday night win exactly a year before. Simon also drove his brother R.J.'s "Simon Sez Show No Mercy" (322.1)' to third as the best non-qualifier. The chart now reads "Simon Sez" and "Money Pit" tied for first, "Super Bee" (-1) third, and "Show No Mercy" (-6) fourth.FtReOH S2 LTUNL SimonSez lo

BbrgKY S1 LSS DetonatorBlack loIn Brandenburg, the Light Super Stocks opened the Friday scoring with their second event---and like the Light Unlimiteds, just their second hook, given the Thursday night rainout in Tomah. It began with a surprise visitor: the "GALOT II" (Heavy) Super Stock from the Earl Wells camp, which made its first-ever light-class pass and ended up sixth. And it continued with what must be characterized as a surprise winner: the "Detonator Black" of Adam Spiegelberg, which ran up the right-center lane and carried the front axle from the 50' to the leader cone, which it repositioned at 315.0'. By an inch and a quarter, it was enough to hold off Brian Korth's "Excessive Force" (314.9') and the rest of the field that included Jason Hootman's "Commander" (314.4') and Korth's incoming point-leading tractor, "Considered Armed & Dangerous" (298.6'). That tractor's eighth-place finish dropped it into a third-place tie with "Detonator" behind the new co-leaders "Excessive Force" and "Commander." For Spiegelberg, in his first GN-licensed season, it's a dramatic improvement from his Budweiser Dairyland performance (15th); for Brandenburg, it marks the second Friday night first-time LSS winner in three years (Kyle Karlen, "Bad Blood," 2016).BbrgKY S1 2nd LSS ExcessiveForce lo

BbrgKY S2 LSS ConsideredArmedDangerous loAnd on Saturday, Hootman staked his claim to the lead on the test hook by pulling 310.8'. But that lead would only last until Korth's "Force" (311.1') tugged the "Southern Express" weight transfer two draws later, a run that ensured the standings tie would be broken, When "Considered" arrived with hook number seven, Korth coaxed it to 312.3', its second win in three hooks, and enough for third in the standings (-3). But it's "Excessive" that claimed the HWP and sole possession of the Shell Rotella Cup standings lead (+1). Spiegelberg's "Detonator" (308.7') finished fourth and now resides in that standings position (-6) as well.

ChapTN S1 2nd PS CPDreamII loAfter last weekend's turn of events in Chapel Hill, the inescapable Session One Pro Stock question was, "Is Charley back?" Charles Pelletier and his reigning-champion "CP Dream II" broke a camshaft  in Lions Motorsports Park and finished out of the money and out of the GN point lead for the first time all year. The answer came on hook number 11, when the "Dream" realized a 323.3' for the only full pull on the 320' track. Ending up in second was the "Bootlegger" of Jason Svonavec (319.4'), which had led for three hooks, and in third the "New Generation Plus" of Robby Lemke (319.3'), which had led for six before that. Svonavec subsequently moved within two points of Pelletier for the Cup lead, while incoming co-leader Mark Lawyer and "Rapped Up with a Vengeance" dropped six points behind.

BbrgKY S2 PS NewGenerationPlus loBy the time all had reconvened for Session Two, it baen discovered that a valve problem the previous night meant Pelletier had reached the end of his winning pass on five cylinders. Six strong on this night, "CP" (311.0') drove into the lead by passing Tim Cain's "Red Gambler" by 4'. But Lemke (313.7') took a brilliant wheelstanding ride on the very next hook to snuff out the sweep, and his "New Generation Plus" hung on for its second Meade County victory in as many years. Chapel Hill double-winner Darrin Hunt took "D2 Pro Stock Edition" to second on the class' last pass. The standings shakeup? "CP Dream II" in first, "Bootlegger" second at minus-three, and "New Gen" third at minus-eight with just Bowling Green to go.BbrgKY S2 2nd PS D2ProStockEdition lo

Next weekend's Issue 8 update will come to you from Langford, New York, where the Northeast Nationals will host the Light Super Stocks for their fifth and sixth appearances in GN and Cup.

Then, Issue 9 will arrive during the Cup's first off week in over a month as we set the table for the National Tractor Pulling Championships, the season's fourth and final anchor event. There, all 13 Shell Rotella Cup divisions will see their seasons conclude and their top three finishers honored in Bowling Green, Ohio's winners circle.

But there's still plenty of other NTPA action both before and after BG. Be sure to stop by www.NTPAPULL.com for our complete event schedule.

(Photos by Jeff Mainous and Anna Galloway/MAD Pulling Pics)

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, 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.

Shell Rotella Cup-Date, Issue 8: Langford

ShellRotellaCupWithOR 2018Worthington, Ohio---For the Light Supers, should we call it a "Solo Cup"? (Probably not, but we did it anyway.)

The National Tractor Pullers Association made its sophomore journey to Langford, New York's Tractor Pull Grounds and the newly named Northeast Nationals. The label is not all that has changed about this event, as the national pulling used to be concentrated on Sunday afternoon following a festival and jamboree on Saturday. Now, it's two solid days of pulling, as the Association brought five divisions to the Buffalo area---Light Super Stock and Super Stock Diesel Tractors, Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Mini and Multi-Engine Unlimited Modifieds.

LangNY S1 LSS ConsideredArmedDangerous loThe Light Supers were the lone Shell Rotella Cup class among the five and were set to make their fifth and sixth of eight scheduled appearances on the tour presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts. The early Session One lead belonged to the Armed & Dangerous Team's "Deadly Force" (322.7') on possibly the best pass of that third-year tractor's career. Brian Korth piloted three entries in the class and "Deadly" was the second to appear with ground to make up in the point standings on its teammates "Excessive Force" and "Considered Armed & Dangerous."

LangNY S1 3rd LSS Commander loFive hooks later, the Nationals crowd witnessed three new leaders in four tractors. First, Adam Spiegelberg made a bid for his second win in as many weeks with "Detonator Black" (326.5'), but that chance died when home-state hero Jason Hootman's "Commander" (329.9') got by him by about 3.5'. The Langford track was still able to contain Hootman but not Marcus Wettleson's "Gunpowder & Lead" (337.6') whose new chassis may now be considered dialed in. Wettleson was matched with Korth's "Considered" (333.1') to force a pull-off.

LangNY S1 2nd LSS GunpowderLead loThere, Wettleson set the sled in the middle, but the dirt had other ideas, tugging him leftward and dangerously close to the left sideline by 290'. The brake stab that saved him also cost him at the end, and "Lead"'s tenuous lead was set at 318.9'. That opening was all Korth needed, as he directed his tractor rightward from the beginning and stayed out of trouble to clinch the Session One victory (324.4') and the lead in the weekend's O'Reilly Hardest-Working Puller total-distance contest.

LangNY S2 LSS ExtremelyInsane loIn Session Two---well, wait a minute. Larry Phillips requested and received permission to make an exhibition pass after Saturday's class had concluded, feeling he had an electrical issue to solve. On Sunday, his "Extremely Insane" was shockingly good, following a 336.6' with a 337.2' to earn the Langford win just a day after finishing last among the GN competitors. Spiegelberg had set the leader cone in pull-off territory (338.5') on the fifth hook of the class and came tantalizingly close (335.5') to national victory number two. A nifty consolation prize for the Weyauwegan was the O'Reilly Hardest-Working Puller Award, for which "Detonator Black" blew away the competition by over 16' combined.

LangNY S2 2nd LSS DetonatorBlack loComing in third was Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood," which qualified for the pull-off by a couple of inches but could not return. Korth's "Deadly Force" (328.1') was the best of the first-rounders and of the A&D Team, whose other two tractors were an uncharacteristic seventh ("Considered," 311.3') and eighth ("Excessive Force," 310.6'). Wettleson's (326.2') new-chassis experiment was successful once more. But the weekend's big winner was the man who placed sixth, as Hootman's "Commander" assumed the GN and Cup leads by one point over "Considered Armed & Dangerous." '

LangNY S2 3rd LSS BadBlood loTwo hooks remain in each of those series over the National Tractor Pulling Championships' weekend, August 16-18 in Bowling Green, Ohio. That five-session Super National will mark the Cup finale for all 13 of the NTPA's Grand National divisions.

During the week off that leads into the NTPC, we'll take a look back at the first eight weekends of Cup competition. Watch this space for that recap.

(photos by Adam Draudt/MAD Pulling Pics)

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, 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 13 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---The lawn chairs are already staked. The camper is already packed. The, uh, "pop" is already chlled.

BG week awaits.

But wait up: That's Week 14. We've still got a full weekend of Grand and Regional National action before the lid gets lifted on the 52nd, and some of it just might be on your way to Wood County.

In Sandusky, Ohio, it's the Erie County Fair Pull on Friday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m., with GN classes of Pro Stocks and Modified Minis as well as Region II Eastern StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0s and Modifieds. On top in each of these divisions are Charles Pelletier of St. Armand, Quebec ("CP Dream II" PS), Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa ("Iron Toy" MINI), and Rob Wright of McArthur, Ohio ("All Attitude" PSD 4x4-E), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD).

Then on Saturday, August 11, the Henry County Fair in Napoleon, Ohio welcomes Pros and Minis as well as Diesel Supers among the GN ranks, plus Region II Two- (W) and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. Your incoming leaders are Stan and Steve Blagrave of Ackerly, Texas ("Red Horse" SSD), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD-W), and Steve Elchinger of Holgate, Ohio ("Jus' Passin' Thru" FWD).

Also on Saturday, the Norwalk Lions Club in Norwalk, Wisconsin hosts a two-session affair. At noon, it's Grand National Four Wheel Drives and Multi-Engine Modifieds plus Region III Two Wheel Drives and Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association classes of Light Super Stocks, Light Limited Super Stocks, and Light Pro Stocks. At 6:30 p.m., the national classes return and are joined by Region III Limited Pro Stocks and state Super Farms. Incoming leaders are Carmen Foster of Fairgrove, Michigan ("Foster Child" FWD), Bret Berg of Farmington, Minnesota ("Money Maker" MOD), Dustin Amundson of Nerstrand, Minnesota ("Bottoms Up" TWD), and Bill Figanbaum of Tripoli, Iowa ("Instigator" LIM PS).

And on Sunday, August 12 at 7 p.m., Zanesville, Ohio's Muskingum County Fair will finish whetting the pulling fan's appetite with a four-class regional show: Eastern Light Pros and Two Wheel Drives plus Pro Stocks and Modifieds. Topping the charts are Scott Webb of Beverly, Ohio ("Ragin' Red LT PS-E), Jacob Shephard of Brown City, Michigan ("Alcohol Addiction Retapped" TWD), and the Whitney/Aller Team of St. Marys, Ohio ("Ground Force" PS).

So don't look past a great week of NTPA pulling---or Owatonna next Friday. But go ahead and practice so you don't blow out your vocal cords: FUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLL...

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, 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.

Competitors: Special Instructions for Langford and Waverly

The following is critical information for competitors planning to attend either the Northeast Nationals event in Langford, New York on Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5, or the Bremer County Fair Pull in Waverly, Iowa on Saturday, August 4.

Waverly: Fair officials have requested that haulers not enter the grounds until 4 a.m. Saturday. Competitors are invited to park in the lot of the nearby Wal-Mart. The fair appreciates your cooperation.

Langford: To reach the grounds on a truck-friendly route, turn east onto Mile Strip Road at the first light past the Native Pride reservation. Take that road (note: 45 mph limit strictly enforced) to its end at Route 62 and turn left. In 500 feet, take a quick right onto Shirley Road and continue to Route 75. Turn left, and the Langford Pull Grounds will be on your right.

Week 12 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---Hearing those cicadas yet? Noticing the sun's angle getting a little lower, the daylight getting a little shorter? The calendar is about to flip to summer's last full month, and with it begins the home stretch of the NTPA's Championship Pulling schedule.

On Tuesday, July 31, the Cass County Fair Nationals in Cassopolis, Michigan hosts three Region II divisions---Super Farm Tractors, StainlessDiesel.com Western Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks, and Modified Minis---and one Super Stock Combo state class, starting at 7 p.m. Incoming regional leaders are Charlie Capozzo of Richmond, Michigan ("Cruel Intention" SF), Adam Hallien of Fort Wayne, Indiana ("Wrecker" PSD 4x4-W), and David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play: Double or Nothing" MINI).

Then on Wednesday, August 1 at 7 p.m., the NTPA makes a return trip to Eaton, Ohio for the Preble County Fair Pull. The Western 3.0s are joined by Western Light Pro Stocks and Two Wheel Drives as well as Modifieds. Topping the charts going in are Wes Spencer of Greenville, Ohio ("Bush Wacker" LT PS-W), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD-W), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD).

Grand National action resumes in Monroe, Michigan on Thursday, August 2. Super Stock Opens, Four Wheel Drives, and Modifieds get a hook, as do Region II Super Farms and Eastern subregional Light Pros. The first green flag drops at 7 p.m. In the proverbial catbird seat are John Strickland of Clinton, North Carolina ("GALOT II" SSO), Carmen Foster of Fairgrove, Michigan ("Foster Child" FWD), Doug Lively of State Center, Iowa ("Bank Robber" MOD), and Scott Webb of Beverly, Ohio ("Ragin' Red" LT PS-E).

The Super Farms will move on to Mason, Michigan and the Ingham County Fair Nationals and will meet up with Four Wheelers, Minis, and Modifieds at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 3. On top of the mountain in FWD is Steve Elchinger of Holgate, Ohio and his Chevrolet, "Jus' Passin' Thru."

At that same time, Mount Sterling, Illinois' Brown County Fair will present the Western Illinois Grand Nationals on Friday, August 3 with a revamped class lineup: Light Unlimiteds and Two Wheel Drives will team with Pro Stock Tractors and Super Stock Diesel 4x4 Trucks as well as Illinois Tractor Pullers' Association Limited Pro Stocks. Leading the way are Charles Pelletier of St. Armand, Quebec ("CP Dream II" PS), Craig Corzine of Assumption, Illinois ("Burn Notice" TWD), Carl Atley of Xenia, Ohio ("Lethal Weapon" SSD 4x4), and the Bollinger/Corzine Team and Brandon Simon ("Money Pit Screwed Up" and "Simon Sez" LT UNL).

And on Saturday, August 4, the GN circuit breaks into four squads and spreads out to Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and New York. The Bremer County Fair, situated in Waverly, Iowa, gets Light Unlimiteds and Two Wheelers alongside Region V Super Farms and Limited Pro Stocks, the last of whose leaders are Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF) and the Figanbaum/Vsetecka Team ("Instigator" LIM PS).

The Marion County Fair Grand Nationals in Salem, Illinois will see Open Supers, Pro Stocks, and SSD 4x4s at 7 p.m.

The Celebration on the Pond in Morley, Michigan will welcome Super Semis as well as Region II Super Farms and Minis. Dean Holicky of Montgomery, Minnesota leads the big rigs by seven points with his "Mother Trucker" Peterbilt.

And the Northeast Nationals in Langford, New York has two daytime sessions on Saturday at 2 p.m. and again on Sunday, August 5 at noon. Both will feature Light Super Stocks, Super Stock Diesels, Four Wheel Drives, and Mini and Multi-Engine Unlimited Modifieds. Both will also include Empire State Pullers classes, and Semis and Western New York Pro Pulling Series will complete the program on Sunday. Atop the GN standings are Brian Korth of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin ("Excessive Force" LSS), Stan and Steve Blagrave of Ackerly, Texas ("Red Horse" SSD), Joe Eder of North Collins, New York ("Polar Air" MINI), and Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL). If you can't make it to New York, bring all the noise, smoke, and power to your living room with the NTPA Live Stream at WatchNTPA.com.

Finally, for the 10th of this week's 10 events, the NTPA comes home to Urbana, Ohio. The site of the Enderle Memorial Pull-Off in only six weeks' time, the Champaign County Fairgrounds first hosts its fair pull on Monday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. with five regional classes: Light Supers, Pro Stocks, Eastern Light Pros, Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, and Modifieds. Jason Irvin's "Drunkin' Punkin" LSS from Brookville, Ohio and Susan Ingram's "Scheid Diesel" SSD 4x4 from Farina, Illinois lead their respective divisions by a single point, while the Whitney/Aller Team's "Ground Force" of St. Marys, Ohio tops the Pro Stocks.

A four-day break follows this hectic week before the GN trail picks up again in Sandusky and Napoleon, Ohio and Norwalk, Wisconsin. We'll remind you of what you know and catch you up on what you missed in this very space before then. Thanks for reading.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, 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.

GN SF Competitor Jon Silsby's Father Jack Has Died

The WPI/NTPA office has been informed of the passing on Sunday, July 22 of Jack H. Silsby, 77, of Mason, Michigan. Mr. Silsby was the father of Grand National Super Farm competitor Jon Silsby (Crop Doctor).

A dairy and beef cattle and hog farmer, Mr. Silsby is remembered as a hard-working man who instilled that ethic in his children. He was for many years a competitor himself before Jon carried on with his favorite hobby. As his health declined, Mr. Silsby enjoyed watching sports, including tractor pulling, on television.

Mr. Silsby is survived by his wife Connie Mae, brother Larry (Judy), sons Tom (Kim) and Jon (Sandra), daughters Chris (Gerald) Wheeler and Lisa, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. His complete obituary may be found here.

A celebration of Mr. Silsby's life is scheduled for Saturday, July 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Aurelius Township Hall, 1939 South Aurelius Road, Mason, Michigan 48854.  Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, Attention: Hospice Foundation, 900 Cooper Street, Jackson, Michigan 49202.

Please keep the Silsby family in your thoughts during their time of sorrow.

Shell Rotella Cup-Date, Issue 6: Chapel Hill

ShellRotellaCupWithOR 2018Worthington, Ohio---Amid Cupfuls of change, a familiar venue welcomed back an old friend.

On Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, the Shell Rotella Cup Series presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts returned to one of its charter locations from its first year of existence. Back then, the "Pennzoil Cup" scheduled a heat-of-summer trip to Chapel Hill, Tennessee for the Lions Super Pull of the South, where only five divisions---at that time, the Cup's only five---jockeyed for midseason position.

This year, the Super Stock Diesel Tractors, Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks, Modified Minis, and Unlimited Modifieds each reached the third leg of their journey in Chapel Hill, while the Pro Stocks made it event number two of their four-event miniseries.

ChapTN S1 PS D2ProStockEdition loFirst up on both evenings were the Pros, and on Friday night it was a case of "D2" over "CP2." More verbosely, Darrin Hunt's regionally licensed "D2 Pro Stock Edition" Case IH beat out standings leader and defending champion Charles Pelletier's "CP Dream II" John Deere, 329.2' to 327.9', on a track that elicited at least a dozen different hole-shot and running-line strategies. Julia Ray's "MAC Daddy" (322.6') and Kevin Schmucker's "Git-Er-Dun Deere" (319.8') were also top three in Cup point-earnings.ChapTN S2 2nd PS NastyStuff lo

ChapTN HWP PS RedEdgePro loThen on Saturday came a show of force from the red-painted vehicles at a site where green tractors had swept both of the Pro Stocks' previous appearances. All three who made the pull-off---Hunt, Cody Shay's "Red Edge Pro," and Nick McCormick's "Nasty Stuff"---were of the International or Case IH variety. Again, "D2" (FP/324.9') was the class victor, while first-place Cup points went to "Nasty Stuff" (FP/320.1') and seconds to "Red Edge" (FP/314.6'), which also claimed the O'Reilly Hardest-Working Puller Total Distance Award. Pelletier's Deere struggled mightily in reaching only 115.4' and fell into a tie on top of the Cup standings with Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up with a Vengeance."ChapTN PS RappedUp lo

ChapTN S1 MINI Vibrator loMinis were called to the line second both nights. In Session One, Chase Richardson was the first of two to make a full pull, opting to shake the middle of the Chapel Hill course with his "Vibrator" for a speedy pass. Four hooks later, Bart Sluis of the Bobcat. Jr. Team drove the eponymous Mini past 347' to set up a second round. There, Richardson did it again, posting a 330.8' that bested Sluis' 323.3' for Richardson's second-ever GN MINI win and fifth overall dating back to his days in Two Wheel Drive. Grayson Shelton's "Sawed Off" (329.9') missed the chance at a pull-off by about 3/4".ChapTN S1 2nd MINI BobcatJr lo

ChapTN S2 2nd MINI SawedOff loSession Two revolved around the Shelton family. Four hooks after one brother drove to 318.3' on "Sawed Off" and one hook after another brother Reese drove "Cuttin' Up" out of bounds trying to skate up the right sideline, 16-year-old Camille picked up her first Grand National win on "Splinter" (319.8') on a nifty diagonal move from right- to left-of-center. The top two Shelton siblings laid the lumber to Sluis (316.3'), Richardson (315.9'), and the rest of the 16-Mini field. Richardson won the HWP by about 5'.ChapTN S2 MINI Splinter lo

ChapTN S1 SSD RedHorse loSuper Stock Diesels were scheduled for third, and it certainly looked like they would complete their work that way on Friday. But Travis Schlabach's catastrophic engine failure and subsequent sudden stop with "Bone Twister" took the "Ironman Orange" weight transfer out of commission with a broken weight box chain sprocket. This necessitated a sled change and a restart which, all agreed, would best follow the Unlimiteds to permit the engines' cooling. When play resumed, Steve Blagrave and his "Red Horse," leading at the moment of Schlabach's breakage, backed it up with a 299.7' that started left of the track center. Braden Shramek's "Legacy" put together a 287.7' in its first NTPA appearance of the year, while Colin Ross' "Triple Bypass" and Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" were second and third in Shell Rotella Cup competition.

ChapTN S2 SSD TripleBypass loAnd on Saturday, Ross' 345' and Blagrave's 343' necessitated a pull-off, but fears of a dropped valve caused the "Red Horse" (FP/BR) to retire. "Triple Bypass" (FP/3.7') thus claimed the first Chapel Hill chair for Colin, while the "Horse" went the distance for the O'Reilly gift card. Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" (327.8') vied for a place in the second round but settled for third.ChapTN S2 3rd SSD SuperRooster lo

ChapTN S1 UNL GreenStreak loUnlimiteds got surprised by their early orders Friday night, but they were ready to put on an amazing show for the Chapel Hill faithful. The "Green Streak" of Steve Boyd was the best of 14 by getting to 329.5' on the fifth hook. Two tractors later, Chuck Knapp's division-leading "Screamin' D" (328.0') challenged Boyd the most all night. The runs were different---Boyd's a cross-track job, Knapp's straight up the left sideline---but they ended only the diameter of a front tire apart. In third was Adam Bauer's "Cross Threaded" (321.8'), which liked Boyd's line but lacked the remaining track surface to make it close.ChapTN S2 2nd UNL CrossThreaded lo

ChapTN S2 2nd UNL ScreaminD loSaturday night, Boyd (332.2') upped his winning margin to nearly 11' to complete the sweep and earn the Hardest-Working Puller card. Finishing one spot back this time was Bauer (321.3') and two back was Knapp (317.1'), while Wayne Purser's all-new, four-engine "Uncle Sam" (309.2'), which made its season debut on Friday, looked on this night like a potential threat for points and wins.

ChapTN S1 FWD Rock LaBonte loAnd ending each evening's show were the Four Wheel Drives. In true Tennessee fashion, Session One saw the ol' "Rock" atop---Canadian Donald LaBonte's "Rock" Chevrolet, that is---at 325.8' on the second hook of the class. LaBonte's run was up the right sideline, as was that of second-place Jim Holman and "4 Play" (317.1'), but on the dozen hooks in between the preferred line alternated between left and right with no one picking the middle. Incoming Cup points leader Ted Skelton's "Rock" (312.2') ran about a tire width inside of LaBonte's path for third.

ChapTN S2 2nd FWD Benjammin loFor Session Two, a four-way pull-off developed beginning with Ben Ellis' "Benjammin," last year's Cup champ, and continued with Larry Peterson's "Profab Geared Up," Tyler Cobb's "Bandit," and "4 Play" driven by Jim's brother Paul. Pulling off in that order, the foursome re-enacted the alternating lines of Friday's class, with Ellis (FP/332.4') and Cobb (FP/324.6') choosing the right side and Peterson (FP/328.9') going far left. But the night belonged to Holman, whose pass up the right claimed the FP/333.8' victory and clinched the HWP.ChapTN S2 FWD 4Play lo

Next weekend, the Cup gets split up: Light Super Stocks and Pro Stocks are two of four Grand National classes at the Meade County Grand Nationals in Brandenburg, Kentucky, while Super Stock Diesel 4x4s and Light Unlimiteds are among those on the roster of the Fort Recovery Grand Nationals in Ohio. We'll recap it all in a single Cup-Date, Issue 7, first thing next week.

At that point, only two events will remain on the Cup tour: Langford, New York's Northeast Nationals on August 4 and 5, and Bowling Green, Ohio's Cup finale, the National Tractor Pulling Championships, on August 16, 17, and 18. Be sure to visit www.NTPAPULL.com to find out where each of these divisions is next competing at a pull near you, and keep an eye on those Shell Rotella Cup standings as the series' conclusion draws near.

(Photos by Tracy Waters)

 

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, 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.

Shell Rotella Cup-Date, Issue 5: Ionia

ShellRotellaCupWithOR 2018Worthington, Ohio---Like the National Tractor Pullers Association's regular season, the Shell Rotella Cup Series Presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts has reached its midpoint.

Two sensational performances at Ionia, Michigan's Pullsation on July 13 and 14, the fifth event in the Cup's newly expanded 10-stop tour, made for easy calculations of the Super Farm Tractors' and Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks' O'Reilly Hardest-Working Puller Awards. But the adding machines were heating up over the Super Semis, who thrilled the Ionia Free Fair crowd with several long hauls that resulted in a pair of pull-offs.

IoniMI S1 SEMI JustPassinThruInClass loOn Friday night, Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class" was victorious for the first time in 2018 by knocking off Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" after the latter had shot out to 357'. Eilen's first distance was only 2' past the 330' marker that signified the track's endpoint, but unlike Holicky's, Eilen's Peterbilt was able to return in the second round to claim the win on a sled bump. Denied a chance to get into that mix was Hutchinson winner Ryan DeBroux; his "Playin' with Fire" Kenworth got to 327.7' to finish third.

IoniMI S1 2nd SEMI MotherTrucker loOn Saturday, DeBroux made up for his missed opportunity by going 337.9', short of Holicky's 338.5' and beyond Eilen's 331.3' as all three qualified for a final round. There, the GN circuit sophomore from New Franken, Wisconsin took his firefighter-themed rig out to 324.1' and his second national win. Eilen's return trip of 321.2' was enough for second, while "Mother Trucker" was stopped at 319.6' and had to settle for third. Eilen also got close enough to the "Fire" to capture the Hardest-Working Puller total distance award for the weekend by 4.44'. With only Bowling Green remaining, Holicky's lead in Cup standings is two points over DeBroux, while Eilen is seven behind.IoniMI S2 SEMI PlayinWithFire lo

IoniMI S1 SF AbsolutelyNuts loThe Super Farms made their lone top-tier 2018 visit to the state from which hail all but one of the GN-licensed competitors, and it was Brady Ferris and his family's "Absolutely Nuts" Case IH that looked the most at home. With the fifth hook of 16, Ferris drove to 314.1' in Session One, which was 1.5' better than his nearest rival, Brad Hart's "Don't Ask." Division-leading Stan Warda, who had won three of the Super Farms' four hooks entering Ionia and O'Reilly HWPs at both Benson and Rockwell, finished third at 310.5'.

IoniMI S1 2nd SF DontAsk loFerris' Session Two draw was toward the end of the class but netted the same result. His 334.0', the sole full pull, clinched a 60-point weekend and moved "Absolutely Nuts" (-11) into second place in Grand National and Shell Rotella Cup standings. Warda (319.3') was third again and has finished in the top three in all six appearances thus far. In between came Dave Whelan's "My Last Excuse" (327.4'), who had led for a couple of hooks before Ferris' winning run.IoniMI S2 2nd SF MyLastExcuse lo

You never take anything for granted in NTPA competition, but 2017 Ionia Friday night winner Bryan McDonald had to like his chances with two shots at the Pullsation track. He dropped to last with his "Suffering Sanity" Willys, as is the test puller's right, and then he watched the class unfold from there. After 2018 Tomah Friday night winner Randy Petro went 316', the three-truck Petro Motorsports Team made adjustments, and Jessie, the seven-time class champion, pulled "Buckeye Hauler" out to 325.8'. When McDonald returned as the final hook, he just missed the defense of his year-old Session One win with a 325.4'. The result was Petro's first W since Benson in early June. Finishing third on another late-class attempt were Renee Theobald and "Pretty Wicked" (324.9'), who earned their first top-five of this year's campaign.IoniMI S1 TWD BuckeyeHauler lo

IoniMI S1 2nd TWD SufferingSanity lo"Buckeye Hauler" extended its Wolverine State dominance for a second night to assume a four-point Cup standings advantage over incoming leader Craig Corzine and the Shell Rotella-sponsored "Burn Notice." Randy Petro and "Kathy's Komplaint" (328.6', -7) pulling near the end of the class, got second, while fellow Wisconsin winner "Wild Horse" (327.9'), piloted this time by Sean Blagrave, led for a span of two trucks and finished third.

The full attention of the NTPA now turns to Chapel Hill, Tennessee's Lions Super Pull of the South. The second Super National event on the calendar and the third anchor event for the Shell Rotella Cup is this Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 beginning at 7 p.m. CIoniMI S2 2nd TWD KathysKomplaint loentral. Five divisions---Super Stock Diesel, Pro Stock, Four Wheel Drive, Modified Mini, and Unlimited---will move each of their four-event miniseries one step closer to their crowning in Bowling Green. Fans can watch all the action via the NTPA's Live Streaming service, available at WatchNTPA.com.

Other Grand National divisions are next scheduled as follows:

Light Super Stock:  Brandenburg, Kentucky (NTPA/Cup)
Super Stock Open: Monroe, Michigan (NTPA), Bowling Green, Ohio (Cup)
Super Farm: Bowling Green, Ohio (NTPA/Cup)
Two Wheel Drive: Brandenburg, Kentucky (NTPA), Bowling Green, Ohio (Cup)
Super Stock Diesel 4x4: Fort Recovery, Ohio (NTPA/Cup)
Super Semi: Morley, Michigan (NTPA), Bowling Green, Ohio (Cup)
Light Unlimited: Fort Recovery, Ohio (NTPA/Cup)
Modified: Monroe, Michigan (NTPA), Bowling Green, Ohio (Cup)

Check out the NTPA's complete national schedule at www.NTPAPULL.com.

(Photos by Dave Gifford)

 

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, 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 11 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---In racing terms, we have reached the backstretch of the NTPA season. It can offer a chance to pass as many competitors as possible and build momentum by collecting points and wins ahead of the inevitable twists and turns leading into the the homestretch: crowning events like Bowling Green, Hudsonville, Wauseon, Canfield, and Sandwich.

For now, it's Grand Nationals in Ohio and Kentucky, a weeknight event in Region II, and a busy week in Region III, with a two-night regional and a split night of action across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Let's get to it.

The Butler County Fair in Hamilton, Ohio will have Western Light Pro Stock Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks along with Four Wheel Drives and Modified Minis. The session starting Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. will welcome standings leaders Mark and J.D. Wiederhold of Clarksville, Ohio ("Bare Necessities" LT PS-E), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD-E), Steve Elchinger and Ron Newell ("Jus' Passin' Thru" and "Temporary Insanity" FWD), and David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play: Double or Nothing" MINI).

In Anoka, Minnesota, it's the Coors Light Shootout on Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27, at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Session One has Super Farm and Limited Pro Stock Tractors, Two- and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Multi-Engine Modifieds, while Session Two keeps the trucks and Mods and adds Heavy Super Stocks and state invitational Semis. Region III point leaders coming into Anoka are Mitch Fehn of Harmony, Minnesota ("Red Storm Reloaded" SF), Jeremy and Jarod Ploetz of Utica, Minnesota ("Big One" LIM PS), Wayne Timmerman of Cuba City, Wisconsin ("Showtime" TWD), and Cory Lemirande of Little Suanico, Wisconsin ("Breakin' Da Law" FWD).

Then on Saturday, July 28, the Throwdown at Hoedown in Houston, Minnesota officially joins the national conversation with a six-class show at 7 p.m. It's regional Light Supers, Heavy Supers, and Light Pros who are joined by state Pro Farms, Super Stock 4x4s, and invitational semis. The Light Pros are led by Collin Birkholz and his International 1456.

The upper Midwestern region is also active on Saturday at the Dunn County Fair in Menomonie, Wisconsin, where Super Farms, Limited Pros, and Two and Four Wheelers accompany state Limited Light Supers and Minis.

Two storied Grand National events on the Indiana border will kick off at 7 p.m. local on Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28. In Brandenburg, Kentucky, it's the Meade County Grand Nationals, with two sessions of Light Super Stocks, Diesel Super Stocks, Pro Stocks, and Two Wheel Drives. Residing in the penthouse suite for now are Brian Korth of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin ("Considered Armed & Dangerous" LSS), Stan and Steve Blagrave of Ackerly, Texas ("Red Horse" DSS), Mark Lawyer of New Castle, Indiana ("Papped Up!" PS), and Jessie Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Buckeye Hauler" TWD).

And in Fort Recovery, Ohio, we have the Fort Recovery Grand Nationals, at which GN Super Stock Diesel 4x4 and Mini, twin-engine Light Unlimited, and multi-engine Unlimited Modifieds will compete alongside regional Light Pro Stocks (West) and Limited Pro Stocks. On top at the moment are Justin Gearhart of Kingston, Ohio ("Cream of the Crop" SSD 4x4), Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa ("Iron Toy" MINI), Craig Corzine of Assumption, Illinois ("Money Pit Screwed Up" LT UNL), Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL), and Travis Wisel of Roanoke, Indiana ("Irrational Behavior" LIM PS).

Hey, Region II: Watch that sharp turn early next week with Cassopolis on Tuesday and Eaton on Wednesday. No way we're slowing down. Just lean in, and try to keep up. See you next week.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, 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 10 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---Baseball's All-Star Break arrives this week. Professional hockey and basketball each have one, too. They roughly mark the halfway point of a grueling season and give players and teams time to rest, reflect, and make adjustments before the home stretch determines playoff positining.

Well, tractor pulling's just not like that; we mark our halftime (Week 10) not with a break but with a veritable flurry of activity around the country. Indeed, the NTPA's Grand National circuit and three regions hit tracks from North Dakota to Tennessee over the next seven days.

On Tuesday, July 17, it's a double Region II bill. In Hartford, Michigan, the Hartford NTPA Nationals have Super Farm Tractors, Western Subregional Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Modified Minis beginning at 7 p.m. Setting the pace for each are Charlie Capozzo of Richmond, Michigan ("Cruel Intentions" SF), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD-W), and David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play: Double or Nothing" MINI).

Meanwhile, in Washington Court House, Ohio, the Fayette County Fair hosts four classes, including the season's first appearance for Regional National Super Stock Diesel 4x4 Trucks. Also on the docket are Eastern Light Pro Stocks and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0s and Multi-Engine Modifieds for a 7 p.m. show. Incoming leaders are Scott Webb of Beverly, Ohio ("Ragin' Red" LT PS-E), Rob Wright of McArthur, Ohio ("All Attitude" PSD 4x4-E), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD).

Then Wednesday, July 18 brings a nearby Region II event and gets Region V back in play after a four-day break. Lebanon, Ohio hosts Eastern Light Pros, Two Wheel Drives, and 3.0s, plus Modifieds at 7 p.m. Jacob Shepherd's "Alcohol Addiction Retapped," with his first two national wins coming in Week Nine, has the point lead in TWD-East.

And also on Wednesday, the Great Jones County Fair's National Summer Slide slips into Monticello, Iowa for five regional classes: Heavy Super Stocks, Super Farms, and Limited Pro Stocks and Two and Four Wheel Drives. The Supers (led by Ken Witt of Houston, Minnesota and "Mr. Yuk"), the Two Wheelers (led by Rick Austin of Brodhead, Wisconsin and "Twisted Tight") and the Four Wheelers (co-led by Brian Loosbrock's "American Iron" and Matthew Davis' "Outrage") will wrap up their Region V campaigns for 2018. The battles will go beyond Jones County for leaders Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF) and Bill Figanbaum and Keith Vsetecka of Tripoli, Iowa ("Instigator" LIM PS).

Region III returns to the stage at the Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, North Dakota for a Saturday afternoon matinee of Four-Wheel-Drive and Super Stock Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. It's the sole regional level appearance for the Super Stocks, while the (Modified) Four Wheelers are led by Cory Lemirande's "Breakin' Da Law" after their visit to Ellsworth in early June. The first green flag drops at 4 p.m. on July 21.

And Region II doesn't get the weekend off. Springfield, Ohio and the Clark County Fair will welcome Light Super Stocks, Pro Stocks, Eastern Light Pros, Minis, and Modifieds starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Jason Irvin's "Drunkin' Punkin'" is the top point-earner among the Light Supers, while the Pro Stocks are co-led by the Campbells of Homeworth, Ohio and their "Soup Line Express" and the Whitney/Aller Team of St. Marys, Ohio and their "Ground Force."

Also in the Eastern half of Region II is Mount Vernon, Ohio, which reappears on the NTPA calendar on Sunday, July 22 after a one-year absence. Starting at 6 p.m., Knox County Fairgoers will witness Heavy and Light Pros, Two Wheelers and PSD 4x4s, and Modifieds.

Wrapping up this busy week of regional competition is the Clermont County NTPA Nationals in Owensville, Ohio on Monday, July 23. The 7 p.m. show will include Light Pros and Two Wheel Drives (both East), Minis, and Modifieds.

Let's see, have we forgotten anybody? Oh, yeah---our second Super National event of 2018! It's the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, and it's there for your viewing pleasure Live at WatchNTPA.com starting at 7 p.m. Central on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21. Each night will have Super Stock Diesel and Pro Stock Tractors, Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks, and Mini and Unlimited Modifieds, All five are participating divisions in the newly expanded Shell Rotella Cup Series presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts. GN championship point standing leaders entering Lions Motorsports Park are Stan and Steve Blagrave of Ackerly, Texas ("Red Horse" SSD), Charles Pelletier of St. Armand, Quebec ("CP Dream II" PS), Carmen Foster of Fairgrove, Michigan ("Foster Child" FWD), Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa ("Cowboy Up" MINI), and Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL).

Week 11 starts a little later---in Anoka and Hamilton on Thursday---but it's no less intense with both Fort Recovery and Brandenburg being GN and Cup points events. Come right back here next week to read all about the motorsport you love at the online home of the name you trust: the National Tractor Pullers Association.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

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 2018 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. 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. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.

NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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 PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, 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

ADDRESS:
National Tractor Pullers Association
6155-B Huntley Road,
Columbus, OH 43229


PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964