Road to the Enderle: Week 15 RN Update

Worthington, Ohio---We are merely eight seven six five four three weeks away from the celebration three decades in the making: The 30th Annual Enderle Pull-Off. Title-sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection of Simi Valley, California, the NTPA's all-star invitational will have 110 participants---50 Regional National and 60 Grand National---in two sessions on Saturday, September 17. In its illustrious history, the Enderle Pull-Off has awarded over $1.5 million to NTPA competitors.

The Road to the 30th actually began in September and October 2015, when events in Allegan, Michigan; Spencer, Iowa; and Raleigh, North Carolina settled some of that year's regional championships but came too late to count for the 29th Enderle. The rainout in Owatonna provided the most recent settling of the berths; the next round of clinchings arrives over Labor Day weekend.

Light Super Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Rex Kuhn's "Git-R-Done" clinched his Region II title in Urbana after three wins in four appearances.
  • Berth B: After six hooks, it's a 16-point lead for the Red Thunder Team over Gary Hagel's "Destination Unknown." With only Ridgeland left, "Thunder" just needs to tighten the chain.
  • Berth C: On the strength of a tiebreaker on second places, Martin Daniel's "On the Edge" won the two-hook shootout in Hopkinsville, Kentucky over Jay Fuqua's "Tennessee Tracks."

Heavy Super Stock (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" has maintained a 13-point lead over Kent Payne's surging "Super Rooster," mostly by finishing second when Payne has won. Those roles were reversed at Zanesville, however.
  • Berth B: The race for second is effectively over; it'll be either Pfeiffer or Payne, who has a 143-point cushion with only three hooks to go.
  • Berth C: "Red Line Fever" held on to its two-point lead under an umbrella in Owatonna.
  • Berth D: Ronnie Strickland and "Another Outlaw" outran the field in Region IV by five points despite Marty Harrell's two big wins in Pinetops.
  • Berth E: Speaking of sweeps, Brandon Hunt's "Liv'n a Dream" gave its competitors nightmares with a dominant performance in Hopkinsville to claim this invitation.

Heavy Super Stock Diesel (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: David Henderson's "Stray Horse" got a win and a place at Norwalk to assume a one-point lead over the Degenhardts with only Marshfield left.
  • Berth B: After Waverly, Lehn has clinched this berth with "Red Line Fever" as well as the Pro National Berth C, so  these two paths will be combined to create an at-large berth. We'll wait to see what happens in Region III first. (Remember, if the same competitor claims two berths within the same division, the points from those paths are combined, and the runner up is invited. If three berths are claimed by the same tractor, then two at-large berths are determined by combined points.)
  • Berth C: The 12-time GN champ "Red Line Fever" has qualified for the Enderle RN session.

Super Farm (6 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" has a 25-point advantage over second-place Tony Sietsema. With just Wauseon to go, Warda likely just needs to make the hook .
  • Berth B: It's over in the South subregion, though, and "Hammerin' Hank" will be in the Enderle dugout for sure. We'll await Wauseon but will likely knit Region II back together to determine an at-large.
  • Berth C: The Larsons' "Hot Wire" had a hot night in Worthington; its second place jumped it three points ahead of the Lindstroms' "Hyper Harvester." Now it's just Ridgeland remaining.
  • Berth D: The infield will be full of outlaws, with Chris Hales' "Outlaw" ride taking three top-fours dating to Raleigh and a six-point win over Phil Kelley's "Red-Blooded Binder."
  • Berth E: But the Keystone Stater Kelley and his "Red-Blooded Binder" will again represent Region V at the Enderle. His PA-to-IA gambit paid off for a second straight year.
  • Berth F: The Enderle will be "Thunder Struck" for a second time, as Brad Woods nabbed a first, a fifth, and 59 points to own the tiebreaker over Michael Fanning's "Bad Habit Is Back."

Pro Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: It's the first-ever appearances for Pros at the regional level. Cory Hoffman's "King of Deeres" is hoping to be crowned in Findlay with the first of two Region II berths. (The regional championship won't be settled until Allegan, though.)
  • Berth B: Meanwhile, Joel Kingen's "Full Metal Jacket" has the inside lining on the runner-up berth with a one-point lead over Ryan Walters' "Chasin' Tail."
  • Berth C: The Mid-South Berth goes to Philip Parish's "El Nino," which stormed to a first and fifth in western Kentucky.

Light Pro Stock (4 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Travis Tilton's "Always Somethin'" now leads by 40 points over Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" through Lima. Three hooks remain in the eastern half of Ohio: Canton, Marietta, and Old Washington.
  • Berth B: A second-place finish in Greenville has extended Kendall's lead to 34 over Shaun Thornhill. So it looks like "Something" vs. "Nothing" at the Enderle.
  • Berth C: Ellsworth started and Marshfield will finish this two-hook berth.
  • Berth D: Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" claimed victory in this division's only Region IV points hook on Saturday night in Elizabeth City.

Limited Pro Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: With wins in two appearances and a third at the Fort the McKinleys' "Knight Train" is on a rail to the Region II title, up 8.5 with only Roanoke left.
  • Berth B: The "Hampton Hooker"'s lead is now four after Craig Braun's runner-up finish at Norwalk. Keith Vsetecka's win put the "Instigator" in second going into Ridgeland.
  • Berth C: After a small slip in Monticello, Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" was number-one in Waverly and ended up taking this berth by eight over Bill Figanbaum.

Two Wheel Drive (6 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Jeff Writsel's lead is 18 over Bill Widenmeyer in the Eastern Region II berth. They have the same schedule left as the Light Pros: Stark, Washington, and Guernsey Counties.
  • Berth B: In Western Region II, Randy Petro has a 60-point margin with "Vintage KK" after Napoleon with two to go. One more legal pull will clinch.
  • Berth C: With 57 points in two hooks at Norwalk, Dale Stampfli's "Twisted Tight" (-8) has stepped up as "Pack Rat V" Dennis Christensen's closest challenger.
  • Berth D: Steve Willson's "Running Bear" won once each in Pinetops and Elizabeth City to clinch this berth.
  • Berth E: Waverly settled this berth in favor of Doug Christensen's "Pack Rat VI," which erased a VI-point deficit and won the tiebreaker on the strength of third places, 2-1, over Corey Kielmeyer's "Beer Wagon."
  • Berth F: It's been a while, but the "Thunder Road" of Mike Rigsby already knows the way to the Enderle. Back in 2003, it was Chuck Knapp's qualifying vehicle, "Eighty Acres."

Four Wheel Drive (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: It's been a great race in Region II. Chris Taylor (Grain Hollers Mafia) leads by a just three over Dave Weiss (Detonator) with only Findlay to go.
  • Berth B: Weiss is looking dynamite for the runner-up slot, which he leads by five over Greenville winner Ron Newell.
  • Berth C: The Total Team's third (Geared) and fourth (Hooked) in Worthington mitigated the effects of the O'Connors' win with "Nasty Habit." Carol and Bill lead dad Lawrence by three and David by four.
  • Berth D: Kevin Schools' camo-ed Chevy will be spotted in Urbana. His two-time GN champ truck "Jus' Rutt'n" won Region IV at Elizabeth City.
  • Berth E: The O'Connors nearly came all the way back at the finale in Monticello, but Jamie Busch hung on to claim this berth by one point with "Thunder Struck." Wins in his hometown Rockwell and nearby New Hampton gave him the margin of victory. (Update: Busch has yielded this berth to the O'Connors, so they'll practice their "Nasty Habit" in Urbana in September.)

Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: A "Rock"-solid weekend in BG got Van Haisley's lead over Brion Withrow's "Nut Job" up to nine.
  • Berth B: But "Nut Job" would get to go too as the runner-up. Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (-5) is Withrow's closest rival.
  • Berth C: Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" has clinched the Pro National berth with a 114-point performance at this season's Super Nationals.

Modified Mini (4 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Dave Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained" continues to lead the race for this berth, but Todd Bultman's "Stress Relief" has piled up an unbelievable nine wins to pull within two points despite missing the wraparound in Allegan last year.
  • Berth B: So Bultman currently owns the runner-up berth with momentum to the max. Tim Rea's still got a shot (-2) though, with two Ohio hooks to go (Canton, Findlay).
  • Berth C: It's Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" with a first, second, and third who claimed this Region III/V berth. Jesslyn Fagundes' "Share Cropper" had two wins but was doomed by a bad run Friday at New Hampton.
  • Berth D: Ken Bultemeier's trips to North Carolina last fall and this spring earned the Region IV berth with "WAE Flip SIde."

Modified (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Ryan Writsel now has a half dozen wins and leads the division by two dozen points after Lima. He has struck luck with that Tedder chassis.
  • Berth B: Don Deane would advance as the runner-up, but then it would become an at-large berth, as he already owns Berth C. Ken Miller (-6) would take over as it stands right now.
  • Berth C: Reportedly, the ol' triple turbine never left its hauler over the winter between Raleigh and Pinetops. The "Plumbers Nitemare" remembered how to make it down a Carolina track, though.
  • Berth D: "Lucky Stryke" is also assured of pulling at the Enderle by winning the Pro National path through Arcola and Sandusky.
  • Berth E: Bill Daluge's "Delusional" was the only points-earning tractor to compete at Anoka, so he's your Enderle qualifier.

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

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T 568 along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

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

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Road to the Enderle: Week 15 GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---Well, everyone who attended the 50th annual National Tractor Pulling Championships is likely back at work. So is the NTPA crew that prepares for the Enderle Pull-Off, and so are the competitors that are batting hammer and tong for those up-for-grabs berths. Seven GN divisions hooked in Greenville and Hudsonville on Tuesday; seven will hook Wednesday and five Friday in Wellington as the season begins its three-week wind-down. (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

Light Super Stock (through Bowling Green, OH; 5 invitees) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • In: Excessive Force, Bad Blood, Considered Armed & Dangerous, Gunpowder & Lead, Extremely Insane.

Congratulations are in order for Brian Korth and Mike Chizek, who have won their sixth Grand National championship in seven seasons between "Excessive Force" and "Considered A&D." But a tip of the cap goes to Kyle Karlen, who in a sense broke up that dominance by finishing a strong second (-7) in the division with five top fives in eight appearances, Marcus Wettleson, the 2013 champ, placed himself a point ahead of Larry Phillips, who himself is breathing a sigh of relief after claiming a fifth-place tiebreaker over Jason Hootman's "Commander" on second places, 1-0.

Super Stock Diesel (through Hudsonville, MI S1; 5 invitees, 3 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Triple Bypass, The Legacy, Bone Twister, Young Blood, Lock-N-Load.
  • Currently out: Red Horse (-71 from fifth place), Smokin' Hot Deere.

It's now seven straight points victories for the Rosses (plus a win in the ring round at Bowling Green) to stretch their advantage to 20 points with three to go. As we witnessed with "Young Blood" and "Red Horse" at BG (ouch), at some point it becomes an issue of durability. If the McCormick can stay on the track over the next couple weeks as it has thus far this season, we're headed for a "Triple" crown.

Super Stock Open (through Greenville, OH S1; 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: GALOT II, Extremely Armed & Dangerous, International Threat, Silver Bullet, Get a Load of That.
  • Currently out: Desperado (-17 from fifth place).

"GALOT II" and "Extremely A&D" exited BG as they had entered---tied, with Strickland owning the tiebreaker on wins. But an OK drive for "GALOT II" in Greenville (where its stablemate went to victory lane) bested a rough ride for "A&D" and reestablished a lead, be it only two points.

Super Farm (through Bowling Green, OH; 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Dream On, One Bad Apple, Don't Ask, The Commandeere, Absolutely Nuts.
  • Currently out: Crop Doctor (loses tie on 2nds, 2-0), My Last Excuse (loses tie with Crop Doctor on 4ths, 1-0), Deere Traxx, Press On, Bombardeere Reloaded, Black Power, Assorted Nuts, Green Fever Too, Superhick, Disturbed, four others -115 or more.

Fifty-nine more points for Rod Deck in Bowling Green have made his championship all but a formality (+25), so let's look at that fifth-place logjam: Three tractors with 257 points leading into Greenville on Wednesday and Wellington on Friday. They won't stay tied---so who'll earn their Enderle invitation on the Darke and Lorain County tracks?

Pro Stock (through Hudsonville, MI S1; 5 invitees, 5 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Mr. MAC Daddy, MAC Nasty, New Generation Plus, CP Dream II, Rapped Up.
  • Currently out: Rampage (-2 from fifth place), Warpath, Git-Er-Dun Deere, The Red Gambler, Soup Line Express, six others -96 or more.

Victories on Saturday and Tuesday nights for "MAC Nasty" have solidified its second place to its, um, Trailer-mate "Mr. MAC Daddy." The spread between them is down to three; their bulge over the division is up to 12. Congratulations on a ring-winning weekend for Mr. Pelletier that put him in a relatively safe fourth (+10 over sixth). It seems that three are left to jockey for that coveted fifth-place Enderle transfer spot: Mark Lawyer holds it at the moment (+2), but Danny Schmucker and Carlton Cope are within striking distance with hooks in Ohio the next two weekends.

Two Wheel Drive (through Greenville, OH S1; 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Buckeye Hauler, Pretty Wicked, Kathy's Komplaint, P5, Suffering Sanity.
  • Currently out: Wicked (-1 from fifth place), Runnin' Block, On the Edge, Burn Notice, Just Like Clockwork, Lumberjack, Bad Attitude, Lawless, Second Degree, The Untouchable, Blade Gone Sweet, Hoosier Avalanche, Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It, 13 others -71 or more.

Since the schedule entered the Buckeye State,  it's116 points for the "Buckeye Hauler" out of a possible 120. And it has led to Jessie Petro's 13-point advantage over Renee Theobald (who won the first of those hooks in Wapak, remember) and a  21-point turnaround over dad Randy, who's now in third. Meanwhile, a 58-point weekend in Wood County has the all-purple Willys (+1) giving "Wicked" the shakes over that last Enderle berth.

Four Wheel Drive (through Hudsonville, MI S1; 5 invitees, 3 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: 4 Play, The Punisher, Bad Bowtie, Profab Geared Up, Young Gun.
  • Currently out: The Bone (-12 from fifth place), Foster Child, Profab, The Rock, Simply Red, Bandit, two others -142 or more.

A strong Bowling Green weekend for the Holmans and a mediocre one for "The Punisher" reestablished a double-digit lead for the '60 Apache. But on the bright side, Peyton: "Young Gun" rebounded to recapture fifth. Rick Johnson continued his hot streak since Norwalk (27.4 average over his last five hooks) to strengthen his Enderle bid (+15 over sixth). And how about Larry Peterson winning the ring from sixth place after the only Super Sunday scratch? That's called making the most of an opportunity.

Super Semi (through Bowling Green; 5 invitees, 1 hook to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Mother Trucker, Just Passin' Thru in Class, Stacks, Dodge Fever, Jacked Up.

No suspense for the Enderle here, as this is the entire roster of GN point-collecting trucks. But the Eilens (-1) have been gaining on Dean since Morley with three straight 30-point outings. Do they have the turn signal on, ready to pass him in Sandwich?

Modified Mini (through Greenville, OH S1; 5 invitees, 4 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Walk the Line, Footloose, Funny Lil' Farmall, Wild Cat, Iron Toy.
  • Currently out: LG Seeds (-6 from fifth place), Beast of Burden, Iron Toy, Brandt Professional Ag, five others -63 or more.

The new "Walk the Line" is sprinting to a championship: dating to Chapel Hill and excluding the Friday Fort rainout, it has earned 203 of a possible 210 points. With "Footloose" in second (+43 over sixth) and "Beast of Burden" (-10) possibly hitting its stride with a win in Greenville, might we see three from Wadesville in Urbana? Not if Adam Bauer or Chris Martin can help it.

Light Unlimited (through Hudsonville, MI S1; 5 invitees, 1 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Simon Sez, Super Bee, Feissty Farmer, S'no Farmer., Milk Money.
  • Currently out: Rotten Mean and Nasty (-2 from fifth place), Simon Sez Show No Mercy, The Joker, three others -34 or more.

"Simon Sez": Tighten the chain and win a second title (2014), Brandon. But a great sophomore effort from Keith Wayson will have him safely in the Enderle. Everyone else? Not so safe: Four points separate third from sixth. Someone's going home from Hudsonville heartbroken.

Modified (through Bowling Green, OH; 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Money Maker, Bank Robber, Wild Won, Wild Child, Pack Rat 4.
  • Currently out: Feissty Farmer (-16 from fifth place), S'no Farmer, six others -45 or more.

Bret gets the BG sweep and an eight-point lead, Doug gets the ring. Two hooks Sandwiched together on Saturday, September 10 will decide this hard-fought berth.

Unlimited (through Bowling Green, OH; 5 invitees, 3 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Screamin' D, American Thunder, Money Maker, Non-Cents All Screwed Up, Blown Centless.
  • Currently out: Cross Threaded (-6 from fifth place), Giddy Up, Wild Child, Wild Won, nine others -48 or more.

What a reversal of fortune: In a big hole after a hook-and-broke at Hutchinson, defending champ Chuck Knapp made his stand in BG and now holds a 2.5-point lead in the division. But that's ol' six-time Bill Voreis behind him. And Bret Berg 2.5 more back. And then the Criswell/Benedict team that led with "Non-Cents" all season until its confounding performances at the 50th. Oh, and that fifth-place Enderle race? "Blown Centless" by six over Friday night winner Adam Bauer. Don't touch that dial.

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

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T (568) along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

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

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Week 15 Preview

Back in the day, they called it "Killer Weeks": The Indiana and Ohio State Fairs combined with Bowling Green and various other intermediate pulls to create a gantlet of events that rewarded durability and consistency as much or more than victory. Minor breakage spelled disappointment and major breakage doom as there was no time for wrenching, only driving---whether it be on 300 feet of clay or across hundreds of miles of pavement.

Well, BG's in the rear-view (and with it, the GN Light Super Stock schedule---congratulations, Brian Korth and Mike Chizek with "Excessive Force"), but getting big in the windshield are three Grand National events that will provide one, two, or three possibly championship-defining hooks for nine Grand National divisions.

In Greenville, Ohio on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 23 and 24 is the Great Darke County Fair Pull. On Tuesday, it's Open Supers, Two Wheel Drives, and Minis along with Region II Light Pros and Four Wheel Drives. On Wednesday, the Open Supers, Light Pros, and Minis are reinforced by GN Super Farms and Unlimiteds. Point leaders entering Greenville are John Strickland of Clinton, North Carolina and Terry Blackbourn of Shullsburg, Wisconsin ("GALOT II" and "Extremely Armed & Dangerous" SSO), Jessie Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Buckeye Hauler" TWD), Adam Koester of Wadesville, Indiana ("Walk the Line" MINI), Kendall Houk of Lynchburg, Ohio ("Nothing Special" LT PS), Chris Taylor of Eaton, Indiana ("Grain Hollers Mafia" FWD), Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF), and Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL).

Simultaneously in Hudsonville, Michigan will be the Hudsonville Community Fair Pull with the same slate of classes both nights: GN Diesel Supers, Pros, Four Wheel Drives, and Light Unlimiteds, the last of whom will see their season come to an end. Topping the standings coming into Hudsonville are Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD),  Mike Conny and Tim Shipley of Beloit and Kensington, Ohio ("Mr. MAC Daddy" PS), Jim and Paul Holman of Wauseon, Ohio ("4 Play" FWD), and Brandon Simon of Farley, Iowa ("Simon Sez" LT UNL).

Then in Wellington, Ohio on Friday, August 26 at 6 p.m. sharp, it's the Friday Night Spectacular. Five Grand National classes are scheduled to appear: Open Supers, Super Farms, Pro Stocks, Two Wheelers, and Unlimiteds. The campaigns of the Open Supers and Super Farms will come to an end, and champs will be crowned. For the first time, Wellington will be Live Streamed at www.NTPAPULL.com/LIVE.

To learn more about the NTPA Championship Pulling Series, check out www.NTPAPULL.com. Our schedule page features maps and weather links for all national events.

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T 568 along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

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

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50th Bowling Green Ohio Super Sunday List of Competitors

Super Farm
David Whelan                      My Last Excuse
Rod Deck                             Dream On
Drew Parkinson                  Commandeere
Russ Freeze                        Deere Traxx
Bryan Deck                          One Bad Apple

Mini Modified
Barrie Boer                          Bobcat Jr
Adam Koester                    Walk the Line
Larry Koester                      Footloose
Jason Hathaway                Honkin Donkey Red
Steve Boyd                          Green Streak Mini

Open Super Stock
Terry Blackbourn              Extremely Armed & Dangerous
John Strickland                GALOT II
Jordan Lustik                   Silver Bullet
Brent Payne                      GALOT
Allen Baballe                    Under the Influence

Four Wheel Drive Trucks
Rick Johnson                   Bad Bowtie
Peyton Davis                    Young Gun
Jim Holman                     4-Play
Kevin Schools                 Jus Rutt'n
Larry Peterson                Profab Geared Up

Light Super Stock
Rex Kuhn                         Git-R-Done
Brian Korth                      Excessive Force
Kyle Karlen                      Bad Blood
Jason Hootman             Commander
Marcus Wettleson          Gun Powder & Lead

Pro Stock
Mark Lawyer                  Rapped Up
Lance Little                   True Grit
Danny Schmucker       Rampage
Mike Conny                   MAC Nasty
Charles Pelletier         CP Dream 2

Modified
Bret Berg                     Money Maker
Terry Jostock              Wild Won
Scott Tedder               Mr. Twister
Doug Lively                 Bank Robber
Ryan Writsel              (Writsel,Ryan)

Super Stock Diesel FWD Trucks
Kent Crowder            Scheid Diesel
Jon Bair                      Grin N Bair It
Carl Atley                    Lethal Weapon
Matt Clemons            Alter Ego
Van Haisley                Rock Hard Ram

Two Wheel Drive Trucks
Bryan McDonald         Suffering Sanity
Jessie Petro                Buckeye Hauler
Craig Corzine              Burn Notice
Jessie Petro                P5
Tommy Tormoehlen  Thriller

Super Stock Diesel Tractors
Colin Ross                 Triple Bypass
Steve Burge                Lock N Load
Brandon Hunt             Liv'n A Dream
Stan Blagrave             Red Horse
David Henderson      Stray Horse Gone Wild

Super Semis
Pat Eilen                      Just passin Thur In Class
Dean Holicky              Mother Trucker
Joe Hoffa                     Class Act
Brian Elithorpe           Nikki's Nightmare
Joe Giulitto                  Sneeky Pete

Unlimited ModifiedsChuck Knapp           Screamin' D
Wayne Purser          Uncle Sam
Kevin Criswell          Blown Centless
Bret Burg                   LG Seeds Money Maker
Bill Voreis                  American Thunder

Road to the Enderle: Week 14 GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---Some of our races have taken on a defined shape; others are up for grabs, while still others have about reached their conclusion. But anything can happen in Bowling Green, and usually does. (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

Light Super Stock (through Brandenburg, KY; 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Excessive Force, Considered Armed & Dangerous, Bad Blood, Extremely Insane, Gunpowder & Lead.
  • Currently out: The Commander (-2 from 5th place), Field Sobriety, Triple Barrel, Insanity, Stormy.

The two experienced Armed & Dangerous Team tractors continue to dominate this division, taking  seven of 12 possible top-two finishes. A big win for Kyle Karlen in Kentucky solidified his bid for a berth. Things are getting dicey for 2013 champ Marcus Wettleson, as Jason Hootman gained four points in Brandenburg to make this race for the fifth slot one to watch.

Super Stock Diesel (through Napoleon, OH; 5 invitees, 6 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Triple Bypass, The Legacy, Young Blood, Bone Twister, Lock-N-Load.
  • Currently out: Red Horse (-70 from fifth place), Smokin' Hot Deere.

The top five in this class will merely be jockeying for position (and the right to choose their draw order Saturday morning) if they make the rest of the hooks. The Rosses now have four straight victories after another W in Napoleon; can they continue their hot streak 25 miles to the east?

Super Stock Open (through Salem, IL; 5 invitees, 5 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: GALOT II, Extremely Armed & Dangerous, Silver Bullet, International Threat, Get a Load of That.
  • Currently out: Desperado (-11 from fifth place).

A bad night in Salem wiped out "GALOT II"'s lead; Strickland and T. Blackbourn are now tied at the top. But J. Blackbourn has gotten 89 out of 90 possible points in his last three hooks to trail by only two.

Super Farm (through Mt. Sterling, IL; 5 invitees, 4 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Dream On, One Bad Apple, Don't Ask, Crop Doctor, Absolutely Nuts.
  • Currently out: Commandeere (-3 from fifth place), Deere Traxx, Bombardeere Reloaded, Press On, My Last Excuse, Green Fever Too, Superhick, Black Power, Assorted Nuts, Disturbed, four others -100 or more.

Here's a fun fact about Super Farms, 2016: Each of the top six tractors---and eight of the top nine---have exactly one win, and no one has won more than once. So how has Rod Deck established a 17-point cushion? He has finished in the top five in seven of nine appearances and has not earned less than 25 points in any outing.

Pro Stock (through Napoleon, OH; 5 invitees, 8 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Mr. MAC Daddy, MAC Nasty, New Generation Plus, CP Dream II, Warpath.
  • Currently out: Rampage (-1 from fifth place), Rapped Up, The Red Gambler, Git-Er-Dun Deere, Soup Line Express, six others -60 or more.

Can anyone slow down the MAC Trailer team? Either "Daddy" (four) or "Nasty" (two) has won each of the last six events; in that span, they have finished one-two three times. "Daddy" now leads the division by 10 over its trailermate and 2015 champ Robby Lemke. Meanwhile, with top fives in three of his past four outings, Danny Schmucker has pulled his "Rampage" within one point of an Enderle berth.

Two Wheel Drive (through Wapakoneta; 5 invitees, 5 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Kathy's Komplaint, Pretty Wicked, Buckeye Hauler, P5, Wicked.
  • Currently out: Runnin' Block (-6 from fifth place), On the Edge, Suffering Sanity, Lumberjack, Lawless, Burn Notice, Just Like Clockwork, Blade Gone Sweet, Second Degree, Bad Attitude, The Untouchable, Hoosier Avalanche, Simon Sez Dodge, Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It, Simon Sez Ford, 10 others -100 or more.

Renee Theobald topped 28 trucks on Saturday at the Moon City Nationals to pull within three of Randy Petro in the championship standings. She also leads the Shell Rotella Cup standings by one entering BG.

Four Wheel Drive (through Norwalk, WI; 5 invitees, 5 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: 4 Play, The Punisher, Bad Bowtie, Profab Geared Up, The Bone.
  • Currently out: Young Gun (-4 from fifth place), Foster Child, Bandit, Profab, The Rock, Simply Red, two others -60 or more.

It's good news/bad news for Peyton Davis re: Norwalk: "The Punisher" has climbed to within one point of the Holmans for the title, but "Young Gun" has fallen out of the top five. And congratulations to Rick Johnson and Carmen Foster for their Wisconsin wins; it's the first national victory for Carmen and puts her "Foster Child" in the hunt (-8) for an invitation.

Super Semi (through Peoria, IL; 5 invitees, 3 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Mother Trucker, Just Passin' Thru in Class, Stacks, Dodge Fever, Jacked Up.

No suspense for the Enderle here, as this is the entire roster of GN point-collecting trucks. But the Eilens' big win in Morley has made the race for the championship one point closer; Dean's lead is only three.

Modified Mini (through Napoleon, OH; 5 invitees, 7 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Walk the Line, Footloose, Funny Lil' Farmall, Iron Toy, Wild Cat.
  • Currently out: Cowboy Up (-6 from fifth place), LG Seeds, Beast of Burden, Hellraiser, Brandt Professional Ag, four others -163 or more.

A win and a second has put the Koesters' experimental tractor into the points lead over the old standby, "Footloose." Ken Veney's win on Saturday at Napoleon was a lot better than last year's sled bump that followed a frame twist at Sandusky. But is BG where Adam Bauer will make his move? "Iron Toy" sits solidly in fourth, and "Cowboy Up" lurks in sixth.

Light Unlimited (through Sandusky, OH; 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Simon Sez, Super Bee, Feissty Farmer, Milk Money, S'no Farmer.
  • Currently out: Rotten Mean and Nasty (-3 from fifth place), Rat Poison, Simon Sez Show No Mercy, The Joker, two others -23 or more.

The Lights are off this weekend, but not for long; two hooks in Hudsonville will settle the 2016 title.

Modified (through Wapakoneta, OH; 5 invitees, 4 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Money Maker, Bank Robber, Wild Child, Wild Won, Pack Rat 4.
  • Currently out: S'no Farmer/Feissty Farmer (-10 from fifth place), six others -49 or more.

We had two great classes of Modifieds in Monroe and Wapak, but when the dust settled, the only change in the standings was a new tie between Feiss Motorsports' entries. Bret Berg leads Doug Lively by two for the championship.

Unlimited (through Mt. Sterling, IL; 5 invitees, 5 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Non-Cents All Screwed Up, American Thunder, Money Maker, Screamin' D, Cross Threaded.
  • Currently out: Blown Centless (-1 from fifth place), Giddy Up, Wild Child, Wild Won, eight others -50 or more.

Chuck Knapp made the most noise at Mt. Sterling by besting Bill Voreis' seemingly unbeatable pass by two feet (374') for the win. It reverberated through the standings, too, as he's now in fourth place and a doable 16.5 points back of Brad Benedict as he seeks a repeat title. But he's still got Bill and Bret ahead of him as well.

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Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T (568) along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

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Week 14 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---It's here. We've made it. It's BG50 week at the NTPA. But first, let's give this week's two regional events their due.

On Friday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m., it's the Steele County Regional  Pull in Owatonna, Minnesota, featuring Region III classes of Heavy Super Stocks, Super Farms, and Two Wheel Drives, along with United Pullers of Minnesota classes of Pro Farms and Four Wheel Drives. Leading those regional points as the hooks dwindle down are Esdon Lehn of Dayton, Minnesota ("Red Line Fever" HSS, +3 with only Owatonna to go), Jeff and Kyle Larson of West Salem, Wisconsin ("Hot Wire" SF, +3 with Owatonna and Ridgeland to go), and Dennis Christensen of Glencoe, Minnesota ("Pack Rat V" TWD, +8 with Owatonna, Ridgeland, and Sandwich to go).

And on Monday, August 22, at 7 p.m. it's the Allen County Fair Championship Pull in Lima, Ohio, with Region II classes of Light Pro Stocks, Two Wheel Drives, Modifieds, and Pro Stock Semis. (If you haven't gotten enough action over the four days of Bowling Green, check out Lima; it's only 50 miles south of BG on I-75.) Incoming point leaders are Kendall Houk of Lynchburg, Ohio ("Nothing Special" LT PS, +87.5 with 8 to go), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD, +38 with 6 to go), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio (MOD, +23 with 4 to go).

But in between, it's three days of Grand National points pulling and one day of ring winning at the 50th annual National Tractor Pulling Championships. Sessions are Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Super Sunday at noon. Leading the GN standings coming into BG are Brian Korth of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin ("Excessive Force" LSS, +6 with 2 hooks in BG to go), Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD, +12 with 6 to go), John Strickland of Clinton, North Carolina ("GALOT II" SSO, owns tiebreaker with 5 to go), Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF, +17 with 4 to go), Tim Shipley of Kensington, Ohio ("Mr. MAC Daddy" PS, +10 with 8 to go), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Kathy's Komplaint" TWD, +3 with 5 to go), the Holman Brothers of Wauseon, Ohio ("4 Play" FWD, +1 with 5 to go), Dean Holicky of Montgomery, Minnesota ("Mother Trucker" SEMI, +3 with 3 to go), Adam Koester of Wadesville, Indiana ("Walk the Line" MINI, +6 with 7 to go), Bret Berg of Farmington, Minnesota ("Money Maker" MOD, +2 with 4 to go), and Brad Benedict of Marion, Ohio ("Non-Cents All Screwed Up" UNL, +9 with 5 to go). And in Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive, it's Van Haisley's "Rock Hard Ram" from Fairmount, Indiana leading by 2 with four hooks to go in the region, while Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" from Xenia, Ohio leads the Pro National Enderle Pull-Off berth by 2 with just BG's two hooks remaining.

We'll have plenty to chew on next week before Grand National events in Greenville, Hudsonville, and Wellington. But don't wake us up too early on Monday, please.

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T (568), along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

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

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Travel advisory for Bowling Green, Ohio

The direct route from the west into Bowling Green on U.S. Route 6 is presently closed and will continue to be through the NTPC. For those traveling from the west, please consider using the following alternate, hauler-friendly route.

Starting from U.S. 6 east of Napoleon, Ohio, turn right (south) on State Route 65 at McClure, Ohio (about 7 miles past the U.S. 24 split), then left (east) on State Route 281 after 6 miles. Next, after 12 miles, turn left (north) on State Route 25 and proceed 4.5 miles to the U.S. 6 exit just south of B.G. Turn left (west) on U.S. 6, go 3 miles, then turn right (north) on Liberty Hi Road. In 1.2 miles, turn right (east) on Poe Road, which goes past the Wood County Fairgrounds.

Map of greater Bowling Green area.

As the "direct" route to BG from the west is closed and will be for the pull, I have created a alternate route that I believe is hauler friendly. It is as follows,

Rt.6 East

from Napoleon Ohio

to

S.R..

65 at McClure, Ohio

South, to

S.R. 281 East, to S.R. 25 North, to

U.S. 6 West, to Liberty Hi Rd. North,

 to W. Poe Rd East.

Map this if you would like , or adjust as needed, but I thought it should be at least placed on the respective web  sites for the pullers and fans.

Road to the Enderle: Week 13 RN Update

Worthington, Ohio---We are merely eight seven six five weeks away from the celebration three decades in the making: The 30th Annual Enderle Pull-Off. Title-sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection of Simi Valley, California, the NTPA's all-star invitational will have 110 participants---50 Regional National and 60 Grand National---in two sessions on Saturday, September 17. In its illustrious history, the Enderle Pull-Off has awarded over $1.5 million to NTPA competitors.

The Road to the 30th actually began in September and October 2015, when events in Allegan, Michigan; Spencer, Iowa; and Raleigh, North Carolina settled some of that year's regional championships but came too late to count for the 29th Enderle. Every one of the 50 paths has now had at least one hook this season, and 21 of these berths have winners (though they're not all settled, as you'll read below). But for many other berths, it's getting late, as the number of hooks remaining has dwindled to less than a handful. Let's re-rack them for you as we head into a big week for regional action in Worthington, Sandusky, Napoleon, Norwalk, and Zanesville.

Light Super Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Rex Kuhn's "Git-R-Done" didn't have a great night in Urbana, but his previously undefeated season earned him a Region II championship and a berth in the Enderle.
  • Berth B: Four hooks into the scheduled seven, the Red Thunder Team (three wins) holds a 12-point lead over Gary Hagel's "Destination Unknown." Kevin Lynn's "504 Rocket" is making a strong charge after a second in Menomonie (do-do, do-do-do), but at 21 back, there don't seem to be enough hooks left.  
  • Berth C: On the strength of a tiebreaker on second places, Martin Daniel's "On the Edge" won the two-hook shootout in Hopkinsville, Kentucky over Jay Fuqua's "Tennessee Tracks."

Heavy Super Stock (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" has maintained a lead in the teens over Kent Payne's "Super Rooster," but it's gone from 20 to 15 in the last five hooks, as it's been Payne-Pfeiffer 1-2 or 2-3 each time.
  • Berth B: With Ed Johnson having to scratch at Eaton, Payne's lead for the Region II runner-up berth is now 84.
  • Berth C: Esdon Lehn leads Ken Witt by two points with one to go in Owatonna on Friday, August 18. Hmmm..
  • Berth D: Ronnie Strickland and "Another Outlaw" outran the field in Region IV by five points despite Marty Harrell's two big wins in Pinetops.
  • Berth E: Speaking of sweeps, Brandon Hunt's "Liv'n a Dream" gave its competitors nightmares with a dominant performance in Hopkinsville to claim this invitation.

Heavy Super Stock Diesel (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: After Ellsworth, Esdon Lehn leads the race for this Region III berth over the Degenhardts (-1) and David Henderson's "Stray Horse Gone Wild" (-2). Two of the remaining three hooks are this weekend in Norwalk.
  • Berth B: After Waverly, Lehn has clinched this berth with "Red Line Fever" as well as the Pro National Berth C, so at least these two paths will be combined to create an at-large berth. But we'll wait to see what happens in Region III first. (Remember, if the same competitor claims two berths within the same division, the points from those paths are combined, and the runner up is invited. If three berths are claimed by the same tractor, then two at-large berths are determined by combined points.)
  • Berth C: The 12-time GN champ has qualified for the Enderle RN session.

Super Farm (6 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: It was a busy week for the I-80-and-North Berth, with events in Cassopolis, Monroe, and Morley resulting in Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" opening up a 25-point advantage over second-place Tony Sietsema. With just Wauseon to go, Warda likely just needs to make the hook .
  • Berth B: It's over in the South subregion, though, and "Hammerin' Hank" will be in the Enderle dugout for sure. We'll await Wauseon but will likely knit Region II back together to determine an at-large.
  • Berth C: Anoka and Menomonie (do-do, do-do-do) sure turned this race on its head. Trevan Rohde's "Somethin' Fierce" now leads by three over the "Hyper Harvester" of the Lindstroms. Three hooks remain, the last in Ridgeland on Labor Day weekend.
  • Berth D: The infield will be full of outlaws, with Chris Hales' "Outlaw" ride taking three top-fours dating to Raleigh and a six-point win over Phil Kelley's "Red-Blooded Binder."
  • Berth E: But the Keystone Stater Kelley and his "Red-Blooded Binder" will again represent Region V at the Enderle. His PA-to-IA gambit paid off for a second straight year.
  • Berth F: The Enderle will be "Thunder Struck" for a second time, as Brad Woods nabbed a first, a fifth, and 59 points to own the tiebreaker over Michael Fanning's "Bad Habit Is Back."

Pro Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: It's the first-ever appearances for Pros at the regional level. Cory Hoffman's "King of Deeres" is hoping to be crowned in Findlay with the first of two Region II berths. (The regional championship won't be settled until Allegan, though.)
  • Berth B: Meanwhile, Joel Kingen's "Full Metal Jacket" has the inside lining on the runner-up berth with a one-point lead over Ryan Walters' "Chasin' Tail."
  • Berth C: The Mid-South Berth goes to Philip Parish's "El Nino," which stormed to a first and fifth in western Kentucky.

Light Pro Stock (4 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: At and east of I-75, it's Travis Tilton's "Always Somethin'" in the lead by 29 points over Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" through Urbana.
  • Berth B: Houk just keeps making hooks in a steady drumbeat to both the regional title and the Western berth (+27).
  • Berth C: Ellsworth started and Marshfield will finish this two-hook berth.
  • Berth D: Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" claimed victory in this division's only Region IV points hook on Saturday night in Elizabeth City.

Limited Pro Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: With wins in two appearances and a third at the Fort the McKinleys' "Knight Train" is on a rail to the Region II title, up 8.5 with only Roanoke left.
  • Berth B: At Anoka, Craig Braun's "Hampton Hooker" surpassed Roger Scalzo's "Bad to the Bone" (-1), while Isaac Conway is hanging in third (-3) with three hooks to go.
  • Berth C: After a small slip in Monticello, Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" was number-one in Waverly and ended up taking this berth by eight over Bill Figanbaum.

Two Wheel Drive (6 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Jeff Writsel won at Urbana to take a nine-point lead in Eastern Region II with "At It Again." The Petros' "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" and Bill Widenmeyer's totally tubular turbocharged "Twin T" are within place points.
  • Berth B: In Western Region II, Randy Petro has a 54-point margin with "Vintage KK" after Eaton. Only three hooks left: Napoleon Saturday, Wauseon, and Roanoke.
  • Berth C: After Anoka, it's a dead heat between Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat V" (who swept the Showdown in both TWD and MOD) and two-time champ Wayne Timmerman's "Showtime." Doc holds the tiebreaker on wins, 2-1.
  • Berth D: Steve Willson's "Running Bear" won once each in Pinetops and Elizabeth City to clinch this berth.
  • Berth E: Waverly settled this berth in favor of Doug Christensen's "Pack Rat VI," which erased a VI-point deficit and won the tiebreaker on the strength of third places, 2-1, over Corey Kielmeyer's "Beer Wagon."
  • Berth F: It's been a while, but the "Thunder Road" of Mike Rigsby already knows the way to the Enderle. Back in 2003, it was Chuck Knapp's qualifying vehicle, "Eighty Acres."

Four Wheel Drive (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Chris Taylor's lead is back down to four points over Dave Weiss, as the "Detonator" gained three on "Grain Hollers Mafia" at Eaton. Just Napoleon, Greenville, and Findlay remain.
  • Berth B: Weiss remains in position for a ticket to Urbana from the runner-up berth. Ron Newell's "Temporary Insanity" (-10) is edging closer but is running out of time.
  • Berth C: A win and a third at Anoka and another third in Menomonie (do-do, do-do-do) put the Suchys in the driver's seat for this berth. But Carol's dad Lawerence Line (-2)  had a pretty good week of his own that included a second and a fourth.
  • Berth D: Kevin Schools' camo-ed Chevy will be spotted in Urbana. His two-time GN champ truck "Jus' Rutt'n" won Region IV at Elizabeth City.
  • Berth E: The O'Connors nearly came all the way back at the finale in Monticello, but Jamie Busch hung on to claim this berth by one point with "Thunder Struck." Wins in his hometown Rockwell and nearby New Hampton gave him the margin of victory. (Update: Busch has yielded this berth to the O'Connors, so they'll practice their "Nasty Habit" in Urbana in September.)

Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Van Haisley's "Rock Hard Ram" has a two-point lead over "The Nut Job" of Brion Withrow after a tough 10-truck show in Champaign County.
  • Berth B: But "Nut Job" would get to go too as the runner-up. Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" (-6) is Withrow's closest rival.
  • Berth C: Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" was the weekend's winner at Tomah and thus leads the Pro National berth which wraps up in Bowling Green.

Modified Mini (4 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Dave Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained" continues to lead the race for this berth, but Todd Bultman's "Stress Relief" has piled up an unbelievable nine wins to pull within two points despite missing the wraparound in Allegan last year.
  • Berth B: So Bultman currently owns the runner-up berth with momentum to the max. Tim Rea's still got a shot (-2) though, with two Ohio hooks to go (Canton, Findlay).
  • Berth C: It's Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" with a first, second, and third who claimed this Region III/V berth. Jesslyn Fagundes' "Share Cropper" had two wins but was doomed by a bad run Friday at New Hampton.
  • Berth D: Ken Bultemeier's trips to North Carolina last fall and this spring earned the Region IV berth with "WAE Flip SIde."

Modified (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Ryan Writsel may not have named his Modified yet, but it's got everybody's number, having picked up five wins, three seconds, and a third. His lead over Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare" is now 18, but there are six hooks to go.
  • Berth B: Deane would advance as the runner-up, but then it would become an at-large berth, as he already owns Berth C. Ken Miller (-3) would then take over as it stands right now.
  • Berth C: Reportedly, the ol' triple turbine never left its hauler over the winter between Raleigh and Pinetops. The "Plumbers Nitemare" remembered how to make it down a Carolina track, though.
  • Berth D: Don and Ryan also co-lead the Pro National berth after two hooks in Arcola. There's one to go this Friday in Sandusky. Tony Schmiesing's "Bionic Buzzard" has third place in this race (-3).
  • Berth E: Bill Daluge's "Delusional" was the only points-earning tractor to compete at Anoka, so he's your Enderle qualifier.

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

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T 568 along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

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

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

Bud Post Passes

We recieved notice that Bud Post, a past WTPA tech official and NTPA Tech Services Director passed away July 31. Bud was from Cedarburg, Wisconson. We wish to send our thoughts to friends and family of Bud.

Week 13 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---A handful of events are on tap for the 13th week of the NTPA season. Doesn't it seem like last week that we were watching the season opener from Pinetops on the Live Stream? Or following 10 divisions as they made their way to Benson? It's been a quick three months, and it isn't going to slow down as we go careening into BG50.

On Wednesday, August 10, at 7 p.m. it's the Nobles County Power Pull in Worthington, Minnesota. This Region III event will feature Super Farm and Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Four Wheel Drive Trucks along with a United Pullers of Minnesota Semi class. Point leaders entering Worthington are Trevan Rohde of Rice Lake, Wisconsin ("Somethin' Fierce" SF), Craig Braun of Hampton, Minnesota ("Hampton Hooker" LIM PS), and Carol and Bill Suchy of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota ("Totally Geared" FWD). It's getting to crunch time in all three of these divisions, as the Four Wheelers will have only Sandwich left on their schedule, while the tractor classes have Norwalk this Saturday and Ridgeland over Labor Day weekend.

Then on Friday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m., a newly minted Grand National event takes place in Sandusky, Ohio at the Erie County Fairgrounds. Light Unlimiteds will make their first appearance there and will be joined by GN Pro Stocks and Modified Minis, plus Region II Heavy Supers and Modifieds. Topping the charts entering Friday's festivities are Brandon Simon of Farley, Iowa ("Simon Sez" LT UNL), Mike Conny and Tim Shipley of Beloit and Kensington, Ohio ("Mr. MAC Daddy" PS), Larry and Adam Koester of Wadesville, Indiana ("Footloose" and "Walk the Line" MINI), John Pfeiffer of Connersville, Indiana ("Pfeiffermax" HSS), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio (MOD).

On Saturday, August 13, it's a day-night doubleheader to celebrate the 50th Norwalk Lions Truck and Tractor Pull in Norwalk, Wisconsin. At 12:30 p.m., Grand National Four Wheel Drives will accompany Region III Light Super Stock and Heavy Super Stock Diesel Tractors and Two Wheel Drive Trucks, plus Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association classes of Light Pros, Super Farms, and Minis. At 6:30 p.m., the GN and RN classes return and are teamed with regional Limited Pro Stocks and invitational Semis. Point leaders in the national classes are the Holman Brothers of Wauseon, Ohio ("4 Play" FWD), the Red Thunder Team of Mondovi, Wisconsin ("Red Thunder" LSS), Esdon Lehn of Dayton, Minnesota ("Red Line Fever" HSSD), and Dennis Christensen of Glencoe, Minnesota ("Pack Rat V" TWD).

Also on Saturday, it's the Henry County Fair Pull in Napoleon, Ohio, with Grand National classes of Super Stock Diesels, Pro Stocks, and Minis to go along with Region II Two- and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks starting at 6:30 p.m. Atop the standings are Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD), and Chris and Darren Taylor of Eaton and Muncie, Indiana ("Grain Hollers Mafia" FWD).

And finally, it's Z-town's turn: the Muskingum County Fair Pull in Zanesville, Ohio, where four classes---Heavy Super Stocks, Light Pro Stocks, Two Wheel Drives, and Modifieds---will get things going at 7 p.m. It'll be the first hook in six days for the Light Pros, whose leader is Kendall Houk of Lynchburg, Ohio and his "Nothing Special."

So in the runup to the most spectacular Bowling Green ever, fans elsewhere in Ohio, plus Minnesota and Wisconsin, have some great pulling that must not be overlooked. Enjoy the summer while it lasts, everyone.

Road to the Enderle: Week 13 GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---With Grand National events in Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois now behind us, we've arrived at BG week minus one. But don't overlook the importance of this week's hooks in Ohio and Wisconsin to those national standings. Let's bring you up to speed. (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

Light Super Stock (through Brandenburg, KY; 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Excessive Force, Considered Armed & Dangerous, Bad Blood, Extremely Insane, Gunpowder & Lead.
  • Currently out: The Commander (-2 from 5th place), Field Sobriety, Triple Barrel, Insanity, Stormy.

The two experienced Armed & Dangerous Team tractors continue to dominate this division, taking  seven of 12 possible top-two finishes. A big win for Kyle Karlen last Friday night in Kentucky solidified his bid for a berth. Things are getting dicey for 2013 champ Marcus Wettleson, as Jason Hootman gained four points in Brandenburg to make this race for the fifth slot one to watch.

Super Stock Diesel (through Salem, IL; 5 invitees, 7 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Triple Bypass, The Legacy, Young Blood, Bone Twister, Lock-N-Load.
  • Currently out: Red Horse (-74 from fifth place), Smokin' Hot Deere.

The top five in this class will merely be jockeying for position (and the right to choose their draw order Saturday morning) if they make the rest of the hooks. The Rosses' awesome weekend in Illinois followed a good showing in Brandenburg and put them nine points up on "The Legacy," while major engine damage at Mt. Sterling possibly took the Lock-N-Load team out of championship contention.

Super Stock Open (through Fort Recovery, OH; 5 invitees, 5 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: GALOT II, Extremely Armed & Dangerous, Silver Bullet, International Threat, Get a Load of That.
  • Currently out: Desperado (-11 from fifth place).

A bad night in Salem wiped out "GALOT II"'s lead; Strickland and T. Blackbourn are now tied at the top. But J. Blackbourn has gotten 89 out of 90 possible points in his last three hooks to trail by only two.

Super Farm (through Ionia, MI; 5 invitees, 4 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Dream On, One Bad Apple, Don't Ask, Crop Doctor, Absolutely Nuts.
  • Currently out: Commandeere (-3 from fifth place), Deere Traxx, Bombardeere Reloaded, Press On, My Last Excuse, Green Fever Too, Superhick, Black Power, Assorted Nuts, Disturbed, four others -100 or more.

Here's a fun fact about Super Farms, 2016: Each of the top six tractors---and eight of the top nine---have exactly one win, and no one has won more than once. So how has Rod Deck established a 17-point cushion? He has finished in the top five in seven of nine appearances and has not earned less than 25 points in any outing.

Pro Stock (through Chapel Hill, TN; 5 invitees, 12 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Mr. MAC Daddy, MAC Nasty, New Generation Plus, CP Dream II, Warpath.
  • Currently out: Rapped Up (-4 from fifth place), Rampage, Diesel'N'Dirt, True Grit, The Red Gambler, Git-Er-Dun Deere, Nasty Stuff, Soup Line Express, Aces Wild, two others -95 or more.

So, after three straight wins in Chapel Hill and Mt. Sterling, "Mr. MAC Daddy" took a serious tumble in Salem---all the way down to fifth place. Oh, but "MAC Nasty" won and pulled itself into second place in the division. Defending champ Robby Lemke's pretty safe to make the Enderle, too, at +23 over sixth. But throw a blanket over the next four: Pelletier, Cope, Lawyer, and D. Schmucker are only nine points apart going into Erie County.

Two Wheel Drive (through Wapakoneta; 5 invitees, 5 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Kathy's Komplaint, Pretty Wicked, Buckeye Hauler, P5, Wicked.
  • Currently out: Runnin' Block (-6 from fifth place), On the Edge, Suffering Sanity, Lumberjack, Lawless, Burn Notice, Just Like Clockwork, Blade Gone Sweet, Second Degree, Bad Attitude, The Untouchable, Hoosier Avalanche, Simon Sez Dodge, Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It, Simon Sez Ford, 10 others -100 or more.

Renee Theobald topped 28 trucks on Saturday at the Moon City Nationals to pull within three of Randy Petro in the championship standings. The wheelstanders are now off until Bowling Green, where anything can happen.

Four Wheel Drive (through Wapakoneta, OH; 5 invitees, 7 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: 4 Play, The Punisher, The Bone, Profab Geared Up, Young Gun (owns tie on 2nds, 1-0).
  • Currently out: Bad Bowtie (loses tie), Profab, Bandit, Young Gun, Dustex Cyclone, Simply Red, Foster Child, The Rock, Renegade.

After a 30-point night for the Holmans in Monroe, Peyton Davis made his stand at Wapakoneta with "The Punisher" and "Young Gun" finishing one-two to become numbers two and five in the standings. The Petersons are looking forward to a home-state doubleheader this Saturday in Norwalk; can Larry use them to solidify his top-five slot? Can Lisa cut into her seven-point deficit from fifth?

Super Semi (through Peoria, IL; 5 invitees, 3 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Mother Trucker, Just Passin' Thru in Class, Stacks, Dodge Fever, Jacked Up.

No suspense for the Enderle here, as this is the entire roster of GN point-collecting trucks. But the Eilens' big win in Morley has made the race for the championship one point closer; Dean's lead is only three.

Modified Mini (through Fort Recovery, OH; 5 invitees, 9 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Footloose, Walk the Line, Funny Lil' Farmall, Iron Toy, Wild Cat.
  • Currently out: Cowboy Up (-5 from fifth place), LG Seeds, Beast of Burden, Hellraiser, Brandt Professional Ag, four others -111 or more.

It took until the seventh and eighth positions before there was a change in the pre-Fort order, and that was the only one. Adam Koester's win with "Walk the Line" in the only hook at Ambassador Park, Ken Veney's fifth, and Larry K.'s sixth made these Minis appear smaller and smaller to those chasing. This weekend, they'll start the U.S. 6 series: Sandusky, Napoleon, and BG.

Light Unlimited (through Fort Recovery, OH; 5 invitees, 3 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Simon Sez, Super Bee, Feissty Farmer, Outcast, Milk Money.
  • Currently out: S'no Farmer (-2 from fifth place), Rotten Mean and Nasty, The Joker, Rat Poison, Simon Sez Show No Mercy, Keeps on Tickin'.

Brandon Simon's dominant Saturday performance at the Fort established an 11-point bulge in the division, while Tarry Feiss' big Friday win---her first as a GN competitor---and a follow-up fourth have vaulted her into the top five. One in Sandusky and two in Hudsonville will settle this fluid division.

Modified (through Wapakoneta, OH; 5 invitees, 4 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Money Maker, Bank Robber, Wild Child, Wild Won, Pack Rat 4.
  • Currently out: S'no Farmer/Feissty Farmer (-10 from fifth place), six others -49 or more.

We had two great classes of Modifieds in Monroe and Wapak, but when the dust settled, the only change in the standings was a new tie between Feiss Motorsports' entries. Bret Berg leads Doug Lively by two for the championship.

Unlimited (through Mt. Sterling, IL; 5 invitees, 5 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Non-Cents All Screwed Up, American Thunder, Money Maker, Screamin' D, Cross Threaded.
  • Currently out: Blown Centless (-1 from fifth place), Giddy Up, Wild Child, Wild Won, eight others -50 or more.

Chuck Knapp made the most noise at Mt. Sterling by besting Bill Voreis' seemingly unbeatable pass by two feet (374') for the win. It reverberated through the standings, too, as he's now in fourth place and a doable 16.5 points back of Brad Benedict as he seeks a repeat title. But he's still got Bill and Bret ahead of him as well.

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

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T (568) along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

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

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

Blue Shirt Keith Willford Has Passed

It is our sad duty to inform you of the passing on Tuesday, August 2 of Keith Willford, a member of the Northwest Ohio Tractor Pullers Association, the promoters of the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Mr. Willford, 76, of Findlay, Ohio, was a Blue Shirt for 42 years and the father-in-law of fellow NWOTPA member and NTPC announcer Gregg Fox. Mr. Willford's complete obituary may be found here.

Per Mr. Willford's request, there will be no funeral service. After the conclusion of the Hancock County Fair in Findlay, there will be a celebration of life service to honor Keith. We will post details as they are determined.

Mr. Willford's family expresses its appreciation for all of the kind words and condolences. Please continue to keep Melanie, Gregg, and the entire Willford family in your thoughts.

Week 12 Preview

Worthington, Ohio---It's a week that exemplifies what the NTPA is all about: Great regional events and awesome Grand National shows criss-crossing the heart of the Midwest. Let's get to it.

On Tuesday, August 2, it's the Cass County Fair's regional national pull in Cassopolis, Michigan, with Super Farms and Mini and Multi-Engine Modifieds. Region II point leaders entering the event are Stan Warda of Berrien Springs, Michigan ("Hammerin' Hank" SF), Todd Bultman of Zeeland, Michigan ("Stress Relief" MINI), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio (MOD).

Then it's west-central Ohio's turn to host a regional event at the Preble County Fair in Eaton, Ohio on Wednesday, August 3. There, Heavy Super Stocks, Light Pro Stocks, Two Wheel Drives, and Four Wheel Drives are on tap. Incoming leaders are John Pfeiffer of Connersville, Indiana ("Pfeiffermax" HSS), Kendall Houk of Lynchburg, Ohio ("Nothing Special" LT PS), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD), and Chris Taylor of Eaton, Indiana ("Grain Hollers Mafia" FWD).

Next, it's back north to Monroe, Michigan for the Monroe County Fair's Grand National Event on Thursday, August 4. Open Supers, Four Wheel Drives, and Modifieds are on the GN slate along with Region II Super Farms and Minis. Topping the standings are John Strickland of Clinton, North Carolina ("GALOT II" SSO), the Holman Brothers of Wauseon, Ohio ("4 Play" FWD), and Bret Berg of Farmington, Minnesota ("Money Maker" MOD).

On Friday, August 5, it's the Western Illinois Grand Nationals in Mt. Sterling, Illinois and four GN classes: Super Stock Diesels, Super Farms, Pro Stocks, and Unlimiteds. At the top of the point charts are Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD), Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF), Robby Lemke of Helenville, Wisconsin ("New Generation Plus" PS), and Brad Benedict of Marion, Ohio ("Non-Cents All Screwed Up" UNL).

Then, the tour splits for two GN events on Saturday, August 6. The eastern one is in Wapakoneta, Ohio at the RRR Tire Moon City Nationals, where Two Wheel Drives, Four Wheel Drives, and Modifieds will join a Pro/Regional National class of Light Pro Stocks. Petro leads the GN TWD division as well with "Kathy's Komplaint."

Out west, it's the Marion County Fair NTPA Nationals in Salem, Illinois, with three tractor classes: Open Supers, Diesel Supers, and Pro Stocks.

Also on Saturday, Morley, Michigan hosts the Celebration on the Pond pull with GN Super Semis and RN Super Farms and Minis. It's Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" of Montgomery, Minnesota that leads the rigs' convoy.

And as we wrap around to Monday to conclude the week, the Champaign County Fair in Urbana, Ohio will host four regional classes: Light Super Stocks, Light Pro Stocks, Two Wheel Drives, and Super Stock Diesel 4x4s. The first three of these classes will see the conclusion of their Franklin Equipment Summer Showdown series, and champions will be crowned here, the home of the Enderle Pull-Off. Rex Kuhn of Morristown, Indiana and his "Git-R-Done" lead the Light Supers in the season-long title chase.

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T 568 along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

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

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

Shell, O’Reilly team up to offer total-distance “Hardest-Working Puller” incentive at Cup events

oreillys2Shell 2016Worthington, Ohio---Want to put your name on one of those Rotella Cup paychecks? Be prepared to work weekends. But for those NTPA pullers who outdo their competition at each event of the Cup series, Shell Rotella and O’Reilly Auto Parts are about to pay some overtime.

Shell Rotella and O’Reilly Auto Parts are pleased to announce the “Hardest-Working Pullers” 2016 bonus incentive program. At each of the four stops of the Rotella Cup series, Shell and O’Reilly will award $100 and $50 gift cards to Grand National competitors in Rotella Cup divisions who achieve the greatest and second-greatest total distances in their two NTPA-sanctioned classes.

Rotella Cup events in 2016 include the GALOT Motorsports Park Mule City 300 in Benson, North Carolina; the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin; the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee; and the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Divisions participating in the Rotella Cup series include Super Stock Diesel Tractors, Mini and Unlimited Modifieds, and Two- and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. Making their first appearance in Chapel Hill, Pro Stock Tractors will be invited to compete for the “Hardest-Working Pullers” bonus there. To qualify for the Shell Rotella and O’Reilly Auto Parts “Hardest-Working Pullers” program, competition vehicles must display both Shell Rotella and O’Reilly contingency decals.

A vehicle’s cumulative score at each event will include distances up to 320 feet in primary rounds (when using a pull-off rule) and distances of any length in floating-finish or pull-off rounds. Distances recorded in Bowling Green Super Sunday classes or in classes terminated before all entries have competed will not count toward the total, nor will hooks that result in disqualification.

The Shell Rotella and O’Reilly Auto Parts “Hardest-Working Pullers” incentive program, valued at $3,000 redeemable at O’Reilly stores nationwide, is separate from and in addition to the Rotella Cup’s $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 series prizes in each division. This brings the combined Shell Rotella and O’Reilly Auto Parts commitment to NTPA GN competitors to $33,000 for 2016.

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The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6:00 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T 568 along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

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

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

2016 Contingency Program

The Contingency Program is designed to benefit competitors on the Grand National and Regional National circuits.

To qualify, a competitor must hold a current, 2016 NTPA License, register their vehicle(s), and submit the enrollment form. Decals for the sponsoring companies of a competitor’s choice must be displayed on both sides of the competition vehicle. Decals will be distributed by mail and at the Super National event in Tomah, Wisconsin. 

If you enroll a vehicle which has multiple drivers, please list all drivers on the application. If you wish to enroll multiple vehicles for a single driver, please list all vehicles on the application. Please select the sponsors from whom you wish to receive contingency benefits; otherwise, you will be enrolled as having selected all sponsors. 

Enrollment forms must be received by the NTPA Office by Monday, June 27. Forms received after this date will not be eligible for the program. Questions? Contact Sarah Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 614.436.1761.

Grand National Program

BillMillerEngineeringBill Miller Engineering
Contact: Bill Miller |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: UNL, MOD, LT UNL, TWD FWD, MINI
First/Second: $100/$50, *$200/$100
Total Postings: $13,650
To qualify for credit vouchers, competitors must provide proof of purchase within the last 24 months. If competitors run aluminum connecting rods OR pistons, competitors will receive $100 for first, $50 for second. *If competitors run both aluminum connecting rods AND pistons, competitors will receive $200 for first, $100 for second.

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Contact: Scott Hunter | 704.793.4319 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: UNL, MOD, MINI
First/Second: $100/$50
Total Postings: $7,350
To qualify for credit vouchers, competitors must provide proof of purchase within the last 24 months.

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Contact: Mark Massey | 800.818.7867 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: SSO, SSD, PS, SF, SEMI
First/Second: $100/$50
Total Postings: $12,000
Current CDS customers will be credited the amount won to their existing account. If you are not a current customer of CDS, you must set up an account and credits will be issued to that account.

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Contact: Randy Curtis | 586.792.6220 x 106 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: UNL, TWD, FWD, MINI
First/Second: $100/$50 vouchers
Total Postings: $10,800

GMSGene’s Machine Shop
Contact: Brent Payne | 513.756.9900 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: SSO, SSD, PS, LSS, SF, SEMI
First/Second: $100/$50
Total Postings: $13,800
Current GMS customers will be credited the amount won to their existing account. If you are not a current customer of GMS, you must set up an account and credits will be issued to that account.

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Contact: Patty Haisley | 765.948.3164 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $100 toward the purchase of $1,000 or more/$50 toward the purchase of $500 or more
Total Postings: $27,450

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Contact: Steve Becker | 440.238.3260 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $100/$50 cash
Total Postings: $27,450
To qualify for cash payment, must present proof of purchase within last 24 months. Must submit W-9 form for payment.

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Contact: Silver Gomez | 915.856.2480 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: UNL, LT UNL, MOD, TWD, FWD, MINI
First/Second: $100/$50 cash
Total Postings: $13,650
To qualify for cash payment, competitors must use the following MSD Ignition products: MSD 8.5mm Super Conductor Wire Set (red or black)

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Contact: Brent Boyle | 330.332.1566 ext. 140 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $100/$50 vouchers for sleeves
Total Postings: $27,450

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Contact: Mike Bousema |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $100/$50 vouchers®
Total Postings: $27,450

Profab - ColorProfab Machine, Inc.
Contact: Larry Peterson | 715.796.5230 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $100 cash/$50 cash
Total Postings: $27,450
To qualify for cash payment, competitors must use the following Profab Machine, Inc. products:

UNL, MOD, LT UNL: Must use a Profab crossbox and/or transmission
MINI, SSO, SSD, PS, LSS, SF, TWD, SEMI: Must use a Profab transmission
FWD: Must use a Profab case and transmission

All other National competitors are eligible to receive certificates toward the purchase of Profab Machine, Inc. products using the following criteria: First Place: $100 certificate toward a purchase of $500 or more. Second Place: $50 certificate toward a purchase of $250 or more.

RP Shield Logo 16Racepak LLC
Contact: Mary House | 949.709.1661 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: UNL, MOD, LT UNL, SSO, SSD, PS, LSS, SF, TWD, FWD, MINI
First/Second: $100/$50
Total Postings: $25,800
Contingency payments issued upon verification of specified product usage and display of Racepak decals. Payment will not be issued to winner/runner-up if product is not installed or in use on vehicle. Requirements for payout include the use and verification of the following products: IQ3 Data Logger, G2X, G2X Pro or SmartWire. Payments cannot be issued without a completed W-9 form submitted to Mary House, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Contact: Kent Crowder | 765.295.2799 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: First/Second: $100 toward the purchase of $1,000 or more/$50 toward the purchase of $500 or more
Total Postings: $27,450

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Contact: Craig Sage | 419.483.7278 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $50/$25
Total Postings: $13,725
Competitors meeting the following criteria may redeem their vouchers for CASH. All others may redeem their vouchers for future SCS products. (Vouchers expire one year from issuance):

MINI, SSO, SSD, LSS, PS, SF: Must run SCS Transmission
TWD: Must run SCS Transmission and Reverser OR SCS Aluminum Planetaries
FWD: Must run SCS Transfer Case and Transmission OR Complete Rear End Spool/Axles, OR Aluminum Front & Rear Hubs
SEMI: Must run SCS Mack Transmission Kit
MOD, UNL, LT UNL: Must run SCS Combing Box OR SCS Transmission

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Contact: Pierre Chango II | 800.367.1533 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: UNL, MOD, LT UNL, SSD, TWD
First/Second: $100/$50
Total Postings: $11,100

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Contact: Patrick Smith | 507.258.4541 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Divisions
First/Second: $200 toward the purchase of any STOP-FYRE® unit/$100 toward the purchase of any STOP-FYRE® unit (Must be purchased from AKE Corporate. No expiration date.)
Total Postings: $54,900

To qualify, competitors must have our NEW Standard STOP-FYRE® unit (which now has a gauge) mounted on their pulling vehicle during the pulling event. This $600 unit can be purchased through AKE Safety Equipment for $500.

Regional National Program

Haisley Machine
Contact: Patty Haisley | 765.948.3164 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: $100 toward the purchase of $1,000 or more/$50 toward the purchase of $500 or more
Total Postings: $39,750

Harland Sharp
Contact: Steve Becker | 440.238.3260 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: $100/$50 cash
Total Postings: $39,750
To qualify for cash payment, must present proof of purchase within last 24 months. Must submit W-9 form for payment.

Precision Planting
Contact: Mike Bousema |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: $100/$50 vouchers
Total Postings: $39,750

Profab Machine, Inc.
Contact: Larry Peterson | 715.796.5230
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: $100 certificate toward a purchase of $500 or more/$50 certificate toward a purchase of $250 or more
Total Postings: $39,750

Scheid Diesel Service Co., Inc.
Contact: Kent Crowder | 765.295.2799
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: First/Second: $100 toward the purchase of $1,000 or more/$50 toward the purchase of $500 or more
Total Postings: $40,050

SCS Gearbox
Contact: Craig Sage | 419.483.7278 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: $50/$25 vouchers
Total Postings: $19,875
Competitors meeting the following criteria may redeem their vouchers for CASH. All others may redeem their vouchers for future SCS products. (Vouchers expire one year from issuance):

MINI, HSS, LSS, PS, SF: Must run SCS Transmission
TWD: Must run SCS Transmission and Reverser OR SCS Aluminum Planetaries
FWD: Must run SCS Transfer Case and Transmission OR Complete Rear End Spool/Axles, OR Aluminum Front & Rear Hubs
MOD: Must run SCS Combing Box or SCS Transmission

STOP-FYRE® The World’s BEST Fire Extinguisher™
Contact: Patrick Smith | 507.258.4541 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eligibility: All Regions, All Divisions
First/Second: $200 toward the purchase of any STOP-FYRE® unit/$100 toward the purchase of any STOP-FYRE® unit (Must be purchased from AKE Corporate. No expiration date.)
Total Postings: $79,500
To qualify, competitors must have our NEW Standard STOP-FYRE® unit (which now has a gauge) mounted on their pulling vehicle during the pulling event. This $600 unit can be purchased through AKE Safety Equipment for $500.

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Qualifying Details for 30th Enderle Pull-Off

RoadToEnderle webThe 30th annual Enderle Pull-Off on September 17 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ohio will once again be a two-session, all-day affair. Regional National qualifiers from 12 divisions will square off at 1 p.m., and the top five in points from each of the 12 Grand National divisions will battle at 7 p.m.

The 29th Enderle marked the wildly successful debut of the expanded RN/GN format. Despite persistent rain that delayed the start of the afternoon session by more than two hours, the track crew’s efforts and the fans’ patience were rewarded with all-out performances by 50 Regional and 59 Grand National machines on two of the toughest power tracks seen on the circuit all season.

All of the above, plus the cheerful hospitality that is characteristic of Enderle Fuel Injection founder Kent Enderle’s signature event, earned the Enderle Pull-Off the 2015 NTPA Grand National Pull of the Year Award.

For 2016, the Regional National Session One will feature 50 competitors from across 12 divisions: Light Super Stock, Heavy Super Stock, Heavy Super Stock Diesel, Light Pro Stock, Limited Pro Stock, Pro Stock, and Super Farm Tractors; Two-Wheel-Drive, Four-Wheel-Drive, and Super Stock Diesel Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks; and Mini and Multi-Engine Modifieds.

The roster, including numbers of qualifiers from each division, is summarized (2016 REGIONAL NATIONAL QUALIFIERS), but let us go into a bit of detail here on some scheduling anomalies and changes from last year.

First, remember the wraparounds? Competition for several slots in the 2016 Pull-Off is actually already underway, as points earned at 2015’s events in Allegan, Michigan (Region II HSS, SF, and MINI), Spencer, Iowa (Region V HSSD, SF, LIM PS, TWD, and FWD), and Raleigh, North Carolina (Region IV HSS, SF, MINI, and MOD) count toward this year’s Enderle (but not 2016 regional end-of-season). Similarly, points earned at Allegan and Raleigh in 2016 will factor into this year’s season championships but next year’s Enderle berths.

Second, RN-level Pro Stocks will make their first-ever appearance in the Pull-Off. Their three berths will be earned by the champion and runnerup in Region II through the Labor Day event in Findlay, Ohio and the champion in Region VI.

Third, there will be six slots allotted to each of the TWD and SF classes. These divisions, which appear in every region of NTPA competition, will each have two qualifiers from Region II and one each from Regions III, IV, V, and VI.

Fourth, in an effort to balance the qualification process geographically in terms of both pull locations and driver hometowns, two well known landmarks will serve as the boundaries for the dual Region II berths in TWD, LT PS, and SF. For TWD and LT PS, contests at and east of Interstate 75 will comprise one qualification path, while contests west of I-75 will comprise the other. For SF, pulls at and north of Interstate 80 will count toward one berth, while pulls south of I-80 will count toward the other. (See here for lists of events in each sub-region.)

Fifth, slots will be earned by the top two in Region II from the HSS, FWD, SSD 4x4, MINI, and MOD divisions.

Sixth, the growing popularity of the MINIs as a regional class in the upper Midwest has resulted in a combined Region III/V berth for that class. Similarly, the Light and Heavy Super Stock divisions will have qualifiers based on total points accumulated across Regions III and V.

And seventh, the variety of ways to qualify is as fascinating as ever. Two-hook shootouts in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and Elizabeth City, North Carolina together settle a half dozen berths, while a pair of hooks for the Modifieds in Anoka, Minnesota will determine another. Region III’s two Light Pro hooks, though almost three months apart in Ellsworth and Marshfield, Wisconsin, determine a slot just the same. Pro National paths exist for RN Modifieds (in Arcola, Indiana and Sandusky, Ohio), Heavy Diesel Supers (Rockwell, Iowa x 2), and SSD 4x4s (Tomah and Bowling Green), where competitors will vie not only for raised purses but also a ticket to Urbana.

And on the flip side, for those classes with scheduled hooks numbering in the teens and 20s, consistency and reliability are the watchwords for both championships and Pull-Off opportunities.

For the Grand National Session Two, 60 slots will be earned by the top five in season-ending points. These will be finalized at Bowling Green (Light Super Stock), Hudsonville (Light Unlimited), Wellington (Super Stock Open and Super Farm), Wauseon (Four Wheel Drive), Canfield (Two Wheel Drive and Unlimited), and Sandwich (Super Semi, Super Stock Diesel, Pro Stock, Modified Mini, and Modified).

To watch as this year’s total purse of $107,291 is awarded to the 109 toughest competitors from across the country, get your discounted $20 all-day advance tickets starting August 1 at ShopNTPA.com.

Road to the Enderle: Week 12 RN Update

Worthington, Ohio---We are merely eight seven  six weeks away from the celebration three decades in the making: The 30th Annual Enderle Pull-Off. Title-sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection of Simi Valley, California, the NTPA's all-star invitational will have 110 participants---50 Regional National and 60 Grand National---in two sessions on Saturday, September 17. In its illustrious history, the Enderle Pull-Off has awarded over $1.5 million to NTPA competitors.

The Road to the 30th actually began in September and October 2015, when events in Allegan, Michigan; Spencer, Iowa; and Raleigh, North Carolina settled some of that year's regional championships but came too late to count for the 29th Enderle. Several of this year's berths have already been decided, others are heating up, and still others have yet to begin in earnest or at all. We'll spend this week chronicling the state of the regional races; after the big doings in Chapel Hill and Ionia this weekend, we'll concentrate on the Grand National competitors next week.

Light Super Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Undefeated Rex Kuhn and "Git-R-Done" have a seven-point advantage with one to run in Urbana on Monday, August 8.
  • Berth B: Four hooks into the scheduled seven, the Red Thunder Team (three wins) holds a 12-point lead over Gary Hagel's "Destination Unknown." Kevin Lynn's "504 Rocket" is making a strong charge after a second in Menomonie (do-do, do-do-do), but at 21 back, there don't seem to be enough hooks left.  
  • Berth C: On the strength of a tiebreaker on second places, Martin Daniel's "On the Edge" won the two-hook shootout in Hopkinsville, Kentucky over Jay Fuqua's "Tennessee Tracks."

Heavy Super Stock (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" has maintained a lead in the teens over Kent Payne's "Super Rooster," but it's gone from 20 to 16 in the last four hooks, as it's been Rooster-Pfeiffer 1-2, in that order, each time.
  • Berth B: Payne now holds the Region II runner-up berth after a comeback from carnage at Rushville and more scattered parts at Court House. But the ol' "Rooster" keeps crowing.
  • Berth C: Esdon Lehn leads Ken Witt by two points with one to go in Owatonna on Friday, August 18. Hmmm..
  • Berth D: Ronnie Strickland and "Another Outlaw" outran the field in Region IV by five points despite Marty Harrell's two big wins in Pinetops.
  • Berth E: Speaking of sweeps, Brandon Hunt's "Liv'n a Dream" gave its competitors nightmares with a dominant performance in Hopkinsville to claim this invitation.

Heavy Super Stock Diesel (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: After Ellsworth, Esdon Lehn leads the race for this Region III berth over the Degenhardts (-1) and David Henderson's "Stray Horse Gone Wild" (-2).
  • Berth B: After Waverly, Lehn has clinched this berth with "Red Line Fever" as well as the Pro National Berth C, so at least these two paths will be combined to create an at-large berth. We'll wait to see what happens in Region III first. (Remember, if the same competitor claims two berths within the same division, the points from those paths are combined, and the runner up is invited.)
  • Berth C: The 12-time GN champ has qualified for the Enderle RN session.

Super Farm (6 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Just past its halfway point, the I-80-and-North Berth sees Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" leading Kevin Mignault's "Green Energy" by 10 points. Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" has slipped to third (-20).
  • Berth B: It's over in the South subregion, though, and "Hammerin' Hank" will be in the Enderle dugout for sure. In this path's last weekend in Brandenburg, Warda traded wins with Brian Rhoades' "Gamblin' Man" and established a five-point margin of victory.
  • Berth C: Anoka and Menomonie (do-do, do-do-do) sure turned this race on its head. Trevan Rohde's "Somethin' Fierce" now leads by three over the "Hyper Harvester" of the Lindstroms. Three hooks remain, the last in Ridgeland on Labor Day weekend.
  • Berth D: The infield will be full of outlaws, with Chris Hales' "Outlaw" ride taking three top-fours dating to Raleigh and a six-point win over Phil Kelley's "Red-Blooded Binder."
  • Berth E: But the Keystone Stater Kelley and his "Red-Blooded Binder" will again represent Region V at the Enderle. His PA-to-IA gambit paid off for a second straight year.
  • Berth F: The Enderle will be "Thunder Struck" for a second time, as Brad Woods nabbed a first, a fifth, and 59 points to own the tiebreaker over Michael Fanning's "Bad Habit Is Back."

Pro Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: It's the first-ever appearances for Pros at the regional level. Cory Hoffman's "King of Deeres" is hoping to be crowned in Findlay with the first of two Region II berths. (The regional championship won't be settled until Allegan, though.)
  • Berth B: Meanwhile, Joel Kingen's "Full Metal Jacket" has the inside lining on the runner-up berth with a one-point lead over Ryan Walters' "Chasin' Tail."
  • Berth C: The Mid-South Berth goes to Philip Parish's "El Nino," which stormed to a first and fifth in western Kentucky.

Light Pro Stock (4 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: At and east of I-75, it's Travis Tilton's "Always Somethin'" in the lead by 27 points over Kendall Houk's "Nothing Special" through Owensville; Tilton picked up 18 in the standings in just the last four events.
  • Berth B: Meanwhile, west of 75 we've put nine hooks in the books, and after Fort Recovery, it's Shaun Thornhill's "Missy's Pissy" who's in the best of moods, five ahead of Houk and 13 over last week's leader Jason Fliehman.  Correction: Due to a typo, the June hook in Boswell was omitted from the standings table. With it counted, Houk leads by 25 over Thornhill and by 38 over Fliehman. We regret the error.
  • Berth C: Ellsworth started and Marshfield will finish this two-hook berth.
  • Berth D: Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" claimed victory in this division's only Region IV points hook on Saturday night in Elizabeth City.

Limited Pro Stock (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: With wins in two appearances and a third at the Fort the McKinleys' "Knight Train" is on a rail to the Region II title, up 8.5 with only Roanoke left.
  • Berth B: At Anoka, Craig Braun's "Hampton Hooker" surpassed Roger Scalzo's "Bad to the Bone" (-1), while Isaac Conway is hanging in third (-3) with three hooks to go.
  • Berth C: After a small slip in Monticello, Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" was number-one in Waverly and ended up taking this berth by eight over Bill Figanbaum.

Two Wheel Drive (6 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: After Owensville, Eastern Region II has the Writsels' "At It Again" up five on both the Petros' "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint." Bill Widenmeyer's totally tubular turbocharged "Twin T" trails by eight.
  • Berth B: In Western Region II, Randy Petro has a 53-point margin with "Vintage KK" after 10 appearances plus the unFortunate rainout.
  • Berth C: After Anoka, it's a dead heat between Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat V" (who swept the Showdown in both TWD and MOD) and two-time champ Wayne Timmerman's "Showtime." Doc holds the tiebreaker on wins, 2-1.
  • Berth D: Steve Willson's "Running Bear" won once each in Pinetops and Elizabeth City to clinch this berth.
  • Berth E: Waverly settled this berth in favor of Doug Christensen's "Pack Rat VI," which erased a VI-point deficit and won the tiebreaker on the strength of third places, 2-1, over Corey Kielmeyer's "Beer Wagon."
  • Berth F: It's been a while, but the "Thunder Road" of Mike Rigsby already knows the way to the Enderle. Back in 2003, it was Chuck Knapp's qualifying vehicle, "Eighty Acres."

Four Wheel Drive (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: With a 30-point third place in Hamilton, the Taylors' "Grain Hollers Mafia" stretched its advantage over Dave Weiss' "Detonator" to seven points.
  • Berth B: But Weiss remains in position for a ticket to Urbana from the runner-up berth. Ron Newell's "Temporary Insanity" picked up three more points to be the first challenger (-12).
  • Berth C: A win and a third at Anoka and another third in Menomonie (do-do, do-do-do) put the Suchys in the driver's seat for this berth. But Carol's dad Lawerence Line (-2)  had a pretty good week of his own that included a second and a fourth.
  • Berth D: Kevin Schools' camo-ed Chevy will be spotted in Urbana. His two-time GN champ truck "Jus' Rutt'n" won Region IV at Elizabeth City.
  • Berth E: The O'Connors nearly came all the way back at the finale in Monticello, but Jamie Busch hung on to claim this berth by one point with "Thunder Struck." Wins in his hometown Rockwell and nearby New Hampton gave him the margin of victory.

Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive (3 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

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

Modified Mini (4 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Dave Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained" has pulled ahead over Ken Bultemeier's "WAE Flip Side" after a second place in Hamilton. The two have traded the lead each of the past three weeks of the Minis' busy schedule.
  • Berth B: That puts "Flip Side" in the runner-up berth that it doesn't need it (see Berth D), so "Wicked Sensation," "Stress Relief," and "Double or Nothing" are the players here.
  • Berth C: It's Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" with a first, second, and third who claimed this Region III/V berth. Jesslyn Fagundes' "Share Cropper" had two wins but was doomed by a bad run Friday at New Hampton.
  • Berth D: Bultemeier's playing with house money, having gone to North Carolina last fall and this spring to earn the Region IV berth with "WAE Flip SIde."

Modified (5 invitees) (Complete RN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Berth A: Ryan Writsel may not have named his Modified yet, but it's got everybody's number, having picked up four wins, three seconds, and a third. He now leads the persistent Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare" by 12.
  • Berth B: Deane would advance as the runner-up, but then it would become an at-large berth, as he already owns Berth C. Ken Miller (-9) would then take over as it stands right now.
  • Berth C: Reportedly, the ol' triple turbine never left its hauler over the winter between Raleigh and Pinetops. The "Plumbers Nitemare" remembered how to make it down a Carolina track, though.
  • Berth D: Don and Ryan also co-lead the Pro National berth after two hooks in Arcola. There's one to go in Sandusky. Tony Schmiesing's "Bionic Buzzard" has third place in this race (-3).
  • Berth E: Bill Daluge's "Delusional" was the only points-earning tractor to compete at Anoka, so he's your Enderle qualifier.

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Road to the Enderle: Week 12 GN Traffic Report

Worthington, Ohio---With Grand National Events on the schedule each weekend from now until the Enderle Pull-Off, it's time for competitors to make their moves into the top five in each division to ensure their invitation. Some can play conservatively from a comfortable margin in the standings; others need podium finishes and plenty of them.

Let's update everybody for Week 12 after this past weekend's events in Fort Recovery and Brandenburg.  (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

Light Super Stock (through Brandenburg, KY; 5 invitees, 2 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Excessive Force, Considered Armed & Dangerous, Bad Blood, Extremely Insane, Gunpowder & Lead.
  • Currently out: The Commander (-2 from 5th place), Field Sobriety, Korth/Case IH, Insanity, Stormy.

The two experienced Armed & Dangerous Team tractors continue to dominate this division, taking  seven of 12 possible top-two finishes. A big win for Kyle Karlen Friday night in Kentucky solidified his bid for a berth. Things are getting dicey for 2013 champ Marcus Wettleson, as Jason Hootman gained four points in Brandenburg to make this race for the fifth slot one to watch.

Super Stock Diesel (through Brandenburg, KY; 5 invitees, 9 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Triple Bypass, The Legacy, Lock-N-Load, Young Blood, Bone Twister.
  • Currently out: Red Horse (-45 from fifth place), Smokin' Hot Deere.

The top five in this class will merely be jockeying for position (and the right to choose their draw order Saturday morning) if they make the rest of the hooks. The Rosses' good weekend in Brandenburg broke the tie for first place, while Braden Shramek's win with "Young Blood" resulted in a transposition of fourth and fifth place..

Super Stock Open (through Fort Recovery, OH; 5 invitees, 7 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: GALOT II, Extremely Armed & Dangerous, Silver Bullet, International Threat, Get a Load of That.
  • Currently out: Desperado (-8 from fifth place).

It's going to be bitter disappointment for exactly one of these six GN point collectors. Both Mike Chizek's Armed & Dangerous crew and Earl Wells' GALOT stable got closer to qualifying two tractors after one dry hook at the Fort.

Super Farm (through Ionia, MI; 5 invitees, 5 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Dream On, Don't Ask, One Bad Apple, Crop Doctor, Absolutely Nuts (owns tie on 2nds, 2-0)
  • Currently out: Deere Traxx (loses tie), Commandeere, Bombardeere Reloaded, My Last Excuse, Press On, Green Fever Too, Superhick, Assorted Nuts, Black Power, Disturbed, four others -70 or more.

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

Pro Stock (through Chapel Hill, TN; 5 invitees, 12 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: New Generation Plus, MAC Nasty, Mr. MAC Dadd, CP Dream II, Warpath.
  • Currently out: Rapped Up/Rampage (-13 from fifth place), Git-Er-Dun Deere, Diesel'N'Dirt, True Grit, Nasty Stuff, Red Gambler, Aces Wild, Soup Line Express, two others -102 or more.

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

Two Wheel Drive (through Brandenburg, KY; 5 invitees, 6 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Kathy's Komplaint, Pretty Wicked, Buckeye Hauler, P5, Runnin' Block.
  • Currently out: Wicked (-1 from fifth place), Suffering Sanity, On the Edge, Burn Notice, Lawless, Lumberjack, Simon Sez Dodge, Blade Gone Sweet, Second Degree, Just Like Clockwork, The Untouchable, Dirty Pearl, Hoosier Avalanche, Bad Attitude, Simon Sez Ford, Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It, 10 others -79 or more.

Well, we tried to tell ya: After Brandenburg, the Petros have four trucks in the top five; Joey's win on Saturday gave him one point of breathing room over Doug Theobald. But even the "Hauler" is only in at the moment by single digits (+8). Will the notoriously tough Wapakoneta track shake things up? Joey won there last year and Jessie was fourth with "Hauler," but Renee and Doug were second and fifth, Craig Corzine was second, and Jeff Bartley was sixth. Time to make your moves, folks.

Four Wheel Drive (through Chapel Hill, TN; 5 invitees, 9 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: 4 Play, The Punisher, The Bone, Profab Geared Up (owns tie on wins, 1-0), Bandit (owns tie on 4ths, 3-0).
  • Currently out: Dustex Cyclone (loses tie), Profab, Young Gun, Bad Bowtie, Foster Child, The Rock, Simply Red.

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

Super Semi (through Peoria, IL; 5 invitees, 4 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Mother Trucker, Stacks, Just Passin' Thru in Class, Dodge Fever, Jacked Up.

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

Modified Mini (through Fort Recovery, OH; 5 invitees, 9 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Footloose, Walk the Line, Funny Lil' Farmall, Iron Toy, Wild Cat.
  • Currently out: Cowboy Up (-5 from fifth place), LG Seeds, Beast of Burden, Hellraiser, Brandt Professional Ag, four others -111 or more.

It took until the seventh and eighth positions before there was a change in the pre-Fort order, and that was the only one. Adam Koester's win with "Walk the Line" in the only hook at Ambassador Park, Ken Veney's fifth, and Larry K.'s sixth made these Minis appear smaller and smaller to those chasing. After a weekend off, they'll start the U.S. 6 series in Sandusky, Napoleon, and BG.

Light Unlimited (through Fort Recovery, OH; 5 invitees, 3 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Simon Sez, Super Bee, Feissty Farmer, Outcast, Milk Money.
  • Currently out: S'no Farmer (-2 from fifth place), Rotten Mean and Nasty, The Joker, Rat Poison, Simon Sez Show No Mercy, Keeps on Tickin'.

Brandon Simon's dominant Saturday performance at the Fort established an 11-point bulge in the division, while Tarry Feiss' big Friday win---her first as a GN competitor---and a follow-up fourth have vaulted her into the top five. One in Sandusky and two in Hudsonville will settle this fluid division.

Modified (through Rockwell, IA; 5 invitees, 6 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Money Maker, Bank Robber, Wild Child, Wild Won, Pack Rat 4.
  • Currently out: Feissty Farmer (-7 from fifth place), S'no Farmer, six others -49 or more.

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

Unlimited (through Fort Recovery, OH; 5 invitees, 6 hooks to go) (Complete GN Enderle standings may be found here.)

  • Currently in: Non-Cents All Screwed Up, American Thunder, Blown Centless, Money Maker, Cross Threaded.
  • Currently out: Giddy Up (-4.5 from fifth place), Screamin' D, Wild Child, Wild Won, eight others -46 or more.

One hook at the Fort greatly boosted the prospects of Adam Bauer, who jumped into the top five with his win, and Bill Voreis, whose second bumped him from a shaky fourth place in the standings to second. But after Brad Benedict, who leads the division by 10, the next four are within three points, and two through eight are within 8.5. Everyone will have stay on their game through the rest of the season, which consists of one in western Illinois followed by five quick hooks in Ohio.

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

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T (568) along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

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Road to the Enderle: Week 11 RN Update

Worthington, Ohio---We are merely eight seven weeks away from the celebration three decades in the making: The 30th Annual Enderle Pull-Off. Title-sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection of Simi Valley, California, the NTPA's all-star invitational will have 110 participants---50 Regional National and 60 Grand National---in two sessions on Saturday, September 17. In its illustrious history, the Enderle Pull-Off has awarded over $1.5 million to NTPA competitors.

The Road to the 30th actually began in September and October 2015, when events in Allegan, Michigan; Spencer, Iowa; and Raleigh, North Carolina settled some of that year's regional championships but came too late to count for the 29th Enderle. Several of this year's berths have already been decided, others are heating up, and still others have yet to begin in earnest or at all. We'll spend this week chronicling the state of the regional races; after the big doings in Chapel Hill and Ionia this weekend, we'll concentrate on the Grand National competitors next week.

Light Super Stock (3 invitees)

  • Berth A: Undefeated Rex Kuhn and "Git-R-Done" have a seven-point advantage with one to run in Urbana on Monday, August 8.
  • Berth B: Three hooks into the scheduled seven, the Red Thunder Team holds a nine-point lead over Gary Hagel's "Destination Unknown" after the Degenhardts' "Diggin' Hard" fell ill at New Hampton.  
  • Berth C: On the strength of a tiebreaker on second places, Martin Daniel's "On the Edge" won the two-hook shootout in Hopkinsville, Kentucky over Jay Fuqua's "Tennessee Tracks."

Heavy Super Stock (5 invitees)

  • Berth A: John Pfeiffer's "Pfeiffermax" missed last year's wraparound in Allegan, but he's more than made up for it this year with four straight top-two finishes.He leads Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" by 17.
  • Berth B: Payne now holds the Region II runner-up berth after a comeback from carnage at Rushville. The alkies of Ed Johnson and Heath Weilnau are still in the chase, but recent absences have put them well behind for now.
  • Berth C: Decorah was the start of this combined four-appearance Region III/V path, and it's Ken Witt who has the good taste in his mouth after "Mr. Yuk" took third and 30 points.
  • Berth D: Ronnie Strickland and "Another Outlaw" outran the field in Region IV by five points despite Marty Harrell's two big wins in Pinetops.
  • Berth E: Speaking of sweeps, Brandon Hunt's "Liv'n a Dream" gave its competitors nightmares with a dominant performance in Hopkinsville to claim this invitation.

Heavy Super Stock Diesel (3 invitees)

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

Super Farm (6 invitees)

  • Berth A: Just past its halfway point, the I-80-and-North Berth sees Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" leading Kevin Mignault's "Green Energy" by 10 points. Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" has slipped to third (-20).
  • Berth B: But "Hank" has swung for the fences all season long and leads the eight-hook South-of-I-80 Berth by six over the Rhoades' "Gamblin' Man"; both earned 59 points this past week. If "Hank" captures both berths, one will become an at-large.
  • Berth C: Jeff Bahl's "Doctor Deere" is the healthiest after one hook at Ellsworth, but there's a long five hooks to go when the Region III schedule resumes this week in Anoka.
  • Berth D: The infield will be full of outlaws, with Chris Hales' "Outlaw" ride taking three top-fours dating to Raleigh and a six-point win over Phil Kelley's "Red-Blooded Binder."
  • Berth E: Speaking of which, the NASCAR cameraman and his Keystone State 88 have a key grip on this Region V berth thanks to wins at Decorah and Monticello and a second and fourth at Spencer last year.
  • Berth F: The Enderle will be "Thunder Struck" for a second time, as Brad Woods nabbed a first, a fifth, and 59 points to own the tiebreaker over Michael Fanning's "Bad Habit Is Back."

Pro Stock (3 invitees)

  • Berth A: It's the first-ever appearances for Pros at the regional level. Cory Hoffman's "King of Deeres" is hoping to be crowned in Findlay with the first of two Region II berths. (The regional championship won't be settled until Allegan, though.)
  • Berth B: Meanwhile, Joel Kingen's "Full Metal Jacket" has the inside lining on the runner-up berth with a one-point lead over Ryan Walters' "Chasin' Tail."
  • Berth C: The Mid-South Berth goes to Philip Parish's "El Nino," which stormed to a first and fifth in western Kentucky.

Light Pro Stock (4 invitees)

  • Berth A: At and east of I-75, it's Travis Tilton's "Always Somethin'" in the lead by 21 points through Mt. Vernon; he picked up 12 in the standings in just the last three events.
  • Berth B: Meanwhile, west of 75 we've put seven hooks in the books. Jason Fliehman's "Second Chances" has made them all and leads by 26 over Shaun Thornhill's "Missy's Pissy" and 22 others.
  • Berth C: Ellsworth started and Marshfield will finish this two-hook berth.
  • Berth D: Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" claimed victory in this division's only Region IV points hook on Saturday night in Elizabeth City.

Limited Pro Stock (3 invitees)

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

Two Wheel Drive (6 invitees)

  • Berth A: Two more hooks for the Eastern Region II has the Writsels' "At It Again" up six on both the Petros' "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" and Bill Widenmeyer's totally tubular turbocharged "Twin T."
  • Berth B: In Western Region II, Randy Petro has almost lapped the field with "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" (+26) after nine pulls. But with six left, there's still time for the Shephards' "Alcohol Addiction Retapped" and Widenmeyer to mount a challenge.
  • Berth C: Two-time champ Wayne Timmerman (Showtime) leads after Ellsworth. Dale Stampfli's "Twisted Tight" and the Flemings' "Hi! Maintenance" are second and third with two-hook Anoka looming.
  • Berth D: Steve Willson's "Running Bear" won once each in Pinetops and Elizabeth City to clinch this berth.
  • Berth E: The "Beer Wagon" of Corey Kielmeyer is six points up on Kim Moore's "Pack Rat VII" after New Hampton. Their respective trailermates, Dustin Amundson's "Bottoms Up" and Doug Christensen's "Rat VI," are third and fourth.
  • Berth F: It's been a while, but the "Thunder Road" of Mike Rigsby already knows the way to the Enderle. Back in 2003, it was Chuck Knapp's qualifying vehicle, "Eighty Acres."

Four Wheel Drive (5 invitees)

  • Berth A: A busy week in Region II has tightened this race. The Taylors' "Grain Hollers Mafia." leads Dave Weiss' "Detonator" by a single point.
  • Berth B: But that puts Weiss in position for a ticket to Urbana from the runner-up berth. Ron Newell (-15) has slipped past Steve Elchinger (-21) to capitalize if the Taylors or Weiss slips up.
  • Berth C: After one hook in Ellsworth, Mike Manke's "Foolish Farmer" sits atop the fence.
  • Berth D: Kevin Schools' camo-ed Chevy will be spotted in Urbana. His two-time GN champ truck "Jus' Rutt'n" won Region IV at Elizabeth City.
  • Berth E: The O'Connors nearly came all the way back at the finale in Monticello, but Jamie Busch hung on to claim this berth by one point with "Thunder Struck." Wins in his hometown Rockwell and nearby New Hampton gave him the margin of victory.

Super Stock Diesel Four Wheel Drive (3 invitees)

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

Modified Mini (4 invitees)

  • Berth A: Ken Bultemeier's "WAE Flip Side" has assumed the lead after hooks in Hilliard and Preble. David Lacey's ""Triple Play Unchained" and "Double or Nothing" trail by one and two points, respectively.
  • Berth B: So Lacey is battling himself for the runner-up berth along with Tim Rea and Todd Bultemeier, who has overcome the deficit from missing the Allegan wraparound to trail by only nine points.
  • Berth C: It's Chad Timmerman's "Wild Fire" with a first, second, and third who claimed this Region III/V berth. Jesslyn Fagundes' "Share Cropper" had two wins but was doomed by a bad run Friday at New Hampton.
  • Berth D: Bultemeier's playing with house money, having gone to North Carolina last fall and this spring to earn the Region IV berth with "WAE Flip SIde."

Modified (5 invitees)

  • Berth A: Ryan Writsel may not have named his Modified yet, but it's got everybody's number, having picked up four wins, two seconds, and a third. He now leads the persistent Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare" by eight.
  • Berth B: Deane would advance as the runner-up, but then it would become an at-large berth, as he already owns Berth C. Ken Miller (-12) would then take over as it stands right now.
  • Berth C: Reportedly, the ol' triple turbine never left its hauler over the winter between Raleigh and Pinetops. The "Plumbers Nitemare" remembered how to make it down a Carolina track, though.
  • Berth D: Don and Ryan also co-lead the Pro National berth after two hooks in Arcola. There's one to go in Sandusky. Tony Schmiesing's "Bionic Buzzard" has third place in this race (-3).
  • Berth E: This newest path to the Enderle was born when Anoka added a second session of Modifieds. Stay tuned this week.

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

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2016 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Power Service Products, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cow Tales, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH airing three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, same time and channel for 12 years running. Additional airings are Mondays at 12:30 a.m (Sunday 9:30 p.m. PST) and 6 a.m. EST. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), AT&T 568 along with Time Warner, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or log on to www.rfdtv.com.

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

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

Family Patriarch Verne Bauer Has Passed

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

Mr. Bauer's funeral will be at the United Methodist Church in Paton on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Lunch will follow at the 209 Main Restaurant in Paton. Condolences may be expressed online here.

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

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