Darrell Barrier, Champion HSS and SF Team Owner, Has Passed

The WPI/NTPA office was recently informed of the death on Thursday, December 5 of Darrell Barrier, 64, of Concord, North Carolina. Mr. Barrier was the owner of two state and national championship-winning tractors, the "20 Mule Team" Super Stock and "Red Iron Special" Super Farm.

A native of Louisiana, Mr. Barrier was a resident of the Tarheel State since childhood and a lifelong member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Concord. Until his retirement, he was the president and owner of Cresent Construction, Inc., a builder of hospitals, schools, and churches throughout central North Carolina.

In his spare time, he enjoyed restoring antique tractors, fishing, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. "I found out that I had a real love in working on machinery and equipment with my hands," Mr. Barrier told The Puller magazine in May 2004. "To that end, in 1992, I started buying old worn-out tractors, namely John Deere two-cylinders, along with Olivers and then restoring them to new or better condition."

One of those Deeres became a puller and, piloted by Mr. Barrier's employees, won 150 trophies in 1998 and 1999. Between that highly positive introduction to competition and his observation of  Super Stock pulling in the area, he elected to become a team owner. He accomplished this by first refurbishing the International 1066 he eventually dubbed "Red Iron Special" in 2000 and then by purchasing Tom Dickerson's "20 Mule Team" International 3688 in 2003.

Both moves paid dividends nearly immediately, as James Vanhoy drove "Red Iron Special" to the 2002 United Pullers of the Carolinas' Super Farm title, repeated in 2003 while sharing the driving duties with Mr. Barrier's son Jason, and that same year teamed with Adam Harris to capture the UPOC Heavy Super Stock championship with "20 Mule Team.". The Barrier Team then moved on to national competition in 2004 and promptly earned both divisions' titles in Region IV before finishing fifth in the 2005 Grand National Super Stock Diesel standings.

In addition to Jason and his wife Chandra, Mr. Barrier is survived by his wife Billie (Measmer), his daughter Amber (Shane) Craig, his grandchildren Zachary, Kayley, Madison, and Isabella, his parents Bobby Ray and Joann, and his sister Rhonda (Rusty). His complete obituary may be found here. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 4500 Rimer Rd., Concord, North Carolina 28025.

Our hearts go out to the Barrier family in their time of mourning and remembrance.

2020 NTPA Winter Nationals Competitors List

Cloverdale2020Worthington, Ohio---The sixth NTPA WN presented by Heritage Iron will comprise three sessions on Friday and Saturday, January 10-11. At Exit 41 of Interstate 70 in Cloverdale, Indiana, the C-Bar-C Expo Center will host a 320’ track, pits, vendors, and a Friday night concert. (For more details, check out NTPAWinterNationals.com.)

The following competitors have accepted invitations as of December 9.

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

  • Dave Armstrong/Rowdy Red
  • Kevin Banion/Forgiven
  • Kendall Beasley/Hi-Gear Harvester
  • Eric Dorwin/Young Bucks Reloaded
  • Luke Durbin/Sidewinder
  • Jeff Fussner/Busted Budget
  • Kyle Holland/Black Tornado
  • Tim Palmer/Red Avenger Classic
  • Tom Shafer/The Boss
  • Evan Smoot/John Deere 8345R
  • Wes Spencer/Bush Wacker
  • Tommy Striecker/Green Blood
  • Travis Tilton/Always Somethin’
  • Mark Wiederhold/Bare Necessities

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

  • Andrew Boyd/Green Streak
  • Mike Boyd/Green Streak X
  • Dennie Brown/Green with Envy
  • Chris Cain/Aces Wild
  • Tim Cain/Red Gambler
  • Bryan Deppen/Smokin' Deere
  • Greg Harmon/Preparation H
  • Russell Hildenbrand/Loose Cannon
  • Darrin Hunt/D2 Pro Stock Edition
  • Mark Lawyer/Rapped Up with a Vengeance
  • Lance Little/True Grit
  • Josh Martin/Think Green
  • Robert Martin/John Deere Green
  • Rhett Parish/El Niño

Super Stock Diesel 4x4 (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Don Bowling/Pulling for the Cure
  • Kent Crowder/Scheid Diesel
  • Chase Eller/Caretaker
  • Van Haisley/Rock Hard Ram
  • Susan Ingram/Scheid Diesel
  • Shane Kellogg/Trump
  • Nathan Vegh/Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  • Brion Withrow/The Nut Job,
  • Brion Withrow/new vehicle and
  • Keith Witt/Cross Wired

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

  • Dillon Bunnage/former Polar Air
  • Adam Bauer/Iron Toy and Cowboy Up
  • Adam Koester/Beast of Burden
  • Adam Koester, Footloose, and
  • Adam Koester Walk the Line
  • the Leischners/Bobcat Jr.
  • Camille Shelton/Splinter
  • Grayson Shelton/Sawed-Off
  • Reese Shelton/Cuttin’ Up
  • Bruce Slagh/Show No Mercy 1/4 Scale
  • Tyler Slagh/Have No Mercy

Semi Exhibition (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Ryan DeBroux/Playin’ with Fire
  • Dean Holicky/Mother Trucker

Super Farm (Sat. noon & 7p)

  • Ryan Anderson/Checkin’ Out
  • Lee Butts/Press On
  • Rod Deck/Dream On
  • the Ferrises/Absolutely Nuts
  • the Ferrises/Assorted Nuts
  • Russ Freeze/Deere Traxx
  • Brad Hart/Don’t Ask
  • Shane Masten/Thumpin’ Pumpkin
  • Tony Sietsema/Wolverine Deere
  • Jon Silsby/Crop Doctor
  • Chris Weidinger/Black Power
  • Dave Whelan/My Last Excuse

Hot Farm (Sat. noon)

  • Darren Bommer/I Got This
  • Chip Cambe/Always Something
  • Brian Carrington/Endle$$
  • Alan Daily/No-Name Deere
  • Ryan Funk/Hooked on a Feeling
  • Brett Hartman/International 1066
  • Mike Robbins/Fire in the Hole
  • Kevin D. Smith/Buckshot Reloaded
  • Travis Smith/Cornfield Cadillac
  • Tony Weber/Fifty Shades of Red

Four Wheel Drive (Sat. noon)

  • Carmen Foster/Foster Child
  • Rob Foster/Simply Red
  • Danny Johnson/Talk to Me
  • Jimmy Moritz/Unleashed
  • Ted Skelton/The Bone
  • Ted Skelton/The Rock
  • Chris Taylor/Grain Hollers Mafia
  • Kyle Whitesel/Cornstalk Express
  • Ike Zaring/Bucket List
  • Jake Zaring/Rule #19

Check ShopNTPA.com/tickets or O’Reilly Auto Parts Stores for discount pre-event tickets.

Can’t make it all weekend? Catch the Live Stream at the all-new NTPA.tv on your PC, mobile device, or smart TV.

2019 Champions, Special Award Winners Recognized at 49th NTPA Banquet

NTPAlogo 50th flat blackWorthington, Ohio---On Saturday, December 7 at the Marriott Columbus Northwest in Dublin, Ohio, the National Tractor Pullers Association's 49th annual Awards Banquet honored the people and organizations who make the pulling world go 'round: competitors, families, crewmembers, supporters, promoters, and sponsors.

Congratulations go to the following award winners, and a great many thanks to the award sponsors.

Member State of the Year

United Pullers of Minnesota: Award sponsored by AKE® STOP-FYRE®

Education Awards and Scholarships

  • Emily Randall: WPI Higher Education Award, sponsored by K&K Insurance Group
  • Sydney Suchy: Pullers Against Drugs Scholarship, sponsored by World Pulling International
  • Allison Raymond: Pullers Against Drugs Scholarship, sponsored by the National Tractor Pullers Association

Regional National Awards

Regional National Champions: Jackets sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

  • Modified Mini and Modified Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by CM Pulling Tires
  • Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 and Super Stock Diesel 4x4: Awards sponsored by Stainless Diesel
  • Super Stock 4x4, Four Wheel Drive, and Two Wheel Drive: Awards sponsored by Nichols Pulling Tires
  • Hot Farm and Super Farm: Awards sponsored by Singer Sled Rental/"Palestine Dyno"
  • Limited Pro Stock, Light Pro Stock, and Pro Stock: Awards sponsored by Wipe Out Enterprises
  • Classic Super Stock, Light Super Stock, and Heavy Super Stock: Awards sponsored by Northwoods Engineering

Grand National Awards

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

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

Grand National Pullers of the Year

  • Ken Veney: Modified Mini Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by TRB Machine
  • Dean Holicky: Super Semi Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Shane Kellogg: Super Stock Diesel 4x4 Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by On the Mark Sled Rental
  • Peyton Davis: Four Wheel Drive Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Profab
  • Russ Nichols: Two Wheel Drive Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Enderle Memorial Pull-Off
  • Jon Silsby: Super Farm Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Alliance Tire Group
  • Darrin Hunt: Pro Stock Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Columbus Motorsports
  • Adam Spiegelberg: Light Super Stock Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Full Pull Motorsports
  • Ross Family Pulling: Super Stock Diesel Pullers of the Year Award, sponsored by Bauer Built/Ironman Sleds
  • John Strickland: Super Stock Open Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Doug Theobald: Light Unlimited Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by SCS Gearbox
  • Bret Berg: Modified Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Sassy Racing Engines
  • Joe Eder: Unlimited Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Fowler Engines

Special Awards

  • Rona Veney: Crew Chief of the Year Award, sponsored by Midwest Wheel
  • Joe Eder Crew: Mechanic of the Year Award, sponsored by Haisley Machine
  • Gene's Machine Shop: Manufacturer of the Year Award, sponsored by the SFI Foundation
  • Vaughn Bauer: Sled of the Year Award, sponsored by SpecCast
  • Harold Phipps: Official of the Year Award, sponsored by Artina Promotional Products
  • Larry Koester Family: NTPA National Fan Cheer of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Todd Feiss: Hooker of the Year Award, sponsored by the Arfons Family
  • M.E. Miller Tire Tri-State Showdown (Wauseon, Ohio): Regional National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Metzger Trucking
  • Meade County Grand Nationals (Brandenburg, Kentucky): Grand National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Case IH
  • National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio): Super National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by GALOT Motorsports Park
  • Jordan Spiegelberg: Grand National Rookie of the Year Award, sponsored by Ambassador Club (Fort Recovery, Ohio)
  • William Terry Davis Family: Pulling Family of the Year Award, sponsored by the National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio)
  • Rose Motorsports: Kent Enderle NTPA Hard Charger Award
  • Lorain County Fair (Wellington, Ohio)/Fred Pitts: Commitment to Excellence and Dedication Award, sponsored by Jim Miller and Melissa Graham
  • Enderle Memorial Pull-Off: Commitment to Excellence and Dedication Award, sponsored by Jim Miller and Melissa Graham
  • Larry Koester Shell Rotella Humanitarian Award (coming in 2020)

Pulling Hall of Fame, 2019 Class

  • Dave Archer: Pulling Hall of Fame Inductee, sponsored by Firestone Tires
  • Larry Koester: Pulling Hall of Fame Inductees, sponsored by American Awards

 

Nolan Hall, National and Wolverine TWD Competitor, Has Died

The WPI/NTPA family is saddened to learn of the passing on Friday, November 22 of Nolan Hall, 79, of Mason, Michigan. Mr. Hall competed in the Two Wheel Drive division on the Grand National, Regional National, and state circuits for over 20 years, most notably with his "Wolverine Haller" Fords which won four consecutive RN titles.

A lifelong resident of Mason, Mr. Hall was a partner in Chellisons Farm, first with his brother Philip and later with his son Pete and nephew Mike.

Mr. Hall and his wife Patricia were mainstays in the administration of the Wolverine Pullers Association, which was formed in fall 1985 to unify several territorial clubs within the original NTPA charter member state. Mr. Hall served as the Wolverine Pullers' first secretary from 1985 through 1989, when Pat took on that role. In 1992, he resumed his service as one of Michigan's delegates to the national Association.

Renowned for his mechanical abilities, Mr. Hall began his pulling career in the late 1960s with a John Deere 4020 farm stock. He moved to Modifieds with the single-Oldsmobile "Odd Ball" and eventually added a second engine ("Odd Couple") and then a third ("Odd Squad") before switching to the more economical wheelstanding division with the "Loan Ranger." Pulling at both the 5,800- and 6,200-lb. weight breaks on the Grand National circuit, Mr. Hall qualified his 1985 Ford for the 1987 Indy Super Pull. "I guess it's basically what everyone strives for," Mr. Hall told The Puller Magazine. "When you get to Indy, you've made it to the ultimate pull. You feel fortunate and privileged just to get there."

That truck became the first edition of the "Wolverine Haller" beginning in 1988 and began to regularly win titles in its namesake state. Mr. Hall scored his first RN victory in Arcola, Indiana in 1990, a second one in nearby Roanoke in 1992, and then won both of those as well as Monroe and Hudsonville, Michigan in his breakout year of 1994. Alongside state-level wins in Michigan and Ohio, nine more regional victories would come through the end of the decade with the '97 Ford F-150 edition of the "Haller" and with them four Region II championships from 1995 to 1998.

In addition to Pat, Mr. Hall is survived by children Jennifer Baker, Julie Hall, Catherine (Michael) Wilson, and Pete Hall; grandchildren Breeanne Swart, Brittany Baker, Samuel Baker, Elizabeth Holdorf, Christopher Holdorf, Sara Wilson, Brent Wilson, and Bill Wilson; eight great-grandchildren; his sisters, Joyce (John) Ickes and Joan (Bill) Porter; and six nieces and nephews. His full obituary appears here.

The national office joins our friends in Michigan in extending our prayers for comfort and peace to Pat and the entire Hall family.

Case IH, NTPA Extend Contract Through 2020

NTPA CASE art request LC EXTWorthington, Ohio---The parent companies of Case IH Agriculture and the National Tractor Pullers Association have renewed their sponsorship agreement for the 2020 season, throughout which Case IH will remain the presenting sponsor of the Association’s Grand National Series and of “NTPA Championship Pulling” on RFD-TV.

“We’re thrilled to maintain the important partnership with Case IH for a ninth consecutive year and have them retain their designation as ‘The Official Farm Equipment Brand of the NTPA’,” said Gregg Randall, the Association’s General Manager. “Our competitors and fans will continue to see Case IH equipment working the tracks at our premier-level events.”

At the 2020 banquet, the top five finishers in all Grand National divisions will receive shares, ranging from $150 to $2,000, of a Case IH bonus fund which totals more than $50,000.

Spectators will also share in the excitement with an all-new Case IH/NTPA contest that will award an Enderle Memorial Pull-Off prize package including tickets and accommodations. Look for registration and eligibility details in a future article.

Kentucky Trailer Presents NTPA Awards Banquet Stream on NTPA.tv

Banquet Stream 2019

The National Tractor Pullers Association is proud to welcome back Kentucky Trailer as presenting sponsor of our annual Awards Banquet Live and On-Demand Streaming Service.  The Saturday, December 7 event, located at the Marriott Columbus Northwest in Dublin, Ohio, will recognize the NTPA's 2019 honorees including Grand and Regional National champions, Pullers and Pulls of the Year, the Kent Enderle Hard Charger, and the newest class of Pulling Hall of Fame inductees.

Kentucky Trailer's sponsorship ensures that video of the festivities, emceed by "NTPA Championship Pulling on RFD-TV" co-host Doc Riley, will be viewable free of charge by the Association's fans and families around the world both in real time and afterward as desired. The NTPA's Live Streaming new interface NTPA.tv, just launched at the beginning of December, and currently support Roku, Andriod and iOS apps to view on smart tvs and connected devices. Amazon Fire will be supported as well in the coming weeks.  

"The partnership with our friends at Kentucky Trailer has become a prized annual tradition," explained Joshua Steinmetz, NTPA's Communications Technology Coordinator. "We're so pleased to have them on board. We encourage all of the convention and banquet's attendees to stop and check out their display. To our online visitors to ntpapull.com/banquet, we invite you to click on Kentucky Trailers' banners for more information about this valued NTPA sponsor."

Point your browser to NTPA.tv or for access to the stream, you will need to create an account to access the stream. Once you have an account you can also access the stream on Roku and other devices that use Andriod and iOS apps.

About R.C. Tway Company, LLC
R.C. Tway Company, LLC is the parent company of four operating divisions: (i) Kentucky Trailer Manufacturing (KTM), which designs, builds and manufactures custom trailers and truck bodies for the moving and storage, snack food, package delivery, and logistics industries as well as other niche markets; (ii) Kentucky Trailer Services (KTS), which delivers complete repair, reconditioning, paint, graphics, and other services for truck bodies, drop frame and expandables; (iii) Kentucky Trailer Specialty Vehicles (KTSV), which designs, builds and services trailers and custom specialty vehicles for mobile medical, television/broadcast, military/government, mobile marketing, motorsports and other niche markets; and (iv) Kentucky Trailer Finance (KTF) which provides the Company’s customers rental, lease and financing options for select products and markets. For more information, please visit kytrailer.com.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2019 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron Magazine, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 14th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2019. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

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

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

Father of WPI President Roger Wysong Has Passed

We mourn today the passing on Sunday, November 17 of Ralph E. Wysong, 84, of Englewood, Ohio. Mr. Wysong was the father of WPI Executive Board president Roger Wysong.

In addition to Roger and Cheryl, Mr. Wysong is survived by his daughter Annette (Duane) Coller, four grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, his sister Lucill Heindl, and many friends and relatives.

Visitation for family and friends of the late Mr. Wysong will be Thursday, November 21 from 10:30 a.m. until noon at Kindred Funeral Home, 400 Union Boulevard, Englewood, Ohio 45322. His funeral will follow at noon. Memorial Contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.KindredFuneralHome.com.

Our deepest condolences go out to Roger and Cheryl and the Wysong family in their time of sorrow.

Mike Beck's Father Has Passed

The WPI/NTPA office received notice of the passing on Wednesday, November 13 of Darwin Beck, 87, of Ridgeville Corners, Ohio. Mr. Beck was the father of Grand National Super Stock Diesel competitor Mike Beck (High Tech Red Neck).

Mr. Beck owned and operated Ridgeville Elevator for 63 years. He served his nation as a United States Marine during the Korean War, his community as a member of the local zoning board, and his church as a council member and usher. His interests included fishing, hunting, traveling, tractor pulls, and fast cars.

In addition to Mike and his wife Sally, Mr. Beck is survived by Rita, his wife of 66 years; children Patricia (John) Shotwell, Teresa (Jeffery) Reeb, and Christine (Corkey) Haines; five grandchildren and four stepgrandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren and two great-stepgrandchildren. His full obituary may be found at the funeral home's website, where notes of sympathy may be left for the family.

Our deepest condolences go out to Mrs. Beck and to Mike and Sally in their time of sorrow.

Holicky's "Mother Trucker" Is Kingpin of SEMI for Fifth Time

Dean Holicky (Montgomery, Minnesota)

"Mother Trucker"

2019 NTPA Grand National Super Semi Champion

With three wins among five perfect 30-point scores, Dean Holicky and his "Mother Trucker" Peterbilt rolled to their fifth Grand National title of the past six seasons. Two of those wins came in Tomah and established a two-point lead over double runner-up Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class" (-5), but Eilen evened the score with two victories of his own in Hutchinson. When Ryan DeBroux's "Playin' with Fire" (-24.5) then claimed rain-soaked Rockwell, "Mother" edged "Passin'" by 3.14' for second. That produced the lead that would last through the tour's final stops in Bowling Green and Hudsonville, through which Holicky hauled in the maximal 90 points. Brian Elithorpe's "Nikki's Nightmare" (-63.5) slumbered for most of a winless season but will be going for its third straight Enderle check, while Jack Kielmeyer, the Pull-Off's all-time best regional performer, will be eyeing Urbana to make a season highlight for his "Jacked Up" (-104).

About National Tractor Pullers Association

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2019 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron Magazine, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 14th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2019. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

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

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

Rarified "Air": Eder Claims Third NTPA Grand National Title with Seven-Win Season

Joe Eder (North Collins, New York)

"Polar Air: 75th Edition"

2019 NTPA Grand National Unlimited Champion

Since August 2018, when Joe Eder piloted his four-engine Unlimited to its first victory at the Langford Pull Grounds situated within the Buffalo snowbelt, the sport's weather watchers could see it coming: The "Polar" Vortex. Eder won only once more in Wellington that year to finish sixth in the standings behind four-time champion Chuck Knapp's "Screamin' D." But when the 2019 season dawned, Eder's "Polar Air: 75th Edition" wasted little time getting acclimated. A second and third in Tomah were followed by a blizzard of wins across six of the next seven contests that buried Knapp (-25) and fellow championship contender Wayne Purser's "Uncle Sam" (-21) in a double-digit snowbank. Hard-earned top fives also went to Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (-92), which fought mechanical issues for much of the season, and Kevin Criswell's late-starting, hot-finishing "Blown Centless" (-131). The title is Eder's third with the Association including 1997 and 2003 crowns in the 7,200-lb. and 7,500-lb. Modified divisions, respectively.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2019 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron Magazine, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 14th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2019. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

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

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

"Dream" Sequence: Hunt Roars Back from Fourth to Capture First Pro Stock Championship

Darrin Hunt (Herndon, Kentucky)

"D2 Pro Stock Edition"

2019 NTPA Grand National Pro Stock Champion

After seven seasons, Darrin Hunt is a Grand National champion once more. The winner of the 2012 Super Farm title with "Dreamin' Too," Hunt put up five wins (including a third straight in Chapel Hill) and 11 top-fives across 20 appearances in 2019. But in between those strong performances came two 11ths (Hutchinson, Hagerstown) and a 12th (Salem) that knocked "D2" to fourth in the standings on a couple of occasions. Hunt found himself in that spot as late as August 10, when he trailed Jason Svonavec's "Bootlegger" (fourth, -9), Julia Ray's "MAC Daddy" (third, -9), and Mike Conny's "MAC Nasty" (-8). That was before Hunt stormed Bowling Green and Canton---the very heart of Ohio's venerable Pro Stock community---for two of his wins and surged back to the standings lead. An early-hook 339' in the Saturday night Sandwich finale left the others jockeying for final positioning and set off the celebration in the camp from Herndon, Kentucky. Hunt ended a streak of five consecutive titles won by John Deeres and is the first International/Case IH champion since 2009 when Tim Cain ("Red Gambler," fifth, -43) won it all on the very same Sandwich track.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2019 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron Magazine, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 14th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2019. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

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

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

Tech Official Kal Parker's Father Has Passed

It is with sadness that we must report the passing on Wednesday, October 30, of Norman Parker, 88, of Necedah, Wisconsin. Mr. Parker was the father of NTPA tech official Kal Parker.

A pre-med student at UW River Falls in his youth, Mr. Parker lived a life of service to his country and his community, ranging from his 25 years in the Wisconsin National Guard to his 50 years as his township's fire warden. He retired from the Guard as a Sergeant First Class and was inducted into the Wisconsin Military Academy Hall of Fame. He was an officer on the Necedah town board, president of the Necedah Lions Club, secretary/treasurer of the state Association of Drainage Districts, and commander of AmVet post 2180. He enjoyed deer and goose hunting and snowmobiling with his family. For the past several years, he graciously welcomed new friends from the NTPA to his home and property for fellowship in the week leading up to the Super National event in nearby Tomah.

In addition to Kal and Lisa, Mr. Parker is survived by children Timothy (Barbara), Shawna (John) Geidel, and Wade (Deborah) Parker; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two nephews and two nieces; special friends Bill Krueger, Curt Frost, and Elizabeth Rollo; and by many other relatives and friends.

Visitation for Mr. Parker will be held Sunday, November 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Hare Funeral Home, 217 West Pearl Street in New Lisbon, Wisconsin and on Monday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Shennington, 33458 State Highway 21 in Camp Douglas for an hour preceding his funeral, which will begin at 11 a.m. Mr. Parker's complete obituary may be found at the funeral home's website, where condolences may be left for the family.

We offer our deepest condolences to Kal, Lisa, and the Parker family.

Berg Climbs the Mountain for a Fourth Time in Nine Seasons to win MOD Title

Bret Berg (Farmington, Minnesota)

"Money Maker"

2019 NTPA Grand National Modified Champion

Bret Berg rode his four-engine "Money Maker" to a five-win season and an eight-point margin to claim his latest Modified championship. The native of Farmington, Minnesota departed Tomah tied for the standings lead and then assumed sole possession from Rockwell's first hook forward through the Sandwich doubleheader. Title number four in the Modified division added another chapter to his multidivisional career nine months after his father, Super Stock competitor Bill Berg, was inducted into the Association's Pulling Hall of Fame. Jeff Rose ran the full season on dad Ricky's "Giddy Up" in its three-engine configuration to finish a strong second with a split win in North Iowa and an outright victory in Sandwich that briefly shaved Berg's margin to four heading into the evening session. Bill Douglas Jr.'s "Spook Gone Wild" (-16) scared up 58 points in Illinois to pass teammate Bob Jostock's "Wild Child" (-18), which claimed fourth in the final standings having celebrated a Dairyland weekend championship. Veteran Dennis Christensen ("Pack Rat 4," -40) completed the top five and list of Enderle Pull-Off invitees.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2019 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron Magazine, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 14th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2019. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

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

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

"Funny" Valentines: Ken and Rona Veney Add a Mini Trophy to the Mantel

Ken Veney (Wadsworth, Ohio)

"Funny Lil' Farmall"

2019 NTPA Grand National Modified Mini Champion

After claiming the 2008 Modified and 2012 Unlimited Grand National championships, Ken Veney downsized his program back to the single-engine Mini division in which he started his dirt track career in 1994. But like racing and pulling, winning is a hard habit to break, and a quarter-century after Rona's first 300' sprint, Ken finds himself the champion of a third Mod division. Victorious in Tomah, Rockwell, and twice in Langford, Veney led uninterrupted from Fort Recovery onward and finished with a 20.5-point gap back to second-place Joe Eder and "Polar Air," which had a win in Hutchinson. But when considering favorites for 2020, emphatically stating his case was Chase Richardson, as his "Vibrator" pulsated to three wins in the final five hooks including two straight to end the regular season. Adam Koester took fourth and fifth with "Walk the Line" (-28.5, 0 wins) and "Beast of Burden" (-49.5).

About National Tractor Pullers Association

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2019 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron Magazine, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 14th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2019. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

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

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

Sunday's Session Four at Raleigh Cancelled

RaleighNC cancelled

The North Carolina Southern Showdown's Sunday 1 p.m. session has been cancelled due to late-evening and overnight rains that drenched the grounds making for unfit conditions to pull today.

Saturday night's Session Three had already fallen victim to the remnants of Hurricane Nestor that first dropped on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds a little under an hour before its 6 p.m. scheduled start. RN-registered vehicles entered in open national classes (Light Pro Stock in S3; Heavy Super Stock, Super Farm, and Modified in S4) will receive 15 points toward both year-end Region IV division standings and potential berths in the 34th annual Enderle Pull-Off. Such paths to the September 19, 2020 all-star invitational in Urbana, Ohio may further involve scheduled national events through Monday, September 14 of next year.

The Saturday night and Sunday afternoon cancellations brought to a conclusion the 50th year of NTPA-sanctioned truck and tractor pulling and resulted in the crowning of two first-time Region IV champions, both from the Tarheel State: Kaitlyn McDonald of Red Springs ("Bad Boy" Super Farm) and Kendall Beasley of Clayton ("Hi-Gear Harvester" Light Pro Stock). Congratulations to both and to all who participated in the Association's Golden Anniversary season.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2019 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron Magazine, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 14th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2019. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

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

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

Wells-Strickland "GALOT II" Claims Fourth Consecutive SSO Crown

John Strickland and Earl Wells (Clinton, North Carolina)

"Get a Load of That II"

2019 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Open Champions

In a short schedule, small moments are magnified, and the importance of every hook is amplified. So when the Opens were to appear only a half dozen times in 2019 (a number rain-shortened by one at Benson), members of the GALOT Motorsports Team including owner Earl Wells, driver John Strickland, and crew chief/driver Brent Payne knew they could afford no missteps. They achieved the perfection they sought, as combined the champion "Get a Load of That II" and runner-up "Get a Load of That" (-1) claimed every point a two-tractor squad could---295, to be precise---and finished with the GN title, the Shell Rotella Cup, the Tomah weekend championship (all Strickland), and the Bowling Green ring (Payne). Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet" (-11, two top fives), Sid Broughton's "Desperado" (-14), and Eilene Kale and Scott Jerew's "Ride the Lightning" (-26) finished third through fifth.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2019 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron Magazine, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 14th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2019. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

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

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

Dan Harber, Former FWD Competitor, Has Passed

Our office received word of the passing on Tuesday, October 1 of Dan Harber, 65, of Columbia City, Indiana. Mr. Harber drove the "Mind Boggler" and "Mind Boggler II" Chevrolets in National, Hoosier State, and Wolverine Tractor Pullers Association Four Wheel Drive competition from 1985 to 1992. After earning third in Region II points in his rookie year, he finished fourth in Region I points in 1990 and seventh in Pro National standings in his final season of driving.

A 42-year employee at B.F. Goodrich's Woodburn plant ,Mr. Harber enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in their athletic endeavors. He was victorious in Session Two of the 1990 Purdue Boilermaker Pull in West Lafayette, Indiana, having posted the class' lone full pull. The win came at the end of his first year with the brand new "Mind Boggler II." After a fire ended his pulling career two years later, Mr. Harber continued to attend the Arcola National Pull every summer.

Surviving are Mr. Harber's wife Barbara (Roesener); children Tracy (Erik) Stebbins and Andrew (Rebecca) Harber; grandchildren Brady, Amelia, Lorenzo, Ivy, and Charlotte; and siblings Laura Juricak, Doug (Janel) Harber, Dale (Danielle) Harber, and Donald (Julie) Harber.

We extend our condolences to Mr. Harber's family and friends on their loss.

Back for More: Davis and "Punisher" Win Second FWD Title in Three Years

Peyton Davis (Tappahannock, Virginia)

"Punisher"

2019 NTPA Grand National Four Wheel Drive Champion

With four wins, eight top-fives, and an average finish of 3.9, Peyton Davis built an insurmountable lead en route to the 2019 Grand National championship. Throughout, he had his brother at his side---and frequently, on the stage next to him. Having competed in Region IV for several seasons with "The Legend," John T. piloted the newest Davis Motorsports vehicle, "Young Gun" (-3) to a pair of one-two finishes behind Peyton and the first two GN wins of his own. An early sixth and fourth combined with Carmen Foster's victories in Benson and Tomah with "Foster Child" (fourth, -25) briefly knocked Peyton's old faithful "Punisher" out of the lead, but Davis took charge on Saturday in Wisconsin and led the rest of the way. The Holman Brothers' "4 Play" (-17) won twice in the season's second half to overtake Foster, while 2018 champion Ben Ellis' "Benjammin" (-30) won once more in Wauseon to make it three Virginians among the top five.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2019 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron Magazine, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 14th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2019. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

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

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

Ross Family Pulling's "Triple Bypass" Earns Third SSD Championship in Four Seasons

Jody, Colin, and Lily Ross (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania)

"Triple Bypass"

2019 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel Champions

Flash a "three" for RFP. That's "three" as in chargers for the "Triple Bypass" McCormick. "Three" as in a third Grand National championship for the team from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. And "three" as in drivers over the course of the 2019 season, which welcomed Lily into the fraternity of Super Stock Diesel competition in Fort Recovery and for two late-season events in Napoleon and Sandwich. We might note that Jody's daughter/Colin's sister put up a 3-0 record in those Ohio and Illinois outings. But that performance was par for "Bypass," which posted 10 wins in 16 outings---including seven straight to open the campaign--- and finished out of the top three precisely twice all year. Kent Payne's "Super Rooster" (-19.5) opened the year with a victory at Cloverdale and diligently chased. But despite 10 top-threes of his own, Payne lost points to the leader in all but three appearances. Esdon Lehn return to the complete GN slate with "Diggin' Fever" (-33.5), and "Red Line Fever" (-110.5) missed only Rockwell in what was a carnage-filled year for the contenders. Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load" (-153.5) missed Tomah and Hutchinson completely but returned to action in Iowa and steadily marched its way to fifth.

About National Tractor Pullers Association

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2019 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron Magazine, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 14th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2019. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

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

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

Annual Convention/Banquet Returns to Marriott Columbus Northwest; Meeting Schedule, Awards Ceremony Streamlined

Banquet Logo Square 2019Worthington, Ohio---It’ll be a mix of familiar and fresh at the 49th NTPA Convention and Awards Banquet.

Longtime attendees will know the venue, as the highly anticipated event has moved back to the Marriott Columbus Northwest in Dublin, Ohio, just south of the intersection of the Interstate 270 outerbelt and U.S. 33. The hotel is easily accessible from Tuttle Crossing Boulevard, which also borders the eponymous shopping mall and several shops and restaurants.

Aside from last year’s transplant to the north side of the capital city’s metro area, the Marriott has been the home of the year-end celebration for over a decade. Attendees who have been away from the festivities for a few years will return to find a comprehensively remodeled facility. (Renovations were in their final stages at the time of the 2017 banquet.)

Those accustomed to the annual routine had better regularly consult their pamphlets, though, as they’ll find changes both minor and major.

“We’ve done a complete re-thinking of the program for this year,” began Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager. “We know the facility so well and are comfortable with the folks at the Marriott and their eagerness to accommodate us. So the WPI office staff and I believed this was the time to take a shot at streamlining both the schedule and the awards ceremony.

“Moreover,” Randall continued, “the NTPA Executive Board’s decision to migrate the membership’s Annual Meeting to Enderle weekend—acclaimed by all as a complete success, by the way—freed up some hours on Friday. That got the ball rolling, and we took it from there.”

To take advantage of that reservoir of time, the Entry Clerk (1 p.m.) and Tech Official (2:15 p.m.) Schools no longer overlap. This adjustment encourages members of each group to attend the others’ school, which should lead to a better understanding and appreciation by all of the vital work with which the Association’s field personnel are tasked.

A glance at Saturday’s lineup reveals the consolidation of the former Promoters’ Workshop and Competitors’ Seminar into one pre-banquet presentation. Now christened the “2020 NTPA Championship Pulling Seminar” (10 a.m.), the wide-ranging, two-hour workshop will highlight projects, plans, and programs that include everything from the new-in-2019 online ticketing service to pre-show track preparation.

The common thread that connects the topics: What factors lead to the success of Association events as viewed from the perspectives of their stakeholders: promoters, competitors, and spectators. Hence, members of all of these groups are invited to attend and discover what makes NTPA pulling tick.

Early arrivers are also welcome to sit in on the National Programs Meeting at which the tentative 2020 schedule will be revealed. In fact, for $15, you can reserve a plate for the NTPA Appreciation Breakfast; that meal is served from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Then, on Saturday night, $50 buys a ticket to the scrumptious banquet and subsequent Awards Program; the proceedings of which will also be reorganized.

“While by no means finalized,” Randall offered, “the sequence we have in mind will quicken the pace while still giving all of the champions, top finishers, and special award winners in attendance their due.”

“We sincerely hope the changes lead to both more efficiency in the delivery of critical information throughout the weekend and increased enjoyment by our banquet guests.”

Contact the NTPA office at 614.436.1761 with questions or to purchase tickets. And watch this space as well as the November issue of The Puller for further announcements as warranted.

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About National Tractor Pullers Association

The NTPA is the sport’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. Governed by a board of directors, the NTPA is managed by World Pulling International (WPI), an independently owned entity. Headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA provides rules and regulations and the infrastructures required for organizations throughout the country to arrange truck and tractor pulls. The 2019 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit was sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Ag Protect 1, Shell Rotella, STOP-FYRE®, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Columbus Diesel Supply, Heritage Iron Magazine, Stainless Diesel, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, Profab Machine Inc., the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Riverside Engine Inc.

Watch the 14th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2019. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.

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

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

Contact Info

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


PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964