Thgoughts and prays to his family.
Dale Richard Lowe, 71, of Greensburg passed away on October 21, 2014. Thoughts and prays with the Lowe family and friends.
Dale was HSTPA past President and NTPA full board member. He pulled Pro Stock and Super Stock in late 70's and thru mid 80's.
Worthington, Ohio – Mark your calendars! The National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) travels to Raleigh, N.C. on Oct. 17-19 for the Region IV North Carolina State Fair Pull. This is the last pull of the NTPA season.
Friday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.: Super Farm Tractors and Modified Tractors, as well as invitational Two Wheel Drive and Light Four Wheel Drive Trucks
Saturday, Oct. 18 at Noon: Heavy Super Stock Tractors and invitational Four Wheel Drive Trucks, Light Pro Stock Tractors and Modified Mini Tractors
Saturday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.: Super Farm Tractors and Modified Tractors as well as invitational Two Wheel Drive Trucks and Light Four Wheel Drive Trucks
Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.: Heavy Super Stock Tractors and invitational Four Wheel Drive Trucks, Light Pro Stock Tractors and Modified Mini Tractors
For more information on the event, visit www.ncstatefair.org.
WPI and K&K are once again offering three scholarships to deserving students in the tractor pulling community.
Who is eligible: High school seniors and college students in good standing, who are immediate family of NTPA members and affiliates (e.g. competitors, crew, officials, entry, promoters and associate members)
Three $1,000 scholarships will be presented at the NTPA Annual Awards Banquet on December 6. Winner need not be present to apply.
The deadline for submission is Monday, November 10, 2014. Good luck!
Mark your calendar for the 44th Annual Convention and Awards Banquet at the Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin, Ohio on December 5-6, 2014. Enjoy the educational seminars, NTPA Full Board meeting, and announcement of new programs at the Convention on Friday, then stay for Saturday’s dinner and presentation of awards. The NTPA will crown its 2014 National Champions and honor the Divisional Pullers of the Year, GN Rookie of the Year, Hard Charger Award recipient, Hall of Fame inductees and more.
Make your hotel reservations now by calling the Marriott at (614) 791-1000. When making reservations, be sure to mention the NTPA to receive the group rate of $110 per night. The cut-off deadline to receive this rate is November 5. For more banquet details, call the NTPA office at (614) 436-1761.
$15 NTPA Annual Appreciation Breakfast
$45 Awards Banquet
Columbus Marriott Northwest
5605 Blazer Pkwy, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Convention and Banquet Schedule
Friday, December 5
8-11 a.m.: WPI Executive Board Meeting/NTPA Executive Board Meeting
9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Registration
11 a.m.-Noon: Open (Lunch)
Noon-1 p.m.: NTPA Election of Officers/Full Board Meeting/NTPA Member State Checks
1-2 p.m.: NTPA Member State Programs
2:30-3:30 p.m.: NTPA Entry School
1:30-5:30 p.m.: Tech School
4-6 p.m.: Promoter’s Seminar
7-11 p.m.: Cen-Pe-Co Hospitality Room
Saturday, December 6
7 a.m.-5 p.m.: Registration
8-10 a.m.: NTPA Annual Appreciation Breakfast
10:30-11 a.m.: NTPA National Programs Meeting
11 a.m.-Noon: Competitor Seminar
Noon-5 p.m.: Open
5 p.m.: K&K Insurance Social Hour
6-7:30 p.m.: NTPA Banquet Meal
7:30-8 p.m.: Raffle & Opening Remarks
8-10:15 p.m.: Awards Ceremony
Worthington, Ohio – The National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) travels to Dover, Ohio for Regional National pulling action on Friday, September 19 at 7 p.m. Power packed classes are scheduled to delight fans as the competitors fill the evening sky with the smoke and thunder of their powerful pulling machines. Classes include: Light Pro Stock Tractors, 4x4 Super Stock Diesel Trucks and Limited Pro Stock Tractors.
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 2014 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Power Service Products, Shell Rotella, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Ag Protect 1, Columbus Diesel Supply, Cow Tales, Heritage Iron, Hypermax Engineering, Midwest Wheel Inc., the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, PowerBore Cylinder Sleeves, and STOP-FYRETM.
NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH currently airs three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, Wednesdays at 4:30 a.m. EST, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. EST. Season 10 of NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH will premiere on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 and repeat during the scheduled air times listed above. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345) and Dish Network (231), 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.
Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries NTPA’s official monthly magazine, The Puller, in each of its 650+ locations. The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories and related pulling information. You will also see the NTPA’s PULL! souvenir program available in TSC stores everywhere.
On Sunday, September 14th, 2014, the joint WPI and NTPA Executive Boards met with the divisional committee representatives to determine the 2015 NTPA rules of competition.
As NTPA enters its 46th season, it recognizes that the environment of the sport of pulling is changing, and with this comes adaptation to continue pulling excellence in the best interest of the fans, pullers and sport as a whole. Decisions made at this meeting were in pursuit of satisfying some of these changes as well as maintaining the spirit of NTPA of trying to maintain uniformity in competition rules. The pulling universe includes several sanctioning bodies, and as NTPA realizes that the walls of rule uniformity have pushed beyond its own sanction; it wishes to facilitate participation with a wider percentage of potential competitors – whether they are current, future, or previous members.
A few of these changes will ease the former barriers from the process of pullers to participate at NTPA Events in the future. NTPA continues to stand by its safety record and current SFI standards that give NTPA the ability to continue its sterling safety record while enhancing its appeal for a greater portion of the pulling community to compete.
The following rules will take effect for the 2015 season:
1. The WPI / NTPA Executive boards has decided to discontinue the Clutch Inspection program and no longer require competitors to annually remove the clutch assembly for inspection.
The competitor, by agreeing to run under all NTPA safety rules and regulations in place are required to use SFI approved clutch assemblies and contain them in SFI approved containment devices, i.e. SFI approved bellhousings or SFI approved blankets.
2. Diesel and Biodiesel specs have been removed from the rulebook.
Both Diesel, Biodiesel or a blend of the two are legal fuel for Diesel only classes.
3. The rule which reads:
Water and soluble oil (no other additives) are the only ingredients allowed for water injection has not changed but, will no longer be tested unless protested.
*Note: Diesel / Biodiesel and Water testing will cease starting January 1, 2015
4.Kill switch location: On Pro Stock, Super Stock, Super Farm and Modified tractors it must be located in the rear center of the vehicle (maximum of 6 inches off center in any direction), 40 inches above point of hook.
5. Kill switch location: On TWD and FWD vehicles it must be located in the rear center of the vehicle (maximum of 6 inches off center in any direction), 16 inches above the point of hook.
All tractor divisions
No air bags or air shocks allowed in any form on front axle, the use of shock absorbers or coil over shocks is allowed.
NOTE: This has been tabled until the 2015 September meetings and will be reconsidered for the 2016 NTPA season.
The drawbar pull point pin has been increased to a 5/8 grade 8 minimum.
1. Semi tire maximum circumference of 145” at 30psi
2. Semi tire maximum tread width 10”
No changes were made to the current 2014 Regional Modified rules and they were locked in for a three year period.(Thru 2017)
The turbocharger seal program has been discontinued and the Super farm turbo rule now reads:
- Exhaust bolt pattern no larger than 2.750 inches x 3.5 inches, or 69 mm. x 88 mm.
- No altering of a housing to accommodate a smaller base; e.g., T-18A95 with a small base welded to it.
- Map width enhancement is allowed. Maximum map width limit of .200”. MWE groove must be inside neck area where intake covered is measured at 3 inches.
- Compressor wheel must protrude into the three inch opening at least 1/8 inch.
- Intake housing to be no larger than three inches at the face of the wheel.
- All turbine wheel tips of wheel must protrude into 3 inch opening at least 1/8 inch.
- All air must exit through the 3 inch opening.
- Turbine wheel exhaust blade to be no less than 2.90 inches in diameter at intersection of turbine wheel face and tip diameter.
- Turbine housing to be no larger than three inches at intersection of turbine wheel face and tip diameter.
- No wastegates permitted.
- No variable geometric turbos permitted.
Intake Manifold no longer required to be OEM. SF intake rule now reads: Maximum inlet size 3.75 inches measured on the outside diameter, one inlet pipe only.
10,000 Pro-Stock Tractor
Aftermarket Block allowed following these guidelines:
OEM aftermarket replacement blocks permitted, (10,000 Pro Stock tractors only, Not allowed in Lgt Pro, Limited Pro or SF classes)
- Steel Billet or recast Steel, no aluminum.
- Acceptable blocks must have come from 2WD tractors.
- Camshaft must remain in the OEM location. No overhead camshafts permitted.
- Fuel injection pump must remain in OEM location.
- Height maximum - Center of crankshaft to cylinder head surface not to exceed one inch over OEM dimension (block, gaskets, deck/spacer plates)
- Block width and length must be OEM measurements and able to use OEM gaskets.
- Block will be inspected and approved by NTPA Tech Services before being allowed to compete.
***One inch reason is for the built in deckplate no other plate allowed.
URBANA, Ohio – The National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) wraps up the 2014 Grand National Championship Pulling season with unbridled, raw motorsports excitement in Urbana at the 28th Annual Enderle Pull-Off, presented by Farmers Equipment. This prestigious event takes place at the Champaign County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 13th at 6 p.m. In all, 11 NTPA Grand National divisions and three Regional National divisions will battle for their share of more than $77,000 in purse money.
“This pulling event is the chance to see the top five in each NTPA division in the country battle on final time for an impressive purse,” said Gregg Randall, NTPA Office GM. “Popular classes return, such as the Super Semi division, theUnlimited Modifieds that feature four and five supercharged racing engines, and the diesel powered Super Stocks and Pro Stock Tractors. The pit area is free to the public, and we have expanded the infield seating to handle the capacity crowd expected.”
Another new wrinkle is that the pulling direction is the opposite direction than years past, keeping the pulling action finishing in front of the grandstands.
In simple terms, it is tractor and truck pulling's "All Star Game," but unlike the professional All Star games, these competitors and their incredible machinery leave no power untapped. As Randall stated, fans can roam around the free pit area, chat with drivers, and see up close the machines that can cost up to a quarter million dollars each to build.
“The action is quick and features the top guys from this past season. This is the last event for the season for most competitors, so the engines are turned up because if something blows, the competitors have several months to fix the damage,” Randall concluded.
Why is the event wrapped in such prestige? Not just anyone gets to compete. You have to qualify to be invited to this event. Seventy competitors have qualified their way all summer long to be invited into the 14 divisions competing at the Enderle Pull-Off. The top five competitors from each Grand National division are featured along with the Champions from each Regional division. Last year, 16 different states were represented at this single, far-reaching NTPA Championship Pulling Event. The action is fast paced with two pulling tracks running simultaneously over three and a half hours. The event will be covered by RFD-TV for two upcoming episodes of NTPA's weekly TV series.
In 1987, founder Kent Enderle and his wife Joan unveiled the first Enderle Pull-Off at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio to reward competitors using his Simi Valley, California-based Enderle Fuel Injection products. After three years the event moved to Fort Recovery, Ohio where it remained until 2005. The move to the stand alone date in Urbana now makes the Enderle Pull-Off the season finale of NTPA Grand National action. This specialty program is the longest running of its kind in the sport of truck and tractor pulling. With this year’s pull-off, this legendary program will have rewarded competitors with over 1.4 million dollars in prize money since its inception.
On the day of the event, admission is $20 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 6 and younger. Advance tickets are available for $15 through Farmers Equipment or Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant of Urbana; Dave Kehl Chevrolet of Mechanicsburg; and at seven Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken locations in Clark, Logan, Shelby, and Miami Counties. Tickets may also be purchased through the NTPA website at www.ntpapull.com. In case of inclement weather, the show will be held on Sunday, September 14th at 1 p.m.
Competing in the 28th annual Enderle Pull-Off are Grand National competitors from the Super Stock Diesel, Alcohol Super Stock, Light Super Stock, Modified Tractor, Light and Heavy Unlimited Modified Tractors, Mini Modified, Pro Stock Tractor, Super Semi Truck, TWD Truck and FWD Truck divisions. At the Regional champion level, the divisions include Super Stock Tractors, TWD Trucks and FWD Trucks.
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 2014 NTPA Championship Pulling Circuit is sponsored in part by Case IH, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Alliance Tire, Power Service Products, Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants, Enderle Fuel Injection, MAC Trailer, Shell Rotella, Cow Tales, and a host of other sponsors.
NTPA Championship Pulling airs three times weekly as follows: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 4:30 a.m., and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. Each week, a new episode of NTPA Championship Pulling will premiere on Tuesday and repeat during the scheduled air times listed above. RFD-TV is available through DirecTV (345) and Dish Network (231), 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.
- 28th Annual Enderle Pull-Off Contestants
- NTPA Region II Competition Revs up in Old Washington, Ohio
- Allegan Fair features NTPA Region II Action
- NTPA Action in Roanoke, Indiana
- UPDATED: NTPA Grand National Event in Sandwich, Illinois
- NTPA Heads to Ridgeland, Wisconsin for Region III Action
- NTPA Championship Pulling Heads to Canton, Ohio for Region II Action
- NTPA Championship Pulling Heads to Canfield, Ohio