Worthington, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association rolls into the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 16-18 for four sessions of the season-ending Southern Showdown. Session One, beginning Friday at 6 p.m., consists of Regional National Modified Minis and invitational Light Pro Stock Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. Saturday's Session Two has Regional Heavy Super Stock and Super Farm Tractors and Invitational Two-Wheel-Drive and Light Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks starting at noon. Session Three, Saturday night at 6 p.m., brings in Multi-Engine and Mini Modifieds and invited Light Pro Stocks and Light Four Wheel Drives. And Sunday's Session Four sees the return of Regional Heavy Supers and Super Farms alongside Modifieds and invited Four Wheel Drives.
In tractor and truck pulling, vehicles vie to pull a metal sled the greatest distance along a straight, dirt track as the sled's resistance increases. The NC State Fair Southern Showdown is part of the NTPA's Regional National circuit, with vehicles earning points toward their division's championship in Region IV. Following Saturday's Modified Mini class and Sunday's Super Farm, Modified, and Heavy Super Stock classes, the 2015 Region IV champion of each will be crowned.
Expected to compete in defense of their 2014 Region IV titles are Marty Harrell of Elm City, North Carolina (Heavy Super Stock, "Pure Country"); Marvin McDonald of Red Springs, North Carolina (Super Farm, "Bad Boy"); and Don Deane of Trafalgar, Indiana (Modified, "Plumbers Nitemare"). Leaders of those classes earning points at Raleigh are Jim Flowe of Midland, North Carolina (Super Farm, "Dirt Pays"); Adam Harris of Olin, North Carolina (Heavy Super Stock, "Southern Express"); Steve Cummings of Rougemont, North Carolina (Modified Mini, "Firing Point"); and Randy Davis of Tappahannock, Virginia (Modified, "Running Bear").
Winners of the 2014 Southern Showdown were McDonald; Kendall Beasley of Clayton, North Carolina (LT PS, "Hi Gear Harvester"); Ron Beasley of Moncure, North Carolina (LT PS, "Farmall Fever"); John Strickland of Clinton, North Carolina (HSS, "GALOT II"); Brent Payne of Hamilton, Ohio (HSS, "Get a Load of That"); Crystal Willson of Prince Frederick, Maryland (TWD, "Dirty Money"); Allen Brown Sr. of Camden, North Carolina (TWD, "Sweet Thang"); William Cramer of Lothian, Maryland (FWD, "Super Natural"); Ben Ellis of Champlain, Virginia (FWD, "Benjammin"); Larry Koester of Wadesville, Indiana (MINI, "Footloose"); Adam Koester of Wadesville, Indiana (MINI, "Double Play"); and Scott Tedder of Marion, Indiana (MOD, "Mr. Twister").
Fans at the Southern Showdown will also experience live video, distances, and instant replays via the NTPA's LED Scoreboard.
Admission to the North Carolina State Fair is $9 for adults, $5 for military adults ages 13 to 64, and $4 for children ages 6 to 12; fair tickets may be purchased online at a reduced price. Fair admission is free for seniors 65 and older and children 5 and younger. Grandstand tickets are additional $10 per session, available both online and at the on-site ticked windows. For more information, visit the website of the NTPA (www.NTPAPULL.com) or the North Carolina State Fair (www.NCSTATEFAIR.org).
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 2015 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, International Truck, 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.
NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH currently airs three times weekly on RFD-TV: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. EST, Wednesdays at 5 a.m. EST, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. EST. Season 11 of NTPA Championship Pulling presented by Case IH premieres on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 and repeats 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.
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