Story by Darren Heartwell
Bret Berg won his third Grand National championship in the Modified division in 2016 after having won back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012.
Bret said that the biggest challenge this year was finding time to run three vehicles in four GN classes. The team finished fourth in points in the Unlimited class with the LG Seeds-sponsored “Money Maker” and eighth and ninth with their “LG Seeds” and “Brandt Professional Ag” Modified Mini tractors.
Bret shared this on his title in the Modified class: “We were fairly hot at the start and stayed that way throughout the season. Reliability was key, we hit our stride this year. We made 25 passes without any major breakage.”
Bret started out the season with a runner-up finish at Tomah, Wisconsin’s Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals. He followed that up with a third-place finish in the second session. He earned a second place during Session One at the North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell to take a points lead he would not relinquish, then won for the first time in 2016 during Session Two.
The next hook in Monroe, Michigan brought a fourth-place finish. Bret seized control of the points race by winning at Wapakoneta, Ohio, and both points hooks at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green.
With two hooks remaining, he held an eight-point lead. Berg finished fourth in the afternoon session in Sandwich, Illinois, then clinched the title with a second-place finish in the evening session. He capped off the championship season by winning the All-Star Enderle Pull-Off in Urbana, Ohio.
Bret wants to thank his marketing partners: LG Seeds, Brandt Professional Ag, Zumbrota Bearing and Gear, NGK Spark Plugs, and Cenex. He acknowledges Christopher Martin for his years of commitment, dedication, friendship, camaraderie, countless hours spent away from family, and the support and hard work at the track and at home. He also wants to thank Jeanie Carlson and Thomas Hamelink for their hard work and support at the track, on the road, and at home. In addition he expresses his appreciation to his Mom, Dad, family, Brendon for the help at the shop at home, and employees and friends back home for making this possible.