worthington, Ohio---June and July's steady drumbeat of one-a-weekend Grand Nationals will soon give way to a beautiful cacophony that will permeate August, as the National Tractor Pullers Association's 13 premier-level divisions are scattered around the country to perform for awestruck spectators and compete for prestigious championships. Then, they'll reconvene for one final night of action at the 32nd annual Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio.
But you won't be confused by the magnificent chaos, because you have the ultimate guide: Our GN Road to the Enderle Traffic Reports. Here comes the Week 10 edition. Stop by www.NTPAPULL.com regularly for Enderle RN Traffic reports and complete, up-to-date Grand National standings, Enderle Pull-Off standings, and Shell Rotella Cup standings.
GN LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A drizzle sent Tomah's Session One to the showers, leaving this division with only one competitive hook going to Brandenburg. Brian Korth and "Considered Armed & Dangerous" (+5 for Enderle) won that hook to lead. From KY they'll go directly to NY, so we'll go from one-quarter to three-quarters done in a heartbeat.
GN SUPER STOCK DIESEL
Break time's over: Chapel Hill's up next. The Blagraves' "Red Horse" (+29) is in full gallop with five wins and a nine-point lead for the championship, but Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" (+20) has the other three victories. Interestingly, each won a session at Lions Motorsports Park last year.
GN SUPER STOCK OPEN
John Strickland's "GALOT II" (+62) and Brent Payne's "GALOT" (+61) were present at their home track in Benson. Josh ("International Threat," +5) and Terry ("Extremely Armed & Dangerous," +4) Blackbourn were not, and barring the bizarre, that has made the title chase a two-AGCO race. But that Enderle cutoff is a different story, as the Chizek/Korth "Considered Armed & Dangerous HD" leads Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet" by only one and Sid Broughton's "Desperado" by only two. Monroe's up next.
GN SUPER FARM (Updated through Ionia)
Brady Ferris and "Absolutely Nuts" (+12) were determined to not let "Hammerin' Hank" (+23) make this an uncontested home-run derby. Their sweep in Ionia tightened the championship race to 11 points. From third-place "Don't Ask" (+4) through seventh-place "Wolverine Deere" (-2), it's anybody's ballgame heading to Bowling Green and beyond.
GN PRO STOCK
Make no mistake: CP is going for "II." Champion Charles Pelletier has as many regular-season wins (two) already this year as he had in all of 2017, and they have helped his "CP Dream II" (+17) to a three-point lead in the division. After second-place Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up!" (+14), there are three competitors within single digits to the good or bad side of the Enderle border. Chapel Hill's Super Pull of the South is the next battleground.
GN TWO WHEEL DRIVE (Updated through Ionia)
Jessie Petro's "Buckeye Hauler" (+24) very much enjoyed its stay in the Wolverine State. Its two-fer at the Pullsation turned a nine-point deficit to Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice" (+20) into a four-point surplus. Dad Randy ("Kathy's Komplaint," +17) and Bryan McDonald ("Suffering Sanity," +16) also had pretty good weekends to pad their distance from the cutoff. The battle for fifth going into Kentucky is between the Blagraves' "Wild Horse" (+7) and Ashley Corzine's "Second Degree."
GN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
Through five competitive hooks, the Foster family has two wins aboard "Foster Child" (+18)---one for Rob in Hutchinson, one for Carmen in Tomah. The other three Ws belong to Ben Ellis' "Benjammin" (+8), the Holmans' "4 Play" (+4), and Tyler Cobb's "Bandit" (-1), the last of whom opened the season in victory lane but has not been top-five since. In Chapel Hill, their next stop, Carmen took third and second in 2017.
GN SUPER STOCK DIESEL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
The five Benson attendees are all up 49 points or better on sixth, so they're likely just jostling for position with nine hooks to go. Justin Gearhart had a four-hook win streak dating to Findlay 2017 end in Tomah, but his "Cream of the Crop" (+63) remains atop the standings over Carl Atley's "Lethal Weapon" (+60.5), which doubled at Rockwell.
GN SUPER SEMI (Updated through Ionia)
Dean Holicky's "Mother Trucker" (+66) held serve at Ionia; though winless there, it earned the third-most points and will lead the division by seven when it next convenes in Michigan's Trucking Capital. Ryan DeBroux's "Playin' with Fire" (+59) and Pat Eilen's "Just Passin' Thru in Class" (+52) split the weekend, while Jack Kielmeyer's "Jacked Up" (+25) had to decline a load come Saturday night. Back on the plus side is Sonny Graese's "Stacks" (+2) with Dan Prahl's "Full Tilt" ailing after Rockwell and unable to make Michigan.
GN MODIFIED MINI
Adam Bauer's "Cowboy Up" (+16) and "Iron Toy" (+14) have two wins each and a combined nine top-fives through eight appearances. But it's a 21-hook season, and so there's lots of time for challengers Adam Koester ("Walk the Line," +7, and "Beast of Burden," +2) and Joe Eder ("Polar Air," +4) to make a run. Trying to chase down "Beast" is Adam's dad Larry's "Footloose" (-2) going into central Tennessee.
GN LIGHT UNLIMITED
The Tomah five have a 41-point head start on any latecomers. The Bollinger/Corzine "Money Pit Screwed Up," fresh off its first national win, is next due in Fort Recovery, but four hooks in seven days (Bowling Green, Hudsonville) will certainly choose a champion.
GN MODIFIED (Updated through New Hampton)
Down to one hook in northeastern Iowa after Friday night's Kenwood Avenue Nationals event was washed out, Bret Berg and "Money Maker" (+16) won for the third time in six competitive hooks to narrow the gap to Doug Lively's "Bank Robber" (+18) to two. Lively was second and Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" (+14) fourth in New Hampton around Corey Kielmeyer's "Double Trouble" (-1), who along with Bob Jostock's "Wild Child" (-1) is trying to catch Dennis Christensen's "Pack Rat 4" (+1) and/or Bill Douglas Jr.'s "Spook Gone Wild" (+3) for an Enderle transfer spot. A planned Thursday night single hook in Monroe is up next.
Seeking his fourth consecutive title, Chuck Knapp has fought through all manner of problems with his "Screamin' D" (+84): logistical, mechanical, and flammable. But four wins in eight hooks and an 11-point lead will make you smile no matter what you've got to wrench on. Adam Bauer knows the feeling, having himself dealt with top-engine clutch troubles this year and end-of-run fires in previous seasons with "Cross Threaded" (+73). The five who have made every hook have 38.5 points on the rest of the collectors heading to Chapel Hill.
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