Worthington, Ohio---They number a dozen.
That's right: 12 national events are headed for tracks near you as the National Tractor Pullers Association rolls into Week 8 of its historic 50th season.
Two of those events, the Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee and the Ionia Free Fair Pullsation in Ionia, Michigan will have massive implications on the Grand National and Shell Rotella Cup points races. Incoming championship point leaders in the eight divisions that pull in the Volunteer and Wolverine States include Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" Super Stock Diesel in Chapel Hill), Jon Silsby of Vicksburg, Michigan ("Crop Doctor" Super Farm in Ionia), Jason Svonavec of Rockwood, Pennsylvania ("Bootlegger" Pro Stock in Chapel Hill), Russ Nichols of Lore City, Ohio ("On the Edge" Two Wheel Drive in Ionia), Peyton Davis of Tappahannock, Virginia ("Punisher" Four Wheel Drive in Chapel Hill), Adam Koester of Wadesville, Indiana ("Walk the Line" Modified Mini in Chapel Hill), Doug Theobald of Shelbyville, Indiana ("Full-Blown Wicked" Light Unlimited in Ionia), and Joe Eder of North Collins, New York ("Polar Air" Unlimited Modified in Chapel Hill).
But the national action starts promptly on Tuesday, July 16 with a pair of Region II events. In Hartford, Michigan, the Hartford NTPA Nationals will entertain the crowd at the Van Buren County Fair with Super Farms, Four Wheel Drives, and Minis, whose leaders entering the week are Dave Whelan of Tipton, Michigan ("My Last Excuse" SF), Ron Newell of Leipsic, Ohio ("Temporary Insanity" FWD), and David Lacey of Thedford, Ontario ("Triple Play: Double or Nothing" MINI).
And in Washington Court House, Ohio, the Fayette County Fair Pull will welcome Eastern Light Pro Stocks and Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0s, Super Stock Diesel 4x4s, and Southeastern Modifieds. It's the first hook for the Supers, while the remaining classes are paced by Matt and Luke Durbin of New Philadelphia, Ohio ("Sidewinder" LT PS), John Humpe IV of Bloomingdale, Ohio ("Causin' Trouble" PSD 4x4), and Todd Feiss of Lawrenceburg, Indiana ("S'no Farmer" MOD).
Three of those classes---the Light Pros, PSD 4x4s, andn Mods, will roll down I-71 and into Lebanon, Ohio's Warren County Fair on Wednesday, July 17 and be joined by Eastern Two Wheel Drives, which are led by Jacob Shephard of Brown City, Michigan ("Alcohol Addiction Retapped" TWD).
But also on Wednesday, Region V resumes after a six-day break with the Great Jones County Fair National Summer Slide in Monticello, Iowa. There, fans will get the chance to see Heavy Super Stock, Super Farm, and Limited Pro Stock Tractors along with Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive Trucks. The leaderboard is topped by Ken Witt of Houston, Minnesota ("Mr. Yuk" HSS), Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF), Bryan Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("One Bad Apple" LIM PS), and Jason Sullivan and Lavern Kelchen of Edgewater, Iowa ("Cornburner" TWD).
Back east, Kentland, Indiana's Newton County Punk'n Vine Fair will bring its first Region II action to the patch with Limited Pros and Four Wheel Drives alongside Hoosier State Tractor Pullers Association classes of Hot Farms and 3.0 Trucks. Garrett Boldry of Rochester, Indiana ("Smoke Fever" LIM PS) sits number one coming into the week.
And Region III has its lone event of the week at its western outpost, Mandan, North Dakota and the Dacotah Speedway Roughrider Pull. Featured on Saturday, July 20 are Limited Pros, Four Wheel Drives, and Super Stock Four Wheel Drives. The first two divisions are presently led by Matt Lindstrom and Mike Sather of Ellsworth, Wisconsin ("Adrenaline Rush" LIM PS) and Carol Suchy of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota ("Totally Geared" FWD).
The weekend is still young for Region II, however, as Saturday through Monday dates are stocked with pulling events. On Saturday, it's the Clark County Fair Pull in Springfield, Ohio with Pro Stocks, Eastern Light Pros, Modified Minis, and Southeastern Modifieds. It'll be the first chance for the heavy Pros since the Rushville washout.
On Sunday, Mount Vernon, Ohio's Knox County Fair will bring in Pros, Eastern Light Pros, Two Wheelers, and 3.0 Trucks, and Southeastern Mods, while the Super Farms and Minis trek north to Adrian, Nichigan's Earl Kelley Memorial Pull, which will also see a Wolverine Super Stock Combo class.
And on Monday, the Clermont County Fair Pull in Owensville, Ohio wraps up a crazy week with Eastern Light Pros and Two Wheel Drives, Minis, and Southeastern Modifieds.
Many chases for national titles will be advanced this week, but so will the paths for those coveted berths in the Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 14. Look for our first Road to the Enderle Traffic Report next weekend as those races begin to take shape.
And don't forget to sleep. Sometime.
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 2018 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, 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.
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