Worthington, Ohio---Of 37 participants in the Regional National session of the 31st Enderle, we are ready to invite 15. Meanwhile, 10 other berths are down to just one or two hooks. In other words: It's crunch time, folks. Read on to see who's in, who's leading, and who's chasing.
LIGHT SUPER STOCK
A: George Everett and "Smokeless Alternative" clinched the Region II title at Logansport in a three-event, three-way point battle with Josh Hart and Jerry Yantes.
B: With a fourth-place finish in Menomonie, Marty Nelson and "Just-a-Case" (+1) were able to capitalize on "Diggin' Hard"'s (-3, fifth) hook-and-broke and assume the point lead. Kevin Lynn (-1), the Spiegelbergs and Justin Hull (both -2) were able to move up as well. Now it all comes down to Labor Day weekend in Marshfield and Ridgeland.
C: At the same time the Cass County Fair was settling Berth A, Bryce Pichler and "Red Thunder" were wrapping up the Region V slot in New Hampton in a two-event, three-session, four-day span.
HEAVY SUPER STOCK
A: A third in Clermont County kept John Pfeiffer's top-three streak going through five appearances. "Pfeiffermax"'s lead is nine over Heath Weilnau with three Ohio hooks to go: Sandusky, Zanesville, and Wauseon. Erie County is Heath's home territory, but he's got some patching to do after kicking a rod in Owensville.
B: After Decorah, Ken Witt and "Mr. Yuk" have a one-point edge over David Henderson in this Region III/V open fuel berth. Three hooks remain, all in their native Minnesota.
C: "Diggin' Hard" has won twice along the III/V diesel-only path to carry a two-point lead into the Degenhardts' native Norwalk. But the second-place "Stray Horse Gone Wild" has won there two years in a row. And Guy Blechinger took the win in Waverly to tie Henderson for second at minus-2.
D: Marty Harrell and the "Pure Country" Massey Ferguson clinched this Region IV wraparound berth at Pinetops in May.
A: Four scheduled Michigan hooks in five days advanced this race to its home stretch, which will all be in Ohio and Indiana. Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" scored 103 of a possible 105 points (including the Mason washout) to build a 22-point lead over the Caseys' "Whoopie Maker."
B: But we take two in Region II, and the "Whoopie Maker" has a seven-point, ahem, cushion over Rob McTaggart's "The Other Woman." Turnout in this class has been strong, however, so that's not necessarily a comfy margin with four hooks to go.
C: Having earned 59 points in Anoka and Menomonie, the Larsons' "Hot Wire" jumped to the Super Farm lead over the Rohdes (-5). With Owatonna, Marshfield, and Ridgeland remaining, the Martyns' "Hustler" (-6) and Jeff Bahl's "Doctor Deere" (-8) have some ground to make up.
D: Chris Hales and "The Outlaw" staged a brilliant heist at Pinetops. They won Saturday's class to overcome a two-point deficit and surpass Phil Kelley by a single point.
E: Victorious in Decorah and Waverly around the rainout in Monticello, Phil Kelley and the "Red-Blooded Binder" cruised to the Region V title and the Pull-Off berth.
LIGHT PRO STOCK
A: With a second and a fifth, Kendall Houk won the wraparound weekend in Wapakoneta and Urbana to extend his "Nothing Special"'s lead to 15 in the Eastern subregion of Region II. Kevin Smith's "Flirtin' with Deerezaster" still contends, but the once-long season has been reduced to four eastern Ohio hooks, the next coming in Zanesville on Sunday.
B: Eaton and Monroe on consecutive nights kept the haulers rolling through the Western subregion as well. There, the "Red Avenger Classic" (-6) of Mike Palmer continued its momentum from Fort Recovery with a ninth and a third and may yet chase down its stablemate, "Red Avenger," for the lead. Jason Fliehman's "Second Chances" is third at minus-11.
C: Alan Cook's "Black Thunder" was victorious in Ellsworth to grab the lead over Justin Nagel and Dan Schullo. We'll have to wait until Labor Day weekend back in Wisconsin to see how this one turns out.
D: Elizabeth City wasn't kind to Ron Beasley's "Farmall Fever" in the finish order (third and fourth out of four participants), but its lead was sufficient to send it to the Enderle for a second time as a Light Pro.
LIMITED PRO STOCK
A: The undefeated streak stopped for Brad Boldry's "Smoke Fever," but the lead persists, now six points over Jerry Shepherd and eight over Travis Wisel. See you in September in Roanoke.
B: Jason Rosenquist's "Gold Rush" took silver on Thursday in Anoka to pull into a tie with Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester." They lead Jason Bye by three with three Wisconsin appearances to go.
C: Jeremy Ploetz's "Big One" won the head-to-head with Lindstrom in Waverly, taking third to "Hyper"'s eighth and capturing the division, which had seven scheduled hooks in 23 days, by five.
TWO WHEEL DRIVE
A: Week 12's four hooks brought this subregion's path to its two-thirds point, across which Jeff Writsel's "At It Again" has three wins, two thirds, and a fifth. His win in Lebanon helped him build a 16-point lead over Jacob Shephard. After nearly two weeks away, action resumes in Muskingum County.
B: Tom Eisman's "Whipper Snapper II" (-27, third) matched division leader Randy Petro's "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" with 56 points across Cassopolis and Eaton. Second-place Brent Secrest's "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" was the only other truck at both events and trails "Vintage" by seven with four hooks to go. Next: Napoleon.
C: Kim Moore and her "Pack Rat VII" scored a third then a win in Anoka to pull into a tie with Dustin Amundson's "Bottoms Up." Dale Stampfli (-4), the Showdown's other winner, is hanging tough with a handful of hooks to go.
D: With his weekend sweep at Morgan's Corner, Steve Willson clinched his second straight Pull-Off berth with "Running Bear." Wife Crystal and "Her Dirty Money" finished four points back.
E: On the strength of a tiebreaker (two wins to one), Dustin Amundson and "Bottoms Up" hung on to be your Enderle Pull-Off invitee from Region V.
FOUR WHEEL DRIVE
A: Sadly, Mason's Ingham County Fair will have to wait 51 more weeks for its first taste of NTPA action. With rain points factored, Steve Elchinger's "Jus' Passin' Thru" continues to lead by four over Dave Bos' "Quick Change" and by seven over Dave Moore's "King Kutter." Northwestern Ohio hosts the final two hooks in Napoleon and Findlay.
B: A second and first in Anoka for David O'Connor's "Nasty Habit" preceded a sub-par showing in Menomonie. But his cushion stands at three over both Matthew Davis and Rich Thomsen with hooks in Marshfield and Sandwich remaining.
C: Who "Seen" this coming? With a fourth and second and 58 points in Betsytown, Bunky Davis' "Seldom Seen" vaulted over three trucks to claim Region IV's berth.
D: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck" averaged 28 points over Rockwell and New Hampton in his native northern Iowa to punch his ticket to Urbana.
A: A scratch in Cassopolis due to oil pump issues dropped David Lacey's "Double or Nothing" from first place to fourth; a win in Morley, however, brought its deficit back to single digits (-8). Your new co-leaders for this berth are Lacey's "Unchained" and the Bultmans' "Stress Relief." Astonishingly, the latter remains winless on the season; if it finds its stride, look out. Ken Bultemeier's "Flip Side" (-4) also has a shot with Hudsonville x 2 and Canton left.
B: "Double or Nothing" hooked in the Eaton pull-off, "Unchained" didn't, and the result was a reduction of "Unchained"'s lead to five. Marietta on Labor Day Eve is all that remains. Kevin Bradtmueller's "Whomp Ass Express" (third, -19) finished fourth among a dozen in Preble County. It bears repeating: If the same vehicle wins more than one berth, the points from those berths are combined, and the second- (third-, etc.) place finishers in total points are invited.
C: Donnie Reeve's "California Mule" kicked into high gear in Ellsworth and thus leads Chad Timmerman and Nathan Hoffman by place points for Region III's first Enderle berth of its own.
D: With "Unchained," Lacey's already secured the real "South" berth: The one awarded by Region IV dating to Raleigh and ending in Pinetops.
E: Hoffman found his four-leaf clover in New Hampton and had a brilliant performance with "Shakin' Shamrock" to win the two-hook shootout by three and become Region V's first MINI invitee.
A: In the Northwest Region II berth, Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" is perfect points-wise through three hooks plus Arcola's and Mason's rainouts. Entering Sandusky, his 120 points lead Don Deane's "Plumbers Nitemare" by five and Ken Miller's "Corn & Soybean Special" by 10.
B. A win in Urbana pushed Ryan's lead in the Southeast to nine over Deane and 12 over Miller. Looks likely that we'll put Region II together for an at-large, and if that happens, Ken's got eight points to make up on Don.
C: The Kielmeyer Team will return to the Enderle regional ranks this year as the Region III MOD representative. Dustin Amundson piloted "Double Trouble" to a first and second in Anoka.
D: Sporting a new sized-up powerplant, Chip Street's "Wildfire" scored two fifth places at its former home track in Pinetops to claim the Region IV berth. Interestingly, four of the six point-earning vehicles were turbine-powered.
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