Worthington, Ohio---It's the most wonderful time of the year.
Two dozen weeks from yuletide, we admit. But for the NTPA fan, it's Christmas in July as the national pulling calendar heaps log after log on the fire. Action across three circuits, four states, five days, and seven events will go a long way toward shaping those point races and determining those coveted Enderle Pull-Off invitations.
On Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m., it's LaPorte, Indiana's LaPorte County Fair Pull, featuring five massive Region II classes: Super Farm, Limited Pro Stock, and Light Pro Stock Tractors and Two Wheel Drive and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks, the last three of which are pulling for Western subregion titles and Enderle berths. Leading each division's standings entering the week are Charlie Capozzo of Richmond, Michigan ("Cruel Intentions" SF), Mark and J.D. Wiederhold of Clarksville, Ohio ("Bare Necessities" LT PS-W), Brad Boldry of Rochester, Indiana ("Smoke Fever" LIM PS), the Petro Team of Camden, Ohio ("2 Timin'" TWD-W), and Adam Hallien of Fort Wayne, Indiana ("Wrecker" PSD 4x4-W).
Then, with a day off to catch their breaths, the Super Farms, Light Pros, Two Wheelers, and PSD 4x4s head north to Charlotte, Michigan and the Eaton County Fair for the first of two sessions on Thursday and Friday, July 12 and 13. These four are joined by Region II Heavy Supers, who will stay over from Thursday to Friday to be joined the second night by Four Wheel Drives and Mini and Multi-Engine Modifieds. Current point toppers are John Pfeiffer of Connersville, Indiana ("Pfeiffermax" HSS), Ron Newell of Leipsic, Ohio and Jake Zaring of Fillmore, Indiana ("Temporary Insanity" and "Fatheadz Eyewear" FWD), Ken Bultemeier, Art Mendez, and Matt Bultman ("WAE Flip Side," "Scratchin' 4 Traction," and "Stress Relief" MINI), and Ryan Writsel of Orient, Ohio ("Lucky Stryke" MOD).
Also on Thursday, July 12, it's the Winneshiek County Fair in Decorah, Iowa. Pulling from Turn One to Turn Four on northeastern Iowa's Bristol on dirt are Region V Light Super Stock, Heavy Super Stock, Super Farm, and Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive Trucks. Following Rockwell's lid-lifter, leaders include Jeremy and Jarod Ploetz of Utica, Minnesota ("Big One" LIM PS) and Wayne Timmerman of Cuba City, Wisconsin ("Showtime" TWD), while the Supers and Super Farms are just getting underway.
Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, the Ionia Free Fair Pullsation in Ionia, Michigan hosts three Grand National classes that are each part of the expanded Shell Rotella Cup Series Presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts: Super Farm Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive and Super Semi Trucks. Exiting Rockwell, your leaders are Dean Holicky of Montgomery, Minnesota ("Mother Trucker" SEMI) and Stan Warda of Berrien Springs, Michigan ("Hammerin' Hank" SF), while the Two Wheelers coming out of Tomah are paced by Craig Corzine of Assumption, Illinois ("Burn Notice" TWD). Friday night's action begins at 7 p.m., Saturday's at 6.
On those same two nights starting at 7, it's the Kenwood Avenue Nationals in New Hampton, Iowa with a GN class of their own: Modifieds. They'll be joined by four Region V divisions: Super Farm, Limited Pro, Two Wheel Drive, and Four Wheel Drive. And perched atop the standings are Doug Lively of State Center, Iowa ("Bank Robber" MOD) and Brian Loosbrock of Wilmont, Minnesota ("American Iron" FWD).
The action on those same two nights are split across two events in the southwestern part of the state of Ohio. On Friday, the Madison County Fair in London, Ohio hosts Pro Stocks and the Eastern subregional Light Pros, Two Wheel Drives, and StainlessDiesel PSD 4x4s, where the incoming leaders are Cameron Aller of St. Marys, Ohio ("Ground Force" PS), Terry Shafer of Glenford, Ohio ("Bad Company" LT PS-E), Randy Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" TWD-E), and Jeff Hossler of Columbia City, Indiana ("Flirtin' with Disaster" PSD 4x4-E).
And on Saturday at 6:30, the reigning Regional National Pull of the Year, the Clinton County Fair Nationals in Wilmington, Ohio has those same three Eastern classes plus Minis and Modifieds with Showdown Bonus payouts to be presented to all classes by R+L Carriers. Be sure to check the Standings page at www.NTPAPULL.com to see who's on top of their game heading into Wilmington.
Don't let your egg nog get too warm on the patio, and don't forget to check back here next early week as not one but two Region II events are on tap for next Tuesday: Washington Court House, Ohio and Hartford, Michigan. And soon, Enderle Traffic Reports will make their return to cyberspace to explain who's in and who's looking in on Urbana in September. Merry Christmas!
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 is 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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