Worthington, Ohio---Hutchinson, Minnesota: Get ready to hear the power and feel the noise!
In conjunction with Power Pull Nationals LLC, the National Tractor Pullers Association will present the NTPA Power Pull Nationals on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16. Each evening's six-class session will begin at 7 p.m. and will be live-streamed from the McLeod County Fairgrounds to the world at WatchNTPA.com.
In truck and tractor pulling, vehicles drag a 20-ton weight transfer sled along a straight, dirt track as the sled's resistance increases. Within a class of similar vehicles, the puller that achieves the greatest distance is victorious. The NTPA is the world's number-one sanctioning organization for premier-level events that feature highly specialized machines resembling farm tractors, trucks, and dragsters and dedicated competitors that battle for purse money and end-of-season championships. No other motorsport offers the diversity of vehicle types, variety of engine combinations, intensity of brand rivalries, and accessibility of competitors. If you're looking for fierce, fair competition in a family-friendly, patriotic atmosphere, give truck and tractor pulling a try in Hutchinson.
The Power Pull Nationals event is part of the NTPA's Grand National Pulling Circuit presented by Case IH Agriculture, which will award in excess of $50,000 at year's end to top competitors across 13 divisions. Participants in Hutchinson's six divisions---Super Stock Diesel and Pro Stock Tractors; Four-Wheel-Drive and Super Semi Trucks; and Mini and Unlimited Multi-Engine Modifieds---will compete for GN championships and berths in the NTPA's end-of-season all-star invitational Enderle Pull-Off on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio.
The Power Pull Nationals event is also the second locale for the 2018 Shell Rotella Cup Series presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts, which has been expanded to all 13 GN divisions and 10 locations on the NTPA's Grand National schedule. An first-time Cup Series event, Hutchinson opens the Super Semis' four-event miniseries which will end Saturday, August 18 in the winners circle in Bowling Green, Ohio. There, at the National Tractor Pulling Championships, $54,000 in bonus money will be distributed among each miniseries' top three point earners. O'Reilly will also reward the Super Semis' "Hardest Working Puller"---the puller whose vehicle scores the greatest cumulative distance---with a gift card.
Winners at the 2017 Power Pull Nationals were Travis Schlabach of Marengo, Iowa ("Bone Twister" SSD), Mike Conny of Beloit, Ohio ("MAC Nasty" PS), Ted Skelton of Harvard, Illinois ("The Rock" FWD), Lonny Sailor of Oak Park, Minnesota ("Holy Smokes" SEMI), Adam Bauer of Paton, Iowa ("Iron Toy" MINI), and Chuck Knapp of Charles City, Iowa ("Screamin' D" UNL).
Expected to return to Hutchinson in defense of their 2017 Grand National championships are Jody and Colin Ross of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania ("Triple Bypass" SSD), Charles Pelletier of St. Armand, Quebec ("CP Dream II" PS), Peyton Davis of Tappahannock, Virginia ("Punisher" FWD), Dan Prahl of Sunburg, Minnesota ("Full Tilt" SEMI), and Knapp. Moreover, Joe Eder of North Collins, New York will drive "Polar Air," the erstwhile MINI champion "Bobcat Jr."
Can't make it to MN? You can view the proceedings at WatchNTPA.com as individual sessions or as part of the $299 Season Pass, which includes 14 events in 2018 encompassing 33 thrill-packed sessions. With broadcasts consisting of multiple camera angles, announcer commentary, on-screen driver/vehicle identification and distances, and instant replays, the NTPA Live Stream brings all the excitement to your big screen or mobile device. Fans in Hutchinson will see all the action on the massive NTPA Mobile Videoboard. The event will also be part of Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" on RFD-TV, which will debut in August.
For more information about the NTPA Power Pull Nationals, visit the facility's website, www.PowerPullNationals.com, or its Facebook page. To learn more about NTPA Championship Pulling, check out www.NTPAPULL.com for up-to-date event schedules (including maps and local weather), point standings, and event results.
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.
Watch the 13th season of "NTPA Championship Pulling" presented by Case IH: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central. Encore performances appear on Mondays at 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern. RFD-TV is available on satellite through DirecTV (345), Dish Network (231), and AT&T (568) along with Spectrum/Time Warner, Brighthouse, Comcast, Charter, Suddenlink, Cox, and other cable providers. Check your current provider for details or visit the channel finder at www.rfdtv.com. Stream RFD-TV on the Country Club service: www.rfdcc.com. Season 14 of "NTPA Championship Pulling" debuts Tuesday, August 21.
NTPA Live Streaming will produce internet broadcasts of 14 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase live and on-demand access to individual events or the $299 Season Pass---that's less than $10 per session! NTPA Live Streaming's new interface includes "Live DVR" controls and adaptive bitrate technology to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check the site for lists of streamed events and compatible internet devices.
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