Worthington, Ohio---Ionia, Michigan: Get ready to hear the power and feel the noise!
In conjunction with the Ionia Free Fair Association, the National Tractor Pullers Association will present the Ionia Free Fair Pullsation on Friday and Saturday, July 13-14. Friday's session will begin at 7 p.m. and Saturday's session at 6 p.m.; each will consist of three Grand National classes.
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 Ionia.
The Ionia Free Fair Pullsation 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 Ionia's three divisions---Super Farm Tractors and Two-Wheel-Drive and Super Semi Trucks---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 Ionia Free Fair Pullsation is also a first-time 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. Ionia continues all three of its divisions' four-event miniseries, each of which will end August 16-18 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 each division's "Hardest Working Puller"---the puller whose vehicle scores the greatest cumulative distance---with a gift card.
Winners at the 2017 Ionia Free Fair Pullsation were Steve Francis of Almont, Michigan ("Deere Processor" SF), Bryan McDonald of Kennedyville, Maryland ("Suffering Sanity" TWD), and Ashley Corzine of Assumption, Illinois ("Second Degree" TWD). The Super Semis are making their first appearance in Ionia since 2015.
Expected to compete in Ionia in defense of their 2017 Grand National championships are Rod Deck of Winside, Nebraska ("Dream On" SF), Jessie Petro of Camden, Ohio ("Buckeye Hauler" TWD), and Dan Prahl of Sunburg, Minnesota ("Full Tilt" SEMI).
For more information about the Ionia Free Fair Pullsation, visit the event's website, www.IoniaFreeFair.com, or its Facebook page or Twitter feed. 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.
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