33rd Enderle Pull-Off: 23 Divisions will Advance 106 Competitors to Esteemed Invitational

The article below is an updated version of the one which appeared in the March/April issue of The Puller magazine. Since that article, Light Super Stocks have been added to Regional National qualifying.

Worthington, Ohio---Four years ago, pulling’s most prestigious event underwent a significant expansion. To commemorate its 10th year as a standalone event at Urbana, Ohio’s Champaign County Fairgrounds, the Enderle Pull-Off grew to include all 12 Grand National divisions and every Regional National division that competed across multiple territories.

Competitors and fans alike were introduced to a new qualification process. Complicated? A bit. But one thing was—and remains—easy to explain: Every hook matters.

EnderlePullOff 33rdOn Saturday, September 14, the 33rd edition of the Kent & Joan Enderle Memorial Pull-Off will once again bring over 100 competitors to southwestern Ohio for the chance to maximize their shares of over $100,000 with one last run at summer’s end.

GN competitors will number 65 (five from each of 13 divisions) in the evening’s second session. Qualification for those precious slots coincides with GN competitors’ championship pursuits that commence at Benson, North Carolina’s Mule City 300 May 31-June 1 and conclude at Sandwich, Illinois’ DeKalb County Fair Grand Nationals on September 5 and 7.

Meanwhile, four regions will advance 41 competitors across 10 divisions: Light Super Stock, Heavy Super Stock, Super Farm, Light Pro Stock, and Limited Pro Stock Tractors; Two-Wheel-Drive, Four-Wheel-Drive, and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks; and Mini and Multi-Engine Modifieds. (Complete list of RN All-Star Qualifiers.)

For several of those slots, qualification began in September and October of 2018 in Allegan, Michigan, Dover and West Salem, Ohio, and Raleigh, North Carolina. And for two of them, Raleigh was both the beginning and the end of qualifying.

The first 2019 event along the regional Road to the Enderle is Ellsworth, Wisconsin’s Showdown in Curdtown, which will launch qualifying for eight Region III berths on Saturday, June 8. The next two are Saturday, June 15, and both are Pro National raised-purse contests that are new to the NTPA calendar. New Castle, Pennsylvania and Hoopeston, Illinois.

Just under three months of intense competition later, qualifying will wrap in Old Washington, Ohio on Monday, September 9 for Two Wheel Drives, Diesel 3.0s, and Modifieds. Remaining 2019 events will count toward potential berths in the 2020 Enderle.

In between, the paths to over three dozen slots are diverse and divergent. Most will go to regional or subregional 2019 champions (or top point-earners, as it takes three scheduled appearances to award a title). Two will go to top earners across portions of regions and two more to runners-up, while one division (LSS) will combine two regions to award two berths. Four divisions have planned at-large qualifiers from combined territories. And wraparounds from 2018 will influence (or decide) 16 berths.

To earn points toward Enderle GN or RN qualifying, a vehicle must be registered at that level at the time of competition. Vehicles may not be licensed at both levels, and before points are assigned, the NTPA system removes from a national class’ finishing order those vehicles that are not same-level-registered.

While it is possible for the same vehicle to earn multiple championships in the same division, a vehicle may earn only one Enderle berth in a given division. If a vehicle satisfies the conditions for two (three, etc.) berths in the same division, the paths to those berths are combined and the second-place (third place, etc.) competitor across the combined paths is awarded an at-large berth. This is in keeping with the late Mr. Enderle’s philosophy of rewarding the competitors who run the hardest.

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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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

GALOT Racing Team Sets Radial Record, Wins $101K Challenge

GALOTMPWorthington, Ohio---WPI/NTPA heartily congratulates GALOT Motorsports driver Kevin Rivenbark and team owners Earl and Peggy Wells on both their $101,000-winning Finals victory and world record-setting qualifying run in the Sweet 16: Radial vs. the World event in Valdosta, Georgia March 21-24. (Watch the video here.)

GALOT Motorsports' home track in benson, North Carolina is home to the Mule City 300 NTPA Grand National event. The 2019 edition is set for Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1.

On Thursday, March 21, Rivenbark and the GALOT Team's ProCharger-boosted, Pro Line Racing-powered 1969 Camaro ran South Georgia Motorsports Park's eighth-mile in 3.587 seconds, the first sub-3.60 run ever recorded on radial tires. The team owed its success to a 0.917-second time in the first 60' and a 2.39 in the 330' to reach 206.67 miles per hour. Though Rivenbark's nighttime mark was eclipsed Friday morning by Daniel Pharris Motorsports' 3.57/214.11 in their 2017 Ford Mustang, the GALOT Team can always lay claim to the first "50" on radials.

“It still hasn’t set in yet,” Rivenbark told Drag Illustrated Online. “I’m still trying to comprehend all of it.”

Rivenbark earned a first-round bye with the record pass and then proceeded through the brackets to the final round in which he defeated Norman Bryson with a 3.63/204 to claim the six-figure cash prize.

After only two months' experience driving on radial tires, Rivenbark has now set the world record twice. A month before at the same facility in the Lights Out 10 event, his 3.613-second, 205.01 mph held that title. And make it three such records for the car, which was previously part of the Pro Line Racing stable and was driven by Eric Dillard to a then-record 3.67 in late 2018.

"There’s no words for it," DIO quoted Rivenbark. "I’ve set records before but I’ve never been the first to something like the 3.50s. It’s pretty unbelievable."

The Radial versus the World challenge is the brainchild of SGMP promoter Donald "Duck" Long and was staged before a limited-access crowd of around 500 spectators consisting mostly of racing crewmembers. Racing vs. the World is Long's signature headliner and paid $50,000 to win at Lights Out 9 last year.

After hoisting the trophy, Rivenbark was sure to recognize the accomplishments of his team owners and teammate in a certain other motorsport.

"I have to thank Mr. and Mrs. Wells for supporting us for everything," Rivenbark told DragZine. "Earl and Peggy Wells, they own GALOT Motorsports Park and they do well in tractor pulling and are very, very generous to give us the chance to do this. John [Strickland] has been the NTPA national champ three years in a row now driving for them."

(h/t Competition Plus, Drag Illustrated Online, DragZine, Pro Line Racing, RacePages Digital.)

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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

32 Sessions of Super and Grand National Competition Schedule for Live Streaming

2019 TicketGraphics STREAMWorthington, Ohio---From the track to the trailer to the server to the screen, WatchNTPA.com Live Streaming brings the best of the 50th season of NTPA Championship Pulling to you. Wherever you are.

The $299 Season Pass is back and better than ever with 32 sessions of Super and Grand National competition augmented by vibrant multi-camera filming and replays, brilliant on-screen graphics, thunderous trackside audio, and incisive announcer commentary. In addition to well known stops at Tomah, Chapel Hill, Bowling Green, and Urbana, two brand new Association events---the Central Virginia Nationals and Maryland's Hub City Nationals---are already on the 13-event calendar that includes stops in nine states.

Individual sessions may still be viewed in real-time or on-demand for up to one year from the date of purchase. But with the Season Pass, the price of each session drops below $10! The high quality broadcasts are generated by either AP Productions, the creative team which brings "NTPA Championship Pulling" to millions of RFD-TV households each week, or the NTPA Videoboard Crew, which entertains thousands of on-site pulling fans each season.

Events on the 2019 WatchNTPA.com Live Streaming roster include the GALOT Motorsports Park Mule City 300 in Benson, North Carolina (May 31-June 1, VB), the Central Virginia NTPA Nationals in North Dinwiddie, Virginia (June 7-8, VB), the Budweiser Dairyland NTPA Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin (June 20-22, AP), the NTPA Power Pull Nationals in Hutchinson, Minnesota (June 28-29, AP), the North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell, Iowa (July 4-6, AP), the Hub City NTPA Grand Nationals in Hagerstown, Maryland (July 12-13, VB), the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (July 19-20, AP), the Fort Recovery NTPA Grand Nationals in Fort Recovery, Ohio (July 26-27, VB), the Langford Northeast Nationals in Langford, New York (August 3-4, VB), the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio (August 15-17, AP), the Friday Night Spectacular in Wellington, Ohio (August 23, AP), the DeKalb County Fair Pull in Sandwich, Illinois (September 5 and 7, VB), and the 33rd Enderle Memorial Pull-Off in Urbana, Ohio (September 14, AP).

The WatchNTPA.com Live Streaming interface includes a "Live DVR" feature which allows viewers to pause, rewind, and fast-forward. Also, while a 1.0 Mb/s connection is recommended, the streaming interface adapts to lower bitrates to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check out the FAQ tab at WatchNTPA.com for additional details and a list of supported devices. Responsive technical support via e-mail is included in the purchase price.

No refunds will be issued for terminated or cancelled sessions or events. Purchases made during this season apply to events on the 2019 schedule only and will not carry over to 2020.

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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

WatchNTPA.com $299 Pass Is Back for Season Three

299passWorthington, Ohio---From the track to the trailer to the server to the screen, WatchNTPA.com Live Streaming brings the best of the 50th season of NTPA Championship Pulling to you. Wherever you are.

The $299 Season Pass is back and better than ever with 32 sessions of Super and Grand National competition augmented by vibrant multi-camera filming and replays, brilliant on-screen graphics, thunderous trackside audio, and incisive announcer commentary. In addition to well known stops at Tomah, Chapel Hill, Bowling Green, and Urbana, two brand new Association events---the Central Virginia Nationals and Maryland's Hub City Nationals---are already on the 13-event calendar that includes stops in nine states.

Individual sessions may still be viewed in real-time or on-demand for up to one year from the date of purchase. But with the Season Pass, the price of each session drops below $10! The high quality broadcasts are generated by either AP Productions, the creative team which brings "NTPA Championship Pulling" to millions of RFD-TV households each week, or the NTPA Videoboard Crew, which entertains thousands of on-site pulling fans each season.

Events on the 2019 WatchNTPA.com Live Streaming roster include the GALOT Motorsports Park Mule City 300 in Benson, North Carolina (May 31-June 1, VB), the Central Virginia NTPA Nationals in North Dinwiddie, Virginia (June 7-8, VB), the Budweiser Dairyland NTPA Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin (June 20-22, AP), the NTPA Power Pull Nationals in Hutchinson, Minnesota (June 28-29, AP), the North Iowa Nationals in Rockwell, Iowa (July 4-6, AP), the Hub City NTPA Grand Nationals in Hagerstown, Maryland (July 12-13, VB), the Lions Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (July 19-20, AP), the Fort Recovery NTPA Grand Nationals in Fort Recovery, Ohio (July 26-27, VB), the Langford Northeast Nationals in Langford, New York (August 3-4, VB), the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio (August 15-17, AP), the Friday Night Spectacular in Wellington, Ohio (August 23, AP), the DeKalb County Fair Pull in Sandwich, Illinois (September 5 and 7, VB), and the 33rd Enderle Memorial Pull-Off in Urbana, Ohio (September 14, AP).

The WatchNTPA.com Live Streaming interface includes a "Live DVR" feature which allows viewers to pause, rewind, and fast-forward. Also, while a 1.0 Mb/s connection is recommended, the streaming interface adapts to lower bitrates to promote an interruption-free broadcast. Check out the FAQ tab at WatchNTPA.com for additional details and a list of supported devices. Responsive technical support via e-mail is included in the purchase price.

No refunds will be issued for terminated or cancelled sessions or events. Purchases made during this season apply to events on the 2019 schedule only and will not carry over to 2020.

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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Colby Pullers Club Receives $15,000 for Facility Upgrades

ColbyWIThe following release recently appeared on the Facebook site of the Colby Pullers Club. The organization will present Pulling for Youth Hunger and Health, a first-time NTPA Region III event in Colby, Wisconsin, on Saturday, August 17 at 5:30 p.m.

 Abbotsford, Wisconsin---The Abbotsford Story, Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of $15,000 to the Colby Pullers Club for their food and beverage hospitality building.

"Colby Pullers Club is excited for the opportunity and partnership with Abby Story Foundation," stated Lony Oestreich of the Colby Pullers Club. "This grant will allow us to provide permanent structure to the facility and help us make Pulling for Youth Hunger and Health in 2019 a great success. The AbbyBank Hospitality Building will be a great addition to the property and the City of Colby."

Every March and September, AbbyBank's charitable foundation, The Abbortsford Story, Inc., receives requests from many area schools, non-profit organizations, or community organizationsn for funds needed to enrich, create, or support existing community public projects. The Abbotsford Story, Inc. strives to provide continued support to its area communities.

The Abbotsford Story, Inc. was founded in 1986 as a private charitable foundation of AbbyBank. Since then, AbbyBank has made contributions totaling over $1,270,300 to the foundation. Over the years, the foundation has made donations to Abbotsford, Appleton, Medford, Wausau, Weston, and neighboring area organizations totaling over $940,976.65.

For more information regarding AbbyBank and its charitable foundation, The Abbotsford Story, Inc., visit their website at www.AbbyBank.com, call 715.223.2345, or stop in at any of the Abbotsford, Appleton, Medford, Wausau, or Weston locations.

The NTPA congratulates the Colby Pullers Club. For more information about the club and their charitable and competitive activities, check out their Facebook page. To learn more about NTPA Championship Pulling, visit www.NTPAPULL.com.

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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Four Region II Divisions to Crown Two Champs Apiece

RegionII loWorthington, Ohio---Modifieds will join three other competition divisions in determining two subregional champions in 2019.

Events in Northwestern and Southeastern territories within Region II, determined by a line passing through the Association’s birthplace in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, will count toward separate point standings and year-end funds.  

Light Pro Stocks and Two Wheel Drives first ran circuits in 2017 that were split into Eastern and Western subregions by Interstate 75, and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0s joined them last season. All four divisions’ series correspond to Enderle Pull-Off qualifying paths except for late-season wraparound events.

Region II Modified Minis will compete for North, South, and at-large Enderle berths but only a single championship.

2019 Region II Subregional Championships

  • LT PS East (16): New Castle, Marion, London, Wilmington, Washington Court House, Lebanon, Springfield, Mount Vernon, Owensville, Urbana, Sandusky, Zanesville, Canton x 2, Richwood, West Salem
  • LT PS West (14): Preble, Rushville, Arcola x 2, Eaton (PCS), Charlotte, Hamilton, Fort Recovery x 2, Monroe, Eaton (PCF), Greenville, Roanoke, Lynn
  • TWD East (13): Marion, London, Wilmington, Lebanon, Mount Vernon, Owensville, Marysville, Sandusky, Zanesville, Canfield, Findlay, Old Washington, West Salem
  • TWD West (12): Rushville, Arcola, Eaton (PCS), Charlotte, Hamilton, Eaton (PCF), Edon, Napoleon, Greenville, Hudsonville, Wauseon, Roanoke
  • PSD 4x4 3.0 East (8): London, Wilmington, Washington Court House, Lebanon, Mount Vernon, Marysville, Canton, Old Washington
  • PSD 4x4 3.0 West (11): Preble, Arcola x 2, South Bend, Eaton (PCS), Charlotte, Cassopolis, Eaton (PCF), Greenville, Roanoke, Allegan
  • MOD R2 Northwest (12): Preble, Arcola x 2, Charlotte, Monroe, Mason, Edon, Sandusky, Greenville, Fremont, Wauseon, Roanoke
  • MOD R2 Southeast (14): Marion, London, Wilmington, Washington Court House, Lebanon, Springfield, Mount Vernon, Owensville, Marysville, Urbana, Zanesville, Canfield, Old Washington, West Salem

 

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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

2018 GN Super Stock Open Championship Spotlight

John Strickland & Earl Wells
Clinton, North Carolina
"Get a Load of That II"
Super Stock Open


John Strickland etched his name in the NTPA’s history books by earning his third consecutive championship. The Clinton, North Carolina native drove the “GALOT II” AGCO to three wins and never finished outside the top four.

The GALOT Motorsports Team is owned by Earl Wells. Brent Payne, the team’s crew chief and the driver of “GALOT,” stated, “Earl wanted to build a team, and you cannot ask for a better team. John is a great driver; [he] can read a track and is willing to take risks. Our goal is to keep one tractor consistent.”

The team started out the season at the event they promote, the Mule City 300 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson. They dominated both nights of the event, with John piloting “GALOT II” to victories and Brent finishing with two seconds with “GALOT.” Thursday’s first hook in Tomah was rained out before John finished fourth on Saturday afternoon to maintain the points lead. He finished fourth again at the Monroe County Fair in Monroe, Michigan. Combined with Payne’s third, it brought the teammates into a tie atop the standings.

Strickland earned third at Salem, Illinois’ Marion County Fair Grand Nationals the following Saturday to retake sole possession of the lead. Two weeks later, he finished second during the first hook at the National Tractor Pulling Championships before claiming his third win on Friday afternoon to take a four-point lead into the last hook. Strickland finished in the runner-up position at the Friday Night Spectacular in Wellington, Ohio to seize another championship. With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, both John and Earl had to miss the Enderle. Brent drove both tractors at the all-star invitational, won the team’s first Pull-Off with “GALOT II,” and finished second with “GALOT.”

John would like to thank Earl and Peggy Wells, the team’s owners and his father- and mother-in-law, as well as his wife Dana, son Holt, and daughter Janalee. He would also like to thank Brent Payne, his wife Lee and his children Annabelle, Johnny, and Jack. He also recognizes the crew at GMS: Joe Ferneding, Dennis Payne, Dan Lyons, Timmy Hettrich, Craig Gettinger, Andy Smith, Austin Engel, Kevin Hall, and Ted Grassmick. John added, “Brent does a great job working on our tractors and driving. He uses his tractor as a guinea pig.” The GALOT Team further acknowledges GMS, GALOT Motorsports, CM Pulling Tires, Humpco Machine, Keating Machine, HPS Cylinder Head, Cen-Pe-Co, and Rite Care/ Scottish Rite Masons: Helping Children Communicate---Speech, Language, and Literacy.

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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Back for a Refill: All GN Divisions to Compete for Shell Rotella Cup in 2019

ShellRotellaCupPointsFund 2019 squareWorthington, Ohio---It’s a reason to turn the wick a little higher to shine a little brighter on the biggest stages. And it’s back in force for 2019.

For the second straight season, the Shell Rotella Cup bonus program will reward competitors across all 13 of the NTPA’s Grand National divisions with the prize total exceeding $50,000.

This year, the Cup will visit seven venues along the Association’s tour: the GALOT Motorsports Park Mule City 300, the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals, the Power Pull Nationals, the North Iowa Nationals, the Lions Super Pull of the South, the Ionia Free Fair Pullsation, and the National Tractor Pulling Championships. All 39 top-three finishers will be called to the BG winners’ circle at the conclusion of their final Cup sessions.

“It’s extremely gratifying to help connect Shell Rotella with our competitors and spectators,” said Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager. “The Cup program has put the Rotella brand in front of massive crowds for over 10 years now, and this season it will visit tracks in seven states.”

GN-licensed Super Stock Diesel, Pro Stock, Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, Super Semi, Modified Mini, Light Unlimited, and Unlimited competitors will convene eight times across four events apiece. Open Supers, Super Farms, and Modifieds will run six times at three places and Light Supers four times at two venues.

In 2018, the first season of comprehensive Shell Rotella Cup participation, nine first-place finishers went on to win their divisions’ Grand National titles. But for the four others, hoisting the Cup was the peak of their mountain.

The Bobcat Jr. Modified Mini Team, for example, made clear their intentions to run hard for the Cup and outdistanced their fellow Dutch countrymen from the Lambada Team by five points and champion Adam Bauer by nine. Bauer’s own “Cross Threaded,” in turn, won four times across seven appearances in the Unlimited class to edge Chuck Knapp by one marker. The Holmans’ “4 Play” Four Wheel Drive showed southern Saturday-session supremacy in Carolina and Tennessee to put four on Peyton Davis’ “Young Gun.” And Brandon Simon’s heartbreak at missing out on a fourth Light Unlimited title on a tiebreaker was eased a little when “Simon Sez” held off the champion Money Pit Team by three.

“Both Shell and the NTPA have gotten great value from this collaboration,” Randall continued. “Relating the Rotella name with pulling and therefore to lots of people who use heavy-duty lubricants on their farms and in their trucks has been good business for Shell. And the Cup—it’s a game within a game that NTPA pullers in every division can play and all our fans can follow.”

Throughout this season, the Association’s official website, www.NTPAPULL.com, and its social media outlets will link to Shell Rotella “Cup-Dates” that feature news and photos from each event soon after it wraps. The Shell Rotella Cup Standings page will keep up-to-the-minute point tallies as will the “NTPA Championship Pulling” series on RFD-TV.

And of course, readers are encouraged to watch each in-season issue of The Puller for updated Cup standings in alignment with the events as they are reported.

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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Yes, Virginia: Fans and Competitors Have a New Destination in the Old Dominion

NTPA Central Virginia Nationals LogoWorthingon, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association is proud to announce an agreement with Virginia Motorsports Park to sanction the Central Virginia Nationals Presented by AED Performance on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8.

The two-session event will be the second Grand National of the regular season and will feature Super Farms, Four Wheel Drives, and Light Unlimiteds at the multipurpose facility just off U.S. 1 in North Dinwiddie.

“Hosting an NTPA GNPC level event for the first time at Virginia Motorsports Park is a tremendous opportunity for our property,” said VMP Assistant General Manager Rick Lindner. “It fully complements what we strive to do here at VMP, which is to provide a well-balanced motorsports park destination for the local area, state of Virginia, and beyond.”

Gregg Randall, the NTPA’s GM, identified favorable circumstances as well. “The chance to build a strong presence in the Mid-Atlantic region was one we could not pass up. From my earliest discussions with Rick, we knew that broadening the Association’s national reach into Virginia would bring a new audience to our sport and a prime location at which to compete, especially for our many East Coast pullers.

“We’re excited to pick up yet another state-of-the-art venue where we can showcase our premier-level product.”

Constructed in 1994 and purchased by Tommy and Judy Franklin of Fredericksburg in 2017, the Virginia Motorsports Park facility encompasses over 500 acres just 30 minutes south of Richmond. Renowned for its quarter-mile dragstrip, motocross and BMX courses, and 3,000-seat dirt park, the VMP hosts 100-plus events each year including the Virginia NHRA Nationals, the Monster Truck Throwdown, and the Menards Chevy Show.

The track he represents may be new to the unmatched power and noise of Championship Pulling, but Lindner most certainly is not, having attended the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin for over 30 years.

“For me, personally, as a lifetime NTPA pulling fan dating back to my first pull as a youngster in Iowa in the mid-’70s with my father, hosting this event is a dream come true.”

Tickets for the Central Virginia Nationals will be sold at O’Reilly Auto Parts prior to the event and at Virginia Motorsports Park gates on each day of the show. Primitive camping spaces will be available on the grounds to spectators on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will feature the NTPA’s Mobile Videoboard and will be streamed to the world at WatchNTPA.com. Check VirginiaMotorsports.com for information about the facility and local accommodations.

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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Good Luck, Charley! Pelletier to Visit Netherlands, Compete at Made's Powerweekend

IMG 8626 loWorthington, Ohio---Reigning Grand National Pro Stock champion Charles Pelletier is looking for a new challenge.

Relaxing.

Pelletier and his wife Linda have been invited to compete with their “CP Dream II” John Deere at the three-day Powerweekend, a major event on both the European Tractor Pulling Committee and Netherlands Truck and Tractor Pulling Organization schedules.

Located between the towns of Made and Wagenberg in the province of Noord-Brabant, the June 14-16 event is the largest pull on the continent. Over five dozen classes will appear on three tracks.

By accepting, Pelletier, owner of the Concassage Pelletier limestone quarry in St. Armand, Quebec, will forgo a shot at a third consecutive title.

“Being champ back-to-back has brought us some pretty good stuff,” he noted. “We’ve gone all over the U.S. to compete with the best of the best.

“I have so many friends in the States, and they tell me, ‘You take that thing way too seriously.’ Maybe that’s why I have the wins, but it comes with no fun.” Pelletier admitted that chasing a second championship, while rewarding, took its toll. “A lot of travel, a lot of stress.

“I’m trying to have a season just for me and Linda. Not take care of points or the championship, just have fun.”

In addition to his immediate family, honored guests in the traveling party will be Pierre and Patrice Beaudry of “Crazy Canuck” Super Stock fame. The father-and-son team initiated Pelletier to the world of professional pulling and built his first Pro Stock, the “CP Dream I” 6030.

It’s Charley’s first time pulling in Europe but not his first time watching. He accompanied the GALOT Team when they competed at the European Superpull in 2017.
“Those people take their tractor pulling very seriously,” Pelletier recalled. “Each tractor has its own music; they have cheerleaders. Tractors are displayed on carpet. They make that show very professional.”

 MG 0219 loThough “CP Dream II” is too heavy to officially compete according to continental Pro Stock rules, it will have rivals. Two Dutch pullers—Barend Huijbregts and the “Rocky” International and William DeVos and the “Extreme Temptation” Case IH—have agreed to run in Made at 10,000 lbs. Both Huijbregts and DeVos competed stateside at the National Farm Machinery Show in 2018.

Leisure opportunities abound. “I have 50 invitations” from fellow pullers, and the organizers “furnished me a car with fuel, so I can drive everywhere.” In keeping with the low-pressure theme, he’s not committed to much beyond Powerweekend.

“After Made, I will decide whether to continue pulling [in Europe] or not.” He anticipates getting to a few stateside events, particularly Bowling Green and Canton. “I promised my friends the Schmuckers I’d make it.”

Once his tractor has returned to Quebec, however, Pelletier plans to make a quick trip to St. Hyacinthe in late July to pull in front of a raucous, home-province crowd.

“They invited me to stop by just after Holland. Folks from Canada haven’t seen their ‘CP-2’ for so many years, and [now] he is a Grand National champ.”

(Editor's Note: This article corrects an earlier version that misidentified the Beaudrys.)

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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

2018 GN Two Wheel Drive Champion Spotlight

Randy Petro
Camden, Ohio
"Kathy's Komplaint"
Two Wheel Drive

Randy Petro continued to set records in the Two Wheel Drive division. In addition to marking the 10th consecutive GN crown for Petro Motorsports, it is Randy’s fifth in this class, with the first two coming in 1995 and 2001. Son Jessie started the team’s streak with “2 Timin’” in 2009, Randy drove “Kathy’s Komplaint” to the top in 2010 and 2011, and then Jessie won each year from 2012 through 2017. Randy stated, “It’s an accomplishment for our team. It’s hard to stay out front. The biggest thing for points is being consistent. We try to stay in the top 10. The top five is better, but it’s hard.”

Randy began the season with fourth- and sixth-place finishes in Benson, where Jessie won on Saturday night. He earned his only victory in the first hook on Friday night in Tomah. In the second, Randy finished 11th---the only time he would finish outside the top 10 all season.

Jessie swept Ionia with “Buckeye Hauler,” while Randy drove “KK” to sixth- and second-place finishes. A week after that, Randy finished third on Friday night in Brandenburg, Kentucky. On Saturday night, teammate and nephew Joey Frasur earned the top spot with “Runnin’ Block” while Randy came home seventh. The next weekend, “KK” was third in Mount Sterling, Illinois. Joey won again the next night in Waverly, Iowa at the Bremer County Fair Pull, while Randy finished 10th.

Action then moved to Pulltown, where Randy earned his first ring in TWD and moved into the points lead. He considers that performance the turning point: “Finished second both nights in Bowling Green, that’s why I’m here!”

The next event, the Great Darke County Fair Pull in Greenville, Ohio, was rained out. At the Canfield Fair Championship Pull, Randy clinched the team’s 10th title of the decade with a sixth.

Randy would like to thank his wife Kathy, son Jessie and his girlfriend Jessica, granddaughter Audrey, grandson Conway, nephew Joey, Justin and Brandon Dake, Alex Honican, Joanna and Tom Dunaway, Mark Stelle, and Terry Frasur.

Jessie would also like to acknowledge and thank Bob Miner and Adam Koester at Miner Brothers Racing, JDF Performance, CFH, Fowler Engines, Chad Mayhill at CM Pulling Tires, Full Pull Motorsports, Discount Shop Towels, Barren Breeze Bed & Breakfast, Shell, Case IH, Cen-Pe-Co, and the NTPA.

 

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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Built for Big and Back for More: Thanks from the MEC; 2020 Spring Nationals Dates Set

20190322 141932 crop loWorthington, Ohio---They pulled it off!

The promoters of the NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals and Michiana Farm Show and the staff and management of the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Indiana extend their deep appreciation to the participants, sponsors, and vendors that made their inaugural effort into an outstanding showcase of premier-level pulling.

20190321 180601 lo“I can’t say enough good things about the pulling community,” began Jeff Fought, MEC Marketing and Events Director. “From the competitors themselves to the fans and support network and to the entire NTPA staff, this is one of the most enjoyable groups we’ve worked with.”

Spectators came out in force to give indoor pulling a try in northern Indiana. But they first had their appetites whetted by a farm show whose vendors filled the floor of the MEC’s Coliseum Building and the open pits stationed in the adjacent Livestock Staging Building.

Then, at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, four classes of tractors and trucks and two exhibition twin-engine Light Unlimited Modifieds shook the two-year-old Trade Show Building like nothing had before.

“We learned a great deal and whenever you put together something in a new building, there are challenges,” Fought admitted. “We thank the fans for dealing with some sound quality issues on Friday night and a few other details both nights.” 

Fought acknowledged the hard work put forth by all the pullers, officials, equipment operators, and support personnel. And he expressed his appreciation to presenting partner Grogg-Martin Auctioneers and Realty, class sponsors Jess Performance (Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks) and Oxbo International Corporation (Light Super Stock Tractors), and friends at Polk Auction Company for their support.

“We are 100-percent committed to growing and improving this event and can’t wait to bring everyone back in 2020!”  Tentative dates for next year’s NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals are Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21.

The NTPA and MEC congratulate the winners of the eight competition classes (complete results available here):20190322 142307 lo

  • Super Farm: Russ Freeze of Manchester, Tennessee and "Deere Traxx,"
    and Brady Ferris of Addison, Michigan and "Absolutely Nuts."
  • Limited Pro Stock: Bryan Deck of Winside, Nebraska and "One Bad Apple,"
    and Kevin Lindstrom of Ellsworth, Wisconsin and "Hyper Harvester."
  • Light Super Stock: Ken Witt of Houston, Minnesota and "Mr. Yuk,"
    and Adam Spiegelberg of Weyauwega, Wisconsin and "Detonator Black."
  • Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0: John Humpe IV of Bloomingdale, Ohio
    and "Causin' Trouble," and Jeremy Straley of London, Ohio and "Thunder Struck."

Did you miss the action and want to catch up? Stream it on-demand and start-to-finish at WatchNTPA.com! And look to the upcoming May issue of The Puller magazine for complete Shipshewana event coverage.

2018 GN Mini Modified Champion Spotlight

 Adam Bauer
Paton, Iowa
"Iron Toy"
Modified Mini

Adam Bauer earned his fifth Grand National title in the Mini class and his 10th overall in 2018. The Iowa native was dominant this season, taking first place in points with “Iron Toy” and third with “Cowboy Up.”

Bauer won six times in the division, three with each tractor. Adam said, “It’s a long season. You need to prepare yourself for it. You work to finish the best you can every weekend.” When you run two tractors, you “want to focus” on the one performing better.

Adam started the season with a win aboard “Cowboy Up” at the Mule City 300 in Benson. “Iron Toy” finished third in both sessions to leave GALOT Motorsports Park second in points to the Lambada Team. Bauer was back on top aboard “Cowboy Up” on Friday in Hutchinson, Minnesota and took second on Saturday to claim the standings lead, while “Iron Toy” finished sixth and ninth.

Five days later, Tomah, Wisconsin’s Session One was lost to rain. Bauer parked “Iron Toy” in sixth in Session Five. When the series moved to Rockwell, both tractors showed off for the home-state crowd. Adam swept both hooks with “Toy” and took two seconds with “Cowboy.”

Eighth- and ninth-place finishes in Chapel Hill, Tennessee catapulted “Iron Toy” into the points lead. Fort Recovery, Ohio was a bittersweet event. Each tractor finished high in one hook and low in the other hook, with “Cowboy” taking second and 15th, “Toy” 16th and first.

Bauer headed to the Northeast Nationals in Langford trailing in the points for the first time since Hutchinson. He won the Saturday show with “Cowboy” and finished second with “Toy.” On Sunday he finished second again with “Iron Toy” to establish a points lead he would not relinquish.

He parked “Iron Toy” in third in Sandusky, Ohio and second in Napoleon, Ohio a week before precipitation wiped out Bowling Green’s Session Three and Greenville on Tuesday night. In between, Adam finished fifth and sixth in a six-way Saturday night pull-off in BG.

“Iron Toy” was second at Wellington to take a 12-point lead into the final hook of the season in Wauseon, Ohio. Bauer clinched the championship with a fifth-place finish at the Tri-State Showdown. He finished the season on a high note by sweeping the top two spots at the Enderle Pull-Off, winning with “Cowboy Up” and finishing second aboard “Iron Toy.”

Adam Bauer is rapidly taking his place among the all-time legends in the sport of pulling. Having also placed second this season in the Unlimited division with “Cross Threaded,” Bauer was named the 2018 Kent Enderle/NTPA Hard Charger at the Association’s Awards Banquet.

Bauer wanted to specifically thank his parents, Vaughn and Lori, his brother-in-law Scott Walker, Bill Humphrey, DMPE, Dave, C.J., Ross, JohnTo, J.D., and Cen-Pe-Co.

Garrol Acker, Pro and Super Stock Competitor, Has Passed

We regret to report the death on Wednesday, March 20 of Garrol Acker, 64, of Shreve, Ohio. Mr. Acker piloted the "Moo-ver" Case IH in several incarnations dating to 1989 across the Pro Stock and Super Stock divisions on the Regional National and state circuits. His son Cory recently returned the "Moo-ver" to NTPA competition in the Light Pro Stock class. Mr. Acker passing followed a sudden illness.

Mr. Acker was a lifelong farmer and operated Acker Farms Trucking since he graduated from high school. In addition to tractor pulling, his interests included watching stock car racing and college basketball and coaching AAU basketball. He also had a great love of animals.

In addition to Cory, he is survived by Gretchen, his wife of 34 years, his mother Marie, his sisters Charlotte Gilfoil Brumme and Barbara Wells, his sister-in-law Sandra (Williams) Fites-White, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. His complete obituary may be found here.

Condolences may be left online at AlexanderFHInc.com, and donations in his memory could be made to the West Holmes Athletic Boosters, 212 North Washington Street in Millersburg.

The WPI/NTPA family extends our sympathy to the Acker family.

2018 GN Pro Stock Champion Spotlight

Charles Pelletier
St. Armand, Quebec
"CP Dream II"
Pro Stock

Charles Pelletier earned his second consecutive Grand National championship in 2018. The Quebec native steered his beautiful John Deere through another dominant season, in the process earning five wins and five runner-up finishes across 17 hooks. Charley stated, “My wife Linda pushes me to keep going. My kids do very well running our business. I only went back home once during the season. I really love this sport!”

Pelletier started the season with a win on Friday night in Hutchinson, Minnesota. He finished fourth on Saturday night but broke an engine. With less than a week separating the Power Pull Nationals from the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals, Charley noted, “Shipley Tractor built a whole new engine for Tomah.”

Pelletier won the first hook in Tomah and finished in the runner-up position in the second. The “Dream” team also won the Hardest Working Crew award at this event. Unfortunately, the engine broke again on that second hook. Charley said, “We were lucky to break at the right time.”

They were able to fix the engine before the next two hooks in Chapel Hill four weeks later. But after Pelletier finished second in the Lions Super Pull’s Friday night session, he struggled to 16th place on Saturday night. “CP Dream II” departed Tennessee one point behind the division’s new leader, Mark Lawyer’s “Rapped Up with a Vengeance.”

It was the last time Charley would trail. He won on Friday night in Kentucky’s Meade County to retake the points lead, then finished third on Saturday night to extend it. He earned his fourth victory of the season at Mount Sterling’s Western Illinois Grand Nationals and took second in Salem.

A week after that began a stretch of Ohio hooks. Pelletier finished eighth at the Erie County Fair in Sandusky and 13th in Napoleon to take a seven-point lead into the National Tractor Pulling Championships. The first hook in Bowling Green was washed out, and he finished second on Saturday night. He was fifth at the Friday Night Spectacular, and then won his fifth of the season in Canton at the Stark County Fair to build a 16-point lead with just two hooks remaining back in Illinois.

He was ninth in the afternoon session in Sandwich and clinched with a runner-up evening session. He capped off the season with a resounding test-hook victory at the prestigious Enderle Pull-Off.

Charley would like to thank Linda. “She is the reason we do this; she does a monster job keeping the tractor clean and inspires us to keep going.” Minutes after Charley accepted his Pro Stock championship and Puller of the Year Awards at the NTPA’s annual banquet, Linda was also honored onstage with the Crew Chief of the Year Award.

Charley would also like to thank his children Elsa, Jonathan, and Jannie, his granddaughters Lexie and Peyton, and Russell, Tim, and Josh Shipley at Shipley Tractor.

Super Farm Puller Alton Cox Has Died; Update: Funeral Info, Obituary

We have been informed of the passing on Monday, March 25, of Alton Cox, 69, of Goldsboro, North Carolina after an extended battle with cancer. Teaming with his son Adam, Mr. Cox won Region IV Super Farm titles in 2006, 2010, and 2012 with "The Outlaw" International 966 and was a fixture on the United Pullers of the Carolinas state circuit.

Before and after his work on the family farm raising dairy cows, other livestock, and row crops, Mr. Cox attended North Carolina State University. Beginning in 1977, his pulling career encompassed several tractor divisions and levels of competition. Four decades later, the respect he earned on and off the track among his fellow competitors culminated in his induction into the UPOC Hall of Fame. He was also an avid outdoorsman and fisherman and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His complete obituary may be found here, where condolences may be left for the family.

Mr. Cox is survived by his wife Jan; his children Scott (Melissa), Ashley (Justin) Whitley, and Adam (Erin); his grandchildren Brennan, Alivia, Waylen, and Annsley Cox and Rivers Whitley; his sister Paulette Tart; and his brothers Robbie (Janie) , and Fenton (Kathy).

Visitation for Mr. Cox's family and friends is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 at Seymour Funeral Home, 1300 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27530. A workshop visitation will be held on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cox farm, 329 Dobbersville Road in Goldsboro.

Please keep the Cox family and our friends in the Carolinas in your prayers as they mourn.

Shipshewana Competitors: Last-Minute Info

Attention, Pullers: The inaugural NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals event is just hours away! Here are some reminders for our competitors and their families as they prepare to travel to the Michiana Event Center:

  • Parking and unloading will resume on Friday at 8 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m.
  • Haulers will be parked in outer lots. When you arrive, please call the attendant to receive directions to your designated space: 260.336.7776. If you park without being directed, you are subject to being moved.
  • Haulers that are longer than 80' will need alternate parking arrangements. Please call 260.336.7776 as soon as possible.
  • Competition vehicles will pit in the MEC's Livestock Stall/Staging Barn. Pits will be open to spectators. Fuel permitted outside your competition vehicle's tank is limited to 15 gallons in an approved container in your support vehicle. Competition vehicles are to remain stationary once parked inside and will be staged and returned using lift-type hitches
  • Instructions for departing the facility after Saturday's performance will be given at the drivers' meeting.
  • Competition vehicles must comply with rules contained in the 2019 NTPA rulebook. Limited Pro Stocks are to arrive with exhaust disassembled and turbochargers exposed for inspection and measurement pursuant to the 4.5" outlet limit now in effect.
  • Competitors must have a valid 2019 competition license and vehicle registration or pay a per-hook fee for each appearance. NTPA Event Services will have an up-to-date list of licensed competitors when entry opens on Friday at 9 a.m. Licenses may be purchased at the entry trailer.
  • All attendees are invited to visit the concurrent Michiana Farm Show in the connected Coliseum. The show opens at noon on both Friday and Saturday.
  • An NTPA Tech School is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m.

Safe travels, and best of luck to all competitors. If you have any questions leading up to the event, call the NTPA office: 614.436.1761.

Carl Harlan Elected to WPI Executive Board; Roger Wysong Named President

Worthington, Ohio---World Pulling International, the parent company of the National Tractor Pullers Association, elected new leadership at its annual Shareholders' Meeting on Saturday, March 9. David P. Schreier, who served as the president of WPI's Executive Board, declined to run for reelection to the board pursuant to his intention to retire, which he publicly announced months earlier at the Association's Awards Banquet.

Carl Harlan, co-owner with wife Cindy of the C-Bar-C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana, was elected to a three-year term on the Executive Board. Harlan, who also farms several hundred acres near his home in Waynetown, has promoted the NTPA Winter Nationals each January since 2015.

Elected to a full three-year term after his appointment last year was Robert Menn of Plymouth, Illinois. Menn, the 2005 NTPA Official of the Year, is the proprietor of Menn's Firestone in Carthage.

Harlan, Menn, and continuing board members Rick Austin of Brodhead, Wisconsin, George Everett of Monrovia, Indiana, and Roger Wysong of Lewisburg, Ohio, then convened for a Reorganizational Meeting. Wysong was elected as the second WPI president since the corporation's 1985 formation. Austin and Everett were reelected vice president and treasurer, respectively, and Menn was elected secretary.

In his remarks bidding farewell as an officer of the corporation, Schreier admitted it was an "emotional moment" and thanked those who had helped him lead the company for over three decades. He exhorted those in attendance to continue to welcome members of other organizations to compete at NTPA events. "That's where they'll see the best," he said with pride.

Several of the gathered expressed their gratitude and well wishes to Schreier.

Initiated to rescue the NTPA from debt in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, WPI has been governed by its shareholder-elected Executive Board throughout its existence.

Schreier will remain WPI's chief executive officer until the expiration of his current term on June 1.

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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

Updated Competitor List for Inaugural NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals

2019 Shipshewana Spring Nationals PosterThe NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals and Michiana Farm Show will take over the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Indiana on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23. Five divisions will appear in both 6 p.m. sessions. For more info, check out the event page ntpapull.com/events/shipin or visit the facility’s website, MichianaEvents.com.

For discount pre-event tickets, go to ShopNTPA.com/tickets.

The following competitors have accepted invitations. (Check NTPAPULL.com for additions and updates. The number of anticipated vehicles appears in parentheses.) Update: March 15.

Light Unlimited (Exhibition; 2)

Brad Benedict (Non-Cents) and Kevin Criswell (new vehicle for 2019).

Light Super Stock (10)

Bryan Bowles (Alter Ego), George Everett (Smokeless Alternative), Jason Irvin (Drunkin' Punkin'), Kyle Karlen (Bad Blood), Brandon Phillips (Insanity), Larry Phillips (Extremely Insane), Adam Spiegelberg (Detonator Black), Jordan Spiegelberg (Detonator Red), Marcus Wettleson (Gunpowder & Lead), Ken Witt (Mr. Yuk).

Super Farm (12)

Charlie Capozzo (Cruel Intentions), Rod Deck (Dream On), the Ferrises (Absolutely Nuts and Assorted Nuts), Russ Freeze (Deere Traxx), Shane Masten (Thumpin’ Pumpkin), Mike Prible (Top Priority), Tony Sietsema (Wolverine Deere), Jon Silsby (Crop Doctor), Stan Warda (Hammerin Hank), Chris Weidinger (Black Power), and Dave Whelan (My Last Excuse).

Limited Pro Stock (10)

Jeff Bahl (Doctor Deere), Garrett Boldry (Smoke Fever), Bryan Deck (One Bad Apple), Bill Figanbaum (Instigator), Jon Liechty (Rush Hour), Kevin Lindstrom (Hyper Harvester), Matt Lindstrom and Mike Sather (Adrenaline Rush), Drew Parkinson (The Commandeere), Jeremy Ploetz (Big One), and Jason Rosenquist (Gold Rush).

StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 (12)

Dustin Beheler (Diggin’ Deep), Anthony Finkbeiner (Inbred Inline), Jeff Hossler (Flirtin’ with Disaster), John Humpe IV (Causin' Trouble), Jordan Jackson (Billet Steel & Sex Appeal), Garrett Loucks (Un-Locked), Brian Shew (Iron Maiden), Nickolas Stamm (Frank), Jeremy Straley (Razor’s Edge), Roger Straley (Thunder Struck), Eric Widman (Big Red), and Rob Wright (All Attitude).

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.

Watch the 14th 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.

NTPA Live Streaming produced internet broadcasts of 13 national events in 2018. Visit WatchNTPA.com to purchase 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.

Subscribe to the Official Magazine of the NTPA! The Puller brings you the best in NTPA news, stories, and related pulling information. Tractor Supply Company (TSC) carries The Puller and the PULL! Official Program and Souvenir Yearbook.

Wear it loud! The NTPA's Webmall has pulling apparel in fresh, new designs for fans of all ages and sizes. Hats, event shirts, hoodies, pins, and patches all sport the iconic NTPA shield that represents excellence in premier-level pulling. Event, TV series, and special DVDs let you watch pulling action on your schedule. See it all at ShopNTPA.com.

For more information about the NTPA, visit our website, www.NTPAPULL.com, follow us on social media at our Facebook page (ntpapulling), Twitter (@NTPApull), YouTube (NTPApull), and Instagram (ntpa), or call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

2018 GN Four Wheel Drive Champion Spotlight

Ben Ellis
Champlain, Virginia
"Benjammin"
Four Wheel Drive

In his first year running the entire GN circuit, Ben Ellis “wanted to see if I could be competitive. Living on the East Coast, there is a lot of travel. I’m glad I did it; it paid off. I’m extremely thankful and blessed!” In 2017, Ben won the Shell Rotella Cup and the Bowling Green ring. Adding a title cements his status as one of the best in the country. Completing an incredible comeback, the first time he led was after the final hook.

Ben started out with a 10th-place finish Friday night at the Mule City 300. He pulled into fourth on Saturday. The next two hooks were in Hutchinson, Minnesota, 23 hours from home, where he won and finished fifth to the Foster family’s “Foster Child” with Rob at the controls.

The first hook in Tomah, Wisconsin was rained out. “Benjammin” finished 12th in the second while Rob’s daughter Carmen drove “Foster Child” to its second win and the division lead. With one of his poorest finishes and his father in the hospital, this was the season’s low point.

When the action moved to the Lions Super Pull of the South, Ben finished 10th and second. Twelve days later, he finished third in Monroe. The first hook at the Northeast Nationals in Langford netted a sixth, but Ben won for the second time on Sunday to stay within striking distance. He finished fifth and sixth at the Norwalk Lions Club Pull in Norwalk, Wisconsin to go into Bowling Green 17 points out.

“There is no way I can make up this deficit,” Ellis thought. “I just want to hang in there and do my thing.” Ben finished 12th of 34 in the first hook, which cut into Foster’s lead when she got 25th. Then, he parked “Benjammin” in second on Saturday afternoon to pull within two with just the M.E. Miller Tire Tri-State Showdown left. His victory there turned that deficit into a two-point winning margin.

“I didn’t have anything to lose. Swing for the fences! It was like a fairytale for me. Being the first hook, the way it all came down, I was a nervous wreck. Winning the pull and clinching the championship in such dramatic fashion was so surreal.” Ben added another first with a win at the Enderle Pull-Off.

“I would like to thank my family: wife Shannon, children Laura, Lizzy, Regan, Cameron, and Tripp, and my parents, Ben and Frances, for supporting me at home and allowing me to do this. I also want to thank Sonny’s Racing Engines, Steve Barker, Nichols Tire, William Lewis, Chad Seal, and Willie Rutherford.”

Contact Info

ADDRESS:
National Tractor Pullers Association
6155-B Huntley Road,
Columbus, OH 43229


PHONE: (614) 436-1761

FAX: (614) 436-0964