David P. Schreier, WPI CEO, Announces Retirement

IMG 9090 cropWorthington, Ohio---World Pulling International President and Chief Executive Officer David P. Schreier announced his upcoming retirement at the National Tractor Pullers Association's 48th annual Convention and Awards Banquet. The statement came at the end of his opening remarks on Saturday, December 1.

"I will step down from the WPI Executive Board at the March 2019 WPI annual meeting," Schreier told the gathering of competitors, promoters, sponsors, NTPA personnel, and families. "I will retire as Chief Executive Officer on June 1, 2019."

Schreier had informed the WPI/NTPA office staff and Executive Boards of his intentions in private meetings prior to the banquet.

"I'm confident that Gregg [Randall, NTPA General Manager] and the staff, with the support of the WPI and NTPA Boards, will carry it forward and maintain the position that we have in the motorsports industry."

Schreier was elected the first president of the Executive Board of WPI, the holding company formed in 1985 to operate the NTPA. Originally chartered in 1969 to bring uniform competition and safety rules to the nascent motorsport, the Association had by the mid-1980s incurred debts in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Aided by shares purchased by individual benefactors, member states, and other organizations, the privately held corporation raised funds to repay the Association's creditors and repair relationships with competitors, promoters, and insurers. Now financially sound, the NTPA sanctions approximately 200 sessions of national and state-level competition each season.

"[There were some] rough years early, and there were a lot of people who didn't agree with a lot of things. But we kept at it, kept doing what we felt was right, and kept moving ahead. And I think where we stand today proves that we are on the right track and stand as the top organization in all of pulling."

WPI remains its parent company as the NTPA enters its 50th season of competition, meaning that Schreier will have been its leader for over two thirds of its existence.

"I want to sincerely thank the office staff, and all the past staff members, for their dedicated hard work and support. Thank you to the shareholders, the promoters, the officials, the sponsors, the member states, and especially all the present and past competitors and their families for their support of NTPA pulling.

"I want to thank my loving wife Christine," Schreier concluded, "for all her support and understanding throughout the 34 years."

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.

2019 NTPA Winter Nationals Competitor List

2019 Cloverdale Logo SquareThe fifth annual NTPA Winter Nationals will comprise three sessions on Friday and Saturday, January 11-12. Located at Exit 41 of Interstate 70, the C-Bar-C Expo Center will host a 320’ track, open pits, and vendors (including food stands and beer gardens) all under one roof.

The following competitors have tentatively accepted invitations as of December 4 (updated).

Modified Mini (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Adam Bauer (Iron Toy and Cowboy Up)
  • Donnie Bauer and Reno Fehn (Tradin’ Up)
  • Joe Eder (Polar Air)
  • Adam Koester (Beast of Burden and Walk the Line)
  • Larry Koester (Footloose)
  • Bill Leischner (Bobcat Jr.)
  • Chase Richardson
  • the Sheltons (Cuttin' Up and Splinter)
  • Zach Zimmer (Well Oiled Machine)

Pro Stock (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Chris Cain (Aces Wild)
  • Tim Cain (Red Gambler)
  • Mike Conny (MAC Nasty)
  • Darrin Hunt (D2 Pro Stock Edition)
  • Mark Lawyer (Rapped Up!)
  • Nick McCormick (Nasty Stuff)
  • Charles Pelletier (CP Dream II)
  • Julia Ray (MAC Daddy)
  • Danny Schmucker (Rampage)
  • Cody Shay (Red Edge Pro)
  • Jason Svonavec (Bootlegger)

Big Ass Diesel Super Farm (Fri. 7p)

  • Ryan Anderson (Checkin’ Out)
  • the Ferrises (Absolutely Nuts and Assorted Nuts)
  • Russ Freeze (Deere Traxx)
  • Shane Masten (Thumpin’ Pumpkin)
  • Jeremy Roberts (Wicked Whitetail)
  • Tony Sietsema (Wolverine Deere)
  • Jon Silsby (Crop Doctor)
  • Stan Warda (Hammerin Hank)
  • Chris Weidinger (Black Power)
  • Dave Whelan (My Last Excuse)

Super Stock Diesel 4x4 (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Carl Atley (Lethal Weapon)
  • Jon Bair (Grin-N-Bair It)
  • Don Bowling (Pulling for the Cure)
  • Kent Crowder (Scheid Diesel)
  • Craig Dickey (Cummins Killer II)
  • Chase Eller (Caretaker)
  • Curt Haisley (Off Constantly)
  • Van Haisley (Rock Hard Ram)
  • Susan Ingram (Scheid Diesel)
  • Brion Withrow (The Nut Job)

Semi Exhibition (Fri. 7p & Sat. 7p)

  • Ryan DeBroux (Playin’ with Fire)
  • Dean Holicky (Mother Trucker)
  • W.T. Miller (Bad Addiction)

Four Wheel Drive (Sat. noon)

  • Tyler Cobb (Bandit)
  • Ben Ellis (Benjammin)
  • Carmen Foster (Foster Child)
  • Rob Foster (Simply Red)
  • Danny Johnson (Talk to Me)
  • Larry Peterson (Profab Geared Up)
  • Lisa Peterson (Profab)
  • Ted Skelton (The Rock)
  • Tim Skelton (The Bone)
  • Jake Zaring (Rule #19 and Fatheadz Eyewear)

Light Pro Stock (Sat. noon & 7p)

  • Kevin Banion (Forgiven)
  • Duane Bauer (Beaver Hunter Reloaded)
  • Ron Beasley (Farmall Fever)
  • Collin Birkholz (International 1456)
  • Jason Fliehman (Second Chances)
  • Kendall Houk (Nothing Special)
  • Kyle Holland (Black Tornado)
  • Brice and Zach Howell (New Holland T8020)
  • Mike Palmer (Red Avenger)
  • Terry Shafer (Bad Company)
  • Wes Spencer (Bush Wacker)
  • Scott Webb (Ragin’ Red)
  • Mark Wiederhold (Bare Necessities)

Super Stock Diesel (Sat. noon & 7p)

  • Steve Burge (Lock-N-Load)
  • Brandon Hunt (Liv’n a Dream)
  • Esdon Lehn (Red Line Fever)
  • Kent Payne (Super Rooster)
  • Colin Ross (Triple Bypass)
  • Travis Schabach (Bone Twister)

Two Wheel Drive (Sat. noon)

  • Ashley and Craig Corzine (Burn Notice, Second Degree, and Wild One)
  • Joey Frasur (Runnin’ Block)
  • Chad Mayhill (P5)
  • Jared Nelson (Midnight Revenger)
  • Jessie Petro (Buckeye Hauler)
  • Randy Petro (Kathy’s Komplaint)
  • Doug Theobald (Wicked)
  • Renee Theobald (Pretty Wicked)
  • LeAnn Tormoehlen-May (Thriller)
  • Tommy Tormoehlen (Showtime)

Check ShopNTPA.com or O’Reilly Auto Parts Stores for discount pre-event tickets coming soon. Can’t make it all weekend? Catch the Live Stream at WatchNTPA.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.

NTPA Honors 2018's Best at Awards Banquet

Worthington, Ohio---On Saturday, December 1 at the DoubleTree Columbus-Worthington in Columbus, Ohio, the National Tractor Pullers Association's 48th annual Awards Banquet celebrated competitors, families, crewmembers, and supporters who make truck and tractor pulling happen weekend after weekend, season after season.

We offer our congratulations to the following award winners and express our appreciation for the strong bonds we share with our corporate partners, as well as to our National Point Fund and Contingency Program sponsors and to the Convention and Banquet sponsors listed below.

Member State of the Year

United Pullers of the Carolinas: Award sponsored by Dick Dakin & Associates (presented at the NTPA Annual Meeting on Friday, November 30)

Education Awards and Scholarships

  • Ethan Neal: WPI Higher Education Award, sponsored by K&K Insurance Group
  • Annika Miller: Pullers Against Drugs Scholarship, sponsored by World Pulling International
  • Rachel Holicky: Pullers Against Drugs Scholarship, sponsored by the National Tractor Pullers Association

Regional National Awards

Regional National Champions: Jackets sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

  • Region II Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Singer Sled Rental
  • Region III Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and B100
  • Region IV Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by AKE Stop-Fyre®
  • Region V Champions and Runners-Up: Awards sponsored by Joe Busch Ag Repair

Grand National Awards

Grand National Pulling Circuit Top-Five Finishers: Points fund exceeding $50,000 sponsored by Case IH

Grand National Champions: Awards sponsored by Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals of Tomah, Wisconsin; jackets sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection

Grand National Pullers of the Year

  • Adam Bauer: Modified Mini Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by TRB Machine
  • Dean Holicky: Super Semi Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Carl Atley: Super Stock Diesel 4x4 Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Pit Bull Tires
  • Ben Ellis: Four Wheel Drive Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Profab
  • Blagrave Pulling Team: Two Wheel Drive Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Enderle Fuel Injection
  • Stan Warda: Super Farm Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Alliance Tire Group
  • Charles Pelletier: Pro Stock Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Columbus Diesel Supply
  • Adam Spiegelberg: Light Super Stock Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Full Pull Motorsports
  • Blagrave Pulling Team: Super Stock Diesel Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Bauer Built/Ironman Sleds
  • John Strickland: Super Stock Open Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Steve Bollinger and Craig Corzine: Light Unlimited Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by SCS Gearbox
  • Doug Lively: Modified Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Sassy Racing Engines
  • Chuck Knapp: Unlimited Puller of the Year Award, sponsored by Fowler Engines

Special Awards

  • Linda Tetreault: Crew Chief of the Year Award, sponsored by Midwest Wheel
  • Blagrave Pulling Team: Mechanic of the Year Award, sponsored by Haisley Machine
  • Wimer Fuel Injection & Turbo: Manufacturer of the Year Award, sponsored by the SFI Foundation
  • Vaughn Bauer: Sled of the Year Award, sponsored by SpecCast
  • Melissa Graham: Official of the Year Award, sponsored by Artina Promotional Products
  • Sarah Smith: NTPA National Fan Cheer of the Year Award, sponsored by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
  • Bret Berg: Hooker of the Year Award, sponsored by the Arfons Family
  • Arcola National Truck and Tractor Pull (Arcola, Indiana): Regional National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Metzger Trucking
  • Fort Recovery NTPA Grand Nationals (Fort Recovery, Ohio): Grand National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by Case IH
  • National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio): Super National Pull of the Year Award, sponsored by GALOT Motorsports Park
  • Adam Spiegelberg: Grand National Rookie of the Year Award, sponsored by Ambassador Club (Fort Recovery, Ohio)
  • Jack Kielmeyer Family: Pulling Family of the Year Award, sponsored by the National Tractor Pulling Championships (Bowling Green, Ohio)
  • Adam Bauer: Kent Enderle NTPA Hard Charger Award

Pulling Hall of Fame, 2018 Class

  • J.R. Collins: Pulling Hall of Fame Inductee, sponsored by Firestone Tires
  • Bill Berg: Pulling Hall of Fame Inductees, sponsored by American Awards

 

Shipshewana Spring Nationals, Farm Show Set for March 22-23

IMG 1418 loWorthington, Ohio---It's billed as "Built for Big." In a few months, we'll find out how it handles the rumble and roar of Championship Pulling.

In conjunction with the Michiana Event Center, the National Tractor Pullers Association will present the NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. Less than two years old, the interconnected convention, equine, and concert venue in north-central Indiana will launch its largest motorsports event to date with five invitational classes on each of two nights that will rock the facility's 100,000-square-foot Trade Show building.

"We have been selective when entering the indoor pulling market," remarked Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager. "The success of the NTPA Winter Nationals in Cloverdale in January has provided a blueprint of what our company desires in expanding that realm. The versatility of the MEC meets our parameters. When they approached us, we felt that it would add something for our competitors and fans to enjoy in early spring.

"The facility overall is impressive," Randall added. "The whole complex is a real jewel for the Shipshewana region, and we think it will be a great fit for indoor pulling."

Light Super Stock and Super Farm Tractors (top GN finishers and promoter selections) and Limited Pro Stock Tractors and StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks will compete each evening starting at 6 p.m. Additionally, Light Unlimited Modifieds will rattle the rafters with exhibition passes.

IMG 1409 lo"We are incredibly excited about this," said Jeff Fought, the Center's Marketing and Events Director. "We feel this NTPA event has the potential to be one of the largest---if not the single largest---event we put on here at the MEC."

Fought and facility manager Dennis Fry have filled their 25-acre, $19 million facility with a flurry of functions since it opened under in 2017 under their leadership. Between early December and the Spring Nationals, the MEC will host the Winterfest Consignment Auction, the Outdoor Sportsman Show, the Midwest Home and Yard Show, the Michiana Camping and RV Show, and the Northern Indiana Woodcrafters Association Furniture Expo. The 250,000-square-foot, three-structure complex---consisting of the Trade Show Building, the Coliseum, and the Stall/Staging Building---has been equally suited to national horse sales, two Blue Collar Comedy Tour shows, Professional Bull Riders rodeos, a Justin Moore concert, and a Christmas market.

"Here at the MEC, we only want to associate with what we feel are the best organizations," Fought continued. "And when we partner with one, we want to have a massive event." At press time, Fought wasn't certain of the exact tonnage of clay that will be hauled in to build the track, but noted that "it is being stacked and covered behind our main building. It's a mountain! We are going to have to work nights and nonstop to pull this off."

Accompanying the NTPA pull will be the Shipshewana Spring Farm Show, sponsored by Grogg-Martin Auction and Realty and the MEC. Access to the farm show will be included in pull admission. Opening each day at noon and featuring tractor and equipment dealerships, seed companies, and farm support businesses, the show will be housed in the Coliseum, which is positioned between the two buildings that will share event operations. The staging barn will contain the cold pit area, while the Trade Show Building will be configured to seat over 3,000 attendees. About a quarter of that capacity will be designated for trackside VIP seating with the balance being accommodated via portable bleachers. The facility's own Amish-made concessions will be on sale throughout each day, and parking at the MEC is plentiful, with 1,100 paved spaces adjacent to the buildings and a well-lit overflow area across the street.

The greater Shipshewana area is not without its own bustle of activity, and traveling fans are encouraged to make a vacation weekend out of their trip as they (hopefully) celebrate the return of warmth to the Midwest. Guests can experience all the charms of Amish country at the Menno-Hof Information Center and on bus tours and buggy rides. Visitors to Shipshewana, located just off State Route 5 between U.S. 20 and the Indiana Toll Road, may find accommodations at five hotels in town or in the surrounding communities of Middlebury, Indiana and Sturgis, Michigan.

Pre-event tickets are $22 per session (children ages 4-10: $15, under 3 admitted free) and will be on sale soon at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores nationwide or online at MichianaEvents.com or at the NTPA's Webmall, ShopNTPA.com. For the sale date, watch the Michiana Event Center Facebook page, MichianaEvents.com, or www.NTPAPULL.com. Per-session tickets will be $25 at the door. Weekend passes will be $35 pre-event or $40 at the door.

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 Region 4 Champions Spotlight

 

As we continue our recognition of 2018 Regional Champions, we take a look at Region 4. You can catch the live-stream of the banquet on ntpapull.com Saturday night December 1, thanks to Kentucky Trailer. Also be sure to see the full recaps of all the Regional and Grand National Champions in the January/February issue of The Puller Magazine.

Region IV:

Heavy Super Stock

  • Ronnie Strickland’s “Another Outlaw” found itself in high-class company Saturday in Raleigh, landing between GALOTs “I” and “II” to start the two-hook shootout first in points. A day later, Strickland finished fourth to stave off Jason Irvin’s “Drunkin’ Punkin.”

Super Farm

  • After an entire year had passed between national hooks, the Super Farms’ result was the same as in 2017. Daniel McDonald’s “Bad Boy” won the first and only hook of the season at the Southern Showdown to top Chris Hales’ “Outlaw.”

Light Pro Stock

  • Raleigh provided a single regional hook for the Light Pros, and Ron Beasley was rested and ready. He and his “Farmall Fever” cruised to a nearly 19-foot cushion over Region II regular Kevin Banion’s “Forgiven” to earn his second title.

Modified:

  • In Modifieds, Don Deane and his “Plumbers Nitemare” returned to their home away from home to claim a fourth southeast region title in six years. Two wins by a combined 112 feet were too much for Richard Rockefeller’s “Policy Peddler” to underwrite.

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 Region 3 Champions Spotlight

 

As we continue our recognition of 2018 Regional Champions, we take a look at Region 3, which contained events in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Sandwich, Illinois. You can catch the live-stream of the banquet on ntpapull.com Saturday night December 1, thanks to Kentucky Trailer. Also be sure to see the full recaps of all the Regional and Grand National Champions in the January/February issue of The Puller Magazine.

Region III:

Heavy Super Stock

  • Ken Witt’s “Mr. Yuk” is the Heavy Super heavyweight after posting a second and two thirds to outscore Brandon Besser’s “From Ashes” Light Pro. Witt earned points in both Regions III and V and in both Light and Heavy Super Stock, competing in both at his hometown Throwdown in Houston.

Super Farm

  • Mitch Fehn’s win at Owatonna reversed the midseason momentum that Trevan Rohde had been building with “Somethin’ Fierce.” Having finished in the top four in each of its six appearances, Fehn’s “Red Storm Reloaded” went on to its first Super Farm title and victory at the Enderle.

Light Pro Stock

  • Birkholz bookended the Light Pros’ four-hook campaign with wins in Ellsworth and Ridgeland. In between came a third at Tomah and a second at Houston. With three top fives of its own, Duane Bauer’s “Beaver Hunter Reloaded” came home second.

Limited Pro Stock:

  • “Instigator” started hot in Ellsworth before cooling at the next Wisconsin stop in Tomah. A month later, victories on successive nights in Anoka and Menomonie got Bill Figanbaum back in front for his first Region III title. Kevin Lindstrom’s “Hyper Harvester” won in Ridgeland to end up one point back.

Two Wheel Drive:

  • Dustin Amundson’s second straight two-win season was enough to match his closest challengers, Wayne Timmerman’s “Showtime” and Dale Stampfli’s “Twisted Tight.” But it was his five runner-up finishes that created a nine-point separation in Two Wheel Drives.

Four Wheel Drive:

  • And in Four Wheel Drives, Cory Lemirande’s crime spree started in Ellsworth, and he stayed a step or two ahead of the Total Team’s posse the rest of the way. “Breakin’ Da Law” won for a second time in Anoka to secure Lemirande’s first title by four over Lawrence Line’s “Totally Hooked.”

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 Region 2 Champions Spotlight

 

As we continue our recognition of 2018 Regional Champions, we take a look at Region 2, which encompassed events in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. You can catch the live-stream of the banquet on ntpapull.com Saturday night December 1, thanks to Kentucky Trailer. Also be sure to see the full recaps of all the Regional and Grand National Champions in the January/February issue of The Puller Magazine.

Region II:

Light Super Stock:

  • Just two hooks survived a wet summer, but it was a great “punkin’” crop. Jason Irvin took his first Light Super championship on a tiebreaker by winning Urbana outright before the outage. Losing the tie: “Hart's Desire,” which has missed two titles in two years by one total point.

Heavy Super Stock:

  • John Pfeiffer trailed the standings for about 24 hours in Arcola before winning Session Two to retake the lead. “Pfeiffermax” won three times in all alongside three thirds to take his third straight Heavy Super title. Barry Eliker’s industrial-yellow “Buckeye Bandit” was second.

Super Farm:

  • Charlie and Nick Capozzo took their dad’s 4010 on a tour of Region II. “Cruel Intentions” promptly won its first six hooks and scored 30 points eight times to erase the Allegan deficit and qualify for the Enderle. Jorge Zenz’s “Minor Setback” had two wins to make it to number two in Super Farm.

Pro Stock:

  • A year after losing Allegan’s winner-take-all, the Whitney/Aller Team came out in force with a win, a second, and a third in their first three Pro Stock hooks. Still, “Ground Force” led the Campbells’ “Soup Line Express” by only a single point entering Findlay before finishing fifth to clinch.

Light Pro Stock - East:

  • The final gap was 10 in the East, but it required something special in West Salem: fellow Light Pro competitors helped Kendall Houk change a turbo in the pits. “Nothing Special” then took sixth to claim the crown over the runner-up “Ragin’ Red” of Scott Webb after each had three wins.

Light Pro Stock - West:

  • Wes is king of the West. His “Bush Wacker” won in Rushville and had five top fives across 11 appearances to take the lead for keeps after Fort Recovery. Both of Mike Palmer’s “Avengers” finished 10 points back; the original had three wins.

Limited Pro Stock:

  • Garrett Boldry’s sweep at the Fort was the last word in Limited Pro Stock. His first two national wins aboard “Smoke Fever” got by Travis Wisel’s “Irrational Behavior” by just one point before early September rains wiped out Roanoke and Lynn.


Two Wheel Drive - East:

  • I’ll see your London, Wilmington, and Mount Vernon and raise you Owensville, Zanesville, Canton, and West Salem. So said the Secrests to the Shephards of their respective 30-point performances in the East. But the Two Wheelers’ turning point was “EZ’s” squeaker over “AA” in Findlay.

Two Wheel Drive - West:

  • Between his West-winning “Vintage” and his Grand National champion “Kathy’s Komplaint,” Randy Petro took the checkered flag eight times in 2018. When all was said and done, Petro and the Secrests’ "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It" had staged a rerun of last year’s top-two finish.

Four Wheel Drive:

  • A wins in the Four Wheelers’ first visit to Michigan got Steve Elchinger the lead. But it wasn’t just his second win there that helped him keep it. “Jus’ Passin’ Thru” just kept on pulling away from Ron Newell’s “Temporary Insanity” with four top fives down the stretch.

Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 - East:

  • Rob Wright is the East’s first StainlessDiesel.com Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 champ a year after winning the division’s inaugural title. Firsts in two of his final three hooks in Mount Vernon and Canton helped hold off Nickolas Stamm’s “Frank.” Wright also claimed the 3.0s’ first Enderle win.

Stainless Diesel Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 - West:

  • Like Wright, the Western champion Jeff Hossler and runner-up Adam Hallien had two wins apiece, and all three were Enderle qualifiers, with “Flirtin’ with Disaster” claiming the scheduled at-large berth. Hossler knocked off Hallien’s “Wrecker” at Allegan to win the title by one point.

Super Stock Diesel 4x4:

  • Unlike 2017, when the two diesel Super 4x4 contenders never met, Cody Hastings’ “Against the Grain” and Susan Ingram’s “Scheid Diesel” faced off twice this season, when Ingram won in Washington Court House and Hastings in Findlay. The difference was Hastings’ third in Fayette County.

Modified Mini:

  • David Lacey reversed the order in which his “Triple Play” Minis ended up even as “Unchained” out-won “Double or Nothing” five to three. They finished back-to-back 10 times in 13 appearances, were one-two five of those times, and tied for a win in Canton.

Modified:

  • And in Modifieds, Ryan Writsel scattered five wins across 15 hooks and finished lower than second only once in leading the division wire-to-wire. It’s Writsel’s third title in “Lucky Stryke”’s three seasons. Todd Feiss’ “S’no Farmer” returned to its regional roots for the runner-up and at-large Enderle berth.

 

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 Region 5 Champions Spotlight

 

We begin our recognition of 2018 Regional Champions in Region 5 with events held in Iowa. You can catch the live-stream of the banquet on ntpapull.com Saturday night December 1, thanks to Kentucky Trailer. Also be sure to see the full recaps of all the Regional and Grand National Champions in the January/February issue of The Puller Magazine.

Region V:

Super Farm:

  • Rod Deck focused on his region for his first Super Farm title there since 2010 by winning three out of four hooks. He didn’t stay home, though, as “Dream On” pulled in two other regions and four times in GN. Dan Schulte’s “Binder Express” won in Monticello to place second.

Limed Pro Stock:

  • The “Instigator” sprang from the gate with a win at Rockwell. It was the first of four for Bill Figanbaum across the region’s dense Limited Pro Stock schedule and earned him a third title there dating to 2004 in Super Farm. As in Region III, Kevin Lindstrom’s “Hyper Harvester” gave chase and finished second.

Two Wheel Drive:

  • Rick Austin drove good friend Dale Stampfli’s yellow Dodge to the regional title over his own “Dirt Flirt” Two Wheel Drive which won at Decorah. “Twisted Tight” went winless in the region but consistently finished strong, posting four top fives in five hooks.

Four Wheel Drive:

  • And in Four Wheel Drives, Matthew Davis dethroned reigning champion Jamie Busch with three third places and a steady climb after which he took his first lead after the last flag waved in Monticello. Busch’s "Thunder Struck" had a win and a second to break a three-way tie.

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.

Father of PS Competitor Cody Shay Has Passed

The NTPA is saddened to learn of the death on Tuesday, October 30 of Robert E. Shay, 72, of Creston, Iowa. Mr. Shay was the father of Grand National Pro Stock competitor Cody Shay (Red Edge Pro).

 
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Mr. Shay received several awards for his service to the nation including the Purple Heart and the M-14 Marksmanship Medal. He was a lifelong farmer, raising cattle on his family's land outside Benton. A proud father of four, Mr. Shay enjoyed the outdoors, playing cards, and touring the pulling circuit.
 
In addition to Cody and his wife Karen, Mr. Shay is survived by sons Roby (Natalie), Tory (Brandi), and Cassidy (Angie), sisters Carol (Jim) Sheldon and Janice (David) Lindemoen, nine grandchildren, nieces, and other relatives. His complete obituary may be found here.
 
We express our deepest sympathy to Cody, Karen, and their family.

Kentucky Trailer Once Again Presents NTPA Awards Banquet Stream

kentucky trailer logoThe National Tractor Pullers Association is proud to welcome back Kentucky Trailer as presenting sponsor of our annual Awards Banquet Live and On-Demand Streaming Service.  The Saturday, December 1 event, located at the DoubleTree Columbus-Worthington, Ohio, will recognize the NTPA's 2018 honorees including Grand and Regional National champions, Pullers and Pulls of the Year, the Kent Enderle Hard Charger, and the newest class of Pulling Hall of Fame inductees.

Kentucky Trailer's sponsorship ensures that video of the festivities, emceed by national event announcer Alan Washburn and "NTPA Championship Pulling on RFD-TV" co-host Doc Riley, will be viewable free of charge by the Association's fans and families around the world both in real time and afterward as desired. The NTPA's Live Streaming interface includes a Live DVR feature that enables viewers to pause, rewind, and fast-forward the recording.

"The partnership with our friends at Kentucky Trailer has become a prized annual tradition," explained Joshua Steinmetz, NTPA's Communications Technology Coordinator. "We're so pleased to have them on board. We encourage all of the convention and banquet's attendees to stop and check out their display. To our online visitors to ntpapull.com/banquet, we invite you to click on Kentucky Trailers' banners for more information about this valued NTPA sponsor."

Point your browser to ntpapull.com/banquet for access to the stream as well as connection instructions.

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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.

NTPA Staff Member Sarah Smith Wins Columbus Marathon Spirit Award

SarahAndMillieWorthington, Ohio---Sarah Smith, NTPA Publications Editor and Merchandise/Webmall Coordinator, has been honored with the Lashutka Spirit Award in conjunction with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon.

She and her husband Chris will join 20,000 other participants in the Columbus Marathon on Sunday, October 21, she for the fourth time. But this year, they and a group of friends will be running in support of a cause: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer, with which Sarah was diagnosed this past July. Her motto, inspired by The Puller magazine feature subject Dave Archer, is "Bound and Determined."

A front page article on Sarah, Chris, Millie (pictured), and J.J. appeared in the Friday, October 19 Columbus Dispatch. Brief profiles on this year's 10 Spirit Award winners also appeared on the Marathon's website and blog.

We offer our congratulations to Sarah and our encouragement in this and all of her future marathons.

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 Awards Banquet and Convention Information

November 30-December 1 convention/banquet at new north side location

As always, competitors, sponsors, and fans are invited to attend the NTPA’s 48th annual Convention and Awards Banquet.

But be advised: We’ve moved!

This year, the DoubleTree Columbus-Worthington will host the two-day affair on the north side of Ohio’s capital city. Located just off U.S. 23 north of Interstate 270 (i.e., the North Outerbelt), the new facility can be reached from East Campus View Drive. (Note: The entire 23/270 intersection was recently reconstructed, so your GPS might get a little lost.)

One thing that won’t change is the event’s busy schedule. Board meetings and elections precede the presentation of state programs Friday morning. Tech and entry schools for current and aspiring officials and clerks will be held that afternoon prior to the Promoters Seminar.

Saturday morning is just as packed, beginning with the Appreciation Breakfast and continuing with the National Programs Meeting  and Competitors Seminar.

Then, the glitz and glamour get going when the Awards Banquet honors 2018’s Grand and Regional National Champions, Pullers of the Year, GN Rookie of the Year, Kent Enderle Hard Charger, Pulls of the Year, Hall of Fame inductees, and more.

To make your hotel reservations, call the DoubleTree or complete the online form by Monday, November 12. Mention the NTPA to receive the group rate. For banquet details, call the NTPA office at 614.436.1761.

New location: DoubleTree Columbus-Worthington
175 Hutchinson Avenue / Columbus, Ohio 43235
Reservations: 614.885.3334

Convention and Banquet Schedule

Friday, November 30

 8 a.m.—11 a.m.:  WPI Executive Board Meeting/NTPA Executive Board Meeting

 9 a.m.—6 p.m.:  Registration

 11 a.m.—Noon:  Open (Lunch)

 Noon—1 p.m.:  NTPA Election of Officers/Full Board Meeting/NTPA Member State Checks

 1 p.m.—2 p.m.: NTPA Member State Programs

1:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m.:     NTPA Tech School

2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.:     NTPA Entry School

 4 p.m.—6 p.m.: Promoters Seminar

 7 p.m.—11 p.m.: Cen-Pe-Co Hospitality

Saturday, December 1

 7 a.m.—5 p.m.:  Registration

 8 a.m.—10 a.m.:  NTPA Annual Appreciation Breakfast (Ticket: $15)

10:30 a.m.—11 a.m.:       NTPA National Programs Meeting

 11 a.m.—Noon:  Competitors Seminar

 Noon—5 p.m.:  Open

 5 p.m.—6 p.m.:  K&K Insurance Social Hour

6 p.m.—7:30 p.m.:  NTPA Banquet Meal (Ticket: $50)

7:30 p.m.—8 p.m.:  Raffle & Opening Remarks

8 p.m.—10:15 p.m.:  Awards Ceremony

WPI + K&K Insurance Higher Education Scholarships applications due November 12

ScholarshipFPSS 18Scholarship essay deadline is November 12

Three higher education scholarships are open to high school seniors and college students in good standing who are immediate family of NTPA members or affiliates (e.g. competitors, crew, officials, entry, promoters, and associate members).

Sponsored by World Pulling International and K&K Insurance, the $1,000 scholarships will be presented at the NTPA Awards Banquet. Winners need not be present to accept. Visit NTPAPULL.com for details and a link to the scholarship application, including the essay topic: “What would you do to stop the violent crimes that are starting to take over our schools in America?”

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Remaining Events Count Toward 2018 Titles, 2019 Enderle

Worthington, Ohio---Pullers and fans are reminded that open-entry classes at all regional national events count toward 2018 championships (provided the division has three or more scheduled appearances). Remaining open-entry events on the 2018 NTPA calendar include Dover, Ohio (September 21), West Salem, Ohio (September 22), and Raleigh, North Carolina (October 12-14).

Furthermore, there is no Enderle "blackout" period as in years past. Therefore, points accumulated at the above events (plus Allegan, Michigan) will count toward berths for participating divisions in the 33rd Enderle on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

To keep up to date, check out the various points tables at the Standings page at www.NTPAPULL.com.

Road to the Enderle: Week 18 GN Traffic Report (Final Competitor List)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---The Regional National side of the ledger ended soggily with rainouts in Roanoke (with points), Lynn (no points), and Tipton (no points), Indiana. At the same time, the Sandwich Fair got its precipitation on Wednesday, Thursday afternoon, and Friday---in other words, around but not atop the DeKalb County Nationals' pulling schedule. As a result, berths 41 through 65 in the 32nd Enderle Memorial Pull-Off were secured on the track, just like we like it. Unless and until we receive word that an invitee cannot participate, consider the list below to be your 2018 Pull-Off roster.

Don't miss out on discounted pre-event ticket sales to the Enderle, held at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, still on sale for a few more days at ShopNTPA.com. And while you're online, stop by www.NTPAPULL.com for Enderle RN Traffic reports and complete, up-to-date final Grand National standings, final Enderle Pull-Off standings, and final Shell Rotella Cup standings.

GN LIGHT SUPER STOCK (Updated through Bowling Green)
Brian Korth's "Considered Armed & Dangerous" is the champion once more after winning Thursday night and collecting 15 rain points on Friday. Adam Spiegelberg's "Detonator Black" took second in the lone competitive hook and finished there in the points, while Jason Hootman's "Commander" took fourth and finished the season in third. The remaining Korth/Mike Chizek Armed & Dangerous entries, "Excessive Force" and "Deadly Force" stanched Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood" to clinch berths in Urbana. Update: Terry Blackbourn will pilot all three A&D Team entries in Saturday night's session.

GN SUPER STOCK DIESEL (Updated through Sandwich)
The one-through-five point spreads and number of GN tractors to answer DeKalb County's call were such that the latter could not impact the former if everybody hooked. Hence, one might be tempted to call Saturday's proceedings less than meaningful to the participants. But one would be wrong. Stan and Steve Blagrave coaxed their "Red Horse" through two reassuring runs after a month of subpar performances. Colin Ross picked up his sixth win of the year with "Triple Bypass" to keep a fading championship chance flickering and to start building toward 2019. Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" got two top-fours; Kent Payne's "Super Rooster," two top-threes. And Steve Burge got his first victory with "Lock-N-Load" on the very last hook to remind everyone of his presence heading into the Enderle, where he has won four times.

GN SUPER STOCK OPEN (Updated through Wellington)
Just like last year, the "Get a Load of That II" of John Strickland (John will stay home to deal with the hurricane, Brent Payne will drive both), clinched a title on the final hook of his class. This year, his closest competitor was his teammate, Brent Payne, who will be Enderle qualifier number two aboard "Get a Load of That." Coming in third was the class winner, Jordan Lustik's "Silver Bullet," and in fourth was Sid Broughton's "Desperado" with Rob Trowbridge at the controls. In fifth? The runner-up the past two seasons, Josh Blackbourn, whose "Internationanl Threat" won in its only GN appearance in Tomah. Update: Josh Blackbourn will be unable to attend, and so Kyle Karlen's "Bad Blood," which competed in the class at Wellington, will accept invitation number five.

GN SUPER FARM (Updated through Sandwich)
Stan Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" banked three wins in the season's first four hooks and made that stand up all the way to the finish line, in the process winning a Grand National title in his first season so licensed. Dave Whelan's late surge with "My Last Excuse" as usual had a BG ring to it, as he tallied 173 points in six late hooks to close to second. The Ferrises' "Absolutely Nuts" and "Assorted Nuts" were third and fifth around Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere," which along with "Assorted" upset Chris Weidinger's "Black Power" and held off the Freezes' "Deere Traxx" in Sandwich to keep their Enderle invitations intact.

GN PRO STOCK (Updated through Sandwich)
A 14-point lead for Charles Pelletier was not by any means insurmountable with two hooks to go in DeKalb County. But it put the pressure on "CP Dream II"'s challengers to make their moves in the afternoon Session Two. By Session Three, they hadn't, and the Deere's 18-point lead expanded to 23 when Pelletier placed second to clinch his second title. Mark Lawyer's "Rapped Up with a Vengeance" became a two-time bridesmaid, while Jason Svonavec's three-win, third-place "Bootlegger" joined Lawyer as a perceived legit threat in 2019. Tim Cain's "Red Gambler" was fourth and Robby Lemke fifth after his "New Generation Plus" held off Chris Cain's "Aces Wild."

GN TWO WHEEL DRIVE (Updated through Canfield)
In a sense, we have a "new" champion in Two Wheel Drive. In another, it's the continuation of a historic streak, as Petro Motorsports captured its 10th consecutive division title when Randy Petro's "Kathy's Komplaint" beat out Sean Blagrave's "Wild Horse" head-to-head on Saturday night. It's Randy's fifth title of his own and the 12th for the family operation that includes son Jessie's "Buckeye Hauler" (2012-2017 champion) and the now-regional "2 Timin'" (2009). Canfield winner Bryan McDonald and "Suffering Sanity" finished fourth, just a point behind Jessie. And in fifth for the season was Craig Corzine's "Burn Notice," which won the show in Urbana last year with wife Ashley at the controls. Update: Ashley will get another turn in the seat in 2018.

GN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (Updated through Canfield)
The weekend's tightest race came down to two early hooks and a long wait, as Ben Ellis' "Benjammin" accepted his 320' test hook in Wauseon, and Carmen Foster's "Foster Child" pulled in behind Ellis and Danny Johnson's "Talk to Me" at 308' three trucks later. At that moment, and for the next half hour or so, the two were tied in points; had that remained the case, Foster would have won the tiebreaker. But late in the evening arrived Jim Holman and Larry Peterson, who parked "4 Play" and "Profab Geared Up," respectively, between the two contenders to tip the race to Ellis. Locking down the fifth berth was Tyler Cobb's "Bandit," which fended off Ted Skelton's "Rock."

GN SUPER STOCK DIESEL FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (Updated through Sandwich)
The Sandwich Fair's Truck Night belonged to Carl Atley, whose "Lethal Weapon" took the win and the Grand National title. Finishing second and third in the points as well as the Thursday night class were Shane Kellogg's "Trump" and Justin Gearhart's "Cream of the Crop." Don Bowling's "Pulling for the Cure" came home fourth for the year and Brion Withrow's "Nut Job" fifth.

GN SUPER SEMI  (Updated through Bowling Green)
Congratulations all around to three of the long-haulers: Dean Holicky (Mother Trucker) for clinching his fourth GN title (2018, 2016, 2015, 2014), to Pat Eilen (Just' Passin' Thru in Class) for the championship ring, and to Ryan DeBroux (Playin' with Fire) for a two-win (Hutchinson S1, Ionia S2), six-top three season. But the laurels won't end there, and when you're looking toward Urbana, does anyone win (or love to win) at the Enderle more than Jack Kielmeyer (Jacked Up)? And how about Brian Elithorpe (Nikki's Nightmare), who'll return to Champaign County as the event's defending champ.

GN MODIFIED MINI (Updated through Wauseon)
With just nine point-earning Minis on the grounds, Adam Bauer's "Iron Toy" would stay safely ahead of Adam Koester's "Walk the Line" and its own stablemate "Cowboy Up" just by completing a legal pass. That race for second, however, was still up for grabs, and Koester's 2016 champion took its best shot, finishing second to class winner Chase Richardson to claim it. Behind Joe Eder's "Polar Air" and ahead of Ken Veney's "Funny Lil' Farmall," Koester also locked up the fifth berth with "Beast of Burden." So there'll be just three different drivers (and two different first names!) in the class when they flip on the lights in Champaign County.

GN LIGHT UNLIMITED (Updated through Bowling Green)
On Tuesday night, Steve Bollinger won to put his "Money Pit Screwed Up" four points ahead of Brandon Simon's "Simon Sez." Given that there were five GN-licensed tractors on the grounds and that Bollinger held all tiebreakers, the race would be over as soon as "Money Pit" tightened the chain on Wednesday. But no one told Simon not to bother, and he promptly won on Wednesday while "Money Pit" floundered to pull into a points tie and show momentum heading to the Enderle. Also moving in the right direction was Ted Boyer's "Mr. Twist-N-Shout" (fifth) which concluded a frustrating regular season with two straight seconds. Finishing third was Keith Wayson's "Super Bee" and fourth was the Simons' "Simon Sez Show No Mercy."
Update: Simon's will not be able to make the event, look for both Feiss Pulling Team tractors "S'no Farmer" & "Feissty Farmer" to fill the spots.

GN MODIFIED  (Updated through Sandwich)
Three weeks passed between the Modifieds' previous appearance in Bowling Green and their last two showings in Sandwich. Some of the machines busied themselves in Unlimited competition, including the chief rivals of Doug Lively's "Bank Robber," namely Bret Berg's "Money Maker" and Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up." But when Tractor Day in DeKalb County arrived, they both outpaced Lively in both sessions to narrow---but not quite erase---Lively's winning margin. Corey Kielmeyer's "Double Trouble" will make the journey to the Enderle Pull-Off in his first GN season (you'll recall, those Kielmeyers know the route well), while Bob Jostocks's "Wild Child" closed out teammate Bill Douglas Jr.'s "Spook Gone Wild" to claim spot number five.

GN UNLIMITED (Updated through Canfield)
Chuck Knapp went off the Canfield track a victor in two senses Saturday night, having won the class and clinched "Screamin D"'s long-anticipated fourth straight Unlimited title by 28 points over Adam Bauer's "Cross Threaded." Ricky Rose's "Giddy Up" kept its third-place position in the standings by notching the same place in the class, and David Richardson, who just had to hook to hold off Joe Eder's "Polar Air" for fifth, actually moved into fourth with "For Sale" over the absent "Money Maker" of Bret Berg.

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.

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Road to the Enderle: Week 18 RN Traffic Report (Final Competitor List)

RoadToEnderle webWorthington, Ohio---In our penultimate look at the NTPA Regional National calendar and its implications on those coveted Enderle Pull-Off berths, our travels take us from Wauseon to Canton to Findlay, Ohio and to Ridgeland, Wisconsin. Precisely 12 paths came to their conclusion this week, and 12 more will next week as Sandwich, Illinois and Roanoke, Lynn, and Tipton, Indiana have their turns in the spotlight.

Update: Unfortunately, rain cancellations of Roanoke (with points assigned) and Lynn and Tipton (with no points assigned) have settled the last of our 2018 berths. Keep checking this space as competitors accept their invtations or require replacements.

You can now purchase tickets to the 32nd Enderle Memorial Pull-Off on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio at the NTPA Webmall (ShopNTPA.com). For event details, check out AllStarPull.com. (Report going into week of September 4-September 10. Berths clinched: 41. Current Enderle RN point standings.) We discuss the state of the 13 premier-level races in our separate Grand National Road to the Enderle Traffic Report.

RN LIGHT SUPER STOCK

  • Berth A (Region II Champion): Rain in Lynn has closed out the race for this berth, and Jason Irvin's win at the Champaign County Fair aboard "Drunkin' Punkin'" has clinched in a tie with James Hart's "Hart's Desire" broken by Irvin's win in Urbana.
  • Berth B (Region III/V Total): Two thirds of the way through this bi-regional path, the Pichler/Norby "Red Thunder" has two wins and a perfect 60-point score. Ken Witt's "Mr. Yuk" (-4) still has hopes of catching up but will have to do it all at Ridgeland this Sunday.
  • Berth C (Hopkinsville): Two hooks in Hopkinsville settled this berth in favor of Robert Galloway's "Hulk Alcohol Edition." Andy Cox drove it to a tiebreak victory over Daniel Northcutt's "On the Edge."

RN HEAVY SUPER STOCK

  • Berth A (Region II Champion): John Pfeiffer and "Pfeiffermax" will once again represent Region II. Pfeiffer finished only four points under the maximum possible over a six-appearance season in which he scored three wins.
  • Berth B (Region III/V Total): Witt and "Mr. Yuk" showed their mettle with a third in Steele County to clinch both this berth and the Region III HSS title.
  • Berth C (Raleigh 2017): On the strength of a third and a fifth in Raleigh last October, Ronnie Strickland's "Another Outlaw" will make another appearance at the Enderle. He knocked off the Beasleys' "Farmers Pride" by two. Update: The "Outlaw" has made it north, but Mr. Strickland had to stay home and attend to weather-related matters. James Vanhoy will drive in his stead.
  • Berth D (Hopkinsville): Brandon Hunt found his quarry with two no-doubt wins at near-hometown Hopkinsville. His "Liv'n a Dream"  is in the show.

RN SUPER FARM

  • Berth A (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II Through Tipton): The Tipton cancellation means that the Capozzos' "Cruel Intentions" completed its comeback from missing Allegan last fall to win the race for Berth A by 5.5 points. The championship, which they also lead, will be finalized in Allegan this Thursday.
  • Berth B (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II Through Tipton Runner-Up): The Caseys and their "Whoopie Maker" withstood the season-long hard charge of Jorge Zenz's "Minor Setback" (-3.5) to make it to Urbana.
  • Berth C (Region III Champion): The Rohdes' "Somethin' Fierce" and Dan Schulte's "Binder Express" scratched and clawed at Ridgeland, but Mitch Fehn's "Red Storm Reloaded" took fourth place to fend off its closest challengers by three and seven points, respectively.
  • Berth D (Raleigh 2017): Burnace Vandergriff picked a good weekend to vacation in North Carolina. The Deere driver from the Volunteer state qualified his "Green Fever" on the strength of Saturday afternoon's hook at the State Fair, and it stood when Pinetops was washed out.
  • Berth E (Region V Champion): Rod Deck made the Saturday night calculations easy. Up by five coming in, his "Dream On" won the Bremer County Fair Pull and with it Region V's berth.
  • Berth F (Hopkinsville): Michael Fanning has arrived. With a third and a win in western Kentucky, "Bad Habit Is Back" is your Mid-South qualifier. Finishing a heartbreaking second was Cranford Jennings; his "Bare Bones Binder" barely lost on a tiebreaker.

RN PRO STOCK

  • Berth A (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II): Cameron Aller did the honors in Hancock County for the "Ground Force" team to clinch the Region II title and one of the territory's two Enderle berths.
  • Berth B (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II Runner-Up): The Campbells' "Soup Line Express" may need some chicken noodle to get well before visiting Champaign County. Update: The Campbells have declined, and two-time regional champ Ryan Walters has accepted, so "Chasin' Tail" will appear in Urbana.
  • Berth C (Hopkinsville): "El Nino" stormed to a first and a second in Hopkinsville, stamping Philip Parish's pass to Urbana. Update: Word is that the Parishes will have to decline. It's the "D2 Pro Stock Edition" of Darrin Hunt who will take his place.

RN LIGHT PRO STOCK

  • Berth A (Region II East Through Canton): Kendall Houk extended his margin of victory to five with "Nothing Special"'s fourth-place finish in the berth's wrap-up event in Canton. It'll be Houk's third straight trip to Urbana. Scott Webb's "Ragin' Red" (-5) and Terry Shafer's "Bad Company" (-18), the latter a winner in Stark County, can still claim the division with three hooks to go.
  • Berth B (Region II West Champion): Triply disappointing for the Western contenders, the final three hooks were been lost to rain. Wes Spencer has thus clinched the title and berth with "Bush Wacker."
  • Berth C (Region III Champion): Collin Birkholz's IH 1456 bookended the season with wins including Sunday at Ridgeland to earn his first trip to the Enderle out of Region III.
  • Berth D (Raleigh 2017): Mark Garrett's "Southern Smoke" sealed its envelope last October at the Showdown. A Friday night win was all it took once the Pinetops 300 was zeroed out for 2018. Update: The hurricane has kept Garrett and "Smoke" home, so Vanhoy's runner-up "Shade Tree Smoker" has answered the call.

RN LIMITED PRO STOCK

  • Berth A (Region II Champion): Brad and Garrett Boldry's "Smoke Fever" are Region II's champs and reps after rain across eastern Indiana ended the season in Fort Recovery. The father-son duo finished with three wins in four appearances. Update: A family wedding will keep the Boldrys in Indiana, but Tim Overmyer has agreed to pilot "Smoke Fever" Saturday in Urbana.
  • Berth B (Region III Champion): By a single point, Bill Figanbaum's "Instigator"  is the Region III champion over Kevin Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester," which won the closeout at Ridgeland. As anticipated, that sets up an at-large situation for Berth C (explained below).
  • Berth C (Region V Champion): With "Instigator" having additionally won Region V, the resulting  at-large berth is awarded to the vehicle with the second-greatest combined points over the two paths to the Pull-Off. That turned out to be Lindstrom's "Hyper Harvester," which finished one point back of Figanbaum in III and 12 points behind in V.

RN TWO WHEEL DRIVE

  • Berth A (2018 Region II East Through Findlay): Brent Secrest completed his comeback over good friend Jacob Shephard on Sunday night. Secrest's "Nuthin' EZ 'Bout It," which won in Canton, took third in Findlay to win the face by a single point over "Alcohol Addiction Retapped." That's not the East's only prize, however, and with three passes left to make across central Ohio, it should be an exciting finish.
  • Berth B (Region II West Champion): Randy Petro's "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint" is the Western champion for the second consecutive season and an Enderle qualifier for the third. Petro has thus earned titles with both editions of "K.K."
  • Berth C (Region III Champion): Dustin Amundson's "Bottoms Up" took second in Sandwich to finish off his second straight Region III title by nine over Dale Stampfli's "Twisted Tight" operated by Rick Austin.
  • Berth D (Pinetops): With Pinetops' cancellation, no hooks remained on which to base an invitation. Hence, this berth will remain vacant.
  • Berth E (Region V Champion): Austin and Dale Stampfli are your champions and Enderle invitees. Stampfli's sixth in Monticello with "Twisted Tight" was enough to beat out Austin's own ride, "Dirt Flirt" (-6), and Timmerman's "Showtime" (-8), which had an off night.
  • Berth F (Hopkinsville): Wesley Foster's "Barbwire" jumped to first and second in Hoptown to win this berth by a point over Evan Anderson's "Playin' Hooky."

RN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE

  • Berth A (Region II Champion): Lynn's washout concludes the year for the Four Wheelers, and Steve Elchinger's "Jus' Passin' Thru" is now a two-time champion. The final margin over Ron Newell's "Temporary Insanity" stands at six.
  • Berth B (Region III Champion): Cory Lemirande's "Breakin' Da Law" bent but didn't---well, you know. Lawrence Line's "Totally Hooked" did all it could by winning in Sandwich, but could close the gap only to four. See you in Urbana, Cory.
  • Berth C (Pinetops): With Pinetops' cancellation, no hooks remained on which to base an invitation. Hence, this berth will remain vacant.
  • Berth D (Region V Champion): After winning Region III last year, Matthew Davis chose to run the whole V schedule this season and clinched that championship with "Outrage" in Monticello. Davis topped three trucks that finished two points back: Jamie Busch's "Thunder Struck," the Suchys' "Totally Geared," and Brian Loosbrock's "American Iron," the last of which led through Rockwell.

RN STAINLESSDIESEL.COM PRO STOCK DIESEL 4x4 3.0

  • Berth A (2018 Region II East Through Canton): Rob Wright drove it off on Saturday night in Canton, winning the class and the 3.0s' first berth with his "All Attitude." Like the other Easterners, however, the champ chase doesn't end until after the Enderle; for the diesels, it's over in Dover.
  • Berth B (2018 Region II West Through Tipton): Rain was hard on the late stretch of this race, taking the last three chances away from challengers to Adam Hallien's "Wrecker." Hallien finished with a four-point advantage to earn the championship in the PSD 4x4 3.0's first split-region season.
  • Berth C (2018 Region II Combined Through Tipton): Jeff Hossler's "Flirtin' with Disaster" ran 'em all and earned the preordained at-large berth over Nickolas Stamm's "Frank." (Hossler might have been happy for the rest. Whaddya bet he draws test hook?)

RN MODIFIED MINI

  • Berth A (Allegan 2017 + 2018 Region II North Through Hudsonville): Two top-three finishes for David Lacey's "Triple Play: Double or Nothing" in Hudsonville were enough to push it beyond the reach of its stablemate "Triple Play Unchained."
  • Berth B (2018 Region II South Through Canton) The at-large indeed goes to Lacey's "Triple Play Unchained," which finished a total of eight points back of "Double."
  • Berth C (Region III): It's been a long wait but it only took a short distance to decide this berth. Bret Berg's "Cenex" won at Ellsworth and finished fourth at Ridgeland; Nathan Hoffman's "Shakin' Shamrock" claimed fourth in Pierce County and won on Eldon Luer Field. So the berth gets decided by the pullers' total distance across those events, and by a 4.325' margin, it's Hoffman who will be invited.

RN MODIFIED

  • Berth A (Region II Northwest): Region II is not yet settled---Old Washington and West Salem loom---but Ryan Writsel's "Lucky Stryke" is the victor in both the Northwestern and Southeastern halves that count toward the Enderle.
  • Berth B (Region II Southeast through Zanesville): Todd Feiss and "S'no Farmer" thus clinch the resulting at-large berth, placing second (-13) in combined points from the paths that led to Berths A and B.
  • Berth C (Anoka): Joe Schoenemann of Yoder, Indiana loaded up Alan Judy's "Raptor" in Germantown, Ohio and headed for Anoka, Minnesota. Two wins later, they're in Urbana, Ohio.
  • Berth D (Raleigh 2017): After his triumphant return to competition, Randy Davis will have had nearly a year to celebrate his invitation. After his first and third in Raleigh to break a tie with Sharon Everman's "Wild Hare," his "Running Bear" clinched the berth when Pinetops was cancelled.

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.

Old Washington Event Has Been Cancelled; Pullers Need Not Report

The Guernsey County Fair has cancelled its Tuesday, September 11 NTPA event. The already-soaked grounds experienced additional light rains Tuesday morning, making the wet conditions too much to overcome.

Because the event was cancelled more than eight hours before the scheduled start time, competitors need not report. Entry will not open, and no points will be awarded.

Charging Horse: Blagrave Brothers Brave Season-Long Super Stock Battle to Win Third Title

2018 SSD Champ

Worthington, Ohio---Fifty-two weeks ago, they were gracious runners-up.

An epic course of events had left Stan and Steve Blagrave tied in points with the reigning-champion Ross family. Despite sweeping their two sessions at the DeKalb County Fair, the Ackerly, Texans went home without the title, losing the tiebreaker, six wins to five.

This year? They had six wins by Chapel Hill Saturday.

The 2017 NTPA Hard Charger Award honorees and their "Red Horse" Case IH raced from ahead all through 2018, notching just one finish below second---a sixth on a rain-soaked track in Rockwell---in their first 10 appearances. Their lead withstood their steed's few wobbly steps at later-season venues Brandenburg and Napoleon and the corresponding reemergence of their primary rival, Colin Ross' two-time defender "Triple Bypass" (-14), which posted six wins of its own down the stretch after early-year struggles.

Finishing third in 2018 as in 2017 was Travis Schlabach's "Bone Twister" (-26), owner of four of the remaining six wins. Taking fourth was Kent Payne' "Super Rooster" (-38), which placed first and second at Bowling Green to claim the Diesel division's weekend championship ring. And coming home fifth was Steve Burge's "Lock-N-Load," which won on the regular season's final pass in Sandwich, Illinois and has four wins at the all-star Enderle Pull-Off, the most since the diesel-only division was formed in 1999. These five compatriots will get their next chance at Enderle glory on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio.

As for the Blagraves, it's their second title in five seasons and third dating to 2002. The family very nearly had two championships to celebrate this season, as Steve's sons Sean and Trevor split seat time in the "Wild Horse" Two Wheel Drive en route to a win at Tomah---across the track from Uncle Stan's on Saturday night---and second place in the GN standings. All-time, only Esdon Lehn (2012, 2006, 2003, 1999-2001) and Brian Shramek (2006-2010) have more titles in SSD.

Warda's "Hammerin' Hank" Nails Down First GN, Third Straight National Championship

2018 SF Champ

Worthington, Ohio---Forgive Stan Warda if at some point he allowed himself the thought, "Hey, I got this."

The reserved resident of Berrien Springs, Michigan was taking his first foray into Grand National competition after two successful dips into the regional pool over 2016 and 2017. He would be putting to the test the oft-cited adage: If you can win in Region II, you can win anywhere.

It's oft-cited because it's true.

Warda well represented his home territory by sweeping that first GN event in Benson, North Carolina against a field of Super Farm competitors every one of whom had at least three years' experience on the premier-level circuit. He then went to Rockwell, Iowa and claimed another win and 59 points across two hooks. Home-state Ionia? Two thirds. And before anyone had a chance to notice "Hank," the silver-and-black International 3688 had built an 11-point lead that grew and shrank but remained identical at season's end over various close challengers.

The last of these was Dave Whelan's BG ring-winning "My Last Excuse," and another for much of the year was the Ferris family's "Absolutely Nuts" (-20). In Sandwich, Illinois, site of Warda's crowning, Tony Sietsema's "Wolverine Deere" (-28) and the Ferrises' "Assorted Nuts" (-29) clinched the last two berths in the all-star Enderle Pull-Off to be held on Saturday, September 15 in Urbana, Ohio.

Stan and his son Matt thus become the 11th first-time Super Farm champion driver or team since the division's admission to the GN level in 2003. Rod Deck's "Dream On," which pursued and won Region V's title this season, had won the previous two GN trophies. Before that, there had been no repeat champions since the Counce/Pettus Team's "Dixie Deere" in 2009 and 2010.

Under-the-radar is how the family likes it. That's most especially true of Matt's Grandpa Hank, after whom (not his baseball-great namesake, Mr. Aaron) the tractor is named in spite of his initial protest. Well, Hank, perhaps it's comforting to recall a famous quote from another homerun hitter. Said Babe Ruth, "It ain't braggin' if you can do it."

Lively's "Bank Robber" Makes Its Getaway to Claim Championship Number Three

2018 UNL MOD Champ

Worthington, Ohio---Almost had him.

That's what Doug Lively's competitors are saying after the "Bank Robber," the Grand National champion of 2013 and 2014, let its pursuers get a bit too proximate on the Saturday doubleheader finale in Sandwich, Illinois. Having eluded the rest of the class with top fours across the season's opening six weeks, Lively broke through for his first win of the season in early August in Norwalk, Wisconsin. When he won again in Bowling Green, Ohio, his lead was eight points, and it looked like the fight was for second.

But in DeKalb County's afternoon session, Lively took sixth to open the door to three-time champion Bret Berg's "Money Maker" and the reigning "Giddy Up" of Ricky Rose, who were four and six points in arrears. And when night came, Lively's "Robber" nearly picked its own pocket, veering toward the left sideline with engines groaning in disharmony to place fourth among the six who had pulled. That eliminated Rose (-5) but set up title scenarios for Berg, one of which involved simply taking the lead. However, the "Money" (-2) ran out with a third, the class ran out one tractor later, and so time ran out on Lively's rivals.

Finishing fourth and fifth to claim Enderle Pull-Off berths were Corey Kielmeyer's "Double Trouble" (-21) and Bob Jostock's "Wild Child" (-27), which held off the supernatural challenge of team tractor "Spook Gone Wild," piloted by Bill Douglas, Jr. All will appear at the all-star event in Urbana, Ohio on Saturday, September 15.

Since the (limited) GN Modified division began scaling 7,500 lbs. in 2003, Lively (2018, 2014, 2013) and Berg (2016, 2012, 2011), each of whom scored a third title four seasons removed from back-to-backs, are the only three-time winners. All-time in Modified classes weighing 7,000, 7,200, or 7,500 lbs., the Banter Brothers' six titles leads, with John Hileman's four placing second and the three each for Lively, Berg, and Tim Engler coming in third.

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