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Swankonsports.com Pulling Power Poll

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(Updated September 9)

 

Modified Tractors (all weights, all limits)

 

1. Chuck Knapp                      Screamin' D

2. Adam Bauer                        Cross Threaded

3. Steve Boyd                          Green Streak

4. Greg Boyd                           Green Streak Unlimited

5. Corzine/Bollinger                  Money Pit Screwed Up

 

Super Stock Tractors (all weights, all limits)

 

1. Stan/Steve Blagrave               Red Horse

2. John Blackbourn                   International Threat

3. Terry Blackbourn                  Extremely Armed and Dangerous

4. John Strickland                      Get a Load of That II

5. Jody/Colin Ross                    Triple Bypass

 

Pro Stock Tractors (all weights, all limits)

 

1. Darrin Hunt                         D2 Pro Stock Edition

2. Charles Pelletier                   CP Dream II

3. Mike Boyd                           Boyd & Sons Green Streak

4. Mark Lawyer                       Rapped Up

5. Jason Svonavec                   Bootlegger

 

Mini Modifieds

 

1. Adam Bauer                         Iron Toy

2. Bruce Slagh                         Show No Mercy

3. Jason Hathaway                   Honkin' Donkey Grey

4. Ken Venney                         Lil' Funny Farmall

5. Adam Bauer                        Cowboy Up

 

FWD Trucks (all weights, all limits)

 

1. Ben Ellis                              Benjammin

2. Carmen/Tanya Foster           Foster Child

3. Rob Foster                          Simply Red

4. Peyton Davis                       Punisher

5. Kenny Lucas                        Fantasy

 

TWD Trucks

 

1. Randy Petro                        Kathy's Komplaint

2. Jared Nelson                        Midnight Revenger

3. Jessie Petro                         Buckeye Hauler

4. R.J. Simon                           Ole' Blue

5. Craig Corzine                       Burn Notice

 

Semis (all limits)

 

1. Pat Eilen                               Just Passin' Thru with Class

2. Dean Holicky                        Mother Trucker

3. Ryan DeBroux                      Playin' with Fire

4. Mitch Cloudt                        Rubber Duck

5. Chris Wood/Joe Hoffa          Class Act

 

 

 
   

Petro Motorsports Wins Another Title

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For the tenth straight time, a truck out of the Petro Motorsports stable won the NTPA Grand National title in the TWD truck division.

This time it was Randy Petro’s “Kathy’s Konplaint”

His son Jessie, in speaking to Full Pull Tonight on Sunday evening, says his dad’s truck really has been the best on their team for the last couple of years. “We had a good season. Dad’s truck was really, really consistent. I said it over the loud speaker at Canfield (Saturday) night that he probably had the better truck the last two or three years, but he got bit by a little bit of breakage and a little bit of bad luck at one event basically each year and I capitalized on it. This year he didn’t have any parts breakage and was just so consistent even in the big events where there are 30 plus trucks. So, that was the difference in our season. He did a great job setting up the truck and the truck ran, really, really well. We put a new engine in it not quite halfway through the season. It worked really well,” said Petro.

Yes, it is fun to win, but Petro says it is really more satisfying when his dad has success. “Anytime you see somebody that is that close to you to do well it is very gratifying. Obviously, it goes the same way when people struggle. Joey’s truck has been really good a couple of times this year and it has been really bad a couple of times this year. That part of it is still the humbling part of the sport, but it is also the part of sport the keeps you moving forward and pushing on. The goal is there is always room for improvement, so that is always a driving force for us as well,” he said.

Petro says changing engines in the trucks in just part of the process they go through. He says they have a plan in mind at the start of the season. He it isn’t difficult to pull the trigger. “No, not at all. It was actually brand new from intake to pan. The one that came out, they were basically identical engines, the same combination, pretty much the same everything. It was just a matter of taking a motor out that had had “x” amount of runs on it and putting a fresh one in. So, the beat rolls right on,” he told Full Pull Tonight, “Adam Koester put it together there in Evansville and we picked it up and pit it in a few weeks after. With the amount of engines that we have we just try to get a certain cycle and a number of runs out of crankshafts, rods, and things like that. When we thought it was time to get that motor out we took it out and put the new one in.”

The team has six trucks running on different circuits. Petro says the engines are pretty much the same, but there are differences. “They are somewhat different. The new style engines are different as far as the combinations. The bore and stoke are similar. We have a couple different combinations that we run. We do have some different cubic inch, different deck height engines that have evolved over the years,” he said.

Published 9/03/18

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Rose Plugging Along

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Ricky Rose has been pulling tractors for almost 50 years, so not much rattles him anymore, he just does the best he can, which is pretty darn good.

He finished third in the season long race in the unlimited division on the NTPA circuit and he stands third in the modified class with two hooks left this weekend.

Rose says he is pretty happy with 2018. “We have had a few break downs this year that have kind of kept us out of the lead there. We have tried a few different things too with tires and what not. Down a little bit from a year ago, but still pretty decent,” he said.

Rose says this year they have been working in a new set of tires on the “Giddy Up” and that has been the reason for a little inconsistency. “Our other tires are probably not going to last a real long time, so we are trying to get a different tire to work. I always struggle a little bit with new tires, so that was kind of setback. We have only done it three, four times this year trying to get them to work,” he told Full Pull Tonight on Sunday, “They are getting pretty decent now. We can almost start running them constantly now. It is just a matter of getting them sharpened up right for my tractor. It is pretty important, at least on my tractor, to have the correct tire on.”

Right now, Rose trails point leader Doug Lively by 11 points, Bret Berg is second, with two hooks left on the same day, Saturday, in Sandwich, Illinois.

Rose says with the two sessions at Sandwich in one day, it can be a little nerve racking. “We will need help to get there. It is two sessions in one day, an afternoon and evening session, so anything can happen. It is a lot of pressure. If you break in the first session, if it is a serious break, it is pretty hard to get fixed up to go for evening,” he said.

Rose has had three wins this year, two in the modified class, and one in the unlimited. However, he says, maybe his best run this year was at home in Hutchinson, Minnesota, at an event that he promotes. “This year it seemed to work out pretty well for me as a puller and a promoter. We got second at my own event. That is two times we have been able to do that. I was tickled pink in the unlimited class to be able to do that in front of the home crowd. Of course, it is not a win, but when you have Chuck Knapp that has been a champion for four years in a row, so it is tough competition,” said Rose.

Published 9/03/18

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“Money Pit All Screwed Up” Wins Title

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The team of Craig Corzine and Steve Bollinger earned the NTPA Grand National title in the light unlimited modified division this summer with what amounts to a new tractor.

The win came in a tie breaker with the Simon’s “Simon Sez,”

Corzine spoke with “Full Pull Tonight” on Sunday night and he says the team in just really excited. “We built the tractor a year ago. Steve (Bollinger) and I did this tractor together. It is a small class. We only ended up with five of us running points, which is not as many as we would like to see. We want the class to grow. What a tough battle. You take the Simons and Keith Wayson and Boyers knew tractor is running really well. Just a grind to the end. We are ecstatic, feeling good,” he said.

There were four wins for “Money Pit All Screwed Up” as compared to three for “Simon Sez” and that was the difference.

One of those wins came last week at Hudsonville, Michigan. “Two times I would say where really, really key. The one at Hudsonville for sure to go out and win. We were up four points going to the last one and there were only five of us there chasing the points. We knew at worst we would tie. So, we tried something with the supercharger. We have been fighting breaking blower studs on that right engine. We thought we figured something out, so we tried something because we knew we had a free pass. We didn’t want to go out like that we wanted to put an exclamation mark it,” said Corzine.

The other wins came at Tomah, Wisconsin, Ft. Recovery, Ohio, and Mt. Sterling, Illinois.

However, Corzine says the pulling gods were really smiling on them at the National Tractor Pulling Championships earlier this month. “Anybody that has ever won a championship you can look back and say, how lucky did we get on such and such night? Bowling Green, Ohio, Thursday night was that for us. The “blue shirts” did a fantastic job in trying to get that event in after a big rain event. The show started late, the track was extremely wet and just really tricky conditions for us, especially with this class of tractors and we missed our setup and we only went like 190 feet and had to back out of it because the track just couldn’t handle the power,” he told Swankonsports.com on Sunday night, “Here we are leading the points and what a disaster of a run and I am looking up at the lights as I am pulling the kill on the tractor and it’s raining. I can guarantee you I was the only person, or team, we are the only people in Bowling Green happy to see it start raining and it washed out the event. That was our really, really lucky time out.”

When it comes to numbers in the class, Corzine says they want to get more, but there is a lingering question that needs to be answered. Will screw blowers be allowed? He says a long standing answer must be made. “A lot of these guys are just out here waiting for that rule to be said, hey, yes we are changing it or no we are not. This is what it is going to be and the rules are going to be in place for five years, 10 years. We need to that to happen. This cloud has been out here for about three years now on what is going to happen with the rules. We need that conversation to go way and then people will build to the class,” he said.

Published 8/27/18

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Ross Talks About Changes

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It has been a season of changes for two time defending NTPA diesel super stock champions Jody and Colin Ross.

Colin spoke to “Full Pull Tonight” on Sunday evening.

Colin says they thought they had made significant improvements to “Triple Bypass” over the off season, but over the first month of the season they found out different. “We worked on a new set up this off season after Louisville. We had a lot of thigs that looked good on the dyno and when we got to the track that wasn’t really the case. We fought a lot of issues and worked with that from Benson and went to Hutchinson, Tomah, and Rockwell. We dug quite a hole, I think we were down like 20 points when we left Rockwell. At that time, it was kind of a do or die moment. We said the heck with it we are going to put everything back the way it was last year and just go out and try and make up some points,” he told Swankonsports.com, “Went to Chapel Hill and had a third and first, went to Brandenburg and had an injector pump problem on the first night and then won on Saturday night. After that we won on Langford both days and went to Napoleon and won there. We had a good weekend at Bowling Green just missed our set up Friday, got a fourth, the track just played a trick on us, and another injector pump setup on Saturday night. I am ready for this year to be over and work on these injector pumps and get a little more life out of them.”

Currently, the Ross stable is 13 points behind the Blagraves of Texas with two hooks left at Sandwich, Illinois, in a couple weeks. Colin says he’ll be happy no matter what happens. “I am happy with were we are at. We battled back. I think we got it down the nine points there and lost a couple of points on Saturday night at Bowling Green. So, going into Sandwich we were down one point last year to Travis Schlabach, so anything can happen there. It is two hooks in one day. It is a frustrating eight hours between each hook and a lot of stress on you. So, we are just going to go and have fun. We have one goal and that is to win both hooks and if we come out of there a champion that’s great if not we still had a good season and we lost to a really good Blagrave team that worked really hard to get where they are at, so either way we are going to be pretty happy,” said Ross.

When it comes to changes, Colin says you have to be able to pull the trigger and that is what they have always done. “My father and I have had the target on our back for two years and I think we have really handled that well. What got us to winning championships and winning pulls was never wanting to stop improving. That has kind of always been our baseline with everything. It was really hard to do that when you had something that worked so well that hooked up and had good power and won and lived. We felt like we needed to push the needle forward and try new things and experiment a little bit. I think it will be good we just need a little more time with it. Just go to the track and figure out gear ratios and turbo sizes and stuff like that I think will be a huge benefit. I can lay my head down at night knowing I was trying to do the right thing,” he said.

Published 8/27/18

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Hunt Calls Win at “BG” Pretty Special

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Darrin Hunt has been in excellent form at the biggest events this summer with his “D2 Pro Stock Edition.”

He took the win at the biggest of all on Saturday night when he claimed the top spot at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Hunt says a win at Bowling Green is like no other. “It really does feel pretty good. Bowling Green is always a special place for us to be able to pull just because of the prestige and the size of the pull that it is and all of the different kinds of fans that we get to interact with there. All of our pulling friends from different walks of life, even different countries. The manufactures all come out and support us there that make our parts and stuff, so it makes it really special to us. In that position with one shot to win the ring was a pretty special feeling to us,” he told Swankonsports.com on Sunday evening, “I am pretty partial to the north side track there. We have had quiet a bit of success over there in past years with the super farm and the super stock diesel and even won there with my pro stock before. When they told us we were going on the north side track we were pretty happy about that.”

There was a lot of rain on the tracks at Bowling Green and Hunt says you never know what kind of affect there might be. He says they didn’t change their setup much from past years. “You kind of have to deal with the cards you are dealt there. The blue shirts did a great job of getting those tracks back together. Saturday during the day we even saw some dust kicking up on one of those tracks. To see it dry out that much they had to go and put some water back in it for the evening session because they worked so hard to get it dried out. The track was definitely tricky, but we kind of went with our gut and kind of went with what we know and go with the set up that we normally go with there. We threw out our “Hail Mary” pass at it there,” said Hunt.

There were 45 entries in the pro stock division on Saturday night. Hunt was number 30 in the draw and he says you have to do your homework if you are going to be successful. “I felt like I was back in super farms, there were more of us than there were super farms this year. Lucky for me I come from the super farm class and are kind of used to that. You have to just watch the track and watch how it changes. A lot people would think being number 30 out of 45 I only have to watch the 10 in front of me, but that is really not the case. There is really a lot more to it than that with watching and seeing how the track changes and see where the sled goes and how that track comes in and falls together,” he said.

Hunt admits the win at the National Tractor Pulling Championships was pretty emotional for him. “I usually try to be pretty level headed and keep my emotions in check, but you kind of think about everybody that helped you get to where you are at. Just being in the moment and wish everybody could be there. All of the long nights in the shop and the long miles on the road and hours and hours of conversations that you have with your crew and your guys. Just being able to have your family there and my brother, him being my crew chief and my sled spotter and my best friends. It just means so much to me, it really does. I am a really blessed young man. I am a smart enough young man to know I am definitely not a one man show. I am probably the smallest piece of this puzzle,” said Hunt.

Published 8/20/18

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Blagraves With Crucial Win at Bowling Green

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The Blagraves and the “Red Horse” kind of needed a win at the National Tractor Pulling Championships and they got one to boost their lead a little bit in the race to win the NTPA point title in the diesel super stock class.

They were the test hook on Saturday night and Stan Blagrave, who drove the “Red Horse,” says they were able to adjust a few things before making their run that went in the books after officials changed the sled setting. “We had to get the tractor cooled off and water back in it, so we really didn’t get a chance to watch anybody else. By the time we got it ready to go we were up, it was our turn. We did adjust a few things for the second pass. It came back into our favor when they reset the sled,” said Blagrave.

The “Red Horse” won six of the first nine hooks in the class this season, but before Saturday night they had not won since Chapel Hill, Tennessee, on July 20.

Because the moister that “Mother Nature” provided over the weekend it made things in Bowling Green a little tricky. Rain washed out Friday night’s session completely. Blagrave says they were happy to see the sun come out on Saturday. “It was a guessing game. We had some sun on it, so we felt a little bit better about it than we would have had we had the afternoon session because of rain we had the night before. We felt a little more confident with it and being able to run on it,” he said.

Blagraves have been pulling on the pulling circuits for 30 years and Stan says this year seems to have been hard on parts for about everybody in the class. “We were really good early in the season, but we have been in pretty bad slump here the last three weeks, just some mechanical problems that we have been trying to work through, maybe getting it turned around a little bit. This year has been a tough year mechanical wise for the whole class. We have barrowed parts and used parts form everybody else in the class. Hats off to all of them guys in our class,” said Blagrave.

With two hooks left in the diesel super stock class in Sandwich, Illinois, in early September, the Blagraves lead Colin and Jody Ross by 13 points and Travis Schlabach by 24. Stan it is going to come down to that last hook. “It always is. Colin Ross and Travis Schlabach and all of them they are running really well now and we have kind of been in a slump. It will come down until they take the chain our of the hitch for the last time I am afraid,” he said.

Published 8/20/18

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Laribee Excited About Pulling

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Mike Laribee of Crestline, Ohio, has been one of the more decorated pullers in the history of the sport from FWD trucks to semis. This season has been one of transition that has put a smile on his face.

There is a new semi in the stable, a Peterbuilt, driven by his friend Joe Metzger, from nearby, Ohio.

Pulling mostly on the OSTPA circuit, Laribee says both trucks have been pulling well with only a few exceptions. “We built a new truck. Joe (Metzger) did most of the work on it this winter to replace the “Brockasurus” and the new one has been doing really well. “Shameless” had some crankshaft issues and I missed three events, but the times it has been out it has been doing really good. So, overall a really good season so far. Our new truck is leading the points in Ohio State Tractor Pullers. “Shameless” is in fourth, but it has slowly been climbing back up trying to catch up for lost time with the issues we had. On the OSTPA we have a lot of good competitors on the circuit this year and had some really good quality shows. We have Norwalk coming up this week and we are probably going to take the trucks to Bowling Green coming up here and see how they do there,” said Laribee.

Laribee says he and Metzger just didn’t believe the “Brockasurus” could be as competitive as it once was and they felt there was a time for a change. “Well the “Brockasurus” kind of got the point where it wasn’t as competitive as is once was having that 4,000 pound cab up on the front bumper, just wasn’t efficient. For long time that was okay, but as we wanted to keep them more competitive it got to be that wasn’t the point. I was kind interested in selling them and I advertised them for sale, but everybody I talked to that had any interest really didn’t want a cabover and the really didn’t want a Chevy. Everybody that has money wants a 379 Pete,” he told Full Pull Tonight on Sunday evening, “So, this winter we started with two new frame rails. I just kept dragging parts over to Joe’s and he kept putting them together and we built a 379 Pete this winter. The “Brockasurus” is still setting there. We ended up selling it to Matthew Metzger that used to run it, Joe’s boy, he is going to put a stock motor in it down the road and play with it at truck shows. So, the “Brockasurus” isn’t dead it is just retired from pulling.”

The engines that power both trucks in the stable are basically the same, according to Laribee. “They both have KT 19 Cummins, 19 liter or 1,150 inch Cummins six cylinder engines. Both have single turbo, both have the same injection pump basically. They are almost identical. “Shameless” has a little bit newer turbocharger, but the new Pete has been winning with last year’s turbo, so I’m not sure it makes that much difference. They are basically the same engine,” he said.

Of course, Laribee put together a number of state and national titles with his SMFWD and his semi. How do the driving styles compare? Laribee says they are getting closer. “We did used to have to because we have an air bag on the front axle, so it got loaded a little bit and then you take off and you really push down on that front axle and it is going to wheelie and take off really consistently, but as the semis make more and more power it is harder and harder for the sleds to stop them. So, our distances in the semi class have been getting longer and longer and farther and farter down the track, so were getting 360, 380 foot pulls and everybody is concerned about the track getting that long because of safety. So, this year I have noticed the sleds are working harder to stop us sooner. Now that we have to take that into consideration I have actually found myself several times driving more like a FWD where you don’t build all of boost before you let the clutch out and you don’t rev it all the way up. You put it in a little bit slower gear and you try drive into to hook the truck,” said Laribee.

Published 8/13/18

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Lucas Expects Battle to the End

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Kenny Lucas is involved in a tight race for the points title in the super modified FWD truck class on the OSTPA circuit.

He currently shares the lead with David Pearce with stable mate Carl O’Dell and Steve Barker in the thick of it too.

He says anyone of them could take home the title. “The top of our class right now the points race is tight. I think Dave Pearce and I have swapped the points lead for the last at least four events we have flip flopped the lead and I believes we went out of (Saturday) night tied for the points lead. The “Live Wire” and my stable mate “Dirt Donkey” are hot on our heels so and one little slip and any of those four trucks I would say are still very much in the running for winning the points championship,” said Lucas.

Every night it seems the class has been close, sometimes less than half a foot separating first place from the runner up. Lucas says there are a number of trucks that have a chance every night. “It has been really close and the other thing I think if you look at the some of the results and you look at the entire class and the top six or the top eight you are talking five, six feet is the difference between first and sixth place, really stacking them in there,” he told Swankonsports.com on Sunday night, “So, there are a lot of competitive trucks. You have some new guys on the circuit that are improving every night. We have some guys that made some big changes over the winter and they improve every night. It is a super competitive class.”

Why is the class more competitive than most? Lucas says they have a lot of guys that have been down the track a lot and they know what they are doing. “A lot of us have been at this a long time and so we have our setups figured out and if we don’t have our setups figured out it doesn’t take us long to correct our errors and get back on track. The other thing is a lot of these guys have paid a lot of attention and they have built the right kind of motor and they have the right chaises and they have the right tune ups. There are a lot of guys out there that have everything it takes to be competitive in this class,” he said.

With 10 hooks left the pressure is on down the stretch of the season. Lucas has been pulling 20 years and has points titles under his belt. He says you have to do what you feel is right and hope it is good enough. “It is probably a little easier than it was, but it is still a little bit neve racking. (Saturday) night I was number two hook and we didn’t know what it was going to be. There are still butterflies that are going to come with it. A lot of these places we have been to 20 times now and we know the track, but weather conditions, how much water they have in the track changes all of that and that goes through your head. I guess the main thing is you can’t out think yourself you have to drive your game and don’t worry about what the competitor does, make the best pass that you can make and hopefully it is good enough to beat the next guy,” said Lucas.

Published 8/13/18

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Boyds Still Doing it

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It has been a Boyd show in the modified tractor point standings on the Pro Pulling League circuit.

“Green Streak Unlimited” is the leader and “Green Streak” stands it second place, 24 points ahead of Wayne Sullivan and the “Kentuckian.”

Greg Boyd says it has been a good season, but they know it isn’t over yet. “We are having a good year. It has been a good learning experience with the new tractor. We have been able to be consistent it seems like and that’s a good thing. If you are going to win a points championship you have to be consistent. We have worked hard to get ourselves in position here. We have five to go and anything can happen, but we are setting in pretty good shape right now,” said Boyd.

“Green Streak Unlimited,” the tractor that Greg normally drives, has a new setup this year. He says there has been a learning curve. “It is a different combination and trying to figure out what that tractor likes. It is a little bit different than the other one. Learning your weights and your percentages. What one likes, maybe the other doesn’t. It has been a learning experience, but we are enjoying it,” he said.

Greg has put together fours win on the “PPL” tour, so he is learning a few things it appears.

He says when you are running for a points title it is consistency that is most important. He says that is what they are trying to produce. “It is almost two different types of mindsets that you have to have whether you are going into a pull to win it or are you looking at the whole season and the points championship. We like to win pulls, don’t get me wrong, but if we are going to gamble we generally gamble on the safer side because we like to look at the points series,” said Boyd.

“Green Steak” and Steve Boyd also produced two wins at Chapel Hill, Tennessee, on the NTPA circuit. Greg says their approach to those events is different. “When we jump up like we have this year and last year and we are only running those few events consistently doesn’t necessarily matter, you want to try and win those events,” he told Full Pull Tonight on Sunday, “You tend to gamble a little bit more than you would on a point series. We enjoy that a lot. It has been a good challenge to us. It is fun to pull with both organization they both do a great job. It is new to get it on with the other guys sometimes.”

Published 8/06/18

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Fasur Catching a Hot Streak

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Joey Frasur, part of the Petro Motorsports team, has won two NTPA Grand National TWD pulls in the last week.

He won July 28 in Brandenburg, Kentucky, and August 4 in Waverly, Iowa.

Frasur says those wins made him feel pretty good. “It was exciting. The class is getting more and more competitive every year. It seems like everybody has similar equipment and everybody really knows how to run it. It is tough to really get a good finish you have to have everything work our right. Get your setup right, drive it right. I was very fortunate to come out on top,” he said.

With four hooks coming up in Ohio, including the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green in a couple of weeks, Frasur says he has to keep his nose to the grindstone. “The past year or two before this I have kind of been in a slump at the Grand National level, so it has been nice to have a little bit of a hot streak the last couple of weeks. Looking forward you just have to try and keep preparing for each pull the best that you can to try and keep that rolling. We are going to try our best,” he said.

Right now, Petro Motorsports has three trucks in the top eight in the point standings. “Runnin’ Block,” the one that Joey drives, stands in eighth place. Frasur says they can all learn a little bit from each other. “Each truck is a little bit different, but they are all based on the same idea. “Buckeye Hauler” and “Kathy’s Komplaint” they are closer chassis wise than mine is. Mine is a Full Pull Motorsports chassis. They are all tube chassis. You can use information from one truck to another. Not everything translates, but for the most part the first truck that runs we have a little info that we can use for the second, third or fourth truck down the line,” said Frasur.

When it comes to his recent success, Frasur thinks there are several reasons. “I think it is a combination of a lot of things. When it was brand new we just had a hard time trying to figure out what it liked setup wise. When we weren’t having success it was kind of getting a little bit in my head and I was trying to just overdo it and over think on how I was going to approach each pull. I think at some point you just have to take a step back and simplify things,” he told Full Pull Tonight on Sunday night, “I think just getting some more runs on the truck helps it out. It has been a great year so far. There have been a few runs that I could have driven a little better. The Full Pull Motorsports chassis working really well right now. Even if you don’t have success right out of the gate you have to be patient with things. It all works out the way it should.”

Published 8/06/18

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Tarry Feiss Finding Right Combination

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At the NTPA region II level, Tarry Feiss, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, has won four times this year on the “Feissty Farmer,” including two of the last three in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and Eaton, Ohio, on Wednesday night.

Tarry and her husband Todd campaign a pair of tractors. She crosses her fingers in saying maybe they have figured it out. “We have had some really good hooks. It has been awesome and we have had some horrible breaks. The good times are really, really fun and the bad times are just horrible. So, hopefully we have got our gremlins under control. We think we had some oil pressure issues. Luckily, we have put a computer on the mods and we can see what is happening. There was a huge dip in oil pressure on the left motor and we think that is what has been happening for the last couple of years when we have been tearing up stuff,” she said.

Tarry is in third place in the region II standings, Todd is second, behind points leader Ryan Writsel.

At Mt. Vernon, Tarry had the test hook and went farther than 350 feet and they had to change the setting on the weight exchanger. She said that forced her and Todd to make some decisions that all pullers must make. “It is always tricky when you have to come back. With the issues that we have had we hate to pull a second time with a hot motor and one that could have some issues, bit worked out at Mt. Vernon. We changed the weight. Todd and I over the years have always debated about weight and we don’t always agree,” she told Full Pull Tonight, “I want it to be lighter and he wants it to be heavier usually. That time I wanted to take two off the front and he said we need three and at the last little bit I gave in and said take three off and sure enough that was the winning combination. I did have to mash the brake pretty hard at about 200 feet and when I left off the brake it just seemed to launch a little bit farther. It was pretty cool.”

Tarry has been driving a pulling vehicle some kind since 1980’s and she says you must have focus and block everything else out. “You have to know when to hit those brakes and steer with the brakes when the front end comes up. I hear my throttle and I hear my engines come up. I wear ear plus and other protections with my ears and it is still very loud. I can’t hear much of anything and I am not really paying attention to the fans because I don’t want to get caught up in that or nervous about it. I don’t want to think about that. I just want to think about the competition. Todd and I are both very competitive. We talk about quitting occasionally, but what else would we do? We have been doing this for over 30 years together and it is our passion and that is what we focus on,” said Feiss.

Published 8/03/18

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Foster Trying to Find it

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Rob Foster has had his struggles this season on the NTPA FWD truck circuit, but not everything is bad in the Foster camp. The truck driven by his wife and daughter sits in first place in the NTPA Grand National standings.

The “Foster Child” truck picked up a win Thursday night in Monroe, Michigan.

The Fosters are from Fairgrove. Michigan, up by the southern tip of Lake Huron, about a two and half hour drive from Monroe near the Ohio boarder.

Rob says pulling is really a family event for them. “My wife has drove. My daughter is driving now and doing great. My son is 16 and we are trying to get him in the seat. He is a little skeptical yet. I don’t want to force him, but he is always with us and enjoys it. We have a good time and enjoy it together,” he said.

Likely the most difficult aspect of the FWD class is to get the tires locked into the track. It is different for every truck and Foster admits he is still trying to figure out “Simply Red.” “It is quite a handful sometimes. The last three, four, even five years the horsepower has really increased and that has really made it more difficult even,” he told Full Pull Tonight on Sunday night, “Most people know I have a new truck, this is my fourth season with it, and I am still struggling with it. It just does not want to hook up leaving the line, it just wants to spin. We are still struggling with that. I have tried gearing up and go at that route. There is an art to it that’s for sure.”

It has been described before as being like trying to control the truck on a piece of ice. However, Foster says to him it is closer to a snowbank. He tells us why. “It’s like driving in a snowbank. In a snowbank if you push too hard you are going to set there and go down. You have to get it moving as fast as your can without piling dirt. It’s hard to pull dirt, it takes horsepower. We try to ease it out the best we can. You have to be smooth, that’s for sure,” he said.

Drivers in some classes has told us that they feel they might be over powering the tires in their class. Foster, however, won’t admit to that, he says he is always searching for more. “I will never say I have too much horsepower, I always want more and try and figure it out and that is what I am trying to do now with this truck I have. Pretty much everybody has the same amount of horsepower right now. It is over 1,600 and we are trying to get those 34 inch tires to hook up and it can be hard,” he said.

Published 8/03/18

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Knapp is the King of Consistency

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Chuck Knapp and “Screamin’ D” has not finished lower than third place in an NTPA unlimited modified class since September 3, 2016, that is a space of 24 hooks.

Pretty damn impressive.

The Knapp Motorsports team from Charles City, Iowa, has won the last three points titles. They lead Adam Bauer and “Cross Threaded” by 11 points with nine hooks left in the season. Ricky Rose is third and Bret Berg fourth so far this year.

Knapp says they have had some breakage this season, but on the track “Screamin’ D” has again been pretty consistent. “We are doing it again this year we are not finishing any worse than third. The tractor is finishing good down the track, but we have had a lot of breakdowns. A lot of fires. We are paying the price this year. She has given up on us, but she has given us good hooks,” he said.

After some great success over the last couple of years, Knapp says they didn’t make any substantial changes to the tractor in the off season. They didn’t want to mess with success. “We left it alone. We think we have improved some things on it as far as maintaining her and keeping her in better shape. As far as the performance we don’t break what is working I guess. We didn’t do a lot of change, but we have had a lot of breakdowns this year too maybe because of some of them,” he said.

Maintenance of the tractor is a huge factor. Knapp gives his son Kyloe most of the credit. He says it takes an enormous amount of time. “It keeps you on your toes. My son is the majority of the maintenance on it. I just fill in when he has to go to work on the farm or if he needs a hand. He pretty much handles the motor end of it. He does a good job at it. It is time consuming. It is one thing to spend the money to keep a tractor top notch, but it is another thing to come up with the time to spend at it. That gets to be more of a problem,” said Knapp.

Knapp says what the driver has to do is get the tires locked into the dirt and then let the machine kind of take over. “You just can’t just jump in there and think you are going to do well. You can have the best equipment that you can buy, but you have to know what you are doing with it, that’s for sure. Like any other sport, you have to have a knack for it. Coming off the line with these unlimiteds with that kind of power,” he told Full Pull Tonight on Sunday evening, “That tells the story right there, how you get out of the hole. Once you are wide open you are at the mercy of everything you have built and you hope you have built it good enough. Getting that ground speed early is the finesse part of it. They driver has got to be with the program there.”

It is hard to argue with the kind of success that Chuck and the team have had and he says you have to be loyal to your own success. “The biggest thing is once you get a good program leave it alone and let it run its course. Every good thing comes to an end. Somebody will out do it and you have to start scratching your head and do some changing. When you run across that good set up you better hang onto it because they are far and few between,” he said.

Published 7/23/18

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Hunt Doubles at Chapel Hill

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Darrin Hunt and “D2 Pro Stock Edition” took both hooks at the “Super Pull of the South” in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, on Friday and Saturday.

Hunt says it makes all of the hard work hey have put into the tractor worth it. “After all of the hard work and stuff we have been putting into these two tractors over the last couple of years it really takes the cake when you can do something like that, it really does,” he said.

And to be able to win against a top notch field of tractors like were competing at Chapel Hill is really exciting. “I grew up watching some of these guys pull in the pro stock class and the guys that have just come on lately are good. The guys that run week in and week out for points they are just top notch. They are the best there is in the country. There really isn’t much else you can say about them than they are the best. To be able to squeak a couple out in front of those guys just means the world. It really means a lot to us to be pulling with those guys,” said Hunt.

Hunt started his career as a field stock competitor in his part of western Kentucky and then went into super farms. When they decided to try pro stocks they wanted to show that red ones could be competitive. “It took me a little while to try and figure out what we wanted to do. We looked at the pro stock class and saw that it predominately green field. Not that the red guys weren’t having good luck, but there wasn’t nearly enough of them. We like a challenge and we wanted to build a red tractor that could come out and compete. We felt we had the motor program to make that happen,” he told Full Pull Tonight on Sunday night, “I am still trying to get my arms around it. I know we are getting four years in here. We have had to make some changes to the motor program to get the whole thing working like a well oiled machine. To have an all red pull off in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. I have been going there since I can remember and I have never seen that and it was just a cool feeling to be part of that this weekend.”

Every team is a little different when it comes to preparation. Hunt says when it comes to weighting the tractor they like to form their own opinion based on the information they have. “Everybody is up there watching the track to see where the good spot is on the track and things like that. Tractor pullers, just like anybody else, if there is one good pass there at a spot on the track that is usually where everybody is going to run until it gets worn out. On weight and stuff like that we usually try to make our own opinion. We have a great chassis builder that has given us some great advice over the years. You have to run your tractor and you have to do what works for you. You try and keep really good notes of what we run and where we run and we compare those year to year and see where we are at. We at least have a good basis of where to start from before we leave the trailer. If we get up there to the track and see that things are a little different we can make some minor changes as far as moving some weight around,” said Hunt.

Published 7/23/18

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Feiss Making Adjustments

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In the early years in the pulling there was a great deal of competition between Ford guys and Chevy guys and Chrysler guys, but not so much anymore, well if you know what is going on behind the scenes.

Puller Todd Feiss says many of motors are kind of like hybrids. “For instance, the Minor motor was originally based around a Chevrolet engine, but it is a hemi head type engine and Chevrolet didn’t do that. It is a bit of a hybrid. Now, the Chrysler hemi like we run it was always a hemi, but there is not one item on our engines that was ever produced by a major manufacturer they are all custom made racing pieces,” he said.

Feiss says there are a lot of ways to go about putting combinations together and they can all work. “There are several racing engine manufacturers out there, Bob Minor, Allen Johnson, Brad Anderson, and they do their own thing. We use kind of a combination we are using a Brad Anderson block and then we use Ken Venny’s heads on our motors. A lot of guys run the same block that we do, but they run Brad Anderson heads on them. Which are just a little bit different. They tend to turn those motors more RPM’s then we do the Venny style motors, or Venny headed motors. They are all just a little bit different. They make power in a different way. Honestly, if they are tuned and running properly they are all pretty competitive,” said Feiss.

The design of modified tractors is a lot different than it was even 10 to 15 years ago. Yes, it is about horsepower, but you have to be able to use it. Feiss says the placement of engines can be a big factor. He says theirs are way in the front. “We did it for two reasons. One, to get more weight on the front. When I ran three motors in a line, two crank to crank on the front and our back motor was turned around and set a little higher. When I really got the chassis working good that thing was hooking hard that thing would get too high in the air. Tractors tend to go left all of the time because what happens is the torque of the chassis plants the right rear tire harder than the left and it makes the machine go to the left. I got the point where I couldn’t control it. If the front got three feet in the air I could count on either having to stop or really mashing on the break to keep it in bounds, which either one of those things hurts your distance,” Feiss told Full Pull Tonight last Sunday, “We put the two engines side by side in the front with one behind to get more front end weight on the tractor and the other reason is because when you have a crank to crank situation and you break that middle blower belt that’s quite a chore. It used to take me an hour and a half to change that blower belt. We used to take one and zip tie in there some place just so it was easier to change. In a typical situation you can change a blower belt in five minutes, but on that one it used to take me an hour.”

Feiss Motorsports runs two tractors, the “Sno’ Farmers Extreme, which Todd drives, and the “Feisty Farmer,” which gets the guidance of wife Tarry. Todd says the tractor’s design may look very similar, but in reality they are much different. “They are different more so than you would think and more so than I have been able to figure out. We kind of stepped back. We ran grand national for several years we kind of stepped back to the region this year and we haven’t run a lot of these tracks and we haven’t run at that 7,500 lbs. with just two motors much. We were struggling to figure out our gear ratio and getting our weight right. I have missed the weight set up on the “Sno’ Farmer” several times this year just because I hadn’t run it at 7,500 pounds with two motors. I had run at 7,500 pounds with three motors in the grand national, but this set up is totally different you don’t have near the tire speed, so you don’t carry the front as much. Last week in Wilmington the front end was light enough where it picked up and carried good and it made a pretty good pass. Tarry’s tractor, the red tractor, the “Feisty Farmer,” that tractor we have had longer. I don’t know what it is that is different about chaises, they look identical, but that thing is a hooking chassis. It really hooks to the dirt. She has made a couple of really impressive passes this year,” said Feiss.

Published 7/20/18

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Shafer Trying to Figure Things Out

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Mt. Vernon, Ohio, native Jeff Shafer took a bit of a risk in designing a completely different two wheel drive truck for this season and he is still working the bugs out of it a little bit.

If you see “Win, Lose or Draw” she looks very much like a vintage dragster from the 1960’s and Shafer says that is by design. “I thought about this about three years ago. I had three or four pretty good fires in the ’50 Chevy cab truck. I was thinking of some safety issues back then and accessibility of working on things a little easier. The thought of this body started then. We put a T-bucket on it real quick and I really didn’t like that. This winter we made this thing come to life. I took a pretty rough ride at the end of last season. The truck was in the air a good ways and it jumped out of gear and it come down and hurt my back. It just kind of sealed the deal of making this new one and moving the seat to the back to help that issue,” he told Full Pull Tonight last Sunday, “The rules are written with a lot of gray area to it. Some people like it and some people don’t. We are going to have to make some changes to it. NTPA tech has told me they want the area filled in between the body and the back of the motor. I wanted it to resemble the nostalgic dragsters. We are going to work on that this week.”

It has been a bit if a struggle for Shafer early in the season, over the first month, and he says the new design is going to take a little getting used to for sure. “I thought it would have a better feel and it probably does, but I was really surprised at Benson the first time I went down the track how there is none of the fell from the old the mid-seat, front seat two wheelers that is going to apply to this thing at all. I am going to have to look for different things. I used to be able to feel the twist of the frame, now you don’t feel that so you have to watch for that. Rob Foster has actually driven it more times than I have. The idea behind that was he had never driven a two wheeler with seat up front and probably wouldn’t go through the learning curve. He has actually driven it more than I have so I can watch it,” he said.

At Marion, Ohio, earlier this month Shafer got a chance to drive the Wilson’s “Little American,” now owned by Kevin Dick. Shafer calls it a thrill. “I was supposed to drive one a year ago at Sullivan’s pull early in the spring and it got rained out. Kevin (Dick) asked me to drive one then and since I didn’t get to do that I think he felt obligated to still give me a ride sometime when he could. I have to say that I am not sure I am the one that deserved a ride on one of those tractors. Those are literally legendary tractors. I consider myself maybe a veteran, but don’t think I have anything to do with legendary. It was an honor and to follow up on the weekend after Willie Giberson drove the thing. He was good enough to drive for Engler and Bergs and numerous famous pullers. I was as honored to drive it after he was asked to drive and I was just honored to drive it period,” said Shafer.

Published 7/20/18

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Berg Knows His Capabilities

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Bret Berg has been in pulling long enough to be a realist. He knows what his tractors are capable of and how to make them work the best.

Right now, Berg stands third in the NTPA Grand National modified tractor point standings and the “Money Maker” has won two of the its last three starts in that division. In the unlimited class, he is in fourth place, with two second place finishes on the year.

Berg says they have started the season okay and have kept themselves in position where a points title is possible and that is what you want to do early. “It has been okay. To be honest as they years go on it seems like the competitors, there aren’t as many as there have been in the past and the guys that are left are really serious about it. They are really good guys, hard working guys that are willing to put in the effort and spend the money to get to the end of the summer and be points champion. You can throw a points title away in the first three or four events now. Sometimes you just can’t make the points back up,” said Berg.

Berg is also running a mini modified tractor and he says for one thing that gives him a better idea of how to attack a track. “One thing with modified minis is they do run down the track close to same concept as the big modified tractor does, so it does give you a little bit more tractor time, gives you a little bit more read on the track. In Rockwell, Iowa, we ran two classes of modified, two classes of unlimited, and two classes of mini modified. When you get to the end of the weekend you feel you know the track pretty good after making that many passes on it,” said Berg.

The Farmington, Minnesota, native says when you come out on the track those in the stands and those supporting you want to see wins and if you don’t you have to figure out why. “When you have 10 guys in the class and you end up sixth or seventh you are probably throwing the kitchen sink at it the next night because you don’t want to run sixth or seventh again,” he said.

There are nights when you don’t win that can be kind of good when you are chasing points like Berg, but he says you always come away not completely satisfied. “You will hear me say more times than not when we walk away from a track and don’t win, well it was a good points night, but that being said the sponsors are looking for you to be a winner and fans like to see a winner. I would say if you have 12 guys in the class you have one guy happy and 11 others scratching their heads for the next evening,” he said.

Yes, Berg, is going to run in the unlimited class this summer, but he admits that the main goal is success in the modified class. He says to be consistent in the unlimited ranks they would have to make some changes. “Our main focus has always been the modified class, but because the modified class doesn’t have quite enough hooks for me at this point we have been running the unlimited class here the last couple of years. Between the two it is almost too many hooks if that makes sense. That being said, we gain knowledge all of the time by doing that. If we were going to be a true unlimited tractor we would probably have to move up to the bigger superchargers, put 1471’s on,” he told Full Pull Tonight last Sunday evening, “We still try and run five motors. We have the tractor light enough. We run 350 pounds of movable weight right now. Most places we have enough movable weight, but we are just a little short in the horsepower game compared to the guys with four motors and 1871’s or Bauer’s five motors with the 1471’s. We have Boyds coming over now and they have 1871’s on one tractor. If we are on our game we can run with those guys, but we don’t have the advantage anymore just because we have five motors. We could change things, but I just don’t feel comfortable changing things all of the time. At this point we are probably a top four tractor.”

Published 7/13/18

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Atley on the Move

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Carl Atley after a pair of wins last weekend in Rockwell, Iowa, has moved into second place on the NTPA Grand National circuit in the diesel 4x4 truck class.

He is just two and half points behind the leader Justin Gearhart.

Atley has had considerable success in pulling over the last three decades. He says it all started for him with a John Deere pro stock tractor. “Lethal Weapon is named after my pro stock tractor that we built in ’89. Gene Sharber built it for me. We were pro stock rookie of the year in ’89. Then we sold it to Boyds,” he told Full Pull Tonight last Sunday night, “Steve Boyd bought it for his son Greg Boyd and it was “Green Streak II.” I sat out for a while and then came back with my son and built two trucks. “Ohio Cat” has been sponsoring our truck. We have a good relationship with “Ohio Cat” we have bought a lot of equipment from them. They are a great organization to work for.”

When it comes to the power plant in his Ford truck, Atley knows who to depend on. “We have a Scheid Diesel aluminum block with their new style steel head. Scheid Diesel they are so, so, great in what they do. Very clean place, great organization. I highly recommend them if you ever need a part anywhere in the business of pulling call them first they are very honest and they will help you,” he said.

It can be a felling that is difficult to describe for someone that has never been behind the wheel of a pulling vehicle, but Atley says when it comes to knowing when to hit the throttle it is really a feeling. “Until you feel that you can not roll up on the throttle. If you try and roll up on the throttle before you feel that it won’t work out for you. You will just go away mumbling that was a dumb move and we have all done it. It has got to be early or it has got to be late. You just have to have that certain feeling,” said Atley.

He adds that figuring out the first 50 to 75 feet of a track is going to be critical when comes to what your distance is going to be at the end. “If you get a great hole shot you are going to a have a great distance at the other end. If you have a bad hole shot you are going to come up short of where you want to be. A lot times if you have a real bad hole shot you have a second try or you can drop to end of the class and make an adjustment to get it right,” said Atley.

Atley says he doesn’t want to play around in the pits. He says he wants to get across the scales so he can watch those ahead of him and make decisions relevant to his own truck. “You will always learn by watching. Sometimes being the quiet one and watching and learning is the most important thing to do,” he said.

Published 7/13/18

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Corzine Excited by Start

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          Going into NTPA action this weekend in Rockwell Iowa, Corzine Motorsports is part of vehicles that lead the points standings in both the light unlimited division and the TWD class.

          "Money Pit Screwed Up," which they share with the Bollingers, leads the light unlimited after a win in Tomah and "Burn Notice" shows the way in the TWD class.

          Craig Corzine from Assumption, Illinois, has a smile on his face after a successful weekend in Tomah.  "What a weekend for us we are the points leader with the tractor and the truck and the other two trucks are right there sniffing the top five, so we are feeling good about things," he said.

          "Burn Notice" got a couple of second place finishes in TWD classes in Tomah after being passed by trucks late in the class.  Corzine says it can be good to be number one hook, but usually it is better to be toward the end.  "It all depends on the track and the dirt.  Number one the track kind of sits a little bit between classes.  It may get a little extra roll, so the track is tight and that is what we need for a TWD truck, especially and you just have that option if you are not happy with it you can turn that pull down or come back last or anywhere in the class.  Tomah is a really good track, but it can not go back together just like you would like it too, as tight as you would like it too with sun still up.  Especially these places we go, a Tomah, Wisconsin, a Bowling Green, Ohio, where we have so many in the TWD class that the track can really change an that can be for the good and it can be for the bad.  More times than not it is better to towards the end if the class starts in the daylight because that moisture comes up and the track gets a little better,  Your winners, especially in the truck game, are towards the end of the class," said Corzine.

          When it comes to "Money Pit Screwed Up" Corzine says they knew they had a pretty good tractor and now it is about taking advantage of it and so far they have.  "When we built that tractor we thought we would be on the higher end of the horsepower, but as we all know horsepower is a great thing to have, but you have got to have a combination.  Man Simons are great pullers and they have been running the class since it started.  We came into that deal thinking we are going to be right towards the front and we did.  We had high expectations I am not going to kid you.  We got our wings clipped a couple of times.  We do a lot of talking and thinking on the rides home between pulls in the haulers and it took a couple of those rides home," he told Full Pull Tonight on Sunday, "Guys like the Simons and Keith Wayson those guys have been running that class for so long they have a lot of experience.  It took a little bit to put the thing together.  I think we are there, but there is always room for improvement, but I think we are in a pretty good place.  You can't back off we have great pullers in every class.  You can't get off your game or everybody will drive right by you."

 

 

Published 7/06/18

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Nichols a Gambler

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          Russ Nichols from Lore City, in southeast Ohio, has a couple of top ten finishes in the NTPA's tough two drive truck division this year and a win on the OSTPA circuit, but he hasn't been as consistent as he has wanted to be so far.

          He blames himself.  "The truck is performing, the problem is the driver.  We have had some pretty good runs, but yet we are not consistent, that is my problem.  The truck is doing good, but the driver is inconsistent," he said.

          Nichols says when you are coming out of the hole and lighting the engine it is a very precise process.  "If you are a half second too early on the throttle or too late on the throttle and you are 10 or 15 feet off.  It is just hard to feel that you know to know when it is go time," he adds.

          When it comes to track position he says it takes some experience to read the tracks they face around the country.  "The big tractors like a little more firm and some moisture to have the big tires get a hold.  What works good for them doesn't work good for us.  We are looking for a different spot on  the track than what they are running.  It's a challenge and it all about that dog gone throttle," said Nichols.

          Nichols is a puller that hits the track a lot, not matter what the circuit.  He says he just wants to learn.  "It's fun and I am sort of new into the TWD class, so I want to go everywhere and everyday, just ask (his wife) Kelly.  She says you don't have to go to everyone of them.  When you are know you want to go learn and be better every time.  That is what we are trying to do.  We want to get as much experience as we can because it is tough out there.  There are a bunch of good, good trucks out there," said Nichols.

          Nichols won last season at Bowling Green and the National Tractor Pulling Championships, likely this biggest event anywhere in the country.  He says he kind of took a chance.  "I am a guy that gambles on the sled setting.  Last year, at Bowling Green we went somewhere that nobody else went and it worked out that day, but we did it here a couple of weeks ago and it was the wrong thing to do," he told Full Pull Tonight last Sunday, "Sometimes those gambles make you out a hero and sometimes they don't.  That is just the way it is sometimes it works and sometimes it looks like you are not very smart."

 

 

Published 7/06/18

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Red Horse off the Flying Start

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          There have been six hooks so far this season in the diesel super stock class on the NTPA Grand National circuit and the Blagraves from Texas have won four of them.

          That has given them an 11 point lead on Travis Schlabach, but there are 13 more events to go.  There next chance to get out on the track will be next weekend in Rockwell, Iowa.

          Stan Blagrave was a guest on last Sunday's "Full Pull Tonight" here on Swankonsports.com and he says they really couldn't be happier with the start they have gotten.  "We are tickled to death.  We kind of have a new set up this year and not knowing what to expect when we started out the year, but it is working good and I guess we will milk it to it quits.  You just take it one pull at a time and hope it stays together," said Blagrave.

          He says its seems whatever they have done this season has turned to gold for the team.  "We have had years when you can't do anything wrong and we have had other years when you can't doing anything right.  I wouldn't mind having something in between this year," he said.

          The reason for the their success?  Well, Stan says they made some major changes to their turbo set up.  "We changed our compete turbo system.  We are not running anything similar to what we ran last year.  It took some time to kind of put it all together," he said.

          The Blagaves had some good success last year and Stan says it can be stressful to decide to make changes because it can go either way.  "When you have something that is working decent it is real hard to change something to try and go better because there is a 50 percent chance you will go the wrong way.  We have been there and done that.  We have made changes and went the wrong way.  This year we have made changes and so far they have been good.  It is tough to make those changes," said Blagrave.

          Ackerly, Texas, were the Blagrave's call home, is south of Lubbock is west central Texas.  That is quite a way from, well, all of the NTPA events.  Stan says that can make things difficult travel wise.  "It really does. We farm cotton at home and you never finish farming cotton.  It is kind of a year round deal.  So, it is really hard to stay gone that much," he told Full Pull Tonight on Sunday, "After Hutchinson (Minnesota) Steve flew home and me and my wife stayed up here.  We will go home after Tomah.  It is hard for both of us to be gone.  Later in August it is a little easier for both of us to stay gone.  It has been real dry at home, so we don't have any crops, so that was one reason that both Steve and I was able to make it out."

 

Published 6/29/18

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Vintage Pullers With Expanded Schedule

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          There are a group of guys that are preserving the history and tractor and truck pulling and the National Tractor Pulling Legends are pulling all over the Midwest.

          In fact, they will be in Oquawka, Illinois on Saturday, Wapakoneta, Ohio, on July 3, and Marion, Ohio, on July 6.

          Kevin Dick of Tiffin, Ohio, has two tractors in the series, which is an exhibition not a competition, one of Gaylord Zechman's old tractors and the Wilson's "Little American."

          He says they do have some rules they have established.  "The tractor should have been built and competed in 1980 or before and the FWD and TWD trucks are 1985 and before because I don't believe the TWD trucks were sanctioned before 1982 or 83," he said.

          He says they have been together for seven or eight years now and they have a great time.  "Mostly is was the doing of Mike Ott and a little of Gary Grimm.  Gary has the "Sassy Massy" turbine.  He built that in the 70's and never sold it or dismantled it like a lot them had been, parted out or whatever, like a great majority of them.  Mike Ott found the Bosse's four engine tractor that they built in 1972 in a junkyard and he thought that we would restore it.  They just started making exhibition runs in 2010, 2011, somewhere in that era," he told Full Pull Tonight on Sunday night, "I joined up with them in 2014 after I found a tractor that my dad originally helped build in 1973, 1974 for Gaylord Zechman, that tractor won the Farm Machinery Show in 1977.  It was just luck that we found it and I restored that.  We are having a great time running them."

          Dick says if you come out to one of their pulls you are going to find a lot of different kinds of vehicles.  "We have two tanks.  Mike Ott also has a tank that was run by the Keck brothers out of Monroe, Michigan.  Carl Sweeney has a three turbo charged tank.  He has an John Deere G that he build in '68 or '69 and it has a 392 Chrysler hemi in it.  I have a blown hemi and a Ford.  Steve Swartz has a pair of 440 Chryslers.  So, we have a ton of variety from different areas in the country with different engine combinations.  They all weight a different amount of weight, so purely and exhibition," said Dick.

          Dick says they are always trying to hook up with pullers that are in to the thing they are into.  "There are a couple of the out in Illinois that had allisons in them that were build back in the day.  We would love to have those guys come and pull with us.  There is a guy in Indiana that found the first single engine upside down F-30 "Loud Mouth Lime" and is restoring that, so that is another one hopefully on the circuit next year," he said.

 

 

Published 6/29/18

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This Year a Learning Year For Writsel

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          The first two pulling seasons for Ryan Writsel and his modified tractor "Lucky Strike" have been good ones, in fact, damn good ones.

          He says this year is going to be a little harder he thinks.

          In the modified class at the region level it seems there are a number of different setups and Writsel says he have to known what works for you.  "That is the worst part, you watch somebody else and it kind of messes you up, especially like with the truck classes when the driving is so critical.  The modified tractor with those big 30" width tires it is not near as critical as the small tire, truck classes," he said.

          Writsel also has experience pulling FWD and TWD trucks.  He says that he and his dad Jeff, and their team, have learned their TWD truck "At It Again" and the tractor are two very different animals.  "Totally opposite.  Anything that the truck likes the tractor does not like and anything to tractor likes the truck does not like.  The first year was very hard.  Last year wasn't near as bad because we had been to some tracks," he told Full Pull Tonight last Sunday, "Those big tires, they are 30 inches wide, and the get right a hold of track, and when you are on a narrower TWD or FWD tire they want to spin easier, you have to finesse more.  The setup is a lot less critical with the tractor.  When you are trying to avoid the real soft stuff with the truck that is kind of what you are looking for with the tractor."

          Writsel plans to start his season on Saturday night Preble, Indiana.  He says it is going to be a tough year for the two time defending regional points champ.  "We are going to start out with new tires and try and see if we can progress with those new tires.  I think we are going to have some more pullers this year.  Todd Feiss and Tarry they are going to be running all or most of the region and state circuits.  I think I will learn a lot from them.  You are going to have be a little more savy with them.  The Jerews are going to be out more.  Austin Berry, we are going to run into him, with his new modified tractor, which was a Feiss tractor, a Scott Tedder tractor.  You have to try and get better.  I think this year is going to be a pretty big learning year for me," said Writsel.

          Writsel would like to get back the NTPA's season ending pull and wants a win with the tractor at the National Tractor Pulling Championships.  "The number one goal is to get the Enderle Pull Off and hopefully win it.  If you are there you might as well do the best you can do.  That is kind of my number one goal.  Obviously, I would like to do really well at Bowling Green with my tractor.  We were lucky enough to win it three times with my two wheeler.  I sure would like to win there with my mod," he said.

          Ryan says it pretty clear he would be nowhere in pulling if not for his dad.  "I don't even know when dad starting pulling.  He graduated high school in 1968.  I was born in '77,  He had a FWD truck n the early 80's and he sold that truck in about '87 and I was heartbroken.  I was 10 years old and I cried the day it left.  He set out about three years and then got back into it.  I was kind of old enough then to be part of it.  Dad and I have been pulling together as long as I can remember," said Writsel.

 

Published 6/22/18

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Gearhart is Humble

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          Early in the season, Justin Gearhart of Kingston, Ohio, south of Columbus, is the NTPA leader in the super stock diesel FWD truck class, but he knows he has a lot to learn.

          He won both of the hooks early this month in Benson, North Carolina.

          He says it was a big surprise to the team.  "We definitely weren't expecting to do that," he said.

          There are a lot of diesel trucks on the highways today and there are a lot modifications to the pulling trucks whether they are dodges, like Justin's, or Chevys or Fords.

          Gearhart explains what they do with suspensions.  "Mostly it is all the suspension stuff that we have to modify.  We have zero rear suspension, it is all in the tire.  The weight of the sled puts all of that stress back there.  You really don't want any movement.  The front suspension we have a lot heavier axles and stuff to control it," said Gearhart.

          The class was rained out on Thursday night in Tomah, Wisconsin, with 10 entries in the class.

          The dirt is different in Tomah than in North Carolina, but Gearhart says he doesn't change his approach much from track to track and event to event.  "We play with the air pressure a little bit.  I don't really play with any of the other suspension to much.  We drive our truck so much with the throttle and we kind of have it now where I like how it transfers.  I try to apply the throttle in the proper place on the track to get it to transfer as hard as I want it to," he said.

          This just Gearhart's third year in the class and he says he wants to learn as much as he can before he hooks to the sled.  "I don't like to go first because I don't have the same experience as a lot of the guys in the class.  I like to watch the sled and see where the box is coming up, where the box is topping out then you can kind of get a gage on track position if you get a couple of trucks in front of you," he told Full Pull Tonight this past Sunday night, "I don't  know quite as much as lot of the guys.  I have only been in this class three years and there are people that have been pulling it like 15 years."

 

Published 6/22/18

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Winning Points Titles is What is About

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The Holman Brothers “4 Play” FWD truck has won 12 NTPA Grand National titles beginning in 1989 and Jim Holman says that is their goal every year, including this season.

Paul earned a win on Saturday night in Benson, North Carolina, but Jim says they weren’t as consistent as they would have liked to have been. “We were kind of feast of famine last week, but our class is so close that they kind of flip from one night to the other. So, the point standings are all really tight right now. Even though we got the 14 th I think we are in fifth place in the points and only six out of first. So, we can recover from that and it is a long season and we have a long way to go,” he said.

Jim says he let the RPM level get too low in his run on Friday and that cost him big time. “Friday night, we had the truck over geared a little bit and the other thing was when I ran they were running the unlimited class on the track next to me and I discovered years ago that I drive with my ear and I don’t watch the tac when I start to move and you can’t hear our poor naturally aspirated motor when there is five blower motors running right next to you,” he told Full Pull Tonight last Sunday night, “So, I couldn’t hear the motor and the clutch locked and I let the motor dip about 1,000 RPM below where it should have been, so it bogged off the line and it cost me a ton. In our class you have to have your pencil sharp every time, you can’t make a mistake like that or you are going to be shuffled to the back right now.”

Some fans call pulling dirt racing and Holman says ground speed is the big key. He says you have to get as far ahead of that weight exchanger as you can. “You are trying to put as much power down as fast as you can and get as much speed early when the sled is light, so speed is really the name of the game. Most of the time the guy that wins had the most ground speed during the run. Not every time because some vehicles will stay hooked at the end. They will drag the sled and stay hooked and get several feet that way, but most times your winner has got one of the top two or three ground speeds in the class,” he said.

Jim says winning that points title is a big goal, but being from Wauseon, Ohio, right down the road from Bowling Green, winning there too is huge. “You always have the goal of winning the points title. That is number one. Another big goal is to qualify for the Enderle Pull Off. People take a lot of pride in doing that. With Bowling Green being so close to us, and it being the biggest event, we always want to win Bowling Green. If you are pulling the Grand National level if you don’t start the year with the aspiration of winning the title I have to question what you are doing. I guess it has to be fun then. We are competitors and we want to win a title every year,” said Holman.

Published 6/15/18

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Tires Can Make the Difference

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Iowa’s Travis Schlabach and the Blagraves of Texas traded wins in Benson, North Carolina, earlier this month and they share the points lead in the diesel super stock class on the NTPA Grand National circuit.

Schlabach, from Marengo, Iowa, almost won the points title in 2017, but had some bad luck on the final weekend and lost that title to Jody and Colin Ross of Pennsylvania.

Schlabach told they were kind of surprised they were that competitive last year. “We just want to be competitive every weekend and be close and be up in the hunt and try and keep up. There is a lot of good competition in the class, especially on the top end. It is going to be a struggle. Last year, we were a little surprised that we went into the last pull of the year with the points lead, but fell victim to some motor problems that cost us,” he said.

When it comes to points titles it is not only what you do on the track, but off of it too. Schlabach says maintenance is becoming a bigger factor in the diesel super class. “It is just a hobby for us, so nights and weekends we are still working on the pulling tractor. I’m sure it is the case with all of the classes, but I can only attest to the diesel super stock class we are pushing everything to the extreme. The engine dynos that have come out have found every little bit of horsepower, so we are pushing everything to the extreme. There is a lot more maintenance and breakage at the Grand National level than what there would be at your local levels,” said Schlabach.

Pulling is a horsepower game, but there is a lot more to it than that. Schlabach believes tire technology just might be the difference in the future. “We can make more horsepower and then we start breaking parts. We are going to hit our limitations and at some point we are going to spilt a block. With the new Hypermax blocks they have held together better than the old factory blocks, but at this level it is coming. I don’t think we are quite there yet. The question will be are we going to get to the point where we build too much horsepower for the tires that we have,” he told Full Pull Tonight last Sunday night, “I feel you see that a lot in the pro stock class where they have the 24.5 tires and they are struggling getting it hooked up to the track and they guy that builds more horsepower isn’t necessarily going to be the winner because he can’t utilize it. You will see that in the unlimited. They are struggling getting that power to the track. I think we are getting close, but somebody will come up with a different tire compound and that will change the world again.”

Schlabach says he kind of dreamed about becoming a diesel super puller, but really he was going to try pro stock after spending a couple of years as a super farm puller. “I have a good friend of mine here in Denny Healy built a super farm tractor. Years ago, he used to work on Kevin Hustlebuss’s super farm tractor called “Mr. Bone.” He started building his own in his garage and I jumped in with him and just helped on the weekends and nights and really enjoyed that part of it. I would do that for probably five, six, seven years. I went pulling and got to know the people. Then Kevin’s kids got to the age where he couldn’t tractor pull and I bought Kevin’s tractor from him and was in the super farm for two years. We just always sat around and said wouldn’t be nice to have a diesel super. Originally,ake a I was going to build a pro stock because I didn’t understand the diesels and hadn’t been around them, but there just weren’t any pro stock pulls in Iowa at that time so we decided to go diesel super. We jumped in to it with both feet. We have come a long way and we have had a lot of good help. We have worked hard at it and kind of pieced things together,” said Schlabach,

Published 6/15/18

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Good Start to the Season for “Green Streak” Team

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The “Green Streak” unlimited modified tractors lead the standings in the Pro Pulling League Champion Series point standings in the modified division.

Steve Boyd’s “Lucas Oil Green Streak” leads and son Greg Boyd and his new “Lucas Oil Green Streak Unlimited” stands in second.

“Full Pull Tonight” had a chance to speak with Greg after his victory and second place finish on back to back days last weekend at the Barga’s Ohio State Benefit Pull at Ft. Recovery, Ohio.

He says it doesn’t get much better than what they were able to put together last weekend. “They had a nice track and a nice crowd and we are thrilled to death. The big tractor got its first win. To get a first and second and turn around and get a second and third the next night it is hard to get much better than that,” said Greg.

The Boyd’s have had great success at the Ohio State Benefit Pull winning at all three sites Ansonia, Greenville and Ft. Recovery.

We are just four runs into a 17 pull schedule for the mods on the “PPL” circuit and Greg says there is going to be a learning curve for especially his tractor this season. “Especially for our team this year. We brought dad’s tractor back and it is pretty much the same as it was last year, a few small adjustments and changes to it, but my tractor is a totally different tractor, a new design for us. The first full chassis that Full Pull Motorsports and Bob Barbee has produced. So, we have a lot of learning to do with it yet. It is a totally different combination,” he told Full Pull Tonight, “We have two forward rotation motors and two reverse rotation motors. It is going to take us a while figure it out. We have a lot of nervousness with that thing, but it is starting to come around really well.”

He says the reason they have arranged the hemis in the way they have on the “Lucas Oil Green Streak Unlimited” is to get those rear tires to lock in the ground and get it farther down the track. “What we are trying to accomplish there is to counteract the torque a little bit. Not have quite as much twist and keep the back tires in the ground a little bit better,” he said.

Their next run will be Saturday night in Wilmington, Ohio, at the Clinton County Fairgrounds.

Of course, those that have followed pulling know that Greg used to drive John Deere pro stocks. He says the aim is the same, but the way you drive the two kinds of vehicles is much different. “They are very different to drive. The goal is the same, you want to get going fast, but they are very different as far as driving them. The pro stock you want to slip that clutch and try and match it up to the track, while the modified tractor you don’t have a clutch pedal it is all throttle,” said Boyd.

Published 6/08/18

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Petro Has High Goals for the Season

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The Petro Family, either Jessie or his father Randy, has won the TWD NTPA Grand National title nine straight years.

That kind of consistency is almost unheard of in the pulling world.

Those are the kinds of things that only the Banter Brothers or Esdon Lehn do.

“Full Pull Tonight” had a chance to speak with Jessie Petro last Sunday about 2018.

They just started with a couple of classes at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, North Carolina, which included a win for Jessie and the “Buckeye Hauler” on Saturday night. Randy with sixth with “Kathy’s Komplaint” on Saturday, while Joey Frasur and “Runnin’ Block” took the number 12 spot. On Friday night, Randy was fourth, Jessie fifth and Joey eighth.

Jessie told us he was pretty pleased. “We had a solid weekend. The trucks made good runs I felt like. Saturday night we didn’t make bad runs we just needed to go a little bit farther with a couple of them to have real solid finishes. We have had to battle to rain a good bit here and there, but that is to be expected in the early part of the season,” he said.

The Southeastern United States has been pretty wet this spring and Petro says you have to understand what the weather is doing not just the day of the pull. “There is no substitute for Mother Nature’s force of water onto a piece of dirt. Like anything it depends on what kind of dirt it is. If it is sandy it can take a lot more. The amount of rain, or lack of rain, that an event site gets for the week to 10 days prior to the date of the actual competition is going to affect the track for sure,” said Petro.

TWD trucks in one of the closest and most competitive classes of them all and Petro says you can’t afford to make mistakes. “The first night at Benson I think the top 10 trucks were within 10 feet. There are so many variables that take place with the track changing and the weather changing and stuff like that affect the outcome of your run. It pretty crucial with everybody and the quality vehicles and the experience that everyone gets. It’s a lot harder to do well and make a mistake,” he said.

If my count is right the Petro family is running seven trucks on the NTPA Grand National and regional circuit and the Pro Pulling League circuit. Petro says with all of those trucks and all those set ups you can always find something you want to do different. “It is kind of addiction to some extent even as your building you will go through as say I wish we would have done it like this on the next one we are going to do it like this or that, so I think that is part of it. It is an ongoing process. We just got done building one five weeks ago and there are already things that I would have liked to have done a little different. I have an idea for the next one to do it a little different. I think you need to be region specific and even series specific as far as what circuit you are going to run to have different characteristics built into it to be able to adapt to the different conditions you see,” said Petro.

What about goals? Petro talks about winning, but more about consistency between all of the trucks in the family. “We want to do as well as possible. Obviously, we have had a lot of success over the years. One of my main goals is to try and be consistent across the board. That is probably my main goal is to have all of the trucks finish well more so than winning every night,” he told Full Pull Tonight, “With the way pulling is going with the floating finish lines and things like that sometimes it is going to be hard to drive around that really good run from time to time and night to night. If you can land a truck in the top five or six every night that is a really good goal on a national circuit. We would love to have several trucks qualify for the Enderle and if we can get the two trucks that are running full time on the “PPL” in the top 10 that is a lofty, but an attainable goal.”

Published 6/08/18

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