Lucas Oil brings Pro Pulling finals to Corydon next month
The best of the best are expected to roll into Corydon next month for the Midwest Region Finals of the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League. The event, billed as the Old Capital Power Pull, will feature pro stock tractors, super farm tractors, and pro modified 4-wheel-drive and 4×4 pro stock trucks.
Dates for the finals, to be held at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, are Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, which coincide with the sixth annual Cockadoodle Days festival, which also takes place at the fairgrounds located in south Corydon.
‘This will determine the championship for each class for the Midwest,’ said Don Corsette of Lucas Oil Products Inc. ‘Most of the finals everywhere else have already been run so you’ll have more premium pullers because it is the finals.’
Most of the participants will be from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois. In addition to those states, the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League has hosted events in Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Jim Cavins of Corydon, a member of the Harrison County Agriculture Society that sponsors the annual county fair, said he had seen the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League at other in-state events, such as some of the larger county fairs, and had the idea to see if the League would be interested in coming to Corydon.
‘It’s (Lucas’) home county, so we thought there might be some interest there,’ Cavins said.
Tractor and trucks pulls ‘are probably one of Forrest’s most favorite things to do,’ Corsette said, referring to Forrest Lucas, owner of the oil products company, who, along with his wife, Charlotte, bought the naming rights of the Indianapolis Colts’ new playing field, Lucas Oil Stadium, in the Circle City.
Lucas Oil joined Cockadoodle Days last year as a title sponsor.
‘He wants to give back to the state of Indiana and, most importantly, to the community where he was raised,’ Corsette said. ‘It’s part of his commitment to the community.’
Now that the Old Capital Power Pull is on the schedule, Cavins said he’s anxious to see how it goes.
‘We’re expecting a big crowd,’ he said.
A maximum of 5,000 tickets will be sold for each day. All seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students (ages 7 through 18); children 6 and younger are admitted free. Two-day passes are available for $25 (adults) and $18 (students). Both days, a pit pass may be purchased for an additional $10.
Corsette said the pit will be open to the general public up until about an hour before the pull start time, which is 6 p.m. both days. (Organizers anticipate concluding both nights at 10:30.) After that, only those with a pit pass will be allowed admission to that area of the event.
‘We welcome people to come down and check out the pit area prior to the start of the finals,’ he said. ‘The only place the pit pass won’t allow someone is in the ‘hot area’ where the tractors are getting ready to pull.’
The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 28, beginning at 2 p.m. (In case of rain on Friday, tickets purchased for that day will be good on Saturday, Corsette said. And if it rains on Saturday, those tickets will allow patrons admission on Sunday.) No refunds for tickets will be given.
‘Until we can test the track (prior to start times), we can’t tell whether it will be postponed,’ Corsette said.
To keep the classes moving during the pull, a second track will be constructed. Earth First of Kentuckiana Inc. is donating its services to build the tracks.
‘We want people to feel like they got their money’s worth,’ Corsette said.
Equipment estimated at more than $1 million is expected at the power pull.
‘They’re really serious about what they do,’ said Donn Blank, chairman of the Cockadoodle Days committee who is helping organize the tractor pull.
Corsette said the Pro Pulling League also welcomes local pullers.
‘If we have their class, we want them there,’ he said.
For information about entering, visit the league’s Web site at www.propulling.com.
In anticipation of interest in the event, organizers will bring in bleachers for additional seating. (The grandstand at the fairgrounds has a seating capacity of 3,200.)
‘We also encourage people to bring lawn chairs,’ said Blank. ‘A ticket to the pull doesn’t guarantee anyone a seat.’
He also encourages those who plan to attend the Midwest Region Finals or any other event at Cockadoodle Days to seek parking away from the fairgrounds. Carpooling would be a good idea, also, he said.
The YMCA of Harrison County and Friends of Harrison County Youth have agreed to allow parking there, and organizers are finalizing additional off-site parking areas. A free shuttle service will take spectators to and from the fairgrounds.
Parking at the fairgrounds will be at a premium, especially on Saturday up until at least 4 p.m. when the Bill Gerdon Auto Show hosted by Mid South MOPAR concludes.
‘We really do encourage people to get there early,’ Blank said.
Also, he said, those planning to attend any aspect of Cockadoodle Days should frequently check the Web site for up-to-date information regarding such things as parking.
Two beer gardens will be open both days of the festival: one in the pit area and another at the north end of the fairgrounds near the music venue. Jacobi’s Catering will be available in the pit area, while other food vendors will be set up elsewhere. Another food choice is the YMCA Chicken/Pork Chop Dinner on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m.
Cavins said those attending the Old Capital Power Pull will be able ‘to come and go’ during the event.
‘They can go do other things’ at the festival if they want, he said.
(More information about Cockadoodle Days other activities will be published closer to the event.)
Tickets to the Old Capital Power Pull will be available after Labor Day at the following locations: in Corydon at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center, Chase Bank’s downtown location and Community First Bank’s main branch; in Elizabeth at First Federal Savings Bank; in Lanesville at the Food Mart; and in Palmyra at First Harrison Bank.
Blank said credit card purchases can be made only at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center.
‘It will be cash only at all other locations,’ he said.
In addition to the Cockadoodle Days festival committee and Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, other groups are helping to make this year’s event possible.
‘We have had a lot of generosity from people,’ Corsette said.
Blank added, ‘It is the working together of the community.’
For additional ticket information, visit online www.cockadoodledays.com or propulling.com, or call 738-2138.