Pullers perform at fair
Various pullers revved their engines to post the best distances at the Harrison County Fair on July 22 and 23.
Action on Friday, July 22, saw the Kentuckiana Truck Pullers Association series roll into Corydon. Four classes ‘ 2.6 Diesel, Super Modified Two-wheel Drive, Pro Stock Two-Wheel Drive and Pro Stock Four-wheel Drive ‘ competed in the KTPA.
Grady Perry of Cynthiana, Ky., had the best pull among three in the 2.6 Diesel class. His distance of 340.35 feet was 18 feet longer than runner-up Steve Willoughby of Winchester, Ky. Within the series, Willoughby is the current points leader with 113. Taking third was James Sullivan (291.18) of Lebanon, Ky.
The largest number of participants in a class belonged to the Super Modified Two-Wheel Drive class with 10 inching the starting line. Bad Company, driven by Andy Skinner of Georgetown, Ky., won by a close margin over Chase Carey’s (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) KY Kat Daddy 298.86 to 298.63.
Third and fourth place went to Brian Messer (Cold Springs, Ky.), pulling the sled with his trucks Wide Open (287.84) and Thin Blue Line (285.32).
Skinner’s top pull helped close the gap in the points standings among Super Modified Two-Wheel Drivers to 2-1/2 points behind Jansen Smith, who was fifth (280.9) at Corydon.
In control of Red Lined, Nick Burger of Clay City captured the Pro Stock 2-Wheel Drive with the lone pull of 290-plus feet. Burger pulled the sled 291.7 feet. Second place went to Brian Stevens (284.2, Taylorsville, Ky.) with Shammy Hemi, while Brandon Holt (288.79, Mannsville, Ky.) was third.
Dustin Bentley, the points leader in Pro Stock Two-Wheel Drive, placed fourth (279.86).
Four drivers eclipsed the 300-foot mark in Pro Stock Four-Wheel Drive. Marty Luttrell, the points leader by a wide margin, had the best pull distance, going 305.22. The Frankfort, Ky., resident drove American Soldier.
Also surpassing the 300 mark were Jay Holt (304.82, Lawrenceburg, Ky.), Kole Allen (303.21, Brandenburg) and Jeff Sprowl (300.19, Tompkinsville, Ky.).
The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling series sent a pair of tractor classes and one truck class to the Wagler Competition Products Mid-west Region on Saturday, July 23.
The highly competitive Hot Farm Tractors class saw International Harvesters and John Deeres do battle.
Never-E-Nuff, a John Deere driven by Charlie Kirschner of Carlisle, had the best distance, 333.56 feet. Just behind his effort was runner-up Mike Robbins (Greensburg) with a pull of 333.22 with Fire in the Hole.
Rounding out the top five were Bill Fraker’s Undeere Taker (331.02, Marshall, Ill.), Henry Debuisseret’s Hell Raiser (330.23, Vincennes) and Michael Peter’s Hoosier Hooker (324.11, Greensburg).
The Light Pro Tractors field consisted of six Indiana-based drivers. The best among them was Greg Lamb’s Black Viper, pulling the sled 317.61 feet with his John Deere. Lamb hails from Madison.
Placing second was Busted Budget with Jeff Fussner of Milroy at the helm. His IH went 316.58 feet. Others in the field included Kyle Holland’s The Black Tornado (313.60, St. Paul) and Zach Linville’s Old School (303.76, Osgood).
Limited Pro Diesel Trucks also took over on Saturday with The Crippler out-pulling a field of 14. Driver Joshua Land of Lancaster, Ky., floated his Dodge to a distance of 331.81 distance.
Also driving a Dodge, Adam Hallien (Fort Wayne) pulled Wrecker 325.23 feet.
Closing out the top five in Limited Pro Diesel Trucks were Nathan Byrd’s Ice Farms (324.55, Wheatland), Rob Wright’s All Attitude (321.85, McArthur, Ohio) and Jordan Kinderman’s Cummin Get It (319.61, Kindman).