9,500 lb. Limited Pro Stock Tractors
The 9,500 lb. Limited Pro Stock Tractor class starts the weekend off with a bang. This class is one of the most competitive to grace the dirt in Freedom Hall. Every competitor won a regional or national points race in 2019. Last year’s Grand Champion, Roger Scalzo driving Bad to the Bone, went on to win the National Tractor Pulling Association (NTPA) Region 3 and Wisconsin State Pullers points race. Justin Wagler drove his Real Deere to an excellent season, winning both the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League (PPL) Midwest and Silver series points race. The 2017 Grand Champion Tony McDonald won the Badger State Tractor Pullers.
Other winners include John Meier (Illinois Tractor Pulling Association), Colby Counce (Mid-South Pulling Association), Brian Buchholz (East Central Iowa), Jeremy Ploetz (NTPA Region 4), Travis Wisel (NTPA Region 2), Brad Begeman (X-Caliber Pulling Association), Seth Novak (Nebraska Bush), Tyler Paddock (Outlaws) and Adrian Cox (PPL Western).
6,200 lb. 2WD Super Modified Trucks
The talent in the 2WD Modified Trucks class always creates a fierce battle for a berth to the finals. With two past Grand Champions and four points winners, it will be a fight for a spot in Saturday’s lineup. Donnie Sullivan has the talent it takes, he won the Grand Championship title in 1998 and in 2019 earned two points titles in the PPL Midwest and TNT Truck and Tractor Pulling Series. Another winner to watch is Randy Petro driving Kathy’s Komplaint, who won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009.
Crystal Willson, behind the wheel of Her Dirty Money, has been dominating the PPL East Coat, winning four points Championships including last year’s title. Watch out for Russ Nichols with On the Edge, who just won the NTPA Grand Nationals. The Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling points champion Robert Zajicek rounds out the competitive Friday night field.
Super Stock Tractors
The most anticipated class of the pull makes its debut Friday night. After years of separate competition, alcohol and diesel tractors will go head-to-head in a “Duel of the Fuels.” Both Grand Champions from last year are back, ready to prove their worth in the epic competition. The diesel-driving two time Grand Champion Mike Beck hopes to take his High Tech Redneck back to the winners circle. He’ll face off against the alcohol-fueled, four time Grand Champion Jordan Lustik, behind the wheel of Silver Bullet.
A total of six champions, with 14 titles between them, will take Freedom Hall by storm. One of those capable drivers is Brian Korth with his tractor, Considered Armed and Dangerous HD. Korth dominated 2010-2013, winning four championships in the alcohol class. Two-time Grand Champion Josh Blackbourn, behind the wheel of Armed and Dangerous International Threat, is another puller to watch. Blackbourn finished third last year and went on to win the PPL Champions Tour. One driver who is ready for the challenge is Colin Ross, who drove his diesel-powered tractor against the powerful alcohol tractors in the PPL last year.
10,200 lb. Pro Stock Tractors
Four past 10,200 lb. Pro Stock Tractor Grand Champions will try to punch their tickets to the Saturday night finals. Both Mike Linder, driving Linder Brothers, and Kevin Schmucker with Git-Der-Dun Deere are two-time winners looking for the often-attempted but rarely achieved three-peat title. Winning three titles on the fabled Freedom Hall dirt is difficult, and both drivers are ready for the challenge.
Two other Grand Champions are vying for their second title, Carlton Cope on Warpath and Kevin Masterson behind the wheel of River Rat. After finishing fourth in the finals last year and second on the PPL Champions Tour, it might be Masterson’s year to take the title.