Saturday Pull Preview 20

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7,500 lb. 4×4 Super Stock Diesel Trucks

Only the best 4X4 diesel drivers dare to compete in Freedom Hall. The chilly temperatures can create a unique challenge for diesel trucks. It’s a balancing act to get the engine warm enough before running out of time. Last year’s Grand Champion, Chase Eller driving Caretaker, returns to defend his title. He’ll face last year’s runner-up, Kent Crowder with Scheid Diesel, who won the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League (PPL) Champions Tour points race.

Another driver to watch out for is Shane Kellogg driving Trump. He won the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) Grand National points race and the Shell Rotella Cup. Also driving under the Scheid Diesel name, Brad Ingram won the PPL Silver Series.

8,500 lb. Light Pro Stock Tractors

The 8,500 lb. Light Pro Stock class is loaded this year. With nine points race champions, the best of the best will go head-to-head in this competition. The 2018 Grand Champion, Kendall Beasley driving Hi-Gear Harvester, is back after winning the NTPA Region 4 points race and finishing second in the United Pullers of the Carolinas. He’ll compete against eight other champions: Jeff Mikloiche (East Coast Pullers), Wes Spencer (NTPA Region II), Justin Edwards (PPL Western Series), Joe Moore (Indiana Pulling League), Steve Beckley (Interstate Pullers South), Eric Dorwin (NTPA Region III), Mark Wiederhold (PPL Midwest) and Kevin Grove (Interstate Truck and Tractor Pullers Association).

Grove will be driving Antrim Tantrum, the only school project to make the Championship Tractor Pull. Each year high school students from the Franklin County Career and Technology Center rebuild the engine, creating a pulling machine capable of winning the Interstate Truck and Tractor Pullers Association.

6,400 lb. Lightweight Super Stock Alcohol Tractors

Top talent makes up the 6,400 lb. Lightweight Super Stock Alcohol class on Saturday afternoon. Last year’s Grand Champion, Larry Phillips, is back behind the wheel of Extremely Insane and ready to defend his title. He’ll face off against two-time Grand Champion Jason Hootman with The Commander.

They’ll face proven winners. Bryce Pichler drove Red Thunder to the Wisconsin Tractor Pulling Association, the NTPA Region 3 and NTPA Region 5 points championship. Josh Blackbourn of the fabled Blackbourn clan plans to drive Armed & Dangerous Excessive Force into the winners circle. Blackbourn is coming off a 2019 PPL Champions Tour victory. Cory Forrester drove Airborne to victory in Bowling Green, and is hoping for a repeat performance in Louisville. With fierce competition and powerful tractors, this class is a must-see on Saturday afternoon.

10,200 lb. Pro Stock Tractors

With only a few hours to make adjustments or fix broken tractors, pulling on Saturday afternoon and advancing to the finals Saturday evening requires talent, team work and a little bit of luck. The drivers fortunate enough to advance from the Saturday afternoon Pro Stock Tractor class have to be ready.

Former Grand Champions Danny Schmucker (2007) with Rampage and Steve Wischmeier (2010) driving Whiskey Wild knows what it takes to win in Freedom Hall. Last year Russ Yoder took his tractor, Xtra Butter, from a Saturday afternoon victory to a third place finish in the uber-competitive Saturday night finals. Grey Porter had a dominant performance in the Outlaw Tractor and Truck Pulling association last year, securing the points race victory with eight first place finishes. He’ll try to steer his tractor, Gang Green, straight to the beach in Louisville.