6,350 lb. Modified 4X4 Trucks
The first class of the 2020 Championship Tractor Pull, the 6,350 lb. Modified 4×4 Trucks, promises to be a thrilling start to the show. Two-time Grand Champion David Mills goes into battle with his truck War Wagon hoping to defend his title against the competition. Mills is coming off an excellent season, finishing first on the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League (PPL) Champions Tour. One of the formidable foes he’ll take on is Ted Skelton driving The Rock, who was the runner-up last year in Freedom Hall. From last year’s competition, first through fifth are returning to take a shot at the championship.
Regional and league champions are also vying for the coveted title of Grand Champion. Charlie Miller driving his Foxy Lady finished first in the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association. Another winner, Steve Bost and Southern Belle, the PPL Western Series points champion for both 2018 and 2019, are going for the trophy in Freedom Hall.
9,300 lb. Super Farm Tractors
The Wednesday 9,300 lb. Super Farm Tractors is a fiercely competitive field. With many different regions represented, competitors from Nebraska to North Carolina battle for a berth to the Saturday night finals. Last year’s runner-up, Twisted Deere, returns with a different Fritz brother behind the wheel. Casey Fritz pulled in Freedom Hall in 2018 and after winning the Badger State Tractor Pullers points championship, Fritz is ready to hit the dirt running and gun for the beach.
Many talented drivers might have something to say about that. Norm Kavan, the 2005 Grand Champion, returns with his tractor Magnum Force. He finished the 2019 season strong, winning the Nebraska Bush Pullers points championship. Two other points champions, Randy Thomas with Bad Bodacious from PPL Mid-South and Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association’s Jeff Larson with Hotwire are also looking to win a Grand Champion title.
7,500 lb. Modified Tractors
A talented field chock-full of past Grand Champions will get the 7,500 lb. Modified Tractor competition off to a roaring start. Three-time Grand Champion Steve Bunnage (2011, 2015 and 2016) and his tractor, Takes A Lickin’, are looking for yet another title. Ricky Long, the 2013 and 2014 Grand Champion, and his tractor, Lucas Oil Racing TV, are vying for a third trophy to add to his collection. Bill Leischner driving Dirtslinger, who last won the Grand Championship in 1994, wants to drive into the winner’s circle this year.
The National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) Grand National’s top three finishers face off in a rematch to start the 2020 season. Bret Berg’s MoneyMaker was the 2019 points champion. Grand National’s runner-up Ricky Rose, coming off an excellent season where he won the Enderle Pull-Off, will battle Berg as well as third place finisher Bill Douglas Jr. driving Spook Gone Wild.
10,200 lb. Pro Stock Tractors
If you’re a 10,200 lb. Pro Stock fan, this is the session to watch. This class is stacked with proven winners, with five former Grand Champions and seven titles between them. Last year Don Masterson drove Tinker Toy to win his third Grand Champion title in Freedom Hall. His road to another title won’t be easy. To advance to the Saturday finals, he’ll face past Grand Champions Lance Little (2011) and Brad Moss (2017).
Darrin Hunt may not have won a title in Pro Stock, but he knows how to win in Freedom Hall with two titles in the 9,300 lb. Super Farm class. After finishing sixth in the finals last year, Hunt went on to win the 2019 NTPA Grand National points championship with five first place finishes.