After a one year hiatus the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League is heading back to the Tar Heel State for the second event of the 2012 Champions Tour schedule! This year’s event will be hosted by the Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department in Lincolnton, North Carolina. The folks from the Pumpkin Center VFD have pulled out all of the stops for the motor enthusiasts of the surrounding communities of Lincolnton.
After a trying Friday night of intermittent showers that turned to a down pour causing a rain out, the pullers and fans were ready to kick off the Champions Tour season with a night of action at the Saluda Young Farmers Pull. Fifty-three vehicles were in action to try to get an early hold on the points lead with the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League.
In the spring of 2011, the Saluda Young Farmers hosted the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions Tour’s kickoff event for the summer points series. The inaugural event provided an incredible jump start to the action packed season with two of the four class champions collecting a win on the South Carolina clay.
Veteran puller Terry Hagedorn has had his fair share of ups and downs in the sport of pulling but the emotions he felt in the 2011 Lucas Oil Champions Tour season had not been equaled by a lifetime spent in pulling. What began as a nightmare for Terry, ended in jubilation when he not only claimed his second Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Championship but did so by pulling off a convincing win at the “Diamond of Dirt tracks” Lucas Oil Speedway in his home state of Missouri.
In just a few short days the 2011 Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Champion in the Super Farm Tractor class will be standing in the front his family and his peers in a suit. The suit John Kutz will be wearing will not be his familiar black and white fire suit he dons while competing on the Champions Tour; his suit will be much like the one he wore at the Champions Tour Banquet while accepting his first Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League championship.
Over the course of the 2011 Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League season, there truly may not have been a more dominating performance than that of the Two-Wheel Drive champion, Jeremy Nelson. Nelson, of Sidney, Illinois has been a continual threat on the Champions Tour as he has seen is 1941 Dodge Midnight Gambler finish in the top five of the points over the last several summers. However, from the onset of the season of 2011 something was different about the Midnight Motorsports Team and their approach to pulling.