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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Superpowers of Pulling Collide in Final Battle of 2020 at Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals

Charlestown, IN (September 24, 2020) – In a year of starts, stops, obstacles, and unforeseen challenges, the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League season concludes this weekend at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks, the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.  The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals is the final 2020 meeting of the superpowers of truck and tractor pulling, a clash of champions to determine the seasons’ overall winners. 

Two sessions will settle the score for competitors across eleven classes on Friday, September 25th, and Saturday September 26th.    The Friday session, starting at 7pm CT has ARP Lightweight Super Stock Tractors, MAC Trailer Hot Rod Semis and Mini-Rod Tractors representing the Champions Tour with 95 Limited Pro Stock Tractors running for Silver Series supremacy.  AirDog® Limited Pro Stock Trucks will also compete vying for Champion Seed Western Series accolades.  At the conclusion of the session, points champions declared in this session will recognized.

The Saturday session, starting at 6pm CT, features six big Champions Tour classes: Super Modified Tractors MAC Trailer Pro Stock Tractors, Super Farm Tractors, Optima Batteries Super Modified Two Wheel Drive Trucks, Pro Modified Four Wheel Drive Trucks, and Unlimited Super Stock Tractors. As a bonus, the MAC Trailer Hot Rod Semi division returns for another hook in this session.  A ceremony to recognize the champions declared in this session will follow at the end of the evening’s competition.   

While some classes have outcomes that are nearly etched in stone (Terry Blackbourn and the Armed & Dangerous-Excessive Force CaseIH in LWSS and Justin Wagler on the Real Deere JD in 95 Limited Pro Stock), others offer significant intrigue to determine the points victor. 

On Friday evening, Bruce Slagh and the Show No Mercy machine will square off with defending class champ Abbey Leischner aboard the Bobcat Jr. in the Mini-Rod class with five more competitors with mathematical chances to take the title as well.   Matt Poduska and the Bad Company Dodge holds a twelve-point lead on the second place Ford of Dylan Lempka in Limited Pro Stock Diesel Truck with three trucks behind them with a shot for the title.  

For Saturday evening the entire compliment of Champions Tour class championships are at stake.   Terry Hagedorn is no stranger to the top of the Pro Modified Four Wheel Drive Truck class, this time in the Kickin’ Up Dust Chevy. He holds a scant four-point lead on another former champion, Jim Bosch and the Midnight Raider Chevy with four more pullers tied for third-place points, all with a potential shot for the title as well.    The MAC Trailer Pro Stock Tractor class is a veritable two-on-one fracas with Peter Norton holding a four-point lead with his Money On Black Deere over the Tinker Toy Deere of Don Masterson, piloted this season by Kevin Masterson and Darryl Folz.  Kevin’s River Rat Deere is in third place with an outside shot at the title as well.  Three words can sum up Super Farm competition: “something’s gotta give!”   Three competitors, Josh Miley (High Maintenan$e CaseIH), defending champ Chuck Guentenberg (Positive Ground IH), and Shane Masten (Thumpin Punkin AGCO) are gridlocked at the top.  Four more teams beyond them have potential to claim the title, making every hook count at Wheatland. In the Optima Batteries Super Modified Two Wheel Drive class Bethany Nelson and the Sweet Revenge Chevy has a modest nine-point lead on Brandon Simon and the Slow Ride Chevy and Misty Nelson in third with the Rhino Ag After Midnight Chevy seventeen points out of the top spot.  All three have potential to capture the title this weekend.   Jeff Hirt and the Runnin’ Bare CaseIH find themselves at the top of Unlimited Super Stock Tractor with Champions Tour newcomer Bob Gansemer and the Ruttin’ Deere only two points behind Hirt.  The three-tractor juggernaut of Team Chizek lurks in the 3-4-5 positions, all capable of making a strike for the title.  Sixteen points separate first through sixth spots in Super Modified Tractor and a “Battle of the Brothers” coming to fruition at Wheatland.  Ricky Long and the LORTV/Lucas Oil machine is two points ahead of Grayson Shelton and Ruckus, with Keith Long and Lucas Oil machine in third and two points head of Reese Shelton and his Shel-Shocked vehicle.  Bret Berg and the Renk Seed Moneymaker and Bill Leischner Steel-It Dirtslinger also sit in contention with a chance for the title. The MAC Trailer Hot Rod Semis conclude their season with past champ Ryan DeBroux (Playin with Fire KW) Mitch Cloudt (Rubber Duck Mack) and Jon Rees (Diamond in the Rough Pete) all able to clinch a title win in Wheatland.

With the level of intrigue and excitement at play during the Pro Pulling Nationals, it is a “can’t miss” show!   For those unable to be there in person, both sessions are available on Lucas Oil Racing TV, the premier leader in motorsports event coverage!  Subscribe today at and don’t miss a minute of 2020 pulling action!