Charlestown, IN (July 20, 2020) - This new week begins with heartbreak across the expanse of the pulling world with the passing of a pair of pulling veterans.
Roger Simon of Farley, Iowa passed away Sunday night, July 19th. He leaves a historic legacy of competition in both the Two and Four Wheel Drive truck classes that spans four decades. He competed on many occasions on the Champions Tour but gained his greatest prominence as a three-time National Champion in the NTPA. Along with sons RJ and Brandon, Roger also expanded into promotion with the 300 Raceway Farley Nationals in 2020.
Oz Hay of Sikeston, Missouri passed away Sunday July 19th. He was a frequent competitor with the Mid-South Pullers Association PPL Member-State, pulling the "Nitro-haulic" TWD machine across the South and Midwest. While he may be best-known to many of us for forays on the pulling track, Oz's resume in motorsports crosses seven decades including the world of drag racing and land-speed competitions. He was the recipient of the 2019 MSPA Lifetime Achievement Award, member of the MSPA Hall of Fame, and a multi-time MSPA Points Champion.
Our condolences go out to the Simon and Hay families at this time; at press time funeral and/or memorial arrangements for Mr. Simon and Mr. Hay are unavailable.