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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Rumble by the Refuge Delivers Huge Weekend of Pulling Action

Rumble by the Refuge Delivers Huge Weekend of Pulling Action

Charlestown, IN (June 30, 2020) – While the pulling season has had to fight off a pandemic to happen,
the much-anticipated Rumble by the Refuge in Mound City, Missouri battled through the pandemic and
weather offer the first helping of pulling competition from the Lucas Oil Pro Puling League. Two nights
of exceptional crowds witnessed exciting competition from pullers representing the Champions Tour,
Silver Series, Champion Seed Western Series, and Nebraska Bush Pullers.

In the opening session of competition, Bethany Nelson and her old-school Chevrolet-bodied machine
took the Optima Batteries Super Modified Two Wheel Drive Truck win over 25 other entries. MAC
Trailer Pro Stock Tractor action had nine potent entries and when the smoke cleared Peter Norton and
the Money on Black John Deere captured that win. ARP Lightweight Super Stocks had a robust 23
entries where 2019 champion Terry Blackbourn led the charge on the Armed and Dangerous-Excessive
Force CaseIH. Silver Series and Champion Seed Western Series points were up for grabs with the 95
Limited Pro Stock Tractors. Justin Wagler drove his Real Deere into the top spot over 28 other entries
for that class win. Another big class for the weekend was the Limited Pro Stock Diesel Trucks, where 22
pullers took to the track. Matt Poduska and his Bad Company Dodge were victors in that first session of
LPSDT. Limited Modified Tractors had a full ensemble of entries from all over the Midwest joining in
competing for Nebraska Bush Pullers points. The Frequent Flyer Allison-powered entry of Blake Otte
stood out in the class of 16 notching the win. Unfortunately for the Pro Farm Tractor division, the class
was rained out with just two tractors remaining to compete.

With some extensive preparation and an eye to the sky, the second session in Mound City was
contested with a one-hour delay from the weather. The Optima Batteries SMTWD winner for that
session was Lisa Tatum in the Parts City Auto Parts Chevrolet, again in a class of 26. The MAC Trailer Pro
Stocks had a feel-good win delivered by Kevin Masterson on his father Don’s Tinker Toy Deere on the
last pass of the class. Up-and-comer Tayton Terry got his first Champions Tour win in ARP Lightweight
Super Stock on his family’s Too Hystrung D21 Allis Chalmers machine. Justin Wagler doubled up in 95
Limited Pro Stock action with another win, while Adam Hallien Grabbed the win in Limited Pro Stock
Diesel Truck driving the Flirtin with Disaster Dodge. The Pro Farm class got their chance to run a full
class on Saturday with Jeremy Daw and the Two Bottom Binder 1206 IH in the winner’s circle besting 16
other entries. The Limited Modified class saw a new winner with a completely different style powerplant
as The Russler turbine-powered machine piloted by Mike Vandeveer drove past Friday night’s winner
Otte for the win.