Charlestown, IN (September 30th, 2021) – The Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri served as the final battleground for the 2021 pulling season in the second session of the General Tire Pro Pulling Nationals Presented by Lucas Oil on September 25th. Seven classes offered power and excitement on the twin tracks in Wheatland with several points battles still up for grabs.
The evening kicked off with the AirDog Super Farm class with the Protect the Harvest X-Factor sled patrolling the grandstand track. Josh Miley and the High Maintenan$e CaseIH entered Wheatland with the points lead and secured the title with a second place finish on the evening behind the Thumpin Pumpkin AGCO of Shane Masten. Miley’s championship is his second in a row.
The potent Unlimited Super Stock Tractors held court on the infield track and were tested by the RhinoAg X-Factor. Josh Blackbourn’s coronation as class champion was a formality as he needed to only hook to the sled to take the title on the Considered Armed and Dangerous – HD CaseIH. Blackbourn would take second place for the evening behind the Taking Care of Business John Deere of Aaron Hull. It was Hull’s first win since Hamburg, New York in 2016; he dedicated the win to his father, the late Lyle Hull, an icon of alcohol super stock tractor pulling.
Optima Batteries Super Modified Two Wheel Drive Trucks came out nineteen-strong for the class finale on the infield track. Russ Nichols and the On the Edge Ford entered Wheatland with the points lead with Chad Mayhill and the Petro Motorsports 2-Timin Ford in second place. Nichols had an early hook that was off normal pace and would have to wait for Mayhill’s late pass to see if his distance would stand for the championship. Mayhill finished second in the class, which produced a sixteen-point swing and a four-point title win over Nichols. Winning the class was Chaz Fleming piloting the In 2 Deep Chevy, scoring his first Champions Tour win after some near-misses in 2021.
It was a four-way shootout in the Big River Steel Super Modified Tractor class. The Long Brothers, Ricky and Keith, were pitted against the father and son duo of Greg and Austin Boyd with 7 points separating the four competitors coming into the Pro Pulling Nationals. Ricky Long would lead off the class and struck a massive blow with a phenomenal run past 344 feet for the early lead on the MAVTV machine. Keith soon followed and settled into second just past 318 feet on the Lucas Oil tractor, while Greg would pull into third on the Lucas Oil Green Streak and Austin in fourth on the Lucas Green Streak Limited. All four pullers would have to wait until the end of the class to see how the points battle would play out as any fellow competitor with a strong run could break up the top four and alter the outcome of the season. The order would hold as no puller caught up with the Long and Boyd juggernaut, with Ricky winning the battle and Greg winning the war, besting Ricky by three points for the season championship. Keith would finish third in points and Austin in fourth.
Pro Stock Tractor featured Brandon Simon and the Loud and Heavy John Deere with the 2021 title wrapped up coming into Wheatland. Simon made an early pass in a class of twelve that stood up for the lead until Peter Norton and the Money On Black John Deere took the win on the last hook of the contest. Dennie Brown and the Green with Envy JD locked in second place points with a seventh in the class and Darryl Folz put the famed Tinker Toy Deere into third place points, finishing ninth on the evening.
Line-X Pro Modified Four Wheel Drive Trucks was another class with a battle to the end. Graham and Galen Young’s Renegade Dodge was in first place before the evening started but was followed closely by Jim Bosch (Midnight Raider Chevy), Charlie Hinds (Runnin Wild Ford), and Steve Clem (Ratical Chevy). Bosch took an early lead in the class but would soon be passed by Hinds. Galen Young had the driving duties at Wheatland but fell short of the leaders, sitting in fifth in the contest after his run. Clem followed Young with a huge run into first place and the points not yet decided. Roger Gregg and the Time 2 Play Chevy run put Bosch and Hinds into a tie, with Bosch’s win a week before in Nashville, Illinois giving Bosch the title. Young sat third and Clem in fourth. Former champion Terry Hagedorn’s third place run in the Gun Powder and Lead Chevy on the last pass of the class would ultimately provide Bosch a two-point championship win over Hinds, Young four points out of the title spot, and Clem six points from the top.
The evening closed out with the MAC Trailer Hot Rod Semis. With a field of two trucks that were both past champions they would still put on a great show. Chris Woods and his Class Act Peterbilt would win the class and the 2021 points title with Ryan DeBroux and the Playin with Fire KW finishing second.
With the 2021 season now wrapped up, pullers and fans look to winter for a chance to rest and make plans for the 2022 season that will hopefully return full force to normality we experienced before the pandemic. We’ll see you back on the track again in 2022 at GALOT Motorsports Park as the season kicks off again in May in Benson, North Carolina. In the meantime make sure to tune into MAVTV, MAVTV Plus and other broadcast outlets for Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League action to carry you through the winter!
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