Gearing up for truck and tractor pulls at the fair

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(Posted July 5, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Why have one motor on your tractor when you can have three or four?

New to this year’s National Tractor Pullers Association truck and tractor pull–set for 7 p.m. July 12 on the grandstands track–is a modified tractor class. The category allows for vehicles outfitted with up to four automotive-type engines. We’re talking about tractors that put out 6,000 to 10,000 horsepower.

“These are the noisy ones!” said organizer George Roby.

The modified class takes the place of one of the former superstock classes. The pull also features categories for two-wheel drive trucks, 3.0 4×4 trucks, and LGT Pro Stocks.

“We try to mix it up every year. We try to change a little something with the pull. This year, it’s the modifieds–everybody wants to see the modifieds,” Roby said.

Dennis Long, organizer of the truck pull hosted by the Central Ohio Truck Pull Circuit (COTPC)–set for 7 p.m. July 9 on the grandstands track–is mixing it up a little this year, too.

“We dropped the run-what-you-brung class and one other class. We’re getting more work stock trucks. We experimented with a work stock class last year and tweaked it some for this year,” Long said.

Long describes the 8,000-lb. work stock class as “kind of an entry level class.” It is open to diesel trucks and comes with limits on turbo charger sizes.

The other classes in this year’s COTPC pull are the 7,800-lb. light pro diesel/2.6, 6,200-lb. light pro gas, 8,000-lb. limited pro stock diesel/3.0, and the 6,500-lb. pro stock gas.

Both Roby and Long encourage anyone who likes automotive sports to come on out to both pulls.

“Anybody involved in agriculture seems to relate to a tractor pull. It’s always a battle between John Deere and International,” Roby said. “To me, tractor pulls are a mainstay of a county fair. It’s a lot of fun.”

Long echoed Roby’s sentiments about the entertaining spectacle that pulls provide. He also commented on the competition aspect.

“If you like trucks that make a lot of noise or if you like trucks that blow black smoke, we have a class for it,” Long said. “And in each class, the trucks use the same sled and have the same track conditions. It comes down to a lot of driver skill. It’s fun to watch.”

The 2019 Madison County Fair runs July 7-13. The fairgrounds are located at 205 Elm St., London. For a full schedule of events, go to Fair Schedule.

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