(Posted July 13, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
There will be even more to enjoy at this year’s Madison County Fair truck pulls slated for 7 p.m. July 15.
The Central Ohio Truck Pull Circuit (COTPC) has expanded its class offerings to include a 6,500-pound limited street gas category. Bridgett Shoemaker, who owns and operates COTPC with her father, Dennis Long, describes it as “more of an entry level gas class.”
Compared to the 6,500-lb. open gas class, the limited street gas class requires the truck’s interior–dash, bed floors, firewalls, etc.–to remain completely intact. Additionally, drivers cannot hang weights from the truck’s front to help hold it down.
“The trucks in this new class will look more like everyday driving trucks going down the track,” Shoemaker said.
In addition to the new class and the 6,500-lb. open gas class, the truck pulls includes classes for 8,000-lb. work stock diesel, 6,200-lb. light pro stock gas, 8,000-lb. 2.6 diesel, and 8,000-lb. run what you brung open.
Anyone can enter as long as they meet all safety equipment guidelines. Organizers will take entries the day of the pulls up until each class starts. The minimum cash prizes for each class are: $300, first; $250, second; $200, third; $125, fourth; $75, fifth; and $50, sixth.
Established in 2011, COTPC usually puts on 12 or 13 pulls each year. This year, they have 16 on their schedule, thanks to new contracts with Dragway 42 in West Salem, the Shelby County Fair in July, and the Preble County Fair in August.
“We’re happy about it. It’s exciting,” Shoemaker said of the bump in number of pulls.
COTPC is hoping for 45 to 60 trucks at the Madison County Fair pulls. Shoemaker said most entrants hail from London, Circleville, Mount Gilead, Delaware and other towns within a two-hour drive of Madison County. COTPC is based in London.
The noise of the engines, the smoke, the eye-catching designs on some of the trucks’ exteriors–these are all draws for truck pull fans, Shoemaker said.
“In all three gas classes, they are old body style trucks from the 1970s–people like to see that. And in the run what you brung class, the trucks are painted and wrapped and flashy, and people like to see that,” she said.
She also encourages spectators to take time to meet some of the drivers.
“They are the nicest people,” Shoemaker said. “If you have a pit pass, the guys are all right there, usually sitting around their trucks.”
Admission to the truck pulls is free with paid general admission to the fair. Pit passes are $10 per person.
The sponsor for this year’s Madison County Fair truck pulls is McMahon Truck Centers.