FAIR: Tractors roar to life in Grand National Pull


Brad Hart of Michigan has his tractor’s front wheels go in the air as he pulls 306.3.


Dirt flies off the back wheels of Dan Parkinson of Granville, Ohio, as he attempts to squeeze out a few more feet in his first pull. He finished 11th out of 19 competitors with a pull of 310.095.


Dave Whelan watches his front wheels as he pulls 328.99 for first place in the 9,300 pound super farm tractors class.


Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Civitas Media

Spectators filled the grandstands Friday for the National Tractor Pullers Association Grand National Pull. Forty-four people competed in this year’s event. Black smoke clogged the air and engines screamed as competitors tried to pull 8,000- and 9,300-pound sleds as far as they could with their nearly 9,300-pound tractors.

John Strickland of North Carolina took home first place in the 8,000-pound open super stock tractors class with a pull of 331.81. An Iowa man, Adam Bauer, and the tractor he named “Cross-Threaded” finished at the top of the 8,000-pound unlimited modified tractors. Brad Benedict of Ohio finished third in the group with a pull of 339.25. His pull was 19 feet behind Bauer. Dave Whelan of Tipton, Mich., squeezed out a first place finish in the 9,300 pound super farm tractors with a pull of 328.99. Brook Ferris fell short to Whelan with a 328.8 pull.

Brad Hart of Michigan has his tractor’s front wheels go in the air as he pulls 306.3.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/08/web1_DSC_0929.jpgBrad Hart of Michigan has his tractor’s front wheels go in the air as he pulls 306.3.

Dirt flies off the back wheels of Dan Parkinson of Granville, Ohio, as he attempts to squeeze out a few more feet in his first pull. He finished 11th out of 19 competitors with a pull of 310.095.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/08/web1_DSC_0977.jpgDirt flies off the back wheels of Dan Parkinson of Granville, Ohio, as he attempts to squeeze out a few more feet in his first pull. He finished 11th out of 19 competitors with a pull of 310.095.

Dave Whelan watches his front wheels as he pulls 328.99 for first place in the 9,300 pound super farm tractors class.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/08/web1_DSC_1006.jpgDave Whelan watches his front wheels as he pulls 328.99 for first place in the 9,300 pound super farm tractors class.