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.