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T2860 RECON 5_19_2012 Tractor Pull Wrap-up (Sent by Mr. Wheeler on Monday, May 21, 2012)

posted May 30, 2012, 11:01 AM by Lonnie Rimmer

Greetings Scouts!  RECON had scheduled to attend the National Tractor Pulling Association (NTPA) Regional/National level competition at Pinetops NC last Saturday, May 19.  This pull is principally attended by competitors from the Mid-South Pullers Association and the hosting Carolina’s Pulling Association.  Several competitors were professional teams pulling at NTPA National level events throughout the USA and Canada. 

If you like tractor pulls or are somewhat of a gear-head, then this report is for you.  If not, no worries, there’s always the delete key!

Pinetops NC hosts the longest continuously running tractor pull event in the Nation at 36 years and going strong.  The event is conducted by the local volunteer fire department who receive all proceeds.  Also, all NTPA helpers are volunteers.  There are no paid employees within the NTPA. 

With all the overlapping events last weekend, only Mr. Martin, Jared and myself ended up attending the pull.  RECON guys not attending missed a great event!

We arrived at Wilson NC as planned and were pleasantly surprised to see that our chosen campground had been significantly spruced up by the new owners.  There was even a new baby donkey, only three weeks old, to check out. 

Equipped with our tailgating supplies, we arrived at Pinetops NC, set up our chairs about 6:00pm, and proceeded to get settled in.  The pull started at 7:00pm and ran until 1:00am Sun morning.  The prior night they pulled until 2:45am.  This is a significant event.  The seating grand stands are designed to accommodate 4,000 and they were packed full in addition to every possible standing position around the track being occupied.  The night air temperature grew cooler (that makes more horse power) and the track got better and better. 

Without a doubt, team GALOT stole the show!  GALOT stands for “Get a Load of This” and believe me they put on a show with their amazing super stock machine.  This class of competition must run a stock engine block, however, all other features of the tractor may be altered.  The original engine was designed to produce about 100 horse power.  Typically, this class of tractor is modified to produce over 3,000 horse power. 

Words, pictures, and even video cannot possible convey the ground shaking extreme mechanics that thunder down the track.  Team GALOT and one other competitor were in the pull-off after the many other tractors in the class had finished. 

Basically what had happened was GALOT and the other team had pulled completely out of the 300 foot track nearly to the barriers at the track end.  The pulling skid was modified with extra weight and many weights moved around to make the skid harder to pull in hopes of stopping these machines prior to the 300 foot mark.  It didn’t work out that way for GALOT.  They hooked up and pulled 364 feet, nearly 10 feet further than their prior pull!!  In fact, the driver shut the machine down so he wouldn’t pull into the cement barriers at the end of the track!!  This was the same skid set-up that was easily stopping all the other tractors in this class prior to 300 feet.  Just amazing.  The other team in the pull-off could not return as they had mechanical troubles.  GALOT won that class with style!

There were many other truck and tractor classes that pulled with numerous competitors.  All were very entertaining making the evening pass all too quickly. 

After the pull ended we returned to our overnight (morning) accommodations for a much needed snooze.  A quick Sunday morning breakfast and easy drive home saw an end to our outing. 

We’re looking forward to next year!

T2860SM

Mark Wheeler

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