Friday, May 19, 2017

Q & A with Kyle Karlen

Kyle Karlen, 30 years old from Minerva, Ohio in the USA. He is the driver of the Agco Light Super Stock Tractor called ,,Bad Blood´´. His father Gary Karlen was a former Pro Stock competitor in the OSTPA (Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association). Kyle also is the co owner of Karlen Motorsports and building Pulling parts for different Teams in the US. What are you doing in your normal life?
Kyle Karlen: I work full time in our shop, Karlen Motorsports, building Chassis and other Pulling parts for customers. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Kyle Karlen: Free time, what free time? Spending time with Family and Friends, working on anything with a motor. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Kyle Karlen: It would have to be the people, If it wasn't for the people we get to spend our summers with and have gotten to meet over the year, because of Pulling it would not be worth it, and of course the Horsepower!!! What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Kyle Karlen: I was two weeks old, it was June 1987 at a local brush hook at Bear Creek in Canton, Ohio (USA). What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Kyle Karlen: Two events come to mind. Bowling Green (USA) is hard to beat because of its massive size, the amount of equipment and the number of fans. As for my favorite smaller event it would have to be Brandenburg, KY (USA). Its just a really neat place to Pull! When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Kyle Karlen: I started on an antique Allis Chalmers WC when I was 13, in 2000. The Pull was at a local grange. The first time I drove our Pro Stock was in 2005 at Old Washington, Ohio (USA). What was your biggest success?
Kyle Karlen: Biggest success would be this past summer when we finished runner up and the Grand National Light Super points, it was a unbelievable summer for us and to finish that high in a really tough class of Tractors and to split the Armed and Dangerous Tractors was amazing ! Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Kyle Karlen: The Pro Stock will always be one of my favorites, also love the Diesel Super Stock and the Mini Rods. What was your biggest disappointment?
Kyle Karlen: This summer we made it to finals on Sunday at Bowling Green (USA), the track wasn't as good as it was earlier in the week so we added some draw bar, the Tractor hooked up to hard putting it on the wheel bars and I had to back off the throttle, we ended up finishing last, but were still just really happy to have made it to the finals ! Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Kyle Karlen: Two things, I think we need to get more money to the pullers or try to get the cost down, it's getting to be very expensive to run at the top levels of the sport, we also need to really work on making the shows as well run as possible, this will make for a better show for the fans, hopefully resulting in a larger fan base and bigger events. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Kyle Karlen: We plan to run GN again this summer with the current tractor. Over next winter we hope to build a new Chassis for the 2018 season. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Kyle Karlen: Getting are first GN win this summer in Brandenburg KY (USA), our Family has been involved in Pulling for over 30 years and to finally win a GN event was unbelievable. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?   
Kyle Karlen: Idk if I have just one favorite project, I really enjoy trying to building our customers very competitive and good looking Tractors and love to see them go out and do good with them ! Something you want to say?
Kyle Karlen: Having grown up is this sport from a very young age is truly something amazing. I have had the great pleasure to met some amazing people from all over the world because of our great sport, and I honestly don't know what we would do with all our free time if we didn't pull, Pulling is something we have always done as a Family and it is part of our everyday lives, I wouldn't trade all the time we have spent in this sport for anything !! Thank you for your time and good luck this year !    

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