It also plays host to the most competitive truck class on the planet, the 6400LB Pro Stock 4x4 trucks. There are anywhere from 15-20 trucks that tour the region beating up on tracks, each other, and putting on a world-class show every time out. It is diverse as well featuring all major brands Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, GMC, and even Studebaker. It also has to its credit several fearless ladies that get in on the action at the top as well. On this gorgeous night, it got kicked off by a sweet running Ford called Miss B'Havin' that was driven by Willie Rutherford who eased the sled to 324 thus leading to a sled reset. Upon reset, Bob Simmons whose been coming on strong of late pulled 314.85. We are now dialed in, the sled is set! Next comes Bill Good and goes 313.09 on his "Virginia Lightning". Willie Rutherford comes back on the "Living on A Prayer" Ford and goes 315.76. Next comes Wesley Keys who is current points leader for the 6400 Pro Stock class with his "Black Ice The Sequel" Chevrolet. He laid a picture perfect pass of 320.59. Which led the announcer to say, "We gonna go to Tappahannock Chevrolet to look at the Chevrolet trucks. Where are my Chevrolet fans at?" I used their logos as they help Dragon Motorsports out tremendously (www.dragonpulls.com). The ladies came later in the class with the best hooks coming earlier in the class. Kathy Jewel and her "Tenacious" Chevy powered-Dodge went 305.44 and Tammy Houser and her GMC went 303.72. This is truck country and you have to live in it to truly understand it. Songs are written about the way of life and the people have embraced it truly saying, "Truck Yeah!"
What to write about next hmm? How about some Trucks Gone Wild? Well, maybe not the mud bogging kinds. But these Wheel Standing Mega trucks put on a show all over Virginia. We only had two on the night, Ford versus Chevy! Butch Self versus the world. The world being Davin Brann, pronounced Devon, and his yellow Chevy from Davis Offroad (www.davisoffroad.com). So Butch went first and he went 290.99 with multiple wheelies at the end of the track a big deal in terms of a Mega Monster truck hook. Davin came next and went all over the track going 284.17. The winner was decided by crowd noise. They awarded the winner to the Ford. I backed up and the Ford had 10.4db in terms of crowd support where the Chevy had 10.3db. Using technology to back up pulling, I love it!
For the last big story on the night, we circle back to the subject of the truck pulling home in all the world. We nearly a dozen of Grand National and Regional talented drivers just inside 12 miles, it is hard to not call this the home of truck pulling. Hometown kid Mason Brizendine and heir apparent in the "Footloose" traditions of Millers Tavern, drove his truck called "Cutloose" 323.06. This is an outstanding distance for this class. Daniel Simmons came next and went 292.75 before nearly taking off some digits from unhooker Mark Davis. Yeah, these trucks get hooked and dialed in and then they don't necessarily easily back them up. Next came the aforementioned Ben Ellis and "Benjammin" Chevrolet. We have had an outstanding offseason help Ben with pictures for shirts, puller cards, you name it and we like to help pullers. And after the season Ben had, you want to spread the word. So Ben comes next lays down a perfect run easing his truck to a smooth finish going 323.36 followed by some fire coming out of the engine and shutting off. The kill switch came out but it wasn't sled operator pulled. Whatever caused it, it landed him in the top spot on this night. It never fails anytime I am feeling down on myself and life seems too big, John T Davis calls. It never fails. You ask me how I am still doing this, it is these timely calls of encouragement. If I need an idea bounce, he is my guy. John T came out on the "The Legend" and went 320.03. Randy Brann came out on the Ford called "Last Call" and went 318.62. Last up was Kevin Schools and he went 316.11 to round out the class. Ben, Mason, John T, and Randy all made your top 4. So we have some work to do on this class' numbers. All in all, it was a great night for Chevy-powered vehicles. Ernie Deel would take your Small Block 4x4 class going 325.64 putting 14 foot on the next nearest competitor. The Small Block 4x4 class is all Chevy so it really a battle of paint and driving skills.
Hot Rod semis came back and Nick Carter stole the show in what I call "Thundercraker". It literally sounds like he is sending a message to the heavens like some non-autonomous version of a Transformer. I think he calls the Western Star it "Clean Burn". Call it what you want, that thing goes "Pop, POP, pop pop, POP" down the track making you laugh inside like a school girl. "What's that mom?", "Becuase I like semis any they make me feel good!", "That's why!" She doesn't call anymore and I don't know why.
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