Saturday, December 08, 2018

Q & A with Bill Leischner

Bill Leischner, 67 years old from Weldon, Illinois in the USA. Bill is the owner and driver of the V8 Hemi powered Modified Tractor called ,,Dirtslinger´´. In 2017, he won the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Championship in the Super Modified Tractors division. Bill is now more than 40 years active and a real veteran in the US Pulling sport. What are you doing in your normal life?
Bill Leischner: I am a grain farmer in east central Illinois. 1800 acres of corn and soybeans. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Bill Leischner: For my free time other then tractor pulling I spend time with my family and my fiancĂ©.  I also spend time on my computer and working around the farm. Tractor pulling and farming take up most of my time. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Bill Leischner: I enjoy the competition Tractor Pulling, the fans, and figuring out how to make the tractor better. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Bill Leischner: I started pulling a farm tractor at the local pull as a teenager. Rex King let me drive his upside down F30 with 2 Chevy engines back about 1980. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Bill Leischner: My favorite PPL pull is Hillsboro, Wisconsin. My favorite NTPA pull is Tomah, Wisconsin. The Farm Machinery Show pull in Louisville, Kentucky rates right up there. When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Bill Leischner: My first time driving was Rex’s F30 at Farmer City Illinois. What was your biggest success?
Bill Leischner: I won numerous Illinois Tractor Pulling Championships in the 80’s and 90’s. My first National Champioship was the USHRA 7200 mod 1987. Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Bill Leischner: I like to compete in the Modified, Unlimited and Mini Rod class. What was your biggest disappointment?
Bill Leischner: My biggest disappointment was the new Dirtslinger tractor wheel breaking off on the first pass at NFMS 2014. Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Bill Leischner: I think the different sanctioning bodies need to learn to coexist better. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?

Bill Leischner: My plans are for my family to take over Dirtslinger Pulling Team. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Bill Leischner: I think tractor and Truck Pulling being on national TV is very important and beneficial for our sport of Truck and Tractor Pulling. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Bill Leischner: I think my most important project was building the 4 engine Dirtslinger in the year 2000. Rex King and I building the 1981 Dirtslinger and then buying the Walsh Irish Challnger in 1987 going to Arias engines was also a favorite winter project. Something you want to say?
Bill Leischner: I think Tractor pulling is the best motorsport for family participation!  2nd to none. Thank you for your time and good luck for the future ! 

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