Friday, October 25, 2019

Q & A with Doc Riley

Doc Riley from Indianapolis, Indiana in the USA. Doc, together with Greg Randall is currently the TV host for the NTPA Championship Pulling episodes on RFD-TV. He's also announcing NTPA tractor pull events like in Benson, NC, Tomah, WI, etc. and sometimes other motorsport events like monster truck races in the USA.

pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Doc Riley: I have a full service event management, security and marketing company. One of my clients is the National Tractor Pullers Association.  I’ve worked in the area of Concert Security, Celebrity Security and for many years courtside security for the NBA Pacers.

pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Doc Riley: I enjoy reading, watching college football and spending time at home with my wife Michele.

pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Doc Riley: The competition and innovation.  Seeing companies involved in other motorsports who are also involved in pulling is a thing about pulling.

pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Doc Riley: My first pulling event was the Great Plains Grand Nationals in Hildreth, Nebraska in the late 1980’s. I was an Radio announcer and the station I worked for did all of the marketing for the pull, a benefit event for the Lion’s Club. I read sponsorship announcements.

pullingworld.com: What is your favorite Event / Pulling track?
Doc Riley: Each facility holds a special feeling for me.  Macon, Missouri was not a great track but the people who ran the event were first class.  Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY was a great event, sadly those events have been long gone. 

pullingworld.com: When and where do you have announced a Pulling event for the first time?
Doc Riley: Hildreth Nebraska was my first paid announcing job of truck and tractor pulling. I did ESPN Television at Hildreth and the year following I was hired as the ESPN host of pulling and the NTPA’s Director of Communication. Additionally, I worked in motorsports TV and was the first host of PPL’s television for ESPN and The Outdoor Channel. That was during the first year of the PPL.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Doc Riley: Returning to NTPA after a number of years being away and helping establish new events.  Working as a part of the Tomah, Bowling Green and Enderle All Star announcing crews.  Would love to go back to Fort Recovery and announce. 

pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Doc Riley: All of them. I've become a big fan of Super Farm and Pro Stock pulling.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest disappointment?
Doc Riley: In a strange way, leaving NTPA back in the mid 1990's.  I loved the entire Copenhagen/Skoal Pulling Circuit and announcing all of those events. Loved that period of my life. Would love to do it again. 

pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Doc Riley: I strongly feel that the core of the sport, the power, the closed level of competition are essential to the continuation of the sport. I feel that the sport is strong.  The Grand National events are moving forward and have strong fan bases.  Langford, New York is a great example an event that is the longest continuing pulling event is now an NTPA Grand National event.

pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Doc Riley: I hope to announce more and more events!

pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport? 
Doc Riley: Taking the ESPN job to cover NTPA Pulling. That took me from the world of radio into Television and events. 

pullingworld.com: What is your favorite Pulling Tractor / Pulling Team?
Doc Riley: Gardner Stones General Stage 4 turbine.  Teams: Banter Brothers, Floyd’s Toy Team, Carl Bilski’s “Sandman”, Holman Brothers “4-Play”

pullingworld.com: Thank you for your time and good luck for the future! 
 

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