Tuesday, August 04, 2020

This Week!

http://www.rockwellialions.com/


https://www.ozarkempirefair.com/
https://www.showmepalmyra.com/Palmyra%20Fair/MCfair.html

https://auglaizecountyfair.org/

Results

NTPA Washington Court House, OH (USA) 2020: https://ntpapull.com/results

NTPA Mandan, ND (USA) 2020: https://ntpapull.com/results








OTTPA Marthasville, MO (USA) July 18, 2020: https://outlawpulling.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Marthasville-MO-1.pdf

OTTPA Britt, IA (USA) July 29, 2020: https://outlawpulling.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Britt-IA-1.pdf

OTTPA Sac City, IA (USA) July 30, 2020: https://outlawpulling.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/SacCity-IA-1.pdf

OTTPA Corydon, IA (USA) July 30, 2020: https://outlawpulling.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Corydon-IA-1.pdf

OTTPA Concord, NE (USA) August 1, 2020: https://outlawpulling.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Concord-Ne-1.pdf

Nebraska Bush Pullers Arlington, NE (USA) July 28, 2020: https://www.nebraskabushpullers.com/2020-results.html

Nebraska Bush Pullers Pierce, NE (USA) July 30, 2020: https://www.nebraskabushpullers.com/2020-results.html


PPL Western Series Council Bluffs, IA (USA) July 23, 2020: https://propulling.com/events/results#/results/2020-07-23/4/0/605

PPL Champions Tour Greentown, IN (USA) July 31, 2020: https://propulling.com/events/results#/results/2020-07-31/1/0/606

PPL Silver Series Greentown, IN (USA) July 31, 2020: https://propulling.com/events/results#/results/2020-07-31/3/0/606

PPL Mid West Region Greentown, IN (USA) July 31, 2020: https://propulling.com/events/results#/results/2020-07-31/2/0/606

PPL Champions Tour Greentown, IN (USA) August 1, 2020: Rain Out

PPL Silver Series Greentown, IN (USA) August 1, 2020: Rain Out

PPL Mid West Region Greentown, IN (USA) August 1, 2020: Rain Out

OSTPA Bucyrus, OH (USA) July 24, 2020: https://www.ostpa.com/apps/blog/show/48807857-crawford-co-fair-pull-bucyrus-oh-july-24-2020

OSTPA Ansonia, OH (USA) July 25, 2020: https://www.ostpa.com/apps/blog/show/48811445-ohio-state-summer-shootout-presented-by-becks-ansonia-oh-july-25-2020





ITPA Nashville, IL (USA) July 25, 2020: http://itpapulling.com/results-2020-06-25/

Champion Seed Western Series 2020: Council Bluffs, IA - Winners

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Blue Thunder Pulling Team stops!

Last week, the Blue Thunder Pulling Team around Derk Willems and Jeroen Jacobs from Tonden in the Netherlands has announced on their Facebook to stop with the tractor pulling sport after more than 13 years. The Dutch team which owns the New Holland T7 270 component super stock tractor called ''Trackpointer Blue Thunder'' have decided to stop with tractor pulling because of their current low available budget. The currently available budget makes it not possible anymore to compete on the top level with the New Holland in the 3.5t / 7700lbs super stock class.
The Blue Thunder Team was founded by Jeroen Jacobs and Derk Willems at the end of 2006. The guys built a New Holland / Ford 8970 for the 4.5t/9920lbs super sport/farm stock class during the winter of 2006 / 2007.
The nice super sport/farm stock tractor was powered by an 8.8l 6 cylinder Ford Powerstar engine with a Holset turbocharger on diesel fuel. Derk and Jeroen competed with their ride pretty successful in the Dutch Championship from 2007 until 2014. In those 7 years in the 4.5t supersport/farm stock class, they achieved many wins and finished in runner up position of the Dutch Championship in 2008 and 2009. During the 2014 season, the Blue Thunder Team sold the Ford / New Holland 8970 to Martin and Botvid Göransson from Sweden. The tractor running since 2015 in the Swedish Championship and in the Euro Challenge under the name Blue Wiking.
After the super sport machine was sold, the guys from Tonden had new plans on the table to built a new pulling tractor. After those 7 years in the 4.5t/9920lbs super sport class, the Blue Thunder Team decided to try something different new and built a completely new limited super stock tractor on component base. For that new project, they received help from the Screamin' Bobcat Team from Ijsselmuiden in the Netherlands and from Willem Veldhuizen of Veldhuizen Special Products (VSP) from Loosdrecht in the Netherlands. Berrie Boer of the Screamin' Bobcat Team developed them the whole chassis on a CAD program on the computer and Willem Veldhuizen helped them with the parts and the fuel system for the engine.
The tractor received a Domex wedge frame with a homemade 3 bar chrome-moly roll cage, a hydraulic steering, a new New Holland T7 270 hood, and a Rockwell rear end with Humpco parts. After the tractor was almost finished, the limited super stock machine received some nice vinyl graphics on the hood. The vinyl graphics in that time were done by Marco Mathijssen of M2iD from Roosendaal in the Netherlands. For the limited super stock division the machine was powered by a turbocharged 6 cylinder Ford Powerstar with a displacement of 7.6l on alcohol fuel.
The new Trackpointer Blue Thunder was ready in the middle of July 2015 and had its maiden run at the Beachpull in Putten, the Netherlands. It was a great first pass in front of the sled and driver Jeroen Jacobs made a nice Full Pull in front of the crowd. But they couldn't return for the finals because of a broken oil pump. That nice Full Pull was enough for a nice 2nd place at the first outing for the brand new New Holland T7.
After Putten, the Blue Thunder Team dominated the rest of the season in the Dutch Championship of the limited super stock class. They won in convincing form the events in Aagtekerke, Lochem and Alphen. But their most important victory was the win at their home pull in Lochem in front of their fans and sponsors. With those 4 great results during the summer, the Blue Thunder guys finished on a strong 3rd place in the Dutch Championship point standings in the end.
After the short winter break, the next victory followed at the indoor pull in Zwolle, the Netherlands.
But after the pull in Zwolle, the whole team around Jeroen and Derk decided to step out of the limited super stock division and make the step into the big super stock class. That decision was made because of the less competition in the new limited super stock class at that time and the team wanted to have a good competition for their New Holland machine.
But before they could compete on the level with the big boys in the Netherlands, the limited super stock needed some changes. The 7.6l Ford Powerstar engine was replaced by a 10.5l 6 cylinder Cummins engine with 4 billet Holset HX82 turbochargers on alcohol fuel, the set of polished aluminum rims with the Firestone 24.5x32 Puller 2000 HP tires were replaced by a set of new polished Keizer aluminum rims on cut Firestone 30.5x32 Puller 2000HP tires and some many more changes were made on the rearend.
At the beginning of the outdoor season, they still started with the 7.6l powerplant because the much bigger engine wasn't ready yet. The Cummins engine was finally ready to run before the Beachpull in Putten during the summer of 2016. During these 4 years in the super stock class, the Blue Thunder was always to find in the midfield, but sometimes also on the top of the scoreboard in the competition in the Netherlands.
Another important moment was, 2 of their 3 wins in the 3.5t / 7700 lbs super stock division were achieved on their home soil in Lochem. The Blue Thunder Pulling Team had its last appearance in the super stock class at the indoor pull in Zwolle at the beginning of the year.
On July 16, 2020 the Dutch team announced on their Facebook page to stop with tractor pulling with this statement:
''After many years of activity in various divisions, we have decided with pain in our hearts to stop with tractor pulling. In order to participate in the top, our available budget has become an unfeasible situation. In recent years we have had depth points but also many beautiful highlights such as 3x chosen as Puller of the Year in 3 divisions. We will never forget the victories at our home competition in Lochem with all our fans.
We would like to thank the NTTO, competition organizers, fellow teams for the great cooperation.
 

We would also like to thank all our sponsors, family and team members because without that support and help it would have been impossible.
We wish you all good luck.''


Greetings Derk / Jeroen and team Blue Thunder 

But what will happen now with their nice New Holland component super stock machine and their almost new transport vehicle?
The whole transport vehicle is already in new hands. The DAF semi-truck with the trailer was purchased by the ''The Judge Pulling Team'' from Ijsselmuiden in the Netherlands which have the twin Rolls Royce Griffon V12 powered machine for the 3.5t / 7700lbs modified class. 
The New Holland T7 270 component super stock tractor is currently still for sale. 

We would also like to give a big thanks to Jeroen Jacobs, Derk Willems and the Blue Thunder Team for their support with information for the pullingworld website during the last years and wish the whole Team good luck for the future!!! 
We have really appreciated that!!

for further information, check here: https://www.facebook.com/BlueThunderPulling

or, check here: http://www.blue-thunder.nl/


Razors Edge sold!

The 5500lbs / 2.5t light modified tractor called ''Razors Edge'' of Herman Staal from Voorthuizen in the Netherlands was sold to Scotland. The machine was sold without the turbocharged 6 cylinder Iveco semi-truck alky burner engine to the Knight Rider Pulling Team around owner Chris Knight from Nairn, in Scotland.
Currently, the Scottish Team competing with a turbocharged Transmash V12 diesel-powered 2.5t / 5500lbs light modified tractor in the British Championship and on the pulling events of the Scottish Tractor Pullers Club in their home territory Scotland.
Chris and his Team have the plan to put their spare Transmash V12 engine in the workshop on the old Razors Edge chassis. The maiden run of the new light mod is planned for 2021.

For further information, check here: https://www.facebook.com/teamknightrider0/ 
  

Pro Pulling 2020: Watson Diesel Nationals - Friday Winners

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Rover Meteor V12 tank engine

Another engine from the 2nd world war which European modified pulling teams are currently using is the Rover V12 tank engine. In the past, the engines were used by many different pulling teams in Europe like the Ghost Buster Pulling Team from Germany, the De Jong Special Pulling Team from the Netherlands or the Gators Pulling Team from Denmark. Here is a history from the Wikipedia site about the British tank engine from the second world war how everything started with the development of the powerplant.

The Rolls-Royce Meteor and later the Rover Meteor was a British tank engine developed during the Second World War. It was used in British tanks up to 1964. It was a result of co-operation between Leyland Motors and Rolls-Royce who between them in 1941 had suggested that a specialised de-rated version of the latter company's Merlin aero-engine would be highly suitable for use in armoured fighting vehicles.
The Meteor was developed from the Merlin by W. A. Robotham and his chassis design and development division at Clan Foundry, Belper, as they were not involved in aero-engine work and his engineers were under-used. With the aid of engineers from Leyland, who were engaged in tank work, he considered RR's two V12s; the Kestrel, while having more power than the existing "Liberty" or Meadows engines, did not provide the desirable 20 bhp per ton required, so the 1,030 bhp (770 kW) Merlin III was chosen. Robotham was at pains to point out that Rolls-Royce could not manufacture the engines, so would not benefit commercially.
The Directorate of Tank Design (DTD), on 27 April 1941, supported production of the Meteor, eventually placing orders direct with Rolls-Royce to maintain development in connection with the Cromwell tank. A new tank specification, A27M, was produced for design of the Meteor-powered tank. The Meteor engine went on to become one of the most successful British tank engines.

Engine design
Development started with the use of recovered Merlin engine parts from crashed aircraft. While unsuitable for re-use in aircraft, the Rolls-Royce chassis division had begun collecting and refurbishing them in the hopes of finding a use. Robotham was approached by Henry Spurrier of Leyland Mechanization and Aero, to ask about help with tank powerplants. Based on Spurrier's requirement, the first prototype Meteor engine (and subsequent production of Mark 1 engines) was assembled on the basis of recovered Merlin parts.
The major change for tank use was reversing the direction of engine rotation. Automotive gearboxes ran the opposite way to an aircraft propeller and changing direction required modification of the camshaft lobes. The Merlin had its supercharger, reduction gear and other equipment removed from its crankshaft, greatly simplifying its construction. The dimensions were now similar to the Nuffield Liberty engine and it would fit into the Liberty Mark VI version in the Crusader tank. The Merlin's dual ignition system was retained, each cylinder possessing two sparking plugs each driven from separate magnetos.
The first Merlin prepared for tank use was tried in a modified Crusader in September 1941 at Aldershot. The test team had trouble timing its runs because it was so fast, estimating it reached 50 miles per hour (80 km/h). This proved the concept, and the engine was tried in the Crusader tank, surpassing all expectations. The engine was commissioned for use in the new Cromwell tank.
Changes were made to the Cromwell tank development programme to accommodate the new engine. To enable fitting in-line with a Merrit-Brown gear (and steering) box, the engine was lowered. A new flat sump was created, the oil pumps changed and the crankshaft could now line up with the new gearbox. Many of the aircraft specific parts of the engine were deleted, such as the propeller reduction gear and the aircraft-style starter. The new engine had cast, rather than forged, pistons and was de-rated to around 600 bhp (447 kW), running on lower-octane pool petrol instead of high-octane aviation fuel. British Thomson-Houston (BTH) Magnetos were changed for Simms units.

Expansion into tank design
The engine, and the Rolls-Royce team's fresh look at tank development, had a major impact on British tank design. As development of the engine progressed, the Rolls Royce team became more and more involved in development of the tank. Despite his lack of experience in tank design or warfare, Robotham was made Chief Engineer of Tank Design and joined the Tank Board. He was involved in the Cruiser Mk VIII Challenger tank. The Rolls Royce chassis division, which had commenced the Meteor design, evolved into its Tank Division at Belper and was involved with the overall design of four versions of the Cromwell tank, using a standard set of components.


Production
Early prototypes were produced by Rolls Royce. In 1941, Leyland, which had an order for 1,200 Meteor engines, was still advocating its own diesel tank engine for the Cromwell tank. It would deliver only 350 hp (260 kW), but it was concerned with the problem of sufficient cooling for the Meteor within the confines of the tank engine bay. When Leyland withdrew its support, Robotham took the problem to Ernest Hives. Hives took the problem to the Ministry of Supply, telling Lord Beaverbrook that he already had his hands full making Merlin aero engines, and Rolls-Royce would want £1 million to its credit and 'no interference'[citation needed] to make tank engines, Beaverbrook telegrammed back,
OHMS Ministry of Supply to W. Hives Nightingale Road Rolls-Royce Derby
The British Government has given you an open credit of one million pounds. This is a certificate of character and reputation without precedent or equal. Beaverbrook
An order for 1,000 engines followed, and a new tank design specification was created: A27M, splitting design of the Meteor powered Cromwell away from Leyland to Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company (BRC&W). They resolved the cooling problems, ultimately delivering before Leyland's version, although production leadership later switched back to Leyland when BRC&W could not keep up with demand.
The Meteor was initially produced by Rolls-Royce but manufacturing capacity was severely limited due to the demand for Merlin engines. Early units were still manufactured using recovered Merlin parts and many early Meteors still showed crash damage. When engine manufacturing needed to increase output, brand new engines had to be made. Because weight saving was not so important for a tank engine, some of the Merlin's more expensive light-alloy components were replaced with cheaper, steel versions. It was also envisaged that the Meteor would use some components rejected on quality grounds for the Merlin, i.e. Merlin scrap. Many of these rejected parts while not meeting strict standards for airworthiness, were perfectly adequate for use in ground vehicles where the crew or operators were not subject to the inherent hazards involved in flight.
To increase production, Meadows produced some Meteors but the small factory of 2,000 men was producing 40 types of engine. To make enough Meteors for the Cromwell build programme, Rolls-Royce agreed to move Meteor production to the Rover Company at Tyseley and Morris at Coventry.
Rolls-Royce was also aiding the development of production jet engines at Rover, but progress there was slow and Rover became disillusioned. Hives struck a deal in December 1942 with Spencer Wilks of Rover to trade W.2B/23 production at Barnoldswick for the Rolls-Royce tank engine factory in Nottingham and production of the Meteor, to become officially effective on 1 April 1943. In 1943, an acute shortage of blocks was met by dismantling surplus older marks of Merlin.
Rover took over the Meteor in January 1944 and in 1946 the British Government made Rover responsible for research and development of large military engines. In this role, Rover continued the development and production of the Meteor Mk IVb and various derivatives, including the Meteorite V8 and the M120 V12. Rover ceased this activity in 1964, having produced approximately 9,000 engines and Rolls-Royce again became responsible for the manufacture of spare parts. Future engines for British tanks were manufactured by the engine division Rolls-Royce Diesels of Shrewsbury, which was acquired by Perkins in the 1980s. Perkins was taken over by Caterpillar Inc in 1997.

Performance
Previously British tanks had been regarded as underpowered and unreliable and the Meteor is considered to be the engine that, for the first time, gave British tanks ample, reliable power. Replacing the earlier Liberty L-12 licence-built by Nuffield and used in the Crusader, the Meteor engine in the Cromwell tank provided almost twice the performance in virtually the same 1,650-cubic-inch (27.0 l) displacement. Reliability was significantly improved against previous tank engines. From its R-R Merlin origins, the Meteor was very lightly stressed and reliable. With the introduction of the Meteor engine in the Cromwell, originally intended for the 340 horsepower (250 kW) Liberty, the boost to 550 horsepower (410 kW) gave the vehicle exceptional mobility and speed. This increase in power made it possible to integrate greater armour on following tanks. Designers and military planners started to consider the possibility of a Universal tank, able to undertake both high-armour (Infantry tank) and high-mobility (Cruiser tank) roles. Ultimately, this resulted in the Centurion tank and evolved into the main battle tank concept.

Applications
The Meteor was used in the following vehicles:

    -Cromwell
    -Challenger
    -Avenger, a reworked design of Challenger for use as self-propelled artillery.
    -Comet
    -Centurion
    -Charioteer
    -Tortoise experimental assault tank.
    -Caernarvon, used to train crews for Conqueror
    -Conqueror post war heavy tank

The Meteor was also used as the propulsion for the experimental Helmore Projector, later known as the Helmover, a 30ft long remote controlled torpedo. It never reached deployment before the end of the war.

(Source: wikipedia.com)

This Week!

https://www.saccountyfair.com/


http://hancockcountyfair.com/
http://www.waynecofair.com/
https://www.dixoncountyfair.com/
https://www.washingtoncountyfairne.com/

https://pikecountyfair.org/events/truck-tractor-pulls/
https://www.piercecountyfair.org/


https://watsondieselservice.com/p-35838-truck-tractor-pull.html

Monday, July 27, 2020

Photos Farm Stock Test & Tune 2020 - by Jan Lo Tractor-Pulling Media

!Test & Tune Farm Stocks Germany 2020!






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Friday, July 24, 2020

Green Monster 5 Mitas Edition now available as scale model in 1:32

The twin Allison V1710 V12 powered 2.5t / 5500lbs light modified tractor called ''Green Monster 5 Mitas Edition'' of the Green Monster Pulling Team from Germany is available as scale model in 1:32 now. The German company ''autocult'' from Wendelstein produced the scale model of the German light modified machine in a limited number of pieces. The scale model is limited to 333 pieces. 
Currently, the 1:32 scale model of the twin Allison is available in the fan shop of the Green Monster Team for 145€.

For further information, check here: https://www.greenmonster.de/shop/

or, check here: https://www.autocult-models.de/additional-models/tractorism/
 





R.I.P Randy Petro

At the beginning of this week, we have reported on the pullingworld website about the inductee of two-wheel drive competitor Randy Petro into the NTPA Hall of Fame. Only a day later came the saddening news from the Petro family about the death of Randy. The former NTPA GN champion was diagnosed with lung cancer in early December of 2019. But, unfortunately, he should never recover from this bad illness. With Randy Petro the tractor pulling sport has lost a legend and a great competitor. With certainty, the competitors, organizers, and fans of the pulling sport will definitely sorely miss him in the future. Randy will always in the mind of the people and will never be forgotten.
We wish the whole family and team a lot of strength to cope with this terrible loss.

Here is a nice article about the career of Randy Petro from the NTPA: 
The WPI/NTPA family is heartbroken in announcing the passing on Wednesday, July 22 of Randy Petro, 62, of Camden, Ohio after a months-long battle with cancer. Mr. Petro was a five-time Grand National champion in the Two Wheel Drive division and the patriarch of the Petro Motorsports Team that won 10 consecutive premier-level titles from 2009 through 2018.
Visitation for Mr. Petro's family and friends is scheduled for Sunday, July 26 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Bales Funeral Home, 249 North Main Street in Camden, Ohio 45311. After a viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, his funeral will be held at Fairhaven Community Church, 6585 Israel Somers Road in Camden.
The owner of Petro Trucking in Camden, Mr. Petro began his pulling career in stock Four Wheel Drive in the late 1970s, and a foray into sanctioned pulling in 1984 in the supercharged division with "Milsap Magic" ended after just one year. He returned to Regional National and Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association competition in 1990 with his first Two Wheel Drive---the "Buckeye Hauler" Ford Ranger---and won a state championship in his rookie season. He added "Challenger" to double the size of the nascent Petro Trucking stable for 1991, and it took sixth place behind "Hauler"'s third in the Pro National standings.
For the very next campaign, he exchanged the pickup look of "Challenger" for the iconic T-bucket he christened "Kathy's Komplaint." It was an alliterative term of endearment toward his devoted wife, who initially feared for Mr. Petro's safety, exposed as he was in the open cab of the wheelstander. Mr. Petro would proceed to pilot various editions of that truck for the next 28 years.
The "Hauler"/"Komplaint" tandem was a winner from the beginning, as Mr. Petro was both champion and runner-up in Region II in 1992 with nine combined PN/RN victories and a sweep at Ionia. A first title for "KK" and fifth-place finish by "BH" came on the PN circuit in 1993 before a move to the Grand National circuit for 1994 put "KK" in third at season's end.
In 1995, Mr. Petro was the Grand National champion with "Kathy's Komplaint" as he debuted "Buckeye Hauler: Next Generation" in sixth. The pair of roadsters were fourth and sixth in 1996 as Randy undertook yet another challenge: The multi-engine Modified division. There, he took second in both the 7,200-lb. Limited Mod and 7,600-lb. Unlimited with the four- to five-engine "Multi Chaos," winning once at each weight. With "Chaos" second in MOD and fourth in UNL, the trucks likewise moved up to second and fourth in 1997.
At that point, son Jessie was ready for a ride and took the reins of "Buckeye Hauler," promptly finishing sixth and being voted Co-Rookie of the Year. The younger Petro would begin a string of seven consecutive top-10 finishes in the GN TWD standings while his dad maintained his own top-10 streak with both "KK" in TWD---winning it all a second time in 2001---and "Multi Chaos" in at least one of MOD or UNL through 2003.
A 2004 Bowling Green ring turned out to be Mr. Petro's last hurrah in the Unlimited division, as Petro Motorsports downsized to just single-engine vehicles beginning in 2005. But over time, they attained quite a collection of them. "2 Timin'" joined the squad in 2007, and after a three-year stretch running Region II that resulted in titles for Randy and "Komplaint" in 2007 and 2008, the Ford Ranger won Jessie his first GN title in 2009. Meanwhile, Randy was voted GN Rookie of the Year thanks to his entry into yet another division with a Modified Mini---eventually named "Freak on a Leash"---that made effective use of the team's spare engine.
The father countered the son's GN title with two more of his own in 2010 and 2011. But after it added a fourth truck, informally called the "Penguin" for its monochromatic paint scheme, the team would soon add a third member, nephew Joey Frasur, to drive the renamed "Runnin' Block" beginning in 2013. Frasur's success was immediate, as he converted his opportunity into the team's third Rookie of the Year campaign. And Jessie? In 2015, he added a fifth truck, "P5," but mostly added GN crowns---six of them---to extend Petro Motorsports' unprecedented streak to nine entering the 2018
A new "Kathy's Komplaint" debuted in 2016, but the old chassis, rebadged "Vintage KK," continued its title-claiming ways in Region II for three additional seasons and matched its successor as Mr. Petro was twice victorious at the Enderle Pull-Off. The next season, "Kathy's" two "Komplaint"s combined to win nine of the Western subregion's 14 hooks. And in 2018, competing everywhere it could across several national circuits, Petro Motorsports deployed seven vehicles and four drivers: "Buckeye Hauler, "Kathy's Komplaint," "2 Timin'," "Runnin' Block," "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint," "P5," and "2 Timin' 2," variously piloted by Randy, Jessie, Joey, and Chad Mayhill.
Was the chaos of a multi-truck shop and multi-hauler driveway a distraction? Hardly. It was all kept in order by Kathy, 2017's Crew Chief of the Year. In fact, the Petro conveyor belt turned out a workmanlike 10th straight GN title with Randy, after winning only the 45-truck Saturday night class in Tomah, unseating Jessie atop the standings and claiming his second BG ring.
2019 proved to be a difficult season, as the elder slipped to third with "Kathy's Komplaint" and neither "Runnin' Block" nor "Buckeye Hauler" found consistency. And the offseason took a tragic turn, as an ailing Randy was diagnosed with lung cancer that rapidly metastasized. Piloting "KK" in Randy's place at the legendary National Farm Machinery Show Championship Tractor Pull in Louisville, Kentucky, Jessie dominated the proceedings, first with a Friday night heat win and then with an emotional Saturday night Finals victory.
Mr. Petro's name will be well remembered by even casual observers as that of a fierce competitor in several supercharged divisions. But he was most respected by his fellow pullers and students of the game for his team's meticulous preparation and his own diligent analysis of each contest's pulling surface to maximize his opportunity to contend. Indeed, it can rightfully be said that Randy Petro did most of his winning before the starter was engaged.
WPI/NTPA expresses our sincere condolences to Kathy, Jessie and Jessica, Joey, and the entire Petro family and team who were on hand on Friday, July 10 to see Randy take his place among the greats of all time in the Pulling Hall of Fame. Mr. Petro will be deeply missed by the patrons, participants, and presenters of a grateful motorsport.