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September 25, 2021

Champions crowned on final night of Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway

The Lucas Pro Pulling League Nationals concluded Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway with action in seven divisions. (GS Stanek Racing Photography)
WHEATLAND, MO. (Sept. 25, 2021) - A red-hot points battle in the Big River Steel Super Modified Tractors, with four in the mix for the championship, came to the season’s final pull Saturday night in the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Greg Boyd’s third-place finish in “Lucas Oil Green Streak” was good enough to hold off event winner Ricky Long in “MAVTV” to prevail by just three points.
Long, of Glasgow, Kentucky, had a pull of 344.77 to take the win on the final night of the annual Pro Pulling Nationals. But it was not enough to make up enough points to surpass Boyd, of Washington, Indiana, who had a pull of 316.84 for a solid third place. Long Motorsports teammate Keith Long in “Bullseye” was in second at 318.16.
Boyd posted his pull distance early and then had to patiently wait it out.
“There was a big gap from where Ricky was at back to where I was at," Boyd said. "Everybody out here is capable of winning any night, so it was a little nerve-wracking watching them all come down through there. We were counting points and kind of knew where we were at.
"I think it finished up where the top four tractors were five points apart. That's pretty impressive to have that competitive of a class."
Long made the first pass of the group and made it stand up, by an impressive margin.
"We made a nice pass out here and the track couldn't have been better when I hooked," Long said. "It laid it down and we're tickled to death."
Optima Batteries Super Modified 2WD
Another intriguing championship battle came to a close as Chad Mayhill in "2 Timin" used a second-place run to vault past Russell Nichols in "On the Edge," to claim the Optima Batteries Super Modified 2WD division.
Mayhill finished four points in front of Nichols after starting the night 12 behind. Nichols finished 10th.
"I just kind of threw it out there and it hooked and it went and it went the distance," Mayhill said of his late-session run. "We kind of watched what (Chad Fleming) done and went in a slot that we really didn't think was there, but he got the distance with it and we thought we'd take a stab at it."
Chad Fleming drove "In 2 Deep" to Saturday's victory with a pull of 330.87, ahead of Mayhill's 328.95. Michael White in "Addiction" also was on the podium at 327.13.
AirDog Super Farm Tractors
Shane Masten of Niles, Michigan, drove “Thumpin’ Pumkin” to the victory in the AirDog Super Farm Tractors with a pull of 324.21, beating season points champion Josh Miley of Francisco, Indiana, in “High Maintenan$e by just 3.12 feet.
“We have not come out of high gear yet and we are not going to because it seems to be working,” Masten said of a new transmission he installed prior to the season. “I thought the earlier hook was going to be better, and it didn’t happen to be so. Then when all the guys I thought were going to be in front dropped, I was kind of worried. It just worked out in my favor and the Pumpkin’ came to life.”
Miley said that while he came up a bit short in this one, but had a season to remember.
"Congratulations to Shane on winning tonight. It's kind of been a battle between me and him all year," Miley said. "We pull with the greatest group of guys you could ever think of. It's pretty hard to believe that guys will run their tractor then come back and tell you what to do to try and beat them.
"It's just been a great season for us. I've always wondered how some of them people could get the lucky draw every night, and this was our season."
Jeremy Roberts in “Wicked Whitetail” rounded out the Super Farm Tractors podium.
Unlimited Super Stock Tractors
Aaron Hull of Waupen, Wisconsin, and his “Taking Care Of Business” posted the win in Unlimited Super Stock Tractors. Hull’s winning pull went 321.73 feet, outdistancing Josh Blackbourn’s “Considered Armed & Dangerous” by 1.73 feet.
Blackbourn already had the season championship clinched. The Newton, Wisconsin, driver also took third in “Armed & Dangerous International Threat.”
“Of course you want to win every time you go out there,” Blackbourn said. “We didn’t have our set-up the way we wanted and hats off to Aaron and his crew. They did a great job tonight getting a win.”
Hull said it was great to finish the season with a win.
“We worked hard this year, all the boys back home. We changed so much with the tractor,” Hull said. “It’s been fighting, fighting, fighting us and we’re starting to get this one ironed out. Everything worked and it was an awesome pass.”
Pro Stock Tractors
Second place was good enough for Brandon Simon in "Loud & Heavy" to claim the Pro Stock Tractor points championship. The Farley, Iowa, driver had a pull of 304.3, behind winner Peter Norton who piloted "Money On Black" to a 312.83 on the last pull of the class.
"It means a lot to us," Simon said of the championship. "We got a hell of a team that goes with us and supports us. We came here to win. We're kind of disappointed, but we got the points title on our rookie year. We're blessed."
Norton, of Franklin, Indiana, said he made some key adjustments prior to the his run.
"We moved some weight around and changed a little tire pressure," Norton said. "I wanted to stay on the left side and was able to make a nice, straight pass. It worked out well."
LINE-X Protective Coatings Pro Mod 4WD Trucks
Steve Clem of Versailles, Kentucky, driving "Ratical," captured the Pro Mod 4WD Trucks victory, but the season championship went to Jim Bosch of West Olive, Michigan, in "Midnight Raider" by a narrow two-point margin.
Clem said he was able to take advantage of being one of the last trucks to make his pull.
"It's helpful when you can sit back and watch most of the class run," Clem said. "It's always an advantage because you can pick your spot on the track."
Charlie Hinds in “Runnin Wild” finished in second and Terry Hagedorn in “Gunpowder and Lead” wound up third behind Clem.
MAC Trailer Hot Rod Semis
In a one-on-one shootout, Chris Wood of Shreve, Ohio, drove his semi truck "Class Act" to the win over Ryan DeBroux's "Playin' With Fire." Wood, also earning the season championship, had a pull of 302.69 with DeBroux going 278.85.
Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Nationals
Saturday’s unofficial results
AirDog Super Farm Tractors
1, Shane Masten, Thumpin Pumpkin, 324.21. 2, Josh Miley, High Maintenan$e, 321.13. 3, Don Slama, Fast and Furious, 320.92. 4, Dan Viney, Cranke It Up, 318.12. 5, Chuck Guenterberg, Positive Ground, 316.78. 6, Jason Viney, All Cranked Up, 316.51. 7, Jon Silsby, Crop Doctor, 316.44. 8, Nick Skaar, Screamin' Norwegian, 315.87. 9, Tony McMullen, Smokin Crow, 313.14. 10, Michael Snepp, 44, 311.39. 11, Travis Christ, Just 4 Fun, 301.7. 12, Jeremy Roberts, Wicked Whitetail, 309.4. 13, Doug Babb, Dime a Dozen, 308.52. 14, Tony McMullen, Ruttin & Ruthless, 307.02. 15, Bret Weber, Never Say Never, 303.79.
Unlimited Super Stock Tractors
1, Aaron Hull, Taking Care of Business, 321.73. 2, Josh Blackbourn, Considered Armed, 320.03. 3, Josh Blackbourn, International Threat, 315.96. 4, Brandon Block, Ruttin Deere, 306.71. 5, Glen Long, Long Machine, 304.52. 6, Mike Novinger, Dominator Deere, 296.44. 7, Nate Hull, MMG 1000, 294.98. 8, Jeff Hothem, Fully Loaded, 293.9. 9, Roy Metz, Crazy Chaos, 290.42 10, Terry Blackbourn, Extremely Armed & Dangerous, 275.64. 11, Jeff Hirt, Runnin' Bare, 271.93. 12, Ray Gummersheimer, Home Brew, 259.82. 13, Colin Ross, Triple Bypass, 133.43. 14, Aaron Hull, Out of Time, 0.
Big River Steel Super Modified Tractors
1, Ricky Long, MAVTV, 344.77. 2, Keith Long, Bullseye, 316.16. 3, Greg Boyd, Lucas Oil Green Streak, 316.84. 4, Austin Boyd, Lucas Oil Green Streak Limited, 302.47. 5, Bret Berg, Moneymaker, 296.2. 6, Darrick Barga, The Judge Next Gen, 295.88. 7, Dave Walsh, Ol' Red, 288.97. 8, Steve Bunnage, Takes a Lickin, 279.81. 9, Dave Walsh, Ol' Blue, 278.91. 10, Wayne Sullivan, Kentuckian, 250.27. 11, Jeremy Correia, Git-R-Done, 151.27. 12, RJ Simon, Simon Sez, 0.
OPTIMA Batteries Super Mod 2WD Trucks
1, Chaz Fleming, In 2 Deep, 330.87. 2, Chad Mayhill, 2 Timin, 328.95. 3, Michael White, Addiction, 327.13. 4, Jordan Nelson, Dirty Pearl, 326.01. 5, RJ Simon, Simon Sez Chevy, 326. 6, Tim Beaty, Sawmill Express, 325.03. 7, Donnie Sullivan, Big Ed Red, 320.96. 8, Bethany Nelson, Sweet Revenge, 319.37. 9, Jared Nelson, Midnight Revenger, 319.18. 10, Russell Nichols, On The Edge, 319.02.
Pro Stock Tractors
1, Peter Norton, Money On Black, 312.83. 2, Brandon Simon, Louid & Heavy, 304.3. 3, Jack Maize, Billet Binder, 300.32. 4, Justin Wagler, Real Deer, 298.58. 5, Brandon Simon, Loud & Loaded, 297.4. 6, Kevin Masterson, River Rat, 296.73. 7, Dennie Brown, Green With Envy, 295.96. 8, Rob Russell, WorkHorse, 295.32. 9, Darryl Folz, Tinker Toy, 293.52. 10, Mickey Shorter, Buck Easter 2, 289.36. 11, Braden Shramek, Young Blood, 286.48. 12, John Link, Revvalation Pro, 283.85.
MAC Trailer Hot Rod Semis
1, Chris Wood, Class Act, 302.69. 2, Ryan DeBroux, New Franklin, Wisconsin, 278.85.
USRA Nationals next: Lucas Oil Speedway takes a scheduled weekend off before the 8th annual Summit USRA Nationals makes it debut at Lucas Oil Speedway, Oct. 7-9. Drivers will have a Test and Tune from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 6 for a chance to get dialed in for the three nights of racing that starts the next evening. Spectator admission for the Test and Tune is free to the grandstands. Pit pass is $25 and a four-day pit pass is $135.
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