Thursday Night Pull Previews

Published: February 7, 2022 Updated: December 6, 2023

6,400lb Light Weight Super Stock Tractors

Any time you’re going up against one of the Blackbourns in the 6,400lb Light Weight Super Stock Tractor class you know there’s stiff competition. This father-son duo is always competitive on the dirt in Freedom Hall. Considered Armed & Dangerous, driven by Josh Blackbourn the son of this duo, is a four-time Grand Champion in this class winning in 2010, 2012, 2016 and 2017. Josh Blackbourn finished second in 2020 and is gunning for another victory at this year’s Championship Tractor Pull.  The 2020 reigning champion Alter Ego driven by Bryan K. Bowles returns to the track to defend his title. The two-time Grand Champion also won in 2016 and knows what it takes to win in Freedom Hall. Another former winner from 2002, Tennessee Tracks driven by Jacob Fuqua is also back and revving for another victory. This loaded field is rounded out with points champions from across the country. Night Shift driven by Jacob Kesler has been dominating the Illinois Tractor Pulling Association, winning eight points titles since 2007 including this past year’s points race. Evening Thunder driven by Kevin Essary won the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Midsouth points title and is ready to face the competition at the Championship Tractor Pull. 

9,300lb Super Farm Tractors

This class promises to be an exciting ride! The 2020 Championship Tractor Pull runner-up Crop Doctor driven by Jon Silsby is back seeking victory and vengeance on the fabled dirt of Freedom Hall.  The competition won’t be easy with so many proven winners standing in his way. Red Storm Reloaded driven by Mitch Fehn is coming off a successful season, winning the United Pullers of Minnesota points championship. Another points champion, Diggin’ Deep driven by Mark Miller, is representing National Tractor Pulling Association (NTPA) Region III. The New York Tractor Pulling Association champion 44 Special Reloaded driven by Jason Van De Weert is also gunning for the winners circle. They’ll all face off against The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions Tour points victor High Maintenan$e driven by Josh Miley.  The 2015 Championship Tractor Pull Grand Champion Screamin’ Norwegian driven by Shaun Boyd rounds out the field of tough competition. 

6,200lb 2WD Trucks

Clay Chastain, driving his trusty Fistful of Dollars truck, has spent the past two years racking up the accolades winning back-to-back NTPA Grand Nationals points championships, winning at the Enderle Pull-Off and taking second in the Bowling Green National Tractor Pulling Championship. He’ll bring that momentum into Freedom Hall, eyeing a berth to the finals in the 6,200lb 2WD Truck class. The 2020 Championship Tractor Pull Grand Champion Kathy’s Komplaint driven by Jessie Petro is back defending his title after finishing fourth in the NTPA Grand Nationals race.  These past winners will face off against Salt Shaker Express driven by Jami Austin, coming off a winning season in the Illinois Tractor Pulling Association, Funky Money driven by Chase Carey the TNT Truck and Tractor Pulling points champion and the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Midsouth victor Tremor with Mark Ford behind the wheel.  Final Drive driven by David Koglin rides into Freedom Hall with two 2021 points championships under his belt, winning both the NTPA Region II and Wolverine Truck and Tractor Pulling points race. Another proven winner, 2019 Grand Champion Cole Zajicek and his powerful Texas 2 Steps, will also hit the dirt on Thursday night. 

10,200 Pro Stock Tractors

The powerful pulling machines of the 10,200lb Pro Stock Class always bring next-level competition to the Freedom Hall track and Thursday night’s lineup is no exception.  After winning the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions Tour, Loud and Heavy driven by Brandon Simon plans to bring his winning-momentum to the Championship Tractor Pull track. No stranger to Freedom Hall, Rollin’ Stone is riding a 2021 season high after winning the NTPA Region II points championship and placing second in the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Midwest points race.  They’ll face off against many eager competitors that fell short of winning a 2021 title, finishing second or third in their respective leagues. Diehard Deere had an excellent season running with the Badger State Tractor Pullers, finishing in second with four first place victories and seven second place finishes. Red Power Express driven by David Kozuszek the runner-up from the Illinois Tractor Pulling Association is hoping to start 2022 with a win.