6,350lb Modified 4x4 Trucks
The field is wide open in the Wednesday night 6,350lb Modified 4X4 Truck competition. Last year’s top three finishers hit the dirt for a fierce head-to-head competition. Coming off his 2022 victory, Ted Skelton driving The Rock is back to defend his title. Runner-up Charlie Hinds with Runnin’ Wild…Texas Style heads into Freedom Hall after finishing second in the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League. He’s ready to cement his place in Championship Tractor Pull history with a victory in Louisville. Reigning Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association points champion Joe Claypoole driving Risky Business is back with a vengeance after finishing third at the 2022 Championship Tractor Pull.
Those aren’t the only drivers to watch out for. Championship Tractor Pull alum Larry Jarrell, winner at the 2017 pull, is back vying for a second title. Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Southern Pullers Association points champion Daniel Johnson driving Desperato is another one to keep your eye on. Jake Zaring with Rule #19 won the National Tractor Pulling Association (NTPA) points race in 2022 putting him in a good position to take on the track in Freedom Hall.
9,300lb Super Farm Tractors
The Wednesday night’s 9,300lb Super Farm Tractor class is anyone’s game. With the number of talented drivers and Saturday night’s finals on the line, any tractor could take the top spot in the winner’s corner. Gary Schyvinch driving New Attitude is coming off a National Tractor Pulling Association (NTPA) Grand National victory and ready to tackle the track in Freedom Hall. Thumpin Pumpkin, driven by Shane Masten, finished first in the Indiana Pulling League, second in the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Midwest Region and fourth in the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions Tour for a well-rounded resume coming into Louisville.
This session will feature a much-anticipated Mid-South Pullers Association rematch. Brad Woods is back behind the wheel of Thunder Struck, aftera dominant 2022 season where he had nine first place finishes. Once again he’ll face off against Mid-South rival Adam Vaughn driving Farm Fed Deere, his Mid-South runner-up who amassed nine second place finishes during the season.
Clay Darnell with Maximum Overdrive made a mark in Kentucky pulling, winning the Battle of the Bluegrass points race. With that victory under his belt, he’s aiming for the big prize at this year’s Championship Tractor Pull.
7,500lb Modified Tractors
The talent in the Wednesday night 7,500lb Modified Tractor showdown is unmatched. If you’re a fan of modified tractors, Wednesday is a must-attend event. All six drivers from the 2022 Championship Tractor Pull finals are back for a rematch. That includes 2022 Grand Champion Craig Corzine, back behind the wheel of Second Degree Burn coming off major wins in Waterloo, IL and Bowling Green, OH. Runner-up Steve Bollinger, after finishing second in the NTPA Grand Nationals points race, is looking for victory on the dirt in Freedom Hall.
You can’t move without running into a past Grand Champion in this class. A three-time winner returns looking for an oft-sought and rarely won four-peat championship. Steve Bunnage with Takes A Lickin’ is back looking for Championship Tractor Pull glory and a fourth title. Two other prior Grand Champions, Wayne Sullivan (2018) and Doug Theobald (2013) round out the stiff Wednesday night competition.
10,200lb Pro Stock Tractors
Wednesday night finishes with one of the most popular classes at the Championship Tractor Pull. Fans who love horsepower and big tractors are in for a treat with the 10,200lb Pro Stock Tractor class. It’s got everything: loud engines, screaming tires and trips to the beach.
One of the most decorated tractors in Championship Tractor Pull history takes the track Wednesday Night. Tinker Toy, driven to victory in 1998, 2014, 2018 and 2019 by the legendary Don Masterson, returns with Darryl Folz looking to continue the tractor’s legacy of winning in Freedom Hall.
That’s not the only past Grand Champion in the class. Rob Russell earned a Super Stock Grand Champion title in 1995 with the IH 66-Series5-Millionth edition of the Work Horse and is ready to add another prize to the trophy case with the latest version of the Work Horse, clad in CaseIH sheetmetal.
You’ll also want to keep your eye on Brandon Simon’s Loud & Heavy who finished third in the finals and third in the preliminaries at last year’s pull. After coming close but going home without a trophy he’s ready to prove his worth in Louisville.