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2011 National Farm Machinery Show

Super Stock Trucks Perform On The Nation’s Largest Indoor Pulling Stage

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Without a doubt, agriculture is still the backbone of America. Even in today’s white-collar world, there’s no getting around the physicality associated with farming. So as the number of farms continues to decrease and the population of the United States keeps growing, farmers naturally need bigger and more efficient tools to get their jobs done. It’s no wonder why agricultural shows of extraordinary size take place throughout our country each year. Back in February, we attended the largest (and oldest) indoor Ag show in the countrythe National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Traditionally, the Farm Machinery Show hosts a four-day, five-event, Championship Tractor Pull (CTP) in Louisville, Kentucky’s Freedom Hall. As first-time attendees, we can best describe the event as the Daytona 500 of pulling. This year, 180 vehicles hooked to the sled under the direction of Mike Witt. Witt’s staff of 32 handled everything from prepping the track to running the sled to tech-inspecting the competitors’ vehicles.

2011 also marked a historic year for the event, as it was the first time in 43 years that a four-wheel-drive diesel truck class was invited to compete. The Super Stock (also known as Modified) trucks were scheduled to be the second class to hook during Saturday’s matinee pull, to showcase something new for power-hungry pulling fans. Names like Erik Stacey (featured in Oct. ’10), Cory Atley (featured in Jan. ’09), Ben Miller (featured in Feb. ’08), and nine others were selected to put on a one-of-a-kind show. The result was a 60-percent spike in ticket sales the afternoon the trucks pulledproof that the excitement diesel trucks bring to the table is worth watching.

It was a true honor for the Super Stock teams and drivers to compete at such a prestigious venue. And it was Diesel Power’s pleasure to be able to cover it. We hope to see the Super Stock trucks back in Louisville next year, but until then here is a look at what we experienced in 2011.

Super Stock Diesel Truck Results:

Place: Name: Truck: Distance:
1st Van Haisley Rock Hard Ram Full Pull, 235.22 ft in pull-off
2nd Shane Kellogg Gotta Have It Full Pull, 228.29 ft in pull-off
3rd Curt Haisley Off Constantly Full Pull, 208.25 ft in pull-off
4th Ben W. Miller Double Overtime 235.87 ft
5th Wayne Greier Resurrected Ram 232.36 ft
6th Carl Atley Lethal Weapon 232.20 ft
7th Calvin Miller Runnin In The Red 210.68 ft
8th Brad Ingram Scheid Diesel 200.01 ft
9th Kent Crowder Scheid Diesel 181.52 ft
10th Cory Atley Agstremely Hooked 156.26 ft
11th Erik Stacey Smoknya HD Broke
12th Terry Thain Kickin’ Gas Did not pull

View From the Driver Seat
First Time Indoors
With the event taking place during the heart of the winter season, a warm-up strategy was a necessity for the Super Stock trucks, as they had to be lined up outdoors before entering the pulling arena. The combination of low-compression engines and large, cold turbos could’ve wreaked havoc on starting and spooling the trucks, but according to Brad Ingram of Scheid Diesel, most were prepared. When we came out of Broadbent Arena (where the trucks were on display), we were allowed to run and warm up, Brad told us. I had a couple of magnetic oil heaters on my truck, and most trucks had some kind of heater, he added.

Set On Kill
One of the first things we noticed was how large some of the cuts were in Cory and Carl Atley’s tires (the Agstremely Hooked and Lethal Weapon Fords, respectively). This paralleled what Brad told us after the show. Everyone was set on kill, he said. Before the event, we’d been on the dyno with my engine and found some more horsepower. This was indicative that most (if not all) trucks that competed might’ve been running hotter than they ever had before.

Center Stage
Brad described his first trip to the invitation-only pull very well: This is the biggest stage the Super Stock trucks have ever seen. It’s a neat feeling when you’re on the ramp, pulling into Freedom Hall. With 20,000 potential fans in the seats, we can see why Brad felt this way. The Super Stock truck pull was like watching an All-Star gamewith all the heavy hitters in one place to put on a heck of a show.

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