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River City Diesel’s Fall Finale Sled Pull

An End-of-Year Sled Pull Brings Out Some Seasoned Competitors

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Hosting a sled pull in the middle of the country can be a challenge. While the Midwest is home to most of the sled pulling trucks in the country, the region only offers a few months of ideal pulling weather. If a pull is held in the spring, you run the risk of a rainout or a good portion of competitors (farmers) still planting corn and beans in the fields. If the event is held in the dead of summer, when pulls are held virtually every night of the week, you run the risk of competing events splitting up the turnout. Maybe that’s why River City Diesel’s fall sled pull, held on the fourth Saturday in October, was a shoo-in for good attendance.

With the ’11 pulling season all but over, 40 trucks descended upon Peoria, Illinois’ Expo Gardens fairgrounds for one last hook. Competitors from surrounding states such as Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri showed up to battle it out, including 14 trucks in a no-holds-barred Open Class. After all was said and done, each of the Big Three had a top-finishing rig: A Duramax laid claim to the Work Stock Class, 6.4L and 7.3L Power Strokes cleaned house in 2.6, and an open-driveline, Cummins-powered Dodge stole the show in the Open Class. Keep this venue in mind this fall, as it will more than likely be the last regional hook of the year in 2012.

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