Madison International Speedway
Official Press Release
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Tractors and Trucks Take Over MIS
By John Wells
A large and energetic crowd was on hand at MIS tonight to witness exciting tractor and truck pulling action. All of the ingredients were in place including perfect weather, a great track, and solid field of tractors and trucks.
It was a day that many had been looking forward to with great anticipation as it was the season opener for both the Badger State Tractor Pullers and the Tri County Mini-Rods with each series bringing three of their divisions to MIS.
However, before the two series began their competition, a pair of spectator truck pulling classes had the honors of getting the first pulls. Nick Brugger of Monroe, Wisconsin, won the spectator diesel division while Eli Gehrke of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, had the best pull in the spectator gas division.
The first of the three Badger State Tractor Pulling classes was the 4×4 Pro Street Diesel division. Picking up the win was Joe Wiltse from Maple Park, Illinois.
Next it was time for the three classes of Tri County Mini Rods to fire up and take on the fast pulling surface.
Cindy Thompson of Janseville, Wisconsin, won the Limited Mini Rods driving “Way Cool.”
Ken Tatroe of Milton, Wisconsin, was best in the 1,850 pound Econo Mini Rods driving the “Attitude Adjuster.”
The 1.950 pound Open Mini-Rod class was won by Eric Johnson of Durand, Illinois, piloting “Blown Money.”
Closing out the night were two of the most popular pulling divisions from Badger State: Hot Farm and Super Farm Tractors.
Tony McDonald of Darlington, Wisconsin, driving “Well Spent” was the best of fourteen pullers in the Hot Farm class with a pull of just over 303 feet. “The track was good for us tonight,” said McDonald from victory lane.
It came down to the final pull of the night to determine the winner in the Super Farm class when Larry Wolff and Wolfgang’s Warrior from Watertown, Wisconsin, edged Jason Molitor of Kent, Illinois, by inches as both surpassed the 313 foot mark.
Madison International Speedway would like to thank Morton Farms from Evansville, Wisconsin, and Donnie Kleven for their assistance in preparing and maintaining the track along with Joe Gerken and countless others for all of their work behind the scenes.
For complete Badger State results go to bstponline.org and for the Tri County Mini Rods go to tricountypullersinc.com.