NTPA truck, tractor pull kicks off fair week
WORTHINGTON -- After filling the grandstands in each of the last two years, the National Truck Pullers Association (NTPA) is hoping for a repeat Wednesday night as local residents and regional competitors hit the track for rip-roaring, ear-splitting truck and tractor pull fun.
Mike Bousema, who along with his brother, Steve, competes in the Limited Pro class of tractor pullers, said pullers will compete for cash prizes and points at the event, which gets under way at 7 p.m. in the grandstand at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington.
Brian Loosbrock of rural Wilmont will be competing for his first time in the Worthington truck pull. He's a first-year member of the NTPA, although he's been pulling in different clubs for the past 15 years. He was the Great Plains Truck Pullers points champion in 2009, and the Nebraska Power Pullers points champion in 2010.
After spending the past two years building a truck for competition, Loosbrock looks forward to pulling in front of the hometown crowd. His truck is a 1998 Chevy body with a 650-cubic-inch, big block Ford, alcohol-injected motor.
"The body came from a friend of mine that also pulls, and Goodwin Competition did the engine in it," Loosbrock explained.
The truck, "Bad Habit," has been in several competitions this summer, including in Sibley, Iowa, a couple of weeks ago, where Loosbrock placed seventh. He has participated in pulls in the tri-state area.
The Bousemas, of rural Worthington, along with the Pedley and Van Gelder families of Ocheyedan, Iowa, will compete in the Limited Pro class, driving tractors with 2,000-plus horsepower. Several local individuals will also compete in the Super Farm class, with 1,300- to 1,400-horsepower tractors.
"There will be more pick-ups this year," Mike Bousema said, adding that he anticipates eight or nine entries in that class.
Bousema expects 12 to 15 entries in the Super Farm class, seven to eight tractors in the Unlimited Pro class and four or five semis competing in an 1,800- to 2,500-horsepower class as well.
This is the third consecutive year the NTPA has brought a pull to Worthington.
"It seems like it keeps growing in interest every year," Bousema said, adding that earplugs will be available to spectators -- "otherwise just put your fingers in your ears."
New this year, competitors may also be participating in the Mid-summer Shoot-out, comprised of six events they can earn points in.
"The top point winner will get extra points and money that way also," Bousema said, noting that Wednesday will be the final night of the Mid-summer Shoot-out for the Limited Pro competition.