Tractor Pulling Championship: What You Need To Know
The upcoming National Tractor Pulling Championships will be a blast if you love large trucks that can pull a million pounds. Fans of the event eagerly anticipate the motorsport competition, which has been held for more than 50 years and is scheduled to take place on August 17, 18, and 19, 2023. On Wednesday, March 1, 2023, general ticket sales will start, so get ready!
A Brief History
Before the Industrial Revolution, farmers would compete with one another in horse pulling events to see whose teams of draft horses could pull a heavy load the farthest. In 1929, Missouri and Kentucky hosted the first motorized tractor competitions that were known to exist. In the 1950s and 1960s, tractor pulling gained popularity in rural areas throughout the Midwestern and Southern United States. From there, it gradually migrated to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Europe.
Fast forward to today, tractor pulling is now regarded as the most powerful motorsport in the world, thanks to the multi-engined modified tractor pullers that are used in the sport. The National Tractor Pulling Championships (NTPC) are held in Bowling Green and has gained local and international recognition. The speed pull has been a mainstay of this small town ever since it was first introduced in Wood County in 1962. The popularity of this well-known event, which initially had only 20 participants, did not reach its peak until the late 1970s.
Kind of Tractors Used
The tractors used in the competition appear to be typical farm machinery at first glance. But the similarities stop there because a competition-level tractor must be modified to produce as much power as possible as it is intended to pull heavy loads over a considerable distance (a 100-meter track).
There are various classes of tractors that participate in this event. Some of them are:
Originally just another farm tractor, this type of tractor has evolved into a fully customized machine with a variety of engines and power plants.
Super Stock Tractors
The multiple turbocharger-equipped Super Stock Tractors run on diesel or alcohol. Both Heavy Super Stock tractors and Light Super Stock tractors fall into these two categories.
Super Farm Tractors
These tractors are a class of diesel-only tractors with a single, limited turbocharger. They have a 640 cubic inch displacement limit, a 20″ drawbar, and weigh 9300 pounds.
Modified Mini Tractors
The modified mini tractor is powered by automobile-style or turbine engines, has a high power to weight ratio, and provides thrilling rides. It is 2050 pounds in weight, has an 18″ drawbar, and 18.4×16.1 tires. Limits for turbines are 575 cid blown or 650 cid naturally aspirated with an NTPA 1800 horsepower rating.
Four Wheel Drive Trucks
The four wheel drive truck is a 4×4 truck with a 6200 pound, 650 cid limited naturally aspirated engine, a maximum tire size of 20, a maximum tire circumference of 112 inches, and a 26″ drawbar.
The Super semi is an unmodified semi with one or more turbochargers. It is a diesel-only class that weighs 20,000 pounds and has a 16″ drawbar. It has tires with DOT approval.
What to Expect
The three-day tractor pull competition is frequently jam-packed with thrilling pulls. As they compete to win the competition prize, be prepared to see powerful four wheel drive trucks and super semis slugging it out with one another.
As it is the world’s biggest tractor pulling competition, expect that the Bowling Green Tractor Pull will offer a ton of excitement. It offers the perfect weekend for wrapping up the summer with over 2,100 campsites and about 65,000 people.
What Safety Precautions Should Be Taken at the Tractor Pull?
You should be aware of the safety precautions at the Bowling Green Tractor Pull whether you intend to participate or just watch.
To begin with, everyone involved must be aware of the recommended protective eyewear and always wear it when around tractors. Additionally, every observer must keep a distance of at least 10 feet from any tractor that is moving. Unless specifically permitted by an official, spectators should never try to enter the pull arena after the tractor has stopped moving.
Any obstacles, such as vehicles, equipment stacks, or spare parts, must not be present in the pull area. All children present must be kept under constant adult supervision. It is also advisable to avoid wearing any clothing or jewelry that could become tangled in machinery. Officials at the competition regularly enforce these safety regulations, and anyone who does so will be disqualified.
The Bowling Green Tractor Pull event should therefore be noted on your calendar if you’re looking for a fun day out. It promises to be an event where everyone will find something to enjoy, and you won’t want to miss the excitement.