Full Pull. The words that every puller wants to hear. Saturday night at the Saline City Labor Day Picnic, there were full-pulls in just about every class.
After years of having pull-offs, this year the strip was reconfigured to allow a floating finish. The drivers are now able to pull their distance, without fear of running into the woods after a full-pull of 300 feet.
With seven local classes and three Indiana Truck Pullers Association (ITPA) classes, the evening was sure to be an exciting one. The cool evening and the packed stands, proved that truck pulling is a popular sport locally.
Local favorites Neese, Frye and Cassidy said that it was worth the effort of Saline City to put in the new strip.
With the smell of gasoline and diesel fuel in the air, the crowd enjoyed the Jonah Fish Fry and the sweet sounds of Janie Fricke singing in the background.
Truck, tractor and semi-pulling have been an increasing popular sport, where local drivers can pay to hook their everyday truck to prove how tough their trucks are. Whether interested in local pulls or the ITPA where larger amounts of money can be earned, and spent, an evening watching favorite drivers and smelling the fumes in the air is sure to be interesting.
Results for Saline City:
4x4 Street Stock
First place: Jerry Martin 294.93
Second place: Josh Edwards 289.90
Third place: Kenny VanHorn 289.56
4x4 Altered Stock
First place: Mark Rothrock 328.51
Second place: Travis Frye 319.50
Third place: George Adams 299.88
8000 Stock Diesel
First place: Keith Neese 309.45
Second place: Rick Gambell 306.78
Third place: Justin Camp 288.54
8000 Hot Diesel
First place: Luke Thomas
Second place: Mark Burress 314.15
Third place: Travis Morgan
7500 Open Class
First place: Billy Pullem 278.32
Second place: Rick Gambell 274.49
Third place: 262.32
First place: Rob Miller 300.82
Second place: Mike Cassidy 293.59
Third place: Jay Dayhuff 285.20
First place: Mike Cassidy 300.30
Second place: Keith McCreary 300.07
Third place: Ralph Boyd 280.99