Wednesday, November 26, 2014

LSGTPA 2014 SEASON RECAP and HIGHLIGHTS

The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pulling Association 2014 season is in the history books, and featured some pretty entertaining chapters.  By the numbers, the season involved 50 entries from 25 teams, competing in 11 events in 10 different cities, for titles in each of 9 classes.

The season began with the Delta County Fair and Livestock Show event, in Cooper, Texas.  The inaugural event drew a great crowd and featured a full house of pulling teams, hoping to start the season off right.  Rocky Young Construction provided an excellent pulling track, and Aidan Hovind used the event to start a five-in-a-row winning streak to take the early lead in his run for the Stock Class Championship title.
Aidan Hovind scores a win at the Delta County Fair & Livestock Show Pull.

The next event was to be the only double-header on the 2014 tour schedule, held during the Hunt County Fair in Greenville, Texas.  This event was chosen by the Fox Sports Southwest and the Chevy Hometown Kids program, to film the LSGTPA Youth Class for an episode of Chevy Hometown Kids !  While the Youth Class competitors managed to steal the show, Colby Crowe stole the heart of Sarah Moody, and the hearts of the fans, with an on track marriage proposal.  The wild event did not distract Ken Langham, Sr, as he took the title in the Super Rod Class in back to back wins on the weekend, to build on a lead to take him to the Super Rod Class Championship.
Chevy Hometown Kids host, Emily Reppert, is presented with an honorary trophy by the LSGTPA Youth Class.

Colby Crowe scores a win of Sarah Moody's heart, during the Hunt County Fair Tractor Pull in Greenville.

Ken Langham, Sr. pilots his Bonham Service Center tractor, to back to back wins at Greenville.

The tour moved to Bonham, Texas for the next event, held during the Bonham Heritage Day celebration.  Held at the scenic Powder Creek Park facility, the event was contested along the historic railroad at the Bonham Depot.  Steve Pierce piloted his 'Buzzards Roost' tractor to a win in the Motorcycle Class, and would ride at the top of the class enroute to his Motorcycle Class Championship.
Steve Pierce pilots his 'Buzzards Roost' machine to victory in Bonham, Texas.

The DeLeon Peach and Melon Festival would be the fifth event on the 2014 schedule, and Jerry Toland owned the day in the Mini Rod Class.  Toland would stack four wins together on the season, aboard his 'Shinin Time' tractor, to earn the Mini Rod Class Championship title.
'Shinin Time' flying high at DeLeon, scoring the win for Jerry Toland's 2014 Championship run.

As the pulling season arrived at the half way point, championship points started to become a hot commodity. During the Bill Halter Memorial event in Blue Ridge, Ken Langham, Sr. got hot as well, as he piloted his Bonham Service Center entry to a five-in-a-row winning streak, which locked up his Stock Altered Championship title for 2014.

Ken Langham rides his Bonham Service Center tractor to a win in Blue Ridge, Texas.
After a month long summer break, the pullers began a five weekend marathon to close out the season.  The first of the five weekend series began in Bartlett, Texas during the Old Town Festival in September.  Paul Smith took his 'Texan' machine to the victory, and to the class lead, on his way to the Outlaw Class Championship.


Paul Smith aboard his 'Texan' tractor, pulls to victory in Bartlett, Texas.

The tour would stop in Alvarado, Texas, for an event at the Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion Grounds.  Jared Stephan would take the Youth Class title, aboard his 'Iron Head' tractor, to place his Moody Pulling Team entry at the front of the pack of youth competitors.  Stephan would close out the season with consistently strong performances, to take the Youth Class Championship for 2014.
Jared Stephan takes the win in the Youth Class, on his run to the 2014 Championship.

As the teams rolled into Farmersville, Texas for the Old Time Saturday event, several classes were still up for grabs.  One of the classes, too close to call regarding the points battle, was the Stock Diesel Class.  Ken Langham, Jr. would place his Bonham Service Center entry atop the podium at Farmersville, and go on to win two out of the last three events, to take the Stock Diesel Class Championship.
Ken Langham, Jr., takes the win and the points lead during the Old Time Saturday pull in Farmersville.

The odds of five good weekends in a row in Texas, for outdoor tractor pulling, proved extremely low in probability for October.  Calculations varied, but none were good.  As the teams rolled into Wills Point, for the Rolling Oaks Volunteer Fire Department event, rain had rolled into the area as well.  But, the show must go on, and indeed it did !  The Shawn Aufdenkamp entry put on a great showing, and used a win at the last two events to seal the Big Stock Class Championship title for the Outlaw Pulling Team.
John Aufdenkamp takes the win during the Rolling Oaks VFD event in Wills Point, Texas.

The season finale was held at the Rockdale Fair and Rodeo, in Rockdale, Texas.  This event is contested on the historic horse racing track, at the Rockdale Fairgrounds.  Performing artist Emily McCoy opened the show with an outstanding performance of our National Anthem, followed by a ceremony to honor Skeet Degner.  After the event, during which the 2014 season Championship titles were secured, Rockdale Fair and Rodeo Queen, Julianna Byrd was on hand to present trophies.

Emily McCoy delivers an outstanding National Anthem performance during the Rockdale Fair & Rodeo Pull.

Opening ceremonies included a salute to Skeet Degner, at the Rockdale Fair & Rodeo LSGTPA event.

Donny Mayo saves the best for last, as he scores the victory aboard 'Blackfoot Squaw' at the LSGTPA season finale.

Rockdale Royalty was on hand, as Rodeo Queen Julianna Byrd presented trophies.




******  stay tuned to the LSGTPA Blog, as we hope to bring a special entry to salute our National Anthem Performers, our 2014 Champions, and a 'secret shop tour' edition during the off-season !  *******

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2014 LSGTPA Champions

Old Town Festival




YOUTH CLASS - JARED STEPHAN - "IRON HEAD"
STOCK CLASS - AIDAN HOVIND - "YES DEERE"
STOCK DIESEL - KEN LANGHAM, JR.  - "LONGHORN EXPRESS PULLING TEAM"
BIG STOCK - SHAWN AUFDENKAMP - "OUTLAW PULLING TEAM"
STOCK ALTERED - KEN LANGHAM, SR. - "BONHAM SERVICE CENTER"
BIG BIKE - STEVE PIERCE - "BUZZARDS ROOST"
OUTLAW - PAUL SMITH - "TEXAN"
MINI ROD - JERRY TOLAND - "SHININ TIME"
SUPER ROD - KEN LANGHAM, SR. - "BONHAM SERVICE CENTER"

Checkout the complete Points Standings at LSGTPA Points


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rockdale Fair & Rodeo LSGTPA Tractor Pull Results

The Rockdale Fair & Rodeo was the site for the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pulling Association 2014 season finale.  With 2014 LSGTPA Championship titles on the line, the pulling teams had their drivers and tractors ready for action, and on the edge.  Great weather and great track conditions made for an outstanding day of tractor pulling. 

Emily McCoy, the 2012 Rockdale Fair & Rodeo Queen, returned to the fairgrounds  to perform the National Anthem during the opening ceremonies.  The first of three National Athem performances on the day for Ms. McCoy, the talented entertainer presented an outstanding rendition to start the LSGTPA show.  Additional Rockdale Royalty was on hand, with 2014 Rockdale Fair & Rodeo Queen Runnerup, Julianna Byrd,  presenting the awards during trophy presentations. 

Emily McCoy performs the National Anthem during the Rockdale Fair & Rodeo Tractor Pull.

The LSGTPA Youth Class competitors would take to the historic horse racing track first, with Jared Stephan pulling to the win aboard his 'Iron Head' tractor.  Mason Hovind used a Full Pull, to finish in the runnerup spot aboard 'Yes Deere', with Jared Stephan taking third on the 'Rusteze' entry.  Kody Langham scored a fourth place finish, with Lane Duncan taking fifth place aboard his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor.  Megan Baird pulled to a sixth place finish.
Jared Stephan launches his 'IronHead' tractor downtrack, during the LSGTPA event in Rockdale.

The Stock Class title was taken by Steve Hovind aboard the 'Yes Deere' tractor, with Claude Lewis scoring the runnerup.  John Aufdenkamp rode 'Rusteze' to a third place finish.  Claude Lewis drove the 'Skeeter' tractor to a fourth place finish, and Kolby Langham pulled to a top five finish to round out the field.  In Stock Diesel, Ken Langham, Jr. scored the win, with Steve Hovind placing second aboard the 'BuckShot' tractor.

Alton Degner steers his 'It'll Do' tractor, towards the finish line at the Rockdale Fairgrounds.

In Big Stock, John Aufdenkamp took the win with Alex Jesko placing second aboard his 'Overtime' tractor.  Kolby Langham pulled to a third place finish atop the 'Texas Thunder' machine,  with Jerry Toland scoring fourth aboard 'Triple Deuce'.  Alton Degner placed his 'It'll Do' machine in the fifth place position.  Stock Altered tractors were led by John Aufdenkamp aboard 'Under the Influence', with Alex Jesko scoring the runnerup aboard 'Outlaw'.  Michael Mayberry drove his 'Pulling For Peanuts' tractor to the third spot on the podium. 


The Big Bike Class title belonged to Steve Pierce and 'Buzzards Roost', with Paul 'Superman' Smith scoring the runnerup aboard his 'Texan' tractor.
Paul 'Superman' Smith guides the 'Texan' tractor toward a win, at the Rocdale Fair & Rodeo tractor pull.
The 'Texan' tractor would return, to score the victory in the Outlaw Class, with Paul 'Superman' Smith again at the reigns.  The Mini Rod Class tractor field was paced by Sarah Moody, aboard her turbocharged diesel '99% Moody' John Deere machine.  Jerry Toland used a second place finish aboard 'Shinin Time', to secure his tenth championship in the class.  Colby Crowe piloted the 'Weekend Warrior' tractor to the third spot.  David Houchen took the 'Back In The Day' tractor to fourth. 

John Kiemele and 'Dodge This' in action during the Rockdale Fair & Rodeo LSGTPA tractor pull.


The Super Rod Class tractors closed a great show, with Donny Mayo aboard the six cylinder powered 'Blackfoot Squaw' tractor, taking the win.  Ken Langham, Sr. pulled to the runnerup, with Randell Moody taking third aboard his 'Ridge Runner'.  John Kiemele scored a fourth place finish aboard the 'Dodge This' tractor.  
Donny Mayo and his 'Blackfoot Squaw' tractor, pull to a victory at the Rockdale Fair & Rodeo tractor pull.
Rockdale Fair & Rodeo Queen Runnerup, Julianna Byrd, presented trophies during the awards presentations.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LSGTPA 2014 SEASON FINALS SET FOR ROCKDALE FAIR & RODEO EVENT

The 2014 season finale for the LSGTPA tractor pulling teams is set for Saturday, October 18th, to be contested during the final weekend of the Rockdale Fair& Rodeo.  The event is scheduled for a 12 noon start, located on the historic Rockdale Fairgrounds Horse Racing Track.

John Kiemele and the 'Dodge This' Super Rod Tractor will be among the LSGTPA pulling teams competing at the Rockdale Fair & Rodeo event.


The LSGTPA event will feature 2012 Rockdale Fair Queen and performing artist, Emily McCoy, performing the National Anthem during opening ceremonies.  Ten classes of tractors will be competing, in two rounds of tractor pulling action, to determine the final event winners and 2014 LSGTPA Champions.

Emily McCoy will perform the National Anthem during opening ceremonies of the LSGTPA 2014 Season Finals in Rockdale.

Rolling Oaks VFD LSGTPA Tractor Pull Results

Wills Point, Texas was established around the settlement of William Wills around 1846.  The mixture of black and gray clay soils, along with red clay and sandy hills of the area,  had long been a favored area for both Caddo and Cherokee Indian tribes.  By 1958, the Sabine River Authority had been tasked with the construction of the Iron Bridge Dam and Reservoir, and by 1960 had formed Lake Tawakoni.  The Rolling Oaks Volunteer Fire Department had been formed in 1973, to service the community around the Wills Point area of Lake Tawakoni.  In 2014, the Rolling Oaks VFD served host to the LSGTPA tractor pulling teams, as they attempted to master a 200 foot pulling track, constructed of the dark clay soil of Van Zandt County. 

Youth Class tractors took to the track first, with Mason Hovind scoring the win aboard his 'Yes Deere' machine.  Jared Stephan drove 'Iron Head' to a runnerup finish, with Kody Langham taking third place.  Lane Duncan piloted his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor to a fourth place finish, with Jared Stephan and the 'Rusteze' tractor taking fifth.  Katie Ellis from the Colorado Garden Tractor Pulling Association scored a sixth place finish. 
Jared Stephan pilots his 'Iron Head' tractor downtrack at Wills Point.

Lane Duncan steers his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor, down a tricky track during the Rolling Oaks VFD tractor pull.

Kody Langham wheels the Bonham Service Center entry at the LSGTPA event in Wills Point, Texas.

In Stock Class, Aidan Hovind took the win aboard the 'Yes Deere' tractor, with Kolby Langham scoring the runnerup finish.  Claude Lewis pulled double duty, driving two tractors to the third and fourth place spots.  Aidan Hovind placed the 'Rusteze' tractor in fifth place.  Stock Diesel was won by Steve Hovind aboard his 'Buck Shot' tractor, while Ken Langham, Jr. placed second aboard the Bonham Service Center machine.  In Big Stock,  John Aufdenkamp took the top honors, with Kolby Langham posting a second place finish aboard 'Texas Thunder'.  Jerry Toland drove his 'Triple Deuce' to a podium finish in the third spot. 
Aidan Hovind rides the 'Yes Deere' tractor to a win at the Rolling Oaks VFD event in Wills Point.

Kolby Langham drags the LSGTPA sled downtrack at the Wills Point LSGTPA tractor pull.

Stock Altered Class saw Ken Langham, Sr. taking the win, with John Aufdenkamp finishing in the runnerup position.  In the Motorcycle Class, Steve Pierce drove his Ducati powered, 'Buzzards Roost' tractor, to the win.  Paul Smith piloted his Suzuki powered,  'Texan' tractor,  to the runnerup finish. 
Steve Hovind leaves the line aboard 'BuckShot', during the Rolling Oaks VFD tractor pull.

John Aufdenkamp carries the wheels high downtrack, at the Rolling Oaks VFD tractor pulling event.

The Mini Rod Class put on a great show.  When the mud slinging had stopped, Colby Crowe and the 'Weekend Warrior' were atop the field in first place.  Sarah Moody and her '99% Moody' turbocharged entry finished in the runnerup position.  David Houchen drove his 'Back In The Day' machine to a third place finish, while Jerry Toland and the 'Shinin Time' entry finished fourth. 
Ken Langham holds onto the Bonham Service Center tractor, during the LSGTPA event in Wills Point.

Sarah Moody aboard the '99% Moody' turbocharged entry, works her way downtrack during the LSGTPA event in Wills Point, Texas.

The Super Rod Class tractors closed the show, with Ken Langham, Sr. scoring a win aboard his Bonham Service Center tractor.  Tommy Kimmons drove the 'Fired Up' machine to the runnerup finish.  Donny Mayo piloted the 'Blackfoot Squaw' tractor to third place, with Randell Moody and 'Ridge Runner' posting a fourth place finish.  

The LSGTPA teams will now prepare for the 2014 season finale, to be contested during the Rockdale Fair and Rodeo, in Rockdale , Texas.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rolling Oaks Volunteer Fire Department LSGTPA Tractor Pull

LSGTPA tractor pulling action is scheduled for an 11am start, at the Rolling Oaks VFD near Wills Point, Texas - Saturday October 11



Rolling Oaks Volunteer Fire Dept Tractor Pull - Wills Point, Texas

Monday, October 6, 2014

Farmersville Old Time Saturday Tractor Pull Results

Farmersville, Texas was founded in 1849 by a community of farmers along the Jefferson-McKinney road.  By 1873, the town was officially  incorporated and had elected John S. Rike as the first mayor.  In 1886, the Sherman-Shreveport & Southern Railroad came through Farmersville, and the town became a shipping point for cattle and bois d'arc posts.  By the 1930's, Farmersville had become an agriculture trading center, well known for area onion crops.  Each year, Farmersville celebrates the town heritage with an Old Time Saturday event, and becomes a stop on the LSGTPA tractor pulling circuit.  The track is located at Rike Field, along side the current Kansas City Southern Railroad.  

Bailey Melvin opened the 2014 LSGTPA event, with an outstanding performance of our National Anthem.  The Youth Class tractors rolled out onto the hard packed track first, with Jared Stephan scoring the win driving the Outlaw Pulling Team entry.  Kody Langham posted a runnerup finish, with Jared Stephan finishing third aboard the 'Iron Head' tractor.  Mason Hovind pulled his 'Yes Deere' tractor to a fourth place finish, while Lane Duncan wheeled the 'Texas T-Rex' machine to a top five.  Cassidy Bramlett made her return to competition, scoring a sixth place finish aboard her 'Nacho' tractor. 
Bailey Melvin performs the National Anthem during the LSGTPA Old Time Saturday tractor pull in Farmersville.

In Stock Class, Aidan Hovind scored a Full Pull and the win, aboard the 'Rusteze' entry, while Claude Lewis pulled to the runnerup position.   Kolby Langham finished third on the podium, and Aidan Hovind piloted his 'Yes Deere' machine to fourth.  Claude Lewis scored a fifth place finish with the 'Skeeter' tractor.  In Stock Diesel, Ken Langham, Jr. took top honors in the class.  Steve Hovind scored the runnerup, driving the 'Buckshot' tractor.  Keith Pope placed his tractor in the third place position.  In Big Stock, Alex Jesko took the win aboard 'Overtime', with Patrick Bramlett placing the 'A-Muck' tractor in second.  Shawn Aufdenkamp finished in third, with Jerry Toland piloting the 'Triple Deuce' machine to fourth.  Alton Degner pulled 'It'll Do' to a top five finish, while Kobly Langham finished sixth aboard 'Texas Thunder'. 
Kolby Langham hangs the wheels high in Farmersville.

Stock Altered Class was won by Ken Langham, using a Full Pull on the 200 foot track to secure the victory.  John Aufdenkamp finished second, and Alex Jesko placed his 'Outlaw' tractor in third.  Michael Mayberry placed fourth, aboard his 'Pulling For Peanuts' tractor, with Garin Mason placing fifth.  In the Motorcyle Class, Steve Pierce and 'Buzzards Roost' took the win, with Paul Smith and 'Texan' scoring the runnerup.  In Outlaw Class, Paul Smith and his 'Texan' returned to the track to score the victory, with Garin Mason posting a runnerup finish. 
Steve Hovind rolls some coal aboard 'BuckShot' at the Old Time Saturday tractor pull in Farmersville.

The Mini Rod Class tractors put on a great show, with David Houchen scoring two Full Pulls to take the win, aboard his 'Back In The Day' tractor.  Colby Crowe used a Full Pull, to place his 'Weekend Warrior' tractor in the runnerup spot.  Sarah Moody used turbocharged diesel power, to place the '99% Moody' tractor on the podium in third.  Jerry Toland scored a fourth place finish, aboard the wounded 'Shinin Time' tractor.  The Super Rod Class tractors closed the show, with Thomas Kimmons taking the win with two Full Pulls, aboard 'Fired Up'.  Randell Moody placed the 'Ridge Runner' tractor in the runnerup spot, with John Kiemele taking the 'Dodge This' tractor to a top three finish.  Ken Langham posted a fourth place finish, after a wild ride that carried his tractor out of bounds during round one.  Donny Mayo and the 'Blackfoot Squaw' machine, also adventured out of bounds on a wild ride, scoring a fifth place finish. 
Shawn Aufdenkamp heads downtrack at Farmersville during the Old Time Saturday tractor pull.

Paul Smith hangs onto 'Texan' during a pull at Rike Field in Farmersville, Texas.

Sarah Moody pilots her '99% Moody' turbocharged tractor down the Rike Field track in Farmersville, Texas.

'Ridge Runner' with Randell Moody at the wheel, in action at Farmersville during the Old Time Saturday tractor pull.

Ken Langham takes a wild ride at the Farmersville Old Time Saturday tractor pull.


The LSGTPA teams will prepare for the next event, sponsored by the Rolling Oaks VFD in Wills Point, Texas.  Visit www.lsgtpa.com for more information.