Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Thornton  Tractor Pull Results

Thornton, Texas became a stop on the Houston and Texas Central Railway in 1870, and in 2013, became the third stop on the LSGTPA tractor pulling tour.  The Thornton Rodeo Arena, located in Limestone County, played host to the Thornton Chamber of Commerce sponsored event.  The Thornton area is well known for sand and kaolin clay production, for use in pottery, glass and brick production.  On a hot Saturday night in July, the famous dirt was put to test as the pulling teams battled for that perfect balance of traction and power, when horsepower of the fuel burning kind filled the rodeo arena. 

The Youth Class pullers entered the arena to start the show, and Lane Duncan wheeled his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor to the victory.  Jared Stephan posted a second place finish aboard the 'Moody Pulling' entry, and Kody Langham placed his 'Bonham Service Center' entry in the third place spot.  Cassidy Bramlett pulled to a fourth place finish aboard her 'Nacho' tractor with Mason Hovind finishing with a top five pull aboard the 'Yes Deere' tractor.  The Stock Class title was taken by Makenzie Van Beber, with Alton Degner pulling to a runner-up finish.  Skeet Degner took a top three finish, followed by Chris Harper and Claude Lewis in the top five.  Curtis Felps and Aidan Hovind rounded out the Stock Class field.   In Stock Diesel, Ken Langham Jr. pulled out the win over Steve Hovind.  Steve Pierce took the title in the Motorcycle Class, aboard his 'Buzzards Roost' tractor, while Todd Hickerson pulled to a runner-up finish.  Hickerson then went on to win the Outlaw Class.

Lane Duncan takes his 'Texas T-Rex' to victory lane, at the Thornton Tractor Pull.

In the Big Stock Class, Patrick Bramlett pulled out the victory over Connie Jesko, by a margin of two feet !  Jerry Toland pulled to a third place finish with the 'Triple Deuce' tractor, while Kolby Langham took his 'Texas Thunder' to a fouth place finish.  Tyler Van Beber finished with a top five result.  In Stock Altered, Alex Jesko took the win with Patrick Bramlett and Kolby Langham placing second and third on the podium.  Ken Langham Jr. took the Super Stock title, aboard his wild, alcohol burning, Cub Cadet entry.   The Mini Rod tractors were led by Colby Crowe, taking the win on 'Weekend Warrior'.  Jerry Toland piloted his 'Shinin Time' entry to a runner up finish, while Tommy Kimmons managed a third place pull.  David Houchen posted a fourth place finish on 'Back In The Day', and Sara Moody hung on to a top five aboard the '99% Moody' entry. 
'It'll Do' does its job at the Thornton Tractor Pull.

Kolby Langham rides 'Texas Thunder' at the Thornton Rodeo Arena  LSGTPA tractor pull.

The wild Super Rod tractors closed the show, with James Moody aboard the 'Varoom' tractor taking the victory.  John Kiemele posted a runner-up finish aboard the 'Dodge This' tractor, and Randell Moody placed the 'Ridge Runner' in the third place position.  Donny Mayo pulled to a fourth place finish aboard his 'Blackfoot Squaw' tractor.  The teams will now prepare for the next event, during the Deleon Peach and Melon Festival, August 8.  For more information, log onto www.LSGTPA.com

Jerry Toland pilots 'Triple Deuce' in Thornton, Texas.
Patrick Bramlett runs 'Amuck'  to runner-up, at the Thornton Tractor Pull.
Steve Pierce pushes 'Buzzards Roost' to the limit at Thornton.

Colby Crowes works the 'Weekend Warrior' to a win at Thornton.

Sarah Moody aboard the '99% Moody' tractor in Thornton.

Randall Moody takes the 'Ridge Runner' down track at the Thornton Rodeo Arena.

Donny Mayo and the 'Blackfoot Squaw' at work in Thornton, Texas.