Monday, August 19, 2013

De Leon Peach and Melon Festival LSGTPA Tractor Pull Results

The Leon River in Texas is named for the 1680's Spanish explorer, Alonso De Leon, whose expeditions traveled and mapped much of Texas.  Toward the headwaters of the river, the Texas Central Railroad established the city of De Leon, in 1881.  The area has a rich history of farming, ranching and even a 1918 oil boom.  Since 1914, De Leon has been home to the De Leon Peach and Melon Festival, and since at least the early 1970's, this event has been home to Texas tractor pulling.

The LSGTPA pulling teams rolled into town in 2013, to open a three night tractor pulling weekend with the Texas Truck and Tractor Pulling Association.  On a clear, and cool-for-August night, the LSGTPA Youth Class started the show.  In the awesome, De Leon Tractor Pulling Arena, a nicely prepared track allowed for two Full Pulls in the opening round, much to the crowds delight.  When the dust had cleared, Jared Stephan stood with the victory, aboard the Moody Pulling Team tractor.  Mason Hovind piloted his 'Yes Deere' tractor to the runner up position, while Lane Duncan drove the 'Texas T-Rex' to a top three finish.
Lane Duncan takes his 'Texas T-Rex' to a Full Pull at the DeLeon Peach and Melon Festival Tractor Pull.

In Stock Class, Makenzie VanBeber led the field, with Skeet Degner pulling to the runner-up spot.  Alton Degner took third placed on the podium, followed by Aidan Hovind aboard 'Yes Deere'.  Tyler VanBeber turned in a top five finish.    Steve Hovind took the title in the Stock Diesel Class.

Big Stock had a great turnout, and it was ladies first, as Connie Jesko took the victory.  John Aufdenkamp scored the runner-up position, while Jerry Toland rode his 'Triple Deuce' tractor to a top three finish.  Tyler VanBeber placed fourth.  Cameron and Cara Paschall made their LSGTPA tractor pulling debut, scoring a fifth and sixth place finish.  Alton Degner made two nice testing pulls, to close out the class, aboard his new entry.

In Stock Altered, Alex Jesko scored the victory, with two back to back 187' pulls.  In the Motorcycle Class, Steve Pierce emerged the victor, aboard his 'Buzzards Roost' tractor.  Todd Hickerson took the runner-up spot, in Motorcycle, then followed up with a win in the Outlaw Class.  This was the closest pull of the night, as Hickerson took the win by a distance of five inches, over John Aufdenkamp's 'Three of a Kind' triple engine tractor.
Todd Hickerson pulls to a victory at the De Leon Peach and Melon Festival Tractor Pull.

The Mini Rod Class pullers, were paced by Tommy Kimmons, who turned in a Full Pull on his last pass, to seal the victory.  Colby Crowe also used a Full Pull, to hold onto second place aboard the 'Weekend Warrior' tractor.  David Houchen, turned in yet another Full Pull in the class, to secure his third place postion on the podium.  Sarah Moody, aboard the '99% Moody' turbo charged entry, placed fourth.  Jerry Toland and the 'Shinin Time' tractor, scored a top five finish.

John Aufdenkamp aboard 'Three of a Kind' at the DeLeon Peach and Melon Festival Tractor Pull.

The Super Rod Class tractors closed the show, with James Moody taking the win aboard 'Varroom', while Randall Moody held on for a second place finish on the 'Ridge Runner' tractor.  John Kiemele piloted his 'Dodge This' entry to a third place finish, while Donny Mayo scored the fourth place finish.

The LSGTPA pulling teams will prepare for a short turnaround, and will be back in action on August 24, at the Bill Halter Memorial Pull in Blue Ridge, Texas.  Bailey Melvin will start the show, with a National Anthem performance at 6pm.  Visit the website for additional details and directions.