Tuesday, September 24, 2013

LSGTPA Teams Heading to Alvarado

The LSGTPA tractor pulling teams are preparing for the second, of three-in-a-row pulling weekends, as the Saturday event in Alvarado approaches.  The Johnson County Antique Tractor Club is scheduled for a show and pull, on Saturday September 28th.  The antique tractor and engine show will be held, beginning at 8am, at the Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion Grounds park.

The LSGTPA action, will commence with opening ceremonies at 3pm.  Texas singer and songwriter, Jade Flores, will be featured with the National Anthem presentation.

Jade Flores will present the National Anthem, to open the LSGTPA event in Alvarado.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull Results

LSGTPA Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull Results

Blue Ridge, Texas was founded in 1876, on land originally granted to Matthias Mowry for his service in the Texas Revolution.  The Collin County town was named for the flowering grass on the north ridge of the community, which appears as a blue haze from a distance.  Blue Ridge is home to the Blue Ridge Tigers and the  LSGTPA Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull.  Dedicated to the memory of LSGTPA alumni, Billy Halter, the annual event is the sixth pull on the LSGTPA 2013 schedule, and is held on the blackland track at the Blue Ridge Sports Complex.

The LSGTPA show opened with an awesome performance of the National Anthem, delivered by the talented young singer, Bailey Melvin.  Ms. Melvin returned to Blue Ridge, where she made her National Anthem performance debut for the LSGTPA in 2012, and has since delivered several National Anthem performances for opening ceremonies.  The Youth Class pullers then took center stage, and saw Jared Stephan pull double duty, piloting two tractors to the top of the class with a first and second place finish.  Kody Langham pulled the Bonham Service Center team entry to a third place finish, followed by Cassidy Bramlett aboard her 'Nacho' tractor and Lane Duncan aboard his 'Texas T-Rex' entry.  Mason Hovind pulled his 'Yes Deere' tractor to the sixth place spot, to top off the Enloe Museum Youth Class. 

In Stock, the 'Yes Deere' tractor piloted by Aidan Hovind pulled to the top spot, with Alton Degner pulling to the runner-up position.  Kolby Langham finished on the third place podium, with Steve McCarley and Skeet Degner posting top five finishes.  Stock Diesel Class saw the closest finish of the night, with Steve Hovind just edging out Ken Langham, Jr.  for the win, by a distance of thirteen inches!  In the Big Stock Class, Shawn Aufdenkamp took the top honors, with Patrick Bramlett and Connie Jesko finishing second and third.  Jerry Toland took his 'Double Deuce' to a fourth place finish, with Kolby Langham aboard 'Texas Thunder' placing fifth.  Alton Degner pulled his ' It'll Do' tractor to a sixth place finish. 

Stock Altered tractors were led by Alex Jesko with the win, over Michael Mayberry's 'Pulling for Peanuts' runner-up finish.  Patrick Bramlett pulled his 'A-Muck' tractor to a top three finish.  Ken Langham took the title in Super Stock, with his wild, alcohol burning,  Bonham Service Center Cub Cadet tractor.  The Motorcycle Class saw Steve Pierce emerge with the victory, over Michael Hickerson's runner-up finish.    In Outlaw, it was John Aufdenkamp aboard his 'Three of a Kind' triple engine tractor taking the win.  Ken Langham Sr. turned in a second place finish, with Todd Hickerson placing in the top three.    A very close field of tractors in the Mini Rod Class, put on a great show with Jerry Toland taking the win.  David Houchen took the runner-up spot, with Sarah Moody pulling to the third position aboard the '99% Moody' tractor.  Colby Crowe and his 'Weekend Warrior' tractor held on for the fourth place spot, with Tommy Kimmons pulling to a top five finish. 

The Super Rod tractors closed the show, with James Moody taking 'Varooom' to the winners circle.  Randall Moody pulled his 'Ridge Runner' to a runner-up finish, while Donny Mayo posted a third place pull aboard his 'Blackfoot Squaw' tractor Tyler McCarley took the fourth place finish aboard 'ScatCat', to cap a great night of tractor pulling action in Blue Ridge.  For more information on the LSGTPA 2013 events, visit www.lsgtpa.com .

Ashley Jesko Photos
Bailey Melvin opens the Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull, with the National Anthem.

Cassidy Bramlett takes her 'Nacho' tractor downtrack at Blue Ridge.

Patrick Bramlett rides 'A-Muck' at the Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull.

Jerry Toland digs in aboard the 'Triple Deuce' in Blue Ridge.

"It'll Do' does its stuff in Blue Ridge, Texas.

Steve Hovind 'rolls coal' at the Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull.

Youth Class drivers hand out souvenirs to the crowd in Blue Ridge.


'Weekend Warrior' headed downtrack at the Bill Halter Memorial.

'ScatCat' at the LSGTPA event in Blue Ridge, Texas.

James Moody lights the candles, aboard 'Varooom'.

Bailey Melvin visits the 'Texas T-Rex' pit, in Blue Ridge, Texas.