The 2018 LSGTPA tractor pulling season is off to a roaring start, after the Season Opener event held in Cooper, Texas. As a feature of the Delta County Fair & Junior Livestock Show, the event would host pulling teams from across Texas and surrounding states, in two rounds of LSGTPA pulling competition. A very well prepared track was provided by Rocky Young and RY Construction, and fans would brave cool temperatures to enjoy the action.
Opening ceremonies would feature an outstanding National Anthem performance by area talent Kristi Oats. The LSGTPA Youth Class competitors would take to the 200' track first, with Tatom Robinson taking the win aboard his 'Lil Digger' machine. Kayden and Seth Wilbur would share driving duties aboard their newly painted Sears Suburban, taking second and third place positions. Lane Duncan would pilot his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor to a fourth place finish, and would place his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor in fifth, after suffering some new clutch issues aboard both machines.
In Stock Class action, Claude Lewis would take the win in a close battle. Kody Langham would pilot his Longhorn Express Pulling Team machine to the runnerup spot. In Hot Stock Class, Madison Pellerin would take the crown, piloting her 'Instigator' tractor to the victory.
In Stock Diesel Class, Patrick Bramlett would pilot his 'Warthog' tractor into the top spot in the class. Jeff Robinson would debut his newly acquired diesel entry, scoring a runnerup finish in the event, just feet behind the winner.
In Big Stock Class competition, Jerry Toland would claim the stop spot aboard his 'Triple Deuce' tractor. Patrick Bramlett would run his 'A Muck' tractor to a runnerup posting, with Kody Langham steering his way into the third place aboard his 'Texas Thunder' entry. Tyler Van Beber would score a fourth place finish in the class.
The Stock Altered class title would be taken by Ralph Lauffer, making the haul from Greeley, Colorado to take the win. Lauffer would also claim the top spot in the Super Stock Class, aboard his high winding, alcohol burning machines.
In Motorcycle Class competition, Tyler Van Beber would power his Case bodied entry into the top spot. In Outlaw Class competition, Steve Hovind would debut his new 'Spike' entry, and would take the top honors with his turbocharged diesel powered machine. Jeff Van Beber would pilot his Colorado entry into the runnerup spot. Ralph Lauffer would post a podium finish, scoring third place on the day.
In Mini Rod Class, David Houchen would score the victory, aboard his 'Back In The Day' tractor. Jerry Toland would take a wild ride out of bounds, aboard his 'Shinin Time' machine, limiting his scoring to a runnerup finish in the wild and entertaining class.
In Super Rod, the wild runs would continue on the biting track, with Ken Langham Sr. posting a Full Pull to close the show and take the victory aboard his 'Psycho' tractor. Ken Langham Jr. would post a Full Pull aboard his 'Sneaky Snake' machine, to post a runnerup finish aboard his Ford powered tractor, and secure a one-two finish for the Longhorn Express Pulling Team out of Bonham. John Kiemele would finish on the podium with two great runs, aboard his beautiful 'Dodge This' machine, taking third place in the field.