Wednesday, April 25, 2018

LSGTPA Friday Night Lights at Hunt County Fair

The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pulling Teams conducted the second event of the year, as a feature of the Hunt County Fair in Greenville, Texas.  Alongside the main stage and midway, the LSGTPA teams would compete on a 200' track, prepared by Crawford-Smith of Greenville.  A great crowd packed the stands and enjoyed two rounds of LSGTPA tractor pulling under the lights, on the opening weekend of the fair.

Opening ceremonies would feature an outstanding National Anthem performance by Bailey Melvin, of the Texas A&M Commerce Grand Chorus.

The LSGTPA Youth Class teams would take to the track first, with Lane Duncan taking the class title aboard his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor.  Tatom Robinson would post a runnerup finish, aboard his 'Lil Digger' machine, for the Robinson Motorsports Team.  Jared Stephan would post a third place finish, to place his 'Iron Head' tractor on the podium for the Moody Pulling Team.  Kaden Wilbur would score a fourth place finish in the class.  Lane Duncan would steer his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor to a top five finish, with Seth Wilbur posting a six place run in the field.

In Stock Class, Claude Lewis would post two Full Pulls to take the crown, with Kody Langham finishing in the runnerup position, in a very close battle.   In Hot Stock Class, John Aufdenkamp would pilot his 'Rusteze' machine into the top spot.  Maddison Pellerin would drive her 'Instigator' tractor, into the second place position, in another close battle.

Stock Diesel Class would continue to display close competition, with Patrick Bramlett clearing the competition aboard his 'Warthog' tractor.  Ken Langham, Jr. would score the runnerup post, aboard his Longhorn Express Pulling Team entry.  Jeff Robinson would take the third place podium position, rounding out the top three diesel burning entries.

Big Stock Class competition would see Jerry Toland taking the top spot, piloting his 'Triple Deuce' entry to the win.  Kody Langham would post a runnerup finish, wheeling his 'Texas Thunder' machine to two great passes for the Bonham Service Center team.  John Aufdenkamp would take the third place podium position, aboard his Outlaw Pulling Team entry.  Gary Bramlett would wheel his 'A Muck' tractor into fourth place, with Tyler Van Beber rolling to a top five finish for the TyMak Pullers Team.

Stock Altered Class would crown Mark Van Beber as class champion for the event, wheeling his Colorado entry into the top spot.  John Aufdenkamp would post a runnerup finish, aboard his 'Under The Influence' machine.  Ralph Lauffer would score a third place finish on the night.   In Motorcycle Class, Tyler Van Beber would take the top spot, aboard his wild Case entry.

In Outlaw Class, Jeff Van Beber would score the win, aboard his Colorado based entry.  Aidan Hovind would post a runnerup finish, with two great runs aboard his new 'Spike', John Deere entry.  Super Stock Class would see Ralph Lauffer of Colorado, atop the leader board.

The Mini Rod Class entertained the crowd with a great show and close competition.  Sarah Crowe would wheel her turbocharged diesel entry, into the top spot for the Moody Pulling Team.  Jerry Toland would use an opening round Full Pull to anchor his position in second place, aboard his 'Shinin Time' tractor.  Colby Crowe would wheel his 'Weekend Warrior' tractor, to a couple of great passes and a third place scoring.  David Houchen would earn a fourth place finish, aboard his 'Back In The Day' tractor.

The Super Rod Class tractors would close the show in wild fashion, with Ken Langham Sr. scoring his second victory of the season, with a win aboard his 'Psycho' tractor.  John Kiemele would post a great runnerup finish, with two great runs aboard his 'Dodge This' machine.  Randell Moody would place his 'Ridge Runner' tractor on the podium, securing a third place finish for the night.  Ken Langham Jr. at the wheel of his 'Sneaky Snake' tractor, would score a fourth place finish for the Longhorn Express Pulling Team.  Stetson Bowerman would post a top five finish, aboard his new generation LS Chevrolet powered tractor.

A scheduled Saturday night pull was cancelled due to rain, at the Hunt County Fair.  LSGTPA teams will next compete in Bonham, Texas, during the Bonham Heritage Days events on Saturday May 5th.  The event will take place at the Powder Creek Park Pulling Track, across from the historic Bonham Depot.

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