WTPA is thankful for another year of phenomenal pulling. This year has brought many new memories, fans, and competitors to the sport and we are ecstatic to see what the 2020 year will bring for us. We wish everyone a Happy Holiday and New Year! See you in 2020!
The Annual WTPA Meeting and Banquet will be held on December 14th, 2019 at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. To reserve a room call (855)397- 4427 with the booking ID number H01000 before November 13th, 2019 to reserve a room. We hope to see you all there!
-WTPA Board of Directors
“Today, we remember those nearly three thousand men, women and children lost in the attacks of September eleventh, and we honor more than six thousand service members who have given their lives in Afghanistan and in Iraq, as well as tens of thousands of our wounded warriors, and the Gold Star families of our fallen heroes.
How we remember that day is a mark of our resilient American spirit. We honor and remember those lost, but we also recognize that on that day, a date that once held no special meaning to us, our country and a generation of Americans were changed in an instant.
The nine eleven generation includes those on duty on September 11, 2001 who quickly transitioned to war and the nearly three million Americans who have joined the military since. Many of the young people serving today were sitting in classrooms on that fateful day. Still knowing they would be sent in harm’s way; they raised their hands to serve the country.
In contrast to earlier conflicts, the nine eleven generation are all volunteers. Everyone in today’s military has chosen to serve in a time of war. Afghanistan and Iraq mark the first time since the Revolutionary War that our nation has engaged in sustained conflicts fought entirely by volunteers. Never before has America asked so much of our all-volunteer force.
The accomplishments of the nine eleven generation have been extraordinary— making great strides in our fight against the Taliban, pushing Al Qaeda from its Afghan safe havens, training Afghan forces, delivering justice to Osama bin Laden and putting al Qaeda on the path to defeat, all of which has helped to prevent terrorist attacks and save American lives at home. Meanwhile, our troops in Iraq battled a brutal insurgency, have trained Iraqi forces and given the Iraqi people an opportunity to forge a better future.
Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and their families have served with honor, kept us safe, and earned the eternal gratitude of all Americans. As a nation, we will move forward with the same strength, unity and resilience that our troops and their families display every day.” – President Barack Obama; September 11th, 2011
The Throwdown at Hoedown will feature Regional National classes of Heavy Super Stock, Light Super Stock, and Light Pro Stock Tractors. Additionally, the United Pullers of Minnesota, an NTPA member state organization, will present classes of Pro Farm Tractors and Super Stock Four-Wheel-Drive and Pro Stock Semi Trucks. And the Wisconsin Tractor Pullers Association will sanction a class of Diesel 4×4 2.6 Trucks. All pullers wishing to participate must be at the event and registered before 6:00 PM. Please contact UPM Entry Clerks for any questions.
Smoke N’ Thunder by the Kinni, hosted by the River Falls FFA Alumni, was held on July 13th, 2019 at 7:00 PM. The pull had two tracks with the NTPA Region III Limited Pro-Stock and Super Farm classes kicking off the night. In the Limited Pro-Stock, Bill Figanbaum “Instigator” started the night with a pull that would lead the class for the majority of the class until the last three tractors pulled. The saying “saving the best for last” was definitely true for the class that night. Casey Leer “Badger Deere”, Bryan Deck “One Bad Apple”, and Jeremy Ploetz “Big One” were the last three puller of the night and finished as the top three pullers of the night with Jeremy Ploetz “Big One” taking the win by over 23 feet.
In the Super Farm class, the finishing results were fairly spread out compared to the lineup of the class. With the track having a soft spot, it was difficult to navigate and make a pass that could win the night. Trevan Rohde “Somethin’ Fierce” did just that. Being near the middle of the class, Rohde was able to determine the best route to take down the track to win the class for a second year in a row. Rohde won the class by over 8 ft against his fellow competitor Mike Wegner “Power-Up who finished 2nd with a strong pass.
As the night continued, the NTPA Region III Light Pro Stock class started with Kurt Afdahl “Weekend Mistress.” After his pull, the sled was reweighed resulting in Afdahl re-hooking at the end of the class. Eric Dorwin pulled first after the sled was reweighed and kept the lead until Bryce Pichler pulled Alan Cook’s “Black Thunder” beating Dorwin’s distance by over 5 feet. Pichler and Cook were able to keep the lead the rest of class and took home the win for the second year in a row.
Finishing the night was WTPA’s Light Super Stock class. Marcus Wettleson “Gunpowder and Lead” kicked off the class with a hook that would be tough to beat, 299.555. Last year’s class winner, Bryce Pichler “Red Thunder” was next to hook and made his best attempt to beat Wettleson, but was not able to too. Kevin Lynn “504 Rocket,” pulled second to last in the class and was the only competitor to get close to Wettleson with a distance of 292.885 ft.
WTPA would like to thank the River Falls FFA, River Falls FFA Alumni Association, Ryan, Keith, Pete, and Chris Kusilek for having WTPA out in River Falls, WI! We hope to be back there next year and put on another great show for the families and fans of WTPA Truck and Tractor pulling in your area.
Congratulation to the Smoke N’ Thunder by the Kinni Champions!
Super Farm Tractors: Trevan Rohde – “Somethin’ Fierce“
Limited Pro-Stock Tractors: Jeremy Ploetz – “Big One“
Light Pro-Stock Tractors: Bryce Pichler (Alan Cook) – “Black Thunder“
Light Super Stock Tractors: Bryce Pichler – “Red Thunder“
#SmokeNThunder #RiverFallsFFAAlumni #WTPAPull2019
Kaytlyn Larson – WTPA Website and Facebook Editor
What a night and way to celebrate Father’s Day early at the annual Dorchester Days in Dorchester, WI on Saturday, June 15th. WTPA had 42 hooks between 6 different class which included the Limited Pro-Stocks, Light Super Stocks, Light Pro-Stocks, Two-Wheel Drive Tucks, Light Limited Super Stocks and the new WTPA class 2.6 Trucks! The night brought much excitement and left some classes with tied-up points. The Light Limited Super Stocks class currently has a 3-way tie for 2ndplace between David Baehr- “Big Blue”, Daniel Wohlk – “Wheelie Big Deere”, and Brain Tandberg – “Wicked 88” who are all just 3 points behind the leader Steve Zenz – “Z-Ride.” With a lot of the season left, it will be interesting to watch the close competitiveness amongst these top competitors.
Congratulations to the 2019 Dorchester Days Champions:
Limited Pro-Stocks: Roger Scalzo – “Bad to the Bone”
Light Super Stocks: Marty Nelson – “Just A Case”
Light Pro-Stocks: Eric Dorwin – “Young Bucks Reloaded”
Two-Wheel Drive Trucks: Lavern Kelchen – “Cornburner”
Light Limited Super Stocks: Rex Kuhn – “IH-706”
2.6 Trucks: Rayjay Rindt – “Wicked White Knight”
Kaytlyn Larson- WTPA Facebook and Website Editor.
It has been brought to our attention that the current points for some classes are incorrect. We are working on fixing this issue and will post when they are updated. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Kaytlyn Larson, WTPA Facebook and Website Editor
The 13thannual Showdown in Curdtown hosted by the Ellsworth, WI FFA Alumni kicked off the 2019 NTPA Region III season on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at 6:30 PM. There were over 80 tractors coming from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska to begin competing for the 2019 NTPA Region III titles. At the end of the season, the Region III class champions will have the opportunity to compete at the 33rd Enderle Pull-Off. For more information about qualifying for the Enderle Pull-Off click here.
The event not only kicked-off the 2019 Region III season, it also was the annual fundraiser for the Ellsworth FFA Alumni. The Ellsworth FFA Alumni uses the proceeds from this pull to aid the Ellsworth FFA Chapter, such as supporting members who are attending leadership activities. The Ellsworth FFA does many community service projects, such as cleaning road ditches, running a free pedal tractor pull for kids during the Cheese Curd Festival, and much more. WTPA is proud to be a supporter of the Ellsworth FFA Alumni.
Congratulation to the 2019 Showdown in Curdtown class winners:
Light Pro-Stock Tractors: Alan Cook – “Black Thunder”
Mini Rods: Nathan Hoffman – “Shakin’ Shamrock”
Light Super Stock Tractors: Kenneth Witt – “ Mr. Yuk”
Four-Wheel Drive Trucks: Carol Suchy – “Totally Geared”
Super Farm Tractors: Kyle (Jeff) Larson – “Hotwire”
Limited Pro-Stock Tractors: Jarod Ploetz – “Big One”
Two-Wheel Drive Trucks: Wayne Timmerman – “Showtime”
Heavy Super Stock Tractors: Kenneth Witt – “Mr. Yuk”
Mod- Invitational: Dennis Christensen – “Pack Rat IV”
Semi – Invitational: Jake Schroeder
Kaytlyn Larson, WTPA Facebook and Website Editor