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November 16, 2017 • Sports
First to ever hook up for a pull on the newly constructed outside track at Kev's Field of Dreams facility, was Ron Brokaw of Belleville, OH on his Massey Harris 101.
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Dressed for the occasion, with temps in the mid 20's, a large crowd of anxious men and women tractor pullers gathered in the bleachers following the drivers' meeting and opening welcome ceremony to Kevin Menchhofers Kev's Field of Dreams indoor tractor pull facility. GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
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PAGE UPDATED BY MARIA SIEVERDING NOVEMBER 16, 2017 1 P.M.


Event pays reverence to God, Country and our Veterans
Inaugural Vintage Tractor Pull Assn. Series was held at Kev’s ‘Field of Dreams’

Gary Franklin
SPORTS EDITOR

With prayers for no rain and sunny days answered, the First Points event for the 2018 VTPA, (VINTAGE TRACTOR PULLING ASS'N.) Inaugural Season was held on Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11, at Kev's Field of Dreams, Versailles. However, no rain also allowed farmers to get back into their fields for harvesting as well, likely reducing the number that would have been their to pull. With both the Friday and Saturday opening to this special Inaugural VTPA Series event centered around Veterans Day, the opening also included the honoring of our Veterans via a visual presentation made by US Navy Veteran, Richard Harsna, honoring all the men and women of all branches of service to our Armed Forces.

TWO TRACKS!
Kevin Menchhofer and crew had worked hard in preparation to host the big inaugural VTPA Pulling Series two-day event, which included the adding of an outside pull site. The VTPA Inaugural Series event got underway with pre-registration action on Thursday evening from 4-7 PM, and again on Friday morning with registration and weigh-in action by 7 AM. Temps over the two days of action ran in the low 20's to low 30's both days. The first day opening drivers' meeting and ceremony was held near the 9:30 AM mark with action on the dual tracks getting off and running by 10:30, where action continued to approximately 10:30 PM. Saturday's opening followed the same routine with the exception of the moving of all 48 scheduled classes for the day's pulls slated to run on the inside track. Again off and pulling near 10 AM and continuing through until around 9PM.

Response from across the country answered the call to compete in this Inaugural opening day event for the Vintage Tractor Pullers Assn. Series which included entrants from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Washington State, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, New Hampshire, Tennessee and more. The Friday & Saturday Pulling action included: Multiple Speed, Tire configurations and weight classes.


STATS AS SUBMITTED
ALL CLASSES
included the following:

Farm Stock
Antique Tractor Division
3.5 MPH 16.9 (Top Cut Only)
3500, 3750, 4000, 4500, 5000, 5500, 6000, 6500

3.5 MPH 15.5×38(TopCutOnly)
4000, 4500, 5000,
5500, 6000, 6500

5 MPH 18.4×38 (Top Cut Only)
4000, 4500, 5000,
5500, 6000, 6500

Modified
Antique Tractor Division
6, 8, and 12 MPH
18.5×38 (Full Cut)
3500, 3750, 4000, 4500, 5000, 5500, 6000, 6500

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In The World
4200 8MPH (18.4×38)

5200 8MPH (18.4×38)
6200 8MPH (18.4×38)
(Top 4 qualify for finals
on Saturday)

Concessions during this two-day pull event was sponsored by the local Hopewell Baptist Church, with funds received going to ‘Operation Christmas Child’, OCC Shoebox Ministries.
Drivers were required to be VTPA Members to compete!
For membership application visit the website below!
WWW.VINTAGEPULLERS.COM

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tom McConnell
(502-931-5068)
Nadia McConnell
(502-271-8978)
Kevin Menchhofer
(812-756-0158)

The slated path for the
2018 VTPA SERIES event
agenda includes stops
at the following:
1. Fri-Sat, Nov. 10 & 11
@ Kev’s Field of Dreams
Versailles IN, 47042
2. Sunday, January 21,
@ Memorial Coliseum
Fort Wayne, IN
3. Fri-Sat, March 2 & 3
@ Broadbent Arena
Louisville, KY
4. Date & Time TBA
@ Madison Co. Fairgrounds Richmond, KY
5. Date & Time TBA
@ Kev’s Field of Dreams
Versailles IN, 47042
All classes will receive points at all pulls. The Championship pull will take place in Versailles, IN, at Kev’s Field of Dreams facility with a tentative date to be late March or early April 2018.
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