posted May 29, 2001 04:39 PM
ATPA Spring Nationals concluded American Thunder Weekend on Monday
By Mike Leone
May 28, 2001
Mercer, PA.American Thunder Weekend concluded at Mercer Raceway Park on
Monday, Memorial Day with the running of the American Tractor Pullers
Association (ATPA) Spring Nationals. The World Championship Pulling Event
was scheduled for Sunday night, but was rained out just as action was ready
to begin. The two-day event also included racing on Saturday night. A total
of 53 machines participated on Monday in the three classes.
Tom Lindsay kicked off his campaign in search of his fifth consecutive title
by capturing the first points event of 2001 for the Big Rig Semis. Lindsay's
"Built for Business" KW just missed a full pull with a mark of 299.49.
Sid Broughton pulled off somewhat of an upset capturing the win in the
Unlimited Super Stock Tractors sponsored by Greenhill Farms. Broughton's
"Desperado" IH had a full pull then outlasted three other tractors in the
pull-off with a measurement of 309.55. Top contenders Jordan Lustik and
Dennis Johnson both had their share of problems. Johnson's "Shagnasty" was
disqualified for crossing the white line, while Lustik's world famous,
"Silver Bullet", broke in the pull-off following his full pull.
Local driver, Luke Simeon of Brookfield, Ohio, was the victor in the large
class of Super Stock Four-Wheel Drive Trucks. Simeon's "Out-A-The-Blue"
Chevrolet was the only competitor to record a full pull!
Following the four-hour pulling event, the third of six "Gladiator Series"
Demolition Derbies was held. Greg Ferlin of Jackson Center topped a field of
over 30 demo cars for his first win. Point leader Cody Smith was second and
Kenneth Bratt, Jr. was third.
The entire weekend was sponsored by Hunter's Truck Sales & Service. Despite
the unseasonably cool weather conditions that included scattered showers,
the event turned out to be a success. "We are very pleased with the outcome
of this inaugural event," said owner Vicki Emig. "We are looking forward to
making this an annual tradition at Mercer Raceway Park."
The pulling event has been promised television coverage by ESPN2 or
Speedvision next year. For the latest on ATPA check out their website at www.atpapullersonline.com. Check out www.pullingpoweronline.com for the
complete results and pictures from the event.
Contact: Mike Leone, 53 East Glenora Drive, Grove City, PA 16127. Office
phone 724-964-9300 and fax to 724-964-0604. Home phone/fax: 724-748-3358.
Mercer Raceway Park is located 3 miles north of I-80, exit 2. The track is
0.5 miles north of SR 258 on US 19, then 0.2 miles east on Fairground Road
in Findley Township. The office number is 724-964-9300. Fax to 724-964-0604.
The race track phone number is 724-662-1310. Our web site is www.mercerracewaypark.com. E-mail to webmaster@m