GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson took center stage this past weekend as participants within the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) flooded the Johnston County facility for the 4th Annual Mule City 300 Grand National Truck and Tractor Pull. According to the official NTPA website, there were a total of 116 entries on Friday night and 114 on Saturday.
Fans packed the stands that lined both sides of the dirt and mud-laden track as the warm, sunny blue skies transitioned to pleasant evenings under the nighttime sky. With the ideal setting, the action on the track heated up as the roars of the loud machines filled the air.
Countless competitors from all across the country readied their cars, trucks, and machines as the evening progressed, all with one goal: make their pull the furthest and win some big prize money.
Eight NTPA Classifications took to the track this weekend. Those classifications were: Super Stock Open Tractor, Super Farm Tractors, Pro Stock Tractors, Super Stock Diesel Tractors, Two Wheel Drive Trucks, Four Wheel Drive Trucks, Modified Minis, and Unlimited Modified.
In the first session on Friday night, Ben Ellis from Champlain, Virginia took first place in Modified Four-Wheel drive with a distance of 314.715. Kevin Schools took second place with a distance of 312.360 and Carmen Foster took third at 310.675.
Leading the way in Modified Minis was Grayson Shelton with a distance of 328.705, Jerry Thompson finished second at 323.210 and Berrie Boer with a close 323.195.
Chance McGrath took first place in the Pro Stock with a distance of 326.905, Brook Ferris took first in the Super Farm Tractors with a pull of 324.140 and Colin Ross was first in the Super Stock Diesel at 350.655.
Rounding out the opening nights winners were John Strickland in the Super Stock Open Tractors at 316.225, Craig Corzine at 318.050 in the Modified Two-Wheel Drive, and Chuck Knapp in the Unlimited Modifieds at 335.720.
The action was only getting started, however, as the weekend transitioned to Saturday night.
Once again fans filled the venue, bracing for the thunderous roars of the engines as they fought their way down the track.
This time, Lisa Peterson took first place in the Modified Four-Wheel Drive, pulling a distance of 305.905. Peyton Davis finished a close second with 305.525 and Tyler Cobb brought home third place with a distance of 301.250
In the Modified Minis, Jason Hathaway claimed first with a pull of 326.005 and in the Pro Stock, Mike Conny took first with a pull distance of 335.720.
In the Super Farm, Brad Hart went 326.615 for first place, Colin Ross went 322.625 in the Super Stock Diesels and in the Super Stock Open Tractors, Terry Blackbourn went 334.505 for first place in that event.
Rounding out the events Sean Blagrave taking first place in the Modified Two-Wheel Drive Trucks at 334.505 and Kevin Creswell took first place in the Unlimited Modifieds at 299.535.
GALOT Motorsports Park has a full lineup of events all year long. Coming off a year in which the venue earned Track of the Year honors, the GALOT Team wanted to make 2017 even better.
The next big event is set for Saturday, July 1, when the action returns to the dragstrip for the Mad Mule Pro Mod Shootout followed by the MANCUP MTC Drag Bike Nationals July 14-16.
For a full rundown on activities at the track and for advanced ticket sales, check out the official GALOT website at www.galotmotosportspark.com.
Reach Daron Barefoot at [email protected]