Illinois Tractor Pulling Association Invades SEMO District Fair 2019

If you remember, around this time last year, we did a recap on the 2018 SEMO District Fair where the Illinois Tractor Pulling Association invaded the small town of Cape Girardeau where fairgoers enjoyed big-time horsepower and torque of trucks and tractors. This year is no different and they have returned for yet another evening of action.

Like many other pulling sanctions, the ITPA has a field of great classes. 5,800-pound Modified, 6,000-pound Super Stock, 7,800-pound Pro Stock Diesel Trucks, 8,500-pound Limited Pro Stock, and 9,500-pound Limited Pro Stock. We were still in pulling mood as we just left the MavTv televised Scheid Diesel Extravaganza just a month ago.

In fact, some of the pullers of Scheid made it into town to put on a show. You may remember Daniel Whalen a Diesel Army alum from last year’s event in “Cumminzed Out”.

In easily the biggest class of the night, the 8,500-pound Limited Pro Stock class didn’t disappoint. After 13 competitors had their chance at the sled only one could take the win. With a pull of 314.07-feet, Brent Schorfheide was the victor at the end of the night. We had just spoken with Mr. Schorfheide prior to the event and he said this was his last pull with the tractor before it was given to the new owner. What a way to send it off.

Following Schorfheide was Wayne Tedder in Machine Shed Rocket, Michael in 2nd Hand Smoke, Blake Helbig, William Funke, David Dougherty, Robert Fuhler, Jamie Yamnitz, Tony McMullen, Mark Forbeck, Jeff May, and John Cain.

In the 5,800-pound Modified class, it was Glenn McMunn in Hillbilly Justice. McMunn pulled farther than six others in his classes with a distance of 330.09-feet. Following McMunn was Mike Vandeveer in The Russler, Stan Williams in Dirt Commander, Bill Bales in The Politician, John Young in Old Windy, Dylan Frerking in Family Tradition, and Neil Roberts in RamRod. According to the ITPA pulling website, Mike Vandeveer and The Russler are points champions for 2019.

Lined as far as the eye could see, tractors of all shapes and sizes were eager at their turn to wow the crowd on a small-town Missouri night.

Next on tap is the 6,000-pound Super Stock class. Heading into the 2019 SEMO Fair pull, Bernie Platz was leading the points. But at the end of the night, it was Dewey, Illinois native, Jacob Kesler. Kesler’s tractor “Night Shift” pulled a distance of 331.08-feet over eight others in his class. Following Kesler was Jeff Justus in Lightning and Thunder, Bernie Platz, Shawn Peetz in Unfinished Business, Perry Dreckshage in Tunnel Vision, Amy Dobbs in Cummin For Nuttin, Mark Klott, and Steve Johnson in Sweet Dreams.

Finishing off the night was the 7,800-pound Pro Stock Diesel Trucks. We had a total of seven fire breathing diesel trucks but as you know, only one can win. With the weight changed in the sled, it was time to see who had what it takes to win under the lights. After everyone pulled, it was Warrenton, Missouri native Keith Witt in Crosswired. Crosswired is a Cummins-powered second-generation Ram truck with a beautiful red paint job and plenty of power. Crosswired pulled a distance of 328.07-feet.

Just behind Mr. Witt was six other competitors who just couldn’t put it all together but tried their best. In second place, Brad Ingram with the Scheid Diesel truck pulled 328.00-feet. 000.07-feet separated first and second place. That’s a tight class. Just behind Ingram was Matt Penn in Penn Farms, Daniel Whalen in Cumminzed Out, Rod Tarr in Twisted Metal, Linda Burk in Tug Toy, and Jeremy Hayes in Hit And Run.

Lucky for us, we got to see some Scheid DIesel Extravaganza Alumni at our small-town event and they put on a great show.

It was a fun evening of seeing both gas, diesel, and even turbine powered trucks and tractors and can’t wait to see more action next year. For more information about the Illinois Tractor Pulling Association, be sure and check out their website here.  For more information about the SEMO District Fair, be sure and check out their website here. Stay tuned to Diesel Army as we bring you the latest photography, news, and results from events around.

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Artie Maupin

Artie Maupin is from Southeast Missouri and has an extreme passion for anything diesel. He loves drag racing of all kinds, as well as sled pulling competitions.
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