Guys­bor­ough County puller in for the long haul

The Casket - - WHEELS - SAM MACDON­ALD sam­mac­don­ald@the­cas­

Kaili Maclen­nan of Guys­bor­ough County is un­daunted by the prospect of be­ing a mi­nor­ity, as one of only a few fe­male driv­ers in­volved in the truck pull event at Rum­ble by the River.

"I’ve been do­ing it with my fa­ther since I was lit­tle. I just wanted to fol­low in his foot­steps," Maclen­nan said. "It feels nat­u­ral. I’ve been do­ing it for as long as I re­mem­ber. I’ve just been brought up around it."

Maclen­nan was not the only member of her fam­ily par­tic­i­pat­ing in Rum­ble by the River. Her sis­ter, who is still in high school, also com­peted at the pulls in Lower South River.

On the Labour Day week­end, Maclen­nan achieved a dis­tance of 304.5 feet in one of many truck pulls that took place that day.

"I guess that’s a record," she said, af­ter hop­ping out of her red Dodge Ram nick­named Dou­ble Trou­ble, to take a break and watch the rest of the pulls with her fam­ily. "It feels pretty good to get a record like that."

This year’s Rum­ble by the River was the third truck and trac­tor pull Maclen­nan com­peted in. Al­though she was dis­qual­i­fied in the first class she pulled in, due to her truck smok­ing, Maclen­nan went on to par­tic­i­pate in a king of the hill event, plac­ing fourth in the diesel truck di­vi­sion.

Maclen­nan said what keeps her com­ing back is sim­ple. "It’s an adren­a­line rush," she said.

Her main long-term goal, when­ever she com­petes, "is just to get to the end."

Maclen­nan is com­ing close to ac­tu­al­iz­ing that goal, and that suc­cess is, in part, the prod­uct of her tech­ni­cal knowl­edge of pulling. Af­ter all, getting a good dis­tance in trac­tor and truck pulling en­tails more than just gun­ning it and hop­ing for the best.

"There are ac­tu­ally a cou­ple of tech­niques you can use," Maclen­nan said, de­scrib­ing the tech­ni­cal de­tails of truck pulling. "You can floor it — or you can hold the brake, give a lit­tle gas, and when it revs, give it full gas. That builds power."

Maclen­nan used the sec­ond of those tech­niques to great ef­fect on Satur­day evening, send­ing dirt fly­ing and elic­it­ing a cho­rus of cheers — the loud­est of those from her fam­ily who watched proudly from the side­lines.

Sam Macdon­ald

Kaili Maclen­nan of Guys­bor­ough County at the Rum­ble by the River truck and trac­tor pull Sept. 1.

Kaili Maclen­nan, mak­ing dirt fly, as she pulls a weighted trailer at the Rum­ble by the River truck and trac­tor pull, Sept. 1.

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