SMALL TOWN/BIG PULL

Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Contents - Text/pho­tog­ra­phy: Chris Tobin

Fleece Per­for­mance En­gi­neer­ing Hoosier State Show­down

fter fight­ing tor­ren­tial down­pours, over­cast skies, weather de­lays and the like over the past few years, the Fleece Per­for­mance En­gi­neer­ing team fi­nally caught a break with beau­ti­ful blue skies sprin­kled with fluffy white clouds to host their Eighth An­nual Hoosier State Show­down sled pull. The event took place on Saturday Septem­ber 3, 2016, over La­bor Day week­end in North Salem, In­di­ana, as part of the North Salem Old Fash­ioned Days week­end ac­tiv­i­ties. The an­nual cel­e­bra­tion is cen­tered at the park ad­ja­cent to the track with a large va­ri­ety of food ven­dors on site as well as arts and crafts booths and a large an­tique trac­tor dis­play. Around 1,000 diesel en­thu­si­asts de­scended on the small town, ap­prox­i­mately dou­bling its pop­u­la­tion for the day!

The diesel truck and trac­tor pull is held on Fleece Field, which is a great track that holds up well to the high-horse­power ma­chines that fre­quent the Hoosier State Show­down. The fa­cil­ity also fea­tures per­ma­nent grand­stands as well as an an­nounc­ing tower and PA sys­tem to make the event en­joy­able for all in at­ten­dance. With four classes of diesel trucks and two trac­tor classes hook­ing to the sled, there was ac­tion for all to en­joy and many to par­tic­i­pate in. The first truck hooked to the Bun­gart Motorsports X-factor sled at about 3:30 p.m. and the fi­nal hook of the evening fin­ished at about 6:45 mak­ing for a great af­ter­noon of diesel ac­tion that pro­vides tons of fun yet al­lows fam­i­lies plenty of time to get the young ones home and set­tled for the night.

Fleece’s track crew and tech team kept the ac­tion mov­ing smoothly on the track with short breaks be­tween classes to re­set the sled as needed. They started and fin­ished the day with diesel truck classes lead­ing off with the 2.5-Inch Work Stock class and fin­ish­ing with the True Work Stock class. Be­tween those they ran the 10,000-pound 20.8-Inch Trac­tor, 3.0-Inch Smooth Bore, 10,000-pound Open Trac­tor, and 3.6-Inch Smooth Bore classes to pro­vide spec­ta­tors with a good va­ri­ety of hooks through­out the event.

JD Berry had the long­est pull of the night us­ing his trac­tor to drag the X-factor sled for nearly 380 feet. The long­est hook of the night from a truck came courtesy of Doug Mon­roe, who won the 2.5-Inch Work Stock class by pulling the sled along for a 345-foot ride for

the class win. Jor­dan Kin­der­man was able to back up his 2015 win tak­ing the 3.0-Inch Smooth Bore class with his Dodge; other 2016 class win­ners in­cluded Drew Maple in True Work Stock and Terry Biggs in the 3.6Inch Smooth Bore class.

The 2016 edi­tion of the Fleece Per­for­mance En­gi­neer­ing Hoosier State Show­down was yet an­other roar­ing suc­cess; if you weren’t able to be there to see it in per­son fol­low along over the next sev­eral pages to see a sam­ple of what you missed. The FPE crew is al­ready plan­ning for the 2017 event and has marked the date as Saturday, Septem­ber 2, to kick off La­bor Day week­end once again. If you are a diesel en­thu­si­ast like we are and are in the area swing by North Salem—it’s less than an hour out­side of Indianapolis—it’s a great event and you’ll be glad you did. For ad­di­tional de­tails on the 2017 event fol­low up with Fleece Per­for­mance on­line or through their so­cial me­dia chan­nels. Hope­fully we’ll see you there in 2017! UDBG

Terry Biggs and his “24 VALVE BLACK­OUT” Dodge dom­i­nated the 3.6-Inch Smooth Bore class putting al­most 20-feet on the sec­ond-place truck.

TOP: Spec­ta­tors filled the main grand­stands to ca­pac­ity to watch four diesel truck and two diesel trac­tor classes do bat­tle on the North Salem dirt. BOT­TOM: Be­fore the ac­tion got un­der­way on the track the pits were buzzing with ac­tiv­ity as trucks went thr

TOP: Justin Gilliland and his Ford fell a few feet short of Mon­roe’s Dodge and set­tled for the run­ner-up po­si­tion on the podium. MID­DLE: JD Berry crushed his com­pe­ti­tion in both 10,000-pound Trac­tor classes by putting more than 75 feet on the sec­ond-place

LEFT: TOP Brian Shew’s “IRON MAIDEN” Dodge has a truly unique look among pulling trucks with the vin­tage war­plane look. LEFT MID­DLE 1: While the sec­ond-place trucks in the 3.0-Inch Smooth Bore class were tied, there was no such is­sue at the top of the lea

TOP: Af­ter the of­fi­cial pulls con­cluded, Ja­son Ban­non made an ex­hi­bi­tion hook while try­ing to fi­nally kill his 6.0L in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion. He had the as­sis­tance of a ni­trous bot­tle, which was hand op­er­ated from the pas­sen­ger seat, plumbed di­rectly into t

TOP: Tad In­gram com­peted in the 3.0-Inch Smooth Bore class with his clean 1st Gen Dodge, fin­ish­ing in a tie for sec­ond place, then bumped up and com­peted in the 3.6-Inch Smooth Bore class where he fin­ished sec­ond once again for a good day of pulling. ABOV

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