9THANNUAL FLEECE PERFORMANCE ENGINEERING HOOSIERSTATE SHOWDOWN
Fleece Performance Engineering Hoosier State Showdown
Once again the small town of North Salem, Indiana saw its population more than double for a single day. That day is part of the North Salem Old Fashioned Days in the small town about 45 minutes northwest of Indianapolis. Fleece Performance Engineering hosted their 9th annual Hoosier State Showdown sled pull on Saturday, September 2, 2017 during the three-day Labor Day weekend. They were joined by more than 1,000 diesel enthusiasts for a wonderful afternoon of sled pulling on the Fleece Field pull track for five classes of pullers—three for trucks and two for tractors.
Bungart Motorsports brought out their bright orange X-factor sled to do battle with the trucks and tractors and many of them dragged the sled along for well over 300 feet. The longest hook of the day was put in by Kevin Stumler in the 11,500-pound tractor class—a 367-foot hook—while the longest truck pull of the day went to threepeat winner Jordan Kinderman in the 3.0-inch Smooth Bore Turbo class. Interestingly, the winners in the True Work Stock and 2.5-inch Work Stock classes both pulled to the exact same distance of 336.34 feet. Dodge trucks swept the top spots in all three truck classes, the lone exception to a full podium sweep being Chase Fleece in his 2003 Chevy—but it is powered by a 6.4L Cummins so we’re not even sure if it counts.
The first truck hooked to the sled at about 2:30 in the afternoon under beautiful blue skies with packed grandstands and many spectators taking in the action from the pits or other standing areas. The final hook of the afternoon was over not long after 5:00, giving everyone plenty of time to get home to spend time with their families and friends to finish out a great day of diesel motorsports action.
Pulling started with the True Work Stock class and twelve competitors vying for the win, with the top six trucks pulling 300 feet or further. John Shew took home the win with a 336-foot pull in his 2006 Dodge. The next class up was the 2.5-inch Work Stock class with ten hooks and the top eight all pulling beyond 320 feet. The 2.5-inch class was highly competitive with the top six trucks
separated by less than six feet. Doug Monroe took home the 2.5-inch class win for the second year in a row. Four 9,500-pound tractors pulled next, with Isaac Hillburn taking a commanding win by more than 30 feet behind the wheel of his IH 1066. Next up was the high-power 3.0-inch Smooth Bore pull trucks that saw Jordan Kinderman narrowly beat Chase Fleece by just over a foot. The pulling action wrapped up with the 11,500-pound tractor class, where the top two tractors, both John Deere 6030s, pulled out beyond 360 feet. Kevin Stumler took the win by about 5 feet over Barry Cooper to round out the night. Follow along over the next few pages to check out what you missed if you were not able to be there in person this year.
With another successful Hoosier State Showdown under their belt, the Fleece Performance team has begun making plans for their 10th annual event over Labor Day weekend in 2018. If you are in the greater Indianapolis area, you should make plans to spend the day with a bunch of your diesel friends in North Salem watching some of the best trucks and tractors around tackle the sled. We look forward to seeing you there! UDBG
Jordan Kinderman and his Cummin’ Get It 2007 Dodge pulled the sled nearly 350 feet to take the 3.0-inch Smooth Bore class win for the third consecutive year at the Hoosier State Showdown. Text: Chris Tobin Photography: Chris Tobin & Kyle Tobin EVENT
Second place in the True Work Stock class went to Drew Maple with his great-looking 2006 Dodge.
The main grandstands were crowded throughout the day—it’s no surprise with beautiful blue skies overhead and great temperature making it a perfect day to take in a sled pull with friends and family.
Trevor Hull had a great pull in his 2007 Dodge, dragging the sled nearly 330 feet, but the competition in the True Work Stock class was so fierce that his hook was only good enough for third place.
Finishing a podium sweep for Dodge in the True Work Stock class was John Shew with his 2006 Dodge dually taking the win by almost 8 feet.