END OF SUMMER PULL
With action spread out across 12 different classes of trucks and tractors courtesy of more than 60 sponsors, the Mean Green sled from Hillary Motorsports would make 103 trips down the track. In addition to a stock turbo diesel class, a daily driver diesel category was run for those just getting their feet wet in the sport. From there, things got a little more serious with the 2.6-inch smooth-bore trucks and the 8,500-pound Work Stock class. The day culminated with an Open Gas vs. Diesel class, which of course was won by compression ignition. Tractor classes entailed 10,500-pound Farm Stocks all the way up to 15,000 pounds, along with an open 12,500-pound category.
Here's a full recap of the day's festivities—where a taste of everything from 300 horsepower to 800+ was on display.
The ’06 Dodge owned and operated by Joe Dowson is a regular on the central Illinois Work Stock scene, where it had several wins in 2018. Ironically enough, Dowson’s best hook in Lewistown would come while competing in the 2.6 Smooth Bore class, and with the outer duals removed. He squeezed past Patrick Marler’s Ford with a winning distance of 290.65 feet. Later on in the Work Stock field, Dowson wound up in third place after the dust settled.
Sean and Nick Christy’s ’09 F-350 was initially put together for just $15,000 (including the purchase price of the truck), which—when you’re talking about a 6.4L Power Stroke—is pretty darn cheap. But despite having so little invested, it runs neck-and-neck with the hottest-running trucks in both 2.6-inch Smooth Bore and Work Stock. In 2.6 Smooth Bore, Sean would earn a 281.67-foot, third-place finish behind the wheel, while Nick would grab second place in Work Stock.
After bolting the duals back onto his Dodge, Jeremy Haggerty faired considerably better in Work Stock than in the Smooth Bore class. During a late hook in the class he squeaked past Nick Christy’s distance of 318.24 feet for the win, and then proceeded to take second place in the Open Gas vs. Diesel class. The 5.9L Cummins in Haggerty’s third-gen sports a 305,000-mile stock bottom end, dual stock CP3S, 150% over River City Diesel injectors, a Firepunk 48RE with a manual valve body, Maverick Diesel tuning, and a stock-appearing 68mm Holset from Tater Built Turbochargers & Machining.
With a hook in three separate classes, Jeremy Haggerty definitely got his fill of pulling for the day. After his ’03 Ram 3500 underwent some violent hopping in the 2.6 Smooth Bore class, he backed out of the throttle and settled for a 151-foot finish. Back in the pits, he noticed that the front pinion nut had backed itself off and the front driveshaft had pulled the yoke off the axle. Luckily, a handful of friends helped him get the driveline mended before he was due to hook in Work Stock.
It was an off weekend for Andrew Karker and his ’02 Silverado dubbed “The Replacement,” but he made the most of it. After fighting what he believed to be an issue with the truck’s injectors, Karker still managed a fifth-place effort in 2.6 Smooth Bore. Built to compete in the Illinois Tractor Pulling Association’s Pro Street Diesel Truck class, the 8,000-pound Bowtie packs an estimated 800rwhp punch.