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

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