SMALL TOWN/BIG PULL
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