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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.

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