The premiere pulling series in the United States, the highly popular Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League tours the country showcasing the most extreme vehicles and the most talented pulling drivers in the world. Featuring eight different vehicle classes from four engine, 5000+ horsepower tractors, to flame throwing jet turbine powered semi-trucks, it is a uniquely American competition that highlights the combination of sheer horsepower and driver skill.
This class is an engineer’s dream, as the goal is to get four Hemi’s, three Turbines or Allison Aircraft Engines to sing in harmony, in a pursuit of putting the power to the track. Tipping the scales at 7800lbs, the competitors in the E-3 Sparkplug Modified class must use every ounce to they have to their advantage. Fans from across the country, pack the stands for a chance to watch these machines throw dirt and with the power of over 10,000 horses.
Referred by many as using “mountain motor” technology, these carbureted behemoths draped in the most popular American-made pickup truck body styles, have no engine size limit – and some are topping out at over 800 cubic-inches on alcohol fuel. One of the larger classes at any event, the Pro Mod Four-Wheel Drive Truck must weigh a maximum of 6,350-pounds. While steering and throttle application requires a lot of “finesse”, another huge challenge is placing as much weight at the front as possible, which allows the front two wheels to pull and claw a pathway early on, before the increased weight of the sled puts the final emphasis on the remaining pair of spinning tires at the rear.
The Super Modified Two-Wheel Drive Truck division is another filled with colorful American-made truck body styles, equally dazzling paint schemes and some of the more popular personalities behind the wheel. Using supercharged and alcohol-injected drag racing-type engines, these Trucks indeed awe the crowd with their power and on-track antics, with part of their weight transfer characteristics resulting in towering wheel-stands at various points along the track. Their machines can weight no more than 6,200 pounds, and finding the desired balance in keeping them pointed straight is truly a challenge.
Pro Stock Tractors are truly for the brand-loyal, die-hard tractor pulling enthusiast. Here, the John Deere’s have reigned supreme for years, but the challenges brought on by other popular makes and models such as International have not relegated them to the winner circle automatically. These machines top out at a maximum of 10-thousand pounds and may bolt on a single turbocharger to an engine that can be built up to 680 cubic-inches in displacement. Using a combination of diesel fuel and water injection, these smoke-billowing monsters contain some of the more legendary teams in the sport.
Though these rigs may look similar to the one that towed them in, they are not quite the average truck one may pass on the highway. At 20,000lbs this class is the heaviest of the Champion’s Tour competitors. Pulling with a longer chain and DOT approved tires, the Hot Rod Semi’s have become a fan favorite across the country. With many competitors running multiple turbo chargers, this class has become known for it’s power and thrilling performances by each competitor.
The 4.1 Limited Pro Stock class is a tip of the hat to the younger days of Pro Stock Tractor pulling. Limited to a 4.1 turbo charger, 640 cubic inches, and 9500lbs, this class has become a hot button topic with the fans of the Pro Pulling League. From Nebraska, to Ohio, and all of the states in between, member states of the Pro Pulling League are jumping at the chance to add this class to the livery of classes they campaign. Regionally and Nationally, the 4.1 Limited Pro has quickly taken the pulling world by storm!
Who doesn’t love a pickup truck that can throw diesel smoke like crazy? The 2.6 Diesel 4x4 Pickups are one of the fastest growing classes in the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League. Fans will shout their loyalty to their brand of choice as these 8000lb pickups come out to shows in high quantities. Running a stock body and an OEM Chassis makes this class the easiest to relate to their farm and work vehicles sitting in the parking lot.
The Super Farm Tractor class is the closest tractor you will see to stock on the Champions Tour. Competing at 9300lbs, the Super Farm Tractor class relies on a single turbo charger and 640 cubic inches to power down the pulling surface. Known throughout the country as one of the largest classes in pulling, the Super Farm Tractors class is most typically the closest class from the first place finisher to the tenth position.
These high flying tractors are known for their amazing wheel speed and wild rides. Weighing in at 6300lbs the Light Super Stocks are the lightest tractors on the Champions Tour. Limited to 504 cubic inches, the majority of these tractors have converted to alcohol to defeat their competitors. The Light Supers are growing in popularity each year on the circuit and are class known throughout the country for bringing a variety of makes and manufacturers to the track for competition.
Strap in to 8000lbs of high flying fun with the Unlimited Super Stocks. Limited to 650 cubic inches, these machines may boast as many as four turbo chargers staged together in song. With methanol pumping through these engines, the Unlimited Super Stocks have become known for their ground pounding power and amazing wheel speed. Keeping these bad boys between the lines and settled down is a daunting task for the driver, but the fans can’t get enough of the awesome power coming from these machines.