Diggin

In just a few short days the 2011 Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Champion in the Super Farm Tractor class will be standing in the front his family and his peers in a suit.  The suit John Kutz will be wearing will not be his familiar black and white fire suit he dons while competing on the Champions Tour; his suit will be much like the one he wore at the Champions Tour Banquet while accepting his first Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League championship.

The special occasion will be his wedding day where John and his fiancé Natalie will take the step they have been so anxiously awaiting in becoming husband and wife.

 

John Kutz is a resident of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, a town known for winning Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Championships.  Former Super Farm competitor and Fort Atkinson resident Troy Schroedl captured the inaugural championship with PPL in 2006, which started the streak of Badger State Pullers that have captured the title.  Since the inception of the Champions Tour, every Super Farm title has been claimed by a “Cheesehead,” which is an honor that John Kutz is quite proud to extend.   “We are only as good as our competition and the people we compete against in our area are the best.  Keeping this streak alive speaks volumes for our area and the degree at which we compete not just in the Badger State but on the Champions Tour as well.”

If someone were to ask John Kutz to sum up his entire 2011 pulling season with the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League in one phrase he would have said, “It is better to be lucky than good.”  Kutz rode a wave of consistency and a streak of good luck to an early season point’s lead, but it wasn’t until Hillsboro, Wisconsin that he thought he may have a chance at the title.  “Al Wright “Runnin Red Hot” and I were fighting pretty closely for the lead in the points.  When he broke at Hillsboro, it gave us a little edge heading into the final events of the season. Al “Runnin Red Hot” and the Hartman’s “International Addiction” were still right on our tail as we finished out the season,” added John.

Diggin

The ”Diggin Deere” John Deere 4020 captured the event win in Fairfield, Illinois, but it was a streak of five consecutive finishes in the top five that kept Kutz in front of his closest competitors as they made their way into Waynesburg, Pennsylvania for the finale.  “Being in the points lead made me take a much more conservative approach to pulling.   I was not focusing on finding the winning setup but more striving for consistency out of the tractor and watching what our competitors were doing.  We had good hook positions and the tractor was very reliable throughout the season,” stated Kutz.  
 
The approach the “Diggin Deere” team applied worked quite well and lead John to the championship they had been hoping for all season.  “I really couldn’t have won the title without my teammate Don Slama.  Don was so very valuable in helping me with setups and our approach to the track.  I want to thank my family and future wife, Natalie, for their support over the grueling months of the summer.  Also, I want to thank my biggest fan, my daughter Lacee.  Columbus Diesel and the Lemke Brother’s have done a wonderful job for us and provide our team with the combination we need to be successful.  Finally, I want to thank Kevin Engelking for his hard work with the Dyno.  Kevin used to be our secret up here in Wisconsin, but he has done so much for all of us that his reputation far exceeds the Badger State,” said Kutz.

As he looks ahead to the future, there are no planned changes for the “Diggin Deere” in 2012, except for the driver that is as he and Natalie say I do.

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