CHARLESTOWN, Indiana (November 19th, 2019) - In a rain-shortened season, the road to the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Super Modified Tractor Championship would not be easy for anyone among the group of elite competitors who ran the entire circuit. Six different pullers took wins across the 12 contested hooks for 2019, furthering the intrigue to find the eventual champion. The final sessions would declare a clear champion, with Wayne Sullivan and the OPTIMA Batteries Kentuckian emerging as the winner of the points championship.
Sullivan's effort was a team effort as all championship runs are. This season presented a unique twist where Wayne's son Donnie stepped in and drove the beautiful Warsaw, Kentucky-based machine to the top of points standings early in the season as Wayne recovered from back surgery. With a first, second, and sixth place finish rattled off by Donnie to start the season, Wayne returned to the driver's seat at America's Pull in Henry, Illinois, maintaining the pace with a second place finish in Henry and a win in the following hook in Goshen, Indiana at the Elkhart 4H Fair. Another win and four more top-five finishes sealed the deal for Team Sullivan at the season-ending Pro Pulling Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.
While that resume is impressive, there was intense pressure on Sullivan from the second and third place contestants. Second place went to defending class champion Greg Boyd and the Lucas Oil "Green Streak Unlimited" and third to Reese Shelton and the "Shel-Shocked" vehicle. Boyd and Shelton were tied in points, with Boyd's win total being the tie-breaker for the placings.
This is the second points championship for Sullivan, his first coming in 2015.
Wayne and the rest of the Champions Tour, Silver Series, and Ag Protect 1 Midwest Region Champions will be honored on Saturday November 23rd during the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions Banquet, held at the Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky. Congratulations to Wayne Sullivan on your 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Super Modified Tractor Championship!
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