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Pro Pulling League Brothers Ready 1941 Dodge and 2008 Chevy for Competition
Brothers Jared and Jeremy Nelson compete in the Pro Pulling League’s Super Modified 2WD Truck Class. Jared drives a 2008 Chevrolet named Midnight Revenger and Jeremy drives a 1941 Dodge Panel Van named the Midnight Gambler.
1941 Dodge Panel Van named The Midnight Gambler in the Pro Pulling League's Super Modified 2WD Truck Class
“In competition we pull a big sled hook-up device that weighs anywhere from 40 to 60 thousand pounds,” said Nelson. “Our tracks are 300 feet and as our trucks pull, the sled transfers more weight from the rear of the sled to the front of the track. We are hooked up to a short chain and as we apply more force on the front of the sled, it gets harder to pull as we go farther and farther down the track.” The box and the pan are the two major components of the sled. The weight comes from multiples of lead blocks inside the box.
2008 Chevrolet named The Midnight Revenger in the Pro Pulling League's Super Modified 2WD Truck Class
In the Pro Pulling League competitors are hooked up to a weight transfer known as a sled.
Jared Nelson was the 2006 Pro Puller of the Year with his 2004 Chevrolet. “We put in a new rear end on our new 2008 model and a new computer system,” he said. “We hope these modifications help us pull straight and far.”
In the Super Modified 2WD Truck Class vehicles sit low to the ground in competition. “We push to the edge and have a tendency to blow up parts,” said Nelson. “It’s easy to tear up a motor in the Pro Pulling Leage. One thing that saves us every time is our K&N oil filters. K&N stops debris from tearing up our engines. K&N oil filters hold up in the harshest conditions. I’ve been using K&N for almost seven years and won’t use anything else.”
In 2008 the brothers took 2nd and 5th place overall in the Illinois State Pro Pulling League group. The Altamont, Illinois brothers plan to hit all the PPL events in 2009. “We skipped a few events last year because of the price of gas,” said Jared Nelson. “My brother has a farm and I run a trucking company and it was tough to attend everything. I’ve been pulling for 12 years even though the PPL officially began four years ago. The bottom line is we’re officially addicted.”
The Nelson’s say it’s a great way to spend time with their families. “We travel together and get to know everyone on the circuit,” said Jared. “It’s like a racing community. When we’re off season all we talk about is the first PPL competition of the season. It’s a lot of fun.”
Their first Pro Pulling League event in 2009 will be in May at the Concord Motorsport Park in Concord, North Carolina.
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