The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League season was scheduled to conclude on July 26, but that didn't happen, the event was canceled on account of rain. Instead the season ended July 17, and for the second year in a row, Jonathon Payne, owner of team Major Payne Pulling was once again the Midwest Region points race winner.
Jonathon Payne won the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Midwest Region points race for the second time in as many years.
"It always feels great to be recognized for our accomplishments. I have worked on my Ford Ranger for many years trying to improve the truck, and get it where it can compete and win against the best of the best," expressed Payne.
"So winning a points race is the ultimate accomplishment. To do it back-to-back, with such a strong presence in such a competitive class of trucks, is something I will remember for a long time. This year and last are the two biggest wins in my career as a truck puller."
Payne drives a 2005 Ford Ranger with a 485 cubic inch big block Ford engine. In 2009 he led the point race all season, wire-to-wire. This year, after an untypically slow start, Payne had to stay focused on making all the right moves in order to finish on top of the points race.
"Even though the win, at Owensboro, Kentucky, the last pull of the season was awesome, it was not a must win to secure the points race," adds Payne.
His last three events were run over the course of two days; they included two Kentuckiana Truck Pullers Association events and one Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series affair. In those events the Georgetown, Indiana resident got second, third and second - in that order.
"I have been pulling for 12 years and I have always used K&N Products in my pulling truck, daily drivers, Yamaha Rhino, that I use to pull my truck around in the pits, and my 2008 Ford F350 transport vehicle. With the amount of clean air my truck requires, along with the high oil pressure and the high volume of oil needed - K&N filters are a must."
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