Jonathon Payne, owner of team Major Payne Pulling, and his 2005 Ford Ranger with a 485 cubic inch big block Ford engine, recently pulled some overtime. On Friday, at an Illiana Pullers Association event at Hoopeston, Illinois, Payne took first place. Then, with very little time for celebration, he packed it up and drove to another Illiana sponsored event at Earl Park in Indiana, where on Saturday he competed twice, winning once and placing third in the other.
K&N sponsored Payne says three pulls in two days only happens once year, but two wins and a third, and the fans cheering makes it all worthwhile.
Major Payne Pulling has now won the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Pro Stock 4x4 points race for the second year in a row.
"It is very unusual to have three pulls in two days. It only happens once a year," commented Payne.
"Three pulls in a row, 240 miles away from home and my shop, means I need to anticipate and be prepared for any problems. Thankfully all I had to do is charge batteries, add fuel, and adjust the clutch. It's the tuck pulling fans cheering after the pull that really stands out in my mind, and that is what makes it worth the 240 miles drive."
To briefly recap, the sport of truck and tractor pulling is a contest of hi-performance vehicles "pulling" a weight transfer device, known as a "sled" on a purposely built course, or "the track." The track is normally 300 feet long, 30 feet wide and constructed of the most readily available dirt. The contestants in each class hook their vehicles to the sled to see whose vehicle can pull the sled the farthest.
"I have had what I consider a very successful pulling season, winning the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Pro Stock 4x4 points race for the second year in a row," says a humble, understated Payne. He has in fact won eight times, finished second five times, with six thirds, three fourths and one fifth place finish.
There are only two sanctioned pulls left this season, both with the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series. The first is September 25th at Anderson County Park in Lawrenceburg Kentucky and the other on October 16th at Lincoln County Fairground in
Payne adds "I would like to thank K&N for their continuing support and sponsorship and for their high quality filters. I rely on K&N products in my daily driver, tow vehicle and my pulling truck every time I leave my house."
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