Jonathon Payne, and team Major Payne Pulling, are gearing up for the remainder of the season with anticipation that they continue experiencing success. With 28 more races scheduled before the season ends in late September, Jonathon and his team are leading the points race in the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series.
Major Payne Pulling's 2005 Ford Ranger
Jonathon is quick to give his team credit and say that they play an important role in his success.
Jonathon earned a first place spot on June 3rd at Danville Kentucky.
Competing at the same venue on the following night, Jonathon and his 2005 Ford Ranger, equipped with a 485 cubic-inch big block ended the night in third place. The week prior, his team traveled to Georgetown, where Jonathon finished in 8th place.
"At Danville, I won by a fraction of a foot," stated Jonathon. It is common to have from six to ten trucks within feet of each other.
Interestingly, of the mix, he is the only driver using a Ford. "I pull the only ford, so at times I have as many as twenty Chevys to pull against," he said. "These trucks give all they got every time they go down the track."
Jonathon and his team are leading the points race in the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series.
When asked how his truck had been performing this season, he continued, "My Major Payne Ford is doing what I need it to."
According to Payne, there are many variables which can lend to one's success. "On June 8th, the track was very loose," shared Payne. "June 4th, I had a little too high of gear." When asked the determining factors for his success on the night of June third, Jonathon said, "The track was sticky, and I had the right gear in." As do all drivers, Jonathon Payne and his team have their favorite tracks. According to him, The Danville track is consistently well maintained and holds up to the rigors of racing.
Aware that his truck must be mechanically sound to carry him and the sled to the finish line, Jonathon trusts and uses K&N Filters. "When asked why he depends on these filters, he explained, "K&N Filters provide the highest quality oil filters and air filters. Pulling tracks are dusty, with chunks of dirt flying everywhere. Air and oil filters are extremely important. My pulling truck needs a very high volume of air and oil to keep it running strong, and K&N products have performed great for years.
According to Payne, he also uses K&N Filters on his tow vehicle as well.
Jonathon was quick to give his team credit and say that they play an important role in his success. Working together since 1998, one would suspect that each member is well acquainted with Jonathon and their fellow members. Jonathon stressed that they are always there when it comes time to prepare for and load up after pulls.
Competing in pulls for the past 12 years, Jonathon Payne understands just what it takes to pull off a successful season. He has an acute understanding that without choosing the right gear, one's success will be slim to none. That said, he is confident that the key to finishing strong during 2011, he must be prepared for an array of problems that might arise and choose the proper gears.
Since racing in Danville Kentucky, Jonathon Payne and his team traveled to Brandenburg Kentucky on June 11, where he completed the pull in first place. Judging from his most recent race, Jonathon is still experiencing success.
"I plan on committing my team to the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League,"
Jonathon stated during a recent interview. "I would like to thank our fans and hope we put on an exciting show. Without the fans, there would be no
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