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Rain hampers tractor, truck pulls PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 02 August 2013 08:39
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A 1985 Peterbilt semi-truck driven by Denny Price of Perrysburg, speeds down a dirt track hitched to a sled in the semi 400 and under class pull. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The 2013 edition of the Wood County Fair Tractor and Truck pulls did not go exactly as planned on Thursday night at the Wood County Fair.
While the show did proceed, it did so in a fashion that left some competitors furious, while others were much more understanding.
Rain hampered track conditions early in the event, causing delays throughout the rest of the day. To make matters worse, one of the two sleds in which the tractors and trucks pull was taken off the track due to a maintenance issue.
With the pulls only able to go on with one sled even further delays were compounded.
Capping off the night, the operator of the second sled was injured midway through the 401 horsepower and over division of the semi truck division. The extent of the operator's injuries were not revealed, but he appeared to have hit his head inside the cab of the sled after the pulling semi came to an abrupt stop.
Five of the nine competitors were able to pull in the 401 and over division before the event was stopped and deemed complete following the injury to the sled operator.
"Normally our pulls are real smooth," said Mike Trout, a fair board director. "We haven't really had any problems the last several years. This is a real oddity."
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A 1992 Freight Liner semi-truck driven by Ron Scott of Toledo, pulls a sled in the semi 400 horsepower and and over class pull.
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A 1996 Peterbilt semi-truck driven by Kyle Sherman of Perrysburg, pulls a sled in the semi 400 and under class pull.
Even with all of the factors that knocked the event off schedule, the show was generally a success as the rumbling semi trucks highlighted the show's end.
Participants in the 400 horsepower and below division as well as the 401 and over division represented Wood County well. Pullers were generally from the Northwest Ohio area, but other traveled from out of state to try and claim the 125 dollar top prize.
"Mainly I try and make this because this is the county fair," said Bloomdale resident Bill Mareches, who finished seventh in the 400 and under with a pull of 274-feet-10. "I try and make this one and Hancock County."
The enthusiastic crowd that stuck around for the entirety of the pulls saw an exciting finish as Don Aiken, from Bellefontaine, the smaller divisions final puller, claimed victory with a pull of 329-1, knocking off the previous best pull by just under three feet (326-6).
Brent Hamilton, from Battle Creek, Mich., got the win in the shortened 401 and over division with a pull of 375-6. The next best pull in that division was 279-7.
"Our crowd, the rain held them back a little bit at first," Trout said. "But before we were done we had as large of a crowd as we've had in the last several years."
Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 08:48
 

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