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Truck, tractor pulls deliver high octane action

Truck, tractor pulls deliver high octane action

Traditional farming equipment is put to the test during the Tractor Pull event at the Stanislaus County Fair.

POSTED July 19, 2013 9:36 p.m.

Over 118 vehicles, equipped with multiple engines and other modifications, competed in 33 different classes to see who could drag a 44,000 pound sled the furthest on Wednesday at the Stanislaus County Fair's annual truck and tractor pull event.

 “I thought it was a very successful pull. This is an annual activity we do at the fair and we're thankful for the opportunity,” event host Dick Piersma said.

It has only been three years since the Valley Stock Tractor Pullers broke out on their own. Prior to that, the tractor pull event had been promoted by John Shipman Sports, dating back 20 plus years.

“We’ve been doing the fair for over 20 years. It’s a good event that many people of all ages attend and enjoy,” Piersma said.

Some drivers think of the pulls as a hobby, but for others it’s a passion, rooted in years of tradition and love for the sport.

“Our club is mostly made up of antique tractors, but we love having the modified tractors. It puts on a great show for the people. It’s a hobby and fun,” Piersma said.

Local competitors fared well at Wednesday's event. Dirk Piersma of Turlock placed first in the 4500 Class D Econo Modification with a distance of 167.49 feet. Piersma also took first in the 6000 Class J Stock with a distance of 122.98. Julian Dutra from Hilmar placed third in the 4500 Class E Antique with a distance of 181.17. Carl Dutra, also out of Hilmar, won the 5500 Class G Antique with a distance of 176.30.

Woody Jerritsma out of Hilmar took home a first place finish in the 6500 Class M Antique with a 197.8 distance and also took second in the 7500 Class O Antique with a distance of 238.01.

“Everything went very smooth and there was a large variety of vehicles that came from antiques to local to tractors to extreme modified,” Piersma said.

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