Truck and Tractor Pull Results
July 17, 2013
4X4 5500 Str. Mod.
1st: Ace Rocha, Denair, 214.6 feet
2nd: Jon Beck, Hickman, 214.3 feet
3rd: Dave Blount, Oakdale, 189.1 feet
4x4 Truck 6500 Str. Mod.
1st: John Boer, Modesto, 209.3 feet
2nd: Kelly Selman, Newman, 199.0 feet
3rd: Kayla Avila, Modesto, 191.6 feet
4X4 8000 Factory Stock Diesel
1st: Dan Rollins, Waterford, 271.5 feet
2nd: Bryant Desaire, Denair, 251.3 feet
3rd: Josh Irazarry, Waterford, 242.8 feet
4X4 Truck 6000 Super Stock
1st: Frank Andreotti, Half Moon Bay, 204.91 feet
2nd: Ralph Serpa, Newman, 187.20 feet
3rd: Michael, Mendes, Hilmar, 90.46 feet
4x4 Truck 8000 Street Modified Diesel
1st: Chase Crawford, Oakdale, 284.1 feet
2nd: Gerrit de Witte, Modesto, 269.0 feet
3rd: Fabio Rocha, Turlock, 268.8 feet
4X4 8000 Super Street Diesel
1st: John Esteves, Oakdale, 277.3 feet
2nd: Albert Mendes, Crows Landing, 266.4 feet
3rd: Russ Wullenwaber, Los Banos, 219.7 feet
9300 Super Farm Stock & Mixed Modifieds
1st: Jeff Perry, Hilmar, 360.3 feet
2nd: Wendel Trinkler, 326.3 feet
4000 Class A Stock
1st: John Medeiros, Manteca, 167.84 feet
2nd: John Bernard, Patterson, 159.58 feet
3rd: John Vieira, Tracy, 159.06 feet
4500 Class D Econo Mod.
1st: Dirk Piersma, Turlock, 167.49 feet
2nd: Dan Gillit, Manteca, 155.77 feet
5500 Class G Antique
1st: Carl Dutra, Hilmar, 176.30 feet
2nd: Jason Avila, Modesto, 128.09 feet
8000 Class P Stock
1st: Tim Chipponeri, Hilmar, 240.17 feet
2nd: John D. Van Ruler, Hilmar, 238.32 feet
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.