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NFMS Freshening Part 4: Adding Some New Classes

Published 03/08/2012 01:42PM, by Jake Morgan Viewed: 4,914 times


Brice Terry's Hy-Strung D-21 was flying high at the 2012 NFMS.
Is the Farm Show losing fans because its classes are too exclusive? Is there room for Regional, and even State level classes at the Farm Show? Can the big budget classes share the same stage as the mid-level budget classes?

One of the biggest questions when discussing the class lineup at the farm show is: should a class have a national circuit to be eligible for an invite? There are people who are staunchly entrenched in the position that this pull should be ONLY the top national classes. They would argue that this pull is the big time, the major leagues. To many this pull is the Super Bowl of pulling and only the select classes belong.
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NFMS Freshening Part 3: Limit the Numbers

Published 03/03/2012 06:56AM, by Jake Morgan Viewed: 2,611 times


Jody Ross didn't make the cut for the 2011 NFMS, but won the preliminary session and got third in finals of the 2012 event.
How is it that one of the best aspects of the Farm show is also one of its negatives? Exclusivity. This show is supposed to turn people away each year. It's not a show that everyone can pull at. For the most part you get to see the best of the best; sure there are always one or two tractors that we all think should have made the show, but usually it's only one or two. With so few competitors getting rejected how is that exclusive? Is this show exclusive anymore? And better yet, should it be?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the farm show should be u...

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NFMS Freshening Part 2: Show Announcers

Published 02/24/2012 06:56AM, by Jake Morgan Viewed: 3,676 times


Butch Krieger, Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame Announcer at the 2012 NFMS
This is Part 2 in a multi-part series about the National Farm Machinery Show.

Let's not beat around the bush, this is the premier winter event. This is the oldest and most prestigious indoor pull in the world. This is one of the top events in all of pulling, both indoor and outdoor. So my question is this: why can I go to a local state hook and hear just as many announcers as I hear in Louisville? Why isn't this event a little bigger a little better?

It's a huge event and a huge amount of fans are sitting there and there is tons of action, but they still haven't taken the announcing to the next level. Ye...

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NFMS Freshening Part 1: Does the Pull Need a Freshening?

Published 02/22/2012 04:11AM, by Jake Morgan Viewed: 2,364 times


The hollowed grounds of Winter's most prestigious event, The National Farm Machinery Show Truck and Tractor Pull.
Let's get this out of the way rather quickly, if you think the Championship Pull at the National Farm Machinery Show is perfect as it is, please stop reading now because you'll only get upset and feel like you've wasted your time. Please stop here because everything is perfect; everything in pulling is always perfect.

If, on the other hand, you're willing to look at the event and the motorsport with a critical eye and you think it's one of the premier events in all of pulling, but it’s lost a little of its luster, its lost its electric atmosphere then please keep reading! ...

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The 4.1 640 LPS class

Published 01/19/2012 07:18AM, by Dick Morgan Viewed: 3,261 times


One thing that I enjoy most about events such as the one I just attended in Gordyville is the opportunity to visit with pullers, fans, promoters or anyone that just loves the sport of truck and tractor pulling. It was also a great time to pick my friend Bryan Lively’s brain on the direction he felt the 4.1, 640 cubic inch class is heading. Bryan always has a very clear and concise view of the sport. Here is a compilation of our conversation:

The one topic that seemed to be in the forefront was the 4.1 Limited Pro Stock class. While I realize that the LPS class is not new, it does seem that the class is at a defining crossroads in its evolution. After watching some of the new LPS that were at Gordyville it is becoming apparent that the class is showing tremendous growth . Some of the concerns that were voiced ...

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