After coming off of a really big high from winning the pull the night before in Goshen, Indiana, the team was humbled very quickly from the results in Evansville, Indiana Pro Pulling League event.
We headed to the track and it appeared to be a typical good track at Evansville! We had once again high intentions on performing very well!!!
As we powered up and began to build boost, we started easing out the clutch and we were under way at full throttle! The tires we’re hooked up, the front end just started to lift, and BOOM! Everything came to a sudden stop. The motor leaned out and detonated and blew boost out the intake so hard it blew the front filters off and the headlight bezel on the front of the hood!
So back to the shop we go after our 10th place finish.
After finding a fuel line blockage, we began the repairs. Burnt piston, burnt rings and cylinder sleeve, broken rocker arm, broken rocker arm shaft and two bad valves were the total of the damages.
We worked very quickly in order to get everything back together in tip top shape in order to head out for the Thursday’s NTPA pull in Monroe, Michigan!
July 27, 2017 the Fully Loaded Team travelled to the Elkhart County 4H Fair in Goshen, Indiana.
Last year, the team took first place after being test hook and then having a sled reset. We dropped to last place and came down the track and won the event in 2016!
This year was a little different. We were the third tractor to pull. After a fresh rebuild from some excessive heat issues in the cylinders from our last event at Henry Illinois, the team made some adjustments to the motor and fuel system. Concerned we may have gone too conservative, we started our run down the track at Goshen.
We were lucky and successful enough to take first place again! Another podium finish for the Fully Loaded Team!
With another podium finish we interviewed with Leslie Mears, and the Lucas Oil Production crew as this event was recorded and will be aired at a later date on MavTV as well as other networks.
Always great time interviewing with Leslie..you just never know what will be said on and off the camera!!!
The team left Goshen, Indiana that evening for the Friday night Pro Pulling Event in Evansville, Indiana in search for another win! Stayed tuned for more and see how the team ended up at Friday night’s show!
The team travelled to Henry, Illinois for the 19th Annual America’s Pull at the marshal-Putnam Fair. Great and comfortable weather for the one day event.
Fans signed up for a chance to be drawn as the winner of a Carlyle Tools Screw Driver set and complimentary can of B’laster while visiting with the team in the pit area before the pull. Congratulations to Bruce Mekley for being drawn as the winner of the screw driver set and B’laster!
Prior to the pull we had the privilege to be interviewed by one of the three talented announcers of the America’s Pull, Miles Kreiger. Miles, who has the website, Milesbeyond300.com, when able, likes to do what he calls the “road show interviews” with different pullers at the different events that he announces. It is a very neat way for the audience to get a “personal” “behind the scenes” kind of feeling by listening to the questions Miles asks and the responses the interviewed puller gives as to their perspective on the topic at hand. We had a great time interviewing with Miles and I’m pretty sure the crowd enjoyed it as well! Thanks Miles for the opportunity and keep up what you are doing to grow the sport of pulling!
With the final track preparations underway, we were finally ready for pull time! Our class, the Unlimited Alcohol Super Stock Tractors, would be pulling on the infield side of the two track facility and would follow the Limited Pro Stock Tractors. A total of 140 vehicles would compete at this event!
We made some adjustments to the motor this past week with hopes of the changes to increase the performance of the Fully Loaded tractor. And it worked! The team was able to come home with a 3rd place podium finish, following closely behind the two Chizek V8 tractors of Terry and Josh Blackbourn. (See below for distances) Congratulations Terry and Josh on number one and two finishes!
MAVTV Unlimited Super Stocks – Unofficial Results
1 – Extremely Armed & Dangerous – 310.78
2 – Armed & Dangerous International Threat – 308.36
3 – Blaster/Napa Auto Parts Fully Loaded – 300.91
4 – Lessons Learned – 297.35
5 – Runnin Bare – 296.1
6 – MMG 1000 – 281.18
7 – The Squealer – 280.27
8 – Out of Time – 278.97
9 – Dominator Deere – 278.89
10 – Dad’s Toy – 272.5
11 – Home Brew – 254.27
12 – Full Tilt – 105.78
The team now is on its way back to the Buckeye State. We need to check some things out on the motor to make sure all is ready for our next event which will be at the Elkhart County, Goshen Indiana Lucas Oil Champions Tour Event!
Holly cow! The Midwest Summer Nationals in Freeport Illinois was definitely a hot one on Thursday! The team installed a new cam shaft from Riverside Engines Inc. After making some fuel adjustments, we made a short test run at the conclusion of the afternoon session. Everything seemed to be in order but we found we could lean the motor out on fuel. So back to the pits we went and made those adjustments for our official run in the evening session.
The team made a real nice pass and ended up in third place! Another podium finish!
We learned from the pass we made that we needed to make some more fuel adjustments. After checking everything out and not finding any issues, we were ready to go for Friday’s session of the Midwest Summer Nationals!
The team headed to the scale, being towed up the hill from the pit area by some of the best track crew around! Hats off to the crew of the Midwest Summer Nationals! They did an awesome job with the track and the organization of all their crew people and the way they were able to get all of the pullers to the hot pit area was terrific! Great job guys!
The Fully Loaded team was next to last to hook in the Friday session. The track was different from the awesome track condition of the previous evening. Looking back on it now, we probably did not chose the best location on the track. The pull was a very nice pass… Front end carried well, weights and tire pressure was just about right and the motor ran great. Didn’t even have to touch a brake to keep straight. But our distance wasn’t as good as we would have liked. We ended up Fourth place. Still not bad, but we were hoping for better!
Next stop is Henry, Illinois at the Marshall/Putnam County fair pull! The America’s Pull with the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League! See you there!