Around 40,000 people showed up at this weekend's 53rd National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio to witness the world's most powerful motorsport.
For Brent Payne and Galot Motorsports, it marked the debut of their latest creation; the purpose-built Mini Rod aptly named ‘Lil Load’. ‘Lil Load’s’ journey started when Galot Motorsports Kevin Rivenbark made a huge statement in early 2019 with his new 1969 PLR ProCharged Hemi Camaro. “When Earl (Wells) heard that Kevin had run into the 3.50’s at Sweet 16 on radial tires, he decided to use the same combination in our new Mini Rod,” said Brent Payne from GMS Performance and driver for the Galot Motorsports Tractor Pulling Team. The Mini Rod that Brent refers to has a weight maximum of 2050 lbs and to make the tractor as efficient as possible, all the weight needs to transfer to the front “that’s why we have to get the engine as far forward as possible and we designed the additional engine components to assist with this”.
The Mini Rod chassis was built by the renowned fabricators Screamin’ Bobcat Pulling Team and the rear end components came from Vampire Gear, both from the Netherlands. “The products that these teams engineer and produce are exactly what our Mini Rod needed, and together with the 548 ci PLR Hemi, FX140 Procharger and a FuelTech FT600 for data acquisition, we believe that we have a combination that will prove to be just as robust, fast and reliable as the two ProCharged Galot Motorsports drag cars” an excited Brent claimed. “As this is the first combination of its type in the USA used for Tractor Pulling, we were happy with our first outing. It was a test session and we came away knowing what things we need to do to give us the extra power it needs. As with Galot Motorsports, I am really excited to see where this new Mini Rod can go AND I'm really excited to be working with Pro Line Racing.”
And we’re really excited to be working with you Brent and Galot Motorsports.
All tractors in their respective classes pull a set weight in the sled. When a tractor gets to the end of the 100-meter track, this is known as a "full pull". When more than one tractor completes the course, more weight is added to the sled, and those competitors that moved past 91 meters (300 ft) will compete in a pull-off; the winner is the one who can pull the sled the farthest.