$11,000 purse highlights truck and tractor pulls

By Gaylen Blosser

July 13, 2014

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Tractor Pullers Association held its Friday night Truck and Tractor Pull at the Power of the Past featuring six classes plus a special bonus for the fans in attendance.

Fans were treated to the inaugural Altered Gas Truck Nationals featuring an $11,000 purse with the first place finish going to the Great State of Kentucky.

“Mike Werner put the Altered Gas Truck Nationals together himself,” DCTPA member and event announcer Duane Edwards said.

“It was an idea, and he figured this would be the ideal place to do it,” Edwards said. “We know we don’t have time to do it at the fair, so this is the ideal time.”

“My dad, Russ Werner, and me truck-pulled on and off for the past 30 years,” DCTPA member Mike Werner of Richmond, Indiana, said.

“A lot of the clubs that run our class, the rules are so scattered from one end of the spectrum to the other,” Werner said. “I thought it would be neat to get sponsors and raise $10,000 to put on one class tonight here in Greenville for the four-wheel drive altered stock truck nationals.

“I have big sponsors like VP Fuels, Holley Carburetor, Wetzel Family Auto and many local businesses to draw some attention to the club and to the class,” Werner added.

“I’ve had people from 250 miles away call me and are already entered,” Werner said. “I expect a lot of trucks here tonight.”

What started out with a goal of a $5,000-6,000 purse to the winner of the Altered Gas Truck Nationals exceeded all expectations with Travis Centers of Burlington, Kentucky, taking home the first place trophy and $11,000 purse.

Richard Forrest of West Jefferson finished a strong second in the Nationals event.

“It has never been done,” Werner said. “The National Tractor Pullers Association doesn’t even pay this kind of money, so we are on a whole new level here.”

“It was a beautiful night out here. The track was in perfect shape,” Edwards said. “I had a gentleman from Illinois tell me, that was a good track … that was a good biting track. That’s nice to get somebody from out of town to talk about it like that.”