5/18-19/18 – Michigan International Speedway is best known for hosting NASCAR races, but this year, they added a new type of motorsport to the schedule. Truck and Tractor Pulling. The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League teamed up with Michigan International Speedway and Slusarski Exc. & Paving, Inc. to present the Watson Diesel Michigan Nationals! This inaugural event took place on a brand new track on the Graves Farm property. Crews worked hard to get the track, stands, walls, etc in place and they did a great job. The track did get a little dry due to the warm weather and sunshine, so we got a a few good dirt showers, some pullers really got it good! Before the show, I walked around the pit area and snapped a few photos before the show. Here’s a few of those.
Session 1 included Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, and Super Farm Tractors from the PPL Champions Tour, and Pro Stock Diesel Trucks from the PPL Silver Series.
Session 1 Results
After a couple of hours break, it was time for session 2. Session 2 included Super Stock Diesel Trucks, Mini Rod Tractors, Super Modified 2WD Trucks. Some of the pullers had some issues, including a couple of trucks that started on fire, but others made great passes down the track. Rain moved in and shortened the show unfortunately.
After a night of rain, the track had to be re-worked and that took a little longer than expected, but they were able to get session 3 in.
Here’s the “Class Act” Hot Rod Semi and the official NASCAR pace car!
Session 3 included Hot Rod Semis, Super Farm Tractors, and Mini Rod Tractors. The Hot Rod Semis were having some issues unfortunately, but some laid down some great passes. The Minis and Super Farms put on a real nice show too. They also ran a few Pro trucks. Rain and storms moved in shortly after session 3, which resulted in cancellation of session 4.
Here’s a few shots of the storms/heavy rainfall which moved in after session 3. Pretty ominous sky!
All in all it was a great, action packed couple of days! Special thanks going out to Michigan International Speedway’s media coordinator, Brad, and the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League for all their help getting everything sorted out on the media side, and for allowing me to be a part of it all.
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