Archive for Wednesday, September 13, 1995

MCLOUTH TRACTOR PULL EXPECTING 100 VEHICLES

September 13, 1995

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— The atmosphere of this quiet town 15 miles north of Lawrence will be shattered on Saturday night.

More than 100 vehicles, some packing more than 4,000 horsepower, are expected to roar across Steam Engine Park during the eighth annual Mid-States Fall Finals Truck and Tractor Pull.

"It's going to be a little loud, so you might want to keep your fingers handy," Bill Murr, the event's promoter, said.

Murr, who founded the event, said the pull was one of the two largest in Kansas, second only to a competition going on this week at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.

"I really do expect at least 100 competing vehicles this year," he said. "I think we're going to have a boatload."

Among them: the promoter. Murr started out pulling on a 39-horsepower tractor in the mid-1960s at the Leavenworth County Fair.

Today, he drives a 7,200-pound modified tractor with two 572-cubic-inch motors, each of which produces 2,000 horsepower.

The pull, sanctioned by the Missouri State Tractor Pulling Assn. and Northwest Missouri Tractor Pulling Assn., is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m.

Competitors in 17 classes, from two-wheel drive trucks to modified tractors, will pull weighted sleds down two 300-foot tracks. Last year's pull drew competitors from eight states including Texas, Iowa and Illinois.

Murr said a concession stand would be open during the event. He recommended that fans bring lawn chairs or blankets.

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