Third Time The Charm For County Fair Pulls

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The third time was the charm for the Montgomery County Fair truck and tractor pulls as more than 100 entries hit the track in Butler on Aug. 22.

Seven different pullers picked up victories in one of the 10 tractor classes, with a trio of visitors from out of the area picking up two wins each.

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Harley Richmond of Oblong took first in the Illinois Stock Pullers 10,000 and 12,000 pound classes, beating out Dennis Cook of Rinard in both classes in a battle of Oliver 2255s.

Robert Root of Troy, MO, edged a pair of Montgomery County pullers in the N.A. 10,700 and 12,000 pound classes. Root pulled 329.53 on his Massey Ferguson 1155 to beat Nokomis’ Daryl Keiser on a Massey Ferguson 1150 by .85 feet in the 10,700 class, then pulled a 303.99 in the 12,000 class to beat Carl Marten of Raymond on a John Deere 4240 by .35 feet.

Kevin Westerhold of Hamel picked up wins in the Antqiue 5,000 and 5,500 pound classes, beating Jim Belusko of Litchfield in the first class and David Belusko of Litchfield in the second.

The Beluskos would both take wins in other classes, with Jim beating Westerhold in the 4,500 pound class with a pull of 339.11 on a Massey Harris 44-6, while David beat out Logan Pezold of Walshville in a clash between Belusko’s Massey Harris 55 and Pezold’s Minneapolis Moline UB in the 6,000 pound class.

 Pezold also finished second in the 6,500 pound class, with Matt Mayfield of Staunton taking first on a 1939 Farmall M. The other winner in the tractors also came from out of county as Ben Wiegmann of Nashville beat out Mike Christopher of Shipman, 323.69 to 317.01 on a pair of John Deere 6030s in the Freedom 12,000 pound class.

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In the truck pulls, seven drivers took wins in eight classes, with Hillsboro’s Bill Saathoff doubling up in the Daily Driver and 7,000 pound Hot Stock class. Saathoff pulled a 378.02 in a 1970 Dodge to beat out Kevin Rench, also of Hillsboro, in a 1992 Ford in Daily Driver, then pulled 359.51 to bat Kenny Nelson of Jerseyville in a 1975 Chevrolet in the Hot Stock class.

Litchfield’s Adam Meisenheimer and Butler’s Chuck Feldman also picked up wins with a short trip to the fairgrounds. Meisenheimer won the 6,200 4x4 class, pulling 356.92 in a 1970 Chevrolet. He beat out Jeffrey Buerk of Owaneco in a 1983 Chevy, but Buerk would pick up the win in the 6,400 pound class.

Chuck Feldman’s Sawmill Express pulled 347.79 to beat out Steve Hummert by almost 20 feet in the Modified class and earn the top spot.

Other winners at the pulls were Gary Gudgel of Mt. Olive in the Stock 8,500 pound Diesel class, Eric Loy of Medora in the 8,500 Diesel class and Mike Dirksen of Rochester in the two-wheel drive class.

Video of all of the truck pulls are on the Central Illinois Truck Pullers YouTube page.

August 22 at Butler

Montgomery County Tractor Pulls

Illinois Stock Pullers 10,000 lbs.: 1. Harley Richmond (Oblong), Oliver 2255 - 307.43; 2. Dennis Cook (Rinard), Oliver 2255 - 302.89; 3. Mark Maxheimer (Elkhart), IH 806 - 300.80; 4. Dennis Cook (Rinard), Oliver 2255 - 297.76; 5. Tony Gray (Iuka), White 2-150 - 271.57; Tom Fuller (Palestine), IH 856 - 262.49.

Illinois Stock Pullers 12,000 lbs.: 1. Harley Richmond (Oblong), Oliver 2255 - 335.17; 2. Dennis Cook (Rinard), Oliver 2255 - 334.67; 3. Mark Maxheimer (Elkhart), IH 806 - 332.03; 4. Tony Gray (Iuka), Oliver 2255 - 327.19; 5. Garret Maxheimer (Sidney), IH 806 - 312.37; 6. Tony Gray (Iuka), White 2-150 - 307.18; 7. Tom Fuller (Palestine), IH 856 - 276.60.

Antique 4,500 lbs.: 1. Jim Belusko (Litchfield), Massey Harris 44-6 - 339.11; 2. Kevin Westerhold (Hamel), Oliver 770 - 333.92; 3. Matt Belusko (Litchfield), Massey Harris 44 - 333.42; 4. Elby Jones (Hillsboro), Oliver Super 88 - 265.03.

Antique 5,000 lbs.: 1. Kevin Westerhold (Hamel), Oliver 770 - 308.93; 2. Jim Belusko (Litchfield), Massey Harris 44-6 - 301.85.11; 3. Matt Belusko (Litchfield), Massey Harris 44 - 263.19; 4. Elby Jones (Hillsboro), Oliver Super 88 - 256.80.

Antique 5,500 lbs.: 1. Kevin Westerhold (Hamel), Oliver 770 - 325.44; 2. David Belusko (Litchfield), Massey Harris 55 - 324.29; 3. Logan Pezold (Walshville), MM UB - 310.43; 4. Matthew Mayfield (Staunton), 1939 Farmall M - 302.79; 5. Matt Belusko (Litchfield), Massey 44 - 302.05; 6. Elby Jones (Hillsboro), Oliver Super 88 - 267.43.

Antique 6,000 lbs.: 1. David Belusko (Litchfield), Massey Harris 55 - 328.73; 2. Logan Pezold (Walshville), MM UB - 322.30; 3. Matt Mayfield (Staunton), 1939 Farmall M - 302.54; 4. Elby Jones (Litchfield), Oliver Super 88 - 301.50; 5. Matt Belusko (Litchfield), Massey 44 - 297.90.

Antique 6,500 lbs.: 1. Matt Mayfield (Staunton), 1939 Farmall M - 308.33; 2. Logan Pezold (Walshville), MM UB - 302.89; 3. David Belusko (Litchfield), Massey Harris 55 - 300.50.

N.A. 10,700 lbs.: 1. Robert Root (Troy, MO), Massey Ferguson 1155 - 421.61/419.62/329.53; 2. Daryl Keiser (Nokomis), Massey Ferguson 1150 - 408.85/420.27/328.68; 3. Carl Marten (Raymond), John Deere 4240 - 331.03; 4. Doug Pezold (Walshville), John Deere 4020 - 322.85.

N.A. 12,000 lbs.: 1. Robert Root (Troy, MO), Massey Ferguson 1155 - 303.99; 2. Carl Marten (Raymond), John Deere 4240 - 303.64; 3. Daryl Keiser (Nokomis), Massey Ferguson 1150 - 303.44; 4. Doug Pezold (Walshville), John Deere 4020 - 295.36.

Freedom 12,000 lbs.: 1. Ben Wiegmann (Nashville), John Deere 6030 - 323.69; 2. Mike Christopher (Shipman), John Deere 6030 - 317.01; 3. Andy Miller (Walshville), John Deere 6030 - 283.89; 4. Terry Hayes (Shipman), John Deere 6030 - 272.36.

Central Illinois Truck Pullers - Truck Pulls

Honesty Class 4x4 7,000 lbs. Daily Driver: 1. Bill Saathoff (Hillsboro) 1970 Dodge - 378.02; 2. Kevin Rench (Hillsboro) 1992 Ford - 301; 3. Bailey Saathoff (Hillsboro) 1991 Dodge.

CITP 2x4 6,200 lbs.: 1. Mike Dirksen (Rochester), 2001 Chevrolet - 331.48; 2. Jeffery Cray (Girard), 1972 Chevrolet - 330.88; 3. Brian Bell (Nokomis),  1981 Chevrolet - 314.52; 4. Tyson Craig (Nokomis), 1996 Chevrolet - 313.17; 5. Drew Kinkelaar (Witt), 1972 Chevrolet - 308.98; 6. Griffen Sanders (Ramsey), 1970 Chevrolet - 301.80; 7. Scott Suckow (Pana), 1989 Chevrolet - 286.63; 8. Ralph Honigman (Waggoner), 1969 Chevrolet - 282.19.

CITP 4x4 6,200 lbs.: 1. Adam Meisenheimer (Litchfield), 1970 Chevrolet - 356.92; 2. Jeffrey Buerk (Owaneco), 1983 Chevrolet - 355.72; 3. Phil Brown (Elkhart), 1979 Ford - 342.95; 4. Kenny Nelson (Jerseyville), 1975 Chevrolet - 314.32; 5. Phil Mester (Cantrall), 1979 Ford 309.98.

CITP 4x4 6,400 lbs.: 1. Jeffrey Buerk (Owaneco), 1983 Chevrolet - 344.40; 2. Phil Brown (Elkhart), 1979 Ford - 314.97; 3. Phil Mester (Cantrall), 1979 Ford - 314.32; 4. Kyle Cummings (Jerseyville), 1999 Chevrolet - 302.05; 5. Kenny Nelson (Jerseyville), 1975 Chevrolet - 295.06; 6. Jarrett Hagan (Taylorville), 1978 Ford - 270.67.

CITP or Hot Stock 7,000 lbs.: 1. Bill Saathoff (Hillsboro), 1970 Dodge - 359.51; 2. Kenny Nelson (Jerseyville), 1975 Chevrolet - 344.45; 3. Kyle Cummings (Jerseyville), 1999 Chevorlet - 344.20; 4. Kevin Rench (Hillsboro), 1986 Chevrolet - 341.00; 5. Shaun Murray (Irving), 1990 Chevrolet - 340.51; 6. Brandy O’Malley (Witt), 1975 Chevrolet - 333.97; 7. Alex Cummings (Jerseyville), 1997 Ford - 302.59; 8. Jarrett Hagan (Taylorville), 1978 Ford 300.10.

CITP 8,500 lbs. Diesel: 1. Eric Loy (Medora), 2005 Dodge - 321.70; 2. Bayley Wiese (Versailles), 1998 Dodge - 317.26; 3. Nick Strack (Hillsboro), 1997 Dodge - 314.32; 4. Joe Dowson (Auburn), Dodge - 249.52.

Stock 8,500 lbs. Diesel: 1. Gary Gudgel (Mt. Olive) - 305.64; 2. Joe Dowson (Auburn), Dodge - 302.05; 3. Cody Hamm (Litchfield), Chevrolet - 285.48.

Modified: 1. Chuck Feldman (Butler) - 347.79; 2. Steve Hummert, Ford - 328.28; Mike Dirksen (Rochester), 2001 Chevrolet - 321.45.

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