BIG RIGS ‘FINALS’ AT BLOOMSBURG FAIR THIS SATURDAY
The 2017 edition of the Big Rigs Pulling Series will end on this Saturday – September 23 (7:00pm) at the Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. This is the largest Fair in the state of Pennsylvania and annually draws a huge crowd to the opening Saturday night. Fans should consider buying their tickets online at the Bloomsburg Fair website to assure a good seat for the USA-EAST Big Rigs ‘Finals’. (www.bloomsburgfair.com)
“Jerry Atricks” and Jerry Hairhoger from New Galilee, Pennsylvania (Lawrence County) sits in the top spot in the points after claiming a series of victories from mid-season. Hairhoger pushed his CAT-powered 1973 Kenworth to a runner-up position at the Keystone State Nationals in Brookville, Pennsylvania over Father’s Day week-end in June and then went on to grab a huge win at the Big Butler Fair in Prospect, Pennsylvania on the fourth of July.
He then went on to victory at the Trumbull County Fair in Cortland, Ohio two weeks later to move into second place in the points race behind last year’s champion “Silver Bullet II” and Richard Scott. With another big win at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, New York to start the month of August “Jerry Atricks” moved to the top spot in the point race.
Breakage on the part of his nearest competitors came into play in mid August as both the Sanders’ Team and the Giulitto Team missed events in that month. A second place finish at the Warren County Fair in Pittsfield, Pennsylvania behind the non-member truck “Class Act” from Ohio-based Chris Wood Team did not hurt Hairhoger due to the fact that the “Silver Bullet II” missed that event and allowed separation in the 2017 point race. This also allowed “Moody Blue” a new Pete from the Jeff Lautenan Team from Jefferson, Ohio to move into the second place in the point race.
A win at the Crawford County Fair in Meadville extended the point lead for “Jerry Atricks” and after the total event cancellation due to rain at Canfield on September 2nd, Hairhoger went on to take yet another win at the Great Geauga County Fair in Burton, Ohio all the while keeping Lautenan and “Moody Blue” in his rear view mirror.
At Bloomsburg, Hairhoger and “Jerry-Atricks” will lead four other Big Rigs into the Finals. Lautenan and “Moody Blue” as well as newcomers Mike Cuprinka (Emlenton, PA) “Shoot to Thrill” KW/Cat and Jon Rees (Snowshoe, PA) “Diamond in the Rough” Diamond T/Cat are expected as well as the NTPA Super Semi Runner-Up “Nikki’s Nightmare” (KW/Cat) and Brian Elithorpe from Bridgeport, Vermont. In addition to the Big Rigs a special invitational for the single charger PA POSSE Semis is slated as a separate class adding six to seven more high-power modified semi trucks to the event.
Many will remember “Jerry-Atricks” from the days when the blue KW was the top-rated puller in the PA Posse Semi division also promoted by Full Pull Productions and sanctioned by USA-EAST. At that time the truck was powered by a very stout Cummins KT-600. But when the decision was made to move up to the Big Rigs, the Cummins was replaced by a specially built CAT engine that has proven to be very strong of late.
Hairhoger’s son, Jerry Ray, is the force behind the conversion to CAT power and has had a hand in other CAT engines in the Big Rigs Series as well. Jerry Ray’s “Senseless” Pete was 2nd in the Big Rigs Series a year ago before the truck was sold to new owners in Ohio.
The Big Rigs Pulling Series has been sponsored by Cen.Pe.Co. Lubricants of Cleveland, Ohio and Wolcott, Iowa for the past eighteen years. New sponsors for the oldest modified semi truck series in the United States include MAC Trailer of Alliance, Ohio and Sanders Excavating from Ravenna, Ohio.