BIG RIGS MEMBERS READY FOR 2019 SEASON
The 2019 season for the Big Rigs is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory when the modified semi-trucks gather at the EXPO Speedway inside the Trumbull County Fairgrounds on May 25 – The Saturday of Memorial Day week-end. Eleven trucks have joined USA-EAST in their quest for the Big Rigs Pulling Series crown in 2019:
JERRY HAIRHOGER (“Jerry-Atricks”) This 1973 Kenworth from New Galilee, Pennsylvania has claimed the top spot in each of the past two years. The CAT powered machine was the most proficient semi on the circuit with more wins than any other truck as it went ‘Back to Back” in the Championship chase. Hairhoger also owns three dirt track race cars and drives them all!
JON REES (“Diamond in the Rough”) Cummins powers this 1966 Diamond T cab over from Snowshoe, Pennsylvania. The USA-EAST point race runner-up a year ago the black machine moved up from the PA POSSE two years ago after installing a Sygma Pump and looks to improve again in 2019. Rees owns his own diesel shop in central PA right along Interstate 80.
JEFF LAUTENAN (“Moody Blue”) Third in 2018 and the runner-up in 2017, this 1998 Peterbilt with C-15 CAT power is a home built machine from Ashtabula County, Ohio. The engine was built by Jerry Martin in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lautenan is an over-the-road trucker by trade and along with his brothers operate Lautenan Trucking in Jefferson, Ohio.
RUSTY BAGLEY (“Twisted Kitty”) The winner of the long distance award each year, this 1982 Kenworth comes all the way from Salisbury, Vermont in order to pull with the Big Rigs. Despite missing a couple of pulls in 2018 the 425 CAT powered machine was fourth in the points. Rusty is an over-the-road trucker with dedicated runs into the Syracuse, NY area each week.
FRED SANDERS/JUSTIN FREDO (“Cat Scratch Fever”) Owned by Sanders Excavating Pulling Team from Ravenna, Ohio this CAT powered 1980 Mack Superliner was the Big Rigs points champion in 2014. A major engine failure in 2018 relegated this super running truck to sixth place a year ago. Fredo who drove the truck to the ’14 champions position hails from Salem, Ohio.
JOE GIULITTO (“Sneeky Pete”) The former ring winner at Bowling Green, Ohio this awesome 1978 Peterbilt was the USA-EAST Big Rigs point champion in both 2011 and 2016. Giulitto and his crew chief Wayne Huffman have been working with Jim Fink in Ohio to develop even more power and consistency from the Pete. Giulitto Trucking from Ravenna, Ohio is owned by Joe.
NEW TRUCK (“Un-Named”) Formerly “Rood Awakening Revisited” and operated by the Sanders’ Team this Mack Superliner with CAT power has moved over to the Joe Giulitto Team. The primary reason for the move is that Vinnie Giulitto (Joe’s son) will ‘come of age’ this season and he will eventually take over the driving duties from Wayne Huffman the crew chief.
FRED SANDERS (“Silver Bullet II”) The long awaited re-introduction of this 1986 Mack Superliner will take place in 2019. Formerly fitted with multiple chargers the Cummins QXK engine is now sporting a single charger to comply with the new rules for the Big Rigs. This truck was the Big Rigs champion in 2009 and is owned by Sanders’ Excavating in Ravenna, Ohio.
JACK GRIGGS (“Homewrecker”) A beautiful Mack Superliner with E9 Mack power this former PA POSSE champion joined the Big Rigs series for the last four hooks of 2018 and showed great promise with a runner-up finish in the ‘Finals’ at Bloomsburg. Griggs is a partner in Griggs and Sons Trucking in Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania.
RICHARD SCOTT (“Silver Bullet I”) Scott who the crew chief with the Sanders’ Pulling Team will bring his Mack V-8 truck back for 2019. There is speculation as to how many chargers the former champion will have. This truck has four Big Rig championships: 2008 – 2012 – 2013 – 2015. Scott is the head mechanic at Sanders’ Excavating and hails from Diamond, Ohio.
DAN ADAMS (“Some Assembly Required”) Adams and his Mack V-8 missed the entire 2018 season due to breakage and parts shortages. After a winter rebuild the team from Leetonia, Ohio is ready to get back on the track. A stirring second place finish at Pittsfield, PA in 2017 marked the best result ever for this team. Adams is an over-the-road truck driver by trade.
The Big Rigs Pulling Series is owned and promoted by Full Pull Productions, Inc. of Pennsylvania. Ten point pulls and six other ‘invitational’ events are scheduled for the 2019 season.
Cen.Pe.Co. Lubricants and Fuel Additives has been the sponsor of the Big Rigs since the beginning some twenty years ago. Other major sponsor funding comes from MAC Trailer of Alliance, Ohio and Sanders’ Excavating of Ravenna, Ohio.