New events in new places will mean the Big Rigs Pulling Series is still one of the most popular classes with USA-EAST Sled Pulling. Eleven owners have signed up to pull with the Big Rigs in 2016. Most of the trucks are based in the state of Ohio with only two coming from Pennsylvania.
The Big Rigs Pulling Series has been sponsored by Cen.Pe.Co. Lubricants of Cleveland, Ohio and Wolcott, Iowa for the past seventeen 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.
The group of eleven pre-committed Big Rigs for 2016 will include:
SILVER BULLET I (Richard Scott). The 2015 Big Rigs Series Champion marking the third time that this truck has sat at the top of the class. Richard is the crew chief for the Sanders’ Pulling Team and drives this four-charger E-9 Mack V-8 with a sense of abandonment. Was the winner at Pittsfield, PA last year.
SENSELESS (Jerry Ray Hairhoger and Joe Artz). Finished second in the Big Rigs Series a year ago in its first full season. The truck was the 2014 PA POSSE champion and moved to the Big
Rigs for 2015. This C-16 CAT powered Pete from Lawrence County Pennsylvania and will be a major force in the Big Rigs in its second full season.
CAT SCRATCH FEVER (Justin Fredo and Mike Marcellus). Tied for 3rd in 2016. The 2014 champion Mack sports a C-15 CAT for power but only a single charger. A part of the Fred Sanders’ Pulling Team from Ravenna, Ohio. Third place finishes at both Meadville and Burton helped to put this truck into the top tier again last year.
A ROOD AWAKENING REVISITED (Mike Sweet). Tied for 3rd in 2015. Mike Sweet took over the driving on this truck and made the truck very competitive a year ago. Returning to the Big Rigs for just its second season, this 1983 Mack uses a single charger C-15 CAT. The truck took a huge win at the Wayne County Speedway and a third at Canfield and then went on to finish in a tie for third in the points. Part of the Sanders’ Team.
JERRY ATRICKS (Jerry Hairhoger). 5th in 2015. This ’73 Kenworth (C-16 CAT) from New Galilee, PA had more wins in the PA POSSE than any other truck but joined the Big Rigs for the first time a year ago. A great third place finish at the Warren County Fair and then a fourth at Meadville in late August mean that this truck is ready for 2016.
UNLEASHED (Kendra Rodgers and Rob Rodgers). 6th in 2015. Another former Big Rigs champion from Philo, Ohio. This 1988 R-model Mack went with an all new CAT engine in 2015 and after some ‘learning curve’ issues, Kendra put it all together at the end of the season grabbing a runner-up spot at Bloomsburg in the Big Rigs ‘Finals’.
UNPREDICTABLE (Sondra Rodgers and Chad Rodgers). 7th in 2015. Another strong 300 Mack inline six for this 1986 R-Model Mack. Had a very good year in 2014 with Sondra doing most of the driving. Had a very solid fourth place finish at Bloomsburg at the end of last year. Teamed with “Unleashed” for the Big Rigs.
BLACK SHEEP (Brenda Shanklin and Lou Shanklin). 8th in 2015. This 1975 Dodge Big Horn from Navarre, Ohio has a 3406B CAT under the hood and now sporting triple turbo chargers. Brenda won the Mercer Raceway pull in 2014 but only made a limited number of hooks a year ago as she pursued the PPL series.
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED (Dan Adam). 9th in 2015. Major mechanical issues followed this truck through the 2015 season. After a very strong 2014 this Mack V-8 from Leetonia, Ohio it was thought that the Mack would be a player a year ago. The movement from a single charger to multiple chargers gave this 998 cubic inch Mack new power but led to significant driveline and other issues.
SNEEKY PETE (Joe Giulitto and Wayne Hoffman). This former Big Rigs Series champion has a triple charger CAT in the gleaming yellow Peterbilt this season. The truck took a huge win at the Canfield Fair in September of 2015 and then went on to capture a pair of Ohio State wins in the Fall. If Joe decides to run the entire Big Rigs Series schedule, this truck could get its second Big Rigs Championship in 2016.
SILVER BULLET II (Fred Sanders and Jim Sanders). Was the winner at Mercer Raceway to start the season, but never returned to the track again last season. The truck was the point runner Up a year ago with the Big Rigs. A former Big Rig Champion from Ravenna, Ohio. Unique Cummins QXK-19 as the power in a Mack SuperLiner. Proclaimed to be ‘ready to go’ for the 2016 season.
MACKSIMUS PRIME I and MACKSIMUS PRIME II (Dick Bonner and Dale Francis).
This pair of Mack semi trucks have not signed up for 2016 but they were definitely factors at the end of last season. Dale Francis was the winner at Geauga County and Casey Smith drove to a win at Bloomsburg with the trucks that are owned by Bonner Farms of Mantua, Ohio.
The Big Rigs Series opens the 2016 season on Sunday, May 29 at Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania.