Jerry Hairhoger from New Galilee, Pennsylvania is enjoying his best-ever season with the USA-EAST Big Rigs Pulling Series in 2017. As one of the older owners and drivers in the series, Hairhoger is treated with great deference by the other younger drivers but not to the extent that they want to see him out in front all of the time. After a win at the Six Pac pull at Beloit, Ohio in early June, “Jerry Atricks” has gone on to win two of the last three hooks in the big show and is now poised in 2nd place in the Big Rigs Series just two point out of the lead that is held by Richard Scott and “Silver Bullet” at mid-July.

On Saturday night in Cortland, Ohio Hairhoger’s 1972 Kenworth was much the best as the C-15 CAT powered machine raced out to a stirring victory while hauling the very heavy weight machine at 42,000 pounds. This win at the Trumbull County Fair coupled with “Jerry-Atricks” huge win at the Keystone State event in Brookville, Pennsylvania in mid-June has marked Hairhoger as one of the trucks to watch in 2017.

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 next hook for the Big Rigs will be on Saturday, August 5 at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, New York. This is the only appearance of any modified semi-trucks in the state of New York in 2017.

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.


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