|9,500 lb. “HOT FARM” TRACTORS
This class became a new class with USA-EAST just a couple of years ago. Tractors running in the ‘Hot Farm’ division are really the souped up version of farm tractors, but they run very much like their Super Farm cousins. The 2016 season was a super season for the class that showcased a number of very strong tractors and actually brought a field of fifteen of the machines out to a pull this summer.
‘Hot Farm’ tractors welcome tractors that are still used on the farm, but very few from this category wish to test out the strong fields of tractors at USA-EAST pulls. These hot farm machines are strictly purpose built tractors that don’t even show a minor sign of manure or other farm remnants. And the owners treat them more like a family member than an agricultural implement.
Justin Martin representing Martinholm Farms of Volant, Pennsylvania (Lawrence County) was the champion in this division in 2016 with “Whatcha Lookin’ At?” a sharp looking and strong running International. Martin is a trooper with the PA State Police and also an integral part of the huge farming operation on his family farm.
The runner-up in 2016 was the “Babe” Ford 8000 for Mark Sindlinger from Hadley, Pennsylvania. Sindlinger was the champion in the class during the very first year of operation.
‘Hot Farm’ Tractors were sponsored by Hubner Seed again in 2016 and Hubner will join USA-EAST again in 2017. Hubner Seed and their regional representative Mike Yoder from Sugarcreek, Ohio provide a vital link between the agricultural community at large and the sport of tractor and truck pulling.
A special contingency program was supplied by Pennsylvania Grain Processing (PGP) of Clearfield, PA. PGP is the largest ethanol producer in the state of Pennsylvania.
The ‘Hot Farm’ Tractor class has stamped itself as one of the up-and-coming divisions of USA-EAST Pulling. Look for more from this class in the future.