June 10, 2024      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

By:  RJ Feicht

(St Petersburg, PA)…The world famous Big Rigs Pulling Series kicks off the 2024 season this week with a schedule of super events dedicated to the over-the-road driver and fans of the ultra-powerful modified semi trucks.  The first scheduled point event of the season is the June 15th Keystone State Nationals at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Brookville, Pennsylvania.  This venue is just off Exit #81 of Interstate 80 and north ¼ mile on PA Route 28.  Starting time is 7:00pm.


Leading the way into 2024 is last year’s Big Rig champion Nate August from Freedom, Pennsylvania with his CAT powered Kenworth named “Work N Progress’.  It is reported that this truck will not be ready of the start of the season as parts are in short supply.  The Chris Jeffries Team from Wyoming, New York finished both second and third a year ago with “Bad Dog” and “General Stupidity”, but those two trucks will only be seen sporadically with the Big Rigs in 2024 as the Jeffries Team has opted to go west to run with the NTPA Grand National circuit this summer.


The Lautenan Pulling Team from Ashtabula County, Ohio will present two hard charging Peterbilt machines this summer.  The CAT powered duo of “Moody Blue” and “Grape Ape” took fourth and fifth places with the Big Rigs a year ago.  Jeff Lautenan’s “Moody Blue” was the 2022 Big Rigs Series champion while Bobby Lautenan’s “Grape Ape” made its debut a last year with the series.  Bud Kronaurer from Madison, Ohio was seventh in 2023 with the Caterpillar powered “Bad Intentions” Kenworth and looks to move up this year.


A number of other trucks are expected to hit the dirt with the Big Rigs in 2024.  Ed Zeglen from Uniontown will showcase his “Death Row” Freightliner with C-15 Cat power, while Jerry Hairhoger and “Gerry-Atricks” out of New Galilee, Pennsylvania is returning to the track after missing the entire 2023 season.  Hairhoger was the 2017 and 2018 Big Rigs Series champion and bring a wealth of experience to the track.


Joey Bonner from Mantua, Ohio and Dale Francis from Leroy, Ohio will also participate at selected Big Rigs pulls in 2024 with their twin V-8 Mack Superliners named “Maximus Prime I” and ‘Maximus Prime II”.  Prime two had two wins with the Big Rigs Series a year ago.  And Joey Bonner’s father Dick Bonner won the Big Rigs Series championship earlier in 2007 with his “Killer” another Mack V-8 machine.


The powerful Giulitto Pulling Team from Ravenna, Ohio is returning to the Big Rigs Series in 2024 after a two-year hiatus.  Joe Giulitto’s “Sneeky Pete” a CAT powered Pete was the Big Rigs Series champion back in 2011 and repeated in 2016 and was also former ring winner at the world championships at Bowling Green, Ohio.  His son, Vinnie, will compete with a very nice running Mack Superliner with a C-15 under the hood.  This truck is named “Full Spool” and the youngster took a win a year ago on the Ohio State circuit.


After the untimely passing of Fred Sanders – one of the legends in the sport – one of his former trucks has found a new home in Aurora, Ohio.  “Cat Scratch Fever” a Mack converted to a 3406 Caterpillar will now compete out the MO Power shops with Mike Ostetrico the new owner and driver.  This truck was a five-time Big Rigs champion when pulled by the Sanders Team and is expected to be very competitive under the new ownership.


The Big Rigs Pulling Series Sponsored in Part by Cen-Pe-CO Lubricants  ( is sanctioned through USA-EAST Sled Pulling, the largest sanctioning body in the eastern United States. The USA EAST sanctioned series includes events with the Western New York Pro Pullers and the all-new Pull Off Productions of Eastern Pennsylvania. All USA-EAST sanctioned tractor and truck pulls are promoted by Full Pull Productions LLC of Scottdale, Pennsylvania. For more information, check out the website at or call 412.480.9307. Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Instagram at

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