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                                    updated 11-18-20


Norm Ricketts Passes
Former ITPA classic/pro stock/ modified puller, Norman Lee Ricketts, 81, of Rockville, Indiana passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Beacon Hill Cemetery, U.S. Highway 41 South, Rockville, Indiana 47872.

Paul Obert’s Wife Passes
The ITPA would like to pass along our condolences to Paul Obert with the passing of his wife, Carol.  Paul is a long-time friend of the ITPA with his involvement with one of our major point fund sponsors Cen-Pe-Co.  Please keep the Obert family in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
Carol (Adair) Obert, 83, of Gibson City, Illinois passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at Rosenbaum Funeral Home, 925 North State Route 47, Gibson City, Illinois 60936.
A private family service will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Shriner’s Hospital for Children or Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Benny McKinnon Passes
ITPA super stock legend, Benjamin F. “Benny” McKinnon, 88, of Pleasant Hill, Illinois passed away Tuesday morning October 27, 2020 at the Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Gospel Church in Summer Hill.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Gospel Church in Summer Hill.  If you plan on attending, please wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill American Legion Post 1048 or Crescent Heights Cemetery Association or to the charity or organization of the donor’s choice.
Lummis Funeral Home, 502 S. Main Street, Pleasant Hill, Illinois 62366 is handling the arrangement.

Chuck Holzwarth’s Mother Passes
Alice Carol Drowns (mother of ITPA 9500# Limited Pro Stock puller, Chuck Holzwarth), 81, of Pekin, Illinois passed away at 9:27 a.m. on October 19, 2020 at Hallmark Healthcare of Pekin, Illinois.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, 500 North Fourth Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home in Pekin, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate, 4722 North Sheridan Road, Pekin, Illinois 61614 or South Pekin Congregational Church, 202 Meyers Street, South Pekin, Illinois 61564.


2020 ITPA Results
Results from the ITPA Menard County Fair Fall Festival event in Petersburg, Illinois on Saturday, September 5, 2020 are now posted.  Go to the top of the “Home page” under Events and scroll down to 2020 Results.
Results from the ITPA Holzhauer’s\Lutz Agency Southern Illinois Showdown event in Nashville, Illinois on Saturday, July 25, 2020 are now posted.


2020 ITPA Zone Meetings
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic playing havoc with the 2020 ITPA pulling season, zone meetings have been moved up to August this year (see dates below) to avoid any conflict with an early harvest.  We encourage all ITPA members to attend their respective zone meeting.  Bring your own lawn chairs.
August 16 – Southern Zone Meeting – Fred Kozuszek was re-elected.

August 23 – Western Zone Meeting – Robert Menn was re-elected.
August 30 – Eastern Zone Meeting – 2:00 p.m. – Mike Miller was re-elected.


Non Point Season
Due to the numerous cancellations of ITPA events for the 2020 season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (and the exact number of cancellations is still yet to be determined), the 2020 ITPA pulling season will be a non-point and non-point fund season.  In fairness to our ITPA point fund sponsors, with the limited number of 2020 ITPA events, these ITPA sponsors are not receiving the exposure they deserve for their sponsorship money.  We plan to roll the 2020 ITPA sponsorship money over to the 2021 ITPA pulling season.

Hardin, Illinois is cancelled.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following ITPA events have been cancelled/postponed.
Sept. 19 – Cape Girardeau, Missouri – cancelled
Sept. 12 – Hardin, Illinois – cancelled
Sept. 4 & 6 – Pontiac, Illinois – cancelled
Aug. 31 & Sept. 1 – DuQuoin State Fair – cancelled
Aug. 27 – Peotone, Illinois – cancelled
Aug. 21 – Greenup, Illinois – cancelled
Aug. 19 – Pulaski, Illinois – cancelled

Aug. 17, 18 & 19 – Illinois State Fair – cancelled
Aug. 13, 14 & 15, 2020 – American Thresherman’s Assoc. – cancelled
Aug. 8 – Washington, Missouri – cancelled
Aug. 7 – Marion, Illinois – cancelled
Aug. 6 – Lincoln, Illinois – cancelled
Aug. 3 – Altamont, Illinois – cancelled
Aug. 3 – Salem, Illinois – cancelled

Aug. 2 – Mendon, Illinois – cancelled

Aug. 1 – Champaign, Illinois – cancelled
July 28 & 30 – Charleston, Illinois – cancelled

July 24 – Lewistown, Illinois – cancelled
July 23 – Taylorville, Illinois – cancelled
July 21 – Highland, Illinois – cancelled

July 20 & 25 – Waterloo, Illinois – cancelled
July 19 – Crescent City, Illinois – cancelled
July 18 – Jerseyville, Illinois – cancelled
July 18 – Petersburg, Illinois – rescheduled for September 5 with class change
July 17 – Augusta, Illinois – cancelled
July 15 – Peoria, Illinois – cancelled
July 10 – Penfield, Illinois – cancelled
July 9 – Arthur, Illinois – cancelled
July 8 & 9 – Jacksonville, Illinois – cancelled
July 8 – Fisher, Illinois – cancelled
July 7 – Nashville, Illinois – cancelled
July 4 – Wyoming, Illinois – cancelled
July 2 – Rushville, Illinois – cancelled
June 27 – Holzhauer’s/Lutz Agency Southern Illinois Showdown – rescheduled for July 25 with added classes
June 20 – New Berlin, Illinois – cancelled
June 19 – Pinckneyville, Illinois – cancelled
June 19 – Cerro Gordo, Illinois – cancelled
June 13 – Decatur, Illinois – cancelled
June 12 – Carlinville, Illinois – cancelled


2020 ITPA Calendar Book
The 2020 edition of the ITPA Souvenir and Calendar book is now available.  Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the early ITPA events where you normally purchase these books have been cancelled.  If you ITPA pulling fans would like a copy, send a check/money order for $7.00 (along with an address where you want the book sent) to ITPA, 849 Co. Rd. 1850 E., Greenup, Illinois 62428 and we’ll mail you a book.

ITPA Board Meeting
Rule changes from the March 1, 2020 ITPA Board of Directors meeting are now posted under the Tech Section.


2020 ITPA Pulling Schedule 
The 2020 Illinois Tractor Pulling Association’s pulling schedule is now posted.  Go to the bottom of the home page under “Events” and click on “2020 ITPA Pulling Schedule”.  

ITPA Board Meeting
Rule changes from the January 5, 2020 ITPA Board of Directors meeting are now posted under the Tech Section.

ITPA Board Meeting
Rule changes from the December 15, 2019 ITPA Board of Directors meeting are now posted under the Tech Section.

2019 ITPA Awards Banquet
The 2019 Illinois Tractor Pulling Association Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois.
Approximately 340 people were in attendance to honor the 2019 ITPA sponsors, promoters, point winners, special award winners and their families.  Over $80,000 in point money, Burrus seed, scholarships, jackets, trophies, door prizes and cash was awarded.
Winner of the $500 competing membership “pass the envelope game” was Mike Johannes.
ITPA special award winners were:
Marc Clifton Memorial Scholarship – Kody McCleary
BXS Insurance Scholarship – Sarah Chesnek
Pete Tucker Memorial Scholarship – Elizabeth Schluter
Rookies of the Year – Noah Campbell, Robert Fuhler, Mark Roberts & Eric Schaefer
Best Appearing Stock – Joe Elson, Danny & Jason Barker
Best Appearing Truck – Jared Steckler
Best Appearing Modified – Neil Roberts
Modified Puller of the Year – Dale Nelson
Stock Puller of  the Year – Wayne Tedder
Mechanic of the Year – Clarence Kozuszek
Pulling Family of the Year – John Mumma Family
Sportsmanship Award – Bernie Platz


ITPA Board Meeting
Rule changes from the October 6, 2019 ITPA Board of Directors meeting are now posted under the Tech Section.

Final 2019 ITPA Point Standings
Final 2019 ITPA point standings are now posted.  Go to the home page under Standings.

ITPA Board Meeting
Alan Eschmann was elected the new ITPA Vice President.  Andy Buhr of Gifford, Illinois is the new Eastern Zone director.
Rule changes from the March 10, 2019 ITPA Board of Directors meeting are now posted under the Tech Section.

ITPA Board Meeting
Rule changes from the January 6, 2019 ITPA Board of Directors meeting are now posted under the Tech Section.

ITPA Board Meetings
By-law changes and rule changes from the October 7, 2018; November 4, 2018 and December 9, 2018 ITPA Board of Directors meetings are now posted under the Tech Section.
 
2018 ITPA Awards Banquet
The 2018 Illinois Tractor Pulling Association Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois.
Approximately 350 people were in attendance to honor the 2018 ITPA sponsors, promoters, point winners, special award winners and their families.  Over $80,000 in point money, Burrus Seed, scholarships, jackets, trophies, door prizes and cash was awarded.
Winner of the $500 competing membership “pass the envelope game” was Darren Binkley.
ITPA special award winners were:
Marc Clifton Memorial Scholarship – Taryn Chesnek
BXS Insurance Scholarship – Brennan Begeman
Pete Tucker Memorial Scholarship – Abbey Conner
Rookies of the Year – Nic Coers, Zach Jasper & Jacob Miller
Best Appearing Stock – Jerry Barrass
Best Appearing Truck – Lee Stiltz
Best Appearing Modified – Donnie Jasper
Modified Puller of the Year – Zach Jasper
Stock Puller of the Year – Brent Schorfheide
Mechanic of the Year – Andy Buhr
Pulling Family of the Year – Allen Boehler Family
Sportsmanship Award – Mike Johannes

2018 ITPA Point Standings
Final 2018 ITPA point standings are now posted. 

ITPA Board Meeting
Rule changes from the March 4, 2018 ITPA Board of Directors Meeting are now posted under the Tech Section.  Also, Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair classes are now posted.

ITPA Board Meeting
Rule changes from the January 14, 2018 ITPA Board of Directors Meeting are now posted under the Tech Section.

“Off Track Insurance”
For insurance to cover your pulling vehicle (while not in competion), spare parts, tools, equipment, Gators, etc. contact Sepcialty Insurance Group:
Scott Walker  office 937-659-0071    cell  317-223-7798
Premier Crop Insurance is a sponsor of the Illinois Tractor Pulling Association.

“Thanks”
ITPA would like to thank Rodney Crum of Power and Noise Photo.com for posting live results from the various 2019 ITPA events.
Thanks again Rodney and your crew for your support of ITPA.