The Steel City Pullers host truck and tractor pulls throughout the summer at the West Alexander Fairgrounds in West Alexander, Pennsylvania. Pulls begin in May and end in October. Classes range from street stock gas to smoke belching diesels to "Run What Ya Brung" in the truck divisions. Tractor classes range from speed limit pulling for the close to stock tractors to the Open RPM, roll-cage equipped hot farm tractors. All tractors and trucks are welcome to participate. There are no restrictions in terms of when the machines were manufactured. Tractors built in the 1930s, such as the Farmall M, are prevalent at the track just as much as more modern tractors like the International 1066, John Deere 4430 and even the occasional Allis-Chalmers D-21.
Our Ethan Day Memorial Pull was a success. We had 202 combined hooks and a considerable audience, at least by our standards since it's only a pull and doesn't have the fair festivities to draw people to the facility. We started relatively on time, around 2:30 with a brief ceremony honoring the pull's namesake (video is posted on our Facebook page), and the trucks lasted until around 5 p.m., with 39 hooks. It took a little longer than usual with a higher than normal amount of breakage.
A big thanks goes out to the hotter trucks than came down to play, including Fred Virgili, Shawn Hodges and Hunter Snyder, who had a rough day with a broken bell housing, among other things.
Once our meal concluded. we opened the tractor class the same way as the truck portion, with a trip up the track in Ethan Day's blue Chevrolet with Cummins power. Our first tractor hook was around 6:30 and the last hook wasn't until 2 a.m. Jeff Helbig came up from Maryland again this year with his Ford 8210 "Blueprint" (pictured below) and put on a fine show.
We don't see a lot of hot tractors at our shows, but fully appreciate it when they come out to play with us. Thank you for showing up.