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Trucks and drivers put to test in Thayer truck pull

Thursday, August 14, 2003

There was no shortage of flying dirt coupled with the thunderous sounds of souped-up engines being pushed to the limit Aug. 8 as the Mammoth Spring Lion's Club played host to a truck pull at the Thayer/Mammoth Spring Saddle Club's rodeo arena.

The competition pitted some of the area's hottest trucks and their drivers against a massive, steel pulling sled.

The evening kicked off with the 2,600-pound mini-truck class.

Denny Freeman and "Deceiver" of Mountain Grove took first place with a pull of 237.2 feet, followed by Lonnie Moody of Mountain Grove with a pull of 227.3 feet, Rosalita Moody of Mountain Grove took third and Alton's Butch Blackwell finished fourth with a pull of 208.8.

Next up, Lonnie Moody and his "Tater Dogger" won the 1,500-pound mini-rod class with a pull of 271.7 feet.

Cheryl Moody of Norwood came in second at 258.0, followed by Randy Freeman of Mountain Grove at 249.7 and Willow Springs' Orvil Konitz came in fourth at 239.9.

"Ol' Thumper," driven by Alton's Bobby Wheeler took top honors in the 5,500-pound, stock two-wheel drive class with a pull of 256.9, while Chris Brown and "Mad Dog," also of Alton, came in second at 249.9.

Luwana Barton of Alton's 243.8 foot pull was good for third, while Bill Hurtado took fourth at 241.9, followed by Randy Brown of Alton at 241.6 and Steven Harber of Viola at 222.7.

In the 5,700-pound four-wheel drive class, Leon Janes of Alton came in first with a pull of 235.2, while Caulfield's Clifford Lowering, driving the lone Ford product on the night, came in second at 234.6.

Jarad Ellis of Graff placed third at 224.2, while Dustin Ellis came in fourth at 222.7.

Myrtle's Mark Hensley (175.9) and Enis Vines of West Plains (217.6) rounded out the class.

Randy Andrews of Thayer claimed the 5,500-pound hometown class with a pull of 216.8, followed by Lonnie Pollack, also of Thayer, at 210.6 and Sam Scott of Mammoth Spring at 193.6.



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