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 2015 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.
Art Forrest from Sligo, Pennsylvania in Clarion County had the 'time of his life' in 2015 as he garnered his first-ever USA-EAST "Hot Farm" championship. Art and his wife Maxine and their crew chief Dave Walters made it to all of the hooks and won just over half of them. Forrest's International 1066 is named "Red Fever II".
The runner-up in 2015 was another IH1066 – this one owned and driven by Steve Gradart from West Alexander, Pennsylvania. Gradart's "The Mistress" just missed the top spot in the team's first full year of USA-EAST competition.
'Hot Farm' Tractors were sponsored by Hubner Seed again in 2015. 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 (which the champion Art Forrest was able to win) 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.