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Tractors tear up the track at expo race

August 10, 2000|By JOSH POLTILOVE

Tractors tear up the track at expo race



Hopping on his shiny green modified tractor, the farmer revs his engine and readies himself to go. He's wearing a black jacket and a black helmet, and even though his face is covered, you can tell there's a look of excitement on it.

Suddenly he's off, slamming his foot on the gas and approaching speeds upwards of 40 miles an hour. He zooms ahead, pulling the sled attached to his tractor as far as he can.

He generally travels about 300 feet in his 8,000 pound tractor, kicking up dust behind him and leaving a good deal of it on himself before he finally can't go any further.

His name is Nelson Egoff, and he was one of several competitors in Thursday night's tractor pull at Ag Expo, about seven miles outside of Hagerstown. About 2,000 people came out to watch the event.

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"It's fast. It's a rush," Egoff said. "It's a lot of work for a 10-second ride, but I love doing it."

Racers competed in five different divisions, which ranged from the 6,500-pound street stock four-wheel drive pickups to the super open class. The most competitive class included interstate open trucks and national-level open tractors.

The slowest vehicles plowed forward at about 3 miles an hour, while the fastest zoomed forth at close to 100 miles an hour. Some of those vehicles revved up to about 2,000 horsepower.

"For anyone who's into motor sports, this is very exciting," said Steve Beckley, president of the Washington County Tractor Pullers. "It's a lot of fun to watch the tractors when their front tires only touch the ground occasionally and you've gotta steer them by their brakes."

Egoff, who lives in Quincy Township, said he only races for the fun.

"We're not making any money doing it, so it's only a hobby," he said. "But I do it because I enjoy tractor pulls, and I'm going to keep doing it."

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