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One 'Moore' pull

Siblings to compete Saturday in tractor pull

Siblings to compete Saturday in tractor pull

July 07, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Dirt, dust, an engine roaring loud enough to be felt in the chest ... this is a typical family outing for the Moore family.

Siblings Davey and Tara Moore will be among the dozens of drivers competing Saturday, July 9, in the Washington County Truck and Tractor Pull at Mason Dixon Dragway.

For information about upcoming tractor pulls in the region, check out the schedule at www.interstatepullers.com.

This Saturday's event features modified semis and includes modified 4x4s, modturbos, modified tractors and a super open. Competitors drive their tractors down a long track to see who can pull a large sled with a heavy weight, the farthest.

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"The best thing about this whole deal right now is the whole family is involved," said Davey and Tara's father, Dave Moore, 47, of Lappans Road.

He and his wife, Tina, have been going to pulls for 30 years. Moore, who drives a superstock farm tractor with three turbochargers, competes on the American Tractor Pullers Association's national circuit.

He's also director for the association's East Coast operations and Tina is entry clerk.

Davey and Tara usually compete locally in the modturbo class. Their shared tractor, "One Moore Deere," looks like a regular farm tractor except for its roll cage, large tires and big turbocharger.

This Saturday, Tara Moore will drive One Moore Deere and Davey Moore will pull in his father's "The Agitator."

The elder Moore got started in tractor pulls after working at a John Deere dealership in Frederick, Md., that raced tractors.

Moore, a salesman for United Agra Products, likes the smoke and power his superstock makes.

His daughter, Tara, 18, likes the adrenaline rush of pulling.

"There's not many girls that pull. It's just good to get in the top five or top 10 and show the guys up," she said.

Davey Moore, 23, got into pulling by watching his dad.

"The deal was if I stayed out of trouble, I could start pulling farm tractors at age 9," he said. And he did, winning second place at a local fair at the Hagerstown Speedway.

"That was the ticket, right there," he said.

Back then, Davey Moore enjoyed competing against guys twice his age and "running right with them and beating some of them."

Now it's the power he likes.

"The thrill of leaning in the seat. It's like taking off in a jet, but you control it," he said.




If you go ...


WHAT: Washington County Truck and Tractor Pull sponsored by the Washington County Tractor Pullers Association. Includes modified 4x4s, modturbos, modified tractors and modified semis.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Gates open at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Mason Dixon Dragway

COST: Tickets cost $10 at the gate. Ages 8 and younger admitted free.

DIRECTIONS: From Hagerstown, take U.S. 40 east. Mason Dixon Dragway is about four miles southeast of Hagerstown along U.S. 40. Can bring lawn chairs and arrive early for a good seat.

For more information, visit www.masondixondragway.com or call 301-791-5193.

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