Rockwell Tractor Pull

Ryan Anderson wound up second in the 9,300-pound super farm tractor competition Friday night. PHOTOS BY DICK FRIDLEY

On Thursday through Saturday, July 4-6, Chamber Acres in Rockwell hosted the North Iowa Nationals presented by Graham Tire as part of the 50th season of National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) Championship Pulling.

The 11th annual event was sponsored by the Rockwell Lions Club, with proceeds going to many great causes in the community.

In NTPA Championship Pulling, vehicles drag a 20-ton weight transfer sled along a straight, dirt track as the sled's resistance increases. Within a class of similar vehicles, the puller who achieves the greatest distance is victorious.

At events across the United States, elite competitors campaign their specialized machines---which resemble farm tractors, trucks, and dragsters---for chances at purse money and precious points toward end-of-season championships.

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