As we have showed many times in the past, stuff can go wrong in a hurry on the pulling course, especially when the machines are on the upper end of the power scale and the sled is weighed down like a freight hauling locomotive. In this video you’ll see it happen again after a front suspension failure caused a big tractor to stop and the momentum of the sled carries in almost instantly into the wounded tractor.
On the “best” pulls, you will see large tractors like this one hang the front end a foot or two off the ground. It is not about standing the thing up on end or putting on a big show, instead it is about achieving the right balance where the tires are planted and the tractor is working on moving forward and not straight up into the air. Also, the front suspension components on these machines are not designed to be bounced off of the ground. Once this tractor took a hard landing the front suspension broke off, the nose dug in, and the driver got knocked senseless. Good thing those tractors have cages and the driver is secured by a five point harness. This is a hard shot!
Press play to see the wreckage unfold!