(Words and photos by Doug Gregory) – While the four-wheel-drive truck tuggers are entertaining, the two-wheel-drive rigs are a completely different animal.
As you might guess, steering is not something they get to do much of and there are no turning brakes like you’d typically see in pulling. With the bucks-down nature of this sport the diffs either run a spool or a Lincoln locker (if I have to explain this to you, you’re likely on the wrong website). Running pie-cutters on the front and locked rear doesn’t allow these things to maneuver very well getting into position.
For all classes there are radios put in the truck for every tug so they can receive instruction from the pull director. There are also red and green lights to let the drivers know when to put the hammer down or stop.
With these there are plenty of wheelies and bouncing while being ran hard putting on a show for the crowd. Some trucks that used to be six-cylinder-powered are now running V8s, but a couple sixes remain and are very competitive. Lots of power doesn’t help if you don’t have bite. Tire pressures are low to give the biggest possible footprint and conform to the surface.
Your eyes do not deceive you…there are two very similar blue Ford pickups that are owned by the same family and finished 1 & 2 at this event. We didn’t move around a lot for this event so the angle of the shots doesn’t vary much. I promise to do better in the future.
(Continue down the page below the photos for video!)
Here’s a link to video we took of the 5500lb 2wd class a few years ago.
You will hear the purple C10 used to be powered by a six and won that event.