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SALEM, Ind. – It’s hard to believe that it was over 10 years ago, on an unseasonably cold night in early June, that an overflow crowd assembled at Salem Speedway to witness the inaugural Hoosier Classic Truck & Tractor Pull.
Now, some 11 years later, the Scott County Visitors Commission Hoosier Classic, presented by Magnaflow Exhaust, is a mainstay on the Salem schedule.
The annual classic, set for Saturday night, June 4th, brings together three powerful divisions and many of the top pull teams from throughout the nation. The popular and super-competitive Super Farm Tractors, the “mountain motor” Pro Mod 4-wheel-drive trucks and the exciting Light Weight Super Stock Tractors headline the pulling slate.
“We’re looking forward to another great evening of championship pulling action,” said Salem Speedway general manager Richard Deaton. “The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League has certainly provided some memorable moments at Salem Speedway over the years and we’re expecting more of the same on Saturday night.”
After a couple of years as a regional pull, the Scott County Visitors Commission Hoosier Classic presented by Magnaflow Exhaust returns to national status in 2011, as a Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League “Champions Tour” event. Salem is one of only five Indiana communities; the others being Indianapolis, Evansville, Terre Haute and Goshen; to host “Champions Tour” pulls during the 2011 season.
“We anticipate a great field of competitors from across the Midwest and beyond for this big early season event,” said Deaton. “This is a great opportunity for area pull fans to see the best of the best up close and in action.”
Pullers from as far away as Georgia, North Carolina, Iowa and Oklahoma have competed in past Hoosier Classics.
Tickets are currently selling for the Scott County Visitors Commission Hoosier Classic presented by Magnaflow Exhaust and may be purchased at the Speedway office or by calling 883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223. Advance general admission tickets for adults are priced at $14 each and $5 for children (age 7-12). Kids, age 6 and under, are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. on June 4th with the first pull scheduled for 7 p.m. (EDT).
Pull fans are invited to arrive early and see the powerful pulling machines up close before the start of the pulling action. The pit area for this year’s event will be located outside the track adjacent to spectator parking.
“This allows fans, both young and old, to get up close and personnel with the competitors and their machines without having to purchase a pit pass,” said Deaton.
Pit passes will still be required to enter the track area directly next to the pulling strip.