Puller Profiles

Mark Lutz

Mark Lutz

WOODCHUCK EXPRESS

I drive a truck, own and operate Phase II transport and pull tractors. I started pulling in the mid 80's with a stock AC-WD. Can't say as I've had my best hook ever yet that's still to come.

Stephen Winsor

Stephen Winsor

NORMAL'S OVERRATED #PULLINGFORTHELADIES

I am a dairy farmer from Harpursville NY, a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill Ag Business program along with a bachelor's in animal science from Cornell University. I got into pulling for the thrill, the adrenaline rush from watching pulls every summer. I started this adventure with my team back in 2015 having an excellent rookie year in the stock class. As the rush continued we kept adding more and more to the tractor to have more fun. #Wewillgetthere My best pull ever was back in Whitney Point , home town pull, had a starter problem and tractor wouldn't start, in the process of starting it my brother tore his ACL and MCL , standing at the 300 ft line as I hook to the sled stood my TEAM holding my brother up, as Normal's Overrated took off down the track and at the other end past my team all I could hear was my brothers voice saying "thata boy" !! He came to congratulate me with "knuckles" then off too the hospital he went. We #pullfortheladies #cancersucks, We pull for the ones who are different because NORMAL'S OVERRATED #WEPULLASAFAMILY

Dan Palladino

Dan Palladino

FAMILY TRADITION

I'm from Pompey, NY I have three children, Nataila 12; Nunzio 9; Nico 7. I am Partner in Palladino & Carley Farms a 2,600 Acre Organic Crop Farm, and I own a Local Food Store and Farm Brewery/Restaurant on the Farm. My father was a champion puller in New York my entire childhood (70's - 80's) until retiring in 1987. I couldn't wait to get my shot at it! It gets in your blood. I first started in 2007 rebuilding my father's Oliver 880, converting it to electronic fuel injection. I took a long break from pulling when my father passed in 2009 until 2015 to take over the family farm. In 2016 I started pulling "Family Tradition" an Oliver 1950-T built by two friends in Rochester. In 2017 I finished the season with 6 firsts and 5 seconds across NY and PA.

Mike Petrie

Mike Petrie

BULLETPROOF BINDER

I grew up on my family farm. From the age of 12, when i pulled my first tractor, i realized pulling tractors was in my blood. I enjoy the sport of pulling and have taken it to a new level, being one of the co-founders of the New York Hot Farm Pulling Series. Strykersville NY was one of my favorite pulls in my hometown with several wins as a kid. I would like to keep these memories going for upcoming generations!

Erick Wilcox

Erick Wilcox

I work for the town of Hamilton. I started pulling at the age of 12 in 2001. I grew up on a farm so I was always around tractors and it was a family interest, we would go as a family. I love tractor pulling no matter how good or bad I do. Yes it's always nice to win, but I love it either way the whole adrenaline rush and seeing your hard work pay off and your family there cheering you on is great. It's still a big family affair. My wife and her family included now.

Cody Eisenhut

Cody Eisenhut

SMOKIN RED

I'm a CDLA truck driver for GoldStar Feed & Grain, delivering bulk grain and commodities, and work on my family's dairy farm when I can. I remember as a child riding in the tractors with my father to the pulls and feel that was a big influence on me getting into pulling tractors. I remember as a kid going to the stage to retrieve my father's trophies for his wins, and carrying them around all day long. My first pull was on a JD 4020 when I was 12 or 13 years old up to the Boonville, Oneida County Fair. I would say my best pull so far was with our farm's JD 4440 at the Boonville fall pull 2015. In a tough class of stock farm tractors I waited my turn. I was one of the last tractors to pull. The entire class was ending up in the 290 to 300 foot range. Then it was my turn. I could just feel I had a good hook going, I had good speed and power. Next thing I knew I was at the 290 foot marker then the 300. At this time the tractor's front wheels lifted, 320 feet, and then finally came to a stop at 340 feet. I looked over towards the grand stands and people were cheering and fist pumping. I had just won the class by 40 feet! I still say the only way that day could've been better was if my father was in the tractor seat instead of me.

Craig Tucker

Craig Tucker

I'm married with two children, I work for ONC BOCES as a Career and Technical Education Teacher. I got into pulling from traveling to pulls and working on tractors with my father and uncle. I started with a garden tractor 25 years ago, continued with current tractor which has evolved many times along the way. I feel my best pull is when I can drive back on the trailer.

Daryl & Karl Durant

Daryl & Karl Durant

DURANT FARMS PULLING TEAM

Daryl and Karl are a father and son pulling team from Waterville NY. Daryl is a truck driver for HP Hood and Karl works road construction. We operate a farm that is in its third generation of about 500 acres and 75 head of beef cattle. Driving tractor was a normal job on the farm that turned into a weekend adrenaline rush.

When Karl was 17 years old he brought home an old pile of green metal (from Earle Ford.) Daryl's exact words "What the ---- are we going to do with that?" It has been a lot of hard work and many late nights/ early mornings in the shop, but we are proud to be where we are now. We have met a lot of great people and have many stories to tell.

One win we will never forget, was the Greenwich 11,200 lb night class. Daryl was in the seat, Karl on the sideline watching foot by foot. In a class of 40+ tractors, winning by 3 feet doesn't sound like much, unless you're talking to a fellow tractor puller.

Happy pulling!