Pro Pulling a family affair for Team Shelton, which is grounded this weekend as hurricane approaches home state
Wheatland, Missouri (September 13, 2018) - While Stan Shelton's heart will be in Missouri this weekend, his five Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League vehicles will remain parked in North Carolina.
With his home state in the target zone of hurricane Florence, Team Shelton (Stan and his three children who compete) almost certainly will miss this weekend's Pro Pulling Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway.
He said if the storm miraculously veers south at the last minute, he could make an overnight, 17-hour haul on Friday to make it for Saturday night's round. But that seemed unlikely, meaning one of the top teams on the circuit will miss the big season finale.
"We definitely don't want to miss it," Shelton said via phone from New London, N.C. "We've worked hard to build up this organization and we don't like to miss events."
But as an insurance adjuster, Shelton said it's important for him to be available for his clients, even if the main portion of Florence spares his part of the state, northeast of Charlotte, a direct hit.
Shelton has two trucks in the Super Mod division that is scheduled to compete on Saturday night - the Shel-Shocked vehicle that he drives and Ruckus, driven by sons Grayson and Reese Shelton which is fourth in series points.
All three Shelton children drive the Mini-Rod tractors which are in action on Friday night. Sawed Off driven by 22-year-old Grayson is fourth in points with Cuttin' Up piloted by 20-year-old Reese fifth. Daughter Camille, 17, drives Splinter and is seventh in the Mini-Rods point standings.
"We had a good start to the year, a little bit of a struggle in the middle and a good end," Shelton said. "That's why we were really excited about coming to Lucas Oil Speedway and hopefully top things off with some top-five finishes.
"But insurance is our livelihood. If I'm worrying about customers back home, I'm not going to have a real good time pulling."
Pulling has been a part of the Shelton family's fabric since Stan Shelton bought his first competition some 25 years ago.
"In elementary school some friends of mine's dad had a single-engine Modified tractor and I went to the first even with them, when I was about 10 years old," Shelton said. "The big motors and big tires ... I was hooked pretty quick.
"Before I got out of college, I bought a little garden tractor for pulling. When I got out of college, I bought my first two-wheel-drive vehicle. My dad signed the note for me to buy it. It sounds funny at the time when he asked me, 'What are you gonna do if it blows up? You gonna borrow more money to fix it?' I said, "Well, I hadn't really thought about that.
"But that turned out to be a great experience. I was a kid that needed something going on all the time, and even as an adult I do. I need to stay busy. Pulling is a great avenue and I had a lot of fun during those early years. We wife wasn't against it and had a good time going. We raised our kids on it."
The family aspect of the sport appeals to Shelton.
"Pulling has the demographic that we like to be around, and the fans. Hard-working people," Shelton said. "That's what we pride ourselves on. The sport has helped raise our kids. They have a lot of values today from the inspiration of the people who are in the sport. We're appreciative of the sport and happy to be a part of it."
Even though the travel - which they will unfortunately have to miss this weekend - is extensive it's worth it to the Sheltons.
"We log a lot of miles coming from North Carolina to run the circuit, more so than anyone else I guess," Stan Shelton said. "Most of the circuit is in the Midwest and Northeast. But we really love it."
Gates opening at at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Classes scheduled to be in action on Friday include the Light Weight Super Stock Tractors, Mini Rod Tractors, Limited Pro Stock Diesel Trucks and Limited Pro Stock Tractors. On Saturday, classes include Super Modified Tractors, Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, Super Farm Tractors, Super Modified 2WD Trucks, Pro Modified 4WD Trucks and 10,000 Pro Stock Tractors.
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $17
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $40
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $22
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $50
Visit ProPulling.com for more information on the series, including full schedules and season points.
For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact Admission Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.
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