By Tommy Howell
Special to the Tribune
It's hot, it's July, and that only means one thing in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, it's "Tractor and Truck Pulling, Tennessee Style."
For those of you who have never been to a truck or tractor pull, you don't have to travel very far to see the best there is in the United States and Canada. That's right, the "Lions Superpull of the South Truck and Tractor Pull" presented by Shell Rotella T is held each year in Chapel Hill. This event has been voted the No. 1 truck and tractor pull in the United States and Canada for the years 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 and in 2010. The Chapel Hill Lions Club, who sponsors the two-day event, has also received this award many other times in the 35-year history of the event.
Chapel Hill is a small rural farming community approximately 40 miles south of Nashville. But come July 20 and 21, this sleepy little town of about 1,100 folks will grow to approximately 20,000 as people from all over the United States and Canada converge for the granddaddy of truck and tractor pulling.
The success of this event is contributed to the southern hospitality shown by the entire community, not only to the pullers and their families, but also to the spectators who travel from everywhere to enjoy this unusual motor sport.
The Chapel Hill Lions Club is the sponsoring organization, but it takes the entire community to give this event the success it has enjoyed. Another reason for the popularity of the event is that 100 percent of the money raised, after expenses, is used by the Chapel Hill Lions Club to fund local and state community projects. In other words, the money is returned to the community and those who are in need.
This year's event will be held Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at Lions Memorial Sportsplex in Chapel Hill. The event will start at 7 p.m. each night and will feature two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive trucks, super stock tractors, unlimited modified dragster tractors and the ever-popular mini-rod dragster tractors.
For ticket purchases visit the Web site: www.
Make your plans now to be in Chapel Hill July 20-21, for the No. 1 truck and tractor pulling in the nation.