Summit Motorsports Park raised a lot of eyebrows late last year when the dragstrip announced it would host the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League for the inaugural World Series of Pulling this summer.

That’s because, spoiler alert, holding a tractor pull at a top-tier NHRA racetrack is a lot of work. The crews had to convert an asphalt quarter-mile into a dirt covered pulling course, which meant layering the asphalt surface in plywood, the piling on lots (and lots, and lots) of dirt.

You can read more details on the track’s preparation for the event here.

Throughout the day, a long line of trucks and tractors were ready to stage. (Image/OnAllCylinders – Jason Liss)

Interestingly, if you’re familiar with Summit Motorsports Park, you’ll immediately notice that the rigs are running in the OPPOSITE direction, so the action ended up near the starting line of the regular track setup. This was done for a handful of reasons, including two big ones:

  • More action typically happens at the end of the run, with pulls sometimes decided by inches. This way, spectators got to see it all unfold at the grandstand.
  • Cleanup: All the extra dirt is contained back in the traditional staging area of the dragstrip, not at the top end of the racing surface.

And it’s also worth pointing out that, thanks to the two-lane layout, two classes were essentially able to run at the same time, alternating sides with the small and big sleds.

All the preparation paid off too. Aside from bad weather canceling Saturday’s festivities, the event went off without a hitch on Friday. Check out the pics below and visit the Pro Pulling League website to see if an event is coming near you.

Summit Racing’s Jason Liss contributed to this article.

Pulling began on the north end of the track, still well within view of the all attendees. (Image/OnAllCylinders – Jason Liss)
Racing went from north to south, reversing the regular direction of the asphalt quarter-mile track. (Image/OnAllCylinders – Jason Liss)
The pulls ended where normal drag races usually begin, right at the grandstands. This gave spectators a great view of the final precious inches of each run. (Image/OnAllCylinders – Jason Liss)
Hats off to the Summit Motorsports Park and Pro Pulling League crews for ensuring the dirt track was kept in top condition all day. (Image/OnAllCylinders – Jason Liss)
An added benefit of Summit Motorsports Park’s two-lane setup was that a pull could occur on one side while the other was being prepped. (Image/OnAllCylinders – Jason Liss)
The two-lane system kept things moving quickly throughout the event. (Image/OnAllCylinders – Jason Liss)
The World Series of Pulling featured several Pro Pulling League Classes, including Mini Rod Tractors, Pro Modified 4WD Trucks, Pro Stock Tractors, Super Modified Tractors, and Unlimited Super Stock Tractors. (Image/OnAllCylinders – Jason Liss)
With rain threating Saturday, pulling went well into the evening on Friday. (Image/OnAllCylinders – Jason Liss)
(Image/OnAllCylinders – Jason Liss)
(Image/OnAllCylinders – Jason Liss)
(Image/OnAllCylinders – Jason Liss)