The Lucas Oil Champions Tour rolled into Franklin, KY this past weekend for a two night stay at the Jim Roberts park for the TS Performance outlaw truck and tractor pull. The event was not a pre commit only event and several pullers who don’t normally pull with the PPL were on hand to add to the competition. Friday Night was action packed and Team Midnight got started on what would be a pretty awesome weekend of pulling.
Reigning champion Bethany Nelson came into night number one fresh off of a win the previous weekend in Saluda, SC. Bethany took her Warrior Tracks sponsored sweet revenge out to a distance of 299.85 which would be good for the number 15 position.
Jeremy Wheeled the familiar blue and yellow Speedco Midnight Gambler to a 3rd place finish with a distance of 309.53.
Brother Jared nelson had a consistent weekend in Saluda and was hoping to build momentum and gain valuable Lucas Oil points and he did just that on this night as he bested his brother Jeremy and piloted the Boyd and Sons Midnight Revenger to the #2 position on the evening with a distance of 310.15
That would leave only one and he did not disappoint. John Mumma was not happy with his performance in Saluda, and he spent the time in between working to better his placing at this event. When the dust had settled on night number one, The Philo, IL based driver was standing at the top of the pile. His distance of 314.83 secured the victory during the first night of action.
The second night saw a rain delay, and track conditions that were bumpy and treacherous, but John Mumma again showed why he is a two time past champion when he rocketed to a distance of 328.12 which would be good for his second victory in as many nights. “Wow, What a weekend!”, “I could not be happier” added John when asked about his opinion on his performance.
Jeremy Nelson, fresh of a 3rd place finish the night before, bested the previous nights position by 1 with a second place finish. Jeremy pulled the Speedco Midnight Gambler to a distance of 321.99 which secured number 2, just one spot back of father in law John. “It felt good to rebound with two straight podium finishes after the disappointing weekend at Saluda. Only team trucks finished ahead of me both nights and that says a lot for how the team is doing right now”, mentioned the Speedco Midnight Gambler pilot.
Bethany Nelson again showed why she is the reigning Optima Batteries Super Modified Two Wheel Drive Champion with another solid top 10 finish. She bettered herself over the previous night as she drove the “Sweet Revenge” Chevy to a distance of 313.22 which put her in the #7 position on the evening.
Jared Nelson rounded out the weekend with a distance of 305.09 which would be good for number #15 Saturday night.
Team Midnight is back in action on Saturday night June 6, 2015 in their home state of Illinois at the Urbana county fairgrounds for the Hammer Down truck and tractor pull on the Lucas oil Midwest Region circuit. If you are in the area, please come and cheer on the team.
Thanks for your continued support and interest in Midnight Pulling.
The 2015 Lucas Oil Optima Batteries Two Wheel Drive season kicked off this past weekend at the Saluda Young Farmers Complex in Saluda, SC. The “Hottest Pull In The South” is the only stop on the tour this season in a southern state and it did not disappoint as 21 vehicles answered the call to battle on the famed red Carolina dirt.
The first of two nights in Carolina ended with Jamie Mattingly showing the way in his Bardstown KY based “Spike” Ford. The winning distance was 320.41.
Jared Nelson was best in class for Midnight Motorsports on this evening, and his distance of 310.08 placed him solidly in the 5th position aboard the Boyd and Sons sponsored “Midnight Revenger” out of Altamont, IL.
Jared’s wife Bethany, started her title defense and the drive for five with a tenth place finish in Saluda on Night number 1 driving her Warrior Track sponsored “Sweet Revenge, with a distance of 297.46
John Mumma would be next best on the evening for Midnight Motorsports with his pull of 288.82 aboard the “After Midnight” Chevrolet. John’s pass would be good for the #18 position on the Evening.
Jeremy Nelson would be one behind Mumma, as he drove the “Speedco Midnight Gambler” to a distance of 284.80 which would put him up number 19 overall.
After Friday the team re-grouped and made some adjustments that they hoped would serve them well as they attacked the track again for session number 2 on Saturday Night.
John Mumma was the test puller, and he did not disappoint, he took his Philo,IL based “After Midnight”Chevy SSR out early to a distance of 319.53. John had the arduous task of sitting number one as the test puller, and having to watch 19 trucks try to best his mark. In the end, Johns pass was only bested by two competitors and he enjoyed a solid 3rd place finish. When asked about his weekend John had this to say. “We have made some changes this year and have to find the setup that the truck now likes”. “With the changes we made Saturday Afternoon, I think we are headed in the right direction”. “Hoping to do better this weekend in Franklin”.
Jared Nelson hooked in the number 3 spot in the order, so he only had a couple of trucks to watch to gauge his setup against. Jared hooked the Boyd and Sons “Midnight Revenger” and burned it in at a distance of 319.42 which was just about 1.3 inches back from John Mumma, and Jared would also have the pleasure of watching everyone else try to chase him. This distance would be good for the 4Th position when all was said and done in Saluda.
Hooking in the 5th position on Saturday night would be the “Speedco Midnight Gambler” of Jeremy Nelson, Jeremy took the famed blue and yellow 41 dodge panel van to a distance of 307.18 which would be good for the #16 Position on the evening.
The Midnight brain trust pooled all of their information and went to work to share it with Reigning 2014 Champion Bethany Nelson who would take her turn at the Saluda dirt in the number 16 position out of 20 trucks. Bethany needed a distance of 319.53 to best her teammate John Mumma, and after the dust had settled, The Altamont, IL driver blasted her Boyd and Sons Warrior Track sponsored “Sweet Revenge” rocket to a distance of 332.84! which put her on the top of the Pile with 3 trucks left to Pull.
Jessie Petro and his Camden, OH based “2 Timin” Ford made a strong pass at the end of the night, and his distance of 330.91 would be good for second place.
On the evening, Midnight Motorsports got off to a great start with 3 trucks in the top 5 on Saturday night and Jared and Bethany were solidly in the top ten on both evenings in the Palmetto State.
Stay tuned to www.midnightpulling.com and all of our social media outlets for updates from the road, and thanks as always for your interest in Midnight Motorsports.
Hello Midnight pulling fans from Louisville Ky. I am going to try to get back to posting again on the web page for 2015. When you get out of the habit it is hard to get back into that habit.
2014 was again a good year for Midnight Motorsports. The new girl on the block did a outstanding job with her new ride. Bethany and Jared had a new experience with getting 2 trucks ready.
On the ITPA side of pulling Midnight Motorsports had a good year also. Bethany, Jared and Jeremy were 1, 2, 3 & I was 5. I missed a pull because of breakage and that got us into a hole that was hard to climb out of.
On a side note we lost a Great Friend in Illinois and Midnight Motorsports. Jim Austin was a close friend and the brother that I never had. RIP Jim and pull on.
On the PPL side of pulling Jeremy had a slow first half of the 2014 season but had a outstanding second half. Jeremy won 4 of the last seven hooks. Then there was me. After 2 years back to back that were very good I was due for a fair year. The first half was a bust. The best finish the first half was when Misty drove my truck at Franklin Ky. Boy did I hear about that!
Not so much from Misty but my fellow classmates were happy that I was driving and not Misty. The second half of the season was better. No wins for me, but 3 seconds, all behind Jeremy. First time this has happened since I have had my truck.
We are ready for the 2015 season to start here in Louisville at the Farm Machinery Show. We hope 2015 will be as good as the last 4 years have been for Midnight Motorsports.
If you are coming to the Farm Machinery Show please stop by and say hello. I hope to post after Louisville is over and as always HAMMER DOWN!!!