Trucks, tractors will compete in Lynden sled-pulling competition

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 11, 2014 

LYNDEN - Trucks and tractors will line up for the sled-pulling competition "Battle on Badger Road" Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14.

The event, hosted by NW Truck Pulls, will be held at the 600 block of West Badger Road both days.

Sled pulling is about distance pulled, not speed. Tractors or trucks have to drag a metal sled filled with weight as far as they can. The sled is designed so the weight increases the farther the driver goes. The tractor that pulls the sled the farthest wins. A "full pull" is when drivers make it to the end of the 300-foot course.

"I love that I can go out there and put my truck to work," said Alisha Dukes of Kent. "This is very much a family-oriented sport and my kids and fiancé love coming."

Dukes will be competing for the second time with her truck "Dirty Queen B," a modified 2009 Chevrolet Silverado. She competed first in Sequim with 37 others and won second place out of the 18 trucks in her class.

Sled pulling isn't just hooking up to the sled and driving, Dukes said. It takes a skilled driver who can handle driving a truck on the track.

The trucks are divided into classes by weight and number of modifications. The sled is custom-built so there's no way for drivers to practice before the competition, Dukes said.

Registration starts at 5 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. It costs $20 for one pull as well as a $20 annual membership fee.

Tickets to view the event are $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 7-12 and free for ages 6 and under. Details: nwtruckpulls.com.

WATCH VIDEO: DIRTY QUEEN B DOES A "FULL PULL"

Reach Elana Pidgeon at 360-715-2249 or elana.pidgeon@bellinghamherald.com.

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