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48th Annual Championship Tractor Pull Drivers Announced

Published: November 24, 2015 Updated: November 24, 2015

LOUISVILLE, KY (Nov. 23, 2015) - Former champions and a record-breaking number of women drivers will compete at the 48th annual Championship Tractor Pull sponsored by Syngenta. More than 70,000 fans will return to Freedom Hall February 10-13 for the invitation-only four-day event. Held in conjunction with the National Farm Machinery Show, the nation's best drivers will compete for the Grand Champion title and a share of the $250,000 prize money.

The majority of the reigning Grand Champions from the seven classes of the 2015 Championship Tractor Pull are returning: Neil Gettinger, Hagerstown, IN; Nathan Babler, Rock City, IL; Steve Bunnage, Golden Gate, IL; Joey Frasur, Liberty IN; Travis Schlabach, Marengo, IA; and Shawn Hodges, Avella, PA.

The 2016 Championship Tractor Pull will break last year's record for the number of women driving with eight women competing in various classes including Patricia Justison, Hillsboro IL: Bethany Nelson, Altamont, IL: Ashley Corine, Assumption, IL; Mendi Nelson, Cat Spring, TX; Renee Theobald, Shelbyville, IN; Monica Shaw, Franklin, KY; Julia Ray, Beloit, OH and former Grand Champion Lisa Tatum, Bardstown, KY.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. and are available at the Freedom Hall Ticket Office, Kentucky International Convention Center Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Pull tickets are $40 for Wednesday and Thursday nights, $45 for Friday night, $40 for Saturday afternoon and $45 for the Saturday night finals.

For the complete 2016 drivers list and additional information about the Championship Tractor Pull, visit