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Truman resident wins top tractor pull championship
AFTER THE BIG WIN above are ( l to r) Tony McDonald holding daughter Cora, son Bradley, eldest daughter Ashley and wife Jessica. Photo provided by Scott Hanson.

TRUMAN – Tony McDonald returned from Louiville, Ky. with a national championship and a smile, after he won the Pro Pulling League (PPL) Championship,
    McDonald qualified for the top tractor pull by winning the 2016 PPL Silver Series National title for the 9,500 lb. Limited Pro Stock Tractors class. McDonald said he pulled in nine different states in during the campaign.
    The PPL National Championships were held at the Freedom Hall Civic Center in Louisville, Ky Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 15 – 18, 2017. Now that he made it to Louisville he faced nine competing tractors. All nine were the best from the area where they pulled. The contestants were from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee. McDonald’s pull was 243.224 feet, which gave him the win by 5.835 feet.
    McDonald said, “The whole week was pretty special. It was the first year they had our class pull at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville. Everything went our way.”
    McDonald’s tractor “Well Spent” was built in 2013 and has campaigned and won championships in 2013, 2014 and now in 2016, in 2015 it took second. McDonald said, “We’ve been blessed with a really good running tractor and have been able to keep it on top since we brought it out.” McDonald pointed out his brother Brian McDonald and friend Adam Brinkman served as crew for Well Spent and always do a great job.