Hawkeye Antique Tractor

Pullers Association

Email Tractor Pull Questions / Comments to:
T. O'Brien
D. Wickman

Alcohol and Drug Use

  • Any person (seen) drinking alcohol or using drugs on event grounds before operating sled or any pulling tractor will not be allowed to operate the sled or pull a tractor that day.
  • First Offense: Contestant will not participate that day. Tractor may compete with another driver.
  • Second Offense: Contestant will not participate that day and no points will be awarded to his/her tractor. Tractor may pull with another driver.
  • Third Offense: Contestant will not participate that day and lose points for that season and will be barred from competition for a year and 10-days. Tractor may pull with another driver.

The Executive Committee of Corporation shall have complete authority in running each pull. They can stop the pull or any part of the pull due to weather or any other reason. It will resume by their authority and in the manner they desire. 

Trophies, plaques or cash will be awarded to all classes. Open classes will pay back 60% of total entry fee's of the class. Points will be awarded for the following antique classes:

3250#, 3500#, 4000#, 4500#, 5000#, 5500#, 6000#, 6500#, 7000#, 7500# and 8500#.

Members can run for points in one or two classes. Points classes must be declared by the end of second event of season.  

Boundaries and Pull Offs
Track judge will determine the track length at the beginning of pull by marking it with an orange cone. This cone will be the full pull marker. If a tie is declared, the tractors involved, in the tie, will pull again to determine winner and remaining places. If a tractor in the pull-off is disqualified, for any reason, the tractor will place accordingly in pull of grouping. If at any time, any part of the tractor goes out of the side boundaries, the pull will be stopped and distance will be measured at that point. 

Antique tractor classes are as follows:

  • 3250#, 3500#, 4000#, 4500#, 5000#, 5500# and 6000# small tire.
  • 5500#, 6000#, 6500#, 7000#, 7500# and 8500# big tire. 

Farm and open tractor classes held when scheduled by promoter and Association only. There will be a maximum of four open classes per event (when offered). Open classes will alternate every other event as follows:

  • 3250#, 4000#, 5000# and 6000#
  • Next event 3500#, 4500#, 5500# and 6500#. 

Each tractor will be allowed one hook per class. Number of classes a tractor may participate in will be determined the day of the event by the Board. Two hooks always allowed and up to four maximum, if allowed per event. 

Courtesy Hooks 
Ineligible tractors, with permission of the Board, will be allowed two courtesy hooks, per year, and must pull at the end of the class. Courtesy pulls require a standard pulling hook fee.

Driver Eligibility
Drivers between 14 and 18 years of age must have written consent from their legal guardian to be allowed to pull. Written permission valid for one pulling season. No one under 14 is allowed to pull.

Driver Rules  

  • Foul or abusive language will be grounds for disqualification.
  • All drivers are required to attend the driver meeting before each pull when deemed necessary. 
  • Driver must be firmly seated, in a forward normal upright position, at all times. No bouncing permitted. Driver must have at least one hand on the steering wheel, except when operating brakes on hand models. 
  • Tractor must be operated in a safe manner at all times. Speed is not to exceed 4 mph on or off the track. Speed may exceed 4 mph (on the track under the green flag) in open classes only. 
  • No riders on tractor. It is the driver's responsibility to keep riders off tractor.

Hitch Heights and Lengths 
Antique and open class tractors hitch can be no higher than 20-inches from the ground and no closer than 18-inches from the center of the rear wheel axle to the hitching point. Farm Class tractor hitch height can be no higher than 16-inches from the ground and no closer than 20-inches from the center of rear wheel axle to the hitching point. Draw bar must be stationary in all directions. Sled hook must hang free and pivot free in hitch without interference. Contestant must furnish their own twisted clevis if tractor is not equipped with pulling eye or hitch. Highest point will be measured on top of draw bar or hitch point of twisted clevis. Sled chain will be approximately 52-inches in length and will not be changed unless necessary to stop larger tractors

The Corporation welcomes all eligible tractors, contestants, members and non-members. Hook fee for members is $10.00 and hook fee for non-members is $12.00. Members must participate in three or more separate pulling events, per season, to earn rule voting rights. One member voting right per tractor.


Any tractor may be protested, by a contestant in the class, to a member of the Board of Directors. All protests must be made before the end of the class, which is when the last tractor, in the class, leaves the track. All protests after this time will be null. A protest judge or judges shall be selected for each pull. Track judges will be a member of the Corporation. If a disqualification is questioned, a simple majority of Directors present, will have final say (Directors Decision Final). In event a disqualification occurs, due to tractor / equipment violation, infraction must be corrected before tractor can participate for winnings, if unable to correct problem day of pull, tractor may courtesy pull the remainder of the day.

Pulling Order
All tractors shall pull in order of lottery number drawn when tractor is signed in. There will be no waiting. If tractor is not in order, it may be allowed to pull last in the class, if approved by the sled operator. You must be signed up before the class starts to participate in the class. Only the first puller of the day will be allowed to turn his / her first hook down. The first puller, in each class, may be allowed to turn his / her hook down (with permission of the track judge) if track condition changes due to weather or excessive watering of the track. 

Pulling Speed
Tractor pulling speed, in farm and antique classes will be a maximum of 3.5 mph. Speed monitored by the sled monitor and alarm. Driver has 75 feet, marked by the restart cone to get their speed set. If alarm sounds after front of sled passes 75 foot cone, the tractor is disqualified. If sled monitor is not working, tractors in these classes will pull in low gear. Open class tractors have no speed limit on the track under the green flag. There will be no on-the-go shifting in any classes after driver begins pulling. 

Tire and Wheel Size Limits  
Radial tires not allowed in antique or open classes. Cut tires allowed in antique and open classes. Antique class tractors 3250 through 6000 small tire are limited to 15.5 x 38-inch maximum tire size. Tractor classes, big tire 5500 and heavier, are limited to 18.4 x 38 maximum tire size. Maximum rim width is 18-inches. Maximum rim diameter; 38-inches in all classes. Open class tractors are limited to 18.4 x 38 maximum tire size with no rim width limit. Farm classes 5500 and lower tire size limited to maximum 200 sq. in. See chart below. Recommended OEM rim width to match tire size used on farm tractors. Classes 6500 and above limited to 18.4 x 38. Cut, altered and excessive road worn tires (not allowed in farm classes). Original steel wheels will be allowed to pull at events where permitted. Steel wheel tractors must pull last in the class. One set of original extension rims will be allowed.

11.2 x 36 - 115 Sq. In.
13.6 x 28 - 145 Sq. In.
15.5 x 38 - 189 Sq. In.
11.2 x 38 - 120 Sq. In.
13.6 x 36 - 160 Sq. In.
16.9 x 34 - 229 Sq. In.
12.4 x 28 - 126 Sq. In.
13.6 x 38 - 168 Sq. In.
16.9 x 38 - 252 Sq. In.
12.4 x 36 - 135 Sq. In.
14.9 x 26 - 144 Sq. In.
18.4 x 28 - 250 Sq. In.
12.4 x 38 - 140 Sq. In.
14.9 x 28 - 170 Sq. In.
18.4 x 34 - 284 Sq. In.
13.6 x 24 - 130 Sq. In.
14.9 x 38 - 200 Sq. In.
18.4 x 38 - 300 Sq. In.

Track Rules

  • No one is allowed on the track except the officials and the puller.  
  • The tractor shall be stopped if the front end is higher than what the track judge deems safe.
  • All tractors must stop immediately upon the red flag from the Judge or be disqualified. If the Judge stops the pull, for any reason, the pull will be measured at that point except within 75 feet of the starting line. If driver stops within 75 feet of starting line he/she is entitled to one more attempt. 

Tractor Eligibility

  • Safety: Mandatory--All antique tractors are required to have tip over bars. Bar pads to extend a minimum of 6-inches rearward outside the diameter of the rear tire and be no higher than a maximum of 10-inches from the ground. Stabilizer bars must support the weight of the tractor in the heaviest class pulled. To test strength, Officials reserve the right to jack any tractor at pad to test integrity of bars at any time. Tip over bars on Farm tractors are encouraged.
  • Tractor Age: Antique Tractors: Tractors built in 1958 and before will be allowed to pull. Tractors built after 1958, that are same make and model offered in 1958 and before, will be allowed to pull. (Tractor model must have been marketed as a 1958 and older year model.) It is the driver's responsibility to prove age and eligibility of the tractor. Nebraska test records will be used as reference to determine eligibility.
  • Farm Tractors: Any age two-wheel drive stock farm tractors will be allowed to pull in farm classes. No MFWDs. Maximum weight 8500#.
  • Tractor Type: Agricultural tractors only, must be of a two-wheel drive type. No industrial or construction tractors allowed.
  • Frames and Chassis: No fabricated frames that will change or alter frame rail length, width or appearance. Tractor must maintain original wheelbase (within 6-inches) for the make and model. No aluminum or Tube-type fabricated frames. Exceptions to this rule must have Board approval.
  • Tractor Parts: Tractors may use external parts that will bolt on without modification. Factory replacement blocks, by the original manufacturer and factory replacement parts, manufactured by M&W, Heisler and Power-Blocks by Tractor Supply Company will be allowed. Engine blocks must bolt up without alteration to engine block, block flange, factory adaptor plate, bell housing, crank case, chassis or frame. No deck or spacer plates allowed under heads or blocks on any tractor. After market OEM replacement manifolds allowed. No headers allowed. Tractor engines must maintain the original number of cylinders for tractor model and fuel type. Cylinder heads must maintain original number of ports for tractor make and model.
  • Tractor Stripping and Shielding: No essential parts can be removed or disconnected such as factory governors, fans and shielding. All fans, PTO or exposed moving parts that manufacturer originally shielded must be shielded or covered. Factory side shields optional as long as fans and moving parts are shielded.
  • Fuel and Air:  Tractors are to be naturally aspirated. No super or turbo chargers allowed. Fuel injection or gas, under pressure, not allowed unless factory equipped. (Factory LP Gas and Diesel engine models allowed.) Tractor carburetors must maintain original draft type and number of barrels for the model of tractor. Gasoline (farm class) tractors limited to 89 octane, no racing fuel, no octane booster, and no alcohol. Ethanol pump blends allowed. Antique and open class tractors can run any pump mixture. 
  • Engine RPMs: Tractors (in all classes) with throttle held in full wide-open position, against a positive throttle stop, governors will maintain no more than 10% over stock R.P.M.s. No allowance will be tolerated. Judge will go by corporation's charts for R.P.M.s according to the tractor make and model. 

Weights and Dimensions
Weights must be safely secured to the tractor. Front weights and bracket may not extend forward more than 11-feet from center of the rear wheel axle to the front of the weights or bracket. All tractors must weigh before each hook and after when there is a pull off. Tractor weight may be protested. If both protester and protested are over weight, more tractors will be weighed to determine accuracy of scales. Over weight tractors will be disqualified. If any weight or parts of the tractor fall off when the tractor is hooked to the skid, the tractor will be disqualified. Weights and brackets must maintain 10-inches of ground clearance for proper scale clearance.

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