‘Fury in Murray’ draws high-powered tractors

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 July 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MURRAY – Brad Fisher drives ‘Back N Black’ in the Heavy Super Stock class, juiced-up tractors with multiple engines. About 50 competitors vied in today’s Murray Tractor Pull on Groth Road, pulling a 40,000-pound sled along a dirt track. About 1,000 people attended the event, which is sanctioned by Empire State Pullers.

One of the spectators plugs his ears during the modified class, which had very loud tractors.

Lloyd Christ drives his Heavy Super Stock tractor, ‘It’s Only Money,’ into a trailer after competing today. Christ built the course for the tractor pulling event on Groth Road about 15 years ago.

His son Scott and grandson Travis both compete in tractor pulling.

Roy Metz and ‘Mid-Life Crisis’ roar down the track in Murray. This picture was taken through the window in the announcer’s stand.

John Duggan competes with ‘Road Runner’ in the modified class. He won the class on Sunday.

A spectator gets close to action to get a picture of the modified tractor.

Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Fire Company members Terry Miller, left, and Fire Chief Joe Morlino work in the concessions stand. Proceeds from the event are shared with FHM, the Holley Ambulance Squad and the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holley.

Henry Everman of Avon helps his wife Sharon line up a modified tractor in today’s competition. Mrs. Everman finished second in the class. Her husband won the Heavy Super Stock class.

Dave Witkowski and ‘Smokin’ Joe’ get ready to race down the track, while leaving a trail of dark smoke.