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I loaded up my Chevy Traverse with my Canon camera equipment and headed north to Henry, IL to photograph the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions Tour event. This was the 15th annual Truck & Tractor Pulls competition held at the Marshall-Putnam Fairgrounds. The grandstands were jam packed with over 5,800+ loud and energetic fans and they were not disappointed by all of the drivers who showed off their expensive big boy toys. Included in the gallery is a photo of the beautiful Lauran this years reigning Miss Marshall-Putnam Fair and Ethan & Evan who help work the back gate with their Grandpa Bud McAllister.

-Bob

The driver of the Caterpillar Racing #31 Spint Cup race car  Jeff Burton made a visit to O’Brien Field. The Richard Childress Racing driver, in town Thursday to sign autographs and meet fans at the Peoria Chiefs game, has no poles, wins, top fives or even top 10′s in 14 races this season and he’s 25th in points. Jeff took a break from all of that Thursday when he threw out the first pitch at the Chiefs game.

-Bob

After losing the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 200 yards from the finish line at Gateway International Raceway in July, it was fitting that Brad Keselowski drove his No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge to Victory Lane on Saturday in the 5-Hour ENERGY 250. He swapped the race lead with teammate and event polesitter Justin Allgaier late in the race, but was able to pull ahead in the final six-lap stretch after a late-race caution. Allgaier, a native of Riverton, IL and a area fan favorite, finished third, while former Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Bliss took runner-up honors. Jason Leffler and three-time GIR NASCAR Nationwide Series winner Carl Edwards rounded out the top five. Despite the final straightaway bump from Edwards during the race here in July, Keselowski said in Victory Lane that he had moved on. “I try not to hold grudges. I try not to think of that and just focus on our next race. That was key about winning today. You can’t panic about what happened in the last race. You have to move forward and move on with your life. Our team did that today.”

Allgaier won the pole with a speed of 135.131 mph, circling the 1.25-mile in 33.301 seconds earlier in the day and appeared to be the class of the field during the 200-lap race. A call on pit road for four tires after the sixth and final caution, however, doomed the No. 12 Dodge team’s chances for a victory in the final NASCAR event at Gateway.

-Bob

Some of my favorite shot’s from the ADRL Drags at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, IL. The winners were Alex Hossler – Pro Extreme, Shannon Jenkins – Pro Nitrous, Chuck Ulsch – Extreme 10.5, Brian Gahm – Extreme Pro Stock, Ashley Owens – Pro Extreme Motorcycle and Alexander Oppen – Pro Junior Dragster.

-Bob

Alex Hossler a Canton, Il native captured the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Pro Extreme title Saturday night in Madison, IL. It was one of the most exciting races of the weekend as he crossed the finish line with his car on fire. With more than 100 friends, family and co-workers looking on Alex captured his second career ADRL PX win. His ’71 Camaro went a Saturday-best 3.69 at 203 miles per hour, beating Gaylen Smith before a massive overflow crowd at GIR. ”(The 3.69) put quite the exclamation point on the coolest win I’ve ever had,” Hossler said. “I don’t know how I could have made it any better. “There is no race I would rather win. This is definitely the highlight of my ADRL career. This has been great, to share this experience with all the people I care about.” You can check out more on Alex at Chris Duncan Race Cars.

-Bob

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