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Tractor Pulling 2022 Rules

The Westport Fair

Tractor Pulling Division

Information & Rules

July 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 2022

The Westport Fair Committee is not responsible for any accidents. All pullers are to enter at their own risk.

Following are the specific rules and premiums for the pull’s sponsored by the Westport Fair, all other rules specific to the to the pull noted above please see the club directly.


    Hook Fee $5.00 Per Tractor, paid at time of entry

First Place $140.00 & Trophy

Second Place $100.00 & Ribbon

Third Place $60.00 & Ribbon

Fourth Place Ribbon Only

Winnings will be mailed directly to the winner after the completion of all pulls.

General Rules

  • All driver’s must sign a waiver form at time of entry. 
  • When pull starts, last driver in the first round completes his pull closes the class. No new entries will be accepted.
  • All driver’s are entitled to 1 “pit person”, Said pit person must also sign the Westport Fair waiver form. 
  • When entering a class all contestants will draw for first 10 positions upon signing into class, after first 10 spots are filled order will be determined by next available position. 
  • Each tractor can only be entered once in an individual class
  • Tractor and equipment must be deemed safe.
  • All driver’s must present a valid government issued driver’s license at time of entry.
  • Any driver or designated pit person under the age of 18 must have legal permission from their legal guardian
  • All driver’s must operate their tractor safely. 
  • Alcohol use is not permissible. 
  • If a driver is found under the influence, they will automatically be disqualified. 
  • Tractors must have rubber tires, no four-wheel drives, no tire studs, and no chains permitted.
  • Weights must be solid and safely secured. In securable weights will be grounds for disqualification. Any weight falling from tractor will give cause to disqualify tractor.
  • No portion of the tractor may interfere with the sled or sled hitch during a pull.
  • Pulls will use a chain 48 inches in length.
  • All tractors must be equipped with workable rear brakes.
  • All tractors must be equipped with safety bars. Safety Bar Specifications are as follows:
    • The safety bar must be made of three-inch channel-iron or equivalent
    • The safety bars must be rigid and stationary, and shall extend from the middle of the  rear axle and past the rear tires, and not more than ten inches from the ground.
    • Must accept 6" hook at a maximum hitch height of 20". 
    • All safety bars must be equipped with safety pads on the ends of the bars.
    • The safety pads must be stationary and must not be less than 25 square inches per pad.
    • All tractors must be equipped with safety bars strong enough to support the weight of the tractor when tested by the judge.
    • No wheels are allowed for safety pads- they must be pads.
  • Excessive loss of liquid by a tractor while in forward motion during a contest on the track will be cause for disqualification, unless due to internal breakage.
  • Operator must remain seated during a pull.
  • Nitrous oxide will not be allowed in any class.
  • An attempt moving the sled is a measurable distance.
  • All pulls made during a contest will be measured.
  • Tractor and sled must remain within the boundaries of the contest course during a pull out of boundaries will be an automatic disqualified.
  • Contest is to be governed by the judge(s) with all decisions final. Judge(s) have the right to stop and disqualify any tractor if it is not being operated in such a manner as would be considered safe.

Concrete Slab Rules

  • All general rules will be followed. 
  • Length of pull will be 12 feet.
  • A two-minute hitch time will be enforced. Clock will be stopped between hookups. On final pull off clock time will be 1 minute 30 seconds. Clocks will be stopped between hookups.
  • Hook must hang straight down. Twenty-inch height is measured where pulling point clevis attaches to the drawbar or hitch point of clevis. A loose, swinging, or excessively worn drawbars will be disqualified.
  • Boundaries will be provided on edge of slab. A tractor that crosses or touches boundaries will be disqualified.
  • Breakdown before first try, the tractor will go last in the round, After second attempt if tractor breaks down the tractor is disqualified.
  • No Bouncing or Rocking in seat will be allowed. Driver must remain seated. Movement by driver is limited to normal operation of the tractor. Violations will result in disqualification.

Weight Transfer Sled Rules

  • All general rules will be followed. 
  • Hitching is no higher than 20 inches on weight transfer sled.
  • Track feet in length, 30 feet width, and all boundaries shall be lined.
  • Track will be maintained and packed.
  • Number one puller will be the test puller, if after said pull the sled is considered “set”, the puller may pull immediately after the test pull, or they may pull in last position. For stock farm tractors they will drop to third position. If a puller experiences mechanical problems during a test pull the puller will have the additional option of dropping to last position. If the transfer sled needs further adjustment, the first puller after each adjustment will be treated as number one puller. All decisions on re-pulls caused by a contest malfunction, the puller, at his/her discretion, my drop to last  positions. All disqualifications on the first attempt bars a second attempt. In a pull off, after the first tractor has made a legal pull, all remaining tractors must hook and pull at that weight.
  • Pulls must start with a tight hitch, no jerking will be permitted. Contestants will be al­ lowed two consecutive attempts and 75 feet to start the sled. Voluntary stop must be signaled by operator to Track Judge. Failure to do so constitutes an official pull.
  • All pulls shall be operated with two flagmen. Number one flagman will be responsible for readiness of the track, pulling machine and contestant. Number two flagman will be responsible for the balance of the track.
  • The flagman will be given a red flag to be used to stop a pull, the flagman may use this if they believe the contestant is violating a rule or is unsafe.
  • Spark plug guards must be present for all tractors in the farm super stock, modified/homemade & twin engine tractor pull classes. Spark plug guards can be checked by track officials at their discretion. Spark plug guards made from aluminum must be at least ¼ inch thick. Spark plug guards made from steel must be at least 1/8 inch thick.
  • A limit of 18.4" on tractor tire width for Farm Stock Tractors and a 30.5" width for all other classes.
  • The use of torque converters, automatic shifts, etc. will be permitted.
  • A kill switch is mandatory on all twin-engines, modifies, super stock, and homemade tractors. Proof of switch operation is mandatory.
  • All Twin Engines, Super Stock, Modified/Homemade must have roll cages or T-Bars. They must be able to support the weight of the tractor. Roll cage wall thickness must be not less than 0.120 thick.
  • T-Bar must be made of thick wall box tubin.

Farm Stock Class

  • Stock Farm Tractors shall consist of the stock engine block as listed by the manufacturer with no visual modification:  the stock bell housing, the stock transmission housing, and the stock final drive housing, all as listed by the manufacturer, standard R.P.M. only, no governor overrides and R.P.M. will be checked upon Driver Protest. Said Protest must be placed immediately after pull of protested tractor.

Super Stock Tractors:

  • Must be manufactured farm tractor with matching rear-end, transmission and bell housing. Engines must be from the same manufacturer and bolt in without any bell housing modification.
  • It may have a composite frame from the bell housing forward.
  • Custom manifolds and intakes are allowed.
  • All Super Stock Tractors may run on either gasoline or diesel fuel. water-ethanol injection systems are allowed.
  • Kill switches on all gas and diesel Super Stock tractors must be able to hook on sled.
  • Engine side shields are mandatory and must be able to be removed if officials want to inspect the tractors.
  • For driver's safety, fenders are required on Super Stock Tractors along with clutch and transmission shields or blankets installed.
  • Super Stock Tractors may use custom built front ends.
  • Drivers of Super Stock Tractors must wear approved Helmets and Fire Suits.

Modified/Homemade & Twin Engine Modified Tractors

  • No four-wheel drive tractors allowed.
  • Dual wheels are permitted.
  • No portion of a modified tractor may exceed 16 feet forward of the center of the rear wheels.
  • Modified Tractors are those using any combinations of engine, transmission, and final drive. You must use farm tractor rear-end. Engine used in automobile and trucks are acceptable
  • Tractors within this class using the weight transfer sled will be required to have transmission protection in the form of a ¼ inch safety shield or a safety blanket.
  • Fuel injection of any kind will be allowed.
  • Helmets, eye protection, fire suits are required on all drivers within these classes
  • For twin engine class must be naturally aspirated or single engine blower
  • Homemade tractors will hitch the clevis no higher than 20 inches to the center pinhole.
  • Fans will be shrouded with metal of 3/32 inches maximum
  • All Turbo chargers must be covered.
  • Neutral safety switches must be working.
  • Shafts will be shielded.
  • Drive shaft shields 360 degrees will be required.
  • Fuel system may consist of multiple carburetors or fuel injection.