Thursday, November 9, 2017

Duncan Posts Podium Finishes For Season Finale

Lane Duncan would wheel his two entries at the LSGTPA 2017 season final, into the top three spots, for a great podium finish for the Duncan Motorsports team.  Lane would post a runnerup finish aboard his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor, and would follow with a strong finish aboard his 'Texas T-Rex' machine with a third place scoring.

After a one-two finish in 2016, scoring the Youth Class Championship aboard his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor, Lane would pilot his 'Twisted Kitty' entry to a runnerup finish in 2017 championship points, just missing a repeat championship.   Lane would also place his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor in the top five in the LSGTPA Youth Class for the year.

The final event of the season was a feature of the Help-A-Child Benefit in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  The event was hosted by the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, and included a full day of tractor pulling action, inside and under the lights of the awesome arena.






Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Farmersville Old Time Saturday Recap

As the Duncan Motorsports Team rolled into Farmersville, Texas for the Old Time Saturday Pull, Lane Duncan and crew were confident that a good performance was in store for the great crowd of pulling fans.  Both the 'Texas T-Rex' tractor and the 'Twisted Kitty' tractor were prepped and ready, after a great showing and a victory from the previous event.  Riding in second place, in the LSGTPA 2017 points standing, Lane was excited at the opportunity to pull closer to the top spot, and make a run for the title at the season finale.

During the card draw, to decide the pulling order, Lane placed his 'T-Rex' tractor atop the run sheet, with an 'Ace' card from the deck.  With the 'T-Kitty', Lane would draw a 'Deuce', placing his two machines in a one-two order for the day.  The team was pretty excited to open the show, and looked to be in great shape, after posting two Full Pull's in the opening round.   That's when the rule book bit us.

A rule in the LSGTPA book, taken from other associations, calls for an adjustment to the sled in the case of the first two pullers posting a Full Pull.  This rule, is commonly used in pulling organizations that only provide one hook, to score the event.  The LSGTPA group, uses a combined total of two hooks, to score the event, making the rule unnecessary, and sometimes ignored.  On this day, however, officials chose to recalibrate the sled.  The effect on our team, was to take away our first two pulls, and place us last in the line of pullers with two hot tractors. 


The 'Twisted Kitty' was able to return and make a decent pull in the opening round, and make up some ground in the second round, to post a fourth place finish.  The 'Texas T-Rex' tractor, on the required re-hook, was on a decent run,  when the tractor suffered a couple of hard bounces, that knocked the transmission out of gear.  Not to make excuses, only providing the unusual chain of events that provided for a very challenging day for the team.  We enjoyed a great day for pulling, and visited with some awesome fans, but did not turn in the performance that we had expected.  On this day, it just wasn't in the cards !



Going forward, we have already formed a game plan to prevent such an event from occurring again.  So, lessons learned !  The team apologizes for the lackluster performance on the day, to our fans and supporters, but we are hoping to rebound at the 2017 season finale, and look forward to capping the year with a great event in Sulphur Springs.  Our final event will be contested at the Help-A-Child-Benefit, held at the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs.  Lots of activities are planned for the day, and we are excited to once again be a part of this great event !


Come support us, and all of the LSGTPA pullers, as well as an awesome event at the Help-A-Child-Benefit !

Thursday, September 21, 2017

McMillan Junior High's Lane Duncan Pulling For Wylie

McMillan Junior High student Lane Duncan wears a protective suit and helmet, as do many young athletes, when he prepares to compete.  He must wait on the signal to start, and must stay within the sideline boundaries during competition, as with many sports across Texas.  Duncan competes on a track, but rather than starting blocks, Lane will use a clutch to start his journey down track.  Welcome to the sport of tractor pulling.

The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association is one of several organizations that provide rules and regulations for classes of pulling tractors, including a Youth Class, that compete on a 200 foot dirt track.  Contest rules are simple.  Each competitor attempts to move an 8500 pound sled, as far down the track as possible, with the winner determined by the combined distance of two pulls.  The contestant pulling the farthest distance, wins.  Machine classifications are a little more complicated, with the Youth Class designed for competitors up to and including 14 year old drivers.  Tractor weight, engine and tire size are limited, with finish positions often decided by inches on the track. 

Duncan is the returning LSGTPA 2016 Youth Class Champion.  Competing with two tractors in 2016, Lane was crowned champion aboard his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor, and placed second aboard his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor.  Points are awarded at each LSGTPA event, with champions crowned at the conclusion of the pulling season.  Many classes, including the 2016 and 2017 Youth Class titles, will be undecided until the conclusion of the very last event, making the series very exciting for fans.

The next LSGTPA tractor pull will be held in conjunction with the Farmersville Old Time Saturday celebration, scheduled for October 7th, at the Rike Street Park Pulling Track.  Opening ceremonies for the pull are scheduled for 12 noon, and will feature the National Anthem presentation by Texas performing artist Sydnee Hawkins.  Fans are welcome to view the tractors up close and visit with the drivers in the pit area, and admission is free.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Duncan Team Scores At Blue Ridge

Lane Duncan rolled into Blue Ridge, Texas as the Lone Ranger, during the LSGTPA Bill Halter Memorial Tractor Pull.  Two of the Duncan Motorsports team members were under-the-weather, leaving Lane Duncan the chore of crewing and driving during the event.  Lane would be tasked with most of the maintenance chores during the event, but proved to be up to the challenge.


Lane would draw for pulling order as is procedure during the LSGTPA events, and selected positions in the middle of the pack.  Piloting both his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor, and his 'Twisted Kitty' machine, Lane would pull double duty in the LSGTPA Youth Class. 


In the opening round, Lane would test the sticky black land track aboard his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor first.  A great first hook would have 'T-Rex' just four feet behind the leader, when Lane boarded his 'Twisted Kitty' machine, and took over the lead in the first round. 



Increasing moisture setup on the track in the second round, as the sun went down on a cooling Blue Ridge evening, would increase the available traction for the pullers.  Lane decided to make a gearing adjustment, to try to stay ahead of the changing track conditions.  The move worked very well, as the 'Twisted Kitty' would again lay down a round leading pull, and the 'T-Rex' was able to hold onto a third place podium finish, with the next best pull in the round. 



Lane will tighten the bolts and top off the tanks to prepare for the next LSGTPA event, scheduled for October 7th.  A feature event of the Farmersville Old Time Saturday celebration, the pull is scheduled for a 12 noon start at Rike Street Park in Farmersville.





Monday, August 7, 2017

Duncan Team Prepares for LSGTPA Bill Halter Memorial Pull

Lane Duncan and his LSGTPA Youth Class tractor pulling team are busy preparing for the LSGTPA Bill Halter Memorial Pull in Blue Ridge, Texas.



The event is scheduled for August 19th, with a 6pm start.  ***RESCHEDULED FOR SEPT 16TH **


Visit www.lsgtpa.com for event details and directions.



Monday, July 31, 2017

Duncan Team Maintains Position in LSGTPA Points Battle

Lane Duncan and his LSGTPA Youth Class tractor pulling team are once again in the thick of the 2017 Championship Series points battle.  With seven events completed, and three events remaining, several teams are within a few points of each other in the current standings.  With up to a dozen teams competing at any given event, six teams are separated by about three points.  At this stage in the game, the championship title will be decided at the final event. 


Lane Duncan has positioned both his 'Texas T-Rex' and his 'Twisted Kitty' tractors within the top five contestants.  Each exciting event brings another opportunity to score a victory, and increase each teams points total. 



The LSGTPA Youth Class has become one of the most exciting, and most hotly contested categories of garden tractor pulling in the state, and beyond.   Lane Duncan and his Duncan Motorsports team are excited to be in the hunt for another championship title, and proud to be a part of such a great sport. 


Check out the remaining events on the 2017 LSGTPA schedule at www.LSGTPA.com

Blue Ridge, Texas  -  August 19
Farmersville, Texas  - October 7
Sulphur Springs, Texas - October 21



Saved By A Hug


The Hug That Save Me




I feel compelled to share this story for multiple reasons.  I believe some moments in time are meant to be shared.  Whether a lesson can be learned from a practical stand point, or if a greater message may be interpreted, I would leave to others to decide. 

Since my early days, I have been around machinery and automobiles.  My father had race cars and I followed his foot steps.  In high school, I was awarded my moms hand-me-down 1968 Chevelle, which was my first car.  Over the years, the car endured many transformations.  The Chevelle would be the subject of our story. 

In August of 2004, I was blessed to experience the thrill of fatherhood.  I became the proud parent of an awesome little boy, named Lane, in honor of my maternal grandfather.  He was truly a blessing, and would spend much of his infant time in our shop, while we worked on hot rods.  Lane would play with tools, bolts, and just about any part he could get his hands on. 

In 2006, we had decided to restore the 1968 Chevelle that I had grown up with, with the original engine and transmission that we had retained over the years.  This work was being conducted in our two car garage, just steps away from our two bedroom home in Carrollton, Texas. With the birth of Lane, my priorities had changed from racing, to more shop time at home.  The Chevelle project was perfect timing. 

Lane was truly a blessing.  We had been advised by doctors that we would likely not be able to have children, so Lane was truly a surprise.  Lane had a difficult birth, but once he arrived into the world, he has amazed me every day.  One day in particular, stands out to me, and always will. 

I will try to summarize the specifics, regarding the automotive details of the story.  Basically, I was in the middle of an engine and transmission change on the Chevelle.  The project had several twists and turns, which led to a weekend with the Chevelle up on jack stands.  I had just reinstalled our engine and transmission.  The car had all four tires and wheels removed, as we were replacing the brakes and performing other maintenance as well.  The vehicle was supported by a large hydraulic jack in the front, with two jack stands along the front frame.  The rearend was supported by two jack stands, as well as two more stands at the rear of the car.  Safety was important to us, and we had plenty of equipment to keep us safe. 

With the birth of my son Lane, I developed a need to make any moment of departure, a cause for a spiritual recognition of sorts.  That is to say, before I would leave to go to work, or before any separation of family, I wanted to say 'I love you', and make sure to get a hug and kiss.  There were no exceptions. 

I had certain rituals with firing up a new engine, among them are a 'pre-oiling' using a modified distributor housing.  Without going into too much detail, this operation on the Chevelle engine had found an oiling problem, which required the new engine to be removed.  This would make an engine and transmission swap procedure, take the better part of two weeks.  Once the issues were resolved, on a Friday night, I was able to complete the engine preparation and installation.  Work had been performed over the course of a couple of weeks, and for about seven hours straight on a Friday night.  All that would remain, would be the bottom end work, such as drive train and exhaust preparations.

So, a Saturday morning would find me underneath the Chevelle.  After about three hours of work, I would hear the back door of the house open, and the joyous conversations between Lane and his mom, as they were planning their Saturday shopping trip.  I was underneath the Chevelle, with several things going on in the way of the project, but as was the routine, I would crawl out and enjoy our ritual of hugs and kisses. 

I remember crawling out from under the car, and walked through the doorway of the shop.  Lane was already in the car, and his mom was already behind the wheel.  I gave Lane a hug and a kiss, and told him I loved him.  About the time we concluded our goodbye routine, we heard a loud crash from within the shop.  Dust and debris could be seen in the air.  Lane's mom, Angel, inquired as to what the commotion was, and I replied that something probably fell from a shelf, knowing that I may have a slightly bigger issue at hand.

Once Lane and Angel had pulled out of the drive, I walked back into the shop.  My knees became weak and I had to sit down, once I saw what had happened.  The 3200 pound Chevelle that had been supported for two weeks, and that I had been under for roughly seven hours, three hours of which were that very morning, had come crashing down.  After I was able to diagnose the situation, I could determine that a series of events would combine to allow for such a disaster.  Most of the weight of the front end of the car, was supported by a hydraulic jack.  The surface of the frame, where the jack was positioned, had been soaked with oil, allowing the jack to slide on an angled surface.  The rotation of the vehicle, as the frame slid from the jack, caused the front two jack stands to pitch.  This load shift, caused one of the rear jack stands to fail, which led to the entire vehicle rotating and sliding off of the stands.  The scenario is hard to describe, but easy to understand visually. 

What is really clear to me, is God's will.  I have told this story a few times, just never written it down.  I hope it makes sense.  Basically, God blessed me with a son.  And his will, allowed me to continue to be a father.  On this day, after weeks, days and hours of being under a vehicle, God sent Lane to me.  After hours under the vehicle that morning, I was only out from under the car for about 15 seconds, before it came crashing down.  Hours and hours under the car, and only seconds saved my life. 

Lane saved my live that day.  There is no question.  God put into me a need to get out from under the car, and hug my son.  The only reason I did that, and continue to do so, is because we never know when the last time may be.  On that day, that was the last time, if I had not.  They were in the car, about to leave.  The car that fell, would have crushed me, with no one around to help.  Survival of such an accident, is not realistic.  Seconds.  I rolled out from under the car, walked about ten steps and leaned in to hug my son, and the car fell. 

So, lessons to be learned might include that no amount of equipment can guarantee your safety.  Also, quality equipment might be a great investment.  I will not identify the manufacturers of a couple of the tools that failed, but they are the type of tools commonly available at discount stores.  To me, the greater lesson is this.  God truly is in my life, and is in the life of my son.  God is in my life, through my son, and had his hand on both of us on a day that I will never forget.

I find it hard to describe in words, the events of that morning.  I hope that our story might in some way help someone, looking for an inspiration.  I guess this is a testimony of sorts, and I am proud to share.  Hug your loved ones and thank God for the time you share with them.  For me, that hug saved my life.