Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Duncan Motorsports 2017 LSGTPA Season Recap

As the 2017 Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association season rolls to an end, Lane Duncan and his Duncan Motorsports team will take some time to reflect on the previous seasons, and then will prepare to enjoy his 'senior' year of LSGTPA Youth Class competition in 2018.

Lane was the returning LSGTPA Youth Class Champion during the 2017 pulling season, after having earned the title in 2016.  After a luke warm start to the season, Lane would pilot his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor to a win and runnerup, at the Hunt County Fair double header in Greenville.  Lane would follow up with a win and runnerup, at events in Blue Ridge and Sulphur Springs. A string of podium finishes would place Lane in the runnerup spot at the end of the season, just short of repeating his championship run.   Lane would also pilot his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor to five podium finishes on the season, scoring a fourth place finish for the crowd favorite Youth Class entry.

Competing with two tractors in the Youth Class has been double the work, but double the fun !  The team will return in 2018 to field both tractors, as Lane graduates from the Youth Class after 2018.  Plans beyond that are unclear, but we hope to have a great 2018, with several fun bits planned for Lane's 'senior year' along the way !

No major changes are planned for the tractors during the off-season, as both the 'Twisted Kitty' and the 'Texas T-Rex' are both competitive.  The team will go over both tractors and freshen up a few pieces, mostly as preventative maintenance.  Stay tuned, as the 'shop' season may find the team changing plans.....

One thing is for sure, 2018 will be a fun, yet bitter sweet season for the team.  The LSGTPA Youth Class has been a great adventure for the Duncan family, and we will provide several recaps along the way, as we reflect on our journey.

Merry Christmas to everyone, and thanks for all of the supporters of our team and LSGTPA tractor pulling !!  Stay tuned !

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