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. 


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. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Duncan Team Prepares for Lindsay Double Header

Lane Duncan and his Duncan Motorsports tractor pulling team will be preparing for the upcoming LSGTPA Double Header, to be contested at the Lindsay Truck & Tractor Pull.  Lane and team plan to compete with both his 'Texas T-Rex' and 'Twisted Kitty' LSGTPA Youth Class tractors.


Tractor pulling action is scheduled for a 6:30 pm start, on both July 21st and 22nd.  Visit the Lindsay Truck and Tractor pull facebook page for updates Lindsay Tractor Pull

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Duncan Places on Podium at Powder Creek Park

Lane Duncan was able to place his familiar 'Texas T-Rex' tractor on the podium during the 'Battle At Bonham' LSGTPA event, held in conjunction with the Bonham Heritage Day celebration in Bonham, Texas.  Lane wheeled his little red tractor into the third place position, with two good pulls in the LSGTPA Youth Class.



Lane also managed a top five finish aboard his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor, with a great Full Pull during the first round.  During a second round pull, the 2016 Championship winning tractor seemed to have suffered a rare drive train issue, which affected the machine at about half track. 




Lane and the Duncan Motorsports team will freshen up both tractors prior to the next LSGTPA event, which will be contested during the Lindsay Truck & Tractor Pull on July 21st and 22nd, near Gainesville, Texas.

Check out the full LSGTPA schedule at      LSGTPA

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Duncan Pulls To Paydirt in Greenville at Hunt County Fair

Lane Duncan turned in a great performance during the Hunt County Fair LSGTPA tractor pull in Greenville, Texas, during the opening weekend event of the fair.  Duncan was able to pilot his 'Twisted Kitty' machine to a win and a runnerup, during the Friday and Saturday night double header.  Lane would also pilot his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor to a third place podium finish, posting top five finishes aboard both tractors each night.



The LSGTPA event featured performing artist Victoria Leigh with an outstanding National Anthem performance on both nights.  Lane would finish second in the Crawford-Smith Bonus Bounty, missing the top spot by just inches.  The 'Bonus Bounty' prize would award the best finish of both nights combined, during the weekend double header. 


Lane Duncan and the entire Duncan Motorsports team would like to thank everyone involved in organizing the event, and to all of those who support his LSGTPA pulling efforts !



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Duncan Pulls To Top Five Finish at Delta County Fair

Lane Duncan and his Duncan Motorsports team rolled into Cooper, Texas, with their duo of LSGTPA Youth Class pulling tractors, to do battle with teams from across the state at the Delta County Livestock Show & Fair Pull.  The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association teams were a feature event of the fair, at the Harmon Park Pulling Track in Cooper. 


Rocky and Gus Young of RY Construction prepared a great pulling track surface, on the beautiful hillside track at the historic Harmon Park.  Mikayla Stuart performed the National Anthem for the event, during opening ceremonies. 


Lane would pilot both his 'Texas T-Rex' and 'Twisted Kitty' tractors to opening round Full Pulls, on the 200 foot track.  On the second round, the track surface had begun to dry out in the sun and wind,  and was a little more challenging.  Lane would hang onto a third and fourth place position, for a top five finish on both tractors. 





Lane and crew would use an off weekend, to freshen up the tires on both tractors.  The 'Texas T-Rex' will be spinning Firestone tires at the next event at the Hunt County Fair in Greenville.  The 'Twisted Kitty' will be rolling on Hy Run tires, with a steeper lug angle for Greenville.  The Hunt County Fair event will be a double header, with pulls on Friday and Saturday nights, of April 21 and 22. 

Check out the Hunt County Fair schedule at Hunt County Fair

Check out the LSGTPA event at: LSGTPA Hunt County

Thursday, April 6, 2017

LSGTPA Teams Headed For Cooper

Lane Duncan and his Duncan Motorsports tractors will join LSGTPA teams from across the region, as the group competes at the Delta County Livestock Show & Fair Pull in Cooper, Texas.  The event is scheduled for a 2pm start, on Saturday April 8th.


Lane will be looking to improve upon the season opening performance, where the team struggled with track conditions on both tractors.  The Cooper track is prepared by Rocky and Gus Young of RY Construction, and has been one of the favorite tracks on the LSGTPA tour. 

Rocky and Gus Young of RY Construction will prepare the Harmon Park Pulling Track in Cooper, for the LSGTPA event.


Opening ceremonies on Saturday, will feature our National Anthem performance by Mikayla Stuart, of Cooper High School. 

Mikayla Stuart will present our National Anthem, during LSGTPA Opening Ceremonies in Cooper.

KETR Radio recently promoted the Delta County Fair event, and included an interview with Lane Duncan in studio !  Check out the promotion at KETR  88.9, with John Mark Dempsey and Cindy Roller, on the Blacklands Café Radio Show !   KETR Blacklands Café

Hosts John Mark Dempsey and Cindy Roller, interview Lane Duncan on the Blacklands Café Show, during a Delta County Fair promotion on KETR 88.9 radio.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Duncan Team Whitewright Report

Well, the 2017 LSGTPA tractor pulling season is off to a start, not exactly as we had hoped for, but we are rolling nonetheless.  Our season opener appearance in Whitewright, during the Whitewright Truck & Tractor Pull, did not go as planned.  We did however, have a great time, and were excited to have been a part of a great pulling show for the fans.


Recent rains in the area, had provided for a somewhat tricky track surface for our team.  Lane would pilot both his 'Texas T-Rex' and the 'Twisted Kitty' in the LSGTPA Youth Class, and would wheel both machines in fine fashion.  First round found us catching ruts with both tractors, preventing us from making optimum passes.  Sometimes, a little luck is needed on tough track surfaces, and we somehow managed to avoid good luck with both machines ! 


Second round, we were moved to a different track, on the multiple track arena floor.  The track surface was better, but was a little stickier than what we would have liked.  The track was a hard packed clay, but was an extremely rough surface.  Our tractors perform best, on a fine sand and clay mix.  Both tractors were balanced pretty good, but our tire package may have been a little off.  We will add that info to our notebook !


After second round, we found the 'Twisted Kitty' had a needle hang open in the carburetor, causing the engine cylinder to fluid with fuel and hydraulic the engine.  Once back at the shop, we drained the fuel and oil, cleaned the carburetor, and filled the engine with fresh Rotella, Lucas Oil, and VP Race Fuel fluids.  So, both machines are now fresh and ready for the Delta County Livestock Show & Fair Pull on Saturday, April 8th. 



We are hoping for a better performance in Cooper !  We are excited to be back on the track and pulling again, with the LSGTPA teams in 2017 !






Thursday, March 16, 2017

Duncan Prepares For LSGTPA 2017 Season

The Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association 2017 pulling season is just around the corner, and Lane Duncan has his pulling team making preparations to take to the track.  Lane will again compete in the LSGTPA Youth Class, piloting two tractors with the 'Texas T-Rex' and 'Twisted Kitty' machines. 

The season opener is set for April 1st, at Whitewright, Texas.  The event will feature three pulling organizations on dual tracks.  The LSGTPA teams will compete in two rounds, with the first round scheduled for a 12 noon start.  Antique tractors will also compete at the event during the day, with the TTTPA pullers taking to the track at 6pm, with the start of the second round of LSGTPA pulling action. 


The LSGTPA teams will roll into Cooper, Texas for the Delta County Junior Livestock Show & Fair on April 8th.  The pullers will take to the Rocky Young Construction prepared track, at 2pm at Harmon Park. 


Mark your calendars and make sure to check out an LSGTPA pulling event near you !!


Lane Duncan will return to LSGTPA Youth Class competition in 2017.

Lane Duncan will once again pilot his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor, in the LSGTPA Youth Class.

Lane Duncan will return to LSGTPA Youth Class competition, aboard his 2016 Championship winning 'Twisted Kitty' tractor.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Texas T-Rex Sighting At Dallas Autorama

Lane Duncan and his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor were on hand at the 57th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama, at Dallas Market Hall.  The Duncan Motorsports team was a part of the LSGTPA tractor pulling display, promoting tractor pulling during the weekend show.  Several thousand motorsports fans and automobile aficionados attended the event, as well as several  notable celebrities. 

Lane Duncan displays his 'Texas T-Rex' LSGTPA Youth Class tractor at Dallas Autorama.

Record crowds attended the 57th Annual Dallas Autorama, where the LSGTPA tractors were on display at Dallas Market Hall.

Lane and fellow competitor, Aidan Hovind, were present to chat with fans and to announce the 2017 LSGTPA pulling schedule.  Schedules were available at the display for fans, as well as LSGTPA rule books and decals. 

Aidan Hovind and Lane Duncan revealed the 2017 LSGTPA Pulling Schedule, during the Dallas Autorama.

Motorsports fans attending the Dallas Autorama, were able to see the LSGTPA tractors up close.

Several fans were invited to take a closer look at the tractors, and enjoyed a seat aboard the pulling machines !

Some motorsports fans enjoyed some seat time aboard the 'Texas T-Rex' at Dallas Autorama.

Celebrity guests, such as Dragon Lady Sue with ASM Upholstery, and of Gas Monkey Garage fame, were seen checking out the LSGTPA tractors on display at Dallas Autorama.

Lane and his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor, representing the LSGTPA Youth Class pullers, was presented a First Place Class award during the Dallas Autorama Awards Ceremony. 

Lane Duncan's 'Texas T-Rex' was presented a First Place Class award, during the Dallas Autorama.

The team will now prepare for track mode, and will soon be back playing in the dirt !

Lane Duncan and his 'Texas T-Rex' tractor, on display at Dallas Autorama.


The team would like to congratulate everyone involved in the Dallas Autorama, for organizing and producing a quality event.  The team would also like to thank all of those involved in assisting with the LSGTPA team display and logistics.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Duncan Team Prepares For Dallas Autorama

Lane Duncan and his Duncan Motorsports LSGTPA tractor pulling team are preparing the 'Texas T-Rex' tractor for an appearance at the 57th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Dallas Autorama.  The event will be held at the Dallas Market Hall on February 17th thru 19th. 

High performance machines from all over the country will participate in the World Of Wheels and Cavalcade Of Custom show car series.  Motorsports fans will be treated to high horsepower racing machines, immaculate show cars, restored muscle cars, and even a few pulling tractors. 

The International Show Car Association sanctioned event has been conducted at the Dallas Market Hall since 1961.  The event has an estimated annual attendance of 46,000 motorsports fans. 

For more information on the event, visit the Dallas Autorama webpage at Dallas Autorama

Lane Duncan and his 'Texas T-Rex' will be on display at the Dallas Autorama.

Lane Duncan will be on hand at the Dallas Autorama, to talk a little LSGTPA tractor pulling with the fans.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Legend of the Twisted Kitty

Legend of the Twisted Kitty


My son competes in LSGTPA tractor pulling, and recently made the pulling debut of a new tractor named 'Twisted Kitty'.  Several folks made mention of the name and inquired of the origin, and to save from a long story, I had advised that the name was originally used on one of our drag cars.  I have been asked to elaborate further, so thought I might do so here.

Way back in the 1990's, I was running the streets in my 1968 Chevelle.  The small block powered and nitrous assisted Chevy could hold its own pretty well on the street, and we eventually started running the car more at the dragstrip.  Since parts breakage was always a possibility, we would often haul the Chevelle around on an open trailer, especially if we were headed to the dragstrip. 

On one particular occasion, we had decided to make a Sunday race at the Paris Drag Strip, some twenty plus miles from the shop.  I believe it was the first appearance at the track for the Chevelle during this particular season, so we opted to tow the car with the trailer.  On Saturday, I had loaded up and washed everything, so that on Sunday morning we would be ready to step in the truck and roll. 

As usual, we get to the track that morning and unload the car.  We perform some routine maintenance, like checking the fuel cell for gas, checking the air in the tires, oil and transmission fluid.  Everything was prepped and cleaned and ready to roll, so we sat around and visited until time trials.  Once we were called to the staging lanes, I drove the car up as usual and awaited our turn.  Our first pass was routine, good burn out, staged the car and launched.  At the time, the Chevelle would run low seven second passes on the eighth mile, at about eighty miles per hour.  This was a pretty good time back then, for a street car running DOT tires and mufflers ! 

Once back at the trailer, I would retrieve the time slip and talk about the run.  This particular run was pretty uneventful.....until I opened the trunk to check the fuel in the fuel cell.  We would on occasion enter the car in car shows, and the trunk was pretty nice for an old drag car.  I had a polished aluminum fuel cell, carpeted floor, and crackle paint with metal flake finish on the trunk walls.  I tried to keep it pretty clean, so was shocked at my discovery upon lifting the trunk lid.  First of all, the odor was horrendous.  Inside, splattered on the fuel cell, was some kind of foreign material that looked like chili.  All over the carpet, was what appeared to be a huge pot of gumbo that someone had dumped out !  It looked like different levels of consistency, and was splattered everywhere.  I could not imagine what had happened.  I looked around to see if anyone was laughing, at what was obviously a prank.  No one seemed to look guilty, so I went about retrieving my cleaning products to clean up the mess.  We always had our blue towels and cleaning chemicals, so I went about my business as quickly as possible, and did a pretty good job.  I was extremely mad, though, and found no humor in the prank.

We prepped the car for the next round of time trials, and rolled up to the staging lanes as normal.  I was still mad, and trying to figure out what had happened.  My turn comes up, nice burnout and staged the car, make another good pass.  Returned to the trailer back in good spirits after another successful run down the track.....until I opened the trunk.  Again, I have what looks like gumbo gone bad splattered all in my trunk, all over the fuel cell and nitrous bottle, and the stench is just beyond description.  I had used most all of my cleaning products in the previous cleanup, and now resorted to cleaning and deodorizing the trunk with gas and carburetor cleaner.  I used every chemical I could find, to try and mask the odor.  At this point, a small crowd had gathered, as word got around of the strange situation in our pit.  Various theories were produced and discussed about the assault taking place on my car, and we began a closer examination of the vehicle.  After a few minutes, my sister reported hearing a sound, of a non mechanical nature, emanating from the trunk area.  Our first lead had been discovered.

I had been running some Hoosier DOT tires on the street, and loved these tires.  They were Hoosier Dirt Bozz, designed for dirt track racing, and would hook up anywhere.  To make them fit, however, I had to clearance the inner wheel tubs just a little, and ended up with a small opening through which a little smoke would make its way into the trunk area.  It was in this area, that we finally traced the sound to, and could observe a small ball of fur.  Upon further examination, I began to recognize the object. 

I had parked our open trailer with the car, next to our woodpile out in Gadston, Texas.  This would be the same woodpile, within which a momma cat had a litter of kittens hiding.  The little critter in my trunk, and no doubt the artist responsible for redecorating the trunk interior, had apparently boarded the Chevelle on Saturday night.  The little kitty had hitched a ride with us all the way to the track, chilled in the car in the staging lanes, and had been riding shotgun with me on our time trial passes.  I guess the only problem was, either the burnout or the pass downtrack, seemed to upset the little kittys stomach.  I don't know what all he had eaten, but he seemed to have been well fed. 

After a short trial, we convicted the little kitty and decided that he should be removed and confined.  My sister had retrieved a cardboard beverage carton, and we planned the extraction.  I would wear my welding gloves, to safely latch onto the little kitty, and my sister would hold the box while I relocated our friend.  We intended to duct tape the box shut, with air holes, and would then reassess the situation.  On my first attempt at retrieval by way of the trunk, the little kitty managed to crawl back through the wheel well opening, and perched upon top of the rear tire.  I then moved outside, and was able to latch onto the kitty, with both hands, reaching up into the area above the rear tire.  Once I had secured the little kitty, I discovered that the welding gloves were not as thick as I had initially thought.  As I began to retrieve the kitty, and he was approaching the open air, he switched into attack mode.  As I realized that the welding gloves were failing their intended purpose, I began just trying to get my hand out.  Both the little kitty and I, had become pretty animated, and apparently the sights and sounds of the situation had spooked my sister.  As I turned with the attacking kitty, hoping to quickly install the ball of fur into the box, I would find my sister making her way in the opposite direction, with the box bouncing along behind her in the dust. 

I couldn't hold onto the little kitty, and quickly realized that I couldn't let him go either.  He had latched onto and through the welding gloves and into my hands.  I didn't want this thing back in my car, so I took a few steps and threw the gloves, with the kitty still attached.  Little kitty bounced a time or two, and then on about the third bounce, was pointed towards some woods on the west side of the track.  The last time I saw the little kitty, he was entering the woods at a high rate of speed.

As time went by, the occasional sighting would be reported, and the tale would be told about the little kitty that hitched a ride down the track.   More than one witness had remarked about how the little kitty 'left out of there twisted'.   We eventually began construction of another Chevelle, and while working on the wheel tubs and trunk area, the story always comes up about the little 'twisted kitty'.  And so, in the little furballs honor, we decided to call this one 'Twisted Kitty'.  The name stuck and while building our second pulling tractor, we decided to further acknowledge the little critter by applying the name to our dirt version, which is also a 1968. 

So, as the saying goes, now you know the rest of story. 


1968 Chevelle and origin of the Twisted Kitty, from around 1993.

1968 Chevelle as current day, at the birth place of the 'Twisted Kitty' namesake.

Lane Duncan at the wheel of the 'Twisted Kitty' dirt version, LSGTPA Youth Class pulling tractor, 1968 Sears Suburban.