Johnson County —
In case you didn’t know it Godley is tractor country, as evidenced by the big turn out of one of Godley’s most popular annual events, the fourth annual HWH Godley Truck & Tractor Pull.
The annual event is sponsored by Godley Mafia Tractor Pulling Team, which has several national champions on it’s team. One of those is Danny Stewart, who was born and raised in Godley and was a fixture in organizing and keeping things running smoothly in the day’s activities.
More than 300 individuals showed up, with 71 registered tractor driver competitors and 141 hooks, the official term for each measured pull by a competitor. There were six pick-ups and two big rig competitors as well, but the day belonged to workhorse of the American farmer and rancher — the tractor — which was in attendance in a wide ranging variety.
From old and rusty stock models that appeared to have just come off the back 40, to fancy highly modified, chromed out performance machines built just for the sport.
Roxanne Secrest, one of the event coordinators, works for HWH Pulling Sled Inc. who provided the 36,000-pound sled that each competitor was chained to. She documented the results of each pull or hook, as they are called. HWH provides the equipment and personnel needed to have these events.
According to the 2014 tractor pulls event schedule, HWH has 17 events slated for this season. Most are in other small towns like Godley.
For information, visit hwhpulling.tripod.com.
Among the competitors, the youngest was 12-year-old Wes Stewart of Godley. He competed for the first time, driving a highly modified rig named Scrapped Metal. His father Danny was also in the competition. The oldest competitor of the day was 83-year-old Raymond Whitney of Valley Mills.
As for the tractors themselves, they came in two separate classes, the “Antique Class” for any made before 1959 and the “New/Open Class” which included anything produced from 1960 to 2014.