Truck and Tractor Pull roars through Tonasket

T.J. Tjoelker's

T.J. Tjoelker’s “Runnin’ in the Red” throws off plenty of heat at Saturday’s Truck and Tractor Pulls.

TONASKET – Noise, smoke and dirt filled the air at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds on Saturday, July 14, as the Tonasket Comancheros hosted their Third Annual Truck and Tractor Pulls.

Actually, it was a two-day event, with local amateurs making a go at it on Friday. Saturday had its fill of local talent as well, but most of the anticipation was for the professionals of the Moonlighter Pulling Team of Spokane and their modified diesel trucks, smoker tractors and multi-engine tractors.

On hand to announce the three-hour event was Good Morning Northwest anchor Mark Peterson of KXLY Channel 4 of Spokane, who originally helped to bring the Truck and Tractor Pulls to Tonasket and whose promotion of Tonasket on his show helped ensure a full house.

Peterson was honored with a proclamation by Tonasket mayor Patrick Plumb, and a “key to the city” from the Comancheros, presented by Bud “Budley the Clown” McSpadden.

Tonasket boasted a pair of winners in amateur pulls, including Robert Willis in Light Stock and Rob Anderson in Stock Diesel.

Other winners included Josh Amoth in Heavy Stock; Dan Garvin in Mod Diesel; Jason Burton in Unlimited Diesel; Butch Phelps, driving “Backseat Driver” in Pro Mod; Brent VanDalen, driving “WA-2-Cee” in Smoker Tractors; Brad Campbell, driving “Bad to the Bone” in Two-wheel Drive; and Jack Wheatly, driving “Major Woodie” in Multi-Engine Tractors.

Following the event, fans were invited into the arena to visit with drivers and crew and get a close-up look at the over-sized engines.

Top Three Finishers (each class):


1st – Robert Willis

2nd – Kevin Fletcher

3rd – Chuck Cone


1st – Josh Amoth

2nd – John Harriso

3rd – Chris Jack

Stock Diesel

1st – Rob Anderson

2nd – Brian Whitney

3rd – Clayton Jones

Mod Diesel

1st – Dan Garvin

2nd – Brandie Calloway

3rd – Cody Paton

Umlimited Diesel

1st – Jason Burton

2nd – Garrett Parlette

3rd – D.J. Calloway

Smoker Tracktors

1st – Brent VanDalen – WA-2-Cee

2nd – Mick VanDalen – Big Green Tractor

3rd – Ty Tjoelker – Runnin’ in the Red

Pro Mod

1st – Butch Phelps – Back Seat Driver

2nd – Jenny Bocook – Moonlighter

3rd – Steve Henjum – Limited Edition

2-wheel Drive

Brad Campbell – Bad to the Bone

Multi-Engine Tractor

1st – Jack Wheatly – Major Woodie

2nd – Russ Hodges – General Chaos

About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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