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Local Man Takes 3rd in Modified Class at Marion County Fair ITPA Tractor Pull with Custom Tractor

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

The Illinois Tractor Pulling Association put on a tractor pull at the Marion County Fair on Monday that featured Tractors from five classes ranging from the 1050 Super Stock Class to the big 10,000 Pro Stock Class.

Competing in the 5800 Modified Class was Russel Vandevere, a Kinmundy man and Secretary of the Marion County Fair, pulling in his custom built tractor, "The Russler". The Russler is unique among its class, partially because of a large, Vietnam era Lycoming T-53 helicopter engine that powers the tractor.

"It's a turbine powered engine out of a Vietnam Era Helicopter. I just built it within the last six months." Vandevere said.

Vandevere acquired the hard-to-find engine through an acquaintance. He's competed in 20 Tractor Pulls already this year, most in the last 6 weeks. He's currently in 3rd place in the entire state in the 5800 Modified Class. He took third place during Tuesday's event in his class with a score of three two zero point oh eight, right behind  Jacob Ohl of Danville, Illinois, who placed first, and John Young of Bismarck, Illinois, who placed second.

The top five in each category during the pull were as follows:

9200 Limited Pro:

Dirk Niermann of Nashville, IL

Mick Gajewski of Ashley, IL

Aaron Esker of Fults, IL

Wayne Tedder of Tamaroa, IL

Daniel Bartling of Nashville, IL

5800 Modified:

Jacob Ohl of Danville, IL

John Young of Bismarck, IL

Russel Vandevere of Kinmundy, IL

Bill Bales of Shumway, IL

Chase Lowry of Reynolds, IN

10000 Pro Stock

Jeff Sapp of Huntsville, IL

Dennis Schnitker of Hoyleton, IL

Ed Orrell, Jr. of Carlyle, IL

Jerry Ruhnow of Osco, IL

Nick McCormick of Stewardson, IL

5500 Classic

Jerry Bolsen of Lovington, IL

Dirk Casteel of Lovington, IL

Larry Vonderheide of Stewardson, IL

Lynn Johnson of Elkhart, IL

Brock Casteel of Lovington, IL

1050 Super Stock

Gary Quick of Odin, IL

John Cress of Strasburg, IL

Kevin Vogel of Effingham, IL

Erik Prike of Effingham, IL

Carl Zimmermann of Earlville, IL

The festivities at the fair continue this week with the Queen Pageant taking place tonight, the Demolition Derby on Friday, and the National NTPA Tractor Pull taking place on Saturday.

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