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1/30/07

Local Driver Invited To National Tractor Pull Event

Charlie Hinds is an unassuming guy.  He's not interested in fame or fortune, even though it's interested in him. He's just following a dream he's had since 1983, when he pulled a local sled for fun.

"We started out with a truck we drove to work during the week," Hinds recalls.

But he gave up his tractor pull hobby for 17 years, to start a family and a business. That all changed three years ago.

"I got up one morning and told my wife I wanted to go pulling again," Hinds said.  "And here we are."

This time, he jumped into the sport with both feet, buying a machine built to racem, spending his free time, and money, pulling tons, upon tons of weight around an arena. And in his third year, hinds has seen tremendous success, with 19 top 10 finishes, while also winning the award for best appearing vehicle, with his Runnin' Wild-Texas Style paint scheme.

"The truck looks as good as it runs," Hinds said.

That success has earned him a spot in the coveted National Farm Machinery Show championship tractor pull competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

"It's invitation only," Hinds said.  "There's 294 applicants that apply for this, and run for this and they took 15 of us, and we were selected as one of the 15.  It's the Super Bowl of tractor pulling, and it's such an honor to be part of it."

And even though he'll be competing against guys who have been racing for more than a quarter of a century, Charlie says, he's going for all the marbles.

"A lot of these guys that we're running against, we've run against through the season," Hinds said, "and we've beaten these guys, these guys know we can beat them.  I wouldn't be going if I didn't want to win, and I wouldn't be there if they didn't think I could win it."

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