The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Season has come to a close, and what a season it was! In one of the most competitive classes in recent history, the championship points race came down to the wire. Going into the final event in Waynesburg, PA. The storylines were impressive! What would be the outcome? Would rookie Bethany Nelson take her title and put a star on an unbelievable freshman campaign? Could Jeremy Nelson come from behind and continue the late season dominance that he is so known for? Could he snatch the title? The pulling world waited patiently as the news trickled out of the Greene County Fairgrounds.
When the dust settled on Waynesburg, not only were all four midnight trucks firmly in the top 7 in points, our own Bethany Nelson was standing proudly at the top of the pile. In winning the Champions Tour, Bethany joined a very elite club of people who have won a State, Regional, and National points title in their rookie season. Bethany showed the experience of a seasoned veteran in her hunt for the title while she led the points early and often. Bethany won the title by just 5 points, but was impressive during her run. When asked about her thoughts on the year, The Altamont, Illinois based driver of the Wild One Chevrolet, had this to say.
"Our season with the Wild One truck was just spectacular. We went into the season with little expectation, so to come out as a points champion is pretty crazy" "I get a lot of the glory, but without Wild One Chassis, Sassy Racing Engines, and the help of my team, none of this would be possible".
For the fourth year in a row, a driver from Midnight Motorsports will stand at the season ending banquet and accept the points championship. For the second year in a row, Midnight has two trucks in the top two positions with two different drivers than last year. Jeremy Nelson has shown in recent years that he is among the best at coming on strong in the middle of the season and the 2014 campaign was no different. Jeremy won an impressive four of the final 6 events, including the final event at Waynesburg. When reflecting on the season, Jeremy Nelson says this. "Although we didn't get off to the start we had hoped for, we seemed to find the "happy setup" for the Speedco Gambler which made for a great 2nd half season charge. It definately felt good to finish with a win and a second place finish in the points and should make for a great off season".
Jared Nelson had to wear many hats in the 2014 season, for the first time in his professional career, not only did he have to worry about driving, tuning, and setting up his own " Miles Beyond 300 Midnight Revenger" Chevrolet, but Jared was also in charge of tuning, and setting up Bethany's "Wild One". Jared also served as a veteran advisor to help his wife win the title. The Midnight Revenger followed up last year's second place finished with a great season where he finished in the number 4 position in points and swelled with pride when asked about his season. "2014 was definately a season to remember with winning points titles in three different points races with the same truck." "It was a lot of work getting adjusted to running two trucks, but I think we did pretty well in the first season with two and I give my driver all the credit." "She did awesome all season long with making great passes day in and day out".
John Mumma finished his season aboard the "After Midnight" Chevy SSR in the number 7 position. Highlights of the season were second place finishes at Evansville, Indianapolis, and Waynesburg. When asked about his thoughts on the season, John replied. "Another great year for Midnight Motorsports! All the hard work and long hours are well worth the rewards. I am disappointed in my year, but cannot be upset with 7th place. We look forward to the 2015 season".
The points season is in the books and now it's time to celebrate the positions and receive rewards at the banquet in October but before we do so, our team will travel to Joplin, Missouri next Friday September 26th, to make some passes as part of the Speedco sponsored Guilty by Association event hosted by 4 State Trucks.
Midnight Motorsports would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support this season and as always, thank YOU the fans for your support. Stay tuned to this page as well as our facebook page for updates from the banquet and off season news and notes.