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     When tractor pulling began in the western New York area it was virtually unorganized. With different rules at each pull and no Board of Directors to see that things went as planned and scheduled, unorganized was the only thing it could be. If pulling competition was to exist and progress in western New York, then something had to be done.
     In the winter of 1974-75, a group of pullers united one evening and decided that a set of uniform rules were needed if the tractor pulling events were to continue. As the night progressed, things began to gel with Joe Telaak voted as president and other people for the other offices, the "Western New York Tractor Pullers Association" was organized.
     The first year the organized club had scheduled six sanctioned pulls, with a total purse of $2,500 and a mere membership of 25 members. From 1975 to 1978 the membership, number of tractors and sanctioned pulls increased to a point that WNYTPA became incorporated.
     As the interest grew among spectator and puller, so did the membership. In 1980 expansion branched in the direction of 4-wheel drive trucks; in 1981 semi-super stock tractors were added and in 1982 the econo-modified tractors were added. 2-wheel drive trucks were next to be sanctioned in 1983.
     In 1984 the truck pullers decided to break away and form their own organization. They called themselves the Empire State Pullers (ESP). The two clubs ran seperate for 4 years before merging back together in the winter of 1987-88. The club voted to retain the ESP name. Since that time classes have come and gone. The 4-wheel drive truck division was dropped after the 1994 season due to low numbers. The super farm class was added to the lineup in 1998. 2001 saw the final season for the econo-modified class. Today ESP sanctions five classes of competition- light and heavy super stock tractors, modified tractors, two-wheel drive trucks and super farm tractors.
     Over the years the club has been sanctioned by many different organizations including the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA), TNT Motorsports, the American Tractor Pullers Association (ATPA), and USA Pulling. Since 2007 ESP has been affiliated with the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League out of Brownstown, IN.
     In 2017 ESP will sanction events throughout western and central New York, northern Pennsylvania, and southern Ontario with a total purse of nearly $250,000. 




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