Aaron Powell 2016 2.5 Class Sled Pull National Champion
In 2016 the NHRDA added the National Championship in the 2.5 sled pulling class and the first champion was Aaron Powell of West Plain, Missouri. Aaron was able to compete for the NHRDA National Championship from the help of his sponsors Baillie Diesel, the support from his dad and with the help from all the guys back at the shop keeping it going while he was on the road.
Diesel TV caught up with the new champion in the winner's circle:
Aaron's season started at the NHRDA Texas Diesel Nationals in Ennis, Texas. Powell took the victory with distance of 364 feet in his "High Roller" 2001 Dodge.
Then Aaron and his team made the long distance trip all the way to the Desert Diesel Nationals in Arizona. Aaron and his team did a great job setting the truck up for the newly built sled pull track and made the trip worthwhile as they took home the trophy with a 314 foot pull.
Video of Powell's Winning Pull in Phoenix (Diesel TV)
The next event that Powell was able to make was the NHRDA Midwest Truckin Nationals in Aaron's home state of Missouri. There was a lot bragging rights on the line that night in St. Louis as all the locals came out to see if they could take down the 2.5 points leader. Powell was able to hold on to get the win but only by a foot as Powell had a distance of 299 feet to Andrew Karker's 298 feet. With the win Powell extended his points lead in 2.5.
The 2016 NHRDA Sled Pulling season didn't quite end the way Powell was hoping for as he rolled into the NHRDA World Finals with the points lead in 2.5 but he also wanted the NHRDA 2.5 World Championship. It came down to a distance of 2 feet that separated Aaron Powell and Eric Whitmarsh in the 2.5 class. But with the runner-up at the World Finals Powell clinched his first ever NHRDA National Championship.
When the NHRDA's Randy Cole asked Aaron about how his season went, Aaron replied "Just trying to get a few wins under our belts." Aaron racked up three wins this season in the NHRDA 2.5 class. Powell also stated the he "is ready for the season to be over." Powell will be looking at defending his NHRDA 2.5 National Championship next year when the NHRDA Sled Pulling season kicks off.