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      National Tractor Pulling Championships draw record crowds in BG

      Thousands turn out for the National Tractor Pulling Championships in BG over the weekend
      The National Tractor Pulling Championships wrapped up competition Sunday afternoon, and organizers say the three day event brought out the largest crowds in the NTPC's 48-year history.The NTPC are held annually at the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green, nicknamed Pulltown during the pulling championships. The competition involves vehicles of different sizes trying to pull tractors the farthest distance (donâ??t forget your earplugs!). Some of the engines of the pulling vehicles cost upward of $100,000.Spokesperson Dave Schultz says this yearâ??s National Tractor Pulling Championships brought in more than 300 competitors from across the country. And fans flocked to the fairgrounds, with attendance topping 40,000 people on Saturday, according to Schultz. He added that all of the spots in the adjacent campground sold out before Independence Day.It was a big weekend of motorsports in our area. Along with the NTPC in Bowling Green, NASCAR was in action Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Sprint Cars also hit the track at Attica Speedway Saturday night in a race sponsored by NBC 24.