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September 17, 2012

North Mankato’s Kim Moore a big-time tractor puller

NORTH MANKATO — Had Kim Moore — or the men in her family — known she was “a natural,” perhaps she wouldn’t have waited until she was in her mid-30s to get into a machine.

But there aren’t many women who participate in truck and tractor pulling, so she didn’t think about trying it when she was 16 like her brothers did.

Moore’s dad, Dennis Christensen of Glencoe, has been pulling since 1968, and her brothers, Chad and Doug, began as soon as they could.

As for Kim ...

“I was doing girl stuff with my mom,” she said. “I went and got a job at a grocery store.”

Today, Moore, the 41-year-old North Mankato resident, is a top puller, having taken fourth place Saturday at the National Tractor Pullers Association championships, also called the Enderle Pulloffs, in Urbana, Ohio. A year ago, she took second place in the two-wheel-drive truck class there.

To get to nationals, she beat both of her brothers at state and regionals. This year, she won the Region 3 title, covering Minnesota, Wisconsin and parts of Iowa and Illinois.

The object of truck and tractor pulling is to see who can pull a heavy sled the farthest. As the truck moves down the track, the weight transfers on the sled, making the pull more difficult. May the best vehicle — and best driver — win.

It was 2005 when Moore approached her brothers and asked if she could try driving one of their trucks. They weren’t took keen to the idea, though, telling her, “No way. You’ll break it.”

“They don’t share very well,” she said.

Eventually, they relented and took their sister to a test track and hooked one of the trucks up to a sled. Their only advice: “Whatever you do, don’t let off the throttle,” for fear of breaking the front end.

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