On a warm, clear summer evening in Central Missouri, the night air practically thunders to life as 3,000 horsepower of tractor-pulling power is started and modified machines of farm implement heritage rumble down a dirt track. While the behemoths of the National Tractor Pullers Association Midwest Extreme Truck and Tractor Pull are pushed to the limits of what an engine will do, they are doing it with a green blend of soybean-based B20 biodiesel.
This United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff sponsored event is a chance to highlight the great performance of the green fuel in these extreme conditions.
Domestic Fuel caught up with a couple of the players at the recent event in Jefferson City… corn & soybean farmer and puller Dennis Shramek, along with Donnie Bungart, who makes and runs the biodiesel-powered sleds… to get their thoughts on the sport and the biodiesel that fuels all that power.
You can hear their comments… and feel a bit of the biodiesel-fueled thunder… here: [audio:http://www.zimmcomm.biz/domesticfuel/DFCast-9-04-09.mp3]