For Shramek pulling (and winning) is in the blood
When you're sixteen and waiting for a day to arrive, time can seem to move too slowly.
“Earlier this week, when I knew I was going to be pulling, it seemed like it was taking forever,” said Braden Shramek. “On the way here, it seemed like we had to drive more than 300 miles. As we were getting ready, it just seemed like I was helping Dad, but when I put the fire-suit on and climbed into the seat, I realized it was finally here.”
Saturday night, Shramek, a rising junior at North Callaway, made his tractor pulling debut in the X-Caliber 8,500 pound Diesel Super-stock Tractor division at the ninth annual Mexico Young Farmers Truck and Tractor Pull held at the Audrain County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Behind the wheel of the appropriately named “Young Blood” tractor, Shramek revved his engine as he waited for the green light and flag and then in a cloud of black smoke and flying sand took the lead in the division with a pull distance of 304.06 feet.
“It happened a lot faster than I thought it would,” Shramek said. “I was nervous but Dad was talking to me on the radio. It felt great.”
But once wasn't good enough for the young man with an infectious grin. He wanted to prove he could do the job on his own.
After completing that first pull, Shramek drove back behind the grandstand and exchanged “Young Blood” for a brand new tractor named “Legacy” and returned to the starting area.
This second time, without radio headsets or guidance, Shramek ripped off a pull of 314.03 feet that set the more than 2,500 members of the audience cheering wildly.
“It was just awesome,” Shramek said. “I'll never forget it.”
Shramek is a third generation puller. His father, Brian, and grandfather, Dennis, have been involved in competitive pulling for many years.
The family lives in the Kingdom City/Williamsburg area but operate farms in Audrain County.