PUTTING IN THE TIME AND THE WEEKEND HOURS…MEET THE AFDAHL FAMILY AND THEIR WEEKEND MISTRESS
With a team that puts in several hours, including driving, wrenching and maintaining their great running tractor, pulling season starts at the end of May and finishes up on Labor Day hence the Weekend Mistress is very appropriately named. The Hammond, Wisconsin pulling team made up of Kurt (43), wife Autumn (40) and daughter Kiara (12) puts in the long hours and take great pride in putting their red 1066 on the Wisconsin dirt.
ITS PULLING DAY: A typical Day starts at 7 a.m., putting hoods back on, waxing tractor, then loading it into hauler. They it’s time to hit the road for a 2-4 hour drive arriving by noon. Then mix in some relaxation time for a bit then unload, fill fuel and water tank. Check air in tires, wipe down tractor and check oil. Kurt, who is now the new President of WTPA then walks around awhile. Then they watch the track getting built, walk the track and watch classes before they hook to judge the track then they pull. After his hook they go back to trailer where his wife Autumn plugs in data logger to read all gauges and Kurt checks the screen in his oil filter for filings or debris. If it’s all good they load up and either camp out and socialize or drive home.
UNDER THE HELMET WITH KURT: The fan in the stands has no idea of the sick feeling you get when backing up to sled , the anxiety when building rpm’s, then the incredible rush when the dash lights turn green and you slip the clutch and the nose lifts. Another thing that Kurt really enjoys is signing autographs
A ONE IN A MILLION WOMAN: Kurt was selling the puller to buy a late model race car until his wife vetoed it. She is more die hard than I am. “Yep, she’s one in a million started Kurt. Pulling fans thank goodness for all those die hard pulling women out there.
KURT LOOKS UP TO FELLOW PULLERS: Esdon Lehn, Chris Pichler and Mark Peissig