Springfield and Robertson County have long been a hot bed of truck and tractor pulling activity since the 1960’s. The first organized pulling event was held at the Robertson County Fairgrounds in 1971 and has continued until today. Many of the founding families are still deeply involved in Springfield’s truck and tractor pulling.
Pulling in Robertson County began a new chapter when the first Southern Nationals Pro Pulling Event was held at the fairgrounds in September 2015.
Since that time, two of of the event's long-time participants, Jay Fuqua & Don Head, both lost their lives to cancer. Don & Jay were avid pullers who contributed so much to the sport they loved.
To honor these Robertson County natives, the community held their first benefit pull in May 2018 in their names, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Sarah Cancer Fund at the American Cancer Society.
Both Jay and Don will be remembered for their love of pulling and for their many contributions to the sport. During the 2018 event, two granite plaques honoring Don and Jay were placed at the starting line and now rest in a Memorial Garden at the East end of the grandstands.
DON HEAD driving "Heads Up" JAY FUQUA driving "Tennessee Tracks"
The Fuqua and Head Families at the Dedication Ceremony in 2018 at the Robertson County Fairgrounds
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Mike Baggett, Bob Barbee & Wayne Leding