The Whitworth Family—Lighting Up the Tractor-Pulling Circuit in the BBI Tractor

BBI products reflect the strength and ingenuity of the people who use them. Junior and Scott Whitworth, a father-and-son duo out of Worthington, Missouri, exemplify this fact of life in their multiple pursuits within the world of agriculture. In years past, the Whitworths raced in the high-stakes World of Outlaws sprint car circuit and have since moved on to the less physical and more cerebral world of competitive tractor pulling.

Sprint car racing utilizes high-powered cars on short, oval tracks, making for a heart-thumping, adrenaline-pumping sport. “It’s a real rush – it’s hard to explain,” said Scott Whitworth. “You never take your foot off the accelerator.  It’s such a demanding sport that you even have to re-train yourself how to breathe during a competition – and at an average of 140 miles per hour on a 1/2 mile track, it’s easy to see how that might be a difficult feat.

“I would liken it to a footrace,” Scott added. “You really have to pace yourself physically; you take a terrible beating.”

While Scott and Junior never took home any major trophies, they remain important figures in the annals of sprint car racing because of the consistency of their solid performances in the points standings throughout the years. Perennial top-five finishers known for their formidable qualifying times, the Whitworth team proved to be a force to be reckoned with throughout their sprint car days.

While the physical demands of sprint car racing led the two to leave the World of Outlaws series, their competitive fire continued to burn.  So the Whitworths joined another gang of Outlaws—this time the Outlaw Tractor Pulling circuit, where Scott is the driver of the BBI Spreaders tractor in the lightweight super-stock class.

Much more of a display of mechanical prowess than driver savvy and endurance, tractor pulling attracts a wide audience of people with very real connections to agriculture—from farmers and ranchers and equipment dealers to 4-Hers and FFAers. For the competitors, it’s a chance to show their mechanical shop know-how in front of a family-friendly circuit that ties in with major ag shows around the country.  Scott explained, “Tractor pulling is won at the shop during the week - who makes the best choices on weight, who has the best tune-up. But what I love the most about the pull series is the family environment.  While the sprint car series attracts plenty of families, it’s also a rough-and-tumble crowd attracted to the danger of the races. The pull series is a wonderful opportunity for our family, since I get to travel with my father and my own two sons.  We really enjoy the time together.”

Scott sees the partnership with BBI as a perfect fit, since the company is so dedicated to designing high-performance spreaders and maintains a real commitment to him and the Whitworth team, unlike any other sponsor he’s seen on the pulling circuit. “Our partnership with BBI has been absolutely huge for our family in so many ways. It gives us some real clout having a sponsor of this importance, and the company’s president, Richard Hagler, has really honored us with his personal commitment to the team. He’s come out to several events to cheer us on, and at a recent trophy presentation in Kansas City, he was the only CEO from a sponsoring company there to present to his team on behalf of the series.”

Despite all of the traveling and shop time invested into their tractor-pulling, the Whitworths maintain a sizeable family farm back home in the Show-Me State. “We’re a kind of a four-pronged deal,” explained Scott. “We row crop about 6,200 acres with corn, wheat and soybeans. We also have about 1,200 brood cows and 10,000 hogs, plus we own a small trucking company to support our crop and cattle trade.”

And what would a Whitworth farm be without a BBI spreader? With 1,200 cows and 10,000 hogs, the Whitworth’s generate enough manure to spread back onto their crop-land, making BBI’s Endurance spreader a key asset in their operations. “An Endurance will run every day on our farm so long as the weather’s fit,” elaborated Junior. With such an abundance of manure, Scott sells the dried material to others in the area. However, when customers ask how they’re supposed to spread the material, Scott doesn’t miss a beat, promoting Junior’s dealership, Worthington Ag Service, where his father stocks many of BBI’s spreaders for litter and manure, as well as fertilizer, lime, and many other applications to support the ag business in three-state area of Missouri, Iowa, and Kansas. In addition to stocking nearly the entire line of BBI’s spreaders, Junior also sells trucks and truck parts, as well as traditional ag inputs such as fertilizer, feed, and seed.

Junior stated that he routinely sees the benefits of the family’s efforts, along with BBI, from their participation in the pull series, at the Worthington Ag Service dealership. “People come in all the time to meet us, and they love talking about the pull series. Many of our fans root for us because we run the BBI tractor, but for many more, we’re introducing them to the BBI name.  These folks are becoming Worthington Ag customers and BBI customers, impressed with the great spreaders we sell.”