|The truck that bears Kathy's name, but she has no complaints!
The Petro Family has been a staple on the national pulling scene for the last three decades, but it started even before then. Randy Petro was known for his prowess in the modified four wheel drive category but also because he had a truck that was convertible. The rear axles could slide back and Randy would often enter the Super Modified Four Wheel Drive class as well. As a resident motorhead, Kathy enjoyed going to pulls and the dirt late model races, so when she met Randy it was a perfect match. "Randy was a puller before I came along and it just seemed right. That is what we would do. Over the years we have continued to support the pulling community not just in our local area but on the Grand National and Regional Circuit as well" stated Kathy. That support is evident as the family competes quite often, but it isn't just on the Grand National Circuit that they showcase their prowess. They are not afraid to roll into a small brush pull in a neighboring state of their home in Ohio.
|Where it all began for Jessie Petro!
Understand that Kathy Petro is involved with the team; she is another set of hands who is capable of turning wrenches for her guys when they are working hard on one of the four two wheel drive trucks that they campaign. "Randy and Jessie are well oiled machines when it comes to the shop, so I do my best not to disrupt the flow of production" added Kathy. On a recurring basis, Kathy's tasks include helping to pull pistons and put them in their specific order on the rack that Jessie and Randy have designed. If they need her to disassemble one of the Minor Brother's Racing engines that they lean so hard on, she is willing to get her hands dirty to ensure the guys can keep working on other jobs, however when it comes to assembly, Kathy opts to let the guys focus on that aspect.
In the Petro household there has often been a discussion about who the driving force behind the team is and with a quick conversation with Kathy it quickly becomes apparent. "My dad and I always joke that mom likes to go pulling more than we do. She is there to support us in every facet; she does the things that are just as vital for us to get down the track but aren't recognized by the fans in the stands. We truly couldn't ask for a more supportive person for what we do" commented Jessie Petro. For her part, Kathy couldn't be more proud of what her guys have been able to achieve with their team over their lifetime within the sport.
|Jessie, Joey, Kathy, and Randy at Tomah!
Kathy Petro is a loving wife, a supportive mother, and a respected statistician, but most of all she is a diehard pulling fan who lends her observant eye and expertise to her guys from Camden, Ohio!