You Won’t Believe How Far This Cannon Shot A Pumpkin
The third annual Extreme Chunkin competition wrapped up at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, and once again it was American Chunker taking home the biggest hardware. The two-time reigning champion out of Merrimack, N.H., used a strong tailwind to record its longest launch of the weekend – 4,381 feet – to take first place in the Air Cannon Division and defend its crown as the ultimate pumpkin chucker.
Joining American Chunker as champions were Yankee Siege II (2,218 feet) in the Trebuchet Division, Chunk Norris (3,095 feet) in the Catapult/Torsion Division, and Chunk 58 (1,490 feet) in the Youth Division.
The unseasonably warm mid-October weather and strong northeasterly winds provided a perfect combination for some of the longest launches in the three-year history of the event. All four champions recorded the longest of their launches in Sunday’s third and final round. Competitors in each division receive three opportunities – two on Saturday and one on Sunday – to fire their pumpkins from the S9 Reserved RV Parking area across the speedway’s property.