Driver: Larry Koester


  • 1992 Named “Mini Modified Puller of the Year”
  • 2001 Won his first points championship in the mini-modified division; nominated “Mini Modified Puller of the Year”
  • 2003 Nominated “Mini Modified Puller of the Year”
  • 2006 Won his second points championship, with son, Adam, finishing second
  • 2007 Finished fourth in the Pennzoil Cup
  • Earned runner-up points finishes in 1992, 2002,2005 and 2007
  • 2008 Claimed his third championship with son, Adam, finishing second; finished third in the Pennzoil Cup; nominated ”Mini Modified Puller of the Year”
  • 2001 & 2008 National Tractor Pulling Championship Ring Winner – Bowling Green, OH
  • 2009 Finished third in the championship point standings with son, Adam, finishing right behind him in fourth
  • 2010 Debuted new sponsor Shell Rotella and earned three event wins
  • 2011 Finished third in points
  • 2012 Finished seventh in Grand National points
  • 2013 Finished fifth in Grand National Points

Date of Birth: July 29, 1954
Residence: St. Wendel, IN
Wife: Coral “Caesar”
Children: Ashley (Corzine), Adam

The 2014 season will mark Larry Koester’s 28th year of tractor pulling in the mini-modified division. Koester started competing as a hobby following a farm tractor accident in 1986. Once a mechanism for the brakes and throttle to drive the “Footloose” machine was figured out, what started as a hobby soon transformed into much more.

Once in competition, Larry quickly set himself apart. In 1992, he was named “Mini Modified Puller of the Year” and also received recognition for his runner- up finish. In 1998, Larry was offered sponsorship by Pennzoil. “Footloose” was renamed as “Pennzoil Footloose” and painted the Pennzoil trademark color, bright yellow.While Larry still maintains this strong relationship with this sponsoring company today, the team switched to Shell Rotella in 2010 and continues to carry those colors.

Larry is the most visible and popular driver on the NTPA Mini Modified Circuit, and was nominated “Mini Modified Puller of the Year” in 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2008. Larry reaches out beyond the track when possible. He is very involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, leveraging his success on the track to help raise thousands of dollars for the foundation throughout the pulling season and volunteering his time as a spokesperson.