Every year the diesel community invades Bowling Green, Kentucky for the TS Performance Outlaw Diesel Drag Race and Sled Pull. This year was no different! Competitors from all around the country came out with their race and sled pulling trucks in tow as well as thousands of spectators to witness the horsepower, torque, speed and carnage that these diesel machines can produce.
Even though Friday morning began with less than favorable weather conditions, Beech Bend Raceway was quickly filling up with competitors, vendors and spectators who were hoping that the rain held out for the day. We watched several trucks and even diesel powered muscle cars run down the track before the afternoon rain set in to ultimately cancel drag racing for the day. As the rain came down, the track emptied out and racers, vendors and spectators all hoped for a dry Saturday.
Saturday came and it was just what we hoped for. While cloudy and uncertain in the morning, the rain held off and events went on at both locations. Making up a day for the rain cancellation, the drag racing continued at Beech Bend Raceway while the rest of the crowd was in Franklin, KY anxiously awaiting the late afternoon bikini contest and the evening sled pull.
As the day went by the weather became nicer and nicer. Around late afternoon, the crowd shifted down the hill from vendor alley to the annual TS Performance Outlaw Bikini Contest. The TS Fuel Girls started the show by throwing out some freebies to the crowd. The 28 girl line-up kept the crowd energized as the judges tallied up their scores and crowned the winner as Ms. TS Outlaw 2013.
Shortly after that, the stands and every area around the 3 lane sled pulling track were filled to capacity as the highly anticipated tractor and truck pulls began. The entire crowd watched as the top sled pulling trucks in the country hooked to the sled and went down the track.
As always, the TS Performance Outlaw Diesel Drag Race and Sled Pull is a great time for everyone. As one of the biggest events in the country it must be on your diesel to-do list. Thanks to TS Performance for hosting another great event and all the fans in the diesel community that come out to attend!
This past weekend, XDP set up at the 4-Wheel Jamboree, which took place in Lima, Ohio, for three days of mud slingin’, tire rippin’, suspension pummeling excitement. Except for a few brief periods of light rain on Saturday, the conditions in Lima were the best in years. That led to 3 full days of great 4-wheeling action that left the weekend’s crowd roaring after each day of racing.
For all you fellow diesel enthusiasts who were at the Lima Jamboree, you already know the highlight of XDP’s weekend in Lima. On Saturday, the biggest day of the event with the stands packed, Dave Radzierez driver of the XDP Cummins powered Monster Truck BEAT Big Foot driven by the very talented Dan Runte! Yes that Big Foot!
Last season was the first for the new XDP chassis and all year Dave and Michelle who run the team worked long and hard at getting this truck dialed in. To see the progress in speed, power, and reliability early in the 2013 season is exciting. We’ve got a couple more highly technical issues to sort, but they will get it and we’ll roll coal over the competition again soon I’m sure!
As for the rest of the event, the 4-Wheel Jamboree was a great time with many classes of entertaining racing taking place, along with plenty of great food, cold drinks, and socializing in between. XDP offered up a huge list of performance part show specials that many took advantage of as well. Also, a big thanks to Rick from MBRP who was our neighbor all weekend and helped answer many exhaust related technical questions for those stopping by the exhibits.
If you missed Lima this year, try not to beat yourself up and instead check out XDP’s event calendar and plan a trip to come experience it yourself at the next XDP event in your area.
Our next 4 Wheel Jamboree with the XDP Monster Truck is June 22-23 in Springfield MO at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. We hope to see many of our friends and supporters there!
The 2013 Diesel Power Challenge is upon us. With only a few days left to prepare, the competitors must soon hit the road to make it to Denver for Monday, May 6th.
The following is the list of competitors that will come out and battle for a chance to be crowned king of the 2013 Diesel Power Challenge.
David Heafner: ’99 F-250
Matthew Doyle: ’11 F-250
Wesley Beech: ’08 F-250
Erik Clausen: ’08 F-250 (Returning Champ)
Tony Rizzi: ’04 GMC Sierra 3500
Shilo Ellingford: ’06 Chevy Silverado 2500
Willie Lewis: ’08 Chevy Silverado 2500
Banean Woosley: ’05 Dodge Ram 2500
Chris Hillison: ’04 Dodge Ram 2500
Paul Cato: ’07.5 Dodge Ram 2500
Remember to follow XDP on Twitter and check our Facebook often for live updates during the event.
(Pictured: 2012 DPC Champion Erik Clausen on the dyno.)
2013 Diesel Power Challenge, Presented by XDP
XDP as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2013 Diesel Power Challenge
XDP, your true “One-Stop-Shop” for Duramax, Cummins & Powerstroke performance products has once again signed on as the presenting sponsor of the 2013 Diesel Power Challenge.
Every year, Diesel Power Magazine and its readers select 9 of the most powerful, well-rounded street machines in North America. This brings the total to 10 when you include the 2012 returning champion Erik Clausen who’s coming back to defend his title with his 2008 Ford F-250. The 3 GM’s, 3 Dodge’s & 4 Ford trucks will battle for bragging rights in this grueling torture test.
Day 1 starts the Dyno Competition where these trucks will spin the rollers and test the strength of their trucks’ drivetrain, engine and the nerves of the competitor in the driver’s seat. Incredible horsepower and torque numbers along with deafening nitrous backfires and drivetrain destruction are extremely common in the first day of this event. For those who survive, it’s on to the next event.
Day 2 is at the track! Bandimere Speedway to be exact; a track at elevation carved into the side of the Rockies elevates these trucks far from sea level where we can see what performs and what doesn’t at over 5,000 feet. Combine this event with a trailer-tow obstacle course and trailer-tow drag race; it’s easy to see how this is yet another part of the grueling torture test that these trucks must go through.
This brings us to the final day. Day 3 generally starts off a bit more relaxed as this is the mileage test. The trucks drive through the scenic areas of the Denver Colorado outskirts to test which truck can dominate the dyno, tear up the track and STILL get decent fuel economy. After the fill up and fuel mileage calculations, the trucks and their exhausted drivetrains make it to the sled pull for one last go. The trucks hook to a sled and see who can pull it the furthest. After that, the stats are tallied and the winner is announced!
You’re probably wondering, how can I see all of this? The answer is simple. The Diesel Power Challenge is filmed and sold on DVD so even in the comfort of your own living room; you’ve got the best seat in the house to see the all the carnage, horsepower and torque! Make sure to check the XDP Facebook and sign up for the XDP Newsletter as we’ll have video teasers and details on the release of the 2013 Diesel Power Challenge DVD.
This past weekend XDP took a trip to Ennis Texas for the National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA) 2013 MBRP Diesel Drag Racing Series. This was the 6th Annual NHRDA Texas Diesel Nationals and included some of the top competitors from across the country in diesel drag racing, Show & Shine, Dyno competition and everyone’s favorite, the Burnout Contest. Furthermore, for the first time the NHRDA also included an adrenaline pumping sled pull event at Ennis Texas.
On Saturday the weather was set up for a perfect day of racing in the Lone Star State. Drag racing started off the day with trucks tearing up the track for a better part of the day. For the pro stock class Wade Moody from Mechanicsville MD in his 2001 S-10 ran a 7.782 sec. at 181.03 mph defeating Gage Makinen from Billings MT, in his 1999 Chevy who was a close second at 12.591 sec. at 111.52 mph. Super Street winner Brian Spooner from Lloydminister AB in his 2002 Dodge secured the win with a time of 9.690 sec at 142.85 mph. The sled pulling event started later in the day and went on into the evening with fans lined up at the track to watch these purpose built trucks do some damage on the track. The 2.6 class was dominated by Jim Greenway of Galena MO pulling in his 2007 Dodge, “Baillie Diesel”; His distance was an astonishing 314.00 ft. For the 3.0 class the famous “Scheid Diesel” truck driven by Brad Ingram of Farina IL pulled a very impressive 335.01 ft for the win.
|Overall, the NHRDA event at Texas Diesel Nationals was a success. The weather was flawless, the crowd was pumped and the drivers did not disappoint. If you would like to check out the next NHRDA event it will be the Jefferson State Diesel Nationals held at the Redding Dragstrip in Redding, CA. This event will be held on May 18th 2013.
Landing a new job is good. Landing a new job doing something you love is better. Landing a new job doing something you love and that you have years of experience and knowledge in is the BEST! That best case scenario was the case for Cody and Jose, our two new performance specialists who we welcomed to our sales team in January. Only this time at our new showroom and sales center at XDP’s growing Las Vegas facility.
Joe (extension 211) is a hardcore Duramax guy and Cody (extension 212) a dedicated Cummins 5.9 guy. Between them they bring over 12 years of experience in diesel technology, each having heavily modified trucks of their own. Their addition to the XDP sales team continues the growth in XDP’s Las Vegas facility along with a growing XDP west coast presence.
If you’re in the Vegas area, stop by and say hello or call in and contact them at their extension.
The National Hot Rod Diesel Association hosted the season’s first event this weekend at Auto-Plus Raceway, Gainesville Florida. We had a great turn out with several vendors, diesel enthusiasts, and spectators attending despite the forecast which called for heavy rain and tornado warnings for that area.
It was prominent that the weatherman was not stopping these racers from going down the track or getting on the Dyno. As soon as the track dried up and the sun was shining the turbos started whistling along with tires screeching. Unfortunately only one race was able to ensue before another treacherous down pour flooded the track and called an end to the racing.
As far as the Dyno event went 17 trucks strapped up with Shane Phinney of Quincy, FL coming in first place. Shanes Chevy Duramax produced an impressive 919.2 hp and 1320 tq. Second place went to Chris Anderson of Lakeland, FL getting 765.6 hp and 1377.3 tq with his Dodge Cummins. Third place went to Frank Byrd of Milton, FL and even though he only had 744.7 hp he unquestionably got first place in torque with his Dodge Cummins producing an astounding 1535.9 foot pounds. Question is where is the Powerstroke on this podium? Hopefully at the next event we can see one.
Here is a direct link to the dyno event:
A special thank you goes out to Jesse and Rick from MBRP, Ryan from ATS as well as Randy Cole owner of the NHRDA. XDP looks forward to the Texas Diesel Nationals in Ennis Texas where the gates open at 9am and the racing starts at 10am. Hope to see everyone there!