The XDP Monster Truck Goes 3 For 3 On Backflip Attempts!

The 2014 4-Wheel Jamboree season was a special one for the XDP Monster Truck Team, with the 2013 4-Wheel Jamboree Freestyle Championship Title under his belt, our very own Dave Radzierez just had to continue pushing the limits. Thinking and dreaming about what can be done next; Dave and the XDP Monster Truck Team set out to achieve something that is only done by the most elite and daring drivers in the monster truck world, a backflip!

As any true performer would, Dave wanted to put on a show on the largest stages across the country. For him, this meant the 4-Wheel Jamboree Series with events in Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Dave considers these his “World Finals” as each of these events brings in thousands of spectators that fill the grand stands for each and every Monster Truck Show throughout the weekend. Planned as the “Grand Finale”, the XDP Diesel Monster Truck was scheduled to make the backflip attempt each Sunday at the closing of the final Monster Truck show.

Let’s break it down flip-by-flip!

The first backflip took place on 5/18/14 in Lima, Ohio at the 29th Annual Spring 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals at the Allen County Fairgrounds. Without any prior attempts and being completely unsure of the outcome, Dave strapped in and was ready to go. With an excited crowd cheering him on and the rest of the team anxiously watching, Dave hit the jump AND MADE THE ROTATION!! He did it on the first attempt with no previous practice! It goes without saying that the crowd went wild, while Dave and the teamed basked in the glory of what they just achieved!

The second backflip took place on 6/22/14 in Springfield, MO at the 17th Annual Ozark 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals. Round 2 went much like the first, but with a faster approach Dave got a more complete rotation sparing the front end of any damage but taking a wheel off on the landing. Just minor carnage for such an awesome feat! Dave quickly backed the truck up, hopped out and got a well-deserved standing ovation from everyone in attendance! Thanks to The Monster Blog.com for the footage.

By the third backflip, we knew what to expect since Dave and the Team had this elite stunt almost down to a science. Taking place at the 33rd Annual Fall 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals on 9/28/14 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The XDP Monster Truck completed its 3rd backflip. With a fast, full rotation, the truck quickly made the complete backflip and did it in style with plenty of air between the truck and the ground. On the landing, the rear wheel came off but that’s just small carnage for completing 3 backflips!

The only event not mentioned on the list above was the Summer 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Bloomsburg, PA. A hometown event for Dave and the Crew, he wanted to go “all-out” that weekend. Pushing the truck pretty hard early on caused a catastrophic engine failure that kept us sidelined for the final event. While Dave and the Crew were extremely upset over the ordeal, it matches the saying commonly used around here “that’s motorsports”. Things break, especially at this level of competition. The XDP Crew will surely be back next year and they’ll put on a great show for our Pennsylvania Fans.

There you have it! The play-by-play of the world’s ONLY Diesel Powered Monster Truck to complete 3 full 360-degree backflips! We’d like to congratulate Dave and the XDP Monster Truck Team on an incredible job this year.

We’ll end our 2014 wrap-up with some final words from Dave:
“While I’ve always pushed my limits, I never attempted anything like this before. With no previous practice, I was amazed that I knew exactly where I was and what was going on the entire time. I have to thank Michelle for all her support! Any doubts I had, Michelle (while nervous herself) encouraged me through them. Thanks to all of our Fans that came out to support us in 2014. We look forward to seeing everyone next year!”

4-Wheel Jamboree in Indianapolis

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This past weekend the XDP crew hit the road for another exciting trip. This time we traveled to Indianapolis to attend it’s 4-Wheel Jamboree located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Every year this large-scale event boasts an enormous performance marketplace consisting of an extensive lineup of vendors and manufactures eager to show off some of their most latest and greatest product developments and releases. Thanks to a very cooperative early season climate, attendees also had the pleasure of choosing to either view or take part in the Jamborees’ show-and-shine which stretched for the entire fairground campus. For the die-hard 4-wheelin’ fanatics, there was plenty of mud-slingin’ carnage to be had during the mud bogs and mud drags that took place throughout the entire weekend. Or, for those of you who just enjoy leaving your signature on the pavement, the Jamboree hosts a wicked burnout contest on it’s final day.

However, for what its worth, we personally look the most forward to showing off our free-style skills during the monster truck events. And this year, like in true XDP fashion, we wore our best game faces and put on a serious show. For the third time in a single year the XDP monster truck demonstrated to the world what determination and perseverance matched with an overwhelming amount of diesel power can accomplish. Please join us in congratulating Dave Radzierez, driver of the XDP monster truck, on his safe and successful completion of yet another monster truck back-flip. Because when the smoke from his stack finally clears, after the dirt settles back to the ground, and when all four (or three) attached wheels are on the track, it truly is “all about Dave.”

If you missed the Jamboree this year be sure to add it to your calendar for the next. Not only do we love having our fans come out to support us from the bleachers but we also enjoy meeting our customers face-to-face. For updates about where we’ll be next, follow us on Facebook or visit our website and click on “XDP Events” for a complete listing of scheduled happenings.

2014 XDP Open House

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2014 marked the 5th year of the XDP Open House, as this event goes on it gets bigger and better each and every year. With feedback from Fans and manufacturers alike, we’ve been able to constantly fine tune the details to make it even more enjoyable for everyone!

On Sunday morning, we couldn’t ask for better weather. The sun was shining and the temperature was perfect! The entry line quickly filled with our Fans as they came off the shuttle busses put in place to solve the parking issues of years past. At around 11AM, the “gates” opened and the attendees were given food tickets and a schedule of the day’s events. Hundreds entered, quickly filling the XDP Property.

With some extra room this year, the XDP Monster Truck was parked in some newly cleared space on top of a car it crushed earlier in the morning. We even had hand selected show trucks driven in by our customers for display. The manufacturer midway took up almost all the pavement with the biggest names in the industry such as Edge Products, K&N, Industrial Injection, AFE Power, Magnaflow and MORE!

After selling out almost all the dyno spots, we wasted no time bringing trucks in to start spinning the rollers. With several trucks over the 700HP+ range, we knew there would be some good competition. We even had a few max out the torque number on the dyno! While the top horsepower number was made by a Cummins, several Duramax and Ford trucks had their time to shine and put down very respectable numbers.

Inside the building, we had a jam-packed showroom of our local fans looking for the best deal on products for their trucks, while also talking with the manufacturers inside showing of their latest products. Let’s not forget about the 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Slim also on display that XDP, Edge Products and Superchips teamed up to give away that afternoon.

Later in the day, the famous announcement everyone wanted to hear was made- THE FOOD IS DONE! This bought the spectators over to the food setup, where they had their choice of various grilled items. Not to be to be outdone by the biggest treat every year, the hog roast! The BBQ crew was serving up fresh pulled pork sandwiches to all those in attendance.

For the kids, we even had a coloring contest where children would pick their choice of an XDP Race Vehicle to color and be entered to win a free t-shirt. As a family friendly event, we even have special deserts for the kids. The Kona Ice truck handed out custom flavored snow cones served in limited edition XDP/AFE commemorative cups.

After the deals were given out, the food was eaten and the dyno was run, it was time for our Open House raffles! The raffle prizes amount to literally thousands in free giveaways. Thanks again to our supporting manufacturers we had over 20 separate prizes!

The grand finale of course was the 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Slim. XDP, Edge Products and Superchips teamed up to give away the bike to one lucky customer. Every Edge Product purchased over $250 was an automatic entry to win the bike. Our retail finalist was flown in and put up in a hotel courtesy of Edge Products, the wholesale finalist also got the same experience courtesy of XDP. The Open House finalist was picked the day of, through the raffle tickets entered at the event.

Down to the final moment, there were 3 keys and only 1 of them could start the bike. The first picked by the retail finalist didn’t turn the ignition. The second picked by the Open House finalist WAS A MATCH! In just two tries the winner of the bike had been announced and that had concluded the event.  Congratulations to George Stillwell on winning the 2014 Harley Davidson Softail Slim!

The 2014 XDP Open House could not have gone any better. XDP would like to thank all of our Fans in attendance, and the manufacturers that came from all over North America to support us this weekend. We look forward to seeing you all next year at the 2015 XDP Open House!

Dyno Results:

Overall Highest HP Winner:

Andy M. – 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 – 1107HP & 1500 Ft-Lbs (maxed out dyno tq #)

Dodge Winner:

Andy M. – 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 – 1107HP & 1500 Ft-Lbs (maxed out dyno tq #)

GM Winner:

Steve T. – 2005 GMC – 953HP & 1452 Ft-Lbs

Ford Winner:

Mike – Ford F-350 – 880HP & 1295 Ft-lbs.

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38th Annual U.S. Diesel Truckin’ Nationals

The U.S. Diesel Truckin’ Nationals is one of the largest annual diesel events on the East Coast! Co-sponsored by XDP and hosted by Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown NJ, this event is only a stone’s throw from our NJ Headquarters. Growing larger and larger each year, this was sure to be the biggest yet. The XDP Crew pulled in before sunrise on Saturday morning with the XDP Monster Truck, Drag Truck and over 20 of the industry’s top manufacturers.

Our friends at Raceway Park gave XDP an entire side of the track dedicated to just diesel pickups. We wasted no time using every bit of space we could! Including the enormous XDP Midway, the XDP Race Team on display and even a DJ to provide us with some tunes throughout the day. At around 9:30AM the gates were open, trucks were racing down the track and the Fans were rolling in by the hundreds, each expecting a fun-filled day of non-stop diesel action.

New for the 2014 race season, the XDP Drag Truck was on site and ready to go. Piloted by our very own Anthony Reams, we decided to take the truck out with a hurt transmission and only one stage of nitrous. Despite those things working against us, we still put down a 10.23! No complaints from the spectators as they cheered for the truck but the crew is still itching to get it faster. We decided it was best to put the truck back on display and save the transmission for a few more passes later in the day.

While everything was on schedule and moving right along, the only thing the track couldn’t control came in and cut the event short. At about noon, the unfortunate rain delays caused the track officials to call off racing. With a hopeful outlook, the Fans and track officials waited to see if the rain would subside. (ATTENTION DIESEL PICKUP RACERS: Keep the top portion of your tech card as your rain check for next year or for any Raceway Park event excluding Summer Nationals)

With plenty of spectators huddled under the XDP Tents waiting for the rain to let up, we had a great time talking with our local customers as they took advantage of show specials and got a chance to talk with the manufacturers of the products they use every day.

Later in the evening the downpour turned into a drizzle and the track ran the Monster Trucks to provide some entertainment for the spectators who had been patiently waiting in the stands. All in all, even with it being rained out this year, it’s still an event you do not want to miss! We hope to see everyone next year on Saturday September 19th, 2015 and the following day at the XDP Open House!

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2014 XDP Jersey Devil Diesel Nationals

This past weekend marked the 3rd Annual XDP Jersey Devil Diesel Nationals at Atco Raceway, in Atco NJ. The morning started off slowly due to lingering rain in the area but towards the middle of the day the sun came out and the heat was on. The crowd was increasing in size and our local fans that came to race were ready to hit the track!

Once started, it was a full day of drag racing with many trucks in attendance. From stock to highly modified, everyone had a great day while trying to put down their best time and beat the truck in the opposing lane. On the other side of the grand stands, the attention was on the dyno where trucks were strapped down and run to see what kind of horsepower and torque numbers they could lay down.

The XDP Drag Truck was on-site, not only to be displayed for its first NJ appearance but also for some testing as well. The crew took to the track and made several 10-second passes in an attempt to dip into the 9’s. With some fresh upgrades the truck ran well but ultimately the Crew was still chasing down a few minor things. They feel they’ll have them figured out and will get the truck dialed in to get down the track faster at the next event. 

Our friends at Atco Raceway left a few cars out on the grass for the XDP Diesel Monster Truck to feast on. So, in between rounds of drag racing the XDP Monster Truck had its time to shine by destroying some fresh cars for the many in attendance. With only a small space to roam our very own Dave Radzierez put the pedal down to hit those cars and get some air underneath the Monster Truck.

All in all, it was a great day and a fun time for the XDP crew and the enthusiasts in attendance! We’d like to thank all of our Fans that came out to support the event along with Atco Raceway and the XDP Race Team for putting on a great show!

Come and join us at our next event on September 13th & 14th for the U.S. Diesel Truckin’ Nationals & XDP Open House. You will not want to miss it!

See our site for details here: http://www.xtremediesel.com/2014-xdp-open-house.aspx

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XDP Drag Race Team makes final round at NHRDA Rockingham!

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The XDP Drag Race Team took to the track this weekend in Rockingham, NC for the NHRDA Carolina Diesel Nationals at THE ROCK!!  The team was looking to really open the truck up for the first time down the quarter mile drag strip in Rockingham.  As with any new race truck, we have fought little issues since debuting the truck earlier this season and continued to work through them this weekend in NC. 

 Saturday we went out and qualified #2 with a 10.07 @ 138 mph with some tractions issues causing the truck to move towards the wall and center line for a few hundred feet.  With another nitrous issue fixed after that pass and seeing what we had run previously, we were VERY optimistic about getting the truck into the 9’s and 140 mph range for the next round.

 With the truck now at full strength I lined up against Dan Hair who had qualified .01 seconds behind me! Both of us were very excited to have a close race and we didn’t let the spectators down!!  With a 10.21 at 125 mph, the XDP truck was able to move onto the finals on a victory that was decided at the starting line, as Dan went 10.15 to the stripe.  We’d won it at the tree, but during the pass the XDP truck broke the #1 injector line and blew off and severely bent an intercooler pipe. So we had raced our way into the finals but were now scrambling to prepare for the finals against a very fast Micah Sullivan and the Scheid team. The XDP team thrashed to get the truck ready for the final round in hopes it would hold together for one more pass!  The win, however, just wasn’t in the cards for the day, as we cut a .058 light to give us a great advantage again off the starting line, only to have the intercooler pipe explode soon after.

 We had a GREAT time in Rockingham and look forward to the next event to get that 9 second pass we have been looking for!

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27th Annual 4-Wheel Jamboree Bloomsburg, PA

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The XDP Crew was once again in Bloomsburg, PA for the 27th Annual 4-wheel Jamboree. With us was the XDP Diesel Powered Monster Truck driven by Dave Radzierez, the XDP Diesel Rat Rod driven by Frank Mohr, and the XDP Diesel Drag Truck driven by Anthony Reams! The event draws not only diesel fans but off-road enthusiasts of all kinds. This 3-day event brought with it some humid weather but made for fantastic track conditions during the dirt-drags and mud-bog events. Jamboree events are always action-packed and filled with opportunities for fans to meet with manufacturers, vendors, distributors, monster truck drivers, and the like. Attendees were given a great opportunity to capitalize on show specials for parts and merchandise!

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Both Saturday and Sunday were incredibly eventful with dirt drags and mud-bog runs being held throughout day. Later in the afternoon and evening the fan-favorite monster truck racing and freestyle events took place. Unfortunately, Saturday the XDP monster truck managed to break a pushrod and could not finish out the rest of the night. It was safe to say that Dave could not go through with the highly-anticipated 3-for-3 back-flip attempt on Sunday, which was disappointing. Overall, the event lived up to its reputation as being a great show, with the weather being good, the racing top-notch, and the monster trucks being as exciting as always. Everyone including XDP had a blast!

Thanks to all who attended and stopped by the XDP booth and we look forward to seeing you all in Indy for the next back-flip attempt!

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You can keep up to date with XDP and the events we will be attending by visiting our Facebook page!

XDP would like to give a special thanks to Caleb from Fleece Performance Engineering and Rick from MBRP, for all their support over the weekend!