2016 Keystone Diesel Nationals

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This past weekend, the XDP Crew spent some time in Mohnton, PA for the 2016 Keystone Diesel Nationals. To say the least, it was a hot one! But, the day was a success with an excellent turnout. Tons of diesel enthusiasts came out to support the event and take in the scenery of Show Trucks, Race Trucks, Big Rigs and more!

The drag racing portion of the event is always a fan favorite. With several big rigs dipping in the low teens, it’s easy to see why it’s so impressive watching a purpose built hauler screaming down the track. As always, the pickups were putting on a show with a wide range of trucks from daily drivers to all out race trucks filling out the field. We also can’t forget the jet powered dragster on-site that made a ground shaking pass.

The Show N’ Shine is also one to mention. What an awesome turnout! We got to see pickups, and big rids, from all over the east coast. With everything in attendance from daily drivers, to full company fleets, we can greatly appreciate and respect the work, time, dedication, and craftsmanship that goes into keeping these show trucks in perfect shape. 

To put a closing on a great weekend, our very own Dave Radzierez put on a show for the crowd in the XDP Diesel Powered Monster Truck.  Flying high, and crushing cars is what Dave does best. As always, Dave’s never one to disappoint, like the rest of Team XDP they go out to hit it hard and put on a show.

All in all we had a great weekend in Pennsylvania. Thanks to all our fans who stopped by the XDP Tent to support us. Look for us next weekend (7/29-7/30) in Crossville, TN for the Outlaw Diesel Super Series – Rock Top Diesel Shootout 3.

 

Team XDP Racing sets world record!

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This past weekend XDP and the XDP Racing Team headed to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois for the NHRDA Midwest Truckin’ Nationals. This was a one day event combining sled pulls, dyno, and drag racing.

This was a “hometown” event of sorts for Team XDP drag truck driver Anthony Reams. Anthony grew up in Missouri and lives about an hour west of St. Louis. With a bunch of his family and friends in attendance to watch the race, he knew it was a big day and needed to perform well. Anthony has been in the chase for the Super Street World record all season. With multiple passes surpassing the world record already this season, the next goal was to back the time up within 1% to secure the record.

After a Super Street win in Denver, but being unable to set the record, it was time to secure the record in front of the home crowd. His first qualifying pass of the day was cut short due to some infamous Dodge “death wobble” occurring. The truck was towed back to the pits and inspected to make sure nothing was broken. After inspection and confirming everything was a go, he headed out for his 2nd qualifying run of the day. In his 2nd pass he ran 9.17 @153mph, setting him up as the #1 qualifier and another chance to secure the Super Street record. Because he was the # 1 qualifier, he was able to have 2 “bye” rounds and head straight to the finals. In the finals Anthony met Chris Buhidar and his Cummins powered Ford for the Super Street title.  Unfortunately for Anthony and Team XDP, Chris was able to execute an absolute perfect run and defeat Anthony in the final round. Chris ran 9.02 @ 152.5 mph and Anthony ran 9.15 @ 151.9. Chris was able to just get Anthony off the line which was the difference in the race. The good news is, Anthony was able to back up his first run within 1% and set a new Super Street ET world record!

Congratulations to Team XDP Racing and Anthony Reams on their new Super Street world record of 9.15et.  Team XDP Racing thanks all those who follow and support the team, especially our sponsors BD Diesel Performance, MBRP, AirDog, EDGE, ARP, AFE Power, and Auto Meter.

Bloomsburg 4 Wheel Jamboree

The Bloomsburg 4 Wheel Jamboree is an action-packed three-day event where passionate off-road and truck enthusiasts of all kinds meet to show off their rigs. If you have never been to a Jamboree, you are seriously missing out! The XDP crew was there along with our Diesel Powered Monster Truck and Rat Rod to represent our industry.

Even with a hard down-pour Saturday afternoon, there certainly was no shortage of XDP fans of all ages who stopped by to pick up XDP merchandise while showing their love and support for all things XDP, from the XDP Diesel Monster Truck to the XDP Rat Rod.

Our very own Dave Radzierez set out to put on a show for the XDP Monster Truck fans in the audience during Saturday’s early freestyle competition. The sound of “fully spooled Turbos” from our Cummins powered Monster Truck had fans on the edge of their seats while  Dave showed off its brute power, launching the truck 20+ feet off a jump. Dave experienced a hard off-camber landing on the left rear tire, resulting in a broken and bent driver’s side rear frame section which caused the team to miss Saturday night’s show.  This was the kind of carnage that would put any Monster Truck out of commission for the rest of the weekend… but not the XDP Race Team! Lucky for us, we had a secret weapon. The builder/owner of the XDP Rat Rod and member of Team XDP, Frank Mohr! Through sheer hard-work and determination, Dave and his team, along with Frank Mohr’s fabrication and welding skills, relentlessly worked all day and night on the injured truck. Fans, not knowing the condition of the truck, came by to express their concern, asking for details and hoping to see the truck back out there. The suspense was brutal!

On Sunday, the thunderous sound of high-powered engines shook the ground as the Monster trucks fired up and headed to the track for the final 3:00pm event. One by one, the trucks drove out to the grand stands. Fans assumed that Dave and the XDP Monster Truck would not be joining them after missing Saturday night’s event but once they saw that black and yellow body, the stands went wild with excitement. All the hard work put in to get the Monster Truck to get ready for Sunday was worth it for the fans! We thank you all for the support!

Join us for Waterfest 22 July 16-17, 2016 and don’t forget to mark your calendars July 23rd for the 4th annual Keystone Diesel Nationals!

2016 Fleece Performance Diesel Showdown

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This past weekend we at XDP had a chance to take a trip out to Indianapolis, IN for the 2016 Fleece Performance Diesel Showdown. Fleece Performance (http://fleeceperformance.com/) like many of you know offers some of the best turbochargers and fuel system parts within the diesel industry. Like their parts, the event was of the same quality and was a real crowd pleaser. The day began in the early afternoon with numerous fans pouring into the area, checking out the vendors, grabbing a good seat at the pulling track, and overall, just enjoying the day.

The highlight of the show was the sled pulling event which was a Pro Pulling League (PPL) stop. Some of the biggest names in the sled pulling world were present, ready to give it all for a spot on top. The pulling went deep into the night with diehard fans staying till the very end.

Overall, we at XDP had a great time at the event and cannot wait to come back to the great state of Indiana to show our support again. We would like to thank all of the fans for stopping by the booth and showing your support. We would also like to thank Fleece Performance for putting on such a great event, we had a blast!

Sled Pulling Results: http://www.propulling.com/results

22nd Annual XDP Truck Mania

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This past weekend the XDP Crew headed down to Maryland International Raceway, in Mechanicsville, Maryland for the 22nd Annual XDP Truck Mania. The day was action packed with drag racing, a show n shine contest, dyno shootout, school bus races for the kids, jet dragster, burnout contest, and of course the daisy dukes contest to close out the day. With sunny skies and a growing crowd we knew it would be a good day! The track was packed with pickups and big rigs from all over the country who came to Maryland just for Truck Mania.

The racing was intense, from semi’s running 13’s in the quarter mile, to Mike Graves of Hollyrock Customs setting a track record in his triple turbo LB7 Duramax which ran a 9.82! Very impressive for a full body truck that’s still driven on the street. Alongside the track there were vendors set up and at the XDP tent the Monster Truck was on display which was a favorite to both children and adults. The burnout contest had the crowd going wild as everyone watched a 7.3L van literally blow the tires right off it, and of course everyone loved the Queen Of Diamonds II Jet Dragster making a few passes at 295 MPH.

Overall it was a great day at Maryland International Raceway for the 22nd Annual Truck Mania. The weather, the racing, the show trucks, the burnout contest, and the school bus races for the kids really made it a great event to attend. We look forward to seeing everyone next year down at Maryland International Raceway. To learn about more events coming up that XDP will be attending across the country, visit our website and go to the events section to find an event near you.

Team XDP wins NHRDA BD Diesels on the Mountain at Bandimere!!!

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Team XDP’s work in the off-season yielded big results three weeks ago in Tulsa.  Anthony Ream’s first pass in Tulsa saw him eclipse the current Super Street ET and MPH record with a 9.14 second pass at 153.89 MPH.  Only hurtle was backing it up to make things official, and with track officials making clear a parachute was needed on the truck, along with some other challenges in later rounds, the team didn’t make the record official.  They made it to finals, however, coming up just short of the win in Tulsa.

But Team XDP knew they were closing in on a possible win and potential new World Record heading into the next NHRDA race at Bandimere Speedway.  Before heading to Colorado the team equipped the XDP drag truck with the required parachute to slow the 1995 Dodge down after their passes, loaded up, and headed west to Denver with hopes of a victory in the mountains.

Before the race in Denver we asked Team XDP driver Anthony Reams if he was surprised by the Tulsa pass and the fast progress after the big off season changes.

“Well we knew the truck had the power in it. But with so many changes you just don’t know how long it may take to dial it in to prove that we had it. So to come out first pass and do what we did was very exciting for all of us.”

Anthony, Tulsa Raceway is situated at 619 feet, but Bandimere sits at an elevation of 5,800 feet.  The Denver track is notoriously challenging on engine setups for racers given its elevation.  With the truck’s new engine setup still being very new to you, what setup challenges did you and Team XDP face going into Bandimere?

“The altitude was the big question leading up to things. Ben Shadday and I went back and forth numerous times trying to put our heads together on a set up. We came to the conclusion to change nothing at all. We felt we had a set up that was proven to be fast and we knew we had more in it. So we decided to leave everything alone. Which was a good decision. We didn’t find the altitude to give us any spooling issues at all at the line. We didn’t add any nitrous to assist or anything. Stuck with a plan that had worked a couple weeks before and continued our focus on the suspension set up.”

Team XDP seemed to relish the challenge of the mountains.  Their first pass Saturday was a tire spinning mess off the line, the truck’s front tires fighting to find traction as the Dodge violently darted left and right leaving the line.  But the pass was good enough to move them onto the next round where Anthony found enough traction to flash their record beating speed again with a pass of 9.22 and 153 MPH.  After that pass the team knew the mile high thin air might not present much of a challenge to them, and while a record would be nice, the team had come to Denver focused on securing an NHRDA win along with the $5,000 check that would go to the winner.

Anthony walk us through how the team managed the race Saturday and ultimately made it into the finals.

“It wasn’t easy.  We worked like crazy from start to finish. We had a lot of little nagging issues throughout the day. We stayed focus in between qualifiers and rounds to get what we needed done to get to the lanes for our next call. Then when it came time to race. We stuck to keeping things simple and going A to B each time. We know we have power, we know we can go fast. But the key is to be able to do it consistently. And many times that calls for staying calm and not trying to set the world on fire. We had a national record in our hands and we wanted it BAD! But we also had a big goal to come to Denver and leave Kings of the Mountain. And that’s what we did. We settled in and just ran our race. No big boost launches, no eye popping et or mph numbers. Just nice and smooth but fast enough to win the race.”

The finals saw Anthony line up against Phillip Franklin and while both trucks again struggled with traction off the line, Anthony was able to stay in the throttle and power the Team XDP drag truck to victory with a pass of 9.39 at 149.98 MPH.  Congratulations to Anthony Reams and the XDP Race Team on the victory, securing the big check in Denver, and keeping race fans on the edge of their seat as they continue to flirt with setting a new super street World Record.

The teams win elevates them in points as they prepare for what could be called a home coming for Anthony in Madison IL near St. Louis.  Be sure to follow all the news about Team XDP and our progress this season at www.XDP.com and we invite everyone to the next round of NHRDA to see Anthony and The XDP Race Team in action July 9th for the NHRDA Midwest Truckin Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL.

2016 TS Performance Outlaw Diesel Drag Race and Sled Pull

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This past weekend XDP had the opportunity to attend the 2016 TS Performance Outlaw Diesel Drag Race and Sled Pull in the great state of Kentucky. Every year the TS Performance show draws in a huge crowd and this year was no exception. This event is both an Outlaw Diesel Super Series (ODSS) and Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League (PPL) stop which equates to an action packed weekend of pure diesel fun!

The event began Friday with gorgeous weather, bright skies and no rain in the forecast. Spectators piled into the stands to enjoy some high horsepower drag racing at Beech Bend Raceway. In addition to drag racing, vendors from around the country were on display to show off new products, talk technical with customers and enjoy the day.

However, in comparison to Friday, Saturday was not so pleasant due to the on and off again rain throughout the day. Jim Roberts park (where the second part of the event was held) was flooded in numerous places and the pulling track was unable to be salvaged even with the best track preparation guys in the country. What was surprising was the turnout on Saturday. Even though the event was rained out, the ground saturated and muddy, and the pulls canceled, die-hard fans STILL came out to enjoy the day and make the best of the situation.

Overall, we at XDP had a great time this past weekend and we would like to thank everyone for coming out, stopping by the booth and showing their support. Moreover, we would also like to thank TS Performance for the excellent show they put on each and every year, even though the pulls got rained out on Saturday they made the best of the situation and the event as a whole turned out well.

Look for us at our next event in Mechanicsville, MD for the 22nd Annual XDP Truck Mania held on June 11th.

The results from the 2016 ODSS season opener can be found at http://www.outlawdieselss.com/#!results-from-past-events/c185