This past weekend marks another year in the books for the crew at XDP! As an event that gets bigger and bigger every year, the XDP Open House Weekend surely did not disappoint. XDP’s Open House Weekend combines the U.S. Diesel Truckin’ Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, with the XDP Open House the following day at our NJ Headquarters. It’s a true diesel heaven for any diesel enthusiast.
The Open House Weekend kicks off at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning as the XDP Crew, and 30+ manufacturers work hard to assemble the XDP Midway. Top industry names such as Industrial Injection, AFE Power, MBRP, BD-Power, FASS Fuel Systems, Magnaflow, Edge Products, Bostech, Fleece Performance and many more bring their sharpest representatives, new products and a ton of materials to hand out. This gives our fans the perfect opportunity to speak with, ask questions, and seek product suggestions directly from the source.
In addition to the massive lineup of manufacturer displays, our very own Race Team was also on-site throughout the weekend showcasing the XDP Rat Rod, Jr. Dragster, “Xtreme Diesel” Monster Truck, and XDP Drag Truck. On Saturday, spectators were excited to get a first-hand look at what goes in to preparing these vehicles before their evening appearance at Saturday night’s Motorsports Spectacular & Thrill Show.
New for 2017, a special guest appearance from the one and only Steve Darnell of Discovery channel’s Vegas Rat Rods TV show! Steve Darnell is the mastermind behind the creations of Welderup, in Las Vegas. An awesome guy, Steve came out and was signing autographs in the FASS Fuel Systems Booth for the fans in attendance.
Throughout the day, we went around the track and watched some diesel drag racing. From big rigs, to pickups the U.S. Diesel Truckin’ Nationals offers something for everyone. In addition to the racers, the Show N’ Shine also draws in a huge crowd of high-quality show trucks!
On Saturday evening the stands were packed! Just after our national anthem, XDP’s Anthony Reams and Lavon Miller of Firepunk Diesel approached the starting line to open the show with an exhibition race that was neck-and-neck and very well received by the crowd. Just minutes after our Crew Chief Michelle Simpson gave the signal, XDP’s “Xtreme Diesel” Monster Truck came roaring out from underneath the tower with the rest of the Monster Truck lineup to give the fans some car-crushing action!
The following morning the action shifted over to XDP’s NJ Headquarters which is just about a half-hour from the track. We do it all again and setup the XDP Vendor Midway with manufacturers all around our building, and inside the showroom. It’s another chance for all the spectators to meet and talk with the manufacturers who build the parts that make their trucks better!
On Sunday, just after the gates opened at around 11:00 AM fans quickly filled the XDP parking lot, showroom, and Dyno area to check out the scenery. With almost 50 trucks set to hit the rollers that day, the Dyno staff had them running back-to-back providing hours of action with several trucks putting down over 1,000 HP!
Since the Open House is a Customer Appreciation Day, lunch is on us! We had a whole crew on the grills serving up food to all our guests, including the crowd favorite, the pulled pork that was fresh off the smoker! Manufacturer seminars were also new for 2017, with top brands like Bostech, Suncoast, Champion, AFE, CP-Carillo, HSP Diesel, Longhorn Fab, MBRP, SCT, and Bully Dog giving you exclusive inside knowledge on the inner workings of their products.
Later in the afternoon as the action winds down the giveaway winners are announced. With fans winning things like free intakes, to a free tuner, and many other truck parts. This year, we also had a giveaway for the kids, the XDP Mini Truck! To enter, each child had to color a picture and enter it in the drawing.
All in all, the XDP Open House Weekend was a huge success! We’d like to thank the manufacturers that came out and supported the event, and most importantly, all the fans that attended. We look forward to the 2018 XDP Open House Weekend and hope to see everyone next year!
- Duramax Highest HP: 1052HP – Michael Carpenter
- Ford Highest HP: 1278HP – Mark Vanadia
- Dodge Highest HP: 1384HP – Dustin Donadio
- Highest HP Overall: 1384HP – Dustin Donadio
- Lowest HP Overall: 204HP – Kaden Kovar