This week the XDP crew made its way to Piedmont Dragway in North Carolina to exhibit and race in the fall finale to the Outlaw Diesel Super Series. Things kicked off Friday with a bit of a change in drag racing plans due to a potential weather threat for Saturday. Instead of the XDP Race Team running a single qualifier on Friday, we ran the entire pro street class on Friday to ensure the popular class could get completed and enjoyed by race fans.
The XDP Race Team had a solid qualifying pass to kick things off, running the 1/8 mile track at 6.34 @ 109 mph to get into the show. However, in our first round pass we ran into mechanical issues on the starting line which knocked us out and ended our day early. Although we were disappointed in being eliminated, it was a great call by the officials to complete the class on Friday. We then moved onto helping other friends and racers, even jumping in to lend a hand with Dan Scheid as their team experienced mechanical issues, which just like us, left them on the starting line in their last round.
One of the more anticipated races of the day was the final round of Pro Street which saw Ryan Milliken and Ben Shadday face off. This was the first time these two had lined up against each other in a Pro Street final this season and Friday’s race went to Ben Shadday by a slim four hundredths margin.
Meanwhile, the vendor midway was busy Friday and also Saturday (even during the rain). We saw a lot of customers and friends and it was good to see so many familiar faces stop by the XDP booth. A big thank you to Rudy’s staff who worked extra hard even during the rain to make sure everything went smoothly and make sure everyone was comfortable.
XDP enjoyed attending and supporting all the ODSS events this year and we thank series organizers for a great inaugural season.
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!
Rockingham qualifying pass