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Bully Dog's 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 - Taking Names

One Dog’s Run To The Top

Feb 21, 2014
Photographers: Jason Gonderman
Anybody who has been paying attention to the diesel drag racing scene over the past couple of years will undoubtedly recognize the name Jarid Vollmer. Bursting onto the scene in 2011, Jarid was a relative unknown in this tightknit community. Prior to piloting the Bully Dog Pro Street drag truck, his only racing experience came from running his daily-driven Cummins down the track at the Mopars at the Strip and Dog Days events. So when the opportunity came for him to build and drive a Pro Street truck for his employer, Bully Dog, Jarid jumped at the opportunity.
The truck chosen to start with was an ’07 Dodge Ram 2500 standard cab shortbed with a 5.9L Cummins engine. To make the kind of power needed for a championship level effort meant the engine would need to be treated to a whole host of upgrades. A Steed Speed exhaust manifold routes spent gases through a Fleece Performance S475 turbocharger and then exits out the rear of the truck. Fresh air is drawn into the mammoth turbo through a custom fiberglass scoop mounted where the passenger headlight used to be. Once the air is compressed, it is cooled by a BD Diesel intercooler and mixed with copious amounts of nitrous oxide, before passing into the engine by way of a Hellmann intake manifold. Mountain High Performance treated the head to a big valve kit, fire rings, and ARP studs. A PPE Dual Fueler kit manages fueling with two Motorsport Diesel CP3 pumps, which feed a set of Dynomite Diesel injectors. Dual AirDog 200-gph lift pumps ensure the CP3s never run dry.
Photo 2/16   |   Driving the ’07 Dodge Ram 2500 Bully Dog Pro Street drag truck, Jarid Vollmer has been on an amazing run. Earlier in the 2013 season, he set both new Pro Street ET and MPH records in NHRDA when he tripped the beams at the Lucas Oil Raceway in just 8.81 seconds at 157.08 mph. He backed that run up with an even quicker 8.70-second pass at 159 mph.
Internally, the Cummins was treated to a Diesel Pro camshaft used in conjunction with a set of factory rods and pistons, while Redline oil keeps everything spinning smoothly. Tuning out harmful crankshaft vibrations is a Fluidampr harmonic balancer. Jarid takes care of all the tuning for the engine himself, utilizing Bully Dog hardware to manage it. To handle the engine’s power, RKL Diesel built the truck’s 48RE automatic transmission utilizing both proprietary and Sun Coast internals, including a billet two-wheel-drive output shaft.
A perfect combination of power and weight is the key to making it down the track quickly, and weighing in at 4,545 pounds—only 45 pounds more than the class minimum—ensures this truck has the best of both. Weight has been shaved at every possible opportunity, including the use of fiberglass door skins, Lexan windows, and a custom tubular backhalf. A Mark Williams Enterprises modular Ford 9-inch axle assembly graces the rear of the truck and is attached with a four-link suspension and AFCO Racing coilover shocks. Jarid and teammate Nick Anderson performed all the fabrication, including the rollcage and chassis work.
Photo 3/16   |   Since the truck was built to cover only a quarter-mile at a time, the large factory fuel tank was ditched in favor of a 2.5-gallon racing fuel cell. A full pass will nearly drain the tank of its contents.
From his humble beginnings, Jarid has quickly made a name for himself among the community of diesel drag racers and fans. The team started strong during the 2011 season, took home the NHRDA Pro Street championship crown in 2012, and then backed it up with another in 2013. Jarid is low-key and down-to-earth, which is a sharp contrast to the persona that’s seen when he’s behind the wheel. With his trophy count adding up quick, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this talented racer.
Photo 4/16   |   Bully Dog Race Truck On Drag Strip
Fast Facts
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Dodge Ram 2500
Driver: Jarid Vollmer n Hometown: Averdeen, Idaho
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Aspiration: Fleece Performance S475, BD Diesel intercooler, Hellman intake manifold
Fueling: Motorsport Diesel dual CP3 pumps, Dynomite Diesel injectors, dual AirDog 200-gph lift pumps
Horsepower: 878 hp (fuel only)/1,368 hp (nitrous)
Torque: 1,800 lb-ft (estimated)
Transmission: RKL Diesel–built 48RE four-speed automatic, Sun Coast two-wheel-drive output shaft
Tires: 235/65R17 Continental ContiProContact (front)/33.5x16.5R16 Mickey Thompson E.T. Drag (rear)
Wheels: Sander Engineering 760 beadlock (rear)
Suspension (f/r): Factory two-wheel-drive independent with five-lug conversion/custom four-link
Shocks: AFCO Racing shocks
Fun Fact: Jarid’s first pass in the Bully Dog Pro Street truck was in 2011 at the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza against Seth Sullivan where he ended up hitting the wall at more than 100 mph.

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