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The Trucks of Diesel Power Challenge 2008

Aug 1, 2008
Photographers: The Diesel Power Staff, John Cappa
Photo 2/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks competitor Lineup
Just when you thought the Diesel Power Challenge could not get any better, we had the biggest batch of competitors in the history of the event this year. One dozen ultramodified diesel trucks survived the journey to Salt Lake City, Utah. They hit the dragstrip, towed a 12,000-pound trailer, braved city streets during the fuel economy test, and tugged a sled in the middle of a howling rainstorm. You can read all about our event coverage in next month's issue of Diesel Power that hits newsstands on August 5th. For now, check out these competitors and see if you can guess who has what it takes to win the 2008 Diesel Power Challenge.
Photo 12/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks al Babneau
Al Babneau - Firth, Idaho
'04 Dodge Ram 3500crew cab, shortbed, 4WD
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Odometer: 104,322 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Intake: Banks side flow
Turbos: MPI twin turbos
Exhaust: Custom 4-inch to 5-inch dual stacks in rear of bed
Lift Pumps: Two Glacier Diesel 392s
Fueling: Relentless Diesel Dual CP3s
Injectors: F-1 Diesel Flux
Intercooler: HTT
Programming: Bully Dog PMT and TorqueDog; TST Power Max CR
Nitrous Oxide: None
Transmission: DTT
Photo 13/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks 2004 Dodge Ram Cummins Engine
Torque Converter: DTT
Axle Ratios: 4.56
Lockers: Stock
Suspension: Superlift 6-inch lift
Wheels: Ultra
Tires: 37x13.50R17 Toyo Open Country M/T
What inspired your truck buildup?:"Don't know when to say when."

Photo 17/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks rob Coddens
Rob Coddens - Eagle, Idaho
'07 Chevy Silverado 2500HDCrew Cab, shortbed, 4WD
Engine: Duramax LBZ
Odometer: 18,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Intake: AFE
Turbos: MPI twin turbos
Exhaust: MBRP
Lift Pump: PPE
Fueling: Stock CP3
Injectors: Stock
Intercooler: Banks
Programming: EFI Live by Adrenaline Truck Performance
Nitrous Oxide: None
Transmission: Homebuilt w/stock clutches
Photo 18/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks duramax Diesel Turbo Wastegate
Torque Converter: Sun Coast
Axle Ratios: 3.73
Lockers: None
Suspension: Rancho 9000 shocks
Tires: 285/70R16 BFGoodrich All-Terrain
What inspired your truck buildup?:"Like to drag race."


Photo 22/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks scott Countryman
Scott Countryman - Bailey, Colorado
'00 Ford Super Duty F-350crew cab, shortbed, 4WD
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Odometer: 230,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg
Intake: Custom
Turbos: Garrett GT35 and GT42 turbos
Exhaust: Custom dual 5-inch
Lift Pump: FASS 150 and Holley Blue
Fueling: Dual CP3s
Injectors: DDP custom
Intercooler: Hellman
Programming: VanAaken C5
Nitrous Oxide: Yes
Transmission: Allison 1000
Photo 23/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks de Stroked Badge
Torque Converter: ATS Five-Star
Axle Ratios: 3.73
Lockers: Front and rear
Suspension: ProComp 4-inch lift
Wheels: Moto Metal
Tires: 35-inch Dick Cepek
What inspired your truck buildup?:"Building what you want."

Photo 27/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks nick D Amico
Nick D'Amico - Sacramento, California
'02 Chevy Silverado 2500HDCrew Cab, shortbed, 4WD
Engine: Duramax LB7
Odometer: 97,000 miles
Fuel Economy: "Poor"
Intake: AFE
Turbo: ATS Aurora 5000
Exhaust: RDL headers and MBRP stack
Lift Pump: Nicktane
Fueling: Industrial Injection CP3 pumps and TTS Dual CP3 kit
Injectors: TTS
Intercooler: Spearco
Programming: TTS
Nitrous Oxide: Custom NX
Transmission: ATS Extreme and NADP and J&H coolers
Photo 28/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks nitrous Solenoids
Torque Converter: TTS Triple Disc
Axle Ratios: 3.73
Lockers: ARB Air Locker front and rear spool
Suspension: Stock
Wheels: KMC XD
Tires: 305/70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain
What inspired your truck buildup?: "Personal stupidity."

Photo 32/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks jeff Dean
Jeff Dean - Lancaster, Ohio
'06 Chevy Silverado 2500HDregular cab, longbed, 4WD
Engine: Duramax LBZ
Odometer: 11,800 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Intake: Modified stock airbox
Turbo: Fleece Performance Cheetah 70mm
Exhaust: JEGS
Lift Pump: Holley
Fueling: PPE Dual Fueler CP3s
Injectors: Stock
Intercooler: Stock
Programming: EFI Live and PPE
Nitrous Oxide: Homebuilt nitrous and DeLuca CNG injection
Transmission: ATS and Crank It Up Diesel
Photo 33/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks natural Gas Tank
Torque Converter: ATS Five-Star
Axle Ratios: 3.73
Lockers: ARB Air Locker
Suspension: Belltech 3-inch lowering and rear air springs
Wheels: Stock
Tires: 285/75R16 Mastercraft AT+2
What inspired your truck buildup?:"Why not?"

Photo 37/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks charr Drever
Charr Drever - Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
'06 Dodge Ram 3500Mega Cab, shortbed, 4WD
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Odometer: 31,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg
Intake: AFE
Turbos: Industrial Injection twin turbos
Exhaust: MagnaFlow 5-inch
Fueling: PPE Dual Fueler CP3s
Injectors: Industrial Injection custom injectors
Intercooler: Banks
Programming: NADP custom tune
Nitrous Oxide: Dual stage
Transmission: NADP Extreme


Photo 38/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks blue Box
Torque Converter: NADP
Axle Ratios: 3.73
Suspension: Stock
Wheels: American Eagle
Tires: 305/65R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain
What inspired your truck buildup?:"We are Drever Family Racing- it's my turn to feed my need for speed!"

Photo 43/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks ron Gaalaas
Ron Gaalaas - Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
'04 Dodge Ram 2500crew cab, shortbed, 4WD
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Odometer: 80,778 miles
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg
Intake: AFE
Turbos: Industrial Injection Phat Shaft 62 and K31
Exhaust: MBRP
Lift Pump: FASS
Fueling: Industrial Injection CP3s with ATS kit
Injectors: Industrial Injection custom injectors
Intercooler: Stock
Programming: NADP custom tune
Nitrous Oxide: ZEX 2-stage kit
Transmission: NADP Heavy Hauler
Photo 44/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks cummins Turbo Diesel Engine
Torque Converter: NADP custom
Axle Ratios: 3.73
Lockers: Stock
Suspension: Stock
Wheels: Dick CepekTires: 305/55R20 BFGoodrich All-Terrain
What inspired your truck buildup?:"My wife made me!"

Photo 48/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks jerimiah Montgomery
Jerimiah Montgomery - Pampa, Texas
'03 GMC Sierra 2500HDCrew Cab, shortbed, 4WD
Engine: Duramax LB7
Odometer: 118,891 miles
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg
Intake: AFE
Turbo: ATS Aurora 4000
Exhaust: ATS 4-inch
Lift Pump: FASS
Fueling: ATS Dual CP3s
Injectors: Industrial Injection 90hp nozzles
Intercooler: Stock
Programming: PPE Hot+2 E.T.
Nitrous Oxide: None
Transmission: ATS
Photo 49/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks intake Nitrous
Torque Converter: ATS Five-Star
Axle Ratios: 3.73
Lockers: Stock
Suspension: ProComp front, Rancho rear, and AirLift rear air springs
Wheels: KMC XD
Tires: 285/75R16 BFGoodrich All-Terrain
What inspired your truck buildup?: "Being able to spank a new sports car with a 7,500-lb diesel truck and seeing the look on the driver's face when you fly by them on the track."
Photo 53/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks ernest Schwartz
Ernest Schwartz - Bonners Ferry, Idaho
'02 Ford Super Duty F-350crew cab, shortbed, 4WD
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke
Odometer: 116,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg
Intake: AFE
Turbos: Compund turbos
Exhaust: 6-inch dual stacks
Lift Pump: Wide Open Performance
Photo 54/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks toyo Open Country
Injectors: Industrial Injection Stage 5
Intercooler: Hypermax
Programming: TS Performance
Transmission: Brian's Truck Shop
Torque Converter: Brian's Truck Shop
Axle Ratios: 3.73
Lockers: Stock
Suspension: Revtek 4-inch lift
Wheels: American Racing
Tires: 285/75R16 Toyo Open Country M/T
What inspired your truck buildup?:"A love for sled pulling and the lack of decent 7.3Ls."



Photo 58/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks tyler Scheers
Tyler Scheers - Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
'05 Ford Super Duty F-350crew cab, shortbed, 4WD
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke
Odometer: 113,711 miles
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Intake: AFE
Turbos: Industrial Injection custom 62-70 and S400 compound
Photo 59/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks ford Powerstroke 60 Diesel Engine
Exhaust: MBRP 4-inch
Lift Pump: FASS
Injectors: Hypermax 340cc
Intercooler: Banks
Programming: SCT custom tune by Innovative Diesel
Nitrous Oxide: 2-stage
Transmission: NADP Race
Torque Converter: NADP
Axle Ratios: 3.73
Photo 60/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks tuner
Lockers: Stock
Suspension: 2-inch front leveling kit
Wheels: RPM
Tires: 305/75R20 BFGoodrich All-Terrain
What inspired your truck buildup?:"Riding around in my buddy's done-upFord for too many years spoiled me."



Photo 64/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks derek Temple
Derek Temple - Alliance, Nebraska
'06 GMC Sierra 2500HDCrew Cab, shortbed, 4WD
Engine: Duramax LBZ
Odometer: 45,000 miles
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Intake: AFE
Turbo: Stock
Exhaust: MBRP 5-inch into custom 6-inch stack
Lift Pump: FASS
Photo 65/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks lbz Duramax Diesel
Fueling: Stock CP3
Injectors: Stock
Intercooler: Stock
Programming: PPE Hot+2 E.T. and TS Performance MP-8
Nitrous Oxide: None
Transmission: Rapid Diesel
Torque Converter: ATS Five-Star


Photo 66/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks nebraska License Plate
Axle Ratios: 3.73
Lockers: Stock
Suspension: Stock
Wheels: Stock
Tires: 255/85R16 Wild Spirit AT
What inspired your truck buildup?:"Watching diesel sled pulls as a kid and reading Diesel Power magazine."


Photo 70/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks chris Werner
Chris Werner - Redding, California
'01 Dodge Ram 2500quad cab, shortbed, 4WD
Engine: 5.9L Cummins 12-valve swap
Odometer: 170,503 miles
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Intake: AFE
Turbos: Turbo Engineering turbos built by Jefferson State Diesel
Exhaust: Jefferson State Diesel header w/custom 5-inch stacks
Lift Pump: FASS
Fueling: Dynomite Diesel Performance 12mm P-pump
Injectors: Dynomite Diesel Performance
Intercooler: Stock
Programming: None
Photo 71/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks cummins 12 Valve Turbo Diesel
Nitrous Oxide: Yes
Transmission: 47RE by J&H Performance
Torque Converter: Spec-Rite
Axle Ratios: 3.55
Lockers: ARB Air Lockers front and rear
Suspension: Lowered
Wheels: MB Motoring
Tires: 305/50R20 Toyo open Country A/T
What inspired your truck buildup?: "Missed my first Dodge diesel and the need for speed."
Photo 75/78   |   2008 Diesel Power Challenge Trucks truck Lineup Top View
More Challenges To Come
Don't miss our full event coverage of the 2008 Diesel Power Challenge coming next month in the September 2008 issue of Diesel Power magazine. It's the only place you'll find exclusive photos of these diesel trucks in action. Look for it on sale at your local newsstand on Tuesday, August 5th.


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