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The 2013 NHRDA World Finals

Diesel Drag Racing at its Best

Jason Sands
Mar 4, 2014
Photographers: Jason Sands
The National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA) has put another year of diesel drag racing in its books, with its annual World Finals, held in Ennis, Texas. Hosted at the Texas Motorplex, one of the country’s premier racing facilities, there were classes for everything from daily drivers to all-out race trucks. There was a Sportsman Diesel Class, in which slower trucks would get a head start based on their dial-ins; an 11.90-second index Super Diesel Class; a 6,000-pound-minimum Super Street Class; and a 4,500-pound-minimum Pro Street Class. Finally, there were the big boys: Pro Stock and Top Dragster, classes in which there are virtually no restrictions other than a 2,350-pound minimum weight. Elapsed times at the event ranged from 20-second stock trucks to 6-second dragsters, and there were even sled pulls, a manufacturers’ midway, and a mobile chassis dyno to keep all the fans entertained. At the end of the day, awards were handed out to the race winners as well as National Champions, competitors who had toured all year with the NHRDA in its points series. Look for the NHRDA to return in 2014 with a season-opening race in Bakersfield, California, on March 22.
Event Winners and National Champions
Ennis, Texas, Event Winners:
Sportsman Diesel: Tyler Radewald, ’06 Chevy, 13.44 at 93.39 mph
Super Diesel: William Ellington, ’07 Dodge, 13.47 at 66.66 mph
Super Street: Brian Spooner, ’02 Chevy, 9.80 at 148.51 mph
Pro Street: Phillip Palmer, ’94 Dodge, 8.95 at 153.00 mph
Pro Stock: Wade Moody, ’01 Chevy, 7.53 at 183.12 mph
Top Dragster: John Robinson, Funny Car, 7.40 at 161.88 mph
National Champions:
Sportsman Diesel: Verlon Southwick
Super Diesel: Nick Adamson
Super Street: Pat Liskey
Pro Street: Jarid Vollmer
Pro Stock: Wade Moody
Top Dragster: Jared Jones
Sled Pulling, Too
Many NHRDA events also feature sled pulling, from 2.6-inch- inducer classes all the way up to Super Stock diesel trucks. The World Finals were no exception, as a variety of pullers tested their mettle against the 20-ton sled.
Ennis, Texas, Event Winners:
2.6 Class: Gary Wolf, The Farm Truck, 314.07 feet
3.0 Class: Curt Haisley, Off Constantly, 295.10 feet
Super Stock Diesel: Van Haisley, Rock Hard Ram, 332.08 feet

Sources

National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA)
Marysville, WA 87271
360-658-4353
www.nhrda.com

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