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2014 Spring Diesel Nationals Racing Season

NHRDA’S 2014 Season Opener

Jun 12, 2014
Photographers: Jason Gonderman, Monica Gonderman
Spring brings us blooming flowers, warmer temperatures, and hot racing action. The 2014 National Hot Rod Diesel Association’s (NHRDA) racing season kicked off with the Spring Diesel Nationals held at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California. Competitors and spectators traveled from all across the country to be a part of the first event of the 11-race, 10th annual, MBRP diesel drag racing series.
With six different racing classes, there was a class for everyone. The battles were fierce, with each category providing its own drama. The largest turnout was in the Sportsman Class, which saw the return of veteran racer Jim Calhoun. Defending Pro Street champion Jarid Vollmer and Team Bully Dog came ready to defend their title, and Ryan Milliken brought the Dirty- Max out for a shot at the Pro Stock crown. The only class that wasn’t represented at the season opener was Top Dragster.
Photo 2/24   |   2006 Chevrolet 2500 In Motion Front Three Quarter
Wade Minter arrived with his 2006 Chevy 2500 dubbed the Trippplemax. Since his truck made 90 pounds of boost and more than 1,500 hp, it was no surprise when Wade took the top prize in the Super Street category, running a 9.37-second pass at more than 145 mph in the final round.
Photo 6/24   |   2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Front Three Quarter
The evening sled pull kicked off with the 2.6-inch-inducer Class. After competing in the Super Diesel Class on the dragstrip, Jack Connor put on a good show for the crowd in his second-generation Dodge Ram 2500; unfortunately it wasn’t good enough to land him in the top three.
Photo 10/24   |   2011 Ford F 250 Putting Down 600 Hp
The dyno competition was hugely popular, drawing a large crowd most of the day. We caught up with Mike Dillehay as his 2011 Ford F-250 put down 600 hp. Cody Beaman from Merced, California, ended up winning when his ’95 Dodge Ram 2500 put down an impressive 1,105 hp.
Photo 14/24   |   2006 Gmc Sierra 2500Hd In Motion Front Three Quarter
Pat McSwain showed up from Norco, California, to compete in the Sportsman Class with his daily driven Duramax. Pat is probably better known for the diesel land speed records he holds.
Photo 18/24   |   Chevrolet Under Pressure Front Three Quarter

PRO STOCK
NAME VEHICLE HOMETOWN E.T. (SECONDS) MPH
1ST Ryan Milliken Chevy Silverado Navarre, FL 9.70 140.00*
2ND Rick Fletes ’73 Chevy Nova Galt, CA 10.00 140.00*
* = mph recording error

PRO STREET
NAME VEHICLE HOMETOWN E.T. (SECONDS) MPH
1ST Jarid Vollmer ’07 Ram Chubbech, ID 10.17 139.63
2ND Dennis Schroeder ’02 Ford Phoenix, AZ 13.25 116.69
3RD Payton Hugie ’92 Ford St. George, UT 9.30 (quickest time) 150.00

SUPER STREET
NAME VEHICLE HOMETOWN E.T. (SECONDS) MPH
1ST Wade Minter ’06 Chevy Maypearl, TX 9.37 145.52
2ND Ryan Milliken ’07 Ram Navarre, FL 10.39 137.65
3RD Tyler Kipp ’94 Ram Coeur d’Alene, ID 10.74 128.18

SUPER DIESEL
NAME VEHICLE HOMETOWN E.T. (SECONDS) MPH
1ST Ryan Dubois ’04 Ram Boise, ID 12.39 81.78
2ND Pat Liskey ’05 Ram Meridian, ID 12.62 87.61
3RD Verlon Southwick ’06 GMC Shoshone, ID 12.32 97.36

SPORTSMAN
NAME VEHICLE HOMETOWN E.T. (SECONDS) MPH
1ST Jim Calhoun ’97 Ram Kent, WA 13.55 97.88
2ND Steve Price ’06 Ford Lakewood, CA 13.99 94.99
3RDVerlon Southwick ’06 GMC Shoshone, ID 12.41 98.79

SLED PULL: 3.0 CLASS
NAME VEHICLE HOMETOWN DISTANCE (FEET)
1ST Tom Hansen ’05 Ram Stansbury Park, UT 252.80
2ND Tom Colesanti ’00 Ram Simi Valley, CA 249.50
3RD Trevor Nieffengerrer ’95 Ram Brigham City, UT 235.10

SLED PULL: 2.6 CLASS
NAME VEHICLE HOMETOWN DISTANCE (FEET)
1ST Garrett Parlette ’07 Ram Snohomish, WA 315.40
2ND Weylin Richards ’06 Ram Wellsville, UT 289.40
3RD Kevin Wiebe ’03 Chevy Ferndale, WA 264.60

Sources

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

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