2014 Spring Diesel Nationals Racing Season
NHRDA’S 2014 Season Opener
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1ST||Jim Calhoun||’97 Ram||Kent, WA||13.55||97.88|
|2ND||Steve Price||’06 Ford||Lakewood, CA||13.99||94.99|
|3RD||Verlon Southwick||’06 GMC||Shoshone, ID||12.41||98.79|
|SLED PULL: 3.0 CLASS|
|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|
|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|
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