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2015 NHRDA Spring Diesel Nationals

Oil-Burning Action from the 2015 NHRDA Spring Diesel Nationals

Aug 7, 2015
Photographers: Trevor Reed
The crowd at Famoso Raceway erupted with cheers and applause when Alex Torres finally stopped torturing the tires under his Duramax LB7-powered '84 Chevrolet K-10. The awesome smoky burnout you see here was the capper to a weekend filled with wild diesel performances by competitors who traveled from all over the country to the 2015 NHRDA Spring Diesel Nationals in McFarland, California, just north of Bakersfield. While the event ended on the abused concrete, it started with churning dirt during a full night of sled pulling action across the parking lot from the dragstrip.
Photo 2/29   |   1984 Chevrolet K10 Duramax Diesel Burnout Crowd Smoke
Photo 3/29   |   The 2015 NHRDA Spring Diesel Nationals were capped off with this wild burnout by Alex Torres of Tulare, California. His '84 Chevy K-10 is powered by a Duramax LB7, and the hood was left covered with rubber from the 15 and 1/2-inch-wide rear tires after his performance.
Sled Pulls
Nick Adamson came all the way from American Falls, Idaho, to push the limits of his '06 Dodge Ram, treating the audience to a massive 357.13-foot-long pull for First Place in the 3.0 Class—and the longest pull of the night. Second Place went to John Esteves from Oakdale, California, who made it out to 324.54 feet with his '02 GMC Sierra. The trophy for the Super Stock Class went to Jason Stott from Rock Springs, Wyoming, with his '03 Dodge Ram.
Photo 4/29   |   2012 Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel Sled Pull Winner Elizabeth Stott
Elizabeth Stott (also from Rock Springs) became the first of two women to take home First Place when she pushed her '12 Dodge Ram out to 304.83 feet to win the 2.5 Class. John Taormina came in Second with a 296.78-foot-long pull, and Jared Ballinger took home a close Third with a 295.06-foot-long run. Karissa McAdams continued the impromptu ladies' night when she took First Place in the Work Stock lass with a 305.04-foot pull—and this was only her second competition (see the sidebar to learn more about her and the '01 Chevy nicknamed Lil' Turd). Elizabeth Stott's pull in this class was less than 2 and 1/2 feet shorter than Karissa's, putting her in Second Place for her second podium finish of the night, and local Richard Matt Jr. from Bakersfield came in Third Place using his '11 Dodge Ram to reach 301.53 feet. The Exhibition Class featured the second-longest pull of the event, with Les Sczmidt using his '07 Dodge Ram to reach 347.89 feet for First Place, followed by Tom Wallace in Second, and local Steve Rodriguez from nearby Delano, California, taking Third Place.
Photo 5/29   |   Elizabeth Stott took home trophies for First and Second Place in two different classes during the sled pull competitions. Her '12 Dodge Ram reached 304.83 feet when she won the 2.5 Class.
Karissa McAdams and Lil' Turd
We caught up with Karissa McAdams after she got her first sled pull win in only her second competition. Here's what she had to say about the experience.
Tell us about your win at the 2015 NHRDA Spring Diesel Nationals.
The Bakersfield event was the second time I had ever pulled anything (other than at the Pullin' for a Cure benefit in Hollister, California). Lil' Turd was running good that night at Famoso. It all happened so quickly that I only remember slowly rolling into the throttle, then once she got going, I just put it to the floor.
Photo 6/29   |   2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Diesel NHRDA Sled Pull Winner Karissa McAdams
What was it like to win?
Wining was so awesome! I was worried about being the first person to pull, because I could be knocked out of First Place quickly, especially when the other girl [Elizabeth Stott] who pulled in my class got so close to my distance. When they announced I won, all I could hear was my mom screaming.
Where do you keep the trophy?
I keep the trophy in my living room so I can see it every day. It's a great addition to the decor in our home.
Photo 7/29   |   2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Diesel NHRDA Sled Pull Winner Karissa McAdams 305 Foot Scoreboard
Have you competed since your win?
I have competed once more since Bakersfield. It was the sled pulls at Casa de Fruta, and there were quite a few people in my class. My brother and a few of our friends also competed that same day. I didn't win, which was a bummer, but my brother won First Place, which was pretty cool!
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to pull more in the future. There is an event coming up in Hilmar, California, and we are going to compete. It's all for fun. I'm not in it for the points. I just like to see what I can pull and how far. Hopefully, with more practice and small improvements to the truck, I can become more consistent in pulling and win!!!
Photo 8/29   |   NHRDA Work Stock Sled Pull Trophy Winner Karissa McAdams Family
Specifications
Lil' Turd
Vehicle: '01 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Class: Work Stock
Owner: Michael McAdams
Driver: Karissa McAdams
Hometown: Castroville, California
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Programmer: PPE Xcellerator
Power: 350 to 400 hp
Exhaust: MBRP 5-inch
Suspension: 6-inch lift with MobWorthy Motorsports traction bars
Wheels: 17x9 American Eagle
Tires: 35x12.50R17 BFGoodrich KM2 Mud-Terrain
Diesel Drags and More
On the second day of the event, the Famoso dragstrip was filled with a variety of diesels spanning 84 model years. Fans witnessed everything from a '30 "Fodge" (Ford/Cummins) and a Pro Stock '41 Willys Americar "Batmobile" to an '84 Chevy Blazer, an '08 Mercedes-Benz E320 BlueTec, and even a '14 Audi Q7 TDI. These oddballs competed against the "usual suspects" you find at diesel drags: '99-and-up Dodges, Fords, and GMs.
Ryan Milliken was undisputed in the Pro Stock Class, so he took the "Batmobile" on a conservative 9.626-second-at-131.88-mph run. The wild Duramax LBZ-powered car is actually capable of low 8-second passes (or even faster!). The Super Diesel class had a very close finish with Jay Lynch in his '07 Dodge achieving a reaction-time win over Larry Strawn in his '30 "Fodge." The class also featured strong runs by Steve McConnachie in a fullsize '84 Chevy Blazer, including an 11.818-second pass at 116.16 mph that knocked him out due to a 11.90 dial-in time.
Photo 12/29   |   Shown here on the Jefferson State Diesel dyno, Austin Morrow got 647 hp and 993 lb-ft of torque out of his '97 Dodge Ram.
The 10.90 Index Class bracket came down to Adam Aquino of Sunnyvale, California, in his '07 Dodge Ram versus Brian Bauman of Flagstaff, Arizona, in his '03 Chevy race truck fitted with slicks. The tires and a quick reaction time of 0.188 seconds helped Brian take home First Place. The Sportsman Diesel Class had the most racers competing against each other (39 of them!), including a face-off between Audi and Mercedes-Benz. After five rounds, the final matchup was Bradley Roberts of Davis, California, and his '05 Chevy versus Matt Ray of Central Point, Oregon, in his '06 Chevy. Matt ran 14.007 seconds against a 13.98-second dial-in to take home First Place.
The drag races ended with a Super Street Class shootout between Rob Coddens of Eagle, Idaho (no stranger to readers of Diesel Power), with his '02 GMC race truck, and Daniel Pierce of Big Spring, Texas, with his '03 Dodge Ram, which has 370,000 miles on the original engine. After qualifying, Daniel advanced through the rounds without having to race and ended up paired with the veteran "Idaho Rob." Both trucks ran incredibly fast, but Rob's 10.409-second-at-132.78-mph pass was not enough to beat an impressive 9.220-second-at-152.68-mph run by Daniel, who took home First Place.
Photo 16/29   |   Jason Avila put his wedding proposal to Kristi Rogers on the tailgate of his truck so she would see it when he raced down the strip. She wondered why her mom and aunt were so interested in going to the drag race that day and found out when the track announcer read what was printed on the tailgate to the entire crowd. (She said, "Yes.")
After the races were over, a few brave souls risked their tires during the burnout event for the chance at a cash prize and bragging rights. All the trucks put on big a show for the crowd, but they couldn't match the massive burnout by Alex Torres, who destroyed 15 and 1/2-inch wide Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ tires with his Duramax/Allison-swapped '84 Chevy K-10 pickup. After the mayhem was over, the trophies were presented and soon the farm roads surrounding Famoso Raceway were filled with trailers carrying trucks back home. To find out more about events such as this one, including the NHRDA World Finals in October, go to nhrda.com.
Results: 2015 NHRDA Diesel Spring Nationals
Drag Races
DriverVehicleHometownE.T.MPHR.T.
Pro Stock WinnerRyan MillikenBatmobileNavarre, FL9.626131.880.407
Super Street
WinnerDaniel Pierce'03 DodgeBig Spring, TX9.220152.680.211
Runner-upRob Coddens'02 GMCEagle, ID10.409132.780.268
#1 QualifierDaniel Pierce'03 DodgeBig Spring, TX9.635144.55N/A
10.90 Index
WinnerBrian Bauman'03 ChevroletFlagstaff, AZ11.511108.390.188
Runner-upAdam Aquino'07 DodgeSunnyvale, CA11.755113.760.268
Super Diesel (11.90 dial-in)
WinnerJay Lynch'07 DodgeOakley, CA12.526107.500.405
Runner-upLarry Strawn'30 FordRedding, CA12.411106.930.584
#1 QualifierSteve McConnachie'84 ChevyHemet, CA11.954115.74N/A
Sportsman
WinnerMatt Ray'06 ChevyCentral Point, OR14.00795.270.171
Runner-upBradley Roberts'05 ChevyDavis, CA13.328102.030.162
#1 QualifierJosh Dutra'02 GMCHollister, CAN/AN/A0.020
Hot Rod Semi Truck
WinnerWayne Talkington'63 KenworthN/A11.830114.22N/A
Photo 20/29   |   1941 Willys Diesel Duramax Engine Swap Drag Race Car
Photo 21/29   |   Brad Makinen's Batmobile is a '41 Willys Americar, powered by a 1,400hp Duramax engine. Ryan Milliken drove it conservatively during an uncontested pass of 9.626 seconds at 131.88 mph.
Sled Pulls
DriverVehicleHometownDistance
Super Stock
WinnerJason Stott'03 DodgeRock Spings, WY111.14
3.0 Class
WinnerNick Adamson'06 DodgeAmerican Falls, ID357.13
2nd PlaceJohn Esteves'02 GMCOakdale, CA324.54
2.5 Class
WinnerElizabeth Stott'12 DodgeRock Springs, WY304.83
2nd PlaceJohn Taormina'02 DodgeSan Jose, CA296.78
3rd PlaceJared Ballinger'03 DodgePaicines, CA295.06
Work Stock Class
WinnerKarissa McAdams'01 ChevyCastroville, CA305.04
2nd PlaceElizabeth Stott'12 DodgeRock Springs, WY302.59
3rd PlaceRichard Matt Jr.'11 DodgeBakersfield, CA301.53
Exhibition Class
WinnerLes Sczmidt'07 DodgeCrockett, CA347.89
2nd PlaceTom Wallace'05 DodgeWindsor, CA290.11
3rd PlaceSteve Rodriguez'12 DodgeDelano, CA281.16
Photo 22/29   |   Larry Strawn came in Second Place in the Super Diesel Class with his '30 "Fodge" that packs a Cummins engine inside a classic Ford body with two-tone paint and ghost flames. In the first round of the Super Diesel bracket, he ran 11.793 seconds at 100.97 mph.
NameVehicleHometown
Burnout WinnerAlex Torres'84 ChevyTulare, CA
Dyno WinnerA.J. Munger'06 ChevyN/A
Show 'n' Shine WinnerDanny Walker'02 ChevyLas Vegas, NV
Semi Truck Show 'n' Shine WinnerMike Maggini'98 PeterbiltRiverdale, CA
Photo 23/29   |   Daniel Pierce ran a very quick 9.220 seconds at 152.68 mph to win the Super Street Class in his '03 Dodge Ram over Rob Coddens in his famous '02 GMC.
Photo 24/29   |   The sun set on a row of diesels as the 2015 NHRDA Spring Diesel Nationals came to an end at Famoso Raceway in McFarland, California.
Photo 28/29   |   2005 Chevy Vs 2006 Chevy Diesel Drag Race
Photo 29/29   |   The Sportsman Diesel Class had 39 competitors and ended up with Bradley Roberts of Davis, California, and his '05 Chevy (white, close lane) versus Matt Ray of Central Point, Oregon, in his '06 Chevy (gray, far lane). Matt ran 14.007 seconds against a 13.98-second dial-in to take home First Place.

Sources

National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA)
Marysville, WA 87271
360-658-4353
www.nhrda.com
Auto Club Famoso Raceway
844-346-4876
http://www.famosoraceway.com

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