We hope that through our coverage of the exciting drag-racing action put on by competitors in the Outlaw Diesel Super Series (through Facebook Live feeds, photos and videos posted on trucktrend.com, and the pages of Diesel Power magazine), you’re becoming more familiar with and hopefully a fan of the popular and super-competitive racing series for diesel-powered vehicles (we can’t just say “trucks,” because dragsters and even passenger cars—like an oil-burning BMW we saw in action at the ODSS World Finals at Piedmont Dragway in Julian, North Carolina—mix it up in the sanction’s e.t. bracket, index, and heads-up classes).
While ODSS racing is awesome as a whole, we, as cosponsor of the ATS Diesel Performance/Diesel Power Magazine 7.70 Index category, admit we’re somewhat partial to the action put on by racers in the street-oriented, modified rigs the class spotlights. In most cases, 7.70 Index competitors are similar to trucks many of you own and drive every day (and hopefully are considering competing with in 2018). When it was all said and done, our class had the closest championship battle of the season, with Eugene Ogle winning the title by a scant three points over Larson Miller. (Honorable mention goes to 7.70’s big brother, the Pro-Flo Performance Exhaust 6.70 Index. Only 63 points determined the category’s championship, which was claimed by Banean Woosley over Rick Fox).
The following collection of photos (and video posted on trucktrend.com that includes “Anatomy of a Drag Racer” coverage you don’t want to miss) captured by Editor KJ Jones and Technical Editor John Lehenbauer features highlights of the oil-burning diesel badness we saw in 2017 (on the dyno, sled pull track, dragstrip, and in the show-’n’-shine paddock) at such events as the Rocky Top Diesel Shootout (Crossville, Tennessee), Scheid Diesel Extravaganza (Terre Haute, Indiana), and Rudy’s Diesel Performance & Offroad Fall Truck Jam (Julian, North Carolina). And we would be remiss if we didn’t say congratulations and thank you to all of the ODSS class champions, racers, and sponsors!
2017 Outlaw Diesel Super Series Class Champions
Jamo Exhaust E.T. Bracket: Kyle Bassitt
| ODSS 2017 Et Bracket Champ
ATS Diesel Performance/Diesel Power Magazine 7.70 Index: Eugene Ogle
| ODSS 2017 770 Index Champ
Pro-Flo Performance Exhaust 6.70 Index: Banean Woosley
| ODSS 2017 670 Index Champ
Hot Shot’s Secret Pro Street: Dustin Jackson
| ODSS 2017 Pro Street Champ
SunCoast Performance Pro Mod: Ryan Milliken
| ODSS 2017 Pro Modified Champ
Diesel World Magazine/Diamond Pistons/UDBG Pro Dragster: Jared Jones
| ODSS 2017 Pro Dragster Champ
| We lead things off with a group shot of racers competing in the Outlaw Diesel Super Series ATS Diesel Performance/Diesel Power Magazine 7.70 Index Class, affectionately referred to as “our class,” a great entry-level racing category for modified street-oriented trucks.
| Rawlings Barnes and the Rudy’s Diesel Performance & Offroad Ford F-250 made the biggest performance statement in the SunCoast Performance Pro Mod Class, blasting straight down Broadway at Fall Truck Jam to a record-setting 4.99 e.t. at 142.09 mph!
| ODSS 2017 Wheelie
| Flat-out, side-by-side, high-speed action is what ODSS is all about.
| Stroll through the show-’n’-shine area at any ODDS event to see all types of badass oil-burning vehicles. This Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD (owned by Zach Bratton) caught our eye at Scheid Diesel Extravaganza 2017. It apparently impressed members of the Purdue Diesel Club enough to earn “Best GM” honors in Friday’s show ’n’ shine, and it definitely impressed us when Zach raced it in the ATS Diesel Performance/Diesel Power Magazine 7.70 Index Class at the dragstrip.
| ODSS 2017 Clean Silverado Engine
| The sled-pulling side of diesel performance is also showcased at almost every stop on the ODSS circuit.
| ODSS 2017 Crowd
| By a show of hands, who knew diesel-powered smart cars exist? Well, let’s qualify the question a bit more. Have you ever seen one in person? This rare specimen drew a lot of deserved attention at SDX 2017.
| ODSS 2017 Smart Car Engine
| The crew at Wagler Competition Products gave its Duramax-based DX500 engine a new look in 2017. While the ginormous screw supercharger and nitrous-oxide system remain intact, gone are the twin 102mm Pro Mod turbochargers, replaced by a cool set of “zoomie” headers that give the 500-cubic-inch monster an incredible sound.
| Another show-’n’-shine winner (Best Dodge Ram/Saturday) from Scheid Diesel Extravaganza. This first-generation Dodge Ram is owned by an enthusiast we can only identify through social media: @j_newcountry.
| Johnny Gilbert and the 5-Blade Mafia overcame challenges at several events and finished Third overall for 2017 in the ODSS Hot Shot’s Secret Pro Street Class.
| ODSS 2017 Tire Frying
| The names “Lavon Miller” and “Firepunk Diesel” have been synonymous with drag-racing success for several years. The team’s Dodge Ram 2500 set new high-performance standards at each event, including a 5.002-second (at 145 mph) rip at the Fall Truck Jam, set at Rudy’s Diesel Performance & Offroad at the close of the ODSS season.
| ODSS 2017 Time Slip
| ODSS 2017 Ford Engine
| Bluffton Diesel Service’s F-250 was the Best Ford winner on Friday at SDX 2017.
| ODSS 2017 Clean Silverado
| There’s no doubt that the ATS Diesel Performance/Diesel Power Magazine 7.70 Index was ODSS’ biggest class in 2017. It wasn’t uncommon to see more than 50 hard-hitting street trucks in the staging lanes at each event. We hope to see you and your rig in the lanes in 2018!
| ODSS 2017 Index
| ODSS 2017 Leaking Puller
| Big rigs also have a place to race at ODSS events. It’s always cool to see massive Kenworths, Peterbilts, Volvos, Freightliners, and other Class 8 trucks rumble through the eighth-mile.
| ODSS 2017 Dodge Pair
| ODSS 2017 Nova
| ODSS 2017 Mike Dalton
| ODSS 2017 Tribute F450
| ODSS 2017 Rick Fox
| ODSS 2017 Enrique
| ODSS 2017 Meeting
| ODSS 2017 Dodge Ram
| ODSS 2017 Big Rig Pull
| ODSS 2017 Suncoast
| ODSS 2017 Launch