By tradition, Day 3 of the Diesel Power Challenge Presented by XDP brings us what arguably is the most popular and revered competitive segment in the entire 5-day event: The dyno test.
On Tuesday, our 10 competitors returned to ATS Diesel Performance in Arvada, Colorado, to take their turn on the Mustang chassis dyno's rollers. The mission? To make each one of their trucks throw down the most combined (uncorrected) horsepower and torque possible, without scattering engine pieces all over the dyno cell.
As DPC goes, the dyno segment is the main attraction, for competitors and fans alike. Why? Because for diesel enthusiasts, performance prowess is the name of the game. And, when it comes to qualifying any hopped-up diesel rig as a true beast (regardless of brand, and especially when owners make lofty unsupported power claims on social media), "the numbers" are everything.
After wrestling with a few gremlins in his '04 Chevrolet Silverado
2500HD's nitrous-oxide system, returning DPC champion, Kody Pulliam, fired the first salvo and established the day's 1,000hp benchmark with a 1,198.5hp pull (1,978.3 lb-ft of torque). Despite the impressive gauntlet Kody laid down, his numbers eventually dropped to fifth-best for the day, as Steven Lucero's '06 Dodge Ram 2500
(1,149.1 hp, 2,099.6 lb-ft/Fourth), Darin Dutton's'09 Ford F-350
(1,249.2, 2,120.6/Third), and Andrew McCane's '06 Dodge Ram 2500
(1,287.6 hp, 2,170.5 lb-ft/Second) would all jump in front of him as the segment progressed.
Falling just behind Kody's Fifth spot were Cody Lambert's '06 Dodge Ram 3500
(are you seeing a pattern here?) with a combined 2,969.6 score (1,034.3hp, 1935.3 lb-ft) and Brad Sankey with the seventh 1,000hp blast for the day (1,081.1 hp, 1,778.1 lb-ft).
From the fifth position in the run order, and with a combined total of 3,506.8 (1,198.2 hp, 2,314.0 lb-ft of torque using only one stage of nitrous oxide) Richard Coker and his '06 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
emerged as the dyno-session's heavy hitter. Richard says the run actually was better than he and his teammates anticipated it would be, and it definitely put him in a good position overall, going into Day 4 of Diesel Power Challenge 2019.
| Dpc2019 Day3
From a carnage perspective, the dyno wasn't kind to Kody's Silverado (transmission), and it was downright ruthless to Matt Maier's popular '97 Ford F-250
. Despite posting a very impressive 8832.8 hp and 1,878.1 lb-ft of torque, the OBS rig's 7.3L Power Stroke engine clashed violently with a healthy nitrous shot. Reports from the diesel-truck Triage Center at ATS say that Matt was making every effort to get the engine running and back in action by Day 4.
Today, the DPC 2019 entourage travels to Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado, for on-track action in the Eighth-Mile Trailer Tow, Quarter-Mile Drag Race, and Trailer-Tow Cone Course segments. See all the action though our live feed (presented by Universal Technical Institute), on the Motor Trend Channel. #DPC2019
|Kody Pulliam '04 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
|Matt Maier '97 Ford F-250
|Billy Hartzell '08 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
|Cody Lambert '06 Dodge Ram 3500
|Steven Lucero '06 Dodge Ram 2500
|Richard Coker '06 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
Andrew McCane '06 Dodge Ram 2500
|Darrin Dutton '09 Ford F-250
|Brad Sankey '05 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
|Seth Kuntz '97 Dodge Ram 3500