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  • Diesel Power Challenge 2019/Day 5: Sled Pull and Awards #DPC2019

Diesel Power Challenge 2019/Day 5: Sled Pull and Awards #DPC2019

Eight Competitors Remain for the Final Day of Action

John Lehenbauer
Jun 7, 2019
Diesel Power Challenge is not an easy event to win. Dominating one discipline in the competition does not guarantee a trophy. Competitors must be consistent throughout the event to be in the running for the top prize. And like many Diesel Power Challenges of the past, 2019's DPC came down to the last day and the last event to determine a clear-cut winner.
Getting to Day 5's Sled Pull segment was not an easy task for many of the competitors, as mechanical carnage took its toll on several trucks. Some, like Cody Lambert, worked into the wee hours of Thursday morning to get their rigs going again. Cody and his crew were determined to get the '06 Dodge Ram 3500 back in action after the engine was destroyed in the prior day's competition (melting one piston and ruining four others, along with destroying the block).
Cody and his crew tracked down another block, a new set of pistons, and other needed parts, then charged through the night at ATS Diesel Performance to rebuild the 5.9L Cummins so they could make it to the pull. The engine damage also cost Cody his compound turbochargers due to oil contamination, so he resorted to a single turbo.
Other competitors were not so lucky. Darin Dutton and the defending DPC champion Kody Pulliam were not able to get their trucks back in the fight. Darin blew up the 6.4L Power Stroke engine in his '09 Ford F-350, while the Allison transmission in Kody's '04 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD wasn't having anything more to do with moving the truck.
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With two competitors out of the running, the remaining eight took to the track at Bandimere Speedway to try to pull the Sulley & Sons sled to the 300-foot mark in the final event. Billy Hartzell got the Sled Pull under way with a strong pull of 197.07 feet in his '08 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. The next two competitors went hard with the skinny pedal, but Steven Lucero (182.08 feet) and Richard Coker (152 feet) were not able to eclipse Billy's distance. Brad Sankey then hooked his Chevy to the sled dragging it all the way to 265.06-foot mark for the lead.
The running order then had the OBS Ford of Matt Maier hooked up for a pull. The '97 F-250 was only able to muster a run of 155.10 feet and a broken rear drive-shaft yoke. Andrew McCane held nothing back during his run and charged after Brad's lead, unfortunately he came up short with a 228.10-foot pull. The last two to take to the track, Seth Kuntz and Cody Lambert, gave it everything their trucks could provide, but the sled kept them from taking over the lead with a 208.03 and 179.01 foot pulls.
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After the dust settled, the final standing for the Sled Pull had Brad Sankey in First Place, Andrew McCane grabbing Second, and Seth Kuntz finishing in Third.
When competition ended, the Diesel Power staff got together to compare notes and tally the results from all the weeks activities, so the winners could be determined at the Awards Banquet, held at DPC's host hotel, the Marriott Denver West.
The Awards Banquet began at 8 pm with everyone gathering in a ballroom for a delicious dinner. Once everyone finished filling their bellies, Diesel Power's Editor and the master of ceremonies KJ Jones got things rolling by thanking all the sponsors and people that helped to make DPC possible. KJ then turned the mic over to Gale Banks, so he could present three awards from Banks based on testing done by the iDash 1.8 Data Monster gauge that competitors used in their trucks during the event. Darin Dutton received the award for Best Turbo Air Density Output, Matt Maier earned the award for Best Intercooler Gain, and Richard Coker got Best Manifold Air Density.
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After Gale's presentation, KJ kept things going by handing out the DPC Specialty Awards. Always the costliest accolade, the Carnage Award, went to Cody Lambert for the damage inflicted on his engine. Drivers' Choice went Darin Dutton for his beautiful '09 Ford F-350. Seth Kuntz received the Distance Award, and Andrew McCane's ability behind the wheel earned him the Driver's Skill Award. New this year was the Spirit of Diesel Power Challenge Award. This award goes to the competitor who shows the best example of do-or-die attitude, sportsmanship, and spreading of goodwill at DPC. The award was bestowed on Matt Maier.
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Then it was then time to announce the Top 3 winners and bring them to the stage to receive their awards. The Third Place trophy went to Seth Kuntz, who also received a product certificate from ARP. Next to the stage to retrieve his Second Place trophy and ARP certificate was Andrew McCane. Then the moment everyone was waiting for finally arrived, the announcement of First Place. To a huge round of applause, Richard Coker took the stage as the Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP champion. He received a trophy, an ARP certificate, an LED light package from KC HiLites, and a right to return in 2020 to defend his title.

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