DPC 2019/Day 4: Drag Race #DPC2019
Coker’s No Joker
Drag racing. To those of us who love diesel performance, seeing two pickups blast down the track is a thrilling experience, rivaled only by watching 1,000hp rigs scorch the rollers of the chassis dyno.
Day 4 of Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP also featured a Quarter-Mile Drag Race segment that immediately followed the Eighth-Mile Trailer Tow. Our 10 competitors used a 1-hour open qualifying session to earn spots on the ladder (Pro/lowest qualifier vs highest, etc.) of a Quick 8 eliminator.
As he did in the trailer tow, Richard Coker stormed to the front of the pack in the drag-race segment, leading all qualifiers with a low e.t. of 10.79 seconds at a whopping 135.88 mph.
"Quick 8" eliminations actually became a "Super 6" battle, when attrition during the qualifying session (Cody Lambert/engine, Matt Maier/turbocharger) narrowed the field and left Andrew McCane and Darrin Dutton without dance partners in the First round. Round Two was highlighted by a pair of fantastic matchups. A .127 reaction time helped Richard fend off Steven Lucero's hard-charging '06 Dodge Ram 2500, to take the win with an 11.26 e.t. at 132.21 mph, over Steven's 10.91/127.03. On the other side of the Round Two ladder, Andrew McCane also grabbed the holeshot (.379 to .731 reaction times) and kept his '06 Dodge Ram 2500 in front of Darrin Dutton's '09 Ford F-250.
In the final, despite being on the slow side of reaction times, Richard sailed to victory (10.82 at 135.55 mph) and is now being considered the competitor who has a great chance of taking it all this year.
Today, the Diesel Power Challenge contingent returns to Bandimere Speedway, for the always-popular sled-pull segment. Stay tuned to the Motor Trend Channel on YouTube to catch all the action, LIVE, thanks to Universal Technical Institute.