DPC 2019/Day 4: Eighth-Mile Trailer Tow Is 660 Feet of High-Powered Chaos #DPC2019
Heavy Weight + High Horsepower = Hang On!
On the heels of a record-setting dyno session (seven trucks making more than 1,000hp), Day 4 of Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP opened with high anticipation for spectacular performances by all 10 competitors.
This mission, in our opening act on the dragstrip at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado, is for drivers to drag a 20-foot trailer/Bobcat (11,500 total pounds) combination 660 feet as quickly as they can. Piece of cake, right? Don't bet on that. All of the DPC competitors will quickly confirm that "it ain't."
Compound or big-single turbocharger setups, multiple stages of nitrous oxide, weight, locking torque converters, and the aforementioned 1,000hp that several trucks bring to the segment (as well as their ridiculous torque values), combine to make what sometimes is the wildest ride a driver has ever taken in his rig.
While charging to the eighth-mile as quickly as possible is the primary objective of this segment, speed (mph) is also a piece of the puzzle that can't be overlooked. Richard Coker's '06 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD proved its capability to cover both ends of the task by charging across the distance in 10.71 seconds at 72.82 mph.
Cody "Lambo" Lambert jockeyed his '06 Dodge Ram 3500 to an 11.07/68.33mph run, and Steven Lucero, in another '06 Dodge Ram (his is a 2500), stayed on the hammer and crossed the 660-foot mark in 11.73 seconds with a speed of 68.97 mph.
The final sub-12-second pass was recorded by Seth Kuntz in DPC's lone six-wheeled truck—a '97 Dodge Ram 3500. Given its size, Seth's big rig covered the distance with very impressive 11.90/64.03mph stats.
Andrew McCane rounds out the Top 5 for the trailer tow, finishing just outside the 11-second window a 12.02-second, 67.29-mph performance.
The segment marked the triumphant return of Matt Maier and his '97 Ford F-250. After suffering catastrophic damage during the Day 3 dyno test, Matt and his team worked all night to replace two pistons and head gaskets on the truck's 7.3L Power Stroke engine, and came back strong.
The 2019 edition of Diesel Power Challenge Presented by XDP closes today. Teams report back to Bandimere for an afternoon date with the pulling sled, and then will gather at the DPC host hotel later in the evening, for an awards banquet to name top-3 finishers and celebrate an outstanding display of diesel performance.