DPC 2019/Day 4 Trailer-Tow Cone Course #DPC2019
Truck Damage for the First Time in Recent Memory
As usual, Day 4 of Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP finished off with the Trailer-Tow Cone Course, made all the more diabolical this year with the addition of a tapering reverse chute, several high-speed straightaways, and the 90-degree reverse trailer box.
Before setting out on the course with our 11,500-pound trailer in tow, the #DPC2019 competitors first walked the course with cone master and Truck Trend Editor Jason Gonderman. After making some sense of the circuit, the contestants then sat on the sidelines while diesel-jockey extraordinaire Brandon Wright made a pass through the cones using his Freightliner that usually hauls the milk, literally.
And then the mayhem started. Each driver made good use of his truck, hammering the throttle down and using the power and capability they proved on the dyno. And impressively, the DPC contestants made it through the cones without knocking too many down—the worst performance, penalty-wise, came from Seth Kuntz, who only tipped three cones over in total. That proves that the entire field of DPC competitors knows how to handle a big trailer.
Unfortunately, there was some carnage on the cone course this year. Seth's '97 Dodge Ram 3500 dualie had some transmission trouble after he completed his run, with the big truck temporarily refusing to convert torque into forward motion. After sitting for a few moments, the truck moved off the course under its own power. A similar fate befell Andrew McCane's Mega Cab, which refused to shift from Reverse to Drive at the end of the chute. After sitting motionless for several very nerve-wracking seconds, he again resumed the course, but the delay cost his overall elapsed time severely.
We'll see if those transmission woes plague Andrew and Seth today when we head into our final Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP event, the sled pull.