First Annual Outlaw Diesel Revenge by Firepunk Diesel
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Less than a week after an EF4 tornado (the Enhanced Fujita scale rates a tornado's intensity based on the damage it causes) struck the Dayton, Ohio, area, Firepunk Diesel was scheduled to hold its inaugural Outlaw Diesel Revenge race event (the second stop on the 2019 Outlaw Diesel Super Series tour) at Kil-Kare Dragway in nearby Xenia.
Fortunately, none of the Firepunk or Kil-Kare employees or crew were hurt during the storm, and the track managed to make it through unscathed as well. However, threatening weather forecasts came true just before the racing action was scheduled to get underway early Friday afternoon, with tons of rain and lightning strikes in the area keeping vendors, spectators, and racers sheltered, waiting out the thunderstorms. By midafternoon, the rain finally stopped, allowing the track crew to dry and prep the racing surface for diesel drag-racing action.
As is protocol for two-day ODSS events, the Pro classes (Firepunk Diesel Outlaw 5.90 Index, Hot Shot's Secret Pro Street, SunCoast Diesel Transmissions Pro Mod, and Flo-Pro Performance Exhaust Pro Dragster) were slated to have two rounds of qualifying on Friday afternoon. A Big Tire/Small Tire Shootout with a $7,500 prize was also scheduled, as well as an open test session for the Sportsman racers. The rain delay threw a wrench in the agenda, pushing the Big Tire/Small Tire eliminations to Saturday and eliminating the Sportsman Class test 'n' tune session, but the the first two rounds of ODSS Pro qualifying took place as planned.
While Friday's weather couldn't have been much worse, Saturday's conditions were night-and-day different. Warm air and blue skies appeared, and racing action ran through the afternoon and into the evening, with the final round of the Big Tire Shootout closing out the weekend.
In addition to the racing, Thoroughbred Diesel sponsored the dyno competition, in which cash awards were given to the winners (highest horsepower) of three classes: 1 to 650 hp, 651 to 950 hp and Unlimited. Nearly 30 trucks rolled across the Diesel Doctor's mobile unit, including newly crowned 2019 Ultimate Callout Challenge Champion Derek Rose, who posted a casual 2,300 hp and almost 4,400 lb-ft of torque during his one and only pull. Cody Fisher's '06 Dodge Ram 2500 was the only other truck to break the 1,000hp mark, with a pull of 1,379 hp and 2,624 lb-ft of torque. Brad Helton won the 0-to-650hp class by hitting exactly 650 hp with his '15 Ford F-250. ODSS Pro Mod driver Larson Miller won the 651-to-950hp category with his daily driven '07 Dodge Ram 2500 making just about 900 hp. Of course, Derek Rose's 2,300-plus-horsepower blast was the highest-horsepower pull of the day, earning him the victory in the Unlimited Class.
Twenty owners dared to bring their show trucks out in the potentially unruly weather to compete in the event's XTP Diesel & Offroad show 'n' shine. The field of trucks ranged from lifted show rigs to some great looking daily drivers, with trophies and awards up for grabs for the Best Dodge, Ford, GM, and Best in Show. The Best Dodge award went to Brandon McIntosh for his bright red '18 Ram 3500. Cody Hamm's root beer-colored '05 Ford F-350 (featured in the August 2019 issue of Diesel Power) took top honors in the Blue Oval category, and the Best GM status went to Austin Engel for his bright white '05 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. Another GM was voted as the Best in Show: Brandon Troyer's stunning black '13 GMC Sierra 2500 HD.
A crowd favorite Saturday afternoon before the final rounds was the Hot Shot's Secret-sponsored group of racers from the Central Ohio Power Wheel Drag Racing group. Sophia Gilbert took home the trophy for the 12-volt Stock Class with her Ram (which features a wrap that looks like her dad's Pro Stock Dodge Ram 2500) taking the win over Hadley Cato. In 12-volt Modified, Ben Payton won for the second time this season over Tommy Robinson. Tommy overcame the loss by winning the 24-volt Modified category over Dayton Livingston.
In total, there were 123 entries on hand for ODSS drag racing. Once again, JAMO Performance Exhaust E.T. Bracket was the largest class, with 43 racers doing battle down the eighth-mile dragstrip. The ATS Diesel Performance/Diesel Power Magazine 7.70 and Maryland Performance Diesel 6.70 Index classes were also crowded, with 32 and 24 racers, respectively. The Pro Divisions had fewer entries; 12 in Firepunk Diesel Outlaw 5.90 Index and another dozen spread across the Hot Shot's Secret Pro Street, SunCoast Diesel Transmissions Pro Mod, and Flo-Pro Performance Exhaust Pro Dragster eliminators.
A few drivers chose to race in the E.T. Bracket and the 7.70 Index classes. Ryan Riddle had a great weekend, winning both eliminators back to back. In E.T., Ryan took the win over Kyle Mireitter and his Dodge, and then bested Trey Sykes' BMW in 7.70 Index. Kyle Hutchinson took home the 6.70 Index crown by defeating Zack Danner in the final round, in a Dodge-on-Dodge battle.
In the Outlaw 5.90 Index Class, Brett Marcum scored a reaction time win over Mindy Jackson and her '94 Ford Lightning. A better reaction time helped Johnny Gilbert win an all-Dodge Pro Street final over Derek Rose. A pair of two-wheel-drive Fords battled for the Pro Mod Class win. Rawlings Barnes' F-250 clocked a 4.66-second e.t. to take the win over Brian Gray's F-150.
Once again, the Pro Dragster Class was a solo affair. Jared Jones in Scheid Diesel Motorsports' Cummins-powered dragster has been the only competitor in the class thus far. But that didn't slow down the team, as Jared made his final-round bye-run at a blistering 4.28 seconds at nearly 180 mph.
Lavon Miller and the rest of his Firepunk Diesel family and crew put on one heck of a race, with something for everyone to enjoy. While the first-year event was plagued with bad weather and recovering from a recent major tornado, they still delivered racing action that surely pleased all who attended. Be sure to put the Firepunk Diesel Outlaw Diesel Revenge on your event calendar for 2020, and check out the photo gallery to see what you missed from ODR 2019.
|JAMO Performance Exhaust E.T. Bracket||NAME||HOMETOWN||BRAND||E.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Ryan Riddle||Bellefontaine, OH||'07 Dodge 2500||7.74||89.80|
|Runner-Up||Kyle Mireitter||West Salem, OH||'98 Dodge 2500||7.44||82.39|
|ATS Diesel Performance/ Diesel Power 7.70 Index||NAME||HOMETOWN||BRAND||E.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Ryan Riddle||Bellefontaine, OH||'07 Dodge 2500||7.732||88.72|
|Runner-Up||Trey Sykes||Hamlet, NC||'09 BMW 335d||7.699||87.33|
|Maryland Performance Diesel 6.70 Index||NAME||HOMETOWN||BRAND||E.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Kyle Hutchinson||Clarksville, OH||'01 Dodge 2500||6.703||104.46|
|Runner-Up||Zack Danner||Terre Haute, IN||'06 Dodge 2500||6.75||104.34|
|Firepunk Diesel Outlaw 5.90 Index||NAME||HOMETOWN||BRAND||E.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Brett Marcum||Logan, IA||'06 Dodge 2500||6.008||119.27|
|Runner-Up||Mindy Jackson||Flooresville, TX||'94 Ford F-150 Lightning||5.959||113.9|
|Hot Shot's Secret Pro Street||NAME||HOMETOWN||BRAND||E.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Johnny Gilbert||Middlebury, IN||'01 Dodge 2500||5.480||140.85|
|Runner-Up||Derek Rose||Casco, MI||'06 Dodge 2500||5.280||136.86|
|SunCoast Diesel Transmissions Pro Mod||NAME||HOMETOWN||BRAND||E.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Rawlings Barnes||Burlington, NC||'08 Ford F-250||4.66||153.58|
|Runner-Up||Brian Gray||Middleburg, FL||'96 Ford F-150||6.01||121.23|
|Flo-Pro Performance Exhaust Pro Dragster||NAME||HOMETOWN||BRAND||E.T.||MPH|
|Winner||Jared Jones||Terre Haute, IN||Spitzer Dragster||4.28||176.75|