The Best Builds of Every Diesel Power Challenge From I to X

Winners of Diesel Power Challenge

Jun 3, 2015
Photographers: Diesel Power Staff
Diesel Power Challenge is our annual, one-of-a-kind performance and endurance competition that pits Ford, GM, and Ram owners—and their trucks—against each other in a battle for diesel supremacy. Throughout the Challenge, drivers put themselves and their rigs to the test, during multiple tortuous days of drag racing, dyno spinning, trailer towing, sled pulling, and more. Here’s all the information we’ve been able to dig up about the winners of the first 10 DPCs so you can gain knowledge from their builds. Whether your truck has a Cummins, Duramax, or Power Stroke engine, you should be able to glean information about everything from tuning to fueling to nitrous to turbo setups that may turn your rig into next year’s winner. Got a truck you’re ready to show off? Send in your specs and photos to: dieselpowerrides@enthusiastnetwork.com. Then, when you’re ready, make sure to submit your application to be a part of Diesel Power Challenge XII.
2006 West – Nick D’Amico
Photo 5/36   |   2002 Chevy Silverado 2500hd On Drag Strip
Name: Nick D’Amico
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8 LB7
Electronics: TTS Power Systems programmer and tuning
Induction: Stock single turbo
Injectors: Stock
Injection pump(s): TTS Power Systems
Lift pump: TTS Power Systems dual CP3 kit
Intake: Airaid
Intercooler: Stock
Injectables: Nitrous Express nitrous-oxide system
Exhaust: MBRP 5-inch and MBRP 5-inch stack
Transmission: Allison 1000 automatic with TTS triple-disc torque converter
Suspension: CalTracs centerlink and tie-rod sleeves; and Bilstein shocks
Axle ratios: 3.73:1
Differentials: Eaton ELocker front and Torsen rear
Wheels: 17-inch Weld
Tires: 285/70R17 BFGoodrich
Other: NA
DPC Results
Power: 721 hp Torque: 1,369 lb-ft
¼-mile drag race: 12.0 seconds
1/8-mile trailer tow: 12.1 seconds
Sled pull: 236 feet
Fuel economy: 17.5 mpg
2006 East – Micheal Tomac
Photo 9/36   |   2002 Chevy Silverado 2500hd Trailer Run
Name: Micheal Tomac
Hometown: Caledonia, Michigan
Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Odometer: 113,000 miles
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8 LB7
Electronics: EFILive tuning by Kennedy Diesel
Induction: ATS Aurora 5000 single turbo
Injectors: Kennedy Diesel 20-percent-over
Injection pump(s): PPE Dual Fueler CP3 kit
Lift pump: Kennedy Diesel
Intake: Custom with K&N filter
Intercooler: Stock
Injectables: NOS single-stage nitrous-oxide system
Exhaust: ATS 4-inch downpipe and MBRP 4-inch stack
Transmission: ATS Extreme LCT-1000 Allison 1000 automatic and ATS Five Star torque converter
Suspension: Stock with Rancho 9000 shocks
Axle ratios: 3.73:1
Differentials: Eaton ELocker in front and stock rear
Wheels: 17x8.5 Hummer H2
Tires: 315/70R17 BFGoodrich A/T
Other: NA
DPC Results Power: 623 hp
Torque: 1,065 lb-ft
¼-mile drag race: 12.156 seconds at 111.48 mph
1/8-mile trailer tow: 10.947 seconds
Sled pull: 331 feet
Fuel economy: 22.03 mpg
2007 – Micheal Tomac
Photo 12/36   |   2002 Chevy Silverado 2500hd Sled Pull
Name: Micheal Tomac
Hometown: Caledonia, Michigan
Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Odometer: 113,000 miles
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8 LB7
Electronics: EFILive by Kennedy Diesel
Induction: ATS Aurora 5000 single turbo
Injectors: Kennedy Diesel 40-percent-over
Injection pump(s): ATS Twin Fueler CP3 kit
Lift pump: Kennedy Diesel Twin Pump system
Intake: Custom with K&N filter
Intercooler: Banks Power Techni-Cooler
Injectables: NOS single-stage nitrous-oxide system
Exhaust: 4-inch downpipe and MBRP 4-inch stack
Transmission: ATS Extreme full-billet Allison 1000 automatic with ATS Five Star torque converter
Suspension: Custom ladder bars and bumpstops
Axle ratios: 3.73:1
Differentials: Eaton ELocker in front and stock rear
Wheels: 17x8.5 Hummer H2
Tires: 315/70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain
Other: SoCal Diesel CNC Stage II heads, ARP head studs, SoCal Diesel pistons, and Crower billet rods
DPC Results
Power: 750 hp
Torque: 1,300 lb-ft
¼-mile drag race: 11.55 seconds at 122 mph
1/8-mile trailer tow: 10.72 seconds at 72 mph
Sled pull: 319 feet
Fuel economy: 20.87 mpg
2008 – Chris Werner
Photo 15/36   |   2001 Dodge Ram 2500 On Drap Strip
Name: Chris Werner
Hometown: Redding, California
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
Odometer: 170,503 miles
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6 12-valve
Electronics: None (mechanical injection)
Induction: Custom turbo engineering by Jefferson State Diesel; compound turbos
Injectors: Dynomite Diesel Performance
Injection pump(s): Dynomite Diesel Performance 12mm P-pump
Lift pump: FASS 125-gph
Intake: AFE
Intercooler: Stock
Injectables: Single-stage nitrous-oxide system
Exhaust: Jefferson State Diesel header and custom 5-inch stacks
Transmission: 47RE automatic by J&H Performance with Spec-Rite torque converter
Suspension: Stock lowered
Axle ratios: 3.55:1
Differentials: ARB air lockers in front and rear
Wheels: 20-inch MB Motoring
Tires: 305/50R20 Toyo Open Country A/T
Other: NA
DPC Results
Power: NA
Torque: 1,426 lb-ft
¼-mile drag race: 11.41 seconds at 120 mph
1/8-mile trailer tow: 12.12 seconds at 63 mph
Sled pull: 225 feet
Fuel economy: 19.76 mpg
2009 – Robert Evans
Photo 18/36   |   2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Burnout
Name: Robert Evans
Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Vehicle: 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6 common-rail
Electronics: Smarty TNT-R and custom Dr. Performance pressure box
Induction: Industrial Injection Race Series compound turbos
Injectors: Custom by Industrial Injection
Injection pump(s): Industrial Injection Dual CP3 kit
Lift pump: FASS 200-gph
Intake: Custom
Intercooler: Stock
Injectables: Nitrous Express two-stage nitrous-oxide system
Exhaust: Custom with 5-inch muffler and stack
Transmission: Custom 48RE automatic by HTS and SunCoast torque converter
Suspension: 6-inch Superlift and custom traction bars
Axle ratios: 3.73:1
Differentials: Stock
Wheels: Stock
Tires: 285/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler A/T
Other: Balanced and blueprinted engine; ARP 625 head studs; cut and coated ’04 pistons; ’98 rods; and Diesel Pros custom camshaft
DPC Results
Power: 879 hp
Torque: 1,480 lb-ft
¼-mile drag race: 11.07 seconds at 127.67 mph
1/8-mile trailer tow: 14.38 seconds at 59.42 mph
Sled pull: 299 feet
Fuel economy: 14.88 mpg
2010 – Dmitri Millard
Photo 21/36   |   2001 Chevy Silverado Sled Pull
Name: Dmitri Millard
Hometown: Highland, Utah
Vehicle: 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Odometer: 276,000 miles
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8 LB7
Electronics: EFILive with tuning by Pat McSwain
Induction: Garrett GT45 and GT55 compound turbos
Injectors: Dynomite Diesel 32-lph
Injection pump(s): PPE Dual Fueler CP3 kit
Lift pump: FASS 220-gph
Intake: Custom
Intercooler: Banks Power
Injectables: Nitrous Express, Boss Nos, and NOS nitrous-oxide systems
Exhaust: MagnaFlow 5-inch
Transmission: Allison 1000 automatic by Inglewood Transmission and ATS Five Star torque converter
Suspension: Rancho RS9000 front shocks front and Fox Racing rear shocks
Axle ratios: 3.73:1
Differentials: Stock
Wheels: 20x8 Incubus
Tires: 305/50R20 Toyo Proxes
Other: Rollcage and race seat
DPC Results
Power: 1,212 hp
Torque: 1,792 lb-ft
1/8-mile drag race: 6.90 seconds at 106 mph
320-foot trailer tow: 6.96 seconds
Sled pull: 126 feet
Fuel economy: 36.55 mpg
2011 – Rocky Horn
Photo 24/36   |   1997 Ford F 350 Trailer Pull
Name: Rocky Horn
Hometown: Fort Lupton, Colorado
Vehicle: 1997 Ford F-350
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6 common-rail
Electronics: Smarty SSR Super Sport Revo and ATS Atomizer Power Module
Induction: Rockin’ S Diesel Performance custom S362/S480 compound turbos
Injectors: Dynomite Diesel Performance with custom nozzles
Injection pump(s): Rockin’ S Diesel Performance custom dual CP3 kit
Lift pump: AirDog II 150-gph
Intake: Custom by Rockin S Diesel Performance
Intercooler: Hypermax Tapercore
Injectables: Single-stage nitrous with 0.050-inch jet
Exhaust: 5-inch to 6-inch stack
Transmission: E4OD automatic by Brian’s Truck Shop and Precision Industries torque converter
Suspension: Super Duty leaf springs, reversed shackles, and traction bars
Axle ratios: 4.10:1
Differentials: Detroit TrueTrac in front
Wheels: 18-inch Jesse James
Tires: 325/60R18 Nitto Terra Grappler
Other: Colt Cams Big Stick camshaft, O-ringed head, ARP 625 head studs, Greely Automotive Machine valvesprings, and billet push tubes
DPC Results
Power: 873 hp
Torque: 1,526 lb-ft
¼-mile drag race: 11.77 seconds at 112 mph
1/8-mile trailer tow: 10.24 seconds at 72 mph
Sled pull: 253 feet
Fuel economy: 18.24 mpg
2012 - Erik Clausen
Photo 28/36   |   2008 Ford F 250 Sled Pull
Name: Erik Clausen
Hometown: Cantua Creek, California
Vehicle: 2008 Ford F-250
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Electronics: SCT programmer with tuning by KEM
Induction: Elite Diesel High-Power compound turbos
Injectors: Elite Diesel 100hp nozzles
Injection pump(s): Industrial Injection Dragon Fire
Lift pump: Elite Diesel
Intake: Custom
Intercooler: NA
Injectables: Nitrous Express two-stage nitrous-oxide system
Exhaust: Flo-Pro 5-inch
Transmission: 5R110 Elite Diesel Race automatic by with SunCoast torque converter
Suspension: 8-inch lift with four-link coilovers in front and rear
Axle ratios: 4.33:1
Differentials: NA
Wheels: 22x12 American Force
Tires: 37x13.50R22 Interco
Other: Elite Diesel pistons, Stage 1 camshaft, and Stage II heads; six-piston brakes
DPC Results
Power: 898 hp
Torque: 1,970 lb-ft
¼-mile drag race: 11.80 seconds at 116.35 mph
1/8-mile trailer tow: 11.08 seconds at 74.04 mph
Sled pull: 327 feet
Fuel economy: 16.62 mpg
2013 – Wesley Beech
Photo 31/36   |   2008 Ford F 250 On Drag Strip
Name: Wesley Beech
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Vehicle: 2008 Ford F-250
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Electronics: H&S Mini Maxx with Maxx Calibration Control tuning
Induction: Stock variable-geometry turbo with Bullseye Power BatMoWheel and ITS Turbos 80mm compound turbos
Injectors: 60-percent-over injectors and race-ported fuel rails
Injection pump(s): Beech Performance Dual K16 kit
Lift pump: FASS Titanium Series 220-gph and XDP fuel sump
Intake: Custom with K&N filter
Intercooler: NA
Injectables: Single-stage nitrous system
Exhaust: 6.0L manifolds, Flo-Pro 5-inch, and Grand Rock 7-inch stack
Transmission: 5R110 SunCoast Billet Stage 4 automatic with River City Diesel triple-disc torque converter
Suspension: Rough Country 4-inch lift and custom four-link setup with traction bars
Axle ratios: 3.73:1
Differentials: Stock limited-slip front and Detroit TrueTrac rear
Wheels: 18x10 Raceline Renegade
Tires: 325/65R18 Nitto Terra Grappler
Other: NA
DPC Results
Power: 687 hp
Torque: 1,397 lb-ft
¼-mile drag race: 12.50 seconds at 116.07 mph
1/8-mile trailer tow: 10.34 seconds at 74.21 mph
Sled pull: 294 feet
Fuel economy: 17.38 mpg
2014 – Lavon Miller
Photo 34/36   |   2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Sled Pull
Name: Lavon Miller
Hometown: Plain City, Ohio
Vehicle: 2004½ Dodge Ram 3500
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Electronics: Smarty SSR programmer
Induction: Engineered Diesel billet S366/S484 compound turbos
Injectors: Exergy Engineering 200-percent-over
Injection pump(s): ATS Twin Fueler dual CP3 kit
Lift pump: AirDog 4G-HD
Intake: AFE cone filter
Intercooler: Firepunk Diesel
Injectables: Custom nitrous-oxide system
Exhaust: Firepunk Diesel 5-inch
Transmission: 48RE Firepunk Diesel Competition Stage 3 automatic with Diesel Performance Converters torque converter
Suspension: Stock with Firepunk Diesel traction bars
Axle ratios: 3.73:1
Differentials: Stock front and Detroit TrueTrac rear
Wheels: 20x12 American Force
Tires: 305/55R20 Nitto Terra Grappler
Other: Industrial Injection 6.7L pistons, Carillo rods, ARP Custom Age 625 main and head studs, D&J Precision Machine ported heads with side draft intake, Hamilton Cams HD pushrods
DPC Results
Power: 948 hp
Torque: 2,034 lb-ft
¼-mile drag race: 11.30 seconds at 122.46 mph
1/8-mile trailer tow: 11.318 seconds at 72.77 mph
Sled pull: 336 feet
Fuel economy: 19.23 mpg

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