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Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Competitor Brad Sankey - #DPC2019

Jul 15, 2019
At age 25, Brad Sankey is one of our younger competitors at Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP, and, like others in the hobby, he acquired much of his love of mechanics and performance from his dad Dave.
"When I was a child, we worked on his truck, a '79 Chevrolet Silverado K10 that slowly morphed from a truck with a basic 350 V-8 all the way to a GM crate ZZ502," Brad says. An engineer at Oshkosh Corporation, Brad puts his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University to use on the daily.
Photo 2/19   |   DPC2019 Competitor Brad Sankey Team
Brad's first diesel pickup was an '01 Dodge Ram 2500 with a sedate chip tune that eventually gave way to an Edge Juice with Attitude programmer and a hot unlock. The next oil-burner was a '97 Ford F-350 with the legendary 7.3L Power Stroke V-8, and finally the '05 Silverado 2500HD you see here, which he bought for $5,000 in 2015 owing to its 312,000 miles.
After replacing the "weak" transmission, Brad added hotter Exergy Performance injectors, a Danville Performance 68mm STG2R variable-geometry turbocharger, and a CP-Carrillo rotating assembly, among other things. However, forced induction is changed for DPC. The turbo Brad is using in Denver is a BorgWarner S480/96/1.10 T6 (with a V2 race cover) that was prepared by Forced Inductions. Brad says he feels the big turbo will help him specifically in sled pulling.
Photo 3/19   |   DPC2019 Competitor Brad Sankey Engine
"It feels like a great honor to represent the Duramax community in Diesel Power Challenge 2019," Brad says. "When I built this truck, I wanted to prove it doesn't take the biggest name in the industry to build a truck that's competitive, and some competitors and fans in the motorsports scene still love a sleeper."
Photo 4/19   |   DPC2019 Competitor Brad Sankey Bed
While Brad is a bit nervous about competing in Denver's high elevations, he and his team are prepared. The large turbo might take a bit of work to spool, but that's nothing a quick hit of nitrous won't fix. And with his bountiful experience pulling sleds and turning wrenches, Brad is in an excellent position to contend with the returning champion and other eight competitors heading to DPC 2019.
Photo 5/19   |   DPC2019 Competitor Brad Sankey Side View
Build Sheet
Year/Make/Model: '05 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Owner: Brad Sankey
Hometown: Neenah, Wisconsin
Odometer: 357,684 miles
Engine: 6.6L Duramax LLY V-8; stock block and crank; CP-Carrillo hybrid rotating assembly; forged pistons; 16.5:1 compression ratio; SoCal Diesel 6480AF camshaft; pushrods; beehive valvesprings; ARP cylinder-head studs, main studs, flexplate bolts, damper bolt, valve-cover bolts; Merchant Automotive rocker-shaft bolts; Dirty Hooker Diesel high-rpm water pump; Mishimoto low-temperature thermostat
ECM Tuning: EFILive with tuning by Dominic at Starlite Diesel
Fuel: Fuelab Prodigy lift pump, prefilter, regulator, Fleetguard FS1000 filter, River City Diesel dual-port sump, Beans Diesel Performance sump, K&D Service return-fuel block
Air: BorgWarner S480/96/1.10 T6 turbocharger prepared by Forced Inductions, HSP Diesel T6 pedestal, S400 custom tubing kit, Mishimoto intercooler
Exhaust: ProFab Performance CastFlow manifolds, 2-inch up-pipes, Turbo Performance blankets, 3.5-inch downpipe, 4-inch tubing, 7-inch stack
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic prepared by Cole Ule at Blown Black Performance, Goerend Transmissions "Q" torque converter, SunCoast Diesel Transmissions billet flexplate, Mishimoto cooler, TCM tuning by Dominic at Starlite Diesel
Lubricants: Amsoil 20W-50 Dominator Competition Dominator diesel oil, Torque Drive ATF, Severe Gear, Heavy-Duty coolant, Dominator coolant boost
Horsepower: 1,000 hp
Torque: 2,250 lb-ft
Tires: 315/75R16 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain A/T KM2
Wheels: 16x10 Pro-Comp Series 69
Suspension: K&D Service traction bars and mounts, Rancho RS9000XL shocks, rear-axle suspension stops
Axles: 3.73 gears

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