2011 Diesel Power Challenge Winner

Rocky Horn and his ’97 Ford F-350

Jason Sands
Sep 1, 2011
Photographers: The Diesel Power Staff
So the question here is, how did Rocky Horn and his Ford overcome some of the baddest trucks in the country—as well as last year’s winner—to become the champion of Diesel Power Challenge 2011? Well, for starters, Rocky didn’t go about changing his vehicle’s combination around right before the event. His F-350 already had the most bulletproof parts he could find for it, including a 5.9L Cummins engine, Ford E4OD, and Dana 80 rear axle. The only things added to the truck after we invited Rocky to the event were a miniscule 0.050-inch jet of nitrous, and an updated transmission with the latest forged (not billet) internal parts from Brian’s Truck Shop.
Photo 2/6   |   Sled pulling is Rocky’s thing, and with the truck’s rear suspension locked out, his F-350 pulled hard enough to lift the front tire off the ground.
He also had a good strategy: Stay strong in every event, and there’s a good chance to win. The only event Rocky didn’t do well in was the dyno, and that was mostly because he was fighting rail-pressure issues at the time. But it wasn’t just the truck—Rocky Horn himself had a lot to do with the victory. He drove smart. He was the only competitor to do the trailer obstacle course in four-wheel drive—an event which he won. He was also the only driver to back straight through the cones on the first attempt, another testament to his driving ability.
Photo 3/6   |   Some of you Ford fans will no doubt wish Rocky’s F-350 was still running a Power Stroke. No such luck! This is actually one of the two Cummins-powered Fords Rocky owns.
Diesel Power Challenge is about finding the most capable diesel truck out there, but without a good driver, the best truck won’t always come away with the victory. Rocky’s strong truck coupled with his driving skills made for a very potent combination—potent enough to be crowned Diesel Power Challenge champion of 2011. We congratulate Rocky on his efforts, and we look forward to seeing him again next year to defend his title.



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