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Diesel Power Challenge 2014 - Eighth Mile Trailer Tow

Danick St. Pierre pulls to an eighth mile victory

May 13, 2014
Photographers: Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Monica Gonderman, Agustin Jimenez
The eighth mile trailer tow was the third event of the 2014 Diesel Power Challenge, taking place on Wednesday at Banidmere Raceway after the trailer obstacle course and a good lunch. The same trailer was used for both events. All eight trucks that started the day also successfully completed this event. Danick St. Pierre (’08 Dodge) ran an 11.081 at 71.83 mph, placing him in the top spot, followed by Matt Kauffman (’06 Dodge) with an 11.136 at 68.58 mph and Shilo Ellingford (’06 Chevy) with an 11.297 at 72.58 mph. The quick launches and fast speeds of several of the pulls had track officials and bystanders shaking their heads as 18,000 pounds of unleashed fury thundered down the drap strip. Luckily all drivers were able to keep the trailer mostly under control to successfully make it to the third and final event of the day – the quarter mile drag race.
Event Description: Eighth-mile 10,000-lb Trailer Tow
Competitors will hook up to a utility trailer and tow approximately 10,000-pounds through a single 1/8-mile dragstrip pass. If a competitor does not get a good launch, they can back out of the throttle and coast to a stop. The competitor will then be asked to back the trailer up to the starting line, and be given one more chance to make the 1/8-mile run. We will bring an assortment of 2 5/16-inch trailer hitches, but it will be helpful if you bring your own trailer hitch for this competition. This event is scored on time, and only one attempt will be allowed. The quickest time wins the event, but in the event of a tie, the competitor with the fastest trap speed wins.
Here was the randomly-selected running order and time and speed of each competitor.
Photo 2/39   |   2014 Diesel Power Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow 2006 Chevy 2500 3
Truck #9 Troy Sankey - 2006 Chevy 2500; Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Time (E/T): 12.75
Speed (MPH): 66.14

Photo 3/39   |   2014 Diesel Power Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 2
Truck #5 Matt Kauffman - 2006 Dodge Ram 3500; Plain City, Ohio
Time (E/T): 11.136
Speed (MPH): 68.58

Photo 4/39   |   2014 Diesel Power Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow 1995 Ford F 350 2
Truck #8 Dan Howard - 1995 Ford F-350; North Planes, Oregon
Time (E/T): 13.311
Speed (MPH): 60.36

Photo 5/39   |   2014 Diesel Power Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 3
Truck #3 Lavon Miller - 2004 Dodge Ram 3500; Plain City, Ohio
Time (E/T): 11.318
Speed (MPH): 72.77

Photo 6/39   |   2014 Diesel Power Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 2
Truck #10 Danick St. Pierre - 2008 Dodge Ram 2500; Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Time (E/T): 11.081
Speed (MPH): 71.83

Photo 7/39   |   2014 Diesel Power Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow 2008 Ford F 250 7
Truck #1 Wesley Beech - 2008 Ford F-250, Reigning '13 DPC Champion; Akron, Ohio
Time (E/T): 16.239
Speed (MPH): 59.56

Photo 8/39   |   2014 Diesel Power Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow 2008 Ford F250 1
Truck #7 Ryan Anderson - 2008 Ford F-250; Farmington Hills, Michigan
Time (E/T): 12.058
Speed (MPH): 66.01

Photo 9/39   |   2014 Diesel Power Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow 2006 Chevrolet 2500 5
Truck #4 Shilo Ellingford - 2006 Chevy 2500; Idaho Falls, Idaho
Time (E/T): 11.297
Speed (MPH): 72.58

Photo 19/39   |   2014 Diesel Power Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow 1995 Ford F 350 1
Photo 29/39   |   2014 Diesel Power Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow 2008 Ford F250 3
Photo 36/39   |   2014 Diesel Power Challenge Eighth Mile Trailer Tow 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 3

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