Diesel Power Challenge 2014 - Quarter Mile Drag Race

Kauffman pulls ahead of pack for DPC event win

May 21, 2014
Photographers: Jason Gonderman, Jeremy Cook, Monica Gonderman, Agustin Jimenez
The quarter mile drag race was the third and final event of Diesel Power Challenge 2014’s eventful Wednesday at Bandimere Speedway. The eight trucks that started the day made it to this event. Although ominous thunderheads threatened to yet again literally rain on our parade, the weather held out as a complete afternoon of qualifying and head-to-head racing prevailed.

All trucks were able to complete qualifying passes. Lavon Miller put down the lowest ET at 11.304 seconds at 122.46 mph. Shilo Ellingford put down the top speed run of 130.10 mph, which may be a DPC record. Six of eight trucks were in the 11s or 12s, showing that this year’s pack was running strong at the halfway point.

Photo 2/61   |   Diesel Power Challenge 2014 Quarter Mile Racing
Final Results
1. Matt Kauffman – 2006 Dodge Ram 3500
2. Danick St. Pierre – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
3. Lavon Miller – 2004 Dodge Ram 3500
4. Shilo Ellingford – 2006 Chevy 2500
5. Wesley Beech – 2008 Ford F-250
6. Ryan Anderson – 2008 Ford F-250
7. Troy Sankey – 2006 Chevy 2500
8. Dan Howard – DNS - 1995 Ford F-350

Event Description: Quarter-mile Drag Race
Quarter mile drag race will be in Quick 8 format. There will be an hour of qualifying sessions and then the top 8 trucks will go into eliminations. Smoking out either your, or your competitor’s lights will result in a non-time. Drag racing will be conducted on a 5/10ths tree with a 7-second Auto-start. The lanes will be run out every 10 minutes during qualifying (6 sessions) competitors can make as many or as few passes as they would like. Not making the lanes in time will result in a no-time situation in either qualifying or eliminations. After the top 8 trucks are laddered (9th and 10th will be 9th and 10th place) there will be three rounds of eliminations, with 20 minutes between rounds (time allowing) for cool-down and prep.


Check out the video to see just how fast 4 plus ton trucks can get down the quarter mile!
QUALIFYING ORDER
Photo 3/61   |   #1 Lavon Miller - 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 (11.304 sec/122.46 mph)
Photo 4/61   |   #2 Shilo Ellingford – 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500 (11.755/130.10)
Photo 5/61   |   #3 Danick St. Pierre – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 (11.831/120.25)
Photo 6/61   |   #4 Matt Kauffman - 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 (12.163/111.16)
Photo 7/61   |   #5 Wesley Beech - 2008 Ford F-250 (12.517/110.15)
Photo 8/61   |   #6 Troy Sankey – 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500 (12.595/116.14)
Photo 9/61   |   #7 Dan Howard - 1995 Ford F-350 (14.593/99.14)
Photo 10/61   |   #8 Ryan Anderson - 2008 Ford F-250 (16.249/104.81)

QUICK 8 ELIMINATIONS - ROUND 1
Photo 38/61   |   The #1 qualifier Lavon Miller (13.604/98.52) defeated #8 Ryan Anderson (14.064/99.03).
Photo 39/61   |   The #4 qualifier Matt Kauffman (11.787/117.08) defeated #5 Wesley Beech (12.206/110.19).
Photo 40/61   |   The #3 qualifier Danick St. Pierre cruised to a victory over #6 Troy Sankey, who broke the beam but did not make a pass due to a #3 injector issue.
The #2 quallifer Shilo Ellingford broke the beam to defeat absent #7 Dan Howard. Ellingford’s Chevy was suffering from a cooling line junction failure which happened during qualifying, and Howard’s OBS Ford was sidelined due to a high pressure oil pump issue.

QUICK 8 ELIMINATIONS - ROUND 2
Photo 41/61   |   In a friendly Firepunk Dodge vs. Dodge face-off, Matt Kauffman (12.203/119.60) defeated Lavon Miller (11.980/120.31)
Danick St. Pierre broke the beam to defeat absent Shilo Ellingford.

QUICK 8 ELIMINATIONS - FINALS
Photo 42/61   |   The finals of the Quick 8 quarter mile bracket racing were not anti-climactic, as a legitimate head-to-head race between two of the Dodges found Matt Kauffman (11.484/116.49) edging out Canadian Danick St. Pierre (12.624/118.96). Kauffman’s .031 second reaction time was the best of the day.
Photo 61/61   |   Diesel Power Challenge 2014 Death Bird

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