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DPC 2016’s Ten Trucks and Drivers that YOU Selected #DPC2016

Particulate Matters

KJ Jones
Apr 15, 2016
Photographers: Readers, Courtesy of the manufactures
The lineup of 10 competitors for Diesel Power Challenge 2016 is set! Well, 10 trucks (and their owners) that you voted for are officially “in,” and we’re expecting all of them to join us in Denver, Colorado, June 6 through June 10, for the 12th edition of our annual diesel performance and driver skill competition.
I’ve chosen Particulate Matters as the platform for announcing the names of our newest competitors, because right here is where, in our November ’15 issue, my thoughts, hypothetical suppositions, and questions about DPC’s future were misinterpreted and misconstrued to a level that had diesel forums throughout the Internet buzzing with speculation and brutally inaccurate information about the state of our widely popular and very successful event.
I think it’s just appropriate that I use this column once again to talk about DPC: to share information you’ve anxiously awaited and let you all know I think you have selected an outstanding class of participants for 2016’s event. Ballots were returned to us in record numbers. And, while there was one landslide appointment to the field, the overall tightness of the voting tells me your decisions about the trucks and drivers that should compete probably took a lot of thought and weren’t very easy to make!
Before I end this, let me also give a quick introductory and “welcome” shout-out to John Lehenbauer, a new member of the Diesel Power team who joins us as technical editor. John is an admitted motorhead to his core and brings years of hands-on, working-with-diesels experience, and awesome fabrication skills to our group. Those of you who were selected for DPC will meet him in Denver, and I’m sure many more folks reading this may also cross paths with our “new guy” at an event, in a shop, or maybe even in the checkout line at the grocery store. Who knows?
With competitor selections made, the list of partners starting to grow (thank you again Xtreme Diesel Power for joining us as the presenting sponsor of Diesel Power Challenge; ATS Diesel Performance for being the official transmission; and Pacific Performance Engineering for being the official tuner of the event), and general excitement about the Challenge beginning to build at Diesel Power headquarters, it’s now time to let you know the names of the competitors. For additional information on the trucks these folks will be competing with, refer back to our voting issue (Apr ’16) or find the article online at trucktrend.com.
Photo 2/10   |   004 2016 Diesel Power Challenge Entry Ray McClelland 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel
Ray McClelland, New Castle, Pennsylvania, ’07 Dodge Ram 2500
Photo 3/10   |   006 2016 Diesel Power Challenge Entry Jake Patterson 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel New
Jake Patterson, Olaton, Kentucky, ’06 Dodge Ram 2500
Photo 4/10   |   008 2016 Diesel Power Challenge Entry David Ferguson 2005 Ford F 350 Diesel
David Ferguson, Centerville, Indiana, ’05 Ford F-350
Photo 5/10   |   011 2016 Diesel Power Challenge Entry Charlie Keeter 2004 Ford F 250 Diesel
Charlie Keeter, Franklin, Virginia, ’04 Ford F-250
Photo 6/10   |   010 2016 Diesel Power Challenge Entry Travis Koller 2015 Ford F 250 Diesel
Travis Koller, Germantown, Wisconsin, ’15 Ford F-250
Photo 7/10   |   015 2016 Diesel Power Challenge Entry Neal Torley 2008 Ford F 250 Diesel
Neal Torley, Green Cove Springs, Florida, ’08 Ford F-250
Photo 8/10   |   017 2016 Diesel Power Challenge Entry Kelsie Epp 2002 GMC Sierra 2500HD Classic Duramax Diesel
Kelsie Epp, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada, ’02 GMC Sierra 2500HD
Photo 9/10   |   018 2016 Diesel Power Challenge Entry Justin McNichols 2005 Chevy Silverado 3500HD Duramax Diesel
Justin McNichols, Kingston, Ohio, ’05 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Photo 10/10   |   023 2016 Diesel Power Challenge Entry Nathan Stacy 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Duramax Diesel
Nathan Stacy, Winchester, Ohio, ’07 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
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