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Charlie Keeter: WINNER, Diesel Power Challenge 2016

KJ Jones
Sep 29, 2016
Photographers: Diesel Power Staff, Ben Cooper
“The dyno competition isn’t everything. Winning on the dyno does not ensure you’re going to win Diesel Power Challenge…just keep that in mind. You’ve got to use good strategy in this deal. Having and sticking to a plan for earning the most points possible and being able to apply skill and remain steady are the things you need to win.” Every year, Editor KJ Jones feels it’s important to impart this thought to each DPC competitor, because year in and year out, strategy and skill prove to be the keys to victory at our annual test of diesel and human performance.
Franklin, Virginia’s “Six-Liter” Charlie Keeter really must have taken KJ’s insights to heart, as he deftly combined those abilities with the all-around capability of his big, blue ’04 Ford F-250. The hard-core focus and determination helped him claim the title of Diesel Power Challenge 2016 champion and sounded a resonating horn of accomplishment for the 6.0L Power Stroke engine—a powerplant many thought would never be able to carry a pickup to DPC glory!
Photo 2/8   |   Diesel Power Challenge 2016 Charlie Keeter Tow
“Backyard-built for the win!” says Charlie! “It’s an honor to be called Diesel Power Challenge champion. It’s quite an accomplishment. Sometimes, I really can’t believe we did it.”
Our champion tells us that as long as health and everything else are well at home, he will be back to defend his title at DPC 2017. “Same crew and all.” Congratulations, Charlie, on a job well done.
Photo 3/8   |   Diesel Power Challenge 2016 Charlie Keeter Celebrates
Photo 4/8   |   Charlie says his win would not have been possible without the support of a top-notch crew. Congratulations to Team Keeter (from left to right): Jesse Warren, Drew Birckhead, Charlie, and Henry Scott III!
Build Sheet
Name: Charlie Keeter
City: Franklin, Virginia
Vehicle: ’04 Ford F-250
Driver Experience: Drag race, sled pull
Engine: 6.0L Power Stroke V-8
Turbo(s): Two 69mm BorgWarner S369SX-E (atmospheric) with one 68mm BorgWarner S468 (high-pressure)
Fuel: Warren Diesel 7mm hybrid injectors and HPOP, and an Aeromotive A1000 pump
Electronics: SCT programmer with tuning by Innovative Diesel, Edge Products CTS monitor, and a Powertrain Control Systems transmission controller
Injectables: Custom two-stage nitrous-oxide system using Nitrous Express solenoids
Intake/Exhaust: Custom intake manifolds; dual 3.5-inch hood stacks
Transmission: Fully built 4R100 four-speed automatic by Twisted Diesel Performance, and a Diesel Performance Converters four-disc torque converter
Suspension: Lowered 2 inches (rear); and Rancho 9000XL adjustable shocks
Tires/Wheels: 305/50R 20 Toyo Proxes ST and 20x12 Fuel Throttle
Differentials: Stock
Fluids: Shell Rotella T6

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