Nine Men and One Woman Battle for Bragging Rights in Colorado
Diesel Power Challenge 2016
It’s really hard to dispute the notion that Diesel Power Challenge is arguably one of the greatest evaluations of diesel engine performance, vehicle ability, and driver skill ever contested.
DPC, presented by our friends at Xtreme Diesel Performance and several other awesome sponsors, is comprised of 10 reader-chosen vehicles and owners who travel to Denver, Colorado, from points all over the U.S. and Canada. Once in the Mile High City, they compete in six assorted and very competitive events, which are held on the chassis dyno, an obstacle course (“labyrinth” is a more accurate name), the eighth- and quarter-mile dragstrip, and at the sled pull arena.
With 2016 marking the annual conflict’s 12th anniversary and a total reset of the field (per a long-standing DPC rule that limits a contestant to two wins), the roster was made up of 10 new competitors (among them being Kelsie Epp, Diesel Power Challenge’s first female competitor in many years). We were excited to arrive in Denver, and by the time it was over (time that included a few of the trials and tribulations that come with this type of event), we witnessed what turned out to be an awesome display of the competition, dedication, strategy, spirit, and sportsmanship DPC has become known for throughout the diesel hobby.
We started with 10 and finished (officially) with 8 hard-core diesel pickups and drivers giving it their all in an effort to be named Diesel Power Challenge champion and drink from the First Place trophy. We hope you’ve familiarized yourselves with all the players through the biographies we published in our October ’16 issue (“Game Faces,” p. XX). The following pages explain pictorially how those drivers and trucks performed, including all the scoring details we know you, our competitors, readers, and fans of Diesel Power Challenge have been waiting to see!