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Nine Men and One Woman Battle for Bragging Rights in Colorado

Diesel Power Challenge 2016

Brian Lohnes
Sep 20, 2016
Photographers: Diesel Power Staff, Ben Cooper
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.
Photo 2/2   |   While a full field of 10 hopeful competitors and badass diesel pickups were on hand in Denver, Colorado, for the start of Diesel Power Challenge 2016, the number was down to eight by the time it was over (and only five trucks were still operating under their own power). Contestants quickly learned that DPC is no joke, and it’s definitely a hard-core test of performance. Not only are trucks’ performances measured, the challenge is also a true reality check of a person’s ability to drive, strategize, and compete on what many enthusiasts consider to be the diesel hobby’s highest platform.
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!
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