Winning Isn’t Everything: Awards Ceremony for Diesel Power Challenge 2016
There’s no doubt about it, Diesel Power Challenge 2016 certainly was a wild ride. It was an event that was full of competitive action, a fair amount of drama, and celebration of the “no-quit” attitude of competitors who fought hard until the very end.
All the contestants who completed DPC 2016 are the epitome of good sportsmen and women, and it was clear their trucks were built with lots of skill and loads of heart. While the Challenge is a competition that ends with winners and losers, the real “victory” for all participants is the camaraderie and friendships that are forged and flourish through the course of an exciting week.
Each year, DPC’s First, Second, and Third Place finishers, as well as participants who display exceptional achievement—mostly good and one not so good—are recognized with trophies and specialty awards, presented at a banquet in the host hotel (the Denver Marriott West in Golden, Colorado). The casual evening affair marks the official close of the event and leaves all finishers—Diesel Power staff included—with a tremendous feeling of accomplishment for all the effort they put forth at DPC.
Total Points Earned
Charlie Keeter: 553.5
Neal Torley: 502
Ray McClelland: 423.2
Kelsie Epp: 393.9
Travis Koller: 383.8
David Ferguson: 373.7
Nathan Stacy: 333.3
Jake Patterson: 80.8
People’s Choice: Ray McClelland
Driver’s Skill: Neal Torley
Long Distance: Neal Torley
Carnage: Jake Patterson
On the Podium…
While there were many awards to hand out at Diesel Power Challenge 2016, when it came to being top dog in Denver, only one driver could hold the cup—with two runners-up by his or her side of course. That winner is none other than Charlie Keeter, who muscled his 6.0L-powered ’04 Ford F-250 to DPC supremacy. Charlie’s podium performance, in almost every metric, is a testament to both his truck’s capabilities and his exemplary driving skill. His win was hard-fought and well deserved.
Giving Charlie a run for his money is Neal Torley, who brought his ’08 Ford F-250 across the nation to Colorado and posted similarly amazing numbers that earned him Second Place.
Rounding out the Top 3 is Ray McClelland, who took Third Place with his ’07 Dodge Ram 2500. With a win in the dyno segment and top-three finishes in a few other tests, consistency was clearly key to Ray’s success at DPC 2016.