Diesel Power Challenge 2016, Day Five: Wrap Up #DPC2016
Another edition of Diesel Power Challenge has come to a close, and the 2016 go around brought out some strong competition. With such a mixed bag of vehicles, power outputs, driving styles and driver characteristics, this is one of the most diverse groups that this competition has seen in a long time. DPC 2016 was designed to put these trucks and their drivers through an emotional and physical workout, and Denver did not hold back. From the picturesque peaks of Red Rock, to the asphalt of Bandimere speedway, to the dirt of Adams County Fairgrounds, and even the calm serenity of the Denver Marriott parking lot, where the competitors met for the first time, these past five days have been an uphill grind.
The events left some trucks bruised and scarred, some were even dragged from the field of combat, but the drivers themselves came away with a new sense of themselves, a new respect of what different powerplants can produce and definitely a much larger circle of friends. Every competitor that was picked for DPC 2016 was here for a reason and they did not disappoint. But the behind the scenes activity is really what made these drivers special. During every run there was cheering and whooping, after every run a small crowd would gather around both truck and driver to congratulate them and ask what their secret formula was, and during every catastrophe every competitor and team member would rush to the scene to offer help and keep the driver in good spirits.
The entire Diesel Power staff and support team from TEN: The Enthusiast Network could not have done this without the help of our sponsors so a special thanks goes out to Xtreme Diesel Performance (XDP), Amsoil, PPE, ATS Diesel Performance in Arvada, Colorado who not only was present at the event and gave us their dyno for the day, but opened up their shop to competitors needing repairs. So with the sun setting on another successful Diesel Power Challenge, we want to thank everyone that attended, everyone that gave support, all of the drivers, all of their crew, and to the city and local area of Denver. We could not have asked for a better time. There were highs, there were lows, there were battles fought and trophies won, and each and every one of the competitors put in a good fight.