Diesel Power Challenge 2018, Day 1: Registration – #DPC2018
Registration, Pizza, and Last-Minute Tinkering
Diesel Power Challenge 2018 Presented by XDP is upon us, and almost all of our competitors are present and accounted for here in Denver, Colorado, ready to hit the ground running in a battle for diesel supremacy. Unfortunately, two of our hopefuls were unable to make the trip to the Mile High City, Trevor Ruffcorn (’93 Dodge Ram W250) and Vinnie Hobart (’04 Ford E-350). We’re sad those two unique machines won’t be hanging with us this week, but taking some of the sting away is the excitement coming from alternate Garrett Osen and his team, who join the competition with a ’10 Ford F-250.
First to check in on Day One was Shayne Merriman, whose frosty 1974 F-250 arrived right after we opened our doors. Merriman then spent the rest of the afternoon cranking away under the hood, installing new injectors that were gifted to him on the way from Pennsylvania.
Next to arrive was Allan Burk, who also spent some time tinkering in the parking lot to get his ’07 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD dialed in. The rest of our entrants came in quick succession: Trae Hutton (’03 GMC Sierra 2500HD), Andrew Morrison (’94 Dodge Ram 2500), Kody Pulliam (’04 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD), Kodi Koch (’01 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD), Travis Richards (’07 Dodge Ram 2500), and Zach Scoles (’04 Ford F-250).
After getting checked in, the trucks made their way to our sticker station, where #DPC2018 staffers made sure each truck complied with contest regulations. Number and driver name stickers were carefully applied, as were those of our sponsors: XDP, ATS Diesel Performance, Amsoil, American Force Wheels, Fury Off-Road Tires, and MyChanic.
Joining Allan and Shayne in the last-second tinkering camp were Kodi Koch and Travis Richards, who worked well into the evening hours trying to get a few odds and ends tied up. But nothing could stop most of us from heading over to ATS Diesel Performance in nearby Arvada for an evening of pizza, beer, and camaraderie. ATS gave us a tour of their technical center, race shop, and front operations, then turned us loose on a stack of ‘za. The ladies and gents at ATS are always great supporters of Diesel Power Challenge, and this year was no different, with owner Clint Cannon ensuring the drivers that his shop is open to them if they need to do any repairs during the week.
After a good night’s rest, we head out Monday morning for a day of glamour shots at Red Rocks Park, then return to ATS Diesel Performance in the afternoon for fuel economy testing.