DPC 2018: Day 4/Eighth-Mile Trailer Tow Is 660 Feet of High-Powered Chaos #DPC2018
660 Feet of High-Powered Chaos #DPC2018
On the fourth day of Diesel Power Challenge 2018 Presented by XDP, competitors headed to Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado, for eighth-mile and quarter-mile action on “The Mountain’s” legendary dragstrip.
Our focus for this report is on the Eighth-Mile Trailer Tow; a stiflingly tough exercise that requires drivers to drag a 20-foot trailer/Bobcat (11,500 total pounds) combination 660 feet…as quickly as they can. Sounds simple? Of course it does! Trust us, this segment of DPC is nowhere close to being “easy.”
The variables that make our trailer pull so much more than just a simple towing exercise, are the turbochargers, nitrous oxide, locking torque converters, horsepower, torque and weight that combine when drivers roll into the throttle, and become the wick to a virtual powder keg of potential on-track chaos.
While Kody Pulliam tried to convince us and DPC fans watching the American Force Wheels-sponsored video feed (broadcast live on trucktrend.com and the Diesel Power Magazine Facebook page) that his ’04 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is actually a bucking bronco in disguise (make sure you see our photo of Kody’s big rig yanking a front tire off the track), it was the other Kodi (Koch) whose ’01 Silverado’s 6.6L Duramax V-8 demonstrated its 1,400 horsepower in the manner that this test was intended.
As he did in his monster dyno run in Day 3 of Diesel Power Challenge, Kodi blasted down the track in equally dramatic form (when the torque converter locked and nitrous hit, the truck and trailer zigged and zagged violently for nearly 300 feet) and in what we believe is a new Diesel Power Challenge trailer-tow e.t. record of 10.22 seconds, at 79.79 mph.
Garrett Osen and Andrew Morrison were the jockeys in the only other heavyweight, sub-12-second eighth-mile drags of the segment, with Zach Scoles’ 12.028 leading the remainder of the field’s 13-, 14, and 17-second runs.
The 2018 edition of Diesel Power Challenge Presented by XDP closes on Thursday. Teams report back to Bandimere for an afternoon showdown with the pulling sled, and then will gather at the DPC host hotel later in the evening, for an awards banquet to name top-3 finishers and celebrate an outstanding display of diesel performance.