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XDP’s 2016 Open House

Power House: Diesels Dominate the Dragstrip and Dyno at XDP’s Annual Customer-Appreciation Weekend

KJ Jones
Nov 2, 2016
Photographers: KJ Jones, Joel Bliss
There’s something about “annual” events that keeps us coming back, year after year. While we can’t pinpoint exactly what that “something” is, we’re pretty sure the anticipation, excitement, and smiles of Diesel Power’s staff all play roles in the reason why we dig the drag races, sled pulls, truck shows, and dyno shootouts we attend each year.
Ask anyone who’s as deeply rooted in the hobby as we are—some of these meets truly have “be there or be square” status. While we know everyone can’t make it to every happening in the diesel scene, one of the meets we really enjoy attending is Xtreme Diesel Performance’s Open House weekend: a two-day diesel fest held on the dragstrip at Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, and at XDP’s Garden State home base in Wall Township.
Photo 2/20   |   XDP’s display of competition vehicles is the nerve center for the open-house activities that take place at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.
Photo 3/20   |   While it appeared that diesel-powered pickup trucks of all configurations consumed nearly every inch of the spacious show-’n’-shine parking area, representatives from several aftermarket companies had ample room for setting up tents and showing off their products in the manufacturers’ midway at Raceway Park.
Each year, XDP’s Open House event unites diesel enthusiasts from all over the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, as well as several Midwestern states, for what ultimately results in a massive celebration of the hobby. The event combines the spirit and camaraderie of the show ’n’ shine with the competitiveness of drag racing (not just cars and pickups…big-rigs, too) and dyno pulls, and it’s a great opportunity to meet and speak with aftermarket manufacturers’ representatives, check out cool new parts, and score swingin’ deals on upgrade pieces for Ford, GM, and Ram trucks inside XDP’s sales center.
XDP’s confab is also a great time for us to see and mingle with Diesel Power readers, catch up with old friends, and experience cool trucks that are literally an entire nation away from our Los Angeles home. At the track and screaming down the main drag right in front of the store, the trucks we see in New Jersey each year are great examples of the real-world, regularly driven rigs that are the essence of Diesel Power magazine.
Enjoy the following photos, which highlight just some of the open-house-related goings-on at both venues: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park and, of course, XDP’s world headquarters!
Photo 4/20   |   XDP Track Midway
Photo 5/20   |   Everything from Volkswagen TDI-powered sedans to 10-wheeled semis made passes on the Raceway Park quarter-mile. Of course, blasts made by XDP’s triple-turbocharged ’95 Dodge Ram were among the highlights, especially when driver Anthony Reams made a run “under the lights” to kick off the thrill-show segment of the event.

Photo 18/20   |   XDP 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Dyno
Photo 19/20   |   Don’t let the front end fool you. While the hood and fascia may lead any Dodge Ram expert to believe Rich “Jersey” Nicolette’s Dodge Ram 2500 is an ’06 model, it isn’t. The super-subtle-looking rig is technically an updated ’04½ edition (Jersey calls it an ’05), and it is truly bad to the bone.

The Jersey Way

Rich Nicolette really is our kind of enthusiast. The guy who’s affectionately known as “Jersey” to almost everyone he encounters in the diesel scene is a hardworking diesel mechanic by trade, but he’s also a man who seems to genuinely love every aspect of the hobby—especially owning a truck with big horsepower and torque. At the open house, the Firepunk Diesel–prepared, compound-turbocharged (BorgWarner S468/high-pressure into an S588/atmospheric) 6.4L destroked Cummins engine aboard Jersey’s ’04½ Dodge Ram 2500 proved it easily meets the performance requirement, posting 1,515 hp and 2,000 lb-ft of face-peeling torque on the dyno. The dominant performance was good enough to earn him Ram-best and top/overall honors for having the highest horsepower and torque in the Dyno Shootout.
Photo 20/20   |   XDP Rich Nicolette