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  • Official Competitors: Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP

Official Competitors: Diesel Power Challenge 2019 Presented by XDP

Ten Trucks Ready to Take On Our Returning Champ. Did Your Vote Make the Cut?

May 6, 2019
Diesel Power Challenge 2019 is less than one month away, and here are the nine hopefuls and one alternate selected to make the trek to Denver, Colorado, for our annual test of diesel strength and driver skill. These 10 folks will arrive in the Mile High City hoping to unseat Kody Pulliam, our returning champion from Diesel Power Challenge 2018.
Without further ado, here are your Diesel Power Challenge 2019 competitors, as voted by our loyal readers.

DODGE

Owner: Seth Kuntz
Hometown: Jefferson, Georgia
Vehicle: '97 Dodge Ram 3500
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Power/Torque: 1,100 hp/2,000 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg
Turbo(s): Compound - Holset HX40 and HX60
Fueling: Power Driven Diesel 5x.018 injectors and mechanical lift pump, P7100 injection pump
Electronics: Power Driven Diesel AFC Live
Injectables: Two-stage water-methanol
Intake/Exhaust: Stock air-to-air intercooler, 4-inch cold-air with Power Driven Diesel filter/5-inch MBRP tubing
Transmission: 47RE four-speed automatic prepared by Kuntz brothers, Power Driven Diesel 1,000hp DIY Kit, Diesel Performance Converters triple-disc torque converter
Suspension: Air Lift 5000 air bags
Tires/Wheels: 245/75R19.5 Goodyear/19.5x7.5 American Force
Differentials: 3.55 gears
Owner: Cody Lambert
Hometown: Wapakoneta, Ohio
Vehicle: '06 Dodge Ram 3500
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Power/Torque: 1,100 hp/1,950 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg
Turbo(s): Single - BorgWarner S476.50 by Tater Built Turbocharging & Machining
Fueling: F1 Diesel, S&S Diesel Motorsport 200-percent-over injectors, dual FASS Fuel Systems 160-gph lift pumps, dual Industrial Injection Dragon Flow 85-percent-over injection pumps,
Electronics: EFILive with tuning by Innovative Diesel Performance
Injectables: Nitrous Express
Intake/Exhaust: On3 Performance air-to-air intercooler, S&B Filters cold-air/Jamo Performance Exhaust 5-inch tubing
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic built by Chris Schmitt, Goerend Transmission billet input/intermediate/output shafts and triple-disc torque converter
Suspension: Fox Factory shocks, Cal-Tracs traction bars
Tires/Wheels: 305/50R22 Nitto Tire/22x12 SOTA Offroad
Differentials: 3.73 gears
Owner: Andrew McCane
Hometown: Ada, Ohio
Vehicle: '06 Dodge Ram 2500
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6
Power/Torque: 1,400 hp/2,400 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Turbo(s): Compound - BorgWarner S472 and S488
Fueling: Exergy Performance 400-percent-over injectors, dual AirDog II 4G lift pumps dual Exergy Performance 12mm injection pumps
Electronics: EFILive
Injectables: Nitrous Oxide Systems
Intake/Exhaust: Mishimoto air-to-air intercooler, custom cold-air/5-inch tubing, MBRP muffler
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic built by Firepunk Diesel, Diesel Performance Converters triple-disc torque converter
Suspension: Bilstein 5100 shocks, lowered (2-inch front, 3-inch rear) Cal-Tracs traction bars, modified springs
Tires/Wheels: 305/45R22 Nitto/22x12 Gear Alloy Big Block
Differentials: 3.73 gears
Owner: Steven Lucero
Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Vehicle: '06 Dodge Ram 2500
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Power/Torque: 1,150 hp/1,800 lb-ft
Turbo(s): Single - BorgWarner 76/96/1.15
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic

FORD

Owner: Darin Dutton
Hometown: Severance, Colorado
Vehicle: '09 Ford F-350
Engine: 6.4L Power Stroke V-8
Power/Torque: 1,200 hp/2,200 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg
Turbo(s): Compound - 66mm and 88mm prepared by Elite Diesel Engineering
Fueling: River City Diesel 150-percent-over injectors, Aeromotive lift pump, dual Elite Diesel Engineering K16 injection pumps
Electronics: H&S Performance Mini-Maxx programmer with tuning by Gearhead Tuning
Injectables: Nitrous Express dual-stage
Intake/Exhaust: Spearco air-to-air intercooler, custom cold-air/5-inch tubing
Transmission: 5R110 five-speed automatic, billet internals, Diesel Performance Converters torque converter
Suspension: Leveled
Tires/Wheels: Information not provided
Differentials: 3.73 gears
Owner: Matt Maier
Hometown: Readyville, Tennessee
Vehicle: '97 Ford F-250
Engine: 7.3L Power Stroke V-8
Power/Torque: 1,100 hp/1,950 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
Turbo(s): Single - BorgWarner S467.7
Fueling: Full Force Diesel Performance 350cc/200-percent-over injectors, Irate Diesel Competition Fuel System, dual Brian's Truck Shop high-pressure oil pumps
Electronics: Power Hungry Performance Hydra chip with tuning by Gearhead Tuning
Injectables: Three-stage nitrous-oxide, dual-stage water-methanol
Intake/Exhaust: Stock 7.3L aluminum air-to-air intercooler, Irate Diesel cold-air/ 4-inch MBRP tubing
Transmission: E4OD four-speed automatic built by Dorsey Diesel, billet internals, modified valvebody, Diesel Performance Converters spragless triple-disc torque converter
Suspension: Bilstein shocks, air bags (rear)
Tires/Wheels: 305/75R16 BFGoodrich Tires/16x7 Stock
Differentials: 3.55 gears

GM

Owner: Richard Coker
Hometown: Midland, Texas
Vehicle: '06 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Power/Torque: 1,199 hp/1,652 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Turbo(s): Compound - BorgWarner S472 and S491
Fueling: F1 Diesel 250-percent-over injectors, FASS Fuel Systems 260-gph lift pump, dual 10mm injection pumps,
Electronics: EFILive programmer with tuning by Josh Harris
Injectables: Nitrous Express three-stage
Intake/Exhaust: Banks Power Techni-Cooler air-to-air intercooler/Information not provided
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic built by Josh Harris, billet internals, Goerend Transmission Type R torque converter
Suspension: Rancho 9000 shocks, lowered 3 inches (Belltech drop shackles), removed torsion bolts, track bars
Tires/Wheels: 305/50R20 Nitto Tire NT420S/20x9 BMF Wheels Novakane
Differentials: 3.73 gears
Owner: Billy Hartzell
Hometown: Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Vehicle: '08 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Power/Torque: 800 hp/1,500 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: 15.7 mpg
Turbo(s): Single -BorgWarner S475 prepared by Tater Built Turbocharging & Machining
Fueling: S&S Diesel Motorsport 45-percent-over injectors, FASS Fuel Systems 260-gph lift pump, ATS Diesel Performance Twin Fueler with dual injection pumps
Electronics: EFILive with tuning by FTK Diesel
Injectables: Information not provided
Intake/Exhaust: Stock air-to-air intercooler/5-inch MBRP tubing
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic built by FTK Diesel, additional clutch packs, modified valvebody, Diesel Performance Converters triple-disc torque converter
Suspension: Fox Factory 2.0 shocks, lifted 7.5 inches (BDS Suspension)
Tires/Wheels: 35x13.50R22 Nitto Tire/22x10 Hostile Wheels
Differentials: 3.73
Owner: Brad Sankey
Hometown: Neenah, Wisconsin
Vehicle: '05 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Engine: 6.6L Duramax V-8
Power/Torque: 1,250 hp/2,650 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg
Turbo(s): Single - BorgWarner S476
Fueling: Exergy Performance 250-percent-over injectors; Fuelab lift pump, dual injection pumps
Electronics: EFILive tuning
Injectables: Nitrous Outlet
Intake/Exhaust: Mishimoto air-to-air intercooler, HSP Diesel cold-air/MBRP tubing
Transmission: Allison 1000 five-speed automatic built by Brad Sankey, billet internals, Goerend Transmission "I" 3,000 stall torque converter
Suspension: Rancho shocks, DHD crossmember (front)
Tires/Wheels: 315/75R16 BFGoodrich Tires/16x10 Pro Comp Wheels Series 69
Differentials: 3.73

ALTERNATE

Owner: Chris Patterson
Hometown: Weatherford, Texas
Vehicle: '07 Dodge Ram 3500
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Power/Torque: 1,200 hp/1,800 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: 12 mpg
Turbo(s): Compound - BorgWarner S464 and S488 prepared by Smeding Diesel
Fueling: F1 Diesel 200-percent-over injectors, FASS Fuel Systems 260-gph lift pump, dual Industrial Injection injection pumps,
Electronics: EFILive with tuning by Gordon
Injectables: None
Intake/Exhaust: Custom air-to-air intercooler, Volant air filter/Hood stack
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic built by Summit Diesel, BD Diesel Performance Fat shafts (input/output), Diesel Performance Converters triple-disc torque converter
Suspension: Fox Factory 2.0 shocks, Dodge off-road tie rods
Tires/Wheels: 275/55R20 Nitto Tire Terra Grappler/20x8 Fuel Off-Road Wheels Maverick
Differentials: 3.73 gears

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