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2015 Truckin Throwdown Presented by EBC Brakes - Part 2

A Day of Fun in Fontana

Aug 19, 2015
Photographers: Anthony Soos
Last month, we introduced our 2015 Truckin Throwdown competitors and their trucks. Now we have full coverage of the five events along with the awards from our day at Auto Club Speedway. The Show 'n' Shine was judged first, and is just as important as all of the other events, awarding points to those trucks that have beauty as well as brawn. With an unheard of SoCal rainstorm looming, we jumped right into the Slalom. A little rain began to fall as we got the trucks lined up for the Speed-Stop, making for some conservative driving in that event. With track officials telling us that the dragstrip had to be dry to run, we used the wet pavement to have an impromptu burnout competition in attempts to wait out the rain, but soon jumped into the Autocross event, providing some wet and wild action. Mother Nature came to our rescue during lunch. The rain stopped, the sun came out, and it was Dragstrip time, where we had many daily driven trucks running low 11s! With plenty of daylight left, we revisited the now dry Autocross course, giving the competitors a few more chances where many shaved as much as three seconds off their time. Soon after, the points were tallied and a new champion was crowned at our awards ceremony!
We all had such a great time at Throwdown this year, and our generous sponsors made it even better. Returning title sponsor EBC Brakes, with our contributing sponsors Magnuson Products and Belltech Sport Trucks, came through huge for us this year, and we were lucky to have them. We were fortunate to have Phil Cholette custom-make our trophies out of solid billet, and have the team from Racing Byrds set up the course and record all the times.
Show 'n' Shine Points
Photo 5/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Rene Rodriguez Silverado Ltz Z71
1st - Rene Rodriguez, '14 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab
Photo 6/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Dan Glauser 69 C10
2nd - Dan Glauser, '69 Chevy C10
Photo 7/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Beto Rodriguez Silverado
3rd - Luis "Beto" Rodriguez, '14 Chevy Silverado
Slalom
The first event to challenge the competitors looked easy enough at first glance. From a standing start, each truck had to travel just 480 feet through eight sets of alternating cones, before tripping the timing lights at the end. Looks can be deceiving as it was easy for some competitors to launch off to a good start and hit the sweet spot between each set of cones, but as speeds picked up near the end it was far too easy to get a little out of the groove and it became a fight not to flip cones or break the back tires loose. The rain had not started to fall just yet, but some of the racers had put a little too much right foot into their launches, which directly ate into their total time.
Slalom Results
Photo 11/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Competitors
1st - George Dias, '02 Ford F-150 Lightning - 9.56s
Photo 12/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown
2nd - Matt Ochoa, '05 GMC Canyon - 9.84s
Photo 13/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Dan Glauser Chevy C10
3rd - Dan Glauser, '69 Chevy C10 - 10.23s
Photo 14/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Beto Rodriguez Chevy Silverado
Speed-Stop
Being the second event of the day, and rain was falling pretty steadily at this point; the Speed-Stop was another seemingly easy event that really gave the drivers more of a challenge than they bargained for. Consisting of a straight shot of 270 feet, then a quick stop inside a 30-foot box, the course was simple enough to understand, but simple can be deceiving. Knowing your stopping distance is one thing, achieving a balance between speed, and a rain-soaked course was another. The competitors that gained too much speed, and braked too late, had an up-close encounter with the end line cones. Some decided to play it overly safe in the rain and stopped well before the end line. With only a two-step process, this is a fast event with little room for error or second guessing the abilities of your truck.
Photo 15/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Erik Carrillo
Speed Stop Results
Photo 19/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Alex Esparza Gmc Sierra
1st- Alex Esparza, '05 EMC Extended Cab - 3.85s
Photo 20/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Ford F150 Lightning
2nd - George Dias, '02 Ford F-150 Lightning - 4.08s
Photo 21/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Chevy C10
3rd - Dan Glauser, '69 Chevy C10 - 4.35s
Quarter-Mile Dragstrip
It would have been hard to imagine what a Truckin Throwdown would be without a Drag Race Challenge but we were close to finding out as the 2015 edition almost got rained out! All morning, the Truckin staff and extended crew had to watch the action in front of them for the other events, and keep an eye on the dark clouds above us. As rain fell for most of the morning, we waited with anticipation for the drops to stop falling so the Auto Club Speedway crew could dry off the track. At last the rain stopped and the drying rigs were able to come out! We were even met with bright sunshine! Sparing no time, we hopped onto the 1/4 mile and began spitting out time slips as fast as possible. We let our competitors loose to gorge on the drag strip and were able to get in as many runs as possible with only a few friendly rivalries emerging. By the time we ran the two fastest trucks, the other competitors watched from the stands and were snapping pictures almost as fast as the Truckin photo crew.
Photo 22/62   |   040 2015 Truckin Throwdown Ford Lightning Chevy Silverado Ltz
Quarter-Mile Dragstrip Results
Photo 26/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Chevy Silverado
1st - Javier Hernandez, '04 Chevy Silverado - 10.81s, 134.6 mph
Photo 27/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Gmc Sierra
2nd - Alex Esparza, '05 EMC Extended Cab - 11.60s, 118.4 mph
Photo 28/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Ford F150 Lightning
3rd - George Dias, '02 Ford F-150 Lightning - 13.23s, 102.23 mph
Autocross
The Autocross is a very challenging event and can really separate the drivers. It's not the most technical course ever created, but if mistakes are made, it can really start effecting total times. It's also where some of the coolest photos and videos come from. Rob Byrd and his Racing Byrds team was there to lay out the cones as well as do the timing, giving us another challenging but fun course with a mix of straightaways, a slalom-like start, and a high-speed sweeper that lead into the dreaded donut box which gave most of the competitors some problems. As you were heading out of the sweeper and had the finish line in sight, the donut box stood in the way with a full 360 around a cone before being able to trip the final lights. Plenty of misjudged apexes led to smoked tires and hard slides in an effort to get out of that box! Making for the best photos for us, it became a place that some drivers just never got right. But for the ones who were able to tame the box, it became as easy as making a U-turn in a cul-de-sac.
Photo 29/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Autocross
Autocross Results
Photo 33/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown F150 Lightning
Photo 34/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Ford Lightning
1st - George Dias, '02 Ford F-150 Lightning - 33.74s
Photo 35/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Matt Ochoa Gmc Canyon
Photo 36/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Matt Ochoa Gmc Canyon
2nd - Matt Ochoa, '05 GMC Canyon - 34.86s
Photo 37/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Alex Esparza Gmc Sierra
Photo 38/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Alex Esparza Gmc Sierra
3rd - Alex Esparza, '05 GMC Extended Cab - 34.94s
Awards
Fast and Steady Wins the Race
And the Awards Go To...
Photo 42/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown George Dias
The Winner: George Dias, '02 Ford F-150 Lightning
By far the most consistent driver of the whole event, George and his trusty seond-gen Lightning just systematically attacked each event, found his groove and improved on his lap times throughout the day. He gave everyone a lesson on how to absolutely kill it at Throwdown without shoving it in their face. Using some road racing experience, George placed in the top spots in four events and won the day by racing like a cool-headed pro.
Photo 43/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Matt Ochoa
Second Place: Matt Ochoa, '05 GMC Canyon
Matt Ochoa and his pint-sized burnout truck was a bit of a sleeper in all the categories, scoring two second places and posting decent numbers in the other three events. The thing that set him apart from the other competitors was his determination and heart. There were lots of late nights for this home build, but Matt was on a mission to show what his inline-5 could do. Being humble but fast earned him second place among a crowd with much larger displacement.
Photo 44/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Alex Esparza
Third Place: Alex Esparza, '05 GMC Sierra Extended Cab
Another serious competitor with a built truck to match, Alex Esparza was also fast and consistent throughout the day. Although Alex placed in the top three in three events, it was the Slalom that got the best of him. And even though he was only one point away from Second place, Alex had a smile on his face the whole day through.
Special Honors
Photo 45/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Eric Carrillo
Merry-Go-Round: More donuts than a Krispy Creme with the hot light on
Eric Carrillo, '93 Ford F-150 Lightning
Photo 46/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Beto Rodriguez
Cone Head: Hitting more cones than a teenager at the DMV
Beto Rodriguez, '14 Chevy Silverado
Photo 47/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Dan Glauser C10
Hard Luck: Dan was making an awesome show at the Burnout Competition before his motor decided it was time to end the day early
Dan Glauser, '69 Chevy C10
Photo 48/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Alex Esparza Gmc Sierra
Editor's Pick: A blast to watch and an all-around great dude
Alex Esparza, '05 GMC Sierra Extended Cab
Photo 49/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Gmc Canyon
Spirit of Throwdown: Rebuilding a broken truck to drive 500 miles and kick serious ass. Showing what midsizes are made of.
Matt Ochoa, '05 GMC Canyon
Photo 56/62   |   2015 Truckin Throwdown Autoclub Speedway

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