Particulate Matters - Touch of Class
I’ve got some great news to share with you! Cutting straight to the chase, Diesel Power is goin’ racin’! OK, now hold on for just a minute and let me explain. I don’t mean that in the literal sense; we’re not about to hit the track ourselves. And, no, a wealthy donor hasn’t given us a complete, XDP Pro Street–caliber racing operation. We’re also not building our own dragstrip terror (although I really hope one day we will be able to take on such a project).
If I haven’t mentioned this before, I’m a big fan of all motorsports, and eighth- and quarter-mile drag racing is actually my favorite segment of vehicle vs. vehicle competition. Being a racer myself, going fast in a straight line has been my passion for more than 30 years (yes, youngsters, I’m that old). While my experience comes from driving gas-powered cars down the dragstrip, having the opportunity to see diesel-powered automobiles, pickups, and even big rigs thunder down the track has been a real eye opener, which put the wheels in motion for the news I’m sharing with you here.
Diesel Power has joined forces with our friends at ATS Diesel Performance and is now a 2016 cosponsor of the Outlaw Diesel Super Series’ ATS/Diesel Power 7.70/12.00 Index Class (a heads-up racing category for vehicles that are not permitted to run quicker than 7.70 seconds in the eighth-mile or 12.00 seconds in the quarter-mile). Basically, two vehicles must start their race together, and one of them has to reach the finish line first, without going below the 7.70/12.00 Index elapsed time (for how-it’s-done insights on drag racing a diesel truck, check out our story in the Nov. ’15 issue).
The ODSS is an exciting, diesel-only drag-racing sanctioning body that I was introduced to in 2015 after seeing events held at Scheid Diesel Extravaganza and Rudy’s Diesel Performance & Offroad Fall Truck Jam and meeting some of the folks in the organization who make things happen. Those two races really helped me get a good understanding of the diesel drags scene as a whole, from the fast pickups to the gear-jammin’ big rigs, stands full of fans, voice of Denver Geitgey calling all the action over the PA system, sponsors in the midways, and more. The ODSS presents a very competitive—yet cool— grassroots race experience for participants, and I felt that somehow Diesel Power needed to be in the mix.
After running the class-sponsorship idea by decision makers in the Truck Trend Network at TEN: The Enthusiast Network, and then working with Ms. Annita Braun—the woman who “does it all”—at ODSS and Clint Cannon and Ryan Gelinas of ATS, we signed the agreement to have our brand listed alongside that of our partners from Arvada, Colorado, as the official sponsors of the Index Class.
And why was this class chosen? Well, without taking anything away from the amazing, much quicker, faster rides in the sanction’s other heads-up categories, I think trucks that can run 7.70 and 12 seconds represent the type of street-diesel performance that many of you can relate to and might aspire to have: Rigs that can cruise the boulevards or be driven for many trouble-free miles on the freeway but can also be taken to the dragstrip to wage war with similarly configured pickups on the eighth- or quarter-mile.
While I know it’s near impossible to use the terms “racing” and “affordable” in the same sentence, I believe our class is probably the best entry-level avenue into heads-up drag racing for hardworking, non-sponsored diesel enthusiasts who want to compete.
We’ll be on hand at four of the five events on the 2016 ODSS tour, and our coverage will be published online at trucktrend.com (including video), and, of course, in these pages. I can’t wait! Now that you’re all up to speed with what’s happening, let’s go racin’!