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ATS Diesel Performance Gauntlet Challenge 2020

Eight Trucks, One Day, One Dyno, and 11,885.8 Horsepower for Four-Thousand Bucks

Mar 13, 2020
When you assess the diesel-motorsports scene as a whole, using a chassis dyno to evaluate a truck's rear-wheel horsepower and torque reigns supreme as the mother of all performance tests. While some enthusiasts put a higher value on eighth-mile and quarter-mile E.T. and speed, dyno data literally can make or break a truck's—as well as its owner's or builder's status and credibility (typically on Internet forums and social media) among enthusiasts who view "the numbers" as the standard by which all diesel performance is measured.
The problem with all of this is, most times, these proclaimed big dogs are physically separated by hundreds or even thousands of miles, which makes independently and objectively verifying their prowess difficult. Ultimately, testing trucks at the same time, on the same dyno is the most optimum method of determining "who's the best," and ATS Diesel Performance in Arvada, Colorado, is the outlet that has come up with the perfect event for doing it.
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Since its inception in 2014, the ATS Diesel Performance Gauntlet Challenge has become one of the diesel industry's premiere dyno competitions. Each year, on the first Saturday in March, heavy-hitting rigs, drivers and tuners, and hundreds of diesel fans converge on the dyno cell at ATS, for a winner-take-all (the one and only prize is the total of all $500 entry fees collected) battle to see whose rig has what it takes to win.
In 2020, eight trucks were entered in The Gauntlet, by confident owners who thought their rig could win the $4,000 pot (based on the highest total [corrected] horsepower and torque combined). The lineup didn't disappoint, as diesel fans were treated to 1,000-plus-horsepower performance from the entire field (with half of the entries posting torque of more than 2,000 lb-ft), incredible carnage that included a big turbo explosion (Skyler Oestrich's 2007 Dodge Ram 2500), and torque-converter bolts being completely sheared off (Todd Welch's 1998 Dodge Ram 1500), a huge vendor midway, delicious barbecue for sale, and awesome weather throughout the day.
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But, when the rollers stopped spinning for the final time (and despite a valiant thrash effort by the Power Driven Diesel team, to get their disabled truck fixed and moving under its own power before their 30-minute dyno time expired), Kody Pulliam and his compound-turbocharged 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500HD bested all the others with combined score of 4,463.5.
Every year, the ATS Diesel Performance Gauntlet Challenge is one of the diesel scene's best "put up or shut up"-style events. If you think your rig has what it takes to win, make sure it's entered in 2021.
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Scoring

Place Driver Truck HP TQ Total
1 Kody Pulliam 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 1638.1 2825.4 4463.5
2 Dustin Davis 2004.5 Dodge Ram 2500 1499.8 2651.7 4151.5
3 Chris Patterson 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 1343.4 2659.5 4002.9
4 Steven Lucero 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 1373.8 2163.0 3986.8
5 Devin Dahlin 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 1580.2 1844.1 3424.3
6 Gus Jacobsen 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 1069.6 1394.3 2463.9
7 Skyler Oestrich 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 1350.9 1838.0 3188.9 DQ
8 Todd Welch 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 2.030.00 2448.2 4478.2 DQ
 

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