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  • Diesel Power Challenge Alums Make Noise at The Gauntlet

Diesel Power Challenge Alums Make Noise at The Gauntlet

Led by DPC 2018 Champion Kody Pulliam, Class of 2019 Competitors and Class of 2020 Hopefuls Lay the Smack Down at ATS Diesel Performance’s Annual Powerfest.

Mar 16, 2020
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We're always pleased to learn about or see Diesel Power Challenge alumni participating in other major diesel events, in the years after they compete in our program. Members of DPC Classes that date back more than ten years ago have gone on to do big things at Ultimate Callout Challenge and in King of the Street, in National Hot Rod Diesel Association and Outlaw Diesel Super Series drag racing, the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, and at other high-profile competitions throughout the U.S.
For us, the achievements are testaments to the things that Diesel Power Challenge teaches competitors: about themselves, their trucks, sportsmanship, and how to compete on a major stage. A time will come for nine hard-core diesel jockeys (and returning champion Richard Coker), when the DPC Class of 2020 is announced on May 31st.
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The 2020 ATS Diesel Performance Gauntlet Challenge was one for the ages, as eight hard-hitting diesel rigs—seven making more than 1,000 horsepower, and one throwing down more than 2,000 storming ponies—blasted across the rollers of the Mustang dyno. However, for us, the event was special because three DPC alumni were in that lineup.
The Class of 2019's fourth-place finisher Steven Lucero returned to ATS, and once again his beautiful compound-turbocharged 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 demonstrated steady 1,300-horsepower consistency during Steven's 30-minute Gauntlet run. As he did at DPC, Steven finished the event just outside the podium, with a combined score of 3,986.8. Pound for pound, Steven's rig is one of the baddest street trucks we saw at the event.
Chris Patterson is the uber-confident driver of a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500. The Official Alternate at DPC 2019, Chris entered his dualie in the Gauntlet Challenge and the Let It Roll Dyno Shootout's "Unlimited" category, making the most of an opportunity to dial in a new triple-turbocharger setup and further his campaign to be voted into Diesel Power Challenge 2020 (Dodge Ram Entry #11). While Chris placed third in Gauntlet competition, his dualie's very impressive 1,915.7 horsepower and 3,473 lb-ft led the Unlimited field in Let It Roll, which was held on the Superflow dynamometer that is the official dyno of Ultimate Callout Challenge.
We're most proud of Kody Pulliam, Diesel Power Challenge 2018 Champion and Class of 2019 alum. After (reluctantly) entering The Gauntlet Challenge, Kody's unassuming, compound-turbocharged 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD shot to the top of the leader board with a 1,638.1-horsepower/2,825.4-lb-ft of torque dyno blast. After a few anxious moments (Kody's performance was actually outshined by Todd Welch's 1998 Dodge Ram 1500, but Todd's 4,478.2 combined score ultimately was disqualified) at the end of the event, Kody was named the 2020 ATS Diesel Performance Gauntlet Challenge Champion and winner of the $4,000 prize.
We were also excited to meet several candidates for Diesel Power Challenge 2020. Morey Logue (GM Entry #4), Eric Lucero (Dodge Ram Entry #6), Josh McCormack (Dodge Ram Entry #7), and Clay Stevens (Dodge Ram Entry #13). Several of these hopeful competitors entered the Let It Roll competition, gathering critical data about how their trucks perform in Denver's high altitude.
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DPC Alumni Gauntlet Challenge Scoring

Place Driver Truck HP TQ Total
1 Kody Pulliam 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 1,638.1 2,825.4 4,463.5
3 Chris Patterson 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 1,343.4 2,659.5 4,002.9
4 Steven Lucero 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 1,373.8 2,163.0 3,986.8