’Tis the Season for Diesel Competition
RUDY’S PERFORMANCE PARTS’ 2018 SEASON OPENER BRINGS THE COMPETITORS AND THE CROWDS TO PIEDMONT DRAGWAY
Rudy’s Performance Parts’ 2018 season opener brings competitors and crowds to Piedmont Dragway
WHILE THE 2018 Rudy’s Performance Parts diesel-season-opening event in Julian, North Carolina, was slightly delayed by wet conditions (an overnight storm on the eve of the event deluged the area), the crew at Piedmont Dragway had the track surface properly dried and ready to go for the Outlaw Diesel Super Series test ’n’ tune and qualifying runs on Friday. The overnight rain didn’t deter spectators, who made their way to the grandstands, dyno area, and vendor midway throughout the day, and the sled- pull track as evening approached for high-powered Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League action.
Saturday’s clear skies and warmer conditions brought spectators pouring into Piedmont by the truckload. At one point, the road into the dragway was so backed up that it took close to an hour to get into the main gate to park. The big crowds kept the vendors on their toes and the grandstands packed, with standing room only for ODSS racing. The dyno only got brief breaks between runs, with a consistent
crowd of diesel junkies waiting to see the trucks put down big numbers. As for the Pro Pulling League, the warm, sunny conditions dried out the pulling track, which made conditions more ideal for pulling (in almost every class, the sled was dragged farther than it was on Friday night).
Once again, Rudy’s Performance Parts hosted an amazing opening event for what is sure to be an exciting season of diesel racing and sled-pulling competition.
The Rudy’s Performance Parts season opener was highlighted by stout competition in the Industrial Injection Diesel Performance Pro Dragster Class (above). Despite a small field of only four competitors, there was no holding back—everyone was going for the win. Wade Moody set a new Outlaw Diesel Super Series e.t. record of 4.18 seconds at 177 mph and went on to win the class, defeating Michael Cordova in the finals. Competitors from the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League and the Carolina Truck and Tractor Pullers pushed their equipment to the limit for every pull. Seeing trucks in the new Firepunk Diesel Outlaw 5.90 Index Class—staged for the first time alongside racers in Hot Shot’s Secret Pro Street, SunCoast Diesel Pro Mod, and Industrial Injection Diesel Performance Dragster Classes—was an impressive testament to ODSS’s steady growth. Really nice trucks, like this custom Ford F-350 dualie with a Stars and Stripes paintjob, were on display throughout the midway. Another eye-catching rig is the Firepunk Diesel–built Chevrolet S10 drag truck, powered by a compound-turbocharged Cummins engine.