’Tis the Sea­son for Diesel Com­pe­ti­tion


Diesel Power - - Contents - Words by JOHN LE­HEN­BAUER

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.

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