GETTING TO KNOW OUR ENTRANTS
ALMOST ALL OUR competitors were present and accounted for in Denver, Colorado, ready to hit the ground running in a battle for diesel supremacy. Unfortunately, two hopeful players were unable to make the trip to the Mile High City, Trevor Ruffcorn (’93 Dodge Ram W250) and Vinnie Hobart
(’04 Ford E-350). We’re sad those two unique machines couldn’t join, but the excitement coming from Alternate Garrett Osen and his team definitely took some of the sting away.
First to check in on Day One was Shayne Merriman, whose frosty ’74
F-250 arrived right after we opened our doors. Shayne then spent the rest of the afternoon cranking away under the hood, installing new injectors that were gifted
to him on the way from Pennsylvania.
Next to arrive was Allan Burk, who also spent some time tinkering in the parking lot to get his ’07 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD dialed in. The rest of our entrants came in quick succession: Trae Hutton (’03 GMC Sierra 2500HD), Andrew Morrison (’94 Dodge Ram 2500), Kody Pulliam (’04 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD), Kodi Koch (’01 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD), Travis Richards (’07 Dodge Ram 2500), and Zach Scoles (’04 Ford F-250).
After getting checked in, the trucks made their way to our sticker station, where DPC 2018 staffers made sure each truck complied with contest regulations. Number and driver name stickers were carefully applied, as were those of our sponsors: XDP, ATS Diesel Performance, Amsoil, American Force Wheels, Fury Off-Road Tires, and MyChanic.
Joining Allan and Shayne in the last-second tinkering camp
were Kodi Koch and Travis Richards, who worked well into the evening trying to get a few odds and ends tied up. But nothing could stop most of us from heading over to ATS Diesel Performance in nearby Arvada for an evening of pizza, beer, and camaraderie. ATS owner Clint Cannon gave us a tour of his company’s technical center, race shop, and front operations, then turned us loose on a stack of ’za. The ladies and gents at ATS are always great supporters of Diesel Power Challenge, and 2018 was no different, with owner Clint assuring the drivers his shop was open to them if they needed to do any repairs during the week.
Diesel Power Editor KJ Jones congratulates Shayne Merriman for being the first to register for Diesel Power Challenge 2018.
DPC entrant Allan Burk takes his turn in front of the Diesel Power Challenge banner. Each competitor needed a slick headshot like this for our live coverage of the event.
KJ models the heavy metal intended for the winner of Diesel Power Challenge.
Diesel Power Challenge competitors get a big goodie bag of swag when they arrive at registration: shirts, hats, a duffle bag, and other cool stuff.
After registration, Diesel Power Challenge competitors headed to our sticker station to ensure each truck was properly identified with a windshield banner, number, and driver’s name, as well as representation from event sponsors.
ATS owner Clint Cannon gave the competitors a talk and tour of ATS’s race shop and operations.
After getting stickered, Shayne retreats to a quiet corner of the parking lot to fit his truck with some new injectors. He wasn’t alone, as Allan Burk, Kodi Koch, and Travis Richards also hit their rigs with some final repairs and adjustments.