Diesel Power - - Contents - Words by KJ JONES + Pho­tos by DIESELPOWER STAFF AND BEN COOPER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.