660 FEETOFHIGH-POWERED CHAOS
ON THE FOURTH day of Diesel
Power Challenge 2018 Presented by
XDP, competitors headed to Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado, for eighth-mile and quarter-mile action on “The Mountain’s” legendary dragstrip.
The Eighth-Mile Trailer Tow is a stiflflingly tough exercise that requires drivers to drag a 20foot trailer and Bobcat combination (11,500 total pounds) 660 feet…as quickly as they can. Sound simple? Of course, it does! Trust us, this segment of DPC is nowhere close to being “easy.”
The variables that make the trailer pull so much more than just a simple towing exercise are the turbochargers, nitrous-oxide, locking torque converters, horsepower, torque, and weight that combine when drivers roll into the
throttle and light the wick to a virtual powder keg of potential on-track chaos.
While Kody Pulliam tried to convince us and DPC fans watching the American Force Wheels–sponsored video feed that his ’04 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is actually a bucking bronco in disguise (please refer to our cover photo of Kody’s rig yanking a front tire off the track), the 6.6L Duramax in DPC 2018’s other Kodi’s (Koch, pronounced as “Cook”) ’01
Silverado demonstrated its 1,400 hp in the manner this test was intended.
As he did in his monster dyno run on
Day 3 of Diesel Power Challenge, Kodi blasted down the track in equally dramatic form (when the torque converter locked and nitrous hit, the truck and trailer zigged and zagged violently for nearly 300 feet) and in what we believe is a new Diesel Power Challenge trailer-tow e.t. record of 10.22 seconds at 79.79 mph.
Garrett Osen and Andrew Morrison were the jockeys in the only other heavyweight, sub-12-second eighth-mile drags of the segment, with Zach Scoles’ 12.028 leading the remainder of the field’s 13-, 14-, and 17-second runs.
“The eighth-mile trailer tow is a stiflingly tough exercise that requires drivers to drag a 20-foot trailer and Bobcat combination (11,500 total pounds) 660 feet…as quickly as they can.”
Travis Richards put his gear-jamming talent to work at Bandimere Speedway.His ’07 Dodge Ram 2500 had the only manual transmission at DPC 2018.
One day after its standout performance on the chassis dyno, Kodi Koch's ’01 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD continued to impress with a low-10-second e.t. in the trailer-tow segment.
Trae Hutton's decision to use two-wheel drive for the trailer tow resulted in a lot of tire spinning and smoke.
This photo captures Kody Pulliam's ’04 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD during a rare moment when its tires were actually on the ground.