Drag Race

ME­CHAN­I­CAL-FU­ELED CUMMINSTOTHE FRONT

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

IF THE DIESEL Power Chal­lenge dyno con­flict is the five-day event’s mar­quee seg­ment, the quar­ter-mile drag race is cer­tainly its clos­est ri­val. The two are the most pop­u­lar cat­e­gories of diesel com­pe­ti­tion, and, hon­estly, it’s al­most un­fair for one to have top billing over the other.

In ad­di­tion to the eighth-mile trailer tow, the fourth day of Diesel Power Chal­lenge 2018 Pre­sented by XDP also fea­tured a quar­ter-mile drag race event. The seg­ment is com­prised of a qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion for the nine com­peti­tors and pair­ing on a Pro lad­der (low­est qual­i­fier vs. high­est) for a three-round, headsup, “Quick 8” elim­i­na­tor.

With Ford-GM-Dodge trash talk

at its high­est dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing, An­drew Mor­ri­son’s 10.76-sec­ond shot (at 132.99 mph) put his ’94 Dodge Ram 2500 in the Pole po­si­tion, much to the de­light of crewmem­ber and DPC ’17 alum McCoy Black—the Dodge con­tin­gent’s lead trash talker.

“The drag seg­ment is com­prised of a qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion for the nine com­peti­tors and pair­ing on a Pro lad­der (low­est qual­i­fier vs. high­est) for a three-round, heads-up, ‘Quick 8’ elim­i­na­tor.”

While “Quick 8” elim­i­na­tions in­cluded a cou­ple of first-round races that were over from the start (Travis Richards rolled out of the stag­ing beam and red lit, and Zach Scoles in­curred a time-out foul for not stag­ing within seven sec­onds of Shane Mer­ri­man get­ting into the beams), the high­light was def­i­nitely Trae Hut­ton’s up­set win over Kodi Koch’s 1,400hp beast.

Round 2 fea­tured a pair of great drag races that ul­ti­mately sent

An­drew and Kody Pulliam to the third and fi­nal round, a run that proved to be a slugfest. Although the race ap­peared to be over af­ter Kody strapped a mas­sive .202 holeshot on An­drew (.691), the big Dodge Ram’s 5.9L, 12-valve Cum­mins en­gine brought fury in the sec­ond half of the race­track, shoot­ing An­drew past Kody’s ’04 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 2500HD to a fi­nal­round win.

In the fi­nal round, An­drew Mor­ri­son's’94 Dodge Ram 2500 (left) grabbed the lead and drove away from Kody Pulliam’s ’04 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 2500HD.

This show­down was “Dodge Ram ver­sus Ford” on the sur­face only. From a pow­er­plant per­spec­tive, the sec­ond round was “all Cum­mins,” with Shayne Mer­ri­man’s com­mon-rail–pow­ered ’74 F-250 tak­ing on An­drew Mor­ri­son’s ’94 2500.

Although Kodi Koch's ’01 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 2500HD was one of the fa­vorites for win­ning the drag-rac­ing seg­ment, Trae Hut­ton’s holeshot in the sec­ond round dashed Kodi’s hopes of pulling out the vic­tory.

Diesel Power Editor KJ Jones spots Zach Scoles up to thestart line.

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