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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.