Sled Pull

COM­PETI­TORS ON­THE HOOK FORTHOSE LASTFEW POINTS

Diesel Power - - Contents - Words by JOHN LE­HEN­BAUER + Pho­tos by DIESELPOWER STAFF AND BEN COOPER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

TYP­I­CALLY, by the time we reach the last day of com­pe­ti­tion at Diesel Power Chal­lenge Pre­sented by XDP, the num­ber of trucks still in com­pe­ti­tion has dwin­dled by at least a few due to me­chan­i­cal is­sues. How­ever, the tra­di­tion was bro­ken in 2018, as we went into the fi­nal event, the sled pull, with all nine trucks that started DPC ready to bat­tle it out.

De­spite the full ros­ter, plenty of car­nage oc­curred along the way. Dur­ing Day Four’s drag-race qual­i­fy­ing, the pump in Gar­rett Osen’s trans­mis­sion broke, which kept Gar­rett and his ’10 Ford F-350 from fin­ish­ing the seg­ment. His team did not let the break­age dis­cour­age them from con­tin­u­ing.

Within three hours, they re­moved,

dis­man­tled, and re­placed the bro­ken part and then put every­thing back to­gether in time to run through the trail­er­tow cone course and ul­ti­mately com­pete in the sled pull.

Go­ing into the fi­nal day, none of the par­tic­i­pants had any clear points ad­van­tage. Each team was ready to give its all to earn as many points as pos­si­ble on the fi­nal day of com­pe­ti­tion. Af­ter stop­ping by the CAT scales to weigh in, all the par­tic­i­pants drove as a group to Bandimere Speed­way in Mor­ri­son, Colorado, to see how well their truck could do against the Sul­ley and Sons sled.

The first to hook was Trae Hut­ton in his Du­ra­max-pow­ered ’03 GMC Sierra 2500HD (his first time sled pulling.) Trae did not hes­i­tate to put the ham­mer down, throw some dirt, and drag the sled well past the 300-foot mark and into the grass far be­yond the end of the track. Af­ter it was de­ter­mined the sled’s weight box mal­func­tioned, the sled was re­set and the prob­lem cor­rected. Trae then hooked again and pulled to the 282.01-foot mark to set a strong open­ing dis­tance.

Sec­ond up to the start­ing line was Shayne Mer­ri­man in his ’74 Ford. Shayne’s Cum­mins-mo­ti­vated F-250 pulled the sled 243.02 feet. Next up was Al­lan Burk, who pushed his Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 2500HD to a dis­tance of 237.01 feet but was un­able to eclipse the

first two pulls. With the bar set and five rigs in line be­hind him, Travis Richards did not hes­i­tate to throt­tle up his big stick-shift ’07 Dodge Ram 2500 and drag the sled to a new high mark of 312.0 feet.

An­drew Mor­ri­son took his turn on the dirt and made a 177.10-foot run. Kodi Koch (196.09 feet) and Kody Pulliam (267.02 feet) both put the ham­mer down on their in­di­vid­ual Chevro­lets but nei­ther was able to over­take Travis’ dis­tance. Kody, push­ing his Sil­ver­ado for every­thing it had, ended up with an en­gine knock. Gar­rett Osen took the sled 303.08 feet down track, which gar­nered him the Sec­ond Place po­si­tion.

Sav­ing DPC’s worst car­nage for the very end, Zach Scoles made the last pull of the day, and, dur­ing a no-holds-barred at­tempt to take the lead, his ’04 F-250’s rear axle­hous­ing had other ideas when the cen­ter­sec­tion broke away from the axle tubes and twisted sky­ward, stop­ping him at the 193-foot mark.

Trae Hut­ton was the first to hook, and he did not hes­i­tate to put the ham­mer down. Un­for­tu­nately, his 300-plus-foot drag was nul­li­fied by a weight box mal­func­tion. On Trae’s sec­ond pull, the prob­lem was cor­rected, and he was able to drag the sled 282.01 feet.

The first or­der of the day for DPC 2018 par­tic­i­pants on the fi­nal day of com­pe­ti­tion was to stop at the CAT scales for ve­hi­cle weigh-in be­fore the sled pull.

Sec­ond up was Shayne Mer­ri­man in his ’74 Cum­mins-pow­ered Ford F-250. Shayne mo­ti­vated the sled to the 243.02-foot mark.

Al­lan Burk pushed his Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 2500HD to 237.01 feet, which wasn’t enough to over­take the first two pulls.

With the bar set and five rigs in line be­hind him, Travis Richards did not hes­i­tate to throt­tle up his big stick-shift ’07 Dodge Ram 2500 and drag the sled to a new high mark of 312.0 feet.

Here is a view from the cock­pit of the sled.

An­drew Mor­ri­son took his turn on the dirt with his ’94 Dodge Ram 2500 and made a 177.10-foot run.

Kody Pulliam did not hes­i­tate to push his Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado for every­thing it had, un­til the sled slowed the truck to a stop at 267.02 feet. His valiant at­tempt to go the dis­tance left the en­gine with some un­wanted in­ter­nal noises.

Kodi Koch was only able to get his Chevro­let as far as 196.09 feet, well short of the lead­ers.

Sav­ing DPC’s worst car­nage for last, on the day’s fi­nal pull, Zach Scoles made a no-holds-barred at­tempt to take the lead. While do­ing so, his ’04 F-250’s rear axle­hous­ing ap­par­ently had other ideas, as the cen­ter­sec­tion broke away from the axle tubes and twisted sky­ward, stop­ping him at the 193-foot mark. The car­nage hap­pened with such force that it ripped a trac­tion-bar mount off the axle and snapped the drive­shaft at the cen­ter sup­port bear­ing.

Gar­rett Osen took the sled 303.08 feet down track, which gar­nered him Sec­ond Place in the seg­ment.

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