COMPETITORS ONTHE HOOK FORTHOSE LASTFEW POINTS
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.