Diesel World - - Contents - BY MIKE MCGLOTHLIN

It doesn’t take much to lure us down to Florida in the mid­dle of win­ter. As if 80-de­gree weather, am­ple sun­shine and ocean views aren’t enough of a draw, throw in diesel drag rac­ing, dyno­ing, a lit­tle bumper-to-bumper ac­tion and we’re sold. Af­ter the suc­cess of the in­au­gu­ral Florida Truck Fest in 2017, the folks at Braden­ton Mo­tor­sports Park de­cided to pen­cil it in as an an­nual af­fair. This time around, the show ’n shine com­pe­ti­tion would meet its 100-truck limit in short or­der, the quar­ter­mile drag strip would heat up with Quick Diesel, 10.5 In­dex, 12.0 In­dex and Bracket classes, and a mo­bile chas­sis dyno would be kept busy through­out the day.

For the grand fi­nale, fans were treated to a knock­down, drag-out tug o’ war com­pe­ti­tion be­tween a group of mega trucks. Once the smoke had set­tled, the mud-in­tended mon­strosi­ties proved why they’re just as im­pres­sive on as­phalt as they are buried in mire. Judg­ing by the spec­ta­tor turnout—which con­tin­ued to bal­loon as the day wore on—it’s ob­vi­ous there is a strong truck cul­ture down in the Sun­shine State. And with more than a dozen loyal spon­sors ded­i­cated to its suc­cess, we look for­ward to see­ing this event con­tinue to grow. If you find your­self in the greater Braden­ton/sara­sota re­gion next Fe­bru­ary be sure to work this one into your sched­ule.

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