ULTIMATE CALLOUT CHALLENGE 2017
The ultimate diesel smackdown storms Indy
Building on the excitement of the 2016 Ultimate Callout Challenge held in Salt Lake City, event organizers Northwest Dyno Circuit opted to move the 2017 edition to a new venue that would allow all three disciplines (drag race, dyno and sled pull) to be completed in one location. Friday April 21st through Sunday the 23rd the performance diesel community gathered and took over the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with the huge Diesel Performance Industry Expo and three days of competition among 27 of the top diesel trucks in the country. Indy has a long history of producing racing history and champions so it was a fitting home for the 2017 UCC, where diesel trucks would mount an all-out assault on the drag strip, dyno and pull track looking to go faster, higher and farther than their competition.
The 2017 UCC featured 27 trucks vying for the championship. Friday evening was set aside for drag racing on the very same drag strip that John Force and the rest of the NHRA regulars race on during the US Nationals. Saturday featured the dyno competition with the NWDC mobile chassis dyno set up alongside the drag strip in clear view of the packed grandstands. Sunday wrapped up the weekend with the sled pull at the far end of the property not far from the top end of the drag strip. Immediately following the sled pull the UCC crew presented the awards for each class as well as the overall 2017 UCC champion.
Lavon Miller and his Sigma-pumped engine spun the dyno rollers to the tune of 2,399 HP and 2,712 lbs-ft of torque, but looking at the rear brakes makes you wonder how much horsepower was being absorbed and taken away from the dyno rollers by those red-hot rear binders.