ULTIMATE CALLOUT CHALLENGE 2017
Each day the 10,000-plus estimated spectators were able to check out the latest and greatest diesel performance parts and accessories from among more than 100 manufacturers, shops and vendors with display booths set up behind the main grandstands at the track. In addition to the display booths the DPI Expo even hosted 18 diesel performance seminars from various manufacturers throughout the day Saturday to disseminate performance diesel knowledge. Saturday also featured a show-nshine competition with a bunch of great-looking trucks on display.
UCC 2017 started out Friday night on a hurry-up schedule with rain looming in the forecast. With cold weather and no sun to warm the track up, competitors struggled for grip on the Lucas Oil strip. Driver after driver made single passes in an attempt to put down the best possible ET; the top eight trucks recorded quarter-mile elapsed times of less than 10-seconds. A total of 24 of the 27 UCC competitors made passes on the strip with Lavon Miller posting the best time at 8.638 seconds. Miller was followed by Derek Rose with a 9.164-second pass and Donovan Harris, who rounded out the podium with a 9.520-second run.
Saturday was dyno day, with 22 trucks taking to the rollers after some fell out of competition following casualties at the drag portion of the event. The day started out cold but warmed up some as the sun came out in the afternoon. Truck after truck attacked the dyno, some with better success than others, and some that literally had to be pushed back off the dyno after compromising various critical engine components. One of the earlier trucks to run across the dyno and put up a very substantial number was Wade Minter and the Trippplemax Chevy, which delivered 1,960 hp and 2,727 lb-ft of torque that stood as the high number for a few hours. The next heavy hitter was Derek Rose and his new billet engine that featured a unique common-rail 12-valve Cummins head and dropped 2,047 hp and 2,778 lb-ft of torque to take the top spot on the dyno chart. Unfortunately for Rose, the next truck on the dyno was Shawn Baca’s Master Shredder, which suffered through some drama with its nitrous setup before dropping 2,447 hp and 3,311 lb-ft of torque on the rollers to take the lead on the dyno.
Baca held the lead over all comers up to one last truck: Lavon Miller and the Firepunk entry which strapped down last. When the Firepunk truck fired up and drove to the dyno everyone noted a unique sound that they had never heard from this particular vhicle. It turns out that the sound we were all hearing was a Columbus Diesel triple-turbo setup with a massive Columbus Sigma pump. Yes, the tickle-by-wire experts at Firepunk and D&J Precision Machine teamed with Columbus Diesel for a mechanical injection setup for their 6.7L Enforcer engine specifically built for the dyno competition! As Miller struggled to spool the beast of an engine on the chassis dyno the rear brakes began to glow red hot and sparks flew. But when the smoke cleared and the numbers came in Miller delivered 2,399 hp and 2,712 lbs-ft of torque, leaving Baca on the top of the charts to take the win in the dyno competition by a healthy margin with a total of 5,758 combined horsetorques.
Sunday brought beautiful weather perfect for pulling a sled around in the afternoon. Around the pits spectators could watch as teams made final adjustments and changes to set their trucks up to take on the sled. The sunny day seemed to dry out the track more than track workers expected, leading to a very dusty first round of competition with 18 trucks attempting hooks. After finishing last in each of the first two events among trucks that competed while suffering through various issues but still making the attempt, Todd Welch and his Power Driven Diesel team did not give up. They worked through their struggles and vowed to make a good showing with their mechanical 12-valve. The PDD team bolted six cut tires onto the truck, with dual cuts in the rear, and pulled to a dusty 321 feet in the first round with the closest competitors around 10 feet behind.
The sled pull was especially hard on the field, with weight bars flying, drivelines breaking, and engines giving up time after time. Powerhouse favorite Shawn Baca suffered issues that left his team scratching their heads after a hook that barely broke 80 feet. Mike Graves and Randy Reyes both suffered catastrophic driveline failures at the sled. Dan Snyder’s engine let go, as did the billet beauty of Derek Rose, as they pushed their trucks to the limits and beyond. After tearing up their engine on the drag strip, the team at Wagler completely rebuilt it overnight and reconfigured the shop truck with a set of massive cut tires in the rear and added weight to keep the nose down. Farmtruck was there cheering Jeremy Wagler on from the sideline as the 2WD shop truck pulled the sled nearly 300 feet to finish in fifth place.
When the dust settled and the points were tallied, it was once again Lavon Miller and his Firepunk crew that came out on top. Running against a strong competition field, Miller managed to overcome all obstacles and win consecutive UCC Championships. Second place is probably no consolation to Derek Rose after the sting of watching his billet engine go belly up at the end of his second hook, but the Michigan team from DNR Customs can stand proud as the only competitor in the 2017 UCC to be on the podium for each event, falling to Miller less than 50 points shy of the overall win. Wade Minter’s Trippplemax Chevrolet interrupted a Dodge and Cummins sweep of the podium with his consistency throughout the weekend to take third overall. Donavan Harris and the Armor Inc. truck did well on the drag strip and pull track but fell short of the other top trucks on the dyno finishing, in 10th, to earn fourth place overall. Jesse Warren was the top Power Stroke of the UCC this year and finished in fifth overall.
The trip to Indy for the 2017 Ultimate Callout Challenge was a welcome adventure and a big improvement over the previous attempt in Utah. We now look forward to the 2018 edition, which will return to the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on May 4-6. If you can make the time in your schedule to attend in person you will be glad you did. We know we’ll be there and we look forward to bringing you the blow-by-blow action next year as well. Until then, check out the pictures we brought home with us from the event. For more information as well as videos and full results from the event check out DieselworldMag.com or Ultimatecallout.com. UDBG
Gazing down from atop the main grandstands, you can see how large the vendor area was with more than 100 vendors on hand. Spectators crowded the booths throughout the weekend. Despite the cold weather and weekday activities, Friday drew a large crowd that filled out a big portion of the massive Lucas Oil Raceway grandstand complex. Derek Rose struggled to put the power to the track on the cold night Friday getting sideways off the line, but he managed to gather it up and run a 9.164-second pass for the second-quickest ET of the weekend. Lavon Miller and his Firepunk crew had the truck dialed in and hooking well to the cold track to make an 8.638 second pass, the quickest truck of the night and giving him a 53-point lead on the field after the first day of competition.
Wade Minter’s Trippplemax Chevy was the highest-powered Duramax truck to run on the dyno, falling only 40 hp shy of 2,000 to finish in fourth on the dyno and third overall for the weekend. Saturday’s weather was much better than Friday’s and a much larger crowd was on hand to witness the dyno action as 22 trucks made the call to make runs on the rollers. Shawn Baca’s Master Shredder truck sported new graphics and a new engine but didn’t change his position on the dyno charts, setting the standard once again with his best dyno pull of nearly 2,500 hp for the highest single event score of the weekend. Look at the power ripple through the rear tires as they take the brunt of the load against the dyno rollers. Jesse Warren did the Power Stroke fans proud with more than 1,600 hp on the dyno, finishing well enough through the weekend to take home fifth place overall.
Knowing he had to make up about 100 points on Miller to take home the win, Rose gave it his all on the pull track and leaving it all on the line. It was looking good for him until… …the engine decided it had enough and let Rose know by stopping cold and blasting a fireball up and over the windshield. Todd Welch and the team from Power Driven Diesel bolted six massive cut tires onto their 12-valve Dodge and took the win for the Sled Pull portion of the event by a margin of about 10 feet. Tom Hauser and the 2WD Revmax Dodge not only drove to the event from North Carolina before competing in each event in the UCC, they also drove the truck home after finishing 11th overall! That backup engine in the Rudy’s truck seemed to be doing pretty well; it was certainly making plenty of heat as you can see by the glowing headers visible through the wheel well.
Mike Graves added dual rear wheels to his beautiful truck for the sled pull in hopes of gaining more traction, and it was looking good for the first 275 feet… Donavan Harris had a good pull, finishing second as his truck dragged the sled 311 feet to give him the points he needed for fourth place overall. Miller finished sixth in the sled pull, but scored enough points to secure consecutive back-to-back UCC Championship titles. …until something went wrong and the center section broke loose and twisted on the axle tubes to end his day on a sour note.