UL­TI­MATE CALLOUT CHAL­LENGE 2017

Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Ultimate Callout Challenge 2017 -

SHOW

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.

DRAG

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.

DYNO

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.

PULL

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.

OVER­ALL

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.

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