2017 VAL­LEY BLACKOUT

With a pot of $22,000 up for grabs

Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Contents - Text: Chris Tobin Pho­tog­ra­phy: Amy Gil­bert

Satur­day May 13, 2017, was a great day for diesel truck rac­ing with bright blue skies and warm tem­per­a­tures grac­ing the Ohio Val­ley Drag­way near Louisville, Kentucky. For­tu­nately for diesel fans and com­peti­tors, the All Diesel Day Val­ley Blackout crew of Banean Woosley, Marty Schindler and Jimmy Mcin­tosh hosted the fourth an­nual event on that beau­ti­ful day, draw­ing in more than 150 com­peti­tors and nearly 2,000 spec­ta­tors for a great day of diesel ac­tiv­i­ties.

Of course, the cen­ter of the ac­tiv­i­ties were four classes of drag rac­ing down the 1/8-mile track, but there was also a large dyno com­pe­ti­tion on the Diesel Doc­tor mobile chas­sis dyno, a show-n-shine com­pe­ti­tion, and tons of diesel per­for­mance ven­dors on site show­ing off their lat­est and great­est prod­ucts. A to­tal of $22,000 was up for grabs at the event with great diesel trucks try­ing to take home as much of the cash as pos­si­ble.

Close to 50 trucks en­tered the show-nshine com­pe­ti­tion with awards up for grabs for the Best Dodge, Ford and GM trucks, as well as a Best of Show award. G&R Diesel Per­for­mance and Re­pair spon­sored the show-nshine com­pe­ti­tion and put up cash prizes for the win­ners. Dal­ton Gas­s­away took home the Best of Show honors with his lifted stan­dard cab 2015 F-250 fea­tur­ing a wild color-matched cus­tom sus­pen­sion that re­ally makes the Power Stroke truck stand out in any crowd.

More than 50 trucks ran across the dyno rollers on the Diesel Doc­tor mobile chas­sis dyno through­out the day, vy­ing for wins in six classes. Stain­less Diesel pre­sented the dyno com­pe­ti­tion with awards for Top Over­all, Top Com­pound Turbo, Top Sin­gle Turbo, Top Dodge, Top Ford, and Top GM. The big num­ber of the day went to Gary Lind­say and his IKT Per­for­mance-built 2009 Dodge 2500 that thrilled the crowd with a ghetto-fogged ni­trous dyno pull of over 1,750 hp and more than 2,300 lb-ft of torque.

Four classes of drag rac­ing ac­tion took place through­out the day with more than 60 trucks com­pet­ing for the win. While plenty of Ford and GM trucks made passes through­out the day, the Dodge trucks were un­stop­pable, tak­ing the win in each of the four classes. RLC

Mo­tor­sports spon­sored the ET Bracket class won by Lar­son Miller with his bright blue Mega Cab Dodge run­ning just 0.08 sec­onds slower than his dial-in. The 7.70 In­dex class was spon­sored by Air­dog and fin­ished with a dou­ble break­out in the fi­nal round. Isaac Blaess and his rust-bucket Dodge took the win with his 7.6-sec­ond pass.

The Vir­gilio’s Diesel Per­for­mance 6.70 In­dex class also had a dou­ble break­out with the win go­ing to Ric New­bury and his black Dodge run­ning a 6.69-sec­ond pass at nearly 105 mph. The Pro Street class was spon­sored by Fire­punk Diesel and fea­tured Lavon Miller’s Fire­punk truck lin­ing up against the Stain­less Diesel ma­chine of Johnny Gil­bert. Gil­bert ex­pe­ri­enced trou­bles and could only man­age an 8-sec­ond pass while Miller went on to join his brother in the win­ner’s cir­cle with a 5.28-sec­ond pass at nearly 140 mph, re­peat­ing the 2016 Pro Street fi­nal round re­sults.

If you we not able to make it to the event, check out the pho­tos over the next few pages to see what you missed and make plans to be there next year. The 2017 edition of the Val­ley Blackout All Diesel Day was a great suc­cess and con­tin­ued to build on the re­sults from last year. The team is work­ing on plans for the 2018 event al­ready, but has not se­cured a date as of our press dead­line. Keep an eye on Woosley’s so­cial me­dia post­ings for de­tails on the 2018 event, and if you are in the neigh­bor­hood come on out and put your truck to the test on the dyno, in the show and shine, on the drag strip, or all three if you are up to it. What­ever you do, tell them that your friends at Ul­ti­mate Diesel Builder’s Guide sent you. UDBG

The trucks were lined up and ready to race on a beau­ti­ful Kentucky day. No­tice that the ven­dor area is lo­cated along­side the stag­ing lanes, al­low­ing spec­ta­tors to check out fast trucks and hot new prod­ucts from ven­dors in one easy lo­ca­tion. Kentucky’s Ohio Val­ley Drag­way is sur­rounded by a sea of green for beauty on the track as well as in the back­ground. Tail­gat­ing near the track pro­vides an ex­cel­lent view of the ac­tion as truck af­ter truck blasts down the track. Lavon Miller took home the Pro Street win, cross­ing the fin­ish line at nearly 140 mph on the 1/8-mile dragstrip. It may not be a looker, but Isaac Blaess’s Dodge has it where it counts (un­der the hood) and he proved his truck is much faster than it looks, tak­ing the win in the 7.70 In­dex class.

Gary Lind­say took home the high-horse­power over­all honors on the Diesel Doc­tor dyno with a lit­tle help from some fogged-in ni­trous ox­ide. His 2009 Dodge put more than 1,750 hp to the rollers to take home the win. Ric New­bury won the 6.70 In­dex class with his com­mon rail Dodge mak­ing nearly 110 mph passes down the 1/8-mile strip. Johnny Gil­bert and his Stain­less Diesel team have been mak­ing great passes with their tube chas­sis Pro Street 4WD truck that made it to another fi­nal round matchup with Miller. Michael Dal­ton’s bright or­ange Ram looked great as it hun­kered down and launched off the line. The ven­dor dis­play area was crowded with spec­ta­tors through­out the day.

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