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2017 Scheid Diesel Ex­trav­a­ganza

Thanks to clear skies, 80-de­gree weather, and non­stop diesel ac­tion, ev­ery­thing was on the menu at the 2017 Scheid Diesel Ex­trav­a­ganza, held at the Wabash Val­ley Fair­grounds in Terre Haute, In­di­ana. Now in its 21st year, the event’s busy three­day sched­ule played host to top-shelf truck pulling, eighth-mile drag rac­ing, a 130-truck dyno com­pe­ti­tion, an in­door-and-out­door ven­dor’s row, and one of the big­gest show-n-shines in the in­dus­try. As far as the in­dus­try’s hottest run­ning pullers, drag rac­ers and daily driv­ers are con­cerned, the ex­trav­a­ganza was the place to be Au­gust 25-27—and thou­sands of spec­ta­tors turned out to watch them com­pete.


With the Ex­trav­a­ganza rooted deeply in truck pulling, the ac­tion in the dirt re­mains a five-star ex­pe­ri­ence. Hosted and sanc­tioned by the Lu­cas Oil Pro Pulling League, the pulls are the pri­mary draw on both Fri­day and Satur­day night, with late morn­ing qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions held each day for the Lim­ited Pro Stock field. This year, the top 10 Lim­ited Pro Stock trucks in PPL points were au­to­mat­i­cally al­lowed into the nighttime shows, while the re­main­ing 40 trucks had to qual­ify for the re­main­ing 16 open­ings. De­spite there be­ing no short­age of com­pe­ti­tion, the sec­ond-gen Dodge driven by Hais­ley Ma­chine’s Rob Wright was on a mis­sion. Both evenings, he would steal the show in the Lim­ited Pro Stock class.

The Pro Stock field would see a fa­mil­iar truck take the win on Fri­day night in the form of Ja­cob Bair in the Hais­ley Ma­chine Off Con­stantly Dodge, but it would be the ’80 Chevy driven by Jared Cox that would have the bet­ter week­end over­all. As for Su­per Stock, the Fri­day night ac­tion saw Scheid Diesel’s own Kent Crow­der claw his way into the win­ner’s cir­cle, and third place through sev­enth place were sep­a­rated by just 6 feet. On Satur­day, Van Hais­ley and Josh Deeter would pull away from the rest of the field; ul­ti­mately Deeter would take the win in the pull-

off. Al­though car­nage was min­i­mal in 2017, vi­o­lent hop­ping de­stroyed part of the driv­e­line in Carl But­ler’s “Ranch Hand” Dodge in Pro Stock, while Justin Gearhart’s “Cream of the Crop” Dodge spit out its har­monic bal­ancer in Su­per Stock.


A short walk away from the truck pulls, the gates lead­ing to the Cross­roads Drag­way eighth-mile track were open all week­end. As the sec­ond-to-last race on the Out­law Diesel Su­per Se­ries cir­cuit, around a hun­dred trucks turned out in an at­tempt to col­lect as many points as pos­si­ble. A test ‘n tune ses­sion was held Fri­day night while full E.T Bracket, Big Rig Bracket, 7.70 and 6.70 In­dex cat­e­gories were run on Satur­day, along with qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions be­ing held for Pro Street, Pro Mod, and Pro Drag­ster. Sun­day would bring the big­gest day of rac­ing—with a win­ner be­ing de­clared in ev­ery class.

Be­ing that both Lavon Miller and Dustin Jack­son were in town, there was an un­mis­tak­able buzz in the air. Not only do they drive the fastest Pro Street trucks in the coun­try, but they’re the most con­sis­tent, with ei­ther com­peti­tor ca­pa­ble of run­ning low 5’s in the eighth. Need­less to say, no one was sur­prised to find the two pit­ted against each other in the fi­nal round. In Pro Drag­ster, the Scheid Diesel rail would clean house, Pro Mod would fea­ture two mus­cle car’s squar­ing off in the fi­nale, and two tal­ented driv­ers dominated both the E.T. Bracket and Big Rig Bracket classes all week­end.


For the first time since we can re­mem­ber, only one chas­sis dyno was present at the Ex­trav­a­ganza. How­ever, this didn’t seem to bother the Dan’s Diesel Per­for­mance crew one bit. Pulling over­time and work­ing quickly, the DDP group some­how man­aged to strap 133 trucks to its mo­bile Dyno­com chas­sis dyno in the two days it was run­ning. By Satur­day evening, eight trucks had breached the 1,000 hp mark, four of which cleared 2,000 lb-ft of torque. Mike Maas’ ’03 LB7 Du­ra­max took top fuel-only hon­ors both days, mak­ing 1,216 hp on Fri­day and clear­ing 1,244 hp on Satur­day thanks to dyno­ing in the cool, morn­ing air.

As has be­come com­mon­place at dyno events in re­cent years, plenty of ghetto fog­ging took place (i.e. spray­ing ni­trous di­rectly into the in­take—ed.), along with a hand­ful of coolant leaks. We even wit­nessed a crushed fuel fil­ter when a low-pro­file Chevy failed to fully clear the dyno, but that would be the ex­tent of the car­nage. All told, 62 daily driven Rams, GM’S, and Fords would lay down be­tween 500 and 700-rwhp, which in­di­cates that—at the very least—folks are still opt­ing for the hottest cus­tom tun­ing they can buy, as well as midgrade turbo and fuel sys­tem mod­i­fi­ca­tions.


Va­ri­ety, va­ri­ety, va­ri­ety is how we would sum up this year’s show-n-shine com­pe­ti­tion. For 2017, Du­ra­max and Cum­mins-pow­ered C10’s, the in­fa­mous twin-cum­mins Dodge, a one-off mon­ster truck, and pur­pose-built show rigs were all parked in the Pur­due Diesel Club judg­ing area. To de­clare the best Dodge, GM, Ford, and cus­tom ve­hi­cle on hand, Pur­due Diesel Club of­fi­cials would have to sift through an in­sane 184 en­tries. From what we ob­served, the grow­ing trend of mas­sive wheels with huge off­sets is in full swing. Count­less trucks could be seen sport­ing 24-inch wheels—and 26’s could even be found on sev­eral oth­ers.

Dozens of vendors were present in­side the ex­hi­bi­tion hall, while a size­able group of oth­ers set up shop out­doors (on both the north side of the ex­hi­bi­tion hall and show-n-shine ar­eas). New turbo tech­nol­ogy, ex­otic hard parts, fuel sys­tem com­po­nents, and full com­pe­ti­tion en­gines were on dis­play, not to men­tion the com­pe­ti­tion-ready ve­hi­cles po­si­tioned front and cen­ter at the Wa­gler, Fleece, and Un­lim­ited Diesel

Per­for­mance booths. The level of in­ge­nu­ity, in­no­va­tion, and qual­ity built into the ve­hi­cles and prod­ucts on dis­play at this year’s Scheid Diesel Ex­trav­a­ganza is proof that the diesel in­dus­try is al­ways mov­ing for­ward.

Check out a small sam­pling of our event cov­er­age over the next few pages to get a taste of what you missed if you were un­able to make the event this year. If you have yet to at­tend the Scheid Diesel Ex­trav­a­ganza in per­son we whole­heart­edly sug­gest you make plans to be there in the fu­ture, the event is one that should be near the top of any diesel en­thu­si­asts bucket list for sure!

Loi­ter­ing near the top of the Lim­ited Pro Stock field all week­end was Eric Wid­man and his “Big Red” Dodge. He would qual­ify fourth on Fri­day, fol­lowed by a sec­ond-place fin­ish that night. On Satur­day, Eric would grab the num­ber three qual­i­fier po­si­tion...

Jared Ring made it to the semi­fi­nal round in Pro Street with his slick sec­ond-gen Dodge that he typ­i­cally runs in the heav­ier Su­per Street class mak­ing a good show­ing for him­self.

Even though the Scheid rail would cruise to the win in the Pro Drag­ster class, it nearly ran away fol­low­ing its 4.52-sec­ond pass in the fi­nals. After the in­jec­tion pump stuck the rack, driver Jared Jones was taken on a wild, white-knuckle ride with the...

The wheels-up, 10,000-lb Pro Stock class ar­guably puts on the most ex­cit­ing show in trac­tor pulling, where the com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways neck-and-neck. Dustin Hart (of Hart’s Diesel & Ma­chine) and his Massey Fer­gu­son found them­selves in the thick of things...

Also torquing along in the Hot Rod Semi class was Wil­liam Miller in the “Bad At­ti­tude” In­ter­na­tional. This hook would yield the In­di­ana na­tive a 312.76-foot dis­tance—good enough for sec­ond place be­hind Smith’s dom­i­nant Mack.

Al­ways a crowd fa­vorite, the 20,000-lb Hot Rod Semi’s once again put on a frame-twist­ing, front tire-car­ry­ing per­for­mance. Here, the Mack­simus Prime II Mack driven by Casey Smith puts an in­cred­i­ble 20 feet on the rest of the field.

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