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XTP Diesel & Of­froad Ex­trav­a­ganza

The team at XTP Diesel & Of­froad hosted their Fifth An­nual Diesel and Of­froad Ex­trav­a­ganza on Sun­day, Septem­ber 3, in the mid­dle of the La­bor Day week­end at the Greene County Fair­grounds in Xe­nia, Ohio, to have fun with their cus­tomers and al­low oth­ers a chance to meet the XTP team and their var­i­ous ven­dors. With good weather, tons of off-road and diesel show-n-shine trucks, the Diesel Doc­tor Por­ta­ble Dyno and in­door ex­hi­bi­tion space for ven­dors, the close to 1,000 peo­ple in at­ten­dance through­out the day had a great time.

While the shop spe­cial­izes in both diesel and off-road, the groups didn’t ex­actly flow to­gether, with the off-road crowd oc­cu­py­ing one large sec­tion of the fair­grounds and the diesel and truck guys fill­ing out an­other large area. The park­ing sit­u­a­tion didn’t keep the two from wan­der­ing around and ad­mir­ing each other’s rigs, though. Large tro­phies were on hand for the show-n-shine win­ners in five classes, in ad­di­tion to a Best in Show award that could come from any cat­e­gory. An ex­u­ber­ant EJ Fields took home the Best in Show hon­ors with his 2017 Plat­inum Edi­tion Ford F-250.

In ad­di­tion to the great show-n-shine trucks, the Diesel Doc­tor Por­ta­ble Dyno team kept the crowds en­ter­tained and happy through­out the day. Twenty-seven trucks made their way over the dyno and spun the rollers. All of the top twenty trucks made more than 500 horse­power, with four­teen of them break­ing the 600-hp barrier and the top five de­liv­er­ing more than 700 horse­power to the rear wheels. In­ter­est­ingly, both the top two trucks were 2004 Dodges— Kyle Bas­sitt’s truck mak­ing nearly 870 hp, and James Ritchie putting down the big­gest num­ber of the day with a dyno pull of 1,086 hp in his bright green Dodge.

Fol­low along over the next few pages to check out some of the high­lights we cap­tured at the event. For de­tails on the date and lo­ca­tion for the Sixth An­nual XTP Ex­trav­a­ganza, fol­low their so­cial me­dia posts. If you hap­pen to be in the area, drop in and check it out. With cool trucks and off-road­ers along with the lat­est and great­est from on-site ven­dors and show spe­cials galore to take your truck to the next level, we’re sure that you’ll be glad that you did. Just be sure to tell them that you heard about the event from your friends here at Ul­ti­mate Diesel Builder’s Guide magazine! UDBG

We caught Ritchie’s Dodge on the dyno mak­ing tons of power on the way to the high­est horse­power and torque mea­sured at the event.

James Ritchie took his turn on the dyno later in the day but still man­aged to take home the top hon­ors with an im­pres­sive dyno pull of nearly 1,100 hp to thrill the crowd.

A large sec­tion of the fair­grounds was set aside for the show-n-shine, where own­ers had plenty of room to dis­play their trucks and hang out for the day.

The XTP team hosted the man­u­fac­turer’s mid­way and dis­play booths in­side an air-con­di­tioned fair­ground build­ing that gave at­ten­dees a chance to cool off and get out of the sun while check­ing out the lat­est and great­est prod­ucts on dis­play. The team also had a huge va­ri­ety of show spe­cials on hand to help at­ten­dees add more cus­tom touches to their diesel or off-road rigs with­out break­ing the bank.

Dodge-branded trucks dom­i­nated the top of the dyno charts, but there were quite a few Chevys like this one on hand to rep­re­sent the Bowtie brand.

Here are the show-n-shine win­ners hap­pily cel­e­brat­ing with their tro­phies. Win­ners shown from left to right in­clude Shawn Howard, Scott Cain, EJ Fields, Connor Ste­wart and Cody Hamm. Best Trail Rig win­ner Tom Freirer and his 1979 Jeep CJ7 were not avail­able for the photo.

This Dodge was sport­ing a cus­tom air bag sus­pen­sion, but the stretched tires and side­ways-slammed stance made most spec­ta­tors think “ricer” more than per­for­mance diesel truck, us in­cluded.

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