Travis Richards

SLED PULL EX­PE­RI­ENCE AND READY FOR AC­TION

Diesel Power - - Contents - Words by JOHN LE­HEN­BAUER Pho­tos by BEN COOPER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY and DIESELPOWER STAFF

Sled pull ex­pe­ri­ence and ready for ac­tion

TRAVIS RICHARDS is a 31-year-old oil­field me­chanic from Clearfield, Penn­syl­va­nia, and he is in­ter­ested in any­thing with an en­gine. In 2013, he took the plunge into the world of diesel own­er­ship with the pur­chase of an ’07 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab, the same truck he is cam­paign­ing in Diesel Power Chal­lenge 2018 Pre­sented by XDP.

“The truck’s name is ‘Murph,’ short for Mur­phy’s Law, be­cause the first cou­ple of years I owned it, I melted down and win­dow’d a few mo­tors, cooked a trans­mis­sion, and went through a hand­ful of tur­bocharg­ers un­til we fi­nally got it dialed in with an en­gine built by Wop­worx,” Travis ex­plains.

The big Dodge Ram is driven to ev­ery event in the Smoke & Speed sled pull se­ries, where Travis won the 2.5 and Un­lim­ited Street points cham­pi­onships. Sled pull ex­pe­ri­ence has Travis

feel­ing re­ally con­fi­dent about his chances in that seg­ment at DPC. When not pulling or wrench­ing, he likes to use the truck to go hunt­ing and fish­ing.

“I’ve watched Diesel Power Chal­lenge for as long as I can re­mem­ber, and this was the first time I en­tered,” Travis says. “Be­ing voted in was a sur­real mo­ment. Get­ting the call from KJ Jones was a life­time achieve­ment for me.”

On the same day he re­ceived that call from KJ, Justin Zei­gler of Zei­gler

Diesel Per­for­mance (a close friend for many years) called Travis and de­manded he get his truck over to the shop im­me­di­ately so they could go over it and make any nec­es­sary changes to get it dialed in for DPC.

Travis re­ports he didn’t make any ma­jor changes to his truck be­fore the event. He just added a larger sin­gle tur­bocharger and ni­trous-ox­ide to the same en­gine that has been un­der the Dodge Ram’s hood for three years. He is very con­fi­dent in his truck and crew for DPC. Even though hav­ing the only man­ual-trans­mis­sion rig in the Chal­lenge makes him a bit of an un­der­dog, Travis un­der­stands con­sis­tency wins com­pe­ti­tions. His trip to DPC wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out the help of spon­sors that stepped up to make it hap­pen (Mild 2 Wild Diesel Per­for­mance, Zei­gler Diesel Per­for­mance, BD Diesel Per­for­mance, Hahns Diesel Per­for­mance, Valair Clutches, Glow­shift Gauges, Im­pact Ink, Wop­worx, and Diesel Doc­tor).

“Travis re­ports he didn’t make any ma­jor changes to his truck be­fore the event. He just added a larger sin­gle tur­bocharger and ni­trous-ox­ide to the same en­gine that has been un­der the Dodge Ram’s hood for three years.”

COM­PETI­TOR

Travis Richards’ su­per-clean ’07 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab is the only stick-shift truck com­pet­ing in Diesel Power Chal­lenge 2018 Pre­sented by XDP.

In a lineup that’s dom­i­nated by com­pound-tur­bocharged com­peti­tors, Travis claims the clean 5.9L Cum­mins en­gine un­der the hood of this rig makes 1,000 hp with only a sin­gle BorgWarner S480 tur­bocharger pro­vid­ing boost. Charged-air tem­per­a­ture is kept un­der con­trol with a BD Diesel Per­for­mance air-to-air intercooler.

A set of Ex­treme Ar­tic­u­la­tion trac­tion bars on the rear axle en­sures the power gets to the ground. Yukon Gear & Axle axle­shafts guar­an­tee all that torque the en­gine pro­duces also reaches its des­ti­na­tion.

This FASS Fuel Sys­tems lift pump feeds fuel to a BD Diesel Per­for­mance 12mm stro­ker CP3 in­jec­tion pump and 250hp in­jec­tors.

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