Diesel World

Rudy’s SPRING TRUCK JAM

ODSS DRAG RACING RETURNS TO NORTH CAROLINA

- BY MIKE MCGLOTHLIN | PHOTOS COURTESY OF AMY GILBERT

Following a forced hiatus in 2020, one of the biggest events in the diesel industry came roaring back to life this spring. It’s called Rudy’s Spring Truck Jam and its return meant that East Coast diesel enthusiast­s and drag racers were champing at the bit to get back on the eighth-mile track at Julian, North Carolina’s Piedmont Dragway. And even though Mother

Nature shook up the schedule with rain and abnormally cool temperatur­es on the first day of action, the return to racing in the Tar Heel State would not be denied.

The first Outlaw Diesel Super Series points race of the season, Rudy’s saw nearly 40 trucks competing in the ET Bracket category, almost 30 competitor­s trying their luck in 7.70 Index, and a dozen or more drivers signed up in both 6.70 and 5.90. As expected, the usual intense action we’ve come to expect from the Pro Street, Pro Mod, and Pro Dragster fields was on full display as well.

All told, 30 racers who made the trek to North Carolina walked away in the money—and in the process kicked off what promises to be a collection of very entertaini­ng points chases in 2021.

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Stainless Diesel’s Johnny Gilbert took a wild ride during Pro Street qualifying on Friday night. With the same combo that usually sends the common-rail second-gen through the traps in 4.86 to 4.89-second intervals, the cold track said no way. After knocking the tires off and crossing the center line, Gilbert and team began pulling power out of the truck to try to get from A to B next time out.
After Saturday’s unfortunat­e rainout, the stage was set for a Sunday showdown for all ODSS “Pro” class eliminatio­ns. Leading the charge in Pro Mod were two of its heavyweigh­ts, Done Right Diesel Performanc­e’s Ben Shadday and Firepunk Diesel’s Larson Miller, who met in the final round. Shadday had previously secured the number 1 qualifier spot with a 4.39 at 170 mph and, at least on paper, it appeared he threw a few more ponies at the Wagler-built Cummins in his ’63 Corvette for the last pass of the weekend. Shadday would cross the stripe first with a 4.36-second pass at 174 mph. Stainless Diesel’s Johnny Gilbert took a wild ride during Pro Street qualifying on Friday night. With the same combo that usually sends the common-rail second-gen through the traps in 4.86 to 4.89-second intervals, the cold track said no way. After knocking the tires off and crossing the center line, Gilbert and team began pulling power out of the truck to try to get from A to B next time out.

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