ON THE EDGE
Bringing back the quarter-mile drag racing part of the event after a couple years without it made for some great Friday night entertainment. The 12.0 and 10.50 Index classes are always fun to watch, with tight racing and quite a few daily drivers getting out to compete. In the Pro Street class, Industrial Injection’s Cummins-powered Chevrolet was out making test passes with a new turbo setup and put on quite a show for the crowd. One of the scariest parts of the night came when the 12V Cumminspowered truck from Power Driven Diesel had an injection pump stick wide open and lead to catastrophic engine failure at the end of the track. The engine block literally tried to launch itself from under the hood, leaving the entire truck virtually totaled. Luckily, no one was injured.
On the sled pull track, things were a bit tough on the drivers due to an extremely loose surface that made traction tough to come by. The big-power guys had to take it easy off the line to keep their tires underneath them, and the smaller horsepower guys had a hard time getting a good bite off the line. Tom Hansen’s Edge-sponsored truck put on quite the show with a 338-foot pull at more than 28 mph, allowing him to take home the King of Diesels trophy for the weekend.
Trevor Larkin built and pilots the Up in Smoke truck for the 3.6 Inducer Prostock Diesel Class and has done quite well for himself this season. The superloose drag was a little bit of a challenge for the big-horsepower guys, but this truck hooked a 272-foot pull to land in third place. One of our favorite Fords to follow in the diesel drag race circuit belongs to Dennis Schroeder, co-owner at Strictly Diesel in Phoenix, Arizona. Running a 7.3L Power Stroke and 4R100 transmission, how can you not be impressed by its low-11-second, fuel-only passes?
Street trucks from all around the area came out to compete in Saturday’s drag race event. With plenty of class divisions to make racing fair and fun for everyone, there were trucks running anywhere between 19- and 9-second passes. This 5.9L Cummins is owned by Dylan Higley of Hooper, Utah, and he made some impressive low-13-second passes by dumping the clutch and grabbing gears all the way down the track.
Like any other event, everything kicks off with a drivers’ meeting to go over the rules and schedule for the weekend’s events. The drag race competition used to be a big thing at Weekend on the Edge years ago, but had been cancelled the previous couple of years. The crowd and competitors were excited to have it back for 2018.
The 10.90 and 12.0 classes made for some tight racing with plenty of street trucks around the Mountain West region capable of mid-11s. Jake Johnson (right lane) went on to become the winner in the 12.0 Index class.