ON THE EDGE

Diesel World - - On The Ege -

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.

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