END OF SUM­MER PULL

Diesel World - - Event -

With ac­tion spread out across 12 dif­fer­ent classes of trucks and trac­tors cour­tesy of more than 60 spon­sors, the Mean Green sled from Hil­lary Mo­tor­sports would make 103 trips down the track. In ad­di­tion to a stock turbo diesel class, a daily driver diesel cat­e­gory was run for those just get­ting their feet wet in the sport. From there, things got a lit­tle more se­ri­ous with the 2.6-inch smooth-bore trucks and the 8,500-pound Work Stock class. The day cul­mi­nated with an Open Gas vs. Diesel class, which of course was won by com­pres­sion ig­ni­tion. Trac­tor classes en­tailed 10,500-pound Farm Stocks all the way up to 15,000 pounds, along with an open 12,500-pound cat­e­gory.

Here's a full re­cap of the day's fes­tiv­i­ties—where a taste of ev­ery­thing from 300 horse­power to 800+ was on dis­play.

 The ’06 Dodge owned and op­er­ated by Joe Dow­son is a reg­u­lar on the cen­tral Illi­nois Work Stock scene, where it had sev­eral wins in 2018. Iron­i­cally enough, Dow­son’s best hook in Lewis­town would come while com­pet­ing in the 2.6 Smooth Bore class, and with the outer duals re­moved. He squeezed past Pa­trick Mar­ler’s Ford with a win­ning dis­tance of 290.65 feet. Later on in the Work Stock field, Dow­son wound up in third place after the dust set­tled.

 Sean and Nick Christy’s ’09 F-350 was ini­tially put to­gether for just $15,000 (in­clud­ing the pur­chase price of the truck), which—when you’re talk­ing about a 6.4L Power Stroke—is pretty darn cheap. But de­spite hav­ing so lit­tle in­vested, it runs neck-and-neck with the hottest-run­ning trucks in both 2.6-inch Smooth Bore and Work Stock. In 2.6 Smooth Bore, Sean would earn a 281.67-foot, third-place fin­ish be­hind the wheel, while Nick would grab sec­ond place in Work Stock.

 After bolt­ing the duals back onto his Dodge, Jeremy Hag­gerty faired con­sid­er­ably bet­ter in Work Stock than in the Smooth Bore class. Dur­ing a late hook in the class he squeaked past Nick Christy’s dis­tance of 318.24 feet for the win, and then pro­ceeded to take sec­ond place in the Open Gas vs. Diesel class. The 5.9L Cum­mins in Hag­gerty’s third-gen sports a 305,000-mile stock bot­tom end, dual stock CP3S, 150% over River City Diesel in­jec­tors, a Fire­punk 48RE with a man­ual valve body, Mav­er­ick Diesel tun­ing, and a stock-ap­pear­ing 68mm Holset from Tater Built Tur­bocharg­ers & Ma­chin­ing.

 With a hook in three sep­a­rate classes, Jeremy Hag­gerty def­i­nitely got his fill of pulling for the day. After his ’03 Ram 3500 un­der­went some vi­o­lent hop­ping in the 2.6 Smooth Bore class, he backed out of the throt­tle and set­tled for a 151-foot fin­ish. Back in the pits, he no­ticed that the front pin­ion nut had backed it­self off and the front drive­shaft had pulled the yoke off the axle. Luck­ily, a hand­ful of friends helped him get the driv­e­line mended be­fore he was due to hook in Work Stock.

 It was an off week­end for An­drew Karker and his ’02 Silverado dubbed “The Re­place­ment,” but he made the most of it. After fight­ing what he be­lieved to be an is­sue with the truck’s in­jec­tors, Karker still man­aged a fifth-place ef­fort in 2.6 Smooth Bore. Built to com­pete in the Illi­nois Trac­tor Pulling As­so­ci­a­tion’s Pro Street Diesel Truck class, the 8,000-pound Bowtie packs an es­ti­mated 800rwhp punch.

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