Shane Kel­logg’s dirt-pound­ing pull truck

Ultimate Diesel Builder's Guide - - Contents - Text: Chris Tobin Pho­tog­ra­phy: Chris Tobin & Kyle Tobin

Shane Kel­logg has been a fix­ture on the pulling cir­cuit for many years: He’s earned a state cham­pi­onship and six na­tional cham­pi­onships in his fa­mous Su­per Stock Dodge named Gotta Have It. Even at the young age of 35, the Ken­ton, Ohio, farmer is con­sid­ered a vet­eran in the diesel truck pulling world. To say that Kel­logg and Gotta Have It were ex­tremely suc­cess­ful would be an un­der­state­ment; he took home event wins on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and was a con­tender to pull the sled far­ther than any­one else on any given night. He reg­u­larly com­petes in the highly com­pet­i­tive Na­tional Tractor Pulling As­so­ci­a­tion se­ries with his truck.

Af­ter win­ning the Ohio State Puller’s As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onship in 2011, the NTPA Cham­pi­onship in 2010, 2012 and 2013, the PPL Cham­pi­onship for three con­sec­u­tive years in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and while lead­ing the points cat­e­gory in 2014, an of­fer came in to pur­chase the Gotta Have It chas­sis. Rather than be­ing com­pla­cent and con­tin­u­ing with his ex­ist­ing truck, Kel­logg chose to sell the chas­sis and build a new truck to chal­lenge him­self and his team to climb to the top and trump his com­pe­ti­tion once again. Thus the idea for TRUMP was born.


Af­ter sell­ing Gotta Have It, Kel­logg turned to the crew at San­dridge Cus­toms to be­gin the build on a new Su­per Stock pulling truck right away. Start­ing from scratch with a stack of metal tub­ing and plans to top the over­whelm­ing suc­cess of the pre­vi­ous truck, the San­dridge team, led by Nate and Ja­cob Boes, went to work de­sign­ing and fab­ri­cat­ing Kel­logg’s new truck from the ground up in mid-april 2014. In just three and a half short months, TRUMP rolled out of the Bloom­dale shop ready to tackle the dirt and drag the sled along for a ride. In Septem­ber 2014, he col­lected his first win with TRUMP at an NTPA event and has gone on to record sev­eral more vic­to­ries with the new truck in­clud­ing the 2015 NTPA Cham­pi­onship!

The 2013 Ram 2500 body is a molded fiber­glass set from GTS Fiber­glass and De­sign in Troy, Mis­souri, that was sent over to Danny Tay­lor of Tay­lor’s Automotive Art and De­sign in Louisville, Ken­tucky, for a unique look. Kel­logg

Shane Kel­logg hopes his truck trumps the field and is not ashamed to show it. The alu­minum tanks be­hind the weight box hold oil for the tur­bos, wa­ter for the in­jec­tion sys­tem, diesel fuel and en­gine oil from left to right.

Then you see it from the side and re­al­ize that there are three big Colum­bus Diesel tur­bos, and you know this mon­ster makes some se­ri­ous power.

Kind of like star­ing down a dou­ble bar­rel shot­gun, look­ing at the par­al­lel Colum­bus Diesel Sup­ply Pro-stock se­ries twins on this en­gine can be in­tim­i­dat­ing.

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