The ul­ti­mate diesel smack­down storms Indy

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

Build­ing on the ex­cite­ment of the 2016 Ul­ti­mate Callout Chal­lenge held in Salt Lake City, event or­ga­niz­ers North­west Dyno Cir­cuit opted to move the 2017 edi­tion to a new venue that would al­low all three dis­ci­plines (drag race, dyno and sled pull) to be com­pleted in one lo­ca­tion. Fri­day April 21st through Sun­day the 23rd the per­for­mance diesel com­mu­nity gath­ered and took over the Lu­cas Oil Race­way at In­di­anapo­lis with the huge Diesel Per­for­mance In­dus­try Expo and three days of com­pe­ti­tion among 27 of the top diesel trucks in the coun­try. Indy has a long his­tory of pro­duc­ing rac­ing his­tory and cham­pi­ons so it was a fit­ting home for the 2017 UCC, where diesel trucks would mount an all-out as­sault on the drag strip, dyno and pull track look­ing to go faster, higher and farther than their com­pe­ti­tion.

The 2017 UCC fea­tured 27 trucks vy­ing for the cham­pi­onship. Fri­day evening was set aside for drag rac­ing on the very same drag strip that John Force and the rest of the NHRA reg­u­lars race on dur­ing the US Na­tion­als. Satur­day fea­tured the dyno com­pe­ti­tion with the NWDC mo­bile chas­sis dyno set up along­side the drag strip in clear view of the packed grand­stands. Sun­day wrapped up the week­end with the sled pull at the far end of the prop­erty not far from the top end of the drag strip. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the sled pull the UCC crew pre­sented the awards for each class as well as the over­all 2017 UCC cham­pion.

Lavon Miller and his Sigma-pumped en­gine spun the dyno rollers to the tune of 2,399 HP and 2,712 lbs-ft of torque, but look­ing at the rear brakes makes you won­der how much horse­power was be­ing ab­sorbed and taken away from the dyno rollers by those...

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