2017 VALLEY BLACKOUT
With a pot of $22,000 up for grabs
Saturday May 13, 2017, was a great day for diesel truck racing with bright blue skies and warm temperatures gracing the Ohio Valley Dragway near Louisville, Kentucky. Fortunately for diesel fans and competitors, the All Diesel Day Valley Blackout crew of Banean Woosley, Marty Schindler and Jimmy Mcintosh hosted the fourth annual event on that beautiful day, drawing in more than 150 competitors and nearly 2,000 spectators for a great day of diesel activities.
Of course, the center of the activities were four classes of drag racing down the 1/8-mile track, but there was also a large dyno competition on the Diesel Doctor mobile chassis dyno, a show-n-shine competition, and tons of diesel performance vendors on site showing off their latest and greatest products. A total of $22,000 was up for grabs at the event with great diesel trucks trying to take home as much of the cash as possible.
Close to 50 trucks entered the show-nshine competition with awards up for grabs for the Best Dodge, Ford and GM trucks, as well as a Best of Show award. G&R Diesel Performance and Repair sponsored the show-nshine competition and put up cash prizes for the winners. Dalton Gassaway took home the Best of Show honors with his lifted standard cab 2015 F-250 featuring a wild color-matched custom suspension that really makes the Power Stroke truck stand out in any crowd.
More than 50 trucks ran across the dyno rollers on the Diesel Doctor mobile chassis dyno throughout the day, vying for wins in six classes. Stainless Diesel presented the dyno competition with awards for Top Overall, Top Compound Turbo, Top Single Turbo, Top Dodge, Top Ford, and Top GM. The big number of the day went to Gary Lindsay and his IKT Performance-built 2009 Dodge 2500 that thrilled the crowd with a ghetto-fogged nitrous dyno pull of over 1,750 hp and more than 2,300 lb-ft of torque.
Four classes of drag racing action took place throughout the day with more than 60 trucks competing for the win. While plenty of Ford and GM trucks made passes throughout the day, the Dodge trucks were unstoppable, taking the win in each of the four classes. RLC
Motorsports sponsored the ET Bracket class won by Larson Miller with his bright blue Mega Cab Dodge running just 0.08 seconds slower than his dial-in. The 7.70 Index class was sponsored by Airdog and finished with a double breakout in the final round. Isaac Blaess and his rust-bucket Dodge took the win with his 7.6-second pass.
The Virgilio’s Diesel Performance 6.70 Index class also had a double breakout with the win going to Ric Newbury and his black Dodge running a 6.69-second pass at nearly 105 mph. The Pro Street class was sponsored by Firepunk Diesel and featured Lavon Miller’s Firepunk truck lining up against the Stainless Diesel machine of Johnny Gilbert. Gilbert experienced troubles and could only manage an 8-second pass while Miller went on to join his brother in the winner’s circle with a 5.28-second pass at nearly 140 mph, repeating the 2016 Pro Street final round results.
If you we not able to make it to the event, check out the photos over the next few pages to see what you missed and make plans to be there next year. The 2017 edition of the Valley Blackout All Diesel Day was a great success and continued to build on the results from last year. The team is working on plans for the 2018 event already, but has not secured a date as of our press deadline. Keep an eye on Woosley’s social media postings for details on the 2018 event, and if you are in the neighborhood come on out and put your truck to the test on the dyno, in the show and shine, on the drag strip, or all three if you are up to it. Whatever you do, tell them that your friends at Ultimate Diesel Builder’s Guide sent you. UDBG
The trucks were lined up and ready to race on a beautiful Kentucky day. Notice that the vendor area is located alongside the staging lanes, allowing spectators to check out fast trucks and hot new products from vendors in one easy location. Kentucky’s Ohio Valley Dragway is surrounded by a sea of green for beauty on the track as well as in the background. Tailgating near the track provides an excellent view of the action as truck after truck blasts down the track. Lavon Miller took home the Pro Street win, crossing the finish line at nearly 140 mph on the 1/8-mile dragstrip. It may not be a looker, but Isaac Blaess’s Dodge has it where it counts (under the hood) and he proved his truck is much faster than it looks, taking the win in the 7.70 Index class.
Gary Lindsay took home the high-horsepower overall honors on the Diesel Doctor dyno with a little help from some fogged-in nitrous oxide. His 2009 Dodge put more than 1,750 hp to the rollers to take home the win. Ric Newbury won the 6.70 Index class with his common rail Dodge making nearly 110 mph passes down the 1/8-mile strip. Johnny Gilbert and his Stainless Diesel team have been making great passes with their tube chassis Pro Street 4WD truck that made it to another final round matchup with Miller. Michael Dalton’s bright orange Ram looked great as it hunkered down and launched off the line. The vendor display area was crowded with spectators throughout the day.