THE GREATEST (DIESEL) SHOW ON EARTH
2017 SCHEID DIESEL EXTRAVAGANZA
2017 Scheid Diesel Extravaganza
Thanks to clear skies, 80-degree weather, and nonstop diesel action, everything was on the menu at the 2017 Scheid Diesel Extravaganza, held at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds in Terre Haute, Indiana. Now in its 21st year, the event’s busy threeday schedule played host to top-shelf truck pulling, eighth-mile drag racing, a 130-truck dyno competition, an indoor-and-outdoor vendor’s row, and one of the biggest show-n-shines in the industry. As far as the industry’s hottest running pullers, drag racers and daily drivers are concerned, the extravaganza was the place to be August 25-27—and thousands of spectators turned out to watch them compete.
With the Extravaganza rooted deeply in truck pulling, the action in the dirt remains a five-star experience. Hosted and sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, the pulls are the primary draw on both Friday and Saturday night, with late morning qualifying sessions held each day for the Limited Pro Stock field. This year, the top 10 Limited Pro Stock trucks in PPL points were automatically allowed into the nighttime shows, while the remaining 40 trucks had to qualify for the remaining 16 openings. Despite there being no shortage of competition, the second-gen Dodge driven by Haisley Machine’s Rob Wright was on a mission. Both evenings, he would steal the show in the Limited Pro Stock class.
The Pro Stock field would see a familiar truck take the win on Friday night in the form of Jacob Bair in the Haisley Machine Off Constantly Dodge, but it would be the ’80 Chevy driven by Jared Cox that would have the better weekend overall. As for Super Stock, the Friday night action saw Scheid Diesel’s own Kent Crowder claw his way into the winner’s circle, and third place through seventh place were separated by just 6 feet. On Saturday, Van Haisley and Josh Deeter would pull away from the rest of the field; ultimately Deeter would take the win in the pull-
off. Although carnage was minimal in 2017, violent hopping destroyed part of the driveline in Carl Butler’s “Ranch Hand” Dodge in Pro Stock, while Justin Gearhart’s “Cream of the Crop” Dodge spit out its harmonic balancer in Super Stock.
CLASH OF THE TITANS
A short walk away from the truck pulls, the gates leading to the Crossroads Dragway eighth-mile track were open all weekend. As the second-to-last race on the Outlaw Diesel Super Series circuit, around a hundred trucks turned out in an attempt to collect as many points as possible. A test ‘n tune session was held Friday night while full E.T Bracket, Big Rig Bracket, 7.70 and 6.70 Index categories were run on Saturday, along with qualifying sessions being held for Pro Street, Pro Mod, and Pro Dragster. Sunday would bring the biggest day of racing—with a winner being declared in every class.
Being that both Lavon Miller and Dustin Jackson were in town, there was an unmistakable buzz in the air. Not only do they drive the fastest Pro Street trucks in the country, but they’re the most consistent, with either competitor capable of running low 5’s in the eighth. Needless to say, no one was surprised to find the two pitted against each other in the final round. In Pro Dragster, the Scheid Diesel rail would clean house, Pro Mod would feature two muscle car’s squaring off in the finale, and two talented drivers dominated both the E.T. Bracket and Big Rig Bracket classes all weekend.
For the first time since we can remember, only one chassis dyno was present at the Extravaganza. However, this didn’t seem to bother the Dan’s Diesel Performance crew one bit. Pulling overtime and working quickly, the DDP group somehow managed to strap 133 trucks to its mobile Dynocom chassis dyno in the two days it was running. By Saturday evening, eight trucks had breached the 1,000 hp mark, four of which cleared 2,000 lb-ft of torque. Mike Maas’ ’03 LB7 Duramax took top fuel-only honors both days, making 1,216 hp on Friday and clearing 1,244 hp on Saturday thanks to dynoing in the cool, morning air.
As has become commonplace at dyno events in recent years, plenty of ghetto fogging took place (i.e. spraying nitrous directly into the intake—ed.), along with a handful of coolant leaks. We even witnessed a crushed fuel filter when a low-profile Chevy failed to fully clear the dyno, but that would be the extent of the carnage. All told, 62 daily driven Rams, GM’S, and Fords would lay down between 500 and 700-rwhp, which indicates that—at the very least—folks are still opting for the hottest custom tuning they can buy, as well as midgrade turbo and fuel system modifications.
Variety, variety, variety is how we would sum up this year’s show-n-shine competition. For 2017, Duramax and Cummins-powered C10’s, the infamous twin-cummins Dodge, a one-off monster truck, and purpose-built show rigs were all parked in the Purdue Diesel Club judging area. To declare the best Dodge, GM, Ford, and custom vehicle on hand, Purdue Diesel Club officials would have to sift through an insane 184 entries. From what we observed, the growing trend of massive wheels with huge offsets is in full swing. Countless trucks could be seen sporting 24-inch wheels—and 26’s could even be found on several others.
Dozens of vendors were present inside the exhibition hall, while a sizeable group of others set up shop outdoors (on both the north side of the exhibition hall and show-n-shine areas). New turbo technology, exotic hard parts, fuel system components, and full competition engines were on display, not to mention the competition-ready vehicles positioned front and center at the Wagler, Fleece, and Unlimited Diesel
Performance booths. The level of ingenuity, innovation, and quality built into the vehicles and products on display at this year’s Scheid Diesel Extravaganza is proof that the diesel industry is always moving forward.
Check out a small sampling of our event coverage over the next few pages to get a taste of what you missed if you were unable to make the event this year. If you have yet to attend the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza in person we wholeheartedly suggest you make plans to be there in the future, the event is one that should be near the top of any diesel enthusiasts bucket list for sure!
Loitering near the top of the Limited Pro Stock field all weekend was Eric Widman and his “Big Red” Dodge. He would qualify fourth on Friday, followed by a second-place finish that night. On Saturday, Eric would grab the number three qualifier position...
Jared Ring made it to the semifinal round in Pro Street with his slick second-gen Dodge that he typically runs in the heavier Super Street class making a good showing for himself.
Even though the Scheid rail would cruise to the win in the Pro Dragster class, it nearly ran away following its 4.52-second pass in the finals. After the injection pump stuck the rack, driver Jared Jones was taken on a wild, white-knuckle ride with the...
The wheels-up, 10,000-lb Pro Stock class arguably puts on the most exciting show in tractor pulling, where the competition is always neck-and-neck. Dustin Hart (of Hart’s Diesel & Machine) and his Massey Ferguson found themselves in the thick of things...
Also torquing along in the Hot Rod Semi class was William Miller in the “Bad Attitude” International. This hook would yield the Indiana native a 312.76-foot distance—good enough for second place behind Smith’s dominant Mack.
Always a crowd favorite, the 20,000-lb Hot Rod Semi’s once again put on a frame-twisting, front tire-carrying performance. Here, the Macksimus Prime II Mack driven by Casey Smith puts an incredible 20 feet on the rest of the field.