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Friday, August 17, 2018

Sturgis Bike Week - Truck Show review! Bigger & Better coming 2019!

You ask why would you hold a truck event during bike week? 

The drag strip owner told me all of the bikers are getting older and they haul their bikes up to the event on trailers, haulers, semis, and RVs!

On the way there on I-90 I passed countless trucks with trailers/haulers with bikes on them (10 hour drive for my old truck)!

Plus many of the bikers I talked to were auto enthusiasts who wanted to come and see the trucks show and race. You have to think after so many years they have ridden their bikes to see the local sites such as Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse!

So they need some more activities other than the night time bars every night! How about a motorsports event where they can show and race their bikes, look at some killer trucks and even bring their trailer trucks to compete for fun.

We met the local diesel shops from the area and they brought their friends to the event with promise to bring even more next year.

We may be looking at a sled pulling track and dirt drags included in next years event. Plus more classes for racing and show-n-shine including bikes, gas trucks and semis from local dealers.

This area during this time of year is alive and fun with many fun things to see and experience. Rooms and hotels are hard to find around Sturgis but Rapid City has many to choose from during Bike week. 

I stayed in Rapid City on the East side and had many activities surrounding Bike week plus it only took 30-45 minutes to get to the track during peak times. The rooms were very reasonable and even had shuttles going up to Sturgis.

The entire area is very friendly including the bikers attending! Most have gotten older and are very nice to visit with during the event! They are proud of their bikes and don't mind talking to you about them including their other vehicles.

Yes, the event has mellowed out and has become commercialized like all good things but it is still a lot of fun and much to experience.

DIESEL Motorsports will be back next year and hopefully provide another form of entertainment during Bike week.

DIESEL Motorsports wants to thank Sturgis Dragway for a great 1st event during Bike Week and their employees! What a nice group to work with for the show on Friday and Saturday! It was a little warm but by evening it cools off quickly making for fun evening shows. Below are a list of the winners including some photos! Next year will be bigger and better so watch for announcements.
Heads-Up Drag racing
Joel Morris - Champion
Levi Krech - 2nd

ET Bracket
Ken Kimball - Champion
Jim Layden - 2nd

Larry Bennett - Best of Show
Levi Krech - Best Dodge
Cody Packer - Best Ford
Wyett Bears - Best GM/Chevy

Monday, July 30, 2018

What and how is the diesel market changing around the country???

After halfway through a diesel season and talking to many different diesel shops it is safe to say the diesel market is slowly moving in a new direction!

The higher end diesel trucks keep getting faster and faster but you are lucky to see them make more than a couple of passes. Most of them have found they had to go to a Pro Stock type vehicle in order to go faster. That is stripping the truck of all metal and replacing it with fiberglass body parts, tube frame and minimal interior thus making it a Pro Stock drag vehicle. It is tough to make a full size metal OEM truck get into the 8s and even the 9s on a regular basis.

They all have gone to 1/8 mile racing for the main reason of less breaks on the vehicle on a shorter track. Plain and simple economics which is understandable. I suggested this over 10 years ago and was made fun of on the forums! Larger, heavier vehicles do better on a shorter track, it is just common sense. DIESEL Motorsports runs either 1/4 or 1/8 mile for racing, whatever the competitors want to do depending on the facility.

Street trucks have started to back off of making their trucks 1000+ hp and have dropped back to 7-800 hp trucks so less break while operating. This again is only common sense since people want a hot truck but they want it to be dependable. This leaves a lot of parts still available to sell or buy for your street truck.

The shops are telling me more and more diesel owners are asking for 25% over injectors and not 300% over and the same for their turbo replacements. The shops are rebuilding a lot of trannys and fixing electronic issues.

Sled pulling for trucks again has taken a back seat to tractors at fair pulls just like the two sanctioning tractor associations planned it! Trucks were getting to popular and there were too many of them, thus we were taking over the shows. You fix it by regulating the power with turbo and adding expensive upgrades to the drivetrain/suspension.

Every state pulling association has reported to me a drop in the number of trucks at their local fairs. The diesel shops can afford the upgrades but not the weekly pulling individual who did it as a hobby. That is why DIESEL Motorsports introduced the Hot Work Stock class last year. It allows the daily driver of a street truck the opportunity to pull under mild conditions with a high powered street diesel.

Diesels have moved into the show quality vehicles with some unbelievable custom vehicles whether it is a rat rod, a normal pick-up or a older truck. Chrome and custom paint with notice to details and straight uniform lines on these vehicles make then collector items.

But yet you are going to ask "are there more diesels?"! Yes there is because more people are finding out what great vehicles they can be when properly maintained! Even more diesel autos are being sold even after the VW debacle! More diesel trucks in 1/2, 3/4 and 1 ton pickups are being sold for many positive reasons such as longevity.

The common life of a vehicle is now at 11 years for autos and 13 yrs for trucks, way up from the 90s of 2 years for autos and 5 years for trucks.

I'm heading off to a 1st event next week in Sturgis SD during Bike Week because the Dragstrip said all of the bikers are now hauling their bikes with pickup trucks/trailers and semis!

Where there are trucks I will follow . . . !

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Is your truck's rear-end dirty??? I know mine was! DIESEL Motorsports

I have never checked the rear-end grease which should be changed and/or checked every 50,000 miles so it was time to do a complete cleaning and change over to a deeper cover.

I took it to a qualified local shop H&H Diesel Performance in Ottawa Kansas to handle this job because it was a mess back there and needed a very thorough cleaning. I also installed a deeper rear differential cover from BD Diesel Performance which provides extra grease for the gears to pickup in order to keep it cooler. 

The cover not only is constructed better than the OEM cover with cooling fins but comes with magnetic drain plug for easier fill up or changing the grease.

H&H Diesel Performance did a great job of cleaning out the old gunk and installed Amsoil Severe Gear 75-140w. AMSOIL Severe Gear® Synthetic Extreme Pressure (EP) Gear Lube is a premium-grade gear oil specifically engineered for maximum performance in severe-duty applications. 

I didn't ask how long it took H&H to clean that rear-end out but I got some dirty looks from their mechanics and after looking at the photos I can understand why?

This state-of-the-art AMSOIL formulation features an exclusive blend of high-viscosity, shear-stable synthetic base oils and an extra treatment of high-performance additives so it provides long-lasting protection against metal-to-metal contact.

Only the best for the old 1996 Dodge Ram which does travel to a lot of the DIESEL Motorsports events from state to state.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Everyone's truck is special to them . . DIESEL Motorsports!

I just came from a show in Muncie Indiana and again talked to many great people with their diesel trucks. Everything from high end to someone's personal project truck. People are proud of what they have done to their truck . . . period.

That is part of this sport that is so much fun is talking to others about what they have done to their trucks. That is why the events have become a social event as much as it is a competition event.

I am usually busy at these events trying to make sure everything is running but I do try and take time to listen to people when they talk about their truck.

From high-end engines to a local 12v Cummins truck that an enthusiast just started to work on as a project. They are all interesting to hear what they have done to their truck. I also pickup what products they have bought and where they have spent their monies for the build. Good information when I talk to our sponsors about product placement and what is selling.

I talked to a young man who was just beginning to compete with his truck in racing. He went down the track once and leaked which is a DQ from the track, he was quite upset as you can imagine since driving there was a 3 hour trip. I suggested he signup for the burnout competition since it does not matter if it leaked. He ended up winning the burnout competition and went home with prize money and a trophy! His truck was an old 12v Cummins very similar to mine but to him it was his competition truck, I'm glad he went home a winner.

I quit many years ago of visiting or commenting on the diesel forums because so much trash talk was to young enthusiasts who just wanted to talk about their trucks. Sometimes owners do not have the funding of others and can afford to work on their truck a little at a time and adding to it when they can. I try to encourage all diesel enthusiasts to be proud of what they have and take interest in what they are doing to their trucks . . .  high-end or lower end!

I guess many people did not have a momma who told them if you don't have something nice to say - DON'T say it!

See ya at the track or show!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Nebraska Diesel Show Review - 2018

The Nebraska Diesel Show was started by a state group of diesel enthusiasts and held over 10 years ago, DIESEL Motorsports joined 4 years ago offering sled pulling and drag classes during the event. Along with expanding the promotion and marketing the event to cover over a 6 state area and people coming from all over to attend one of the first Midwest diesel only show.

Held over a two day weekend people start showing up on Friday for free camping the entire weekend. Being the first nice weekend of the year the diesel farm crowd was willing to get to a show for some fun and get out of the house.

Saturday was a beautiful day with temps in the high 70s with a huge crowd watching trucks run all day long!  A wide variety of diesel trucks from rat rods to trucks to semis (over 200 competing)! Saturday’s activities was Grudge racing, class racing, dyno competition, burnout contest and vendors.

Banghart Diesel sponsored the race and pulling classes plus was a vendor at the show. Their drag truck was their driven by Bret Marcum and put down some impressive numbers going as fast as 149 mph.

Blue Diesel Additive/Peak was there in force with free samples and t-shirts for those who visited their booth at the DIESEL Motorsports tent. Mahle was represented with William McKnight who was also at the DM tent and shooting photos during the event.

Sunday was a bit windy to say the least (25-55 mph winds)! Very dusty but many watched the sled pulling, show-n-shine parade and dyno all day! These Nebraska people are tough and when asked they said this was the average day. Very successful weekend for diesels in the middle of Nebraska! Your banners, products, literature, decals and announcements were displayed all day long went toward branding your products.

Winners listed below:

ET Class Winners
Champion Jesse Nelson in his 2006 Ford F-250
2nd - Eugene Van Dinter in his 1999 Ford F-350
Sled Pulling
3.0 Sled Pulling
Champion - AJ Eilert 1994 Dodge - 335.52
2nd - Levon Reiff 1998 Dodge - 318.63
2.6 Sled Pulling
Champion - Taylor Johnson 1998 Dodge - 283.83
2nd - Jonathon Hege 2007 Dodge - 261.25
Hot Workstock
Champion - Bryan Hull 2006 Dodge - 287.25
2nd - Chris Hunziker 2004 Dodge - 283.31
Champion - Deven Ryan - 1993 Peterbilt - 347.76
2nd - Brandon Kibble - 1951 Big Hooker Rat Rod - 308.86
Dyno was.
High HP and Cummins
Josh McAlevy
Mitch Jorgenson
Bo Axler
Brian McDonald Jr
James Stewart
Show and shine
Dodge and overall
Luke Winkel
Bo Axler
Allan Smith
Nick Wilson