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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What can we expect for 2017 - in DIESEL Motorsports?

Well the election year is almost over and now back to normal business for 2017! I forecast quarters 2, 3 and 4 will be big improvements over last year's revenues. In fact I see them improving each quarter as the year progresses.

The first quarter will be good but it will take some time for the new direction business will be taking for the next four years. Manufacturing will be on the rise with less restrictions from the EPA which means the economy will slowly make a come back. Ford and GM has already announced moving manufacturing back to our country from Mexico.

More jobs and more money for our automotive industry! Add in the tax cuts (when implemented) and you will see companies freeing up the purse strings to hire more people, produce and stock more product. 

They will do this in order to anticipate the increase in sales from consumers. It's been a long haul for many stretching the use of their old diesel trucks for hauling, work and pleasure - frankly many are getting worn out!

The average ownership of a pickup truck is now 11-13 years according to Polk Research, even being a diesel I'm sure many of you have seen maintenance repairs go up the past years. Now you will see new truck purchases and the older trucks go to secondary used truck consumers. 

That is why the diesel industry will see a slow increase as the trickle down effect of new truck owners wanting performance and accessory items plus the older truck purchaser wanting additional repairs and upgrades to those used diesel trucks.

Be ready for both and decide which will be profitable for your business. There is profit in both if you know how to offer service on both. Do some research during the winter on new truck drivetrains and what fails on them.

I have already talked to some mechanics at dealerships and found items they are reporting failing on new Eco-diesels and new model drive trains. Use the winter to get smart because a change is in the wind for diesels.

Monday, November 7, 2016

What I saw at the SEMA Show 2016! DIESEL Motorsports

I saw a lot more diesel trucks on display than any year EVER! However, they were stock mostly with huge lift kit suspensions, large wheels and low profile tires! The typical CA lift truck that is hard to come by in the Midwest states. Why?

Because we have REALLY bad roads and highways that are full of potholes, ridges and low shoulders! These kind of trucks do not run smooth on our roads along with 6 months of cold, salt, snow and slop they have to tread through during Winter months.

Have you ever tried to clean salt residue off of a wheel that has run through the junk for weeks - brutal! There was some nice rat rod trucks along with some conversions.

Overall most of the diesel performance part suppliers do not display at SEMA but the hard parts and fluids are on display. I saw a lot of other companies jumping into the marketplace which is a good thing. Because if enough companies realize the potential then more people will display more items for diesels.

I did see some great looking grilles, wheels for 8 lug, exhaust tips, internal performance parts for the engines, new fluids, new cooling systems, and lots of accessories for trucks. SEMA is the only show on planet where you can see all aspects of the automotive world, be it performance, offroad, pleasure or customizing your ride.

But you gotta know where to look and how to offer those wanting to sell their products how you can sell their products. They are there to sell their products and make some profitable returns on their products.

Seeing new products for our diesels is very exciting but finding them on 27 miles of walking is somewhat over-whelming if you don't know where to go at the show. It takes planning in advance and scheduling your time during the day. Even by planning we still walked 6-8 miles per day visiting and viewing new products and companies.

Every year we come home tired and wore out but very happy we attended. If you want to go plan a year in advance, bring good walking shoes and lots of money$!

New Dmax headers from AFE

New Radiator from AFE

New iPad or smart pad holder from Carvelle that is magnetic and slips right over existing radio dash, play your tunes, videos or gauges right in front of you

Cummins 4cyl common Rail drop-in crate engine including wiring harness and chip

NEW 8-Lug Wheels from Weld

Killer Engine Build from Wagler with ARP products

New Camo design from Covercraft Seatsavers

New Engine pan from PPE

Rolling Big Power Grilles with several NEW designs

NEW DIESEL Cetane Boost from Boostane

RBP copper plated wheels for 8-lug market

. . .  and much more!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

SEMA - who is it for and is it worth going to for our diesel enthusiasts???

This time of year many see FB posts and see industry people heading to Vegas for the SEMA Show. Many shop owners and enthusiasts say to me wish I could go and is it worth it?

I have gone for over 20 years and have watched it grow to a large show, back down in size and then back up! The show is nothing like it was in the beginning, the early shows were strictly auto/truck aftermarket companies with products a vehicle owner could add-on. They were there to sell to over 100 WDs and many vehicle accessory shops that came to the show to find new products to sell.

There is still some of that going on but you have to look pretty hard to find them, most of the show is now dressed up vehicles and the big three OEM manufacturers showing off their new vehicles. The show used to not have foreign companies selling parts but is now over 25% of the show. Now there are little over 30 WDs and many big companies own most of them. The business has changed and progressed in many ways over the years.

For the diesel enthusiasts there is not much to look at since there are about 10 diesel vehicles displayed of over 150 gas vehicles. It is interesting to see the custom rods, cars and trucks with many parts from the big name aftermarket companies.

The show is heavily attended by foreign customers buying or viewing American products. The show is so crowded that the main halls are even hard to walk through and view items. My suggestion would be go to the truck hall first because on the first day the traffic is fairly light. And we want to see truck items any way, you can skip the back half of that hall since it is mostly non-truck items.

If you like wheels and tires go below the truck hall and view what is available but very little is for the truck market, maybe 20%. Visit the new vendors which got put into a tent outside the first day! You'll find them eager to talk to you and many are the newer manufacturers and products.

It is well worth it to view the custom vehicles outside and many get put into the back lot behind the main building where they let some buses off. The main feature ones get put out in front from the companies who have been there a long time.

The Performance hall starts to clear out some by Thursday and is easily viewed on Friday morning but the evening show out front is a great show to see.

The Electronics hall has become a catch-all for electronics, tools, paint, carpet, fluids and finishes for vehicles. It is worth walking through if you want to see those companies for additional shop items.

The Performance Hall is where all the big names are including the OEMs, you could easily spend 2 days viewing everything in that hall. Most of the companies are for the gas market but there are some with diesel products in the smaller North halls. Many of our sponsors are in those halls along with some other smaller manufacturers with great products.

They say if you walk down every aisle it is well over 27 miles, we walk on average 7-8 miles a day picking out companies in advance to see and talk with about their products.

Bring good walking shoes, don't worry about dress shoes most of the time no one can see your feet because of too many people. To look business like wear dockers and polo or company shirts. Have business cards ready and your badge which can be scanned by the companies.

If you have never been it is an experience! Do you feel like partying after walking 7-8 miles during the day, not me! I usually have a few cocktails, a good dinner and then ready for bed. If you have never been to Vegas walking the New Vegas strip is worth the site or for  people watching go to Freemont street to the old Vegas and walk it.

And of course there is always the sister AAPEX Show at the Sands Convention Center which is hard parts, fluids, batteries and truck stop accessories. Same badge works for both venues!

Good luck if you are going and us diesel business people can be found at the end of the day at the Marriott bar across the street on Convention Drive between 4:30 and 6pm most of the days.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Last DIESEL Motorsports event of the year - in Missouri: Results!

Missouri Truck Shootout II Results:
DIESEL Motorsports normally does not have an event in October because of inclement weather has effected past shows. However we decided to hold a drag race that was a good success in the Spring at a local track in Missouri.
We agreed as long as it was good weather so the people could enjoy the event, no one like to attend and travel to an event when they end up sitting in the truck or hotel room while it rains or worse.
DIESEL Motorsports has always tried to keep in mind the attendees when it comes to weather and cancel in enough time for people to cancel hotels and travel plans before it cost them.
Didn't have to worry about it on the weekend of October 8th in Missouri, it was absolutely beautiful weather and it was even 70ยบ when the gates open.

This was a repeat of the Spring event where it is a Diesel vs Gas drag race at an 1/8th mile track in Osborn Missouri which is just East of Cameron on US 36. It is a nice facility with plenty of parking and lots of fence for our trucks to back up to with their trucks.
Local truck owners must have heard about the Spring race because a lot more high end drag trucks showed up for the diesel and gas classes. We had trucks from a 6 state area including trucks from South Dakota down to Arkansas. 
The heads-up class held the weight limits to 4,000 lb minimum for the trucks and ET Bracket at 3,000 lbs. This was to keep the trucks fairly equal in power and weights in the heads-up classes.
During the evening we saw trucks easily hitting the low 7s and some in the 6s in the 1/8 mile, that is some fast full size trucks for diesel or gas.
The action was serious in all of the classes with some major breakage for those trying to push their trucks. It was very entertaining for the crowd that came to watch.
Dylan Grooms in his 2008 Ford F-250 could not be beat at the lights in both heads-up classes and his best run was 6.55 @ 107mph in the 1/8th mile! Congratulations Dylan!
A big thanks goes out to Mike Franks and his family which own US36 Dragway for providing a great rural venue to watch and enjoy this type of an event. The food is great, admission is cheap, kids 12 and under get in free and there is plenty of room to watch the show.
Another big thanks to Revolution Dyno for providing the dyno competition and participating in the first ever DM travel truck race vs Revolution's tow-pig truck! Yes I lost by 4000ths on the final few feet he passed my truck. Of course I blame my driver, Matt Gilmore of throwing the race lol! Believe me it was the truck, I use this to travel to events and is still running stock injectors, pump etc. I ended up giving Jeremy the shirt off of my back for winning the race!
We had lots of fun and everyone talked late into the night with each other about the wins and losses!
MO Truck Shootout II
ET Bracket
Ricky Adams - gas - Champion
Trevor Sims - diesel - 2nd

Headsup - Diesel vs Gas
Dylan Grooms - diesel - Champion
Justin Daniel - diesel - 2nd

Unlimited - Diesel vs Diesel
Dylan Grooms - Champion
Dylan Goacher - 2nd

Evolution Dyno Competition
Highest HP
Dodge - Delton Thompson
Ford - Andrew Morton
Chevy/GM - Kirk Berridge

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Diesel performance is a rural sport . . . DIESEL Motorsports!

Across the Midwest from Nebraska to Pennsylvania in any rural town you will see our diesel enthusiasts in their lifted trucks sporting big wheels/tires, stacks/big exhaust and lots of power. It is a rural sport for a couple of reasons.

One, have you ever tried to drive and park downtown in a 21 foot truck that is tall? Many parking spaces at malls are not even measured to fit our trucks plus the underground garages do not allow our trucks in even if they fit.

Two, our enthusiasts use their trucks for work, play and even for their family activities. Whether it's farming, automotive, hauling or pulling a trailer they use their trucks all year long. Could they buy a smaller truck that gets better mileage? Sure they could but then they could not pull or haul what they need for work.

That is why DIESEL Motorsports holds all of our events in rural areas of the country. People who work and use their trucks for a living understand the loud running, sometimes smoke blowing diesel trucks that you find at our events.

You move the rural people and show to the big city and in the past there are many who do not understand the diesel lifestyle! In fact they are appalled by the smoke, noise and the large trucks that use lots of fuel.

With the current political status the smoky diesels are seen as a real negative in the cities even though the car exhausts(millions) are the reason for their pollution. But you can not see their exhaust but you can when a semi blows out a little smoke.

The EPA is being literally fueled by the OEMs not wanting diesel truck owners messing with their systems, even though it may be an improvement in performance and mileage. The OEMs want ALL changes to their vehicles(they have tried to get government to recognize it as their vehicle) done by their dealerships. Even though you have bought and own the truck they are claiming the technology and actual mechanical portion of the truck is theirs and cannot be changed because of Patent laws.

This has been overturned currently and would result in loss of MANY jobs and business considering the number of garages, part stores, distributors and private dealerships.

Yep the sport was started at rural fairgrounds and cities and that is where they understand the use and acknowledge the upgrades in performance in a diesel.

Can you move the sport to the masses in the city? 

Sure just be ready for the backlash of those who DO NOT KNOW what diesels are used for in today's business world.

See you at our events in the rural cities!

DIESEL Motorsports

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Buckeye Diesel Blast review & results - DIESEL Motorsports!

This event started in Zanesville Ohio by a good friend and DIESEL Motorsports Director Chuck Rucker of New Era Diesel over 10 years ago. Chuck and Tracy ran the show at their local fairgrounds as a sled pull where many of the Ohio pullers came to have some fun with their diesels. They ran it there a couple of years and then moved it to National Trails as part of the then new NADM (DIESEL Motorsports). We held it at National Trails for quite a few years until the track start to fall apart. 

We now hold it at Marion County International Raceway owned by the same family since it opened in the 1970s. Many big names have raced there like Garlits, Mongoose and Force, it is interesting to go inside of their tower and look at the old photos when these names were starting to build the sport.

This track is in the middle of nowhere surrounded by cornfields but no one cares if our diesels burn rubber, blow smoke and make a little noise day or night. A perfect place to hold a friendly get together of Ohio diesel trucks to watch a few compete and look at each other's trucks for inspiration.

You could not have asked for a better day than September 24th in Ohio, cool in the morning and pleasant during the day! DIESEL Motorsports started out with slicks only racing which had some fast trucks but very few showed up for letting them have a prepped surface for four hours by themselves. This shows the really fast trucks still are in small numbers and continue to struggle to run down the tracks. We did see some high speed runs by Bruce Block (winner 149 mph) and Lavon Mill/Firepunk (2nd 159mph)!

It was a different story for the regular street trucks in racing and pulling in the Work Stock class. There we're trucks coming ion all day long for the afternoon and evening competitions. The Mothers Show-N-Shine had some really nice trucks along with some beautiful 1st Generation Dodges.

The pulling had some very high end Work Stock trucks but the winner was 71 year old John Shew from Indiana in his dually Dodge out pulling everyone with 304.08 feet. The track was a little wet and messy but it was the same for everyone and we had more than one full pull for those who knew how to work the track.

The Semi trucks put on a great show which we saved for last pulling well over 300 feet by many of the trucks. It was a late night for those who showed up at 9am and leaving around 10pm but it was a diesel day for enthusiasts and competitors.

Diesel Motorsports wants to thank Mark and Kelly at Marion County International Raceway for having us back for the Buckeye Diesel Blast for 2016! It was a beautiful day with lots of trucks, families and great diesel competition from some unbelievable trucks! This is always a fun event with lots of corn, sunshine and food! Below the winners of the day's activities!

A big thank you to Fuelab, G&R Diesel, Action Exhaust, Diesel Life, Firepunk and Tater Built for being the sponsors and vendors!

Buckeye Diesel Blast Winners 2016
Unlimited Drag Racing
Bruce Block - Champion
Lavon Miller - Runner-up
12.0 Index Drag Racing
Larson Miller - Champion
Karl Mireiter - Runner up
ET Bracket Drag Racing
Larson Miller - Champion
Kyle Mireiter - Runner-up
Top Diesel Drag racing
Greg Hogue - Champion
Sled Pulling
Semi Class
Rodney Horton 374.01
Paul Davis 353.01
Pat Altenbach 349.03
Jeff McCullough 337.09
Mark Scott 309.01
Mitchell Scott 307.11
Kevin Oldham 298.07
Don Aiken 290.07
Rodney Horton 256.11
2.6/3.0 Class
Joe Slingluff 360
Brian Shew 326.02
Dan Constantine 305.08
Gregg Temple 298.04
Zac McClellan 296.01
Jesse Warren Broke
2.5 Class
Doug Linden 303.02
Derick Amos 297.08
james etgen 294.01
John Sherman 286.02
Ryan Kunkle 282.06
Mason Cartright 281.02
Scott House 268.1
Todd Etgen 258
Jeff Meese 251.08
Doug Wilson 240.1
Clifford T Scott 224.11
Tater Built Work Stock Class
John Shew 304.08
Woody Heiman 299.11
Trevor Hill 294.11
Brock Rohrs 294.02
Josh Rose 288.09
Eric Rychener 286.04
Drew Maple 284.09
Mark Banister 281.05
Kyle Wert 281
Danny Tittle 278.1
Daniel Murray 276.02
Shawn Bell 275
JJ Holden 273.1
Manny Morckle 270.11
Zach Frazier 266.03
Zach Peabody 266.02
Mike Peabody 264.04
Jeff Meese 263.07
Tyson Emmerion 261.04
John Trowbridge 258
Doug Wilson 256
John Saunders 255.06
Curtis Trent 252.09
Cody Camstock 238.05
Tucker Burson 236.07
John Heiselman 234.11
Karl Miremer 200
Mothers Show-N-Shine
Best of Show
Jason Kistler - Orange 2001 Silverado
Best Dodge
Tanner Huntsman - 1993 Dodge Ram Black/White
Best Ford
Tom Schuman - 2010 Ford F-250 Red

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rollin Coal on the Streets - all the talk!

Several people sent me another article written by people who know nothing about our sport or the diesel industry. Yes it was centered around the few kids blowing large amounts of black smoke all over a crowd or a Prius at a stop light.

In the article they described it as a new fun thing to do by people who tune their trucks just for shooting out black smoke on people and they attacked the sled pulling sport by saying that is where the root of the problem lies.

Obviously this person did little research since diesel truck sled pulling is now going on close to 20 years by some of the older pulling people in the sport. It's funny they talked about diesel trucks blowing black smoke and showed a tractor pulling. Tractor pulling has been a sport for over 50 years so they totally got that wrong.

They are a bit late and behind the ball on reporting this since it was at it's peak around 2005 when many young people were Rollin Coal and brought attention to the diesel truck industry. As the diesel trucks became more electronic tuned it was quite easy to dial up or down the fuel consumption when you needed it for power or play.

When 2008 rolled into production with the new EPA Diesel Particulate Filter installed the truck enthusiasts quickly removed these and re-tuned their computers. They were having to re-tune the computer anyway when they changed the size of the tires in order to match the speedometer and rpm gauges.

Now this was still a cottage industry and mostly rural by most counts, the farmers were requiring dealers (many still do) to remove the DPFs because it was overheating and catching their fields and trucks on fire. The rural owners started to tune them up for sled pulling and drag racing then dialing them down for the streets when they want better mpg.

As always things got out of hand and many people saw they could make millions of dollars of changing and tuning the newer trucks. The government decided to step in around 2011-12 and put an end to people changing their own vehicles for their purpose. It took them close to four years to do so.

The regular diesel maintenance and performance industry all warned them to not do this and draw attention to the vehicles. But some did not listen and some did in the industry. When the large tuning companies openly advertised DPF delete kits and tuning it really brought the government down on them quickly. By the end of 2012 all the tuning companies were under attack by the EPA and many faced stiff fines.

Now understand the diesel performance industry along with trucking companies that delivers your groceries, plows your streets and collects your trash still has to operate daily. Many diesel shops were hurt by the action taken by the EPA. But the stronger diesel shops remained open because of the maintenance part of the business.

Many do not know that quality diesel shops refuse to do the smoke "lope" tune because it is a sign of poor tuning. Many do no know that DIESEL Motorsports has had a "no smoke street policy" for over 9 years.

The events we hold throughout the country is like the NHRA giving racers a legal place to burn tires, blow smoke, and compete in a private legal environment. Our classes racing and pulling have competitors who trailer their competition vehicles into the event. These are not licensed for the street and I for one can tell you it would not be a pleasant ride down the street in these vehicles.

Just like any competition vehicles the trucks are for competition only and DO NOT fall under EPA guidelines for smoking. Many of the photos shown in the article were trailered vehicles which were not licensed for street.

STOP our performance industry and millions of dollars and jobs will cease in this country that has made a legend of customizing your vehicle, racing or showing your vehicle as a sport. GONE would be the NHRA, IHRA, NASCAR, Monster trucks, circle track racing, mudding, BAJA racing, off-road racing, sled pulling and the list is long!

Do diesel people like performance in their truck, yes we do just like performance gas people! Do we like the environment? YES we do because many are rural people who farm, fish, hunt and camp out. If you ask 90% of the people at our diesel events they would tell you smoking people out is not cool!

So let's respect fellow drivers on the street no matter what vehicle they are in and leave the competition diesels at the track where we can provide a legal place to compete.

We want to draw positive attention to our sport, not negative by someone who has no knowledge of how much diesel vehicles are in our work force and industries.