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Friday, July 21, 2017

Diesels on the East Coast - REPORT!

East Coast Diesel Nationals - Numidia Dragway July 15th - Report

You know we make the claim of this show is the "Largest DIESEL only show on the East Coast"! Sure there are other shows that are bigger but they include gas vehicles, tractors and other race vehicles.

DIESEL Motorsports was started to give the 3/4 and 1 ton diesel pickup their own shows along with their own ruleset. Again the diesel lifestyle is a family event where the people who attend all use diesel vehicles in their life working, playing and hauling!

The East Coast Diesel Nationals was started because we were told there was diesel people on the East Coast who did not have their own show. That was 9 years ago and this year's event was bigger than previous years. We saw some high power trucks that were built this last winter for racing and pulling. 

It rained cats and dogs on Thursday and Friday before the event dropping 4 inches of rain on top of the mountain in Numidia. Thank goodness Numidia Dragway is on top of a mountain and rain runs down hill. Not only was it beautiful on Saturday with 80 degrees temperatures and low humidity but no rain in sight. In fact we had to add water to the pulling track and it still dried out by the end of pulling.








DIESEL Motorsports has been at this venue for nine years and every year we still see new diesel enthusiasts along with new trucks that are built for competition during the day. This year DIESEL Motorsports saw some very nice twin and triple turbo diesels running in the heads-up Unlimited drag class. Over 12 trucks ran in that class with most running in the 10s in the quarter mile.

The final run between Greg Alberalla and Nick Eklund was classic drag racing with both trucks running in the low 10s. Greg took the win running 139.43 mph when something in Nick's truck blew toward the end of the track.

It was like this all day long between the racing and pulling classes with some nice high powered trucks. Even in sled pulling where in the 2.6/3.0 class Jesse warren to 1st place with his 2004 Ford F350 with a 6.0 engine which is a first at any of our pulling competitions. That truck flat out run tough against some regulars who win most of the time! Congrats Jesse on a great pull under some beautiful skies.

Also need to point out Caleb Hermann winning 1st in the 2.5 pulling class for the 2nd year in a row with 18 trucks competing in the class. This is no easy feat with so many strong trucks in the class. 

This facility is one of the few places where DIESEL Motorsports runs the racing at the same time as the pulling classes in the afternoon. Many fans line both sides of the track watching the action on both sides with non-stop action. We want to thank the Dimino family for providing such a nice setting for our yearly event at Numidia Dragway.

The list of winners are listed below and photos can be seen at the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/Diesel-Motorsports-195139160520323/

Winners;
Drag Racing
ET Bracket
Champion – Dennis Harnish – R.020 I12.72/12.823, MPH 99.64
2nd – Ernie Barkman – R.149 I14.14/14.178, MPH 94.22
Quick Diesel 12.0 Index
Champion – Brian Dolly – R.306 I12.0/12.059, MPH 111.92
2nd – Ryan Westrick – R.325 I12.0/12.154, MPH 97.76
Unlimited Heads-up
Champion – Greg Alberalla – R.577 T10.043, MPH 139.43
2nd – Nick Eklund – R.625 T10.284, MPH 132.75
Sled Pulling
2.6/3.0 Class
1. Jesse Warren, Ford 6.0, 347.8
2. Jon Manns, 340.94
3. Caleb Griffith, 335.45
4. Jay Hill, 335.22
5. Jeremy Urey, 332.81
6. Curvin Zimmerman, 330.46
7. Michael Garafalo, 327.83
8. Josh Hayes, 317.17
9. Joseph Hemm, 316.75
10. Trent Hbare, 314.57
11. Tyler Albert, 308.98
12. Jake Slinguff, 304.98
13. Joe Gaughan, 301.14
14. Brandon Porzik, 271.52
15. Brian Robbins, 266.25
16. David Jacobs, 262.42
17. Dan Paolhamus, 199.34
18. Kevin Panacok, 164.02
19. Greg Walker, 60.92
20. Justin Gordan
2.5 Class
1. Caleb Herman, 350.38
2. Joe Gaughan, 347.29
3. Tom Hassler, 335.39
4. Gregg Talbot, 333.33
5. Nick Wenger, 328.84
6. Joshua Bordas, 326.87
7. Ross Harter, 323.95
8. Richard Abare, 320.70
9. Benny Stone, 313.68
10. Brandon Porzik, 311.04
11. Travis Richards, 309.51
12. Chuck Dutter, 305.50
13. Nate Faust, 303.36
14. Gregg Slinguff, 295.69
15. Nathan Stiller, 288.72
16. Jesse Young, 273.90
17. Todd Young, 57.40
Tractor Class
1. Kevin Utt, 339.03
2. Adam Diaz, 333.56
3. Vern Zerby, 329.66
4. Jeff Mikloicle, 324.23
5. Cole Forrester, 322.72
6. Steve Beckley, 316.82
7. Corey Davis, 311.03
8. Vern Zerby, 308.21
9. Vern Zerby, 306.37
10. Rick Havck, 284.97
11. Vern Zerby, 284.38
12. Cole Forrester, 181.85
Hot Work Stock
1. Tom Hassler, 328.47
2. Matt Thomas, 311.55
3. Greg Talbot, 310.67
4. Ross Harter, 291.09
5. Tom Bonaquist, 284.86
6. Brandon Fairchild, 280.48
7. Mark Fessler, 279.11
8. Nick Wenger, 278.85
9. Ben Gelsinger, 274.79
10. James Westervett, 272.51
11. Nate Faust, 265.35
12. Ben George, 247.20
13. Rick Abare, 231.09
Work Stock Class
1. Ben Gelsinger, 300.10
2. Justin Horst, 295.45
3. Cisco Raffi, 286.68
4. Brock Welliver, 286.31
5. Anthony Stroup, 283.50
6. Logan Hackenburg, 278.38
7. Lonnie Horst, 273.92
8. Scott Wood, 241.33
9. Ronald Shrouds, 227.46
10. Michael Beyrouty, 101.24
Show-N-Shine
Best of Show – Matt Preist
Best Dmax – Derek Bedway
Best Ford – Austin Galante
Best Dodge – Sam Garafalo
Best Rat Rod/Vintage – BJ Keiffer
Dyno Competition
Highest Horsepower – Mark Vanadia – HP1213/T1694
Best Ford - Mark Vanadia – HP1213/T1694
Best Dmax – Mike Carpenter – H998/T1766
Best Dodge – Greg Heikel – H680/T1204


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Anti-Diesel Movement - but who will deliver the groceries???

For years the diesel fueled engines have built America to what it is today! The roads and highways were built with diesel engine equipment and still maintained today by diesel equipment. Semi trucks deliver our groceries to local stores daily with diesel trucks!

Lumber and concrete are delivered to building sites for homes, buildings and parking garages by diesel vehicles. Many trains are still powered by diesel that deliver the goods for the diesel semis to take them to the stores! Most of our military equipment is powered by diesel in order to protect our country!

Even down to the local contractors that pull small trailers to building sites with their diesel trucks so their workers have the proper equipment. Much of the service industry uses diesel vehicles from local lawn service to Fedex and UPS!

So if we get rid of all of the diesel vehicles will our business infrastructure come to a stand still?



The typical question I get is why diesel and why not gas or even electric?

Diesel engines produce something in the power that gas and electric cannot come close to reproducing called torque! Torque is needed for pulling and hauling large loads while still getting moderate mileage out of the fuel. Diesel engines can pull twice what a gas engine can, get twice the MPG and not wear out (gas 120,000, diesel 500,000 miles).

Businesses use diesel for a reason, it is MORE efficient for what the equipment does for their functions. Why buy a truck that can only last a year hauling 120,000 miles that gets half the MPG of a diesel vehicle that will go 500,000 miles?

Electric is not even close plus the mileage issue is huge, 180 miles between charges (overnite) and the charge for the electricity to charge is equal to what you spend on gas or diesel. The torque is no where even close to gas or diesel for work. Is it environment friendly? How do you think the electricity was produced to charge the vehicle - coal turbines from your local electric company. Coal brought to the company by diesel vehicles.

So when I get the stink eye from industry people about our DIESEL Motorsports for the people who use these vehicles for work and pleasure, I wonder if they even think about just how much diesel is used to maintain their current lifestyle?

Streets repaired, snow plowed, groceries delivered, lawns and parks mowed, garbage pickup, recycling pickup and oh my the list goes on and on for many parts of the country.

I think diesels are used for a reason and people enjoy their diesel vehicles for a reason. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Turbo swap done daily for sled pulling! What is up with this???

I was told this last week by two different state clubs that pullers are now carrying two turbos in their garages so they can swap them out depending on which sled pull they are going to that evening. Which pull classes are the locals going to hold and which class is paying more so they can compete.

So NOW the sport is even more expensive by owning two different turbos and swapping them out before the shows. Plus the local guy who cannot afford two turbos has to compete on the same level.

That is why DIESEL Motorsports came up with the Hot Work Stock Class!

You can compete with a powerful setup with a street truck then drive back home once the pull is over. The ruleset by local and state clubs are a mess and we as a National group are now changing in every state so trucks can pull.


DM wants all trucks to pull but they have to be somewhat equal to each other or the competition is not fair for those who are trying to follow the rules.

Example: I had a young puller at the last pull complain he did not pass tech for 2.5 and was not satisfied with bumping up to 2.6 ( yelling, screaming, calling names etc.). I calmly asked what was the issue from the tech, he told me (tech was correct) and I then asked if he had read the rules online for free? I even offered his pulling fee back which he didn't take.

Well NO he replied, he drove 2 hours to get there without reading the rules and told me his local pull let him pass. There is the problem, his local friend let's him pull with an advantage over the other pullers.

Believe us when we try to fit everyone in for pulling but it is better to get one person upset with us than the entire class who does follow the rules. But what does everyone hear about is the guy yelling!

The rules are so messed up by other organizations who tend to favor tractors and not trucks. We are trying to accommodate all diesel trucks because we want the sport to continue with local pullers.

Please read the rules and understand when we ask to comply, I do post warnings several times before each event to read the rules for free so you can decide what class would be best to pull.

Monday, June 26, 2017

More vendors or protect our sponsors???

The diesel marketplace is actually pretty small or vertical compared to the gas hot rod performance market. Since I have worked both I know how big the other can be so the vendors and/or sponsors DIESEL Motorsports invites to the events sometimes are controlled.

I was asked at the last event why do we not have more vendors? It depends on whether I want to let our sponsor's competitors into the event. That is normally who wants to sign to come into the event since our sponsors can display for free because they sign on a yearly basis.






Now many of our sponsors rely on DIESEL Motorsports to display their products at our DM sponsor's tent usually manned by the DM girls! It is very expensive to come out to events and travel to our rural settings so many rely on us to display their products. That is part of our marketing package to be able to do this for our sponsors.

Many come to two or thee during the year depending on who they have on staff or local representatives. When a large DM show is near an established market many competitors of our sponsors call local diesel shops or businesses and ask them to sign on as a vendor. That vendor brings products into our show that is different or competes with our sponsors.

We don't mind competition when the vendor still shows our sponsor's products and their competitors, but when they show nothing but our sponsor's competitor product then it is a blatant attempt to undermine our marketing efforts.

We tend to remain loyal to our yearly and monthly sponsors who have supported us  and our sport for years. Yes we could take in others and let them fight it out but then DM loses credibility with our longtime sponsors.

DM has carefully picked top quality products and services for our sponsors so it's not like we took the highest bidder or who offers the most dollars per event.  It is an investment for a longtime relationship.

DM watches and chooses who comes into the show as a vendor and if they are legitimate then there is no problem, if they are trying to undermine our sponsor's efforts then we do step-in to control.

Stop by our sponsor tent and view the great products that our sponsors offer for the diesel market. Most are available at most WDs and storefronts for diesels.

I do think many of our sponsor's products dominate in the diesel marketplace.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

DIESELS at Mainstream Hot Rod Power Tour 2017!

One of the largest custom hot rod shows of the year started in Kansas City this year, the Hot Rod Power Tour!


It has been many years since it has been here and especially the start of the tour starting at the KC Chief's Arrowhead Stadium this last weekend. Many of my photos are from early Saturday morning before over 5,000 custom rods and many more people showed up during the day.






By the time I left in the afternoon it was completely packed with people, custom rods, cars and trucks from all over the country. To me it was a have to be there showing off diesel trucks and our industry.

I have been to these before the diesel sport become popular and this is lots of fun to visit with enthusiasts from all over the country. Many had interest in the diesels who were there and asking a lot of questions about the modifications.

I passed out goody bags from our sponsors and some DIESEL Motorsports swag to some diesel enthusiasts. I took some time to walk through the vendor area where most was for the hot rod gas market but I did see a couple of diesel related vendors.

Any time I can talk and show the diesel motorsports venue to other performance enthusiasts it is a plus for our sport. Many do not even know there is a sport of diesel pickups 3/4 and 1 ton trucks racing and pulling at events.


Again it is a chance to reach the mainstream performance market showing what we find exciting and fun with our trucks. If you have a chance to go for a day at one of the stops please venture out to do so for the experience.

http://www.hotrod.com/events/power-tour/


Monday, June 5, 2017

NEW Hot Work Stock Class! Who can compete?

We have heard over the last few years from competitors they want pulling like it used to be

Drive to the event, make a few adjustments and pull for the night! Have some fun, meet some diesel people and then drive back home the next day!

Well, we actually listened to the enthusiasts and developed a new class that can include street trucks in their own pulling class!

Hot Work Stock!



Work Stock has gone back to true STOCK turbos and the NEW Hot Work Stock is for turbos plugging 2.60 with no hanging weights. Pure HOT street trucks who can pull down the track with no worries!

So how many of you will seize the opportunity in front of you?

Read the rules (www.Dieselmotorsports.US), build your truck for the class and come to compete! Then ask your local pulling groups to add the class to their programs and adopt our rules for safety.

Hoping to see a lot of street trucks pulling this summer!

Monday, May 22, 2017

What does the Summer hold for diesel trucks?

The faster trucks are finally taking the ways of gasser NHRA fast vehicles and finding ways to drop weight, lower the truck and use of superior suspensions for stability! It's only natural since for the past 10 years normal diesel trucks have tried to push for faster speeds without much progress, maybe a second or more.

However, in doing so they have reached licensed NHRA limits and now have to follow Pro Stock guidelines which takes them out of the truck category and puts them in the drag vehicle class. These guidelines are sanctioned by SFI which is the same as our sanctioning body and insurance.

Nothing wrong with this approach since it the proper way to go faster but the street trucks still have to follow the licensed class for truck guidelines.



The street trucks buys the parts from our sponsors who keeps the sport alive through their sponsorships. Even sled pulling has gone through a transformation of tractor organizations no longer wanting to tech turbos on trucks so a uniform turbo is introduced. This is fine again which makes the playing field more equal among pullers, however it leaves the street guys out in the cold.

That is why DIESEL Motorsports came up with the Hot Work Stock class and made the original Work Stock Class a pure stock turbo specification. The street trucks is what is going to expand and keep the sport alive!


Street trucks deserve a place to compete and DIESEL Motorsports welcomes all street trucks for racing, pulling and show-n-shine!

See you at the shows in under a month at Haisley Thunder in Muncie June 16/17th!