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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

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Diesel Shops VS Diesel Web Sites for parts?

Where do you want to buy parts for your diesel truck?

A local diesel shop or a web site when you are looking for a part to be replaced or upgraded on your truck, that seems to be an issue.

If you are doing the repair yourself you may want to consider a web site where you can find the most competitive price. However, if you install it incorrectly or have warranty issues there may be a problem.

If you take it to a shop to honor the warranty they will turn it away since you did not buy it from them. If you want your install repaired they will charge full price and most likely replace the part if it is damaged with their part.

If you call the web site where you bought it many will take returns but not if it is damaged or they may refer you to the manufacturer for warranty. Many long time web sites have qualified diesel people to talk to about installation, repairs and returns.

Some do not and will consider the sale final plus refer you to the manufacturer for warranty. Sometimes there is a price for buying the cheapest price/part!

The local diesel shop makes very little profit from a part sale so don't expect the cheapest price from them. They cannot compete with large web sites because they have overhead of a building and equipment.

However, you can expect first hand experience of what will work with your truck, the install and most will not only honor the part warranty but also their work on the truck. It is their integrity that is on the line and they will do their best to make sure your truck is running properly and will continue to operate.

Many shops I know turn away work on trucks who have bought the part elsewhere, why repair somebody else mistake. Again, their work on a truck must speak for their quality and longevity in the business.

Even if you are a DIY you may want to consider buying the parts from a local shop since they can offer their experience on the install even if you are doing it. Then if something goes wrong they will honor the warranty and most will help you fix the install.

Again the local shops have much higher overhead with a large building, lifts, tools and paying experienced employees to repair vehicles.

Parts are available everywhere since most outlets NOW carry most diesel truck parts including the bigger WDs and web sites including Amazon.

Think about what you are buying, the old saying "let the buyer beware" goes a long way when considering what you are getting. You do get what you pay for many times depending on what you want for your truck.

As with any performance parts and especially OEM parts, if your truck is used in competition that warranty most likely will be voided! This has been the norm in the industry since the beginning of racing or pulling.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

UPDATE: Pulling Classes for 2018! DIESEL Motorsports

As a National Association that is SFI certified we try to include all classes represented across the United states since they are different depending on where you re at in the country. Doing so make it difficult to include all local rules but we have tried to make it a safe sport besides being fair and competitive without excluding someone's truck.

Saying that we cannot satisfy everyone but we have tried to keep it fair for all involved. The MAIN goal is to let EVERYONE pull who wants to pull their truck as long as it is safe based on their Horsepower. We do require at least 8 trucks minimum to make a class to make it a fair pull for everyone.

Work Stock - Performance upgrades allowed but it must have stock turbo! Licensed street truck, drivers license, street tires, no weights, no hood stack.

HOT Work Stock - same as above but larger turbos up to a 2.55 plug with all safety equipment for the HP, no weights, no hood stacks, street license truck

2.5 Turbo - Same as last year

2.6 Turbo - Same as last year

2.6 Smooth Bore - Same as last year

3.0 Smooth Bore - Same as last year

3.0 Turbo - Same as last year

3.6 - Same as last year

3.6 Smooth bore - Same as last year

Modified - Same as last year

Semis - Same as last year

All rules can be found at

All trucks will be teched before pull by SFI certified techs!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How BAD or Good is current DIESEL fuel???

Today's diesel fuel at most outlets is a very low quality if you compare it to the diesel fuel in European countries (source Shell Fuel). 

Today's diesel fuel is a stripped down version of the European diesel fuel and even watered down with bio fuel depending on which state you are traveling through when purchasing fuel. The stations have less maintenance than before and much of the fuel has water content in it and some even add that to it.

Do you wonder why after 20,000 miles your diesel truck doesn't seem to have the same power or pickup like it used to just months before? 

It's the fuel sediments and gum content clogging up the entire system, the injection pump, the injectors, etc. It's the unburned sediments left by the bad fuel especially if you run your truck in heavy traffic and low speeds that eventually can damage your truck's engine components.

I tell all diesel enthusiasts to run additives in their fuel at least every other tank! That is why DIESEL Motorsports have partnered and are happy to announce the Peak/Blue Diesel additives as a NEW sponsor.

These experts know what they are talking about since Peak produces such industry standards like Blue Def, Final Charge and Fleet Charge.

This NEW line of diesel additives are as follows: Blue All Season Diesel Boost, Cold Weather Diesel Anti-Gel, Cold Weather Emergency Diesel Thaw, Clear Guard, Micro-B-Gone and Agri-Clean!

I had a local diesel shop test it on their 2012 Dodge shop truck, and after just 2 weeks of using the Blue All Season Boost they found a quicker response from their truck along with an additional 2 mpg according to their truck data!

This will tell you how important it is for your truck is by the exhaust and the performance from your truck. I even tested it in my old 12v Cummins Dodge and found it had a quicker response and the exhaust cleaned up when I stomped on the pedal. Now it still smoked a little because it has over 268,000 miles on it but there was a lot less than before I put the additive in the tank.

Yes it is expensive to add more to it at every full tank but how long do you want your motor and components to last?

Again I tell people at least every other tank should keep your truck clean and running efficient. Come by our shows and DIESEL Motorsports booth, we will have samples this year!

Or you can pick this new additive up at local stores that normally carry diesel additives such as:
O'Reilly, TSC Tractor, Menards, Orschlein, Home Depot and Auto Zones.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Keeping your cool while running HOT! NEW SPAL fans for DIESELS!

I have seen many hot diesels run during racing or pulling and then they need to line up again for the next run or pass but their engine is too hot!

Only time can cool off the hot engine unless you have a very powerful fan system or separate cooling system. Having your truck run again before cool down can do damage to engine components or even engine failure.

Mounting a larger custom fan that does not fit your current fan shroud can be tricky but anyone with simple fabrication skills can change their fan setup with some NEW brushless fans that can bring unbelievable cooling power to your engine.

Many of the current fan applications fit current shrouds and they come with their own plug-in wiring, sensor and variable speed switch so you can turn it higher and higher for ultimate cooling effect.

Being brushless brings many advantages along with quiet and made for high speeds for long periods of time. These fans will literally knock you over if turned up all the way. I saw these at a trade show and asked if they had them for trucks?

They are OEM fans for Ferraris and Corvettes plus many other high-end vehicles. They have now configured these for our truck market and can be bought from different distributors for those who want to keep their high horse-power diesel cool running or during runs!

Available in a couple of configurations - 

300W - brushless - variable speed
10" to 16" - 1800-2400 CFM

500W - brushless - variable speed
14 & 16 fans - 2800 CFM

Complete wiring harness for plug-in ease along with sensors
Kit 185 FH & 196 FH

Designed to safely integrate 
with OEM wiring, our harness 
kits feature a waterproof 
40/50 Amp relay along with 
labeled wires which help to 
ease installation. 
Kits includes (1) - 3/8'' NPT (National Pipe Thread) and stainless steel switches with optional switched override capability. Kits are available with or without thermoswitch. Please note, the 185FH and 195FH kits are sold separately. 

These fans and kits can install on the trucks so you can have high-output for cooling while the truck is running or when engine is off so you can turn up the fans to full capacity to quickly cool the engine down.

FINALLY a high power fan for our high power trucks!

These can be purchased at:

Monday, December 4, 2017

Why is the PRI Show different from SEMA? DIESEL Motorsports!

The PRI Show (Performance Race Industry) is starting this week in Indianapolis Indiana and will attract many shop owners from the Midwest and beyond. Even though SEMA now owns the PRI Show it is a totally different show since it is strictly for the performance and race industry.

Yes it is a trade show not open to the public, however if you compete with your vehicle with one of the sanctioning bodies you can attend the show. All shops, garages, speed shops and automotive businesses are welcome to attend. 

For three days downtown Indianapolis is packed and parking is at a premium along with hotel rooms. Parking last year was as far away as 10 blocks from the Convention Center. It is a well attended show if the weather cooperates which it looks like it will this next week.

DIESEL Motorsports (Booth #1837) has had a booth with the PRI Show since it moved to Orlando and back to Indianapolis which is many years! For many years we were with just a handful of diesel related businesses displaying, currently you can find many diesel performance part manufacturers along with tooling for our industry.

I actually encourage many of our sponsors to display at the PRI show over the SEMA Show since it is in the middle of our diesel performance market. Many shops and competitors come to the PRI Show because it relates more to them over the accessory aftermarket like SEMA in known for in the industry.

The past shows have been packed and since we are in the main performance hall our booth is quite busy for all hours of the day. It helps we have daily promotions we are known for such as free DM tees (limited daily supply) and free decals/swag.

The main purpose for being there is to not only provide information about our next year's schedule and events but also to obtain new sponsors and events from track owners.

DIESEL Motorsports is about branding and selling diesel pickup parts and accessories to the crowds at our events, finding areas with new or larger concentration of diesel trucks and promote the sport of diesel performance with street trucks.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

When will the schedule and sponsors be announced for 2018??? DIESEL Motorsports

I get asked every year the same questions, plus I hear the same humors about us from our competition - for 10 years! It never changes so we ignore the remarks and keep doing what we do best - promote the diesel pickup market and sport.

Every year we release the next year schedule during the month of January, and every year we release the sponsors at the same time.

Diesel Motorsports sponsor's agreements run to December 31st of each year so technically I cannot release new sponsors till after January 1st. It would not be fair to existing sponsors to overlap the spots since some change during the years.

Some companies don't even release their new budgets until February so it does take a while to get approval so we want to include everyone.

The schedule changes every year since we constantly look for new opportunities with events and the market changes yearly as to where the truck market is strong.

Plus DIESEL Motorsports gets many offers from tracks during the PRI Show and it takes us a while to go through those proposals.

The normal events we have done every year has already been posted and those we already have agreements on for 2018.

So yes, everything is business as usual sine we started over 10 years ago, can you believe 2018 will be our 11th year!

We look forward to seeing everyone again this next year!