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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!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Diesel is ALIVE & WELL in the middle of the country! DIESEL Motorsports

I just finished a couple of weeks of diesel event activities here in the Midwest and I can tell you the interest in diesel performance is not wavering one little bit in the rural areas.


I traveled 5 hours up to Kearney Nebraska to help with the Nebraska Diesel Show's efforts at an all weekend gathering from a 5 state area of young people who enjoy their diesels. After a cold winter the rural crowd is ready to blow off some steam and smoke with their diesels at the Kearney Raceway Park. It was quite the crowd on a sunny day with 80 degree temperatures.



The quality of diesel trucks grow and become better every year we have helped sanction this show, this will be the third year. This tells me they come and compare with others what is being done to their trucks, then they go home and work on their own trucks.

This past weekend was two separate pulls in Missouri both with great turnouts held by good promoters with both being benefit pulls. Pullers had their pick of good payouts at both and many of the trucks came to compete.

I have been to the Tipton pull before and can tell you the little town of 800 people grows to 4,000 in one night at their fairgrounds in the middle of town. This pull lasts from 7pm to at least 1 am with many classes of tractors and trucks.

The MBF King of the hIll is another memorial benefit pull where lots of trucks show up for fun in Pleasant Hill and all proceeds go to a scholarship fund. This is always a favorite and also had great payouts for the year.

I also hear a lot of people did not yet have their trucks done which is always the case early in the Spring but the Summer days are quickly approaching so those still building need to hurry!

Check out local events and make sure to come and support the sport!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Smoking trucks on the street and the track . . .???

No, yes, and some  . . .

Many brick and mortar shops now refuse to do the so called "lope tune" so a truck will smoke. It is bad tuning and they show back up and want to know why their truck won't run correctly after 6 months - it's because the system is clogged with fuel deposits! DIESEL Motorsports has had a no street smoke policy for over 8 years and many of our professional competitors agree it is bad for the sport.

However, when they get to the track racing, pulling or dyno competition the truck owners can turn up their tuners and compete at high horsepower levels. This is the grey area that gets the people upset with licensed vehicles!




With trucks before mid-2007 it is not a problem because of the original equipment on the truck, that is why so many older trucks have high resale values. After 2007 the trucks would be considered illegal under current EPA laws. However, many states do not have emission laws that cover the same laws and the vehicles are licensed by the states. It is a grey area to say the least because in the farming states these legal systems on the trucks have caused fire damages for many farmers or workers who leave their trucks on idle in open fields.

Many industry people don't understand most diesel truck owners buy a programmer so they can get better mileage when hauling a trailer (more air than fuel) and when they need power for hills or passing (more fuel) they can control the power for efficiency.

There is a small group who in year's past have used this grey area to smoke people or roll coal as it is called on people and Prius vehicles.

The majority of the diesel truck owners use their trucks for work, family and pleasure that do not abuse the grey area - in fact a large majority!

So in states with no emission or very little guidelines, the truck owners can go to rural events (tracks, fairs, etc) and use their trucks for a lifestyle pleasure and compete using it to race or pull!

Trucks with power, 4x4 and can haul their family for get-togethers to view other trucks, watch competing trucks and grill, drink a few cold ones plus enjoy the conversation.

Sounds like a good time in a controlled safe environment!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Do diesel trucks smoke during competition???

Yes, yes and getting better . . .

Offroad competitions are held at drag strips or fairgrounds (sled pulling) with 3/4 and 1 ton diesel pickups! This is legal under EPA guidelines and safe under SFI rules for diesel truck drag racing and sled pulling.

Do the trucks smoke? Yes, part of the excitement of sled pulling is the smoke! It is like the fire belching monster truck eater, it is part of the show for entertainment. Saying that, you must know 4 of the 5 sled pulling classes are trailered in for competition. That means the trucks are not licensed for the street use, nor would you want to ride in one on the streets. Most have all of the suspension removed or blocked and they ride very rough.






Pulling dates back to rural county fairs with horse pulling, then came the tractors, and now the diesel trucks! It is part of the rural lifestyle of using the trucks during a work week and how much can you pull with it!

It is no different than the emissions put out by methane fueled race cars or high-end dragsters. The racing industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that has help build the America auto industry.

In drag racing there is many that do blow smoke but again 3 of the 4 classes are trailered in for competition, which makes them legal under current guidelines. Many drag trucks are cleaning up the emissions so they are getting better!

It is in the tuning technology along with important engine components that control the smoke emissions and one day what our talented diesel shops are doing will be used in domestic diesel cars.

So when companies say we don't want to get involved with DIESELS because of the smoke, then are they forgetting the gases released into the ozone with gas modified race cars?

These are MODIFIED competition vehicles that smoke at competitions.

Tomorrow, part III of smoke in competition diesels!