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Friday, August 12, 2016

What Classes are running for Sled Pulling - DIESEL TRUCKS - DIESEL Motorsports!

This year of all years makes for a mixed up view of what classes are available for pulling. Changes to a long running breakdown of classes by turbo sizes and truck weights gets turned upside down by a organization that favors tractors. There was too many diesel trucks showing up and taking the show attention and time along with money resources. 

So what do you do but change the rules so there are less trucks because of the high cost of making the change. 

DIESEL Motorsports roots comes from pulling with street trucks, driving to the event, changing the tires and then pulling for a fun sport. It was never about the money but having fun doing it.

Over the years the diesel shops got into bringing bigger and better trucks to the events showing what can produce more horsepower and torque. It progressed rather quickly which brought about opportunities for performance part sales among many other drivetrain parts.

Soon the 2.6 became 2.8 and then 2.8 became 3.0 and so on goes the transformation to bigger turbos. Then the bigger turbos crammed into smaller inlets in order to gain power within the classes. It all became grey areas on which turbos were legal or not for the extra 100 hp or inches on the track.

So currently the classes are made for strictly trailered trucks with none being driven to the track and the costs goes higher but the purses seem to be going downward.

We see many trucks up for sale and many of the old guard dropping the sport and those who can no longer afford it. Fewer trucks with no incentive for the young people to jump into the sport.

DIESEL Motorsports is saying "NO" we cannot let this happen! This year is a mixup of classes, work stock is a combination of driven trucks and 2.5 trucks who have dropped down because they want to still have fun with OEM like turbos.

The 2.5 trucks are mostly trailered in and many are the old 2.6 trucks who have dropped back in order to compete with their current truck with items such as hood stacks, hanging weight and a few other exceptions.

DIESEL Motorsports has combined the old 2.6 and the new 3.0 smooth bore into a 2.6/3.0 class. In our rules we call it 2.6 and 2.6 Pro in order to temporarily extend the boundaries to include both trucks into a class.

We have combined the old 3.0 trucks along with the new 3.6 trucks into a combined class along with twin turbo pulling trucks. These trucks are all trailered into events.

Next year we are already planning some big changes in order to make the proper adjustments so the street trucks can easily get into a competitive class for pulling.

We are starting by offing a $1000 1st place purse for Work Stock at the Buckeye Diesel Blast in LaRue OH on September 24 at 6pm. We plan on paying 5-8 places back but holding registration to 50 trucks for the class.

DIESEL Motorsports is about diesel trucks, NOT tractors! Look for the changes after this season has ended and next year's rules for DIESEL TRUCK sled pulling!

Friday, August 5, 2016

SAFETY in racing & pulling - because it can be dangerous - DIESEL Motorsports!

DIESEL Motorsports hears it from all competitors at every event - "why can't I run it's just a small part or equipment needed"! We tech for safety for a reason, a no accident history (knock on wood) is very important in any motorsport.

We turn a few away at events, they get mad and trash us on social media but it is worth it to us when the other 250 plus trucks run with no incidents. Safety equipment saves lives and vehicles!

Proper updating of the equipment will keep you safe when racing or pulling at high horsepower in our diesels. We talk with safety equipment suppliers at least 2-3 times a year on equipment updates and what is available, do you know many of the suppliers will custom make blankets or guards for very little and they are SFI approved.

We see many of our diesel trucks are now running in the 8s in the 1/4 mile using parachutes, do you know after 4-7 deployments the chute should be replaced and the lines attaching it? 

Our techs can not catch everything and the competitor should keep a log on when to update their equipment. If you are now going faster you should check the rules and make the updates to your vehicles. The roll cages and frame certifications should be updated regularly, trucks weigh a lot more than cars and weight difference should be taken into consideration. An SFI updated firesuit is now less than $200, pretty reasonable considering the cost of your diesel truck!

Everyone enjoys watching the sport, and assumes nothing bad can happen at anytime! It can change all so quickly!

DIESEL Motorsports has taken the effort to write our own rules for diesel classes and vehicles. They follow the NHRA and IHRA rules for safety equipment but we have added the extras to include our diesel specific equipment. Plus having the insurance to back up the safety equipment at the same levels of NHRA. 

That is the difference between us and the other promoters in the diesel industry. Many times the purses may or may not be more but we always provide the safety of added expense of insurance and we do pay at the events soon as it is over!

Are we regulated? Yes we are! Are we safe? Yes we are! Please read the rules and invest in proper equipment.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

East Coast Diesel Nationals - Review 2016!

You could have not asked for better weather on top of the mountain at Numidia Dragway on Saturday July 16th. The gates opened at 8am and it was an influx of people all day long to watch diesel pickups compete in drag racing, sled pulling, dyno and show-n-shine. These events are part of the new diesel lifestyle that our fans enjoy within the social media circles.
The trucks lined up early to take passes to test their times down the 1/4 mile track at Numidia dragway. DIESEL Motorsports had three classes running in racing a ET Bracket class, Quick Diesel 12.0 Index class and a heads-up Unlimited Class. Over 80 trucks signed up to race on Saturday which ran until about 4 in the afternoon. 

The sled pulling started around 1:30pm and ran at the same time as the finals in racing right next to each other, so the fans got to watch both from the same seat. This location is the only DIESEL Motorsports can get this done for our fans and competitors.
There was some excitement before the pulling and finals in racing, the crowd got to see two wedding proposals on the starting line of the drag strip. Nick Eklund was called to the line being told his truck had been DQed and needed to be inspected (yes he was in on it)! When I starting to inspect his truck I asked if he had anything to say about this illegal truck? He then proceeded to call Kimi Crawford over and then kneeled down for the proposal!!! 
#2 Proposal Merle Nickel was told to pull up to the line to have his truck photographed as a featured ET truck for the magazines and he had his girlfriend (now fiancee) Christine Kile in the truck! He was about to be yelled at by the track official when I told them to get out of the truck and come forward for the photo. I then announced he was randomly featured as a ET racer and asked what he thought of the experience. Merle then kneeled down and made the proposal!
Mothers Show-N-Shine had 28 entries to compete for cash and prizes, we saw everything from new lifted trucks, rat rods, older rare diesel cars, and a really high-end 1953 chevy 3100 with a converted Duramax took the Best of Show.
Mass Diesel's Dyno competition saw some very high numbers and everyone was wanting the "King of the Mountain Crown" which is awarded every year! Tyler Brancifort took the crown with a high horsepower of 1,593.73 with his 2012 F350 Ford!
The pulling had lots of trucks and tractors pulling until 7pm in the evening. Classes pulling included 2.5, 2.6/3.0, tractors and then Work Stock. Jeremy Urey who took the championship two years ago re-took the title in the 2.6 class pulling over 346 feet.
It was another great year of DIESEL Motorsports at the East Coast Diesel Nationals in Numidia, Pennsylvania. We always enjoy this area of the country where the trucks are powerful and they do take pride in what they are building.

WINNERS ECDN 2016 - Great event, great fans and great competitors!
K&W Drag Racing
Unlimited Heads Up
Driver Name RT ET MPH
Bruce Block 0.163 11.54 101.08
Chris Nolt 0.287 11.496 79.42
Johnny Gilbert 0.129 10.057 157.41
Nicholas Eklund 0.638 10.205 139.16
Quick Diesel 12.0 Index
Driver Name RT D/I ET MPH
Gunnar Heckman 0.046 12 12.228 105.56
Joe Gorby 0.059 12 12.205 109.71
Ryan Westrak 0.547 12 12.808 113.94
ET Bracket Racing
Driver Name RT D/I ET MPH
John Eisel .030 13,47 13.630 98.97
Peter Church .078 15.54 15.515 77.67
Kyle Bartley .185 11.30 11.444 115.88
CRC Sled Pulling
Jeremy Urey 346.74
Joe Slinguff 346.03
Greg Walker 342.14
Joe Hamm 340.13
Jesse Warren 339.57
Travis Pushcar 330.32
Zachary Newton 328.85
Curvin Zimmerman 321.2
Greg Henne 310
Mike Loni 302.54
Derek Bordon 297.97
Brian P 290.78
Tyler Albert 290.2
Eric Preneta 285.16
Justin Gordon 283.65
Kane Kelly 271.18
Nathan Stiller 250.81
Matt Corl 197.7
Steven Wilcox 189.09
Shane Freck 96.45
Michael Garifalo 45.39
2.5 Class
Caleb Herman 356.59
Mike Loni 346.17
Derek Bordon 343.2
Dean Dettlefsen 343.18
James Etgan 343.02
Kyle Myers 331.04
Dan Paulhamer 324.48
Eric Preneta 324.12
Ross Harter 317.55
Bret Moyer 311.28
Brian Crannell 304.75
Devin Peterson 304.24
Mark Bolthouser 303.45
James Mann 302.29
Josh Gardiner 299.63
Mark Fessler 298.44
Benny Stone 295.56
Josh Covert 282.63
Cory Pathymille 270.52
Nathan Stiller 267.16
Jake Nunn 265.23
Nick Filler 230.03
Work Stock
Derek Borden 338.27
Scott Beers 331.82
Tom Hassler 331.08
Brandon Fairchild 330.66
Eric Preneta 317.61
Devin Peterson 311.53
Mark Fessler 306.98
Nathan Muddock 306.66
Matt Thomas 305.61
Todd Young 302.92
Jesse Young 299.81
Mark Balthouser 299.81
Michael B 287.36
Ryan Muth 285.7
Colton Weider 283.97
Michael B 277.64
Sid Huntoon 270.91
Richard Miller 264.9
Ryan Smith 260.54
Kyle Chidester 252.96
Bradley Compton 241.55
Pete Picciarro 221.31
Brock Welliver 206.72
Dean Detlefsen 100.44
Jeremy Randall 67.04
Sam Harris 8.41
Tractors Modified Turbo
Vern Zerby 386.75
Jason Forrester 375.99
Vern Zerby 374.85
Billy Davis 366.69
Vern Zerby 357.29
Marshall Watkinsa 335.15
Rick Hauck 331.33
Jason Mellott 297.43
Scott Kiskadden 4.48
Mothers Show-N-Shine
Best Of Show Jeremy Schultz 1953 Chevy
Best Ford Dylan Tallman 2003 F250
Best Dodge Joseph Gaynor 2013 Dodge 2500
Best Dmax Yvonne Strube 2011 Chevy 3500
Mass Diesel Dyno Winners
Highest Horsepower – King of the Mountain
Tyler Brancifort – 2012 F350 – 1,593.73 HP
Ford – Tyler Brancifort – 2012 F350 – 1,593.73 HP
Dodge – Nick Eklund – 2006 Dodge 2500 – 1368.82 HP
GM/Chevy – Adam Giarth – 2004 GMC 2500 – 1139.66 HP

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Thunder in Muncie Review! - DIESEL Motorsports

We had great weather for the Haisley Thunder in Muncie event this last weekend, for those who attended found some great crowds watching some powerful trucks. This is the original “diesel only” event since 2001 when diesel trucks were not allowed at county fairs nor on dragstrips. Much has changed in that time period and the popularity of the sport, now many diesel events dot our country side. 

This event was started by Gene (Sleddy) Mahoney and Eric McBride along with Dave's Diesel and a local TDR group in 2001. It has been up and down and up in size over the years but remains as one of the pure diesel only events in the country where you can see some of the best and consistent running diesels in the industry.

It has always been held at two locations throughout the years and it seems two different groups attend both days. A younger racing crowd for Friday and a more family oriented group comes for the pulls on Saturday. Either day is a great group pf people who enjoy the diesel lifestyle.

Friday was a nice turnout of people who love their diesels along with some very fast diesel trucks racing down the track, we easily had over 8 trucks who could run in the 9s in the 1/4 mile. Being a cooler night made the diesel trucks run a little faster, I believe we had a couple of runs at 159 mph, that’s a lot for a 3/4 ton diesel pickup! 

Saturday was held at the Gaston Lion’s Club Park a short distance from the drag strip, it is a 100 year old city park with nice giant oak tress. It started a little slow in the afternoon when Mothers Show-N-Shine trucks lined up against the outer fence to compete for best truck. For the first time we had a local diesel antique tractor club show their tractors at the event along with a parade in front of the crowd. Revolution dyno ran trucks during the afternoon for the diesel fans to watch. Vendor alley was displayed with some of our sponsors along with local diesel shops selling to the diesel fans. The crowd picked up around 5pm right before the sled pull being held at 6pm and the infield along with the stands filled quickly.   

The drag racing truck is Bruce Block who won the Unlimited heads-up class Friday night and the pulling truck is Jordan Kinderman who won the 2.6/3.0 class in pulling!

I want to thank Haisley Machine and the rest of our sponsors for a great weekend event at the Haisley Thunder in Muncie! The Muncie dragway was packed with trucks and people to watch some very fast trucks! Yes we had some breakage and lots of cheering for the winners! The sled pull fans got to see some of the best in the midwest along with some great vendors and products! Want to always thank our DM crew which is always very helpful and yes they love diesels too!

K&W Drag Racing
Unlimited Heads-up Class
Champion - Bruce Block
Runner-up - Rick Fox
Quick Diesel 12.0 Index
Champion - Larson Miller
Runner-up - Zach Danner
ET Bracket
Champion - Larson Miller
Runner-up - Meghan Maroney
CRC Sled Pulling
Jacob Bair 355.07
Evan Smoot 329.02
John Bair 322.04
Terry Biggs 100.09
Jordon Kinderman 320.02
Daniel Mooney 318.11
CW Cartmell 318.09
Brett Meyer 318
Adam Hallien 317.04
Alan Blackburn 315.04
Leah Urich 311.11
Jordan Jackson 308.04
Curt Haisley 306.07
Jesse Warren 302.03
Joe Hemm 299.01
Evan Dans 313.06
Derrik Amos 304.01
Tannar Warner 302.01
Doug Monroe 297
Jon Bartlett 280.1
Andy Hassemm 277.06
Drew Maple 309.08
Dustin Merrell 306.01
Damon Caylor 272.03
Lee Anthrop 270.01
john Moore 267.07
Logan Antrim 243
Zeb Rupe 237.09
John Osterholt 237.04
Bart Redwinc 236.03
Aaron Wells 230.07
Mothers Show-N-Shine
Best of Show - Jacob Neuenschwander
Best Dodge - Devon Morgan
Best Ford - Trevor Selinger
Best Dmax - Rich Strube
Best Tractor - Dale Rinker
2nd - Dan Flanigan
Revolution Dyno
Best Dodge - Brian Laird
Best Dmax- Stephan Oneil
Best Ford - Cameron Fletcher

Friday, May 27, 2016

DIESEL vs GAS Drag Racing at MO Truck Shootout! DIESEL Motorsports

This drag race only event in Northern Missouri was compiled together after discussing with a local diesel and gas fabrication shop Mike Goacher of Goacher Street Legends about the local trucks. The local track in Kansas City is now US 36 Dragway near Cameron Missouri since the old KCID near Nolan Road was shutdown by city officials almost 2 years ago and Topeka/Heartland went bankrupt last year.

It's a nice rural 1/8 mile track out in the middle of no-where but has tons of parking and space for our trucks. There appears to be a good amount of diesels already racing there plus a good amount of gas trucks so it was suggested to me by Mike Goacher and the owner of the track Mike Franks to include both types to run against each other - thus Grudge Match!

DIESEL Motorsports normally does "diesel only" events but I saw maybe this is an opportunity to persuade some gassers to convert and maybe they don't think diesels can go that fast. Nothing makes for a rural matchup like DIESEL vs Gas trucks.

Years ago we converted many young people at tracks when we had the faster trucks come in early on Friday for Test-N-Tune to run against local young people in their ricer cars. Many of the youth converted quickly when the trucks outrun them on the strip.

From what I saw in the crowd many of the local youth showed up in their diesel trucks, over 1,000 to watch the competition. For a week delayed rain-date and on a Friday night we were surprised at the turnout plus about 60 trucks racing in 3 classes.

Most of the trucks were street performance trucks but we had some fast trucks there running in the 6.7-6.9 in the 1/8th mile, that's pretty fast for a full size pickup truck.

Revolution Performance from Junction City, KS provided the dyno and quite few lined up to see what their trucks could do in horsepower and torque.

The staff at US 36 and the owners Mike and Ruth Franks were great people to work with during the event. We also found out they have an excellent place to also host a sled pull on their dirt circle track.

I had a blast with a nice turnout of trucks and the local enthusiasts who lined both sides of the track! Cameron and surrounding areas has some really nice people. A BIG thanks to the local shops who helped us put this event on: Goacher Street Legends, MCON, Tyrant Diesel, and MPE Machinery! 

K&W Diesel Drag Racing

Unlimited Heads-up Diesel
Champion - Dylan Grooms, 2nd Jesse Brisco

Unlimited Heads up Diesel vs Gas
Champion Robert Reffeh, 2nd JR Kjplshu

ET Bracket Diesel vs Gas
Champion Dan Holland, 2nd Matthew Doyle

Mothers Show-N-Shine
Best of Show - Dylan Goacher
GM - Nick Rickels
Ford - Joel Silvey
Vintage Truck - Peter Gilbert

Revolution Performance Dyno Highest HP - Dyno - Doug Perry

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

One down - how's the season looking for the year? - DIESEL Motorsports!

DIESEL Motorsports finished it's first event of the year a few weekends ago with lots of people and diesel trucks - we have another event this Friday in Missouri! A drag race Friday night at US 36 Dragway near Cameron MO and a benefit sled pull with MMTTPA in Jefferson City on Saturday!

The trucks are looking slicker, more high-tech and produce more hp than ever before. This is testament for our sponsor's products and other diesel performance manufacturers in the country.

Our enthusiasts are buying your products and using them on their trucks. But the main point being is the diesel enthusiast is enjoying what they do with their trucks and the people they meet at the events!

It is a lifestyle and no matter what level their truck is currently at there is always like people with an interest of what they are doing to their truck.

Is the economy better than past years? It's about the same very roller coaster around the country, some companies reporting to me the had the best March ever then the worst April ever, so it is inconsistent. I can tell you from experience this always happens during election years. Why? Who knows but for years the same pattern exists but I can tell you it should be a great winter.

I see more enthusiasts staying closer to home and going to events that are close to them, That is why DIESEL Motorsports does an event a month in a different state where trucks are popular.

Looking forward to this year since we are in some new areas for the season. Make sure to check our events since we update these every month with new events.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Nebraska Diesel Show 2016

Nebraska Diesel Show
April 23/24, 2016
Kearney Raceway Park
Kearney Nebraska

In the Heartland is the Nebraska Diesel Show, which was more than seven years ago by a group of young men in Nebraska who love their diesel trucks and wanted to start a state group supporting diesel performance. The group grew larger and larger every year, which lead to an annual drag race and dyno competition.

It has been held every year at the Kearney Raceway Park in Kearney Nebraska. For those who are not familiar with the area or city, it is right in the middle of the state and it’s about 5 hours either from Kansas City or Denver depending which direction you are coming from to get there.
The Nebraska Diesel Crew expanded the original show last year by asking the National Association of Diesel Motorsports to hold the race class and sled pulling classes for the event. Having sanctioned classes ensure safety and provides insurance for the event through the sanctioning body of the National Association of Diesel Motorsports.

During the day on Saturday, enthusiasts could grudge race each other just by lining up against each other side by side in the staging lanes of the dragstrip. Drag racing on the track vs the street is ’s a great way to test vehicle performance under real world condition to see what your truck’s performance add-ons can do for speed in a safe environment.

The ET Bracket Class race was first up following the ever popular burnout contest. More than 20 competitors decided to test their skills at racing the tree and timed runs. Phillip Stiers in his 2006 Dodge out of Lakewood Colorado took the final when Kyle Simmons in his 2011 Dodge redlighted on the final match-up. Keep in mind the ET Class is mainly made up of street driven trucks.

 Once the presentation of the checks and trophies for the day were made, a surprise was sprung by Nebraska State Group leader Josh Follmer!  Josh dropped to his knee in front of the entire grand stand and proposed to his fiancĂ© Raegan Hartmann.  She said YES! The crowd cheered while family members and crews congratulated the couple.

Sunday morning came way too early for many who had to enter in the Nebraska Diesel Show – Mothers Show-N-Shine at 9am. The registration for sled pulling was also early since the pulling started at 11:30 am. The prep for the track was being done and trucks started to be teched and weighed for the pulling classes of Work Stock (street trucks), 2.5 Class, 2.6 Class, and tractors.
Overall it was a successful and fun weekend to kick the2016 season off for not only the Nebraska Diesel Show but also for DIESEL Motorsports. More than 3500 enthusiasts attended the weekend show with slightly more than 170 trucks competing  in the drag and pulling classes.


CRC Drag Racing

ET Bracket

Phillip Stiers – R .046/ET 11.62/11.632 @118.13

Top Diesel :
Champion – Greg Hogue Durmax Rail – ¼ mile, 8.20 @140mph

K&W Sled Pulling (in feet)

Work Stock
Jess Hardessen – 313.06
Andrew Bokelman – 298.06
Tyler Schimonitz – 268.11
Alex Ideus – 251.01
Colton Crawford – 248.02
Zack Larson – 246.05
Chris Wilholtz-240.08
Kyle Giger – 233.03
Austin Rathman-226.03
Matt Schaman-225.07
Devin Barid-195.07

2.5 Class
Brent Roberts – 282.11
Clelland Maynes-282.07
LeVon Reiff-273.00
Tim Wenske – 271.10
Tony Gonzales- 265.02

2.6 Class
Cole Nadrchal-305.09
Bryan Banghart-305.08
Dylan Lempka-304.11
Leah Urich-302.01
Brent Roberts-261.07
AJ Eilert-239.05
James Knight-176.04

Mothers Show-N-Shine Winners:

Dodge 1st place in Blue dually Austin McGinnis, 2nd was Curtis Holmes.
Chevy 1st place was Heath Whitman, 2nd place was Brian McDonald in his Red Dmax,
Ford 1st place was Bennet Steele, 2nd was Kearney Concrete.