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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.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Why do we ask competitors to put on decals at events??? DIESEL Motorsports

We get asked this quite often since we have so many sponsors!

The answer: We ask to put them on because that is who is putting the monies up for the purse monies!

What people don't understand is the amount of funds it takes to open the gates at an event and what the purse monies add up to for an event. Most events are $15-30,000 just for the purse monies. 

Sure you may get only $250 or $500 but add that up times 30-40 times on different scales. It all adds up to big money and the sponsor's funds we receive goes toward the purses. The gate monies pays for the overhead of the event, equipment, personnel and insurance.

Done Correctly!

So in order for the sponsor to get their name displayed on a vehicle we ask that the competitors put on the decals. We all know how much social media means in today's marketplace. If your truck is competing and a photo or video is taken by countless people in the crowd then it is displayed showing their name.

That is why they give us the monies is to advertise and market their name so they can sell product. If they didn't sell product why would they give our sport monies to give-away to competitors.

You can put them on the windows left or right or both and the back. They peel off easily if you do not want them on there but they do show you support the sport and you can compete with your truck. Since DIESEL Motorsports hold a monthly event from April till October you may want to leave them on if you plan to attend every event.

If you want to know why some trucks get featured all of the time? It's because they do come to DM events and they display the sponsor's decals properly in a nice orderly way on their truck. I have seen some just stick them in a blob on top of each other, we do not feature that truck even if it wins.
Wrong Way!

If you don't mind cashing our checks for competing then you shouldn't mind putting on our decals! Many other promoters pay weeks after the event or even months, DM pays right at the track 90% of the time unless someone takes off before collecting. That means you get your winnings as soon as you get to the bank.

Now think about how that is possible - the SPONSORS! Please support by displaying the decals and buying their products!

Old dog saying: Don't bite hand that feeds you, you may not get fed again!

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