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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Why should diesel shops visit SEMA?

If you have never been you should plan a trip even for a couple of days! Yes, it is expensive, SEMA and Las Vegas raise their rates three times the normal rates for this week - on everything! Hotels are expensive, cabs/uber, restaurants, etc and it is congested surrounding the Convention Center and the Strip. Just fore warning you about the expenses!











About 5% relate to diesels and the rest is gas performance, restoration, services, OEM, tires, wheels and electronics! However the show is so big you will see many new items and wild truck builds outside, it is a great show to view and walk.

Also if you are a shop you should visit the AAPEX show just down the road at the Sands Convention Center, it is open Tuesday thru Thursday. AAPEX is mostly automotive OEM hard parts and liquids plus the bottom floor is all Asian imports. It is worth spending a half a day there or more.

You normally walk about 7 or 8 miles a day so bring your comfy shoes, normal wear is dockers slacks and company shirt, polo or dress shirt. Bring plenty of business cards and register as a buyer if you want the vendors to talk to you. 

It can be too much for those who are not use to these type of shows, go online and find manufacturers you want to visit and plot out the daily walk through. You can view others by viewing on the way to your chosen few. 

It is beneficial to view new products and see what others are doing to their trucks. However most of the trucks are done for show to draw attention and not for everyday use like most diesel trucks in the Midwest. 

I hear all the time when shops go they really enjoyed it but then they voice it will be a while before they come back. You cannot buy direct because many of the manufacturers require pretty large buy-ins but they will tell you where to buy through distributors.

It is still good to talk to them and find out information about their products so you can do a better job selling and installing their products. If you have never been it should be a trip to plan.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Looking into expanding into larger markets and fan base - DIESEL Motorsports!

Next year will be DIESEL Motorsports 11th year of doing business as a sanctioning body for diesel 3/4 and 1 ton pickups. We are constantly evaluating where to take the sport in the next year(s) in order to remain aggressive and new in the market. We have everyone copy our different directions and follow what we do differently and this has been seen as a compliment. 






The marketplace changes constantly and it is up to DIESEL Motorsports to keep the excitement alive like announcing and launching our NEW Hot Work Stock Class across the country. Street trucks with large street turbos that can drive to the pulls and compete with high horsepower trucks without being held back.

Next year DIESEL Motorsports will be about mixing with some new market shows and larger crowds so they too can become interested in the diesel lifestyle rural market along with our normal successful shows that have been held over the past years.

It is time to include many new people who are interested into our diesel market and we can both watch it continue to grow.

More info will be provided after the first of the year.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Finding the right track, venue, area for a diesel event . . .

We just returned from North-east Ohio near Cleveland and Wooster holding an event at Dragway 42 in West Salem. This track has been considered for over three years and we really wanted to check it out soon as the facility opened.

The one way to do this is hold a smaller diesel event and establish if the facility has everything for a larger event. There are many things that make an event work for everyone including DIESEL Motorsports, vendors, fans, competitors and supporting businesses such as hotels, restaurants and service stores.



Diesel Motorsports evaluates the track for space for trailers/trucks, quality of track drag or pulling and the track personnel. Are they a good fit for our truck owners, I like to remind people that the customer is always right and spending their hard earned monies to be here. So I expect track personnel to treat our people well, doesn't mean I want them not to do their job in directing people but do it nicely and happy.

DIESEL Motorsports is here to put on a show for entertainment and the track helps us do just that for the fans. Dragway 42 had an excellent drag strip along with plenty of space. True they just opened and they have not yet built brick and mortar concessions or bathrooms but they will over the winter months. I was told they plan to build a quality pulling track on the backside of the property with bleachers and lights.

The area is near a major highway running North to South in Ohio with many towns and hotels close by for the competitors and fan base. We stayed just 10 mins from the track in Seville but other close towns was Ashland, Medeni, Lodi and Wooster. This area was very well supported by local diesel shops such as Firepunk, Redline Diesel, Reusch Diesel, G&R Diesel and many more who brought trucks.

Even though we should not have opened for the day because of Hurricane Harvey leftover weather was making it a very cold miserable day it was worth it for us to get the event in to evaluate the track and area businesses.

Can we build it for a much larger event and monies invested for the future? It definitely has the potential and right positive checkpoints for now.

Need a warmer date and during the Summer months so people have time to get to this location.




Monday, August 28, 2017

What really drives the diesel market - II - Shops!!!

The diesel shops that range from a lift in a barn on a family farm to 4 bay garage building with a show-room our rural diesel shops keeps buying our sponsor's parts for our enthusiasts. However our rural diesel truck owners still need maintenance and continue to break their existing truck so they need repairs.

These young men who decide to start a small business and work for themselves are the drive behind our sport. Not only do they build trucks to compete but they encourage their customers to do the same. It is how they advertise their business, build a powerful diesel truck that competes and put their business name on the side or front so when they compete everyone can see their truck.



Most of these diesel shops want to install quality parts made in the USA because they do not want to fix faulty parts again for free. Their work is their trademark and integrity is their name. Soon many people want to visit and have work done on their truck by that shop.

You know the shop is good if they have trucks lined up outside and it looks like a used car lot. That is the number of customers lined up to have work done to their trucks. Many of these shops run maintenance on your local town's service trucks such as garbage trucks, street trucks and snow plows. Local delivery and fleet trucks are serviced by the local shops thus giving them a consistent stream of business.

The local rural shops all use parts and liquids from the automotive parts industry which in turns sponsor our events for advertising. They want local diesel enthusiasts to either request their parts or have the shop order their parts for repairs.

Yes the diesel shops along with our truck owners and enthusiast is the driving force behind the diesel market!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

What REALLY drives the diesel truck market???

Of course it is the truck owners who use their personal trucks for work, delivery, farm and recreational weekends. The truck enthusiast I have said all along is part of a diesel lifestyle that includes the entire family. Because they all use the truck for all aspects of family functions which is work, family activities and recreation.






Whether it is hauling a trailer to work or delivery of the kid's sport equipment along with the kids every week to use of the truck for boats, ATVs or many other recreational fun activities. Our diesel trucks get used a lot during the week and year for many different functions, so when a vehicle is used so much the owners want it to not only run good but look good too!

The diesel lifestyle is not the 4x4 mud bogging guys, totally different group! Most of our guys would not run their truck through a mud bog unless it was used to pull someone else out.

It is used as a utility vehicle with lots of power and torque when they need it. Dialed down it can get high mileage for fuel economy when hauling a trailer or boat. But yet when they want power they can dial it up for competition and participate at diesel events.

Second and really important for maintaining the personal diesel trucks is the diesel shops around the country! That will be covered in tomorrow's blog!

Friday, August 11, 2017

NY Truck Shootout - diesels alive in the upper York!

In our efforts to reach rural diesel markets we found a jewel in upper New York near Buffalo at the Empire Dragway in Leicester, NY. Every year we strive to reach out in areas we receive request to bring diesel shows for the local diesel enthusiasts. In order to work with local tracks we started last year by offering a Diesel vs Gas truck drag classes along with Show-N-Shine and dyno competition. 

The NY Truck Shootout was a succes with over 60 diesel trucks participating and 20 gas trucks in three classes in a one day event on August 5th. This track is in the middle of nowhere which fits our rural diesel truck demographics, it is about 1 hour east of Buffalo. What a nice facility with a 1/4 mile track that is under new ownership for about a year, many new improvements have been made to the track according to the locals.

DIESEL Motorsports had more than one reason to pick this location, the track owner will have a sled pulling track built by the time next year’s event comes around. We have already talked to the local state pulling group which will bring all of their classes next year. so next year DM will offer racing, pulling, show-n-shine and dyno competitions. 

The event was sponsored in part by a local diesel shop called “The Diesel Shop” owned by Mike Wysowski, I spent time there on Friday looking over and meeting his staff.

DIESEL Motorsports wants to thank The Diesel Shop for sponsoring the NY Truck Shootout and the Empire Dragway staff for a great day of diesel truck racing! The event was delayed more than once by a few scattered showers in the morning but cleared in the afternoon and evening with blue skies. Mothers Show-N-Shine had some really nice trucks and are listed below along with the winners of the drag races. 

Photos can be found on DIESEL Motorsports FB page along with videos on DIESEL Motorsports Channel.






Diesel Heads-Up
Winner - Katie Oswald/D
2nd - Joe Bumpus/D

DIESEL vs GAS Heads up
Winner - Jacks Toepfer/G
2nd - Joe Bumpus/D

ET Bracket - Diesel vs Gas
Winner - Katie Oswald/D
2nd - Derrick Kovach/G

Mothers Show-N-Shine
Best of Show - Dan Martin - 2003 Ford F350
Best Dodge - Kevin Chase - 2007 Dodge
Best Ford - Tessa Fiscella - 2008 ford
Best GM/Chevy - Anthony Lockwood - 2005 GM
Best RatRod - James Hawley - 1971 Chevy/12vCummins

Mass Diesel Dyno
Highest HP - Jeff Shorter

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