Nebraska Diesel Show
April 23/24, 2016
Kearney Raceway Park
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 fiancé 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
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)
Jess Hardessen – 313.06
Andrew Bokelman – 298.06
Tyler Schimonitz – 268.11
Alex Ideus – 251.01
Colton Crawford – 248.02
Zack Larson – 246.05
Kyle Giger – 233.03
Brent Roberts – 282.11
Tim Wenske – 271.10
Tony Gonzales- 265.02
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.