When somebody wants something, one of two things happens. They settle and make do with what they have or they push their cards all-in, go for it, and do what they want. For Daniel Green, he’s going all in. This Lake Hermiston, Oregon native isn’t just planning on racing in the Outlaw Diesel Super Series once or twice. He’s planning on hitting every single one and more.
In a recent conversation with Outlaw Diesel Super Series Race Director, Gregg Jolly, he mentioned there was a fellow coming over to race from Oregon. Naturally, I’m encouraging this because we want diesel drag racing to become bigger and bigger every year. So, with no diesel specific racing sanction out that way, that doesn’t come as a surprise.
I’ve heard already there are a few people that have shipped or brought their trucks out towards the midwest and plan on flying in but this is different. I got Green’s information and reached out. Sure enough, he’s planning on attending all of the events except he’s hired a team to travel for months and hit a list that has 42 events total on it.
“I love new adventures, traveling, and meeting new people. At 31 years old, I have a passion for diesel trucks and drag racing. I’ve been involved in the diesel scene in the Northwest for years now but there just aren’t enough events my way,” said Green. “I did some research on what events are worth hitting and started to manifest this idea of a month’s long trip around the United States.”
Green continued, “I found most of the events were on the east side of the Mississippi River and so I started my planning. I reached out to friends about the idea and everyone was encouraging so I said you know what, let’s go for it.” I 100-percent support this decision but my goodness, talk about commitment. Leave home, travel around the country seems stressful but Green is dialed in and this is what he wants.
With this idea in mind, Green began starting on this project a while back. “I started piecing everything together I would need to make this all happen. “I have a fully built 12-Valve, 5.9-Liter Cummins from Swag Diesel, an Ultimate Transmission-built 48RE transmission, a 67-mm/96-mm compound turbocharger set up fabricated STL Fab, FASS Fuel System, ISSPRO gauges, HDI Clamps, and RaceQuip safety products on board,” said Green.
He continued, “I had the powerplant but I had no chassis or way of transportation. I met Brandon Wood on Facebook and ended up purchasing his proven 8.50-certified chassis. It was your basic shortened, second-generation Ram chassis with Cal-Trac suspension. With the chassis here, the search for a trailer was on. Luckily for me, Chris Reed from Texas had just what I needed for sale and we made the deal. His awesome deal pushed us that much closer to our dream trip”.
So, you’re going to literally travel all year and just race? “With the backing and support of my friends and family, we will hit the open road on March 20th, 2020. I have hired a mechanic, video editor, and a logistics person. Our first stop will be at a shop to get this engine and its nitrous system dialed in. Once we’re dialed in and comfortable, we will be heading to the deep south for Cleetus and Cars in Bradenton, Florida on April 4th.”
He continued, “Cleetus And Cars will be our first test event. The way I see it, there are usually so many people at that event, why not where the exposure is. Who knows what will happen but you know the crowd would like to see stuff blow up.” Just how far is that? That is roughly 3,100 miles and 45 hours of driving to get from the west to the east.
Keep in mind, this is just event 1 of 42. From Bradenton, they plan on tuning some more or fixing it and then head towards Rudy’s Diesel spring event in April. After Rudy’s, it’s chasing the entire Outlaw Diesel Super Series within their route. They plan on racing and/or testing three or four times during the week and racing on the weekends. All I can say is I hope they’ve got a tough engine and drivetrain because that is a beating. 42 events, not including the testing, give or take 3 runs a day, that’s 126 passes. That is a lot of wear and tear.
For someone like me who hits all of these events, I am excited to see how this Oregon crew handles the stresses of traveling and the competition of what this side of the country has to offer. To stay up to date with how this journey goes, be sure and stay tuned to Diesel Army. What do you think about traveling across the United States for months just to race? Could you handle it? Let us know in the comments below.