Trucks and tractors in the sled pulling world, in most cases, are pushing the limits of the parts on board. When you think of sled pulling you think about a lot of horsepower and a lot of wheel speed to keep that sled moving. It is the non engine related items that you often forget about. For the Ram truck coined “Slightly Overworked”, it found out real quick what can happen if the hitch breaks at the end of a pull.
I caught this video over on the High Octane Films YouTube page and had to see what happened. The thumbnail, as you can see, was a truck sitting almost on its side on a trailer. How in the world did that happen? At the end of a really good pull “Slightly Overworked” was at full tilt when the hitch broke.
This resulted in the truck keeping that same wheel speed and momentum without the thousands of pounds holding him back. When that happened, the truck ran away down the rest of the track and head towards the backstop. The backstop is there to keep these trucks from going any farther when hooked to the sled but without the sled, it isn’t going to do much.
Once it ramped up onto the backstop, it managed to teeter-totter on a trailer that was parked just behind it. Luckily for the driver Erik Hucke, and the truck, it remained balanced and on some of the tires. After some careful rigging and chain work, the truck was safely brought back down to earth. These are the kind of things that are scary in diesel motorsports. Literally, anything can happen.
What kind of wild things have you seen at sled pulls? Have you witnessed this? Let us know in the comments below. Stay tuned to Diesel Army for more diesel news, event coverage, and truck features.