Unfortunately, the springtime gathering of diesel trucks at Emerald Coast Dragway will not be happening in 2021. Ryan Milliken, Owner of Emerald Coast Dragway, reached out to me a few days ago and wanted to share the news and see if we could spread the word. The release of this information will hopefully kickstart someone or a company in the southeast looking to do an event at this location with a now open surface.
DA– It’s unfortunate that we won’t be able to make the trip down to Florida in March like normal but is there a chance that we could see something else in the Shakedown’s place?
RM– “Maybe. I wanted to get this out there sooner than later in hopes that someone else in the south-east was contemplating putting something together in the month of March and we as an industry could get behind that instead of this one. We will have our Emerald Coast Diesel Event in September still with the Outlaw Diesel Super Series and I intend to put 110-percent into that one vs being 50-percent being spread between the two.”
DA– I’ve always enjoyed the Spring show. It brought a lot of the local competition out and made for one hell of a show for the fans.
RM– “The Diesel Event at ECD has always been a huge hit. Competing with the Pro Mods and the Gassers as the local crowd favorite. The first year (2017) ECD was re-opened it was Diesel Thunder – Spring Break, hosted by the track and local promoter and friend of mine, Michael Cassaday. It was a huge success. The second year it was still Diesel Thunder – Spring break, but this time was after I took over the lease on the track, and together, Michael and I tackled the bear of keeping this event going. Again, a huge success. The third year hit some rocky times as Michael had an overwhelming amount of stuff going on in his life including an upcoming overseas deployment with his reserve/guard unit. It almost didn’t happen but at the last minute, I picked it up and ran with it to keep it alive. Huge success again, but this time with the name SunCoast Spring Shakedown. Lastly, 2020 came around, running again with the SunCoast Spring Shakedown name but with the outbreak of covid and tons of uncertainty in the air at the time, the event went off but many of the expected vendors, spectators, and racers were either unable to make it or just flat out didn’t show up. That was the last weekend the track was open for several weeks during this year’s silliness.”