I wish I could snap my fingers and it suddenly become April, but the truth is, I can’t. So, with that being said, all we can really do is gawk at this schedule and decide which one we are going to first. Once again, the Outlaw Diesel Super Series is going to have another action-packed season of diesel drag racing and we can’t wait to see what comes from all of your garages from this oh-so-terrible winter break.
Although there was talk about adding an additional class, that will not be the case. Like usual, the classes are as follows. E.T Sportsman, 7.70-Index, 6.70-Index, 5.90-Index, Pro Street, Pro Mod, and Pro Dragster. Now, just because the classes are the same doesn’t mean there won’t be newcomers. After having conversations with multiple different shops, it sounds like new blood is coming out this year.
The ET Sportsman class will be competitive as ever. You’ll be required to nail that Christmas tree and run dead on that dial, or as close as you can, or your tail is headed home. For Ken Phillips, actually one of our newest additions to the Diesel Army team looks to enter 2019 with the same momentum he finished within 2018. Phillips went on to bring home a championship last year.
In the equally competitive 7.70 Index class, you’re looking at heads up racing with a .500 pro tree. For those of you who aren’t familiar, both vehicles race to the finish line without going faster than your 7.70 Index. Last year it was Ryan Riddle taking home the hardware. Riddle’s performance in 2018 was incredible has he won multiple events. If his 2019 season is anything like last, you had better be on your game.
In 6.70 Index, it’s the same concept as 7.70 only a second faster. Our 2018 champion was Mike Coleman. Coleman battled it out with everyone all year and earned the cup. In 6.70 index, the trucks get faster, the drivers get better, and the competition gets tougher.
Rick Fox took home the cup for the Firepunk Diesel Outlaw 5.90 index in 2018. Like the other index classes, its a race to the end without going too fast. Fox, with his new super-light second-generation Ram, got the bugs worked out quickly and went enough rounds to make it exciting at the end. But with other competitors figuring out their setups, anything can happen in 2019.
In Pro Street, it was once again a dominant performance by the Dustin Jackson crew in his Ford Lightning. In this heads up class, it’s first to the finish. It was certainly clear that Jackson had his figured out as that truck is normally on rails. Firepunk Diesel’s Lavon Miller sold his truck to a former 5.90 driver who looks to up the ante in his program. Pro Street will for sure be a class to keep an eye on this year.
Pro Mod class is the future for diesel drag racing. What started out as a lighter version of Pro Street that went significantly faster than Pro Street has evolved into a much faster class. This year, at Emerald Coast Dragway, Larson Miller in the Save The Racks S-10 went a 4.554 at 160.28 MPH. Although Larson holds the record, it was Ben Shadday taking home the championship.
The long wheelbase class of Pro Dragster is still evolving and is still the fastest class on the property. For now. Wade Moody once again took home the ship in his Flo-Pro backed rail but has it up for sale. With that being said, that leaves the door wide open for both Jared Jones and Michael Cordova in their dragsters to bring home a championship.
2019 Outlaw Diesel Super Series Schedule
Race #1- Rudy’s Diesel Season Opener- April 26th-27th- Piedmont Dragway, Julian, North Carolina
Race #2- Ultimate Callout Challenge Quick 8 Shootout- May 3rd-5th- Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, IN
Race #3- Firepunk Diesel Outlaw Diesel Revenge- May 31st – June 1st- Kilkare Raceway, Xenia, Ohio
Race #4- HollyRock Summer Showdown- June 21st-22nd- Virginia Motorsports Park, North Dinwiddie, VA
Race #5- Rocky Top Diesel Shootout- July 26th-27th- Crossville Dragway, Crossville, Tennessee
Race #6- Scheid Diesel Extravaganza- August 23rd-24th- Crossroads Dragway, Terre Haute, Indiana
Race #7- Hardway Sunshine Showdown- September 13th-14th Emerald Coast Dragway, Holt, Florida
Race #8- Rudy’s Diesel Fall Truck Jam- October 4th-5th Piedmont Dragway, Julian, North Carolina
2019 is guaranteed to be the best year yet and you’re not going to want to miss a single minute of it. For more information about the Outlaw Diesel Super Series, be sure and check out their website. If you can’t make it to these events, stay tuned to Diesel Army for all of the results. If you have any questions about classes or racing, reach out to us here and we’ll take care of you.