It has been 182 days since the Outlaw Diesel Super Series invaded one of the historic tracks on their circuit and we can finally take that deep breath knowing that we have a full summer of action headed our way. This weekend was Rudy’s Diesel Season Opener in Julian, North Carolina. Piedmont Dragway has been our first and last stop for many years and the facility and prep is second to none each time.
Like the last race of the year, the season opener brings an atmosphere that you almost have to be there to feel. It feels electric being at the dragstrip on opening day. For spectators, it’s a new season with hanging out with your friends and meeting new ones. For drivers, it’s finally getting to enjoy their masterpieces that took late-night wrench turning, endless spending, and possibly sleepless nights to finish.
JAMO Performance Exhaust E.T class was packed as always but after many rounds, it was Kamron Burchett in his late-model Duramax taking the win. Burchett’s Duramax was dialed an 8.40 against the always tough Adam Doan. Burchett’s good reaction time mixed with traction problems for Doan resulted in an easy win. There may be a new threat in the E.T class.
In the ATS Diesel / Diesel Power 7.70 Index class, it was Issac Blaess taking home the crown. Blaess’s second-gen Ram had a headstart with the better reaction time and safely crossed the finish line with a 7.723. Nick Morris, in the other lane, ran a better but losing 7.714. Due to the slower reaction time, Morris ran out of real estate to catch up.
Moving on up into the Maryland Performance Diesel 6.70 Index class, there were over 25 trucks in the field. After eliminations started, competitors were falling out like flies. At the end of the day, it was Joshua Grant from Pasadena, Texas with the win. His bright red Ram was dialed in on Saturday and won the final round with a 6.824 on the .70 dial. Once again, the reaction time advantage was the difference.
In our first pro category, the Firepunk Diesel Outlaw 5.90 Index class, it was the Maverick Diesel / HP Tuners driver Paul Cato leaving with the money, the trophy, and a points lead. Cato’s second-gen Ram has gone under the knife over the winter and the changes have paid off. Cato’s final round pass was a 6.21 leaving him safely above the 5.90 index.
Hot Shot’s Secret once again sponsored the Pro Street Category where Emilio Blanco would start his year off right with a win. Blanco’s super-light, bright-red Ram won with a 5.349 pass. This pass was one of the most frightening ones as his opponent, John Gilbert of Stainless Diesel, lost traction forcing him into the other lane and barely missing Blanco’s truck. Luckily, everyone made it out safe and no trucks were tore up.
Our defending 2018 SunCoast Diesel Pro Mod champion Ben Shadday has made his own changes over the winter and the pay off was a victorious final round against the red-hot Firepunk Diesel team. Unfortunately, the Save The Rack’s S10 was struggling to spool at the line offering an easy win for Shadday. Shadday left with the points lead and the winnings Saturday evening leaving right where they left off.
Although they didn’t win the final, the Firepunk Diesel S-10 deserves some recognition as it made the worlds fastest diesel-powered door car pass ever Saturday in qualifying. 4.27-seconds at 177-MPH is the new world record and stands until they, or someone else, surpasses it. Congratulation to those guys on one hell of a pass.
The final class was the Flo-Pro Exhaust Pro Dragster class. With last years champion out of a dragster, the door is wide open for someone to come in and clean house. Jared Jones, pilot of the Scheid Diesel dragster drove his dragster all weekend laying wild MPH down and left with the points lead. The first event of the year came up quick and there are more dragsters out there being finished up. Who will stand up to the dominant Scheid team?
We can’t thank the Outlaw Diesel Super Series enough for putting on such an enormous, fun-filled weekend for all of the fans, and we can’t thank the sponsors of each class enough for allowing this all to happen. For more information about the Outlaw Diesel Super Series, be sure and check out their website. Stay tuned to Diesel Army for the latest in diesel performance as well as all of the latest results from events around.