In 2016, one of the most fun, but grueling events was born. The Ultimate Callout Challenge was more than your normal weekend at the track. The Ultimate Callout Challenge was where you separate the men from the boys, and ever since then, it has been a primary focus for some teams. Shawn Baca of Industrial Injection has been involved with UCC since the beginning but has yet to finish first place overall.
In the 2016 event, Baca placed third overall with a pretty decent showing but there were a few setbacks. His 11.23-seconds pass was over two and a half seconds slower than the leader. Placing him sixth overall at the time, he had a ton of ground to make up. Well, with his 2,474-horsepower and 3,240-ft/lbs of torque dyno run and his 300.91-foot sled pull, he did make up a lot.
With the dyno and pulling portion figured out, it was just getting that drag race day crafted to perfection. In 2017, with a full head of steam and with a gameplan, things just fell apart. The drag time slowed, the pull was shortened, but the power is still there. It’s just a matter of them getting all cylinders firing through the weekend.
Last year, Baca and his team put together one hell of a combination and surprised everyone on the dragstrip. With an 8.88-second pass, that placed him seventh overall after day one being only one of 9 that made it into the eight-second range. With their eyes on the prize, heading into what has been their bread and butter, the dyno day was next.
“Last year, the dyno event didn’t go as planned but we made do with what we had,” said Scott Dana, Marketing Manager of Industrial Injection. “What ended up being a weak rocker arm, it broke on the dyno resulting in a lower horsepower pull than we wanted. We think that it hydro locked and pressurized the system which broke the rocker.” Although they didn’t make the power they wanted, they still made 2,391-horsepower and 2,734-ft/lbs of torque.
After pulling 324-feet, it still was only enough to place them third overall behind Derek Rose and Lavon Miller. After their three attempts at this event of what is hell, they have put in the time, put up the bucks, whatever it may be, they are ready to win this thing. They have a ridiculous setup that is being tested as we speak and they are coming for blood. In fact, a dyno contest side bet was placed a while back between Derek Rose and Baca. This bet was set at $1,000 and since has reached $10,000.
“We have gone to a Manton Roller Rocker setup this year that will be much stronger. With the rocker situation figured out, the engine finally making full boost, we are going to blow our old number out of the water on the dyno,” said Dana. “With the eight-second pass and all the other setbacks dealt with, we are heading into the 2019 with 100-percent confidence. Consistency will win this event and this is our year.”
$10,000 side bets, potentially 3,000-horsepower dyno pulls, sub-nine-second passes and monster cut tires for sled pulling, Industrial Injection and Shawn Baca are not one to forget about. Be sure and check out Industrial Injections website for everything they offer for your build. Stay tuned to Diesel Army for the day-to-day results from the Ultimate Callout Challenge. Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below.