Number #5: Wade Boyd- Diesel Day Dreams
Northglenn, Colorado native, Wade Boyd, is the owner and operator of Diesel Day Dreams (DDD). At DDD they build their own competition engines, transmissions, and turbocharger setups for customer trucks as well as their own race trucks.
They also handle their own tuning for both transmission and engine performance. All of these traits the company has built and the knowledge that Wade has gathered, since his start 2003, will prepare him and the DDD team to have everything dialed in come race day.
Boyd is another Ultimate Callout Challenge rookie. In high hopes of knocking on the doors of the UCC veterans, he is preparing his 2002 Duramax powered Chevrolet for the gauntlet challenge. While being a rookie to this event, Boyd has been involved with everything diesel performance since 2003.
In those past years, he’s specialized in souping up the Duramax engines for sled pulling, drag racing and on the dyno where he was the second person to push a Duramax into the 4-digit power territory. Wade is a very knowledgeable diesel technician and has helped develop many of the Duramax and Allison transmission performance parts that are part of the GM diesel performance market today.
Driver #6- Todd Welch- Power Driven Diesel
A returning veteran of the Ultimate Callout Challenge is Todd Welch of Power Driven Diesel. Welch was the only competitor in 2017 running a mechanical injected Cummins engine in every section of the competition. Statistically, the odds were against Todd and team Power Driven, but determined and prepared, they pushed forward and hit the events head on!
Banking on the power from the enormous mechanical injection pump, Todd ran the most exclusive truck at UCC with a 415 ci (6.8-liter) engine that was equipped with Hamilton Cams War Head cylinder head and studded to the top of the Hamilton Cam’s solid block. Unfortunately, after some mechanical issues, the team was unable to make 100 percent of the power during the drag race and dyno portions of the event.
With only one event remaining, Power Driven Diesel charged forward and put on a clinic at the sled pulls. Undoubtedly, the wildest sight in UCC history, Welch showed up on Day 3 with not 4, but six cut tires. Just trying to get on the scoreboard, Power Driven detuned the truck to make an A-B pass.
After scoring, the decision was made to see what this truck had in it. Harnessing 2,000-horsepower plus is a 48re built Power Driven Diesel transmission and a Diesel Performance Converters torque converter. Welch went on to win the sled pull event offering the farthest pull out of every competitor, while still tuned below 100 percent.
We will never know just how far Welch could have pulled that day, but we do know that he put almost 10-feet on the closest competitor. We’re excited to see them coming back and they look forward to redemption during the 2018 UCC where they hope to defend their Sled Pull win and hopefully add a couple more.
It’s merely a waiting game to see if mechanical can overcome technology. Obviously, the fire-by-wire trucks have been in control of UCC since the beginning. Be sure to be there to witness it all go down in person, in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Raceway!