The racing lifestyle is one that isn’t to be taken lightly. If you’re doing it for glory, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons; but if you’re doing it for fun, then you might get what you wish for. Just be sure to spare some cheddar for when something catastrophic happens.
Take this 2006 Dodge Ram, owned by Jim Rendant out of McHenry, Illinois. He was competing at an event this month, where his beastly Cummins was out to take names and kick butt. Powered by the famous 5.9-liter inline-six, it had been amplified to another level thanks to Rendant’s rampant modifications over the years.
With a compound turbo system installed and a tune by Innovative Diesel, the truck was undoubtedly powerful. This was proven on a dynamometer, where it made an astounding 1,173 horsepower and 2,014 pound-feet of torque, running on 100 pounds of boost to boot. Yet with all this work done under the hood, Rendant was not careful to upgrade the rest of the drivetrain, which was left stock.
This proved to be the fatal flaw that did in the Dodge Ram. As seen in the video above, Rendant makes a pass down the drag strip and near the end, we see a blowout of metal chunks and oil fly across the asphalt. That’s because his engine block just had two holes punched through it.
Amazingly, the truck still continued to run for short bursts after this mishap. We see it make a couple of attempts to drive onto a trailer, but the motor cuts out as soon as it has to climb up the ramp. That’s where the good Samaritans step in to give the Dodge a few helping hands. Hopefully, this will be the last time Rendant and his truck have a lesson in necessary upgrades and preventative maintenance.