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Diesel Powered Beasts Burned Down the Quarter Mile at Speedworld

Wittmann, Arizona March 10, 2012 — One doesn’t normally equate diesel-powered vehicles with speed, but this weekend at Speedworld Dragstrip the connection was made during the NHRDA’s (National Hot Rod Diesel Association) Desert Diesel Nationals.  Everything from Sportsman to Pro Stock classes were making competitions runs down the quarter-mile, some in the 7 second range.

The Desert Diesel Nationals was a big hit.  The stands were full of spectators and there was no shortage of competitors.  Paul Hernandez and his team traveled from Tijuana, Mexico to compete in the event with his 1956 Kenworth tractor.  Many think tractor trailers are  slow, but Paul’s best pass even in the Kenworth was an 11.07 at 116 MPH.

Along with the drag racing there was also some exhibition runs by Jet Dragsters and Test n Tune runs by alcohol powered Fuel Altereds.

The NHRDA also had a burnout contest. Top prize for the competitor that could make the most smoke was $1,000.00.  One by one participants pulled into the burnout box to compete for the cash.  Spinning 4 rear tires and blowing the air horn throughout the burnout, the Bad Habbit Peterbuilt easily took this prize.

Not everyone participating in the event came away unscathed.  A burnout competitor damaged his block in his attempt to lay down some tire smoke.  One of the Pro Stock trucks blew a burst panel, lifting his snorkel scoop and throwing a piece of metal out onto the track.  Look closely on the right side of the scoop near the windshield.  Arizona Auto Scene caught the chunk of metal flying out from under the hood.

V. Southwick running entry # 4268 won the Sportsman ET class running a 12.50 at 109.04 MPH after R. Ridgeway went red by .0612.

V. Southwick running entry # 4268 won the Super Diesel class running a 12.174 at 112.90 MPH after M. Larson broke out by .008.

R. Coddens running entry # 4152 won the Super Street class running a 16.669 at 97.55 MPH after Montgomery went red by .2799.

P. Hugie running entry # 6082 won the Pro Street class running a 11.7007 at 121.65 MPH to R. Coddens losing 15.8583 at 131.96 MPH.

Entry # 4712 won the Top Diesel class by breaking the beams on a bye run.

Fox Sports will be broadcasting the Desert Diesel Nationals in late April.  We heard a date of April 24th, but you may want to research it for yourself.

Take a minute to scroll down and check out some of Saturday’s diesel racing action.

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Thanks for checking out Arizona Auto Scene’s coverage of the NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals from Speedworld Dragstrip.


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