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Black Smoke and Black Top with the Strictly Diesel NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals

NHDRA Diesel Drags and Tractor Pull from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Chandler, ARIZ. (May 1, 2016) – The Strictly Diesel NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals ran this past weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, putting high horse powered diesel drag cars and trucks up against the 1320 foot dragstrip.  It’s about the only event in the state where you’ll see big rigs rolling into the beams.

As fans piled into Wild Horse Pass, drag racers who came from all across the country readied their diesel powered rides for three time runs.  After dialing in their number, it was time for the elimination rounds to begin.  Racers paired at the tree before launching down the quarter mile looking for the win light.

NHDRA Diesel Drags and Tractor Pull from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

There was only one competitor in the Top Diesel and that would be Mechanicsville, Maryland’s Wade Moody with his ’05 Spitzer.  Wade made a couple of passes, running a best time of 7.321 at 180.75 mph.

NHDRA Diesel Drags and Tractor Pull from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Pro Stock Diesel had Idaho Falls, Idabo’s Jarid Vollmer and his ’41 Willys and St. George, Utah’s Dallas Theobald and his ’97 Dodge Dakota paired at the tree in the finals.  After breaking, Vollmer was unable to make the call to the starting line.  Theobald ran a 8.340 at 161.23 mph for the win.

It was an all California finals in Hot Rod as Riverside’s Frank Fierro and his ’65 Peterbilt faced off against Fontana’s record setting Wayne Talkington and his ’63 Kenworth.  Fierro got off the line first with a .315 light against Talkington’s .526, but his 14.885, 76.12 mph pass wouldn’t be enough to take the win after Talkington ran a 12.207 at 110.59 mph pass.  Earlier in the day, Talkington set a new world mph record after going through the traps at 111.58 mph.

NHDRA Diesel Drags and Tractor Pull from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Big Rig Bracket saw Denver, Colorado’s Charnie Disher and her ’52 Kenworth Needlenose and San Bernardino, California’s Bradler Culleton and his ’92 Peterbilt 379.  Disher stunned Culleton at the tree, leaving on with a .131 light against his 1.259.  Disher took the final round with a hole shot win, running a 20.193 at 57.32 mph on a 16.50 dial.  Culleton ran a 22.389 at 59.23 mph on a 19.50 dial.

Super Street Diesel was the last final round of the day to run down the dragstrip.  Just prior to rolling into the beams, a dust storm decided to roll across the track.  The crew at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park did a great job of cleaning and prepping the tracks surface for what would ultimately be the final pair to run down the dragstrip for the day.

NHDRA Diesel Drags and Tractor Pull from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

The Super Street Diesel finals saw Maypearl, Texas’ Wade Minter and his ’06 Chevrolet meeting up with San Antonio, Texas’ Chris Buhidar and his 2000 Ford F-350 meeting at the tree for the final round of eliminations.  Minter and his tri-turbo Chevrolet left first with a .157 light against Buhidar’s .233.  Minter’s reaction time would give him the hole shot win after he went on to run a 9.677 at 116.01 mph against Buhidar’s quicker 9.665, 128.85 mph pass.

NHDRA Diesel Drags and Tractor Pull from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

The 10.90 Diesel class would put Redding, California’s Larry Strawn and his ’31 Fodge up against San Antonio, Texas’ Ray Ross and his ’06 Chevrolet.  Strawn not only got off the line first with a .409 light against Ross’ .527, but he would also make it to the strip first after running a 11.269 at 90.36 mph against Ross’ faster, but losing 11.316, 117.98 mph pass.

NHDRA Diesel Drags and Tractor Pull from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

Running on an 11.90 index, Super Diesel competitors Ross Dunagan from Kerrville, Texas and Phoenix’s Chance McKelvie squared off at the tree.  Dunagan in his ’06 F-250 and McKelvie in his ’05 Dodge.  Dunagan cut a .300 light against McKelvie’s .677.  Trying to make up lost time at the tree, McKelvie would run too fast after laying down a 11.587, 108.31 mph pass.  Dunagan ran a 11.989 at 103.72 mph for the win.

NHDRA Diesel Drags and Tractor Pull from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

In Sportsman Diesel, Lafayette, Indiana’s Robin Ridgway and her ’01 F-350 met Joshua, Texas’ Scott McKinstry and his ’08 Duramax 2500 HD on the starting line.  When the tree dropped, Ridgway got off the line first with a .031 light against McKinstry’s .093.  She was quick off the tree, but was also too quick on the track after she ran a 16.064 at 85.87 mph on a 16.10 dial.  McKinstry ran a 12.303 at 114.46 mph on a 12.25 dial for the win.

NHDRA Diesel Drags and Tractor Pull from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

After the racing was done it was time for the burnout contest.  The contest would claim the first competitor as their Dodge truck overheated.  Second up was  a Studebaker pickup that also made the whole 45 seconds of spinning his tires before the crowd.  Another Dodge came up on deck, but couldn’t make the full 45 seconds.  Next up was Commerce City, Colorado’s Jim Disher and his chopped ’71 Kenworth K-100.  With four tires blazing in the burnout box, Disher was putting out twice the smoke and would ultimately win the burnout contest.  Redding, California’s Larry Strawn and his ’31 Fodge were the last to compete.  After throwing an old set of tires on, Strawn wasn’t far behind Disher in the smoke department.

NHDRA Diesel Drags and Tractor Pull from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park

The burnout contest wouldn’t be the last event of the day.  After presenting the drag racing awards, it was time to fire up the truck and tractor pull on a 300 foot course the NHRDA fabricated on the west side of the dragstrip near the scoreboards.  Purpose built four-wheel drive trucks, multi-engine pulling tractors, and just about anyone else with a four-wheel drive truck all put the sled to its paces as they pulled it until they could pull it no more.

Scroll down to check out some of the action from the Strictly Diesel NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals.

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