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The NHRDA Opens its 2017 Drag Racing Season at Wild Horse Pass with the Desert Diesel Nationals

Chandler, ARIZ. (March 25, 2017) – The National Hot Rod Diesel Association opened its 2017 diesel drag racing season with the Desert Diesel Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Saturday.  Drivers and crews came to the Valley from across the country to compete in Saturday’s NHRDA drag racing competition.

With seven classes of racing from Pro Street to Big Rig Bracket, there was plenty of variety to be seen on the track along with a giant car show in the pits.  Racers were given two time runs to either run their classes dial, or dial their truck in for Saturday’s track and weather conditions.  Out of control of the track crew at Wild Horse Pass Motosports Park, a few oil and fluid spills would set the schedule back by about an hour.  The track crew did a great job at bringing the track back to safe and race ready conditions.  Even former Wild Horse Pass Track Prep Specialist Brandon Mass complimented the condition of Saturday’s track surface.

Going into elimination rounds, Pro Street would see its only competitor, Floresville, Tesas’ Dustin Jackson and his ’96 Ford looking to back up pass run earlier in the day to set a world record after running an 8.42.  With the heat off being the only one in the class, Dustin backed it up with a 8.492 and now holds the record for quickest ET in Pro Street.

Running heads up, Supper Street saw Huntington Beach, California’s Ron Relswig and his 2006 Dodge come up against No. 1 qualifier Chris Buhidar and his 2000 Ford at the tree in the finals.  Reslwig got off the line first with a .178 light against Buhidar’s .234, but San Antiono, Texas’ Buhidar’s 9.907, 130.91 mph pass would take the win as Reiswig would run a 10.448 at 135.65 mph.

In the 10.90 Index class, San Antonio, Texas’ Ray Ross and his ’06 Chevy met with Redding, California’s Larry Strawn and his ’31 “Fodge” on the line in the final round of eliminations.  Running a 10.707, the No. 1 qualifying Strawn would break out, handing the win to Ross.  Ross ran a respectable 10.904, 115.24 mph, just about on the number pass for the win.

Super Diesel saw Sun City, Arizona’s Nate Morgan and his ’05 Chevy meet Roscoe, Texas’ Amalee Mueller and her ’04 Dodge in the final round of eliminations.  Running on an 11.90 index, Mueller got off the line first with a .344 light against Morgan’s .572.  Mueller’s quicker reaction time would give her the win after running a 12.112 against Morgan’s 12.003.

Stanley, New Mexico’s James Erwin and his ’08 GMC and Elk City, Oklahoma’s Justin Rosentreter and his ’05 Chevy met on the line in the finals.  When the tree dropped, Rosentreter went red by -.011.  Erwin ran a 14.443, 91.08 mph pass for the win.

In the Big Rig Bracket, all Brandon all ’05 Peterbilt final, Florence, Arizona’s Brandon Hight and Gilbert, Arizona’s Brandon Hogenes would make the last class pass of the day down the dragstrip.  Hight, the No. 1 qualifier would take the win with a 19.269 against Hogenes’ 19.684.

Hot Rod Semi’s only two competitors Wayne Talkington and the Lucas Oil sponsored ’63 Kenworth out of Fontana, California and Riverside, California’s Frank Fierro and his ’65 Peterbilt rolled up to the starting line for their final pass of the day.  Talkington had been quicker all day and it was not surprise that he would take the win with a 12.771, 110.73 mph pass against Fierro’s 13.512, 108.86 mph pass.  It was Talkington’s last pass down the track in the Kenworth as it is being sold to a new team.

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Scroll down to check out some of the action on the track Saturday during the NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

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