After an exciting week of high-octane diesel action, the 2016 Diesel Power Challenge is a wrap and a new champion has been crowned. Competitors showed up with their A-game and made this one of the greatest Diesel Power Challenge events yet. In the end, Charlie Keeter and his ’04 Ford F250 6.0 Power Stroke V-8 landed on top and took home the win.
The power these rigs are capable of was on full display throughout the event, starting with the Dyno test that revealed exactly what was under the hood of each diesel. Here is how the dyno competition unfolded and set the tone for who had the trucks to watch:
|1||Ray McClelland||07 Dodge Ram 2500||1,034||1,088||2,922|
|2||Charlie Keeter||04 Ford F-250||1,115||1,791||2,906|
|3||Kelsie Epp||02 GMC Silverado 2500HD||1,014||1,808||2,822|
|4||Neal Torley||08 Ford F-250||919||1,763||2,682|
|5||David Ferguson||05 Ford F-350||983||1,065||2,588|
|6||Jake Patterson||06 Dodge Ram 2500||748||1,482||2,230|
|7||Nathan Stacy||07 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD||760||1,109||1,869|
|8||Travis Koller||15 Ford F-250||360||978||1,338|
Following the dyno portion of DPC, competitors headed to the famed Bandimere Speedway to undergo tests of driver skill and strategy in the Obstacle Course. Drivers had to navigate through gates and cones and somehow manage to pull off reverse perpendicular parking, all while towing a trailered skid-steer. In the end, the Obstacle Course saw three out of seven perfect runs with no penalties. Others received time penalties for knocking down cones and completely missing strategically placed gates.
Next, DPC competitors headed to the eighth-mile trailer tow on the drag strip, followed by unloaded quarter-mile runs. By the time they reached the quarter-mile qualifier, half of the competitors were limping and only managed a DNF (did not finish) score, which is still worth more in points than a DNS (did not start). A full recap of the Obstacle Course, Trailer Tow and quarter-mile events can be found here.
Despite this being a competition, participants didn’t let that stop them from helping out fellow competitors when things went south. An event like this can produce serious carnage and take out any truck at any moment. However, this group managed to keep each other in high spirits and all were quick to lend a hand when catastrophe struck. The final standings were as follows:
1st Place: Charlie Ketter-533.5 points
2nd Place: Neal Torley-502 points
3rd Place: Ray McClelland-423.2 points
Driver Skill Award: Neal Torley (who received NO penalties throughout the competition.)
Carnage Award: Jake Patterson
People’s Choice Award: Ray McClelland
As the Official Oil, AMSOIL is a proud supporter of DPC and the enthusiasts that make it a reality. Special thanks to event sponsors TEN, XTreme Diesel Performance (XDP), ATS Diesel Performance, PPE and all competitors on delivering another exciting display of diesel power. AMSOIL congratulates Charlie Keeter on taking home a $500 AMSOIL shopping spree, a $1,500 check and ultimate bragging rights.