Photos courtesy of Edge Products
NADM Hosts 9th Annual Event
One of the few “old-school” events that has survived for any length of time is Weekend on the Edge, which has been held in Salt Lake City, and Ogden, Utah, for approximately nine years. The event is hallmarked by an evening of drag racing at Rocky Mountain Raceway, just outside Salt Lake City, followed by a full open house and dyno day the next day at Edge Products, in Ogden. More recently, a sled pull had been added to make Weekend on the Edge a true diesel triathlon.
Three years ago, the National Association of Diesel Motorsports (NADM) took over the Friday-night drag racing portion of the event at Rocky to form a true, diesel-only night of competition in hopes of attracting more diesel competitors. And for the past two years, NADM added diesel-only sled pulling to the agenda. This takes place on Saturday night at Ogden’s Pioneer Stadium, just down the road from Edge’s facility.
Each year, the event has attracted more and more diesels from the area and from as far away as the west coast, Minnesota and Canada. This year, more than 95 trucks competed in the drag racing portion of the event, while more than 75 trucks pulled at the stadium in front of a crowd of about 3,500 fans. Approximately 4,000 fans were on hand at the drag strip, according to NADM.
Three PPE Series drag racing classes were run at the drag strip, including ET bracket racing, Quick Diesel, which is a 12.0 index, and Unlimited Diesel in heads-up, go-as-fast-as-you-can competition.
The track also featured a great vendor alley, which was full of people the entire night. Among those on hand with displays were Edge, Industrial Injection, Flo Pro Exhaust, FASS, ATS, Addicted Diesel, High Tech Turbo and Wide Open Performance.
Saturday morning, the diesel faithful headed up the road to the Edge facility for the dyno day that was put on by Edge Products, K&N and Premier Performance. Hundreds of diesel trucks made passes on Edge’s state-of-the-art chassis dynos. The Edge folks also put on quite a lunch spread, which is customary. The activities ran well into the afternoon, while local diesel shops displayed their products.
Just a mile or so from the Edge facility, the Saturday-evening sled pulling event took place at Pioneer Stadium. Being a rodeo arena doesn’t exactly make for a very good pulling track, but the prep crew from United Truck and Tractor Pullers did a great job of making it a competitive pulling surface. They also provided the sled and crew to help the NADM crew put on a show of more than 75 trucks and one tractor that competed in front of 3,500 people. The pulling lasted until 10:30 p.m., with the crowd staying in their seats the entire night to watch the high-powered diesel pickups pull down the track.
The weekend was a success for NADM/DIESEL Motorsports, and Rocky Mountain Raceway, along with local companies, want to make this weekend diesel event even larger next year by offering bigger purses, larger venue and more diesel trucks from all over the country to attend the event.
NADM Weekend on the Edge Winners
PPE Drag Racing Friday night at Rocky Mountain Raceway
ET Bracket Class
1st Place Chris Kendall, Rock Springs, WY 15.00 14.99 @91.00 mph
2nd Place Karl Matin Riverton, UT 16.13 16.10 @82.66 mph
Quick Diesel New Era Diesel Class
1st Place Lynn Ross Marblehead, OH 12.14 @103.92 mph
2nd Place Jason Hurt North Ogden, UT 12.62 @115.26 mpg
1st Place Dimitri Millard Highland, ID 10.30 @133.13 mph
2nd Place Josh Gruvs Zimmerman MN 10.51 @131.63 mph
Dyno Day Winners
Highest Horsepower Overall 1st: Custom Auto 2001 GM, 1,356.9 HP 2,173.8 TQ
Highest Horsepower Overall 2nd: Alligator Performance 2006 GM, 1,099 HP 1,852 TQ
Highest Horsepower Overall 3rd: Johnny Curtice, 2005 Dodge, 879 HP 1,326.9 TQ
Highest Horsepower for Dodge 1st: Lance Croft, 2004 Dodge, 840.4 hp 1,588.7 TQ
Highest Horsepower for Ford 1st: Houston Denter, 2010 Ford, 563.5 hp 1,169 TQ
Highest Horsepower for GM 1st: Zach Fuller, 2005 GM, 842.6 hp 1,468.1 TQ
Highest Horsepower Cummins 1st: Greg Lance, 2002 Ford SD/Cummins Engine 679.6 hp 1,306.8 TQ
Highest Horsepower on Diesel Only: Alligator Performance 2006 GM, 1,026 hp 1,654 TQ
PPE Sled Pulling Saturday Night Pioneer Stadium
1st Ken Jones Ogden, UT 288.8 ft.
2nd Terry Thain North Logan, UT 272.1 ft.
3rd Jason Stott Rock Springs, WY 269.6 ft.
4th Russ Presscott Ogden, UT 250.1 ft.
5th Joel Carlson Lehi, UT 239.6 ft.
1st Jefferson Broady Divide, CO 282.3 ft.
2nd Todd Reinert Pinedale, WY 260.5 ft.
3rd Jeremy Neff Elko, NV 256.7 ft.
4th Zach Fuller Grantsville, VT 255.11 ft.
5th Jason Hurt Ogden, UT 255.1 ft.
3.0 Premier Performance Class
1st Tom Hansen Grantsville, UT 271.3 ft.
2nd Rowdy Bydalek Fort Lupton, CO 268.1 ft.
3rd Todd Reinert Pinedale, WY 265.3 ft.
4th Ryan Thain Benson, UT 260.8 ft.
5th Chris Vorhees Lakewood, CO 256.2 ft.
2.6 Industrial Injection Class
1st Rowdy Bydalek Fort Lupton, CO 269.9 ft.
2nd Chris Vorhees Lakewood, CO 266.4 ft.
3rd Tom Hansen Grantsville, UT 265.9 ft.
4th Ryan Thain Benson, UT 260.4 ft.
5th Wade Fausett Spanish Fork, UT 247.10 ft.
1st Chris Kendall Rock Springs, WY 286.4 ft.
2nd Chris Stecklein Idaho Falls, ID 280.9 ft. (tie)
2nd Sean Garn Fielding, UT 280.9 ft. (tie)
3rd Matt Martinez Plain City, UT 280.7 ft.
4th Andrew Vigil Big Piney, WY 275.11 ft.
5th Weylin Richards Wellsville, UT 274.3 ft.
Sled and crew provided by United Truck Tractor Pullers
NADM National Sponsors
PPE Series Sponsor
Flo Pro Exhaust
High Tech Turbo
South Bend Clutch
New Era Diesel
Champion Blue Flame Diesel Oil
Pure Diesel Power.com
Stainless Steel Brake Corporation
Check out the current issue of Diesel World Magazine that includes coverage of Weekend on the Edge and lots, lots more.