THE 2020 SCHEID DIESEL EXTRAVAGANZA: New Venue, Same World-Class Competition
The success of the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza (SDX) remained uncertain after changing venues, and then was further compounded by a global pandemic. It’s safe to say that the staff of Scheid Diesel Service Co. and Wagler Motorsports Park pulled it off, and delivered a great event worthy of the twenty-plus year reputation. S&S Diesel Motorsport is extremely proud to have sponsored the Friday Night Grudge Racing (which was postponed until the next ODSS race due to a quick rainstorm) and exhibited alongside many other reputable companies.
Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League (PPL) put on a great show as usual. Several members of Team SSfueled claimed ultimate victory and many others found success.
Pro Stock Diesel Trucks – The lone SSfueled truck in the class was none other than the Beetz Brothers’ Durty Deere, piloted by Jeremy Beetz. Team Durty Deere represented well by earning 4th on Friday night and 3rd on Saturday night, out of 23 hard hooking Pro Stock trucks. S&S Diesel Motorsport would like to recognize the Beetz Brothers for their commitment to innovation and helping us get to where we are today. Durty Deere was the first Duramax to run a Bosch stand-alone ECU, back in 2010 when S&S co-founder, Andrew Stauffer, worked for Bosch Motorsport. We would like to thank the Beetz Brothers for their contribution to progressing common rail diesel technology.
Limited Pro Stock Diesel Trucks – With a legendary heavy metal namesake, Brian Shew’s Iron Maiden had them running for the hills all weekend long. Brian and his team won on Friday night with a 337.39-foot hook and was barely edged out of first by 3.24 inches on Saturday night, with a 322.91-foot hook. It’s worth mentioning that Team Iron Maiden also earned 1st and 2nd in qualifying. By drawing in 61 highly-competitive Limited Pro trucks SDX is still the biggest truck pull in the land, and the SSfueled, Freedom Racing Engines-powered, Iron Maiden put on a show!
Only 26 out of the 61 Limited Pro trucks onsite were able to qualify for evening competition, so making the show is an accomplishment within itself. On Friday night Evan Davis earned 3rd behind the wheel of Grey Area, Garrett Loucks pushed Un-Locked to 7th, Jesse Knight scored 14th in Hillbilly Bone Unleashed, Tim Tuttle got 15th in Common Cents, and Nick Gillett rounded out Team SSfueled placing with 20th in Black Smoke Matters. Saturday night competition concluded with Tim Tuttle earning 5th, Evan Davis took home 12th, Doug Monroe earned 22nd in Hard Times, Matt Loucks placed 24th, and Nick Gillett got 25th.
Pro Street Diesel Trucks – PPL Pro Street Diesel Trucks, or commonly known as 2.6 Smooth Bore, is growing in popularity and SDX 2020 pulled in 37 competitive 2.6 trucks. Out of 37, only 12 qualified for the show each night. On Friday night Fleece Performance’s Evan Rusk earned 5th in In Line Hustle, Ronnie Hall secured 7th with Hall Pass, and Lee Stiltz came in 12th. Team SSfueled scored another win on Saturday night thanks to Doug Monroe! Doug used Bad Influence to drag the sled to 327.38 feet for the Pro Street win. Lee Stiltz wheeled the Dermody Diesel-prepped, CTT-tuned, Privileged into 5th, and Ronnie Hall scored 6th.
Over on the rubber-coated side of Wagler Motorsports Park the Outlaw Diesel Super Series (ODSS) put on an equally impressive record-breaking show.
Pro Dragster – Quite possibly the most unique, and surprising, competition vehicles on the property was the Wagler Competition Products dragster, tuned and piloted by S&S Diesel Motorsport employee, Andre Dusek. It’s powered by a nitrous injected, screw-blown, Wagler Duramax featuring an S&S fuel system and control package using MoTeC. It’s a shining example of the outer limits of common rail diesel and an excellent test bed for both Wagler and S&S. As with most new technology, there are bumps in the road along the way, and the Wagler dragster hurt the engine in testing on Thursday. Not ones to give up, the father/son team of Andre and Allen Dusek rose to the challenge, with encouragement from Jared Jones, and support from Wagler Competition Products and S&S Diesel Motorsport. A fresh bullet was in the dragster by the final round of qualifying, where Andre ran a 4.64 at 121 MPH to make it into competition against the class stalwart, Jared Jones. It was a Jones/Dusek matchup for the finals and when bulbs dropped, Jones pushed the Scheid Diesel dragster to the stripe first with a 4.19 at 179 MPH to Dusek’s 4.23 at 166 MPH. All in all, it was a great day for Team Dusek, earning Runner Up honors and a personal best for the Wagler Dragster’s competition debut.
Pro Mod – The Hammertech Race Cars-prepped, SSfueled, Done Right Diesel Performance ’63 Corvette, driven by Ben Shadday, is also a new build that is showing consistent improvement in its first two races. Team Done Right once again raced their way to finals for a matchup against Larson Miller. While Shadday was thrilled to run a new personal best of 4.40 at 166 MPH, it was not enough to surpass Miller’s 4.32 at 174 MPH. Congratulations to Team Done Right Diesel on a Runner Up in Pro Mod.
Pro Street – Thanks to the hardworking crew from Team Stainless Diesel, the fans got to see a record-breaking pass for the Pro Street class. Johnny Gilbert wheeled the SSfueled 4,400 lbs 2nd gen Dodge to 4.82 at 156.72 MPH, to claim the Pro Street ET and MPH records. Team Stainless made it to the final round to race former record holder, Josh Scruggs. Scruggs and company got a little payback by beating Gilbert with a 5.01 at 149 MPH to a 5.027 at 146 MPH. The Stainless Diesel team finished the day with Runner Up honors and two world records.
5.90 Index – After facing mechanical issues on his journey from Florida, the King of all things positive, Rod MacMaster, persevered and raced his way to the top in his SSfueled, Hardway Performance-prepped, 2WD Dodge. At the end of the day, Rod ran a 5.907 to beat Austin Doidge’s 5.918, and claim 5.90 victory.
6.70 Index – Newcomer, Deanna Ring, is proving to be a threat in her SSfueled Dodge, by going rounds in 6.70 Index and making it to the Quarter Finals.
7.70 Index – Congratulations to Corbin Hall for racing his way to the 7.70 Index Semi Finals and to Daniel Hargrove for making it to the Quarter Finals.
While the location may have been different, both tracks were expertly prepped, and the competition was just as tough. The best pulling trucks/tractors and diesel-powered drag cars/trucks answered the call from Dan Scheid, and rallied to Wagler Motorsports Park to prove that nothing can stand in the way of pulling and racing.