Thunder in Muncie



Long before diesel became “cool” and enthusiast magazines sprang up, the only publication that dealt with diesel pickups was the [Turbo Diesel Registry] ([TDR]). This magazine was essentially a technical publication for [TDR] club members geared toward the Dodge Cummins turbo diesel. [TDR] also put on rallies, which were open to anyone who owned a Cummins turbo diesel.

 

Diesel Motorsports Event

Diesel Motorsports Event

One of the group’s earliest rallies was in Muncie, Indiana, home of the Muncie four-speed from muscle car days. The event was held at Gaston Lion’s Club Park, just outside of Muncie, and featured all the typical diesel gathering stuff, such as vendors, food and good company with other Cummins owners.

Diesel Motorsports Event

A full field of trucks went door to door on the Muncie Dragway, home of the first Thunder in Muncie.

Diesel Motorsports Event

“Lucky Dog” Layton, a regular on the NADM circuit, came as close to lifting the front wheels as possible in his shorty Dodge.

 

Diesel Motorsports Event

Jared Vollmer, behind the wheel of the Bully Dog Dodge, clipped off a 9.55 and backed it up with a 9.46, clocking at 147 mph to set an Unlimited World Record.

Diesel Motorsports Event

Also in fast company was H&S Performance’s clean 6.7L Dodge, which broke into the 9-second bracket with a 9.80 run.

 

The event in 2000 was also historic, in that TDR hosted the first diesel truck-only drag race and sled-pulling event. Industry veterans Gene Mohney, of Diesel Motorsports, and Eric McBride, former head of the Diesel Hot Rod Association, were instrumental in getting diesel pickups into a sport that had been dominated by tractors up to that point. And so the original Thunder in Muncie was born.

Diesel Motorsports Event

Back at the Gaston Lion’s Club Park, a huge vendor area was set up and was crowded all day.

Diesel Motorsports Event

Chelsie Taylor and Kayla Kelly, of the Little Power Shop of Bradford, Pennsylvania, took time away from the booth to ham it up for the camera.

 

Diesel Motorsports Event

Bean’s Diesel brought in its portable dyno. Up on the rollers is the 2nd-gen Dodge of Jordan Jackson, who won Best of Show in the show-and-shine competition.

 

Nearly 12 years later, Diesel Motorsports (NADM) is keeping the Thunder in Muncie legend alive and well by hosting both a diesel drag race and diesel truck-only sled pull at the same Gaston Lion’s Club Park at which it all began. This year’s event, held on June 23rd, brought back much of the same magic, with drag racing at Muncie Dragway in the morning and a full schedule of sled pulling later in the day at Gaston Lion’s Club Park.

 

Diesel Motorsports Event

Trevor Selinger and his wild Ford F-250 took home Best Ford honors in the show and shine.

Diesel Motorsports Event

Sled pulling action started in the evening with competition in four different classes.

Diesel Motorsports Event

A full-house crowd was on hand at Gaston Lion’s Club Park for a full evening of sled pulling.

 

Cool temperatures and great track prep at Muncie Dragway led to some new Diesel Motorsports records being set. Jared Vollmer, behind the wheel of the Bully Dog Dodge, clipped off a 9.55 and backed it up with a 9.46 clocking at 147 mph to set an Unlimited World Record. Also in fast company was Wade Moody’s Flo-Pro S-10 pro stocker, which laid down an 8-second pass at 174 mph, and a 9.50 run by Dimitri Mallard and his Dimitri’s Custom Auto Duramax. This was followed by a 9.80 run by H&S Performance’s clean 6.7L Ram. Dimitri also got the Ironman Award for running two trucks and changing boost boots between rounds while also being a one-man pit crew, according to NADM.

Diesel Motorsports Event

 

Diesel Motorsports Event

Shortly after the awards were handed out at the track, the crowd headed toward Gaston’s Lion’s Club Park, which is approximately 7 miles down the road. There, everyone was met with a huge vendor row featuring a who’s-who of the diesel industry. Many of the vendors had driven a long way to participate. The short list included Beans Diesel Performance, Alligator Performance, H&S Performance and Industrial Injection, to name just a few.

 

By late afternoon, the sled pullers began to arrive and get teched-in, and by early evening, the action began in four classes. The old Lion’s Club Park stands—probably the same ones that were there 12 years ago—were packed with spectators. Even more folks lined the course in the infield, and the action started in early evening and continued well past 10 p.m.

 

Prior to the start of the sled-pulling action, Dave Mitchell was selected as the first inductee into the Diesel Motorsports Hall of Fame. Mitchell’s daughter accepted the award, because Dave passed away earlier this year. Dave owned and operated Enterprise Engine Performance and was one of the innovators in the sled-pulling industry.

 

For more information on next year’s Thunder in Muncie or any other Diesel Motorsports (NADM) event, access its website: www.runnadm.com.

 

Drag Racing Results

 

ET Bracket:
Dan Holland 1st Place
Johnny Gilbert 2nd Place
Jim Layden Semi
Shane King Semi
Quick Diesel:
Johnny Gilbert 1st Place 12.04 116.82
Jim Layden 2nd Place 11.96 116.68
Shane King Semi 12.34 109.90
Unlimited:
Jarid Vollmer 1st Place 9.69 148.00
Payton Hugie 2nd Place 10.07 140.71
Dmitri Millard Semi 12.24 75.32

 

 

 

Sled-Pulling Results by Class

 

2.6 STREET DIESEL Thunder In Muncie

Name/Team Name

City/State

Year/Color

Make/Model

Distance

Scott Amos Summitville, IN 1999 Black Dodge rehook (309.05)

311.02

Tyler Eller Lafayette, IN 1995 Black/red Dodge

310.06

Evan Smoot Eaton, IN !997 Black Dodge

305.10

Kile Clamme Upland, IN 1996 Black Dodge

304.04

Brandon Overmyer Rochester, IN 1996 White Dodge

300.08

Tyson Dillard Fountain Run, KY 1997 Black Dodge

300.04

Terry Coopess Elwood, IN 1998 Blue Dodge

299.09

Erik Hucke Oxford, OH Purple Dodge

297.07

Adam Hallien Fort Wayne, IN 1997 Blue Dodge

294.10

Jeremy Tedrow Delta, OH 1998 Black Dodge

293.09

 

3.0 STREET DIESEL Thunder in Muncie

Hook #

Name/Team

City/State

Year, Color

Make, Model

Distance

Bryan Barker

New Carlisle, OH

2001 Black

Dodge

313.08

Curt Haisley

Swayzee, IN

1995 Silver

Dodge

309.07

Joel Reese

Connesville, IN

1997 Green

Dodge

307.05

Mike Wiesehan

Antwerp, OH

1993 Black

Dodge

306.02

Tyler Dillard

Fountain Run, KY

1996 Green

Dodge

302.04

Rocky Roark

Amanda, Ohio

2008 Black

Ford

290.05

Terry Biggs

Noblesville, IN

1995 Black

Dodge

290.02

Chris Webb

Vanwert, OH

2004 Silver

Dodge

286.04

Chase McCombs

Connersville, IN

1997 Red

Dodge

219.01

 

 

SUPER STREET/MOD Thunder in Muncie

Hook #

Name/Team Name

City/State

Year/Color

Make, Model

Distance

Van Haisley

Fairmont, IN

1997 Black

Dodge

333.04

Calvin Miller

Guysmill, PA

2002 Red

Dodge

302.09

Wayne Greier

Salem, OH

1997

Dodge

282.00

Corey Hendershot

Russiaville, IN

1999 Silver

Dodge

20.09

 

 

WORK STOCK Thunder In Muncie

Hook #

Name/Team Name

City/PA

Year, Color

Make, Model

Distance

Kyle Harness Frankfort, IN 2005 White Chevy

291.08

Adam Ruple Delta, OH 1995 Marroon Dodge

290.04

Kerk Kesler Frankfort, IN 2005 Black Chevy

279.10

George Ponder Alexandria, IN 2001 Silver Dodge

278.08

Robert Smith Summerville, IN 2012 Black Dodge

273.06

Austin Jones Delphi, IN 1999 Red Dodge

272.03

Mitch Pierce Elwood, IN 2001 White Chevy

271.10

Dustin Poling Convoy, IN 2001 White Dodge

270.11

Matthew Utter Rochester, IN 2005 Red Dodge

270.09

Joe Kopfeschmid Kokomo, IN 2005 Red Chevy

266.04

 

 

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Workstock Class—Rollin Smoke Diesel.com
2.6 Class—Second Wind Performance
Quick Diesel Class–New Era Diesel
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Sled Pulling—Pure Diesel Power.com
Drag Racing—DDPPI Diesel Performance Parts.com
Show-n-Shine—The DieselStore.comBy Kevin WilsonPhotography: Kevin Wilson

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