Ride Of The Week
Ryan Milliken Sends His Turbo Into Orbit
Sparks flew at Sweet 16 over the weekend—and they all came out of Ryan Milliken’s glacier blue Nova. While trying to line things out during qualifying, Milliken’s billet-aluminum Cummins spun the 88mm GTX5533 to the tune of 125,000 rpm and change before the turbine wheel attempted to go to the moon. The good news is that he was able to source a spare charger the same night. The bad news is that he went out in the first round of eliminations. In the future, look for one of the diesel industry’s favorite racers to convert the car to a four-link, try a different stator converter, and show up with a big wastegate in the mix.
Drag Race Highlights
SGMP In The Crosshairs Of City Councilman
Speaking of Sweet 16, South Georgia Motorsports Park owner, Ozzy Moya, seems to have fallen on difficult times. Like many other drag strips across the country, the local community is making it more and more of a chore to operate the track. And the reason? You guessed it, excessive noise in the early morning hours. After being annexed into the city of Adel, Georgia in 2017 with the promise that no curfews would be implemented, Adel’s mayor and city councilman appear to be reneging on the agreement. Then there are the rumored speed traps along the interstate leading to the drag strip… Unfortunately this is a sign of the times, as drag strips become fewer and fewer all across the country.
John Robinson’s Cummins-Powered Rail Makes 2022 Debut
Out and about for the first time in 2022, John Robinson (driver of the Stud-RX sponsored dragster) piloted his Scheid-built, Cummins-powered rail to a 4.27-second eighth-mile while competing at the Funny Car Chaos event in Ennis, Texas. With this inaugural low 4 in the books at Texas Motorplex, many are wondering how much further Robinson will dip into the 4’s this year. After all, at one time his dragster was a smidge quicker than the Scheid rail and seemed poised to go 3’s. Will 2022 be a history-making year for Robinson and his team? Only time will tell, and he certainly believes a record-setting pass is in his current parts combination.
The Trials Of A Duramax Chevelle
The Texas Radial Roundup made for a busy weekend for traveling drag racer, Rick Fletes and his wheels-up Duramax Chevelle. After addressing ECM and exhaust issues, replacing a turbo, and fighting through a few valve body demons and tire slip problems with the car, Fletes managed a 5.69 at 125 mph after nabbing a 1.34-second 60-foot. But after throwing another 200hp worth of nitrous at the car for eliminations, the tires couldn’t hold it, there were fireballs, and he shot off his turnups! Even so, Fletes would manage a losing 6.06 at 125 mph somehow. While he was on the trailer at that point, he did earn the long haul award from Doomsday Productions.
Big Changes For Climate Change
Having thrown this photo out for the world to see, we know the Royalty family will be turning up the heat on the Climate Change Pro Mod this season. Their all-new aluminum 12-valve head is said to have taken 150 pounds off of the Dakota’s bottom line for 2022. However, the mechanical monstrosity of a Scheid Cummins under the hood will still be fed via three turbos, and that arrangement has undergone changes, too, most notably a Hart’s Diesel primary charger being added to the mix. Steve Royalty and crew plan to hit Edgewater Sports Park, their local eighth-mile track, for a few test hits on April 8. After that, we’ll see them at the ODSS season opener at Wagler Motorsports Park.
Zero Countries Met The Updated WHO PM2.5 Guideline In 2021
According to the World Air Quality Report prepared by iQAir, a Swiss air quality technology company, just 3-percent of all cities and no single country met the World Health Organization’s (WHO) PM2.5 annual air quality guideline last year. In 2021, WHO recommended a reduction in annual PM2.5 concentration by 50-percent, from 10 µg/m3 down to 5 µg/m3. Among the report’s findings, there were 93 cities with annual PM2.5 concentrations more than 10 times higher than WHO’s PM2.5 guideline, only 3-percent of the 1,588 monitored European cities met it, and of the 2,408 U.S. cities in the study concentrations rose from 9.6 µg/m3 to 10.3 µg/m3 in 2021 compared to 2020.
Scheid High Output Diesel Fuel
If you’re looking for an edge in drag racing, truck and tractor pulling, or aboard the dyno, Scheid Diesel’s high output diesel fuel can give you the added punch your truck needs. Scheid’s premium blend of off-road fuel is dyno-proven to provide 4 to 7-percent increases in horsepower and torque, provides for quicker and easier starting, and considerably improves your cetane rating. On top of that, it is legal for use in both the Pro Pulling League and National Tractor Pullers Association. Scheid’s high output diesel comes in two easy-to-pour 2.5-gallon jugs and retails for $94.83.