A Utah Tradition Lives On
For 13 straight years now, Weekend on the Edge is held in September at the Edge Products main facility in Ogden, Utah. The event is always a great way to wrap up an incredible season of diesel motorsports in the Rocky Mountain region. As title sponsor of the United Pullers pulling series, PowerTeq and Edge Products have really helped the sled pulling scene soar to all-new heights around the Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada area. As the final stop of 15 total sled pull events held throughout the summer, the Weekend on the Edge dyno competition and sled pull was one of the largest pulls ever on record west of Missouri.
As a big one-day event with a dyno competition running most of the day and sled pull action starting at 4 p.m., the Edge team knew it had a challenge getting through a long list of trucks, even with two dynos running. So with the help of the crew from Custom Auto and their portable SuperFlow dyno, the third set of rollers would take some of the load off Edge’s testing equipment and ensure they’d be able to get through 100+ vehicles by 2-3 p.m. so everyone could make their way over to the fairgrounds for the evening event.
Like years past, Edge held an open house at their headquarters in Ogden, and had a host of vendors with booths set up and even a free catered BBQ lunch for everyone in attendance, competing or not. With two Edge crews and the Custom Auto guys running hard all morning, exactly 100 trucks had been tested, adding up to more than 53,000 total horsepower on the day.
“As a big one-day event with a dyno competition running most of the day and sled pull action starting at 4 p.m., the Edge team knew it had a challenge.”
Setting an all-new horsepower record at Weekend on the Edge, Custom Auto’s little blue Duramax laid down a ground-pounding 1,620 rear-wheel horsepower reading for top spot on the day, shattering the previous year’s top numbers. Running basically everything possible under the hood, including two massive turbos and four nitrous solenoids, the truck made for quite the talk as it ripped past the dyno’s maximum torque reading, flat lining its torque curve on the big screen.
First place in the Dodge category went to Shawn Baca, the lead mechanic for nearby Industrial Injection, where his single-turbo and nitrous-injected 2006 Cummins put down 1,260 hp and 2,342 lb/ft of torque. Highest Ford honors went to a 6.4L Power Stroke owned by Justin Tyler, breaking the 600 hp barrier on fuel only, with not much more than some stout tuning. Other horsepower notables on the day were Chavis Fryer’s 2001 Duramax at 1,361 hp and Jake Nelson’s 1981 Isuzu Pup diesel at a tire-shredding 33.7 hp. That’s not a typo… 33.7 hp.
Part two of Weekend on the Edge was held at nearby Pioneer Stadium in Ogden. The United Pullers organization finished off their 2013 season and crowned their year’s points champions. Kicking off the fun at 4 p.m., everything from daily driven half-ton gas trucks to blown alcohol-injected 2wd pullers and, of course, plenty of diesel entries were running down the dirt track until well past midnight. Naturally, as the big season-ending show, the Weekend on the Edge sled pull brought in the largest crowd of the season, as well as the largest group of competitors, with more than 65 diesel entries alone.
The Work Stock Diesel class was won by Will Richards with a 286’ 3” pull. Will also won the 2013 points championship. The ever-so-competitive 2.6 Inducer class was won by Edge-sponsored Weylin Richards in his black Cummins. Weylin also wrapped up his 2013 points championship season on a good note. For the 3.0 Inducer class, Xtreme Diesel Performance out of New Jersey made the drive out to show the West Coast folks how it’s done with a 331’ 2” hook. Tom Hansen was crowned the 2013 3.0 points champ for the second year in a row. In the big boy 3.2 Inducer class, Kortney Neiffenegger’s 12V Cummins proved to be top dog for both the night and the season with first place finishes for both trophies.
You can rest assured that with the Edge Products and United Pullers relationship only growing stronger year after year, Weekend on the Edge will continue to be one of those “can’t wait for” events of the year. For more information on the 2013 WOTE event, results, Edge Products and associated event sponsors, visit www.weekendontheedge.com. DW
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