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BEANS DIESEL PERFORMANCE TENNESSEE EVENT

n October 14, 2017, diesel performance fanatics from near and far descended upon the small town of Woodbury, Tennessee for what has become one of if not the largest events in Cannon County just a few miles south of Nashville—the Beans Diesel Performance Blackout in the Country. This marked the 11th annual event for Beans Diesel Performance and the team led by shop owner Ryan Bean and his crew. The large event drew nearly 3,000 attendees from as far away as western Canada as well as from all over southeastern states like Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas, and even a few from Washington State on the West Coast.

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As in years past, the BDP event offers something for all diesel enthusiasts and competitors, with action on the chassis dyno, and burnout fun on the concrete pad mixed in with a manufacturer midway and show-n-shine, then finishing out the day with the sled pull. This year also marked the return of dirt drags to the event, which made both participants and spectators happy. With just about every diesel performance discipline on hand in a small area on the BDP grounds, Blackout in the Country offers great bang for the buck for spectators and participants alike.

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Donavan Harris brought his truck all the way from western Canada to run on the BDP dyno. The long trip proved to be worth it when he dropped nearly 2,000 hp and over 3,000 lb-ft of torque on the rollers to take the top honors of the event.

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Checking out the action on the dyno was a popular activity, starting early in the morning and continuing throughout the day.

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Dylan Moon used his 2005 Dodge to spin the rollers to the tune of nearly 1,400 hp to take fourth overall in the dyno competition and showing how stout the competition is at the BDP event.

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The manufacturer midway was busy throughout the day with attendees checking out the latest and greatest diesel performance parts and accessories from the top vendors in the industry.

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BDP and Dynomite Diesel Products showed off the new dual CP3 Cummins setup they are working on together. We look forward to trying it out as soon as we can.

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At times, the smoke that rolled out of the dyno cell was so thick that the building could barely be seen. But the
crowd enjoyed every minute of the dyno action whether they could see it or not.

High-powered trucks were spinning Beans’ Dynocom chassis dyno rollers first thing in the morning, with crowds of spectators gathered around the dyno bay to catch the action. Dyno action continued throughout the day and into the late hours of the night when Ryan Bean ran his truck across the rollers to the tune of over 1,700 hp and nearly 2,900 lb-ft of torque. While Bean threw down a huge number on the dyno with his C-10, it was no match for Donavan Harris and his Dodge that spun the rollers with nearly 2,000 hp and over 3,000 lb-ft of torque earlier in the day. More than 50 vehicles made passes on the dyno rollers throughout the day. Those who weren’t hanging around the horsepower battles on the dyno could walk through the nearby manufacturer midway, where many of the top performance diesel manufacturers and vendors in the diesel world had booths set up to show off their latest and greatest offerings. Diesel enthusiasts could also check out the show-n-shine competition trucks.

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The show-n-shine winners pose with their trucks. From left to right: Best of Show Dustin Sullivan, Best 2WD Clint Gibson and Best 4×4 Nick Lazguirre.

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The burnout pad outside the shop was one of the most popular spots of the event with an almost constant flow of cars, trucks and just about anything else with wheels giving it a try. Some were much more successful than others.

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This Dodge is sending up huge smoke signals while the crowd is cheering him on—after all, it’s not their tires!

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The owner of this Ford mounted up an old set of rear tires rather than chew up his regular tires. He blew the driverside tire during the burnout and the passenger side was about to go as well.

By 9:30 in the morning the action began to get serious on the burnout pad, with several participants bringing extra wheels and tires specifically for burnouts so they could attempt to blow them out. Huge crowds were on hand for the burnout action—everything from Camaros and Challengers to mini-trucks trying to light up their rear tires. Of course, the best smoke shows featured black smoke from the exhaust as well as white smoke from the tires to drive the crowds into a frenzy. We witnessed many blown tires throughout the day as well as huge plumes of tire smoke billowing into the sky and it was clear that the burnout pad remains one of the most popular spots on the BDP campus.

With prep complete for the dirt drag trucks, they started making practice passes down the dirt strip around 11:00. The Beans Diesel Performance crew hosted three classes of dirt drag racing: Street Class, Modified Class and 2WD Class. But the only 2WD competitor ended up being Ryan Bean in his 2WD Cumminspowered Chevy C-10 drag truck so he simply made a few exhibition passes to thrill the fans. After the test and tune sessions were done the trucks lined up for elimination rounds to determine the winners in each class.

The featured event for the day, of course, was the sled pull with 50 hooks in four classes, including the ever-popular 2.5 Class as well as a 2.6/3.0-Smooth Bore Class, 3.6-Smooth Bore Class and a “Run What Ya Brung” Class to give everyone wanting a chance to tackle the sled an opportunity. The first truck hooked to the sled at around 6:00 o’clock and the last hook finishing just after 10, rounding out the day of diesel fun with around 50 hooks for the night.

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If you weren’t there, check out these pages to see a sample of photos from the event. If you’re in the Nashville area (or can arrange your schedule to be in the area) on October 13, 2018, and are as crazy about diesels and diesel performance as we are, you should make the trip down to Woodbury for the Beans Diesel Performance Blackout in the Country—we’re sure you’ll be glad you did!

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The BDP team built their own light system for the dirt drags, giving the drivers an instant green this year while they were working bugs out, but the drivers had a great time nonetheless.

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Ryan Bean laid down some fast exhibition passes on the dirt in his 1,700hp Cummins-powered 2WD C-10 Chevrolet drag truck.

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Chris Hatzman won the Street Class dirt drags with his clean standard cab Fummins.

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Terry Biggs and his Blackout Dodge took home the win in the 3.6-Smooth Bore Class with the help of his cut tires and powerful 12-valve Cummins engine.

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The 2.5 Class was the largest of the night with 22 trucks hooking to the sled. April Browning and her 2006 Chevrolet took home the win by less than a foot.

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In the final round of the Modified Class Dustin McCandless and his Chevrolet got the best of Dan Morin and his Ford.

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Josh Land had similar results to White, finishing in fourth place in the 2.6/3.0 Class before bumping up to the 3.6 Class and finishing in second.

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Andrew Sauer took home the 2.6/3.0-Smooth Bore Class win in his beautiful orange and black Dodge.

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Adam White and his 1st Gen Dodge didn’t get a win but still had a great night, taking second place in the 2.6/3.0-Smooth Bore then moving up to the 3.6 Class and finishing fourth.

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Devan Story took home the RWYB/Open Class win in his 2005 Chevrolet.

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The crew from Pulltech Chassis and Fabrication knows how to tailgate; they brought the reclining sofa from the shop’s waiting room out to the pull!

Sources:

BEANS DIESEL PERFORMANCE
615.563.7800
BDPshop.com

DOMINATOR SLED RENTALS
901.568.1822
DominatorSled.com