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The grass roots feel of dirt drag events has been growing in influence this year and was a welcome addition to the Riffraff Diesel Performance Event in Newport, Tennessee, this summer. The family style event has grown every year and become an important event on many diesel enthusiasts’ calendars, and this year was no exception. Diesel junkies flocked into the Cocke County fairgrounds on July 18th 2015 eager to see the stunning Show-N-Shine trucks, hear the spool of engines on the dyno, watch Riffraff’s first dirt drags, and of course, witness the sled pull.

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The high-powered trucks showing their power on the DP-Tuner dyno drew in a large crowd throughout the day. Phillip Mullet’s GMC made the second most power of the day.

Patrick Riner topped the charts with his 949 horsepower Ram 2500, taking home the highest power title at the Riffraff event.

Will Riner’s behemoth show truck clinched the overall Best in Show title along with the Best Ford and Best Paint awards for his radical suspension and flashy paintjob.

As in year’s past, the event was family friendly and everyone was welcome to come and have a good time, including the young ones who were able to enjoy some bounce castles, cotton candy and snow cones, even with the scattered showers that poured on spectators and their trucks. Though the event originally catered to the Power Stroke clan of diesel lovers, a variety makes and models made it to this special event.

The eventual Modified Diesel class winner and 2nd overall dyno competitor, Phillip Mullet, blasted past his competition every round he entered.

The DP-Tuner Dyno started off right away and very quickly had a long line formed behind it waiting for their chance to prove their metal and lay down the power. The highest horsepower honor eventually went to Patrick Riner with his ‘06 Ram 2500 with an impressive 949 horsepower and 1,822 pound feet of torque. The top Duramax and top Power Stroke both rounded out the top three overall with Phillip Mullet’s ‘03 GMC 2500 coming in with 786 horsepower and 1,050 pound feet of torque followed by Colt Minton and his 2010 F-250 at 618 horsepower and 1,201 pound feet of torque.

Next to begin after the dyno was underway was the inaugural dirt drags. Still showing their welcoming attitude and “run what you brung” attitude, Clay Note and his Riffraff West Coast based crew set up five different classes for the drag racing activity. The quick arm-drop style dirt drags had a good pace and kept fans excited, as they flew down the 300-foot track with dust flying. Adam Doan grabbed the win in the 4WD Gas class as the brackets wound down, while Kamen Drae won the 4WD Stock Diesel through his competitive group. The 2WD/Manual classes were won by Gabriel Williams in the gas division and Dustin Coons on the diesel side. Phillip Mullet showed his trucks ability by placing second highest power overall on the dyno and coming out on top of the Modified Diesel dirt drag class, as he pounded down the track ahead of the rest down to the final. The dirt drags were a hit as fans enjoyed watching the homegrown style, head-to-head racing with mixed clouds of clay dust and black smoke.

Just a tad bit of smoke from Will Riner’s Ford as it spun the dyno rollers.

By the time the dirt drags were wrapping up, judging had been tallied for the crowd of Show-N-Shine contestants. With a variety of trucks entered, vehicles were divided into six distinct categories and competition was held across those to determine the overall best-in-show. One of the largest classes of the event was the Old Body Style (OBS) early Ford group. Jackson Camb was able to take the win in the Work Stock group, and Justin LaFollete took home first in the Best Dodge category. Kevin Martin and his slick OBS (custom painted black with deep, dark red flames and carbon fiber effects) was able to nab first in both the Cleanest Ride and Best OBS. But Will Riner’s custom-built, massively lifted, gray, flamed Power Stroke show truck with bright yellow and blue accents and clean underbelly came out on top by gathering the Best Ford and Best Paint category wins and taking the Best in Show title, literally towering over ogling spectators and judges alike.

Ernie Huling and his Dirty Money truck’s outlandish graphics held the crowd’s eye as it muscled down the track to finish third in the 2.6 Class.

Though this diesel rat-rod was only able to lay down one pass, the unique truck turned heads its entire way down the track as it crossed the finish first.

Rolling out next was the Dirt Hog II sled for everyone’s favorite home-style sled pull. The stands swelled again to watch the trucks struggle to drag the sled down the Tennessee clay. The Riffraff family showed their open door policy by again allowing a wide range of classes to allow anyone excited to try their hand at a hook to enter, even giving a bright blue semi a chance at the track in an exhibition round. The popular work stock, stock, and 2.5 classes are some of the staples of outlaw sled pulls, enabling many to sample the sport they love to watch, dialing in project trucks and just having a good time. And Riffraff’s pull didn’t disappoint these categories or the fans in the stands.

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These two Fords battled off the arm drop start line kicking up the dust and scrambling for traction as they launched.

Many competitors entered multiple classes and really put their trucks to the test, like Hollis Morton, who was able to land first place in both the Work Stock and Stock Classes (he ended up as the largest pack of the pull with 15 trucks competing). He pulled a 361-foot run in Work Stock, nabbing the longest pull of the night and a 346-foot pull in Stock. Rick Eckerle at 318 feet then Jason Pandolph with 313 feet trailed behind Morton in the Work Stock Class and Ryan Evers’ 330 feet followed by Cole Bailey’s 307 feet rounded out the podium in the Stock Class.

Riffraff ensured fun for all ages when they had the local theatre in Newport, Tennessee, take over the center of the horse track on the fairgrounds with colorful bounce houses, cotton candy and snow cones.

Justin Goode nabbed the win with a 319-foot pull in the 2.5 Class in his black Duramax.

Pulling ahead of the rest of the pack, Bruce Wilson and White Lightning won the 2.6 class with a 331-foot run.

The Open Class was small but still a crowd pleaser with its four entrants, the top two being Adam Doan who finished second with a 236-foot run and Eric Whitfield who won with his 294-foot pull. Another double classer actually pulling two different trucks was Justin Goode who snagged the win in the 2.5 Class with a 319-foot pull and landed a podium finish in the 2.6 pack. Zach Green took second, coming in with 295 feet while Michael Moore finished third in the 2.5 pack with a 273-foot pull. In the 2.6 Class, Ernie Huling came in third at 320 feet behind Justin Goode’s 326-foot run in second and Bruce Wilson in the top spot with 331 feet. The pulls that started in the early evening and wound into the night gave the fans the thrill they were looking for at the family event.

Kevin Martin and his pristine custom painted F-350 took home the Best OBS and Cleanest Ride categories in the Show-N-Shine competition.

The Riffraff team came together again and put on another great event with something going on around every corner the entire day. From kids laughing in a bounce castle, turbos spooling on the rollers and tires squalling on dirt and clay, you were bound to have a great time. DW

SHOW-N-SHINE RESULTS

Best of Show: Will Riner

Best Ford: Will Riner

Best OBS: Kevin Martin

Best Dodge: Justin LaFollete

Cleanest Ride: Kevin Martin

Best Paint: Will Riner

Work Stock: Jackson Camb

DIRT DRAG WINNERS

4WD Gas: Adam Doan

Stock 4WD Diesel: Kamen Drae

Modified Diesel: Phillip Mullet

2WD/Manual Gas: Gabriel Williams

2WD/Manual Diesel: Dustin Koons

SLED PULL RESULTS

Stock Class
PlaceDriver NameDistance
1Hollis Morton346
2Ryan Evers330
3Cole Bailey307
Work Stock Class
PlaceDriver NameDistance
1Hollis Morton361
2Rick Eckerle318
3Jason Pandolph313
2.5 Class
PlaceDriver NameDistance
1Justin Goode319
2Zach Green295
3Michael Moore273
2.6 Class
PlaceDriver NameDistance
1Bruce Wilson331
2Justin Goode326
3Ernie Huling320
Open Class
PlaceDriver NameDistance
1Eric Whitfield294
2Adam Doan236

DYNO RESULTS

Thursday 5.28.15
NameYearMakeHPTQ
Patrick Riner2006Ram 25009491,822
Phillip Mullet2003GMC 25007861,050
Colt Minton2010Ford F-2506181,201
Jonathan Sals2005Ford F-2505501,024
Jackson Ferguson2008Ford F-2505211,033
Tammie Crews2008Ford F-350512950
Mike Kha’rzada2002Ford F-250497962
Garret Ricker2008Duramax496957
Ian Dunn2004Ford F-250483840
Will Riner2005Ford F-350481886
Neal Sawyer1997Ford F-250469760
Tyler Moore2004Ford F-250458842
Justin Manuel2010Dodge 35004411,136
Bret Banks2007Chevy 2500437760
Clayton Bellen2005Ford F-250421751
Dustin Koons1995Dodge 2500399801
Christian Carmen1997Ford F-250395768
Blake Mull2013GMC 25003891,174
Andrew Krause1996Ford F-250385720
Doug Brown2000Ford F-250359712
Adam Uinson1999Ford F-350302651

Sources:

Cocke County A&I Fair
423.623.7162
CockeCountyFair.com

DP-Tuner Mobile Dyno
828.221.0076
DP-Tuner.com

Riffraff Diesel Performance
541.879.1052
RiffRaffDiesel.com