STARLITE DIESEL DYNO AND UNITED PULLERS EVENT
uring the hot summer months in central Utah, you’ll find most diesel guys busy at work, out in the fields raising crops or punching a time clock in an office. But on June 17th, every diesel junky in a 300-mile radius was gathered for the Starlite Diesel Dyno event held in conjunction with the Northwest Dyno Circuit (NWDC) and a United Pullers Association sled pulling event in Morgan, Utah.
Specializing in custom EFILive tuning for the Cummins and Duramax trucks, Starlite Diesel has made quite a name for itself in the industry and tunes some of the most competitive sled pulling and drag racing trucks in the country. Obviously, their knowledge of the EFI tuning software makes them extremely talented when it comes to tuning daily drivers for better power, mileage, and towing performance as well. Owner Zach Fuller decided it was time to team up with his close friends at the NWDC and host one of the many stops on the 2017 summer points circuit.
The dyno competition kicked off early Saturday morning and was categorized like all NWDC events with Stock GM, Dodge and Ford classes. Along with Small Single (under 70mm), Large Single (over 71mm), Small Twin (under 80mm), Large Twin (over 81mm) and Unlimited. With a cap set at 60 trucks, the sign-up sheet was full before noon, and the crews blasted through them quickly, allowing some extra time for the Unlimited class entries to make sure everything was just right before they spooled those triple turbos and armed the nitrous switches.
Notables on the chassis dyno were Randy Reyes, a recent Ultimate Callout Challenge competitor who stole the show with a brutal 2,058hp run thanks to his triple turbos and a little nitrous. Starlite Diesel had its Duramax dually on the rollers and was just cresting 1,400 hp when the torque converter bolts sheared off mid-pull. Richard Scott’s 6.4L Power Stroke smashed out a 713hp run in the Ford class and Justin Archibald had his Small Twin Common Rail Cummins fine-tuned to the sound of 1,063 hp as one of only a few to crack into the four-digit range on the day.
Mother Nature brought some beautiful weather for the event, and the cool mountain air and lush green hillsides made for an amazing evening around the dirt sled pull track. The stands were packed and everyone was smiling as some of the strongest running diesel trucks of the region tried to plant that horsepower to the extremely short 250-foot track. The United sled had to transfer the weight quick and hard to be sure to shut these trucks down in time; at night’s end, Shawn Baca’s famous 2,500hp Master Shredder made the longest pull of the evening at 242 feet. With the help of Edge Products, the Morgan event was a major success for the United Pullers team and you can expect to see more action-packed events along their 2017 circuit. DW