4TH ANNUAL ROCKY TOP DIESEL SHOOTOUT
Michael Dalton and his dedicated team of friends plus RLC Motorsports employees hosted the fourth annual Rocky Top Diesel Shootout on July 28 and 29, 2017, at the Crossville Dragway and Cumberland County Fairgrounds in Crossville, Tennessee. The two-day event featured tons of ODSS drag racing with qualifying and test and tune passes Friday evening and eliminations on Saturday at the drag strip. The Crossville Dragway also hosts a huge vendor alley both days with more than 30 vendors and sponsors on site, as well as a show-n-shine that was sponsored by Firewire LEDs this year. Saturday evening after drag racing most of the vendors moved their booths over to the Cumberland County Fairgrounds where the PPL sled pull was held.
More than 7,000 diesel enthusiasts fl ocked to the Crossville area making it the largest diesel motorsports event in Tennessee once again. In addition to six classes of ODSS drag racing, the event also had a Small Tire shootout that featured mostly gassers but was fun to watch nonetheless. Friday afternoon featured little on track action due to rain, but once the rain stopped, the track crew dried off and prepped the track to make way for ODSS Pro class qualifying and the fi rst couple rounds of the small tire shootout.
Saturday was without a doubt the big day of the event with the show-n-shine and elimination rounds at the drag strip for all of the ODSS diesel classes including ET Bracket, 7.70 Index, 6.70 Index, Pro Street, Pro Mod and Pro Dragster as well as the Small Tire Shootout providing nearly nonstop racing action on the track throughout the day. Then the night was capped off with the powerhouse PPL sled pullers competing in the Limited Pro Stock, Pro Stock and Super Stock diesel truck classes. There were 135 diesel drag racers in action on the track along with 12 Small Tire Shootout competitors, and more than 30 trucks entered in the show-n-shine competition along with 23 trucks competing in the sled pull.
Bobby Ducote from Street Outlaws: New Orleans brought his Mustang out to the track to compete in the Small Tire Shootout and was having a good weekend until the final round when he got out of the groove and lost control of the car at the top end of the track. He nearly flipped the car then made hard contact with the wall damaging the car in the process. Thankfully, he walked away shaken, but unharmed and able to race again once he gets the car rebuilt. Rawlings Barnes also made contact with the wall late Friday night in his 2WD Pro Mod Ford drag truck while he was on his way to a very fast pass. Barnes was also able to walk away from the crash unharmed but the truck will need some work before it sees the track again.
As in years past the crew at RLC Motorsports put on a great event with great racing action on the drag strip and some top notch pullers to help keep the huge crowds of diesel enthusiasts entertained throughout the event. If you are in the Crossville, Tennessee, July 27-28, 2018, be sure to come out for RTDS5—you’ll be happy you did and we’ll see you there.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
DECISION MAKER PULLING SLEDS
LUCAS OIL PRO PULLING LEAGUE
OUTLAW DIESEL SUPER SERIES