Rudys Fall Truck Jam—East Coast Season’s Largest Events

Over the last few years Rudy’s Diesel, a Durham, North Carolina-based shop, has hosted some of the most exciting diesel events that the East Coast has to offer. Rudy’s Spring and Fall events have grown from small dyno days, into all-out diesel extravaganzas, with drag racing, sled pulling, a show n shine, and of course, dyno action. This year’s Fall Truck Jam also had one of the biggest purses in diesel drag racing; a $16,000 Pro Street shootout that gave $10,000 to the winner, and brought out some of the most exciting trucks in the country. There were also bracket classes where racers had to run as close to their dial ins, without going under. For a taste of extreme speed, Scheid Diesel brought out their Cummins-powered diesel Dragster and wowed the fans with some low 4-second elapsed times in the eighth mile, at more than 180mph.

Rudy's Fall Truck event

The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League made a stop at Rudy’s as well, and some of the hottest trucks in the nation battled it out in 3.0 and Super Stock classes. Most competitors stayed around and pulled again with the Carolina Truck and Tractor Pullers on Saturday night, which also had street classes that allowed normal diesel works trucks a chance to hook to the sled. The two straight days of pulling made for a great show, as those participants who didn’t have a good hook on Friday, got another chance the very next evening.

If you weren’t one of the 5,000-plus fans that showed up for Rudy’s Fall event, there’s no need to worry. In just a few months on April 24th and 25th, Rudy’s Spring event will roll around at Galot Motorsports Park, an even bigger venue that will host more trucks, spectators, and vendors. The Fall event will continue as well, and will take place on October 9th and 10th. If you’re anywhere near the East Coast (or even if you aren’t), make sure to mark those dates on your calendar, as Rudy’s puts on a show that is simply too good to miss! DW

The coveted number One qualifier spot belonged to Brett Deutsch, who was right near the class minimum 4,500-pound weight in his 1,300rwhp, Duramax-powered C-10. Launching on a Rossler-based TH400 transmission with a transbrake, the truck cut unreal low 1.3-second 60ft times and rocketed to 5.63 at 128mph in the eighth-mile. Unfortunately, Brett didn't get the turbos spooled up on the line in eliminations, and lost to Sam Schmitt.

The coveted number One qualifier spot belonged to Brett Deutsch, who was right near the class minimum 4,500-pound weight in his 1,300rwhp, Duramax-powered C-10. Launching on a Rossler-based TH400 transmission with a transbrake, the truck cut unreal low 1.3-second 60ft times and rocketed to 5.63 at 128mph in the eighth-mile. Unfortunately, Brett didn’t get the turbos spooled up on the line in eliminations, and lost to Sam Schmitt.

This super clean OBS (old body style) truck made us stop in our tracks, and is one of the finer examples of one of these trucks that we've seen in a while. The blacked-out rig had some performance modifications too, as a custom intercooler could be spotted through the grille.

This super clean OBS (old body style) truck made us stop in our tracks, and is one of the finer examples of one of these trucks that we’ve seen in a while. The blacked-out rig had some performance modifications too, as a custom intercooler could be spotted through the grille.

One of the faster street trucks in attendance was this big mean 6.0L rig built by Warren Diesel, which has made 917 rear-wheel horsepower on fuel on a single S475 turbo, and ran 7.0 at 100mph on the eighth-mile track.

One of the faster street trucks in attendance was this big mean 6.0L rig built by Warren Diesel, which has made 917 rear-wheel horsepower on fuel on a single S475 turbo, and ran 7.0 at 100mph on the eighth-mile track.

The staging lanes were full the entire day with every shape and size diesel one could think of, from daily drivers to pure race trucks.

The staging lanes were full the entire day with every shape and size diesel one could think of, from daily drivers to pure race trucks.

THE WINNERS!

While the end of the drag racing competition got rained out, we were able to grab the sled pull and dyno results. Here are both Friday and Saturday’s winners for the 2014 Fall Truck Jam.

DRAG RACING

Top Dragster: Jared Jones, 4.22 at 180.61mph

Pro Street: Seth Sullivan, Taylor Wildon (tie, rain out)

SLED PULLING

PPL 3.0 Class: Andrew Grove “Bad Timing” 325.22 ft

PPL Super Stock Class: Brad Deeter “Oversize Load” 284.99 ft

CTTP Work Stock: Kenneth Stanley 323.16 ft

CTTP Hot Street: Carey Clark 317.73 ft

CTTP Open 4×4: Rob Wright 332.98 ft

Here Ben Shadday is seen just starting to spin the tires, which then turned into a 300 foot, four-wheel drive burnout. Fortunately for him, Mark House also had traction problems, and Ben got the win.

Here Ben Shadday is seen just starting to spin the tires, which then turned into a 300 foot, four-wheel drive burnout. Fortunately for him, Mark House also had traction problems, and Ben got the win.

Although Brian Jelich (far lane) got the jump on Seth Sullivan in the first round of competition, the Ford's high 6-second eighth mile was no match for Seth's high 5's, and 130mph+ trap speeds.

Although Brian Jelich (far lane) got the jump on Seth Sullivan in the first round of competition, the Ford’s high 6-second eighth mile was no match for Seth’s high 5’s, and 130mph+ trap speeds.

The Scheid Dragster with its 2,500hp aluminum block Cummins was on hand to make exhibition passes, and ran as fast as 4.22 at 180.61mph during the day. Remember, an eighth mile is only two city blocks, so getting up to 180mph in that space is quite a feat!

The Scheid Dragster with its 2,500hp aluminum block Cummins was on hand to make exhibition passes, and ran as fast as 4.22 at 180.61mph during the day. Remember, an eighth mile is only two city blocks, so getting up to 180mph in that space is quite a feat!

A big part of Rudy's Fall Truck Jam was the $16,000 Pro Street shootout, which paid a whopping $10,000 to the winner. Trucks had to run quicker than 6.79 to make the cut, and the top 16 were chosen for the following day's race. Both Mark House's lightweight Dodge (near lane) and the Maryland Performance Diesel Ford (far lane) made the cut, running 6.54 and 6.77 respectively.

A big part of Rudy’s Fall Truck Jam was the $16,000 Pro Street shootout, which paid a whopping $10,000 to the winner. Trucks had to run quicker than 6.79 to make the cut, and the top 16 were chosen for the following day’s race. Both Mark House’s lightweight Dodge (near lane) and the Maryland Performance Diesel Ford (far lane) made the cut, running 6.54 and 6.77 respectively.

The dragstrip action got started on Friday morning with groups of street trucks. It didn't take long for some of the competitors to figure out that diesel torque and two-wheel drive street tire launches only resulted in tire smoke, and for the rest of the day most of the trucks ran in either 4wd, or used slicks or drag radials.

The dragstrip action got started on Friday morning with groups of street trucks. It didn’t take long for some of the competitors to figure out that diesel torque and two-wheel drive street tire launches only resulted in tire smoke, and for the rest of the day most of the trucks ran in either 4wd, or used slicks or drag radials.

Shawn Proctor was one of the fastest common-rail Dodges on the grounds, running low 6's and high 5's in the eighth-mile all weekend. The shortbed back-halfed rig lifted the tires on nearly every pass, and got past Stuckey in the first round on a holeshot.

Shawn Proctor was one of the fastest common-rail Dodges on the grounds, running low 6’s and high 5’s in the eighth-mile all weekend. The shortbed back-halfed rig lifted the tires on nearly every pass, and got past Stuckey in the first round on a holeshot.

From large to low, this smooth Ford project was also on display. The Power Stroke-powered ride was literally on the frame, thanks to a lot of custom suspension and chassis work.

From large to low, this smooth Ford project was also on display. The Power Stroke-powered ride was literally on the frame, thanks to a lot of custom suspension and chassis work.

Scheid Diesel played the numbers and fielded two trucks in Super Stock. Brad Ingram drove the first truck to a 275.57-foot pull for Seventh place, while Kent Crowder finished Third, with a 282.37-foot run.

Scheid Diesel played the numbers and fielded two trucks in Super Stock. Brad Ingram drove the first truck to a 275.57-foot pull for Seventh place, while Kent Crowder finished Third, with a 282.37-foot run.

XDP was there too, and brought along its Cummins-powered Monster Truck. The diesel behemoth can be seen at events across the country beating up on gas rigs, and recently even landed a backflip in Freestyle competition.

XDP was there too, and brought along its Cummins-powered Monster Truck. The diesel behemoth can be seen at events across the country beating up on gas rigs, and recently even landed a backflip in Freestyle competition.

Brothers Tyler and Tyson Dillard both ran 3.0 trucks, with Tyler's "Smokin" finishing behind his brother's "Smokin II" by a good 30 feet.

Brothers Tyler and Tyson Dillard both ran 3.0 trucks, with Tyler’s “Smokin” finishing behind his brother’s “Smokin II” by a good 30 feet.

In addition to the drag racing action, a show n shine area was set up in the pits, where folks could display their rides. Fords were the main attraction here, as we saw a multitude of lifted and lowered trucks.

In addition to the drag racing action, a show n shine area was set up in the pits, where folks could display their rides. Fords were the main attraction here, as we saw a multitude of lifted and lowered trucks.

Curt Haisley's "Off Constantly" was a strong runner in the 3.0 Class, and had an unheard of four wins in a row coming into the event. At Rudy's however, Haisley was slightly edged out by Andrew Grove's "Bad Timing."

Curt Haisley’s “Off Constantly” was a strong runner in the 3.0 Class, and had an unheard of four wins in a row coming into the event. At Rudy’s however, Haisley was slightly edged out by Andrew Grove’s “Bad Timing.”

CW Cartmell's "Most Hated" is one of the strongest 2.6 pullers in the country, and finished well, with a 308-foot pull.

CW Cartmell’s “Most Hated” is one of the strongest 2.6 pullers in the country, and finished well, with a 308-foot pull.

Brad Deeter's Cummins-powered "Oversize Load" was the winner in the Super Stock class, with an impressive 284.99-foot pull on a very heavy sled.

Brad Deeter’s Cummins-powered “Oversize Load” was the winner in the Super Stock class, with an impressive 284.99-foot pull on a very heavy sled.

All hell broke loose when Wayne Allan's compound turbo Ford was loaded down, as the 6.4L had a huge screaming Garrett turbo as an atmospheric charger. The black Ford laid down 968rwhp, which was the top number for the event.

All hell broke loose when Wayne Allan’s compound turbo Ford was loaded down, as the 6.4L had a huge screaming Garrett turbo as an atmospheric charger. The black Ford laid down 968rwhp, which was the top number for the event.

Dynoing trucks is also a big part of Rudy's events, where anyone can strap their truck down on the rollers and see what it puts out. The dyno was busy all day, and was constantly surrounded by a crowd waiting for big numbers.

Dynoing trucks is also a big part of Rudy’s events, where anyone can strap their truck down on the rollers and see what it puts out. The dyno was busy all day, and was constantly surrounded by a crowd waiting for big numbers.

The manufacturer's midway was a great spot to hang out, get some food, and buy some event t-shirts.

The manufacturer’s midway was a great spot to hang out, get some food, and buy some event t-shirts.

If you were looking for horsepower, the pulling arena was the place to find it. This 6.7L-based Cummins built by Haisley Machine makes more than 2,500 horsepower thanks to triple turbos and 150psi of boost!

If you were looking for horsepower, the pulling arena was the place to find it. This 6.7L-based Cummins built by Haisley Machine makes more than 2,500 horsepower thanks to triple turbos and 150psi of boost!