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The Ultimate Callout Challenge is not easy. Not only must you drag race, dyno, and sled pull, but you have to beat nearly two dozen other maniacs with vehicles set to kill. With fires and engine explosions up this year, everyone pushed their equipment to the limits. Hold on folks, and get ready for the Ultimate Callout Challenge 2019!

The Pits

Before the event starts, we like to walk around the pits and see what kind of strategies the teams have cooked up. Many of the trucks entered were technically the same vehicles as previous years but had drastically changed. Tony Burkhard brought a new much lighter “Last Minute Hooker” GM, which had also been switched over from an Allison 1000 transmission to a Rossler Turbo 400. Rudy’s Diesel took a huge weight cut and slammed its truck to the ground— so much so that turning really wasn’t an option! Chris Buhidar and Wade Minter’s hard-charging trucks remained largely unchanged. There were also new entrants for 2019 such as Kodi Koch’s wild two-wheel drive that aimed to dominate the drag races and dyno events.

While the Ford and GM crowd made a resurgence this year, the Cummins-powered contingent was as strong as always. Last year’s winning truck owned by Lavon Miller was sold to Josh Scruggs, who was looking for a repeat win with himself at the helm. Todd Welch and Power Driven Diesel had made some big power in testing and had done some lightening as well. The Armor Inc. / Dynomite Diesel Products entry had done perhaps the most prep out of any team, making multiple dyno runs at 2,000 rwhp to get the truck reliable. Trevor Peterson (known as T-Pain) and Schawn Baca were there representing Industrial Injection, and Derek Rose, Justin Andres, and the mechanical truck of Cory Witteveen were also on hand to make waves.

Drag Racing

In past years, the drag-racing portion was time-only but not this year. Competitors would still get points for qualifying, but after qualifying there would also be eliminations where trucks would go heads-up down the track. This would reward not only a quick single shot down the track but also the ability to go rounds.

Innovation reigns at UCC. We’re still slightly mystified at how the dual-shock, dual-angle, cantilever suspension works on the Donovan Harris/Dynomite Diesel Products entry, but it gets the job done.
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