The Ultimate Callout Challenge is the premiere event in the diesel-performance world. Held annually at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana, UCC brings diesel’s proverbial “big dogs” together for a showdown on the drag strip, chassis dyno and sled-pull track, with the overall winner recognized by all as the baddest truck and driver in the U.S.
Outlaw Diesel Super Series racers shared the stage with UCC competitors from May 21 to May 23, 2021, as Firepunk Diesel’s Outlaw Diesel Revenge–the sanction’s second points race of the 2021 season–was also held on the first half of the fabled quarter-mile known simply as “Indy.”
Although racing was excellent across the board (there even were two cars in the Pro Dragster class), we have to give strong nods of acknowledgement to racers competing in our ATS Diesel Performance/Diesel Power Magazine 7.70 Index category, and the Firepunk Diesel Outlaw 5.90 Index class. Each had an impressive number of racers (40 trucks in 7.70, and a total of 17 rigs in 5.90), and competition was absolutely fierce in both eliminators (13 trucks qualified with a 5.9x e.t. ).
Also very impressive was the performance of Tyler Burkhard (who confessed that he “really likes drag racing” during a post-event interview). Tyler won both the Drag Racing segment of UCC, and also took the very tough Hot Shot’s Secret Pro Street class on the ODSS side.
In sidebar action Friday night, and with one-thousand bucks and the coveted S&S Diesel Motorsport grudge belt on the line, Nathan Wheeler of Team Crazyhorse and Gault, California’s Rick Fletes, squared off in a Chevy versus Ford battle of long haulers. Rick’s OG Chevelle moved a little too quickly and lit the red light, handing the win to Nathan’s big Super Duty.
|Jamo Performance E.T. Bracket|
|Winner||Matt Mansker||Princeton, TX||2006 Dodge Ram 2500||7.25||82.31|
|Runner-Up||Robby Bowermaster||Albeline, TX||2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD||7.86||87.79|
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|ATS Diesel Performance/Diesel Power 7.70 Index|
|Winner||Dante Delaney||Elaten, MD||2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD||7.7||87.93|
|Runner-Up||Nick Morris||Fayetteville, OH||2005 Chevy Silverado 2500HD||7.71||92.86|
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|Thoroughbred Diesel 6.70 Index|
|Winner||Landon Miller||Plain City, OH||2007 Dodge Ram 2500||10.7||44.46|
|Runner-Up||Brent Elliot||Wanchese, NC||2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD||9.86||73.9|
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|Firepunk Diesel 5.90 Index|
|Winner||Dustin Sterling||Cleveland, TX||2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD||5.95||108.8|
|Runer-Up||Rick Fletes||Gault, CA||1970 Chevy Chevelle||5.92||120.9|
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|Hot Shot’s Secret Pro Street|
|Winner||Tyler Burkhard||Harbor Beach, MI||2006 Chevy Silverado 2500HD||5.09||149.3|
|Runner-Up||Aaron Reynolds||Asheville, NC||1994 Dodge Ram 2500||6.4||118.8|
|Suncoast Diesel Transmission Pro Mod|
|Winner||Brett Deutsch||Elburn, IL||1969 Chevy C10||6.24||76.78|
|Runner-Up||Ben Shadday||Osgood, IN||1963 Chevy Corvette|
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|Industrial Injection Pro Dragster|
|Winner||Jared Jones||Terre Haute, IN||2016 Spitzer||8.37||53.82|
|Runner-Up||Mattison Graves||Hollywood, MD|
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However, Todd’s big bang cannot overshadow Justin Zeigler’s performance at UCC. Sticking to a plan of being consistent across all segments, Justin finished in Second Place in the Drag Race (5.3-second e.t. ), First on the all-important chassis dyno (2,443.6hp and 3,282.7 lb-ft of torque), and “well enough” (290.35 feet) with his sled pull, to capture the overall Ultimate Callout Challenge 2021 title.
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With action happening all over the Lucas Oil property, the Ultimate Callout Challenge and Diesel Performance Industry (DPI) expo’s return after the one-year absence was a great success. Now, the ODSS now moves on to Dinwiddie, Virginia, for Hollyrock Customs’ Summer Diesel Showdown II at Virginia Motorsports Park, June 25 and 26, 2021.