We're confident that a few trucks will run 10-second quarter-mile times at this year's Diesel Power Challenge-which will be a first. One of the most powerful trucks attending this year's event, and representing Team Dodge, is Brian Parker's '06 common-rail 3/4-ton. Already having run a 10.80 in the quarter-mile, he may be one of several trucks that break into the 10s during this year's drag race portion of the challenge.
But drag racing isn't Brian's only strong point. The 976 hp he's dyno'd in the past not only backs up the truck's 10-second quarter-mile capability, but the 1,874 lb-ft of torque that accompany it could give him the win at the dyno event (which is based on the highest torque number). Solid all-around potential makes this Ram a definite candidate to take home the win in 2010. How's Brian preparing? We picked his brain earlier this week and he gave us the following answers:
Diesel Power: What changes are you making to the truck?
Brian Parker: "As far as changes, I am going to run a bigger set of injectors and a little more nitrous at the event."
DP: What tires do you plan to use?
BP: "I think I'm going to run a set of Cooper all-terrains on 20-inch black Rockstar wheels."
DP: What is your strategy going to be for each event?
BP: "My strategy will be very simple. It's to try and keep the truck together throughout the entire event."
DP: What spare parts are you bringing?
BP: "I'm going to bring front and rear driveshafts, a spare Sun Coast transmission, thanks to Ron at Sun Coast. I'm also bringing a spare transfer case, turbo, injectors, and a couple axels. Oh yeah, and lots of nitrous!"
DP: Who are your crewmembers?
BP: "Chase Fleece will be my crew chief, and as of right now I don't know who else will be there-yet."
DP: Any other thoughts?
BP:"I just want to thank Diesel Power for letting me be in this event, and all the people that have helped me with the truck: Fleece Performance, Sun Coast Converters, Steven at South Run Performance for moral support [laughs], and my dad and girlfriend for putting up with me and the truck for the past three years! I am really looking forward to this event."