Diesel Power Challenge 2011 Competitor Interview: Joel Saunders 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Power: What changes are you making to the truck in order to prepare for the event? Joel Saunders: “We are running a new improved Hamilton Cams camshaft, valvesprings and retainers, larger nozzles, water-meth kit, and amsoil fluids.” DP: What was your reaction when you got the call to compete? JS: “I was shocked and had forgotten I had even entered. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. (Hopefully I'll be back again though).” DP: What tires do you plan to use? JS: “No idea on tires, yet.” DP: What is your strategy going to be for each event? What’s the game plan? JS: “No strategy or game plan, yet.” DP: What spare parts are you bringing? JS: “I’m bringing an entire spare parts truck [laughs].” DP: Who are your crewmembers? JS: “Jeff Lagasse so far.” VEHICLE SPECS Year: 2006 Model: Dodge Ram 2500 Body style: Quad cab, four-wheel drive MODIFICATIONS Turbocharger(s): 2500MPI twins—HTT64/S480 Programmer, chip, or box: Smarty TNT/MP-8 Injectors: Extrude hone nozzles Injection pump: ATS dual CP3 Lift pump: Fass 200-gph Intercooler: Banks Air intake: AFE air filter, Banks intake elbow Nitrous oxide: Yes Water/methanol: Snow Performance Estimated horsepower/torque: 830 rwhp fuel, 958 rwhp nitrous Engine: ARP 625 head studs, Hamilton Cams camshaft, push rods, valvesprings and retainers, O-ringed cylinder head Transmission: 48RE w/Goerend torque converter and valvebody, Sonnex billet input and billet output shafts— built by Northeast Performance Diesel. Suspension: 3-inch suspension lift Locker: ARB air locker in front differential COMPETITION EXPERIENCE -Joel’s truck has made 830 hp on fuel and 958 hp on nitrous in the past, and with smaller injector nozzles than what’s currently on the truck -He has drag racing, sled pulling, dyno competition, and trailer towing experience on his side By Mike McGlothlin Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!