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Florida: Diesel's Newest Hot Spot

Outlaw Diesel Drag Race

Text By Jason Thompson, Photography by Jason Thompson

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2007 diesel vehicles only accounted for 1.7 percent of all cars and pickups sold in the United States. That means about 98 percent of the country is still in the dark when it comes to efficiency and power. We’ve noticed the people who do get it and own diesels aren’t spread out evenly across the country— instead they’re concentrated in diesel hot spots around the nation.

You’ll know when you’ve driven into a hot spot because almost every truck is a diesel. These epicenters usually spring from a blue-collar community that’s connected with the knowledge because of their involvement in the military, mining, agricultural, port, or other heavy industry sectors. With its military bases, strong agricultural center, and world-class coasts for boating, Florida is booming with people who own diesels. We got a firsthand look at the Southern Diesel Performance Outlaw Diesel Drag Race at Bradenton Motorsports Park.

World’s Quickest Diesel
Congratulations to Scheid Diesel Motorsports and its world’s fastest diesel dragster. It ran its best quarter-mile time so far at Bradenton, which was 6.846 seconds at 202 mph.

Bradenton Motorsports Park
21000 State Rd. 64
FL  34212
By Jason Thompson
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