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Diesel engines rev for national contest at Speedworld

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Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011 11:51 am

High-performance diesel trucks and cars will take center stage March 12 during the fourth annual Desert Diesel Nationals at the Speedworld Dragstrip.

Sponsored by locally owned and operated Strictly Diesel, the Desert Diesel Nationals is a family friendly, action-packed day that attracts diesel truck enthusiasts, competitors and spectators from across the U.S. and Canada.

As the kickoff event for the 2011 MBRP Performance Exhaust diesel drag race season, the National Hot Rod Diesel Association Desert Diesel Nationals will feature the top competitors in North America thundering down the track at over 170 miles per hour. This action packed day will also include other diesel-powered events such as Diesel Drag Racing, Burnout Contest, Sand Drags, Mud Bogs and a Show ‘n Shine.

During the crowd-favorite Burnout Contest, competitors get 20 seconds to do the biggest, baddest burnout they can, creating a cloud of smoke and cheers. In the Show ‘n Shine contest, the best looking car or truck takes the win. For each competition, a panel of judges and combined audience response will determine the winners.  Competitors walk away with prize money, while spectators can enter to win raffle prizes in drawings held each hour.

Featured competitors at this year’s event include:

• 2010 Pro Stock World Champion Chad Riley and his 8-second 1934 Dodge Roadster

• 2010 Pro Street World Champion Donavon Harris and his 9 second diesel truck

• John Robinson, the first Diesel Powered Funny Car (over 1500 hp)

• MBRP Performance Exhaust Dirty Max (World’s Fastest Diesel-only Chevrolet)

“We are thrilled to be kicking off the most exciting NHRDA season ever with the Desert Diesel Nationals event in Phoenix,” said NHRDA’s President Randy Cole. “Whether you’re a diesel enthusiast or just someone seeking an exciting event for you and your family to attend together, Desert Diesel Nationals at the Speedworld Dragstrip will deliver. Come early or stay late, and just have fun.”

“Sponsoring the Desert Diesel Nationals again this year is an incredible opportunity for Strictly Diesel to support a great event in our own city,” said Strictly Diesel’s co-owner Nate Brekken.

The Speedworld Dragstrip entrance is at 19420 W. Happy Valley Road, Surprise. (9 miles north of Bell Road, off of Grand Avenue/Highway 60). The gates open at 9 a.m. and qualifying rounds start at 10 a.m. and go to 1 p.m. Drag Racing Eliminations, the Burnout Contest and the Show ‘n Shine events happen from 1 to 6 p.m. For excitement later in the night, the Mud Bogs and Sand Drags are from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission for kids under 12 is free, and adult tickets are $15.

In a limited supply, Strictly Diesel will be giving away free tickets while supplies last. Tickets must be picked up in person at Strictly Diesel, centrally located in the Deer Valley Airpark at 621 W. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix.

For information on the NHRDA or this event, call NHRDA at 360-658-4353 or visit www.nhrda.com.

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