A 2006 Chevrolet 3500 Cab & Chassis truck is probably not the platform that most diesel performance enthusiasts would start with, but that is what Wade Minter and his Team Trippplemax crew has used as their race truck that they turned into an Ultimate Callout Challenge competitor for the 2017 event. Minter is a welder by trade and bought the Dually new in 2006 and used it as a shop truck with a mobile welding setup until 2010 when he decided to go diesel drag racing with it. He turned to Chris Buhidar at Truck Source Diesel to transform the work truck into a potent diesel drag racing machine.
When the Truck Source Diesel team went to work converting the truck from a mobile welding platform to a racer they installed a lot of fiberglass panels to reduce the weight on the rig. Buhidar and his team installed a set of fiberglass bedsides on the truck with fabricated structure underneath to hold everything in place as well as the hood, front fenders and even doors. The light weight and big Duramax power package paid off with Minter posting a 9.796 second pass down the Indy 1320 to take 6th in the drag race portion of his rookie UCC competition.
The truck, as the name implies, features a triple turbo, compound setup on the bored and stroked 7.1L Duramax diesel engine under the hood. The turbos come from Chris Beardsley at Engineered and are based on BorgWarner S480s to deliver plenty of air into the oversized Duramax engine. Fuel delivery is handled by a set of 450% over S&S Diesel Motorsport injectors that are fed a steady high pressure #2 fuel thanks to a pair of 12mm stroker CP3 pumps. Guy Tripp at SoCal Diesel built the Duramax engine using all the latest and greatest tricks from his extensive tool bag to deliver big power from the Duramax package. The potent Duramax engine is backed with a Dodge 48RE transmission built by Goerend Transmission since it shifts faster than an Allison to perform better on the dragstrip. In Minter’s rookie year of UCC competition in 2017, the truck put down 1,960 HP and 2,727 lbs-ft of torque on the chassis dyno to take 4th place in the dyno competition as the only non-Cummins powered truck in the top-7.
To tackle the sled pull portion of the UCC Minter and his team swapped the slicks out for aggressive mud tires on all four corners with duals in the rear to claw at the dirt and drag the sled down the track. When the dust settled, he finished the sled pull in 4th place with a 311-foot hook that was barely 1-foot out of second place. With single digit finishes in each round of UCC competition Minter finished 3rd overall in his rookie season. The team has some top secret plans up their sleeve to make improvements to the truck and hopes to do even better in 2018. With the help of great sponsorship and support from DMax Store, Engineered, Goerend, S&S Diesel Motorsports, SoCal Diesel and Truck Source Diesel we expect to see good things continue from this team. Will the Duramax powered Team Trippplemax truck be able to wrench the overall Ultimate Callout Challenge trophy from Lavon Miller? We don’t know, but we certainly look forward to finding out when the rubber hits the track, rollers and dirt May 4th-6th 2018 at the third annual UCC!