As the owner of a shop called Dirty Hooker Diesel, you can safely assume that Tony Burkhard is more than likely an experienced sled puller. The veteran sled puller has been pulling with gassers since 1992 and moved into diesel sled pulling about 15 years ago in 2003. Back in 2006, Burkhard finished in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the TTPA championship each year, including a 6 year consecutive championship run from 2006-2011. It was his first year competing at the 2018 Ultimate Callout Challenge and he placed 3rd in the sled pull with a total of 320 feet, only 4 feet less than reaching his second place competition. Burkard and his team placed 22nd in the drag portion of the competition with a pass of 11.413 seconds in the ¼ mile. They also placed 7th on the dyno reaching 1,673 HP and finished the competition in 22nd place overall. They competed with a regular cab, long bed 2006 Chevrolet 2500HD that used a 6.6L Duramax diesel engine backed by an Allison automatic transmission. They built the engine and transmission in house along with the truck itself and are using Exergy Performance pumps and injectors to help their Duramax make more power. We can’t wait to see what he and his team bring to UCC 2019!
With the help and support of his shop Dirty Hooker Diesel as well as his sponsorships from Danville Performance and Exergy Performance, Burkhard is confident that they can bring a competitive rig to their 2nd UCC event. With more than 25 years of pulling experience and a solid background in Duramax and Allison diesel performance, many expect Burkhard to make the changes he needs to make in order to place higher at our next UCC. One thing is certain, it will be a great experience to see when the rubber meets the track, rollers and dirt on May 3-5th 2019 at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis for our 4th annual Ultimate Callout Challenge.