Hailing from southern Michigan, David Martin is representing Locke Performance as a first time UCC Competitor. Martin has previously competed as a UCC Qualifier at the Ultimate Callout Challenge 2018 and the Wagler Event + UCC Qualifier in September 2018. Unlike almost all the other UCC Competitors, Martin will be driving his 2006 Chevy Silverado Truck to UCC 2019. Martin purchased his 2006 Duramax in 2010, threw a cold air intake, exhaust and tune in it and called it good. By 2011 he had build his own transmission and upgraded to twin turbos. One line he thought he would never cross would be building his own motor, but in 2014 Martin crossed that line and has never looked back. To this day Martin claims that the truck refuses to retire from its original purpose of being a daily driver, but let's see what he thinks after UCC 2019.
At UCC 2018 as a UCC Qualifier, Martin landed in 6th place overall missing his invite to UCC 2019 as a UCC Competitor by only 2 places. Martins daily driver threw down 1,071.5 HP and 1,912 pounds of torque, placing him at 14th for the dyno portion of this triathlon. On the drag strip, he managed to get down the ¼ mile in 10.439 seconds placing him in 10th. On Sunday, Martin played the game he was familiar with placing him in 5th place with a pull of 260.25 feet for the sled pulling portion of the competition.
Martin was head to head with the other UCC Qualifiers at the Wagler Event + UCC Qualifier during all three events of the competition. Martin snagged first place in the drag racing portion sending his 2006 Chevy down the ⅛ mile track in 6.679 seconds. Martin was able to increase to 1,141 HP placing him in second on the dyno. It was all still up for grabs when the sled pull portion of the event started on Sunday. Martin was able to place 1st in the sled pull portion dragging the sled 296.18 feet, which was further than the other two UCC Qualifiers combined. Martin took 1st place overall and earned his automatic invite to UCC 2019 as a UCC Competitor.
Martin plans on bringing his 2006 Chevy with 292,000 miles on it just as it is for UCC 2019. The motor is based off the original engine block and cylinder heads that came in the truck. The LBZ Duramax block and heads are somehow still alive while watching two crankshafts snap in half, with the third version is still holding strong. The motor began life again in the machine shop where it was bored .040 over. It was then fitted with SoCal Diesel billet main caps and ARP studs. To ensure they wouldn’t strike out after a 2-0 count of broken crankshafts, a SoCal Diesel narrow rod journal billet crankshaft was chosen to keep the motor in the game. Swinging the crank is a set of CP-Carrillo forged H beam connecting rods. The pistons are fingers cast oval bowl units compressing the cylinder volume from 16:0 to 1. Stuffed in the center of the block is a SoCal Diesel 6480 alternate firing order cam. The heads were CNC ported on one of Wagler Competition Products mills. They keep the stock valve and are clamped to the block with a set of ARP 625 studs. Breathing life into the motor is a set of 3 Borg Warner turbos. They will be running an s400 in the valley and twin s369’s out in front. Fueling the motor will be done with 200% over injectors and a single 14mm pump. Nitrous express will handle the N2o through a 2-stage progressive system. Martin is aware that this motor is a ‘base-hit’ kind of player, rather than a ‘home-run’, but he is swinging for the fence on this one waiting to find out if the pistons can go the distance.
Martin has made it clear that he is in this sport to build relationships, rather than make horsepower. Of course, making horsepower is part of the game, but Martin’s main focus is people. Martin said, “As a follower of Jesus, my identity is firmly rooted in the one who loves people the most”. Dave Martin has chosen to be apart of UCC to invest in building relationships with others in the industry and show love through the competition. Martin has taken it upon himself to partner with Compassion International, a child-advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. Martin is donating all racing sponsorships to their organization, rather than his own racing program. Dave is using his invite and involvement to UCC 2019 to raise awareness and funds for Compassion International by selling sponsorships to vendors in the diesel industry in return for logo placement on his truck. Martin is currently sponsored by Locke Performance for local events as well as UCC. We are excited to see Martin compete as a first time UCC Competitor at our fourth annual event May 3rd - 5th, 2019!