Brian Spooner & Blown Smoke Ready For Denver




When Brian Spooner, who hails from Lloydminster Alberta pulled into the water box at the 2015 NHRDA Texas Diesel Nationals at the Texas Motorplex and put the hammer down for a burnout, jaws literally dropped wide open.  For those watching on DieselTV the sound was something not heard from a diesel powered truck before.  In case you missed it, take a look -



This totally unique engine is being called a "Diesel Hemi".  It uses a Brad Anderson (BAE) Hemi block, commonly used in NHRA's Top Alcohol and Top Fuel and Funny Car classes, and bottom end components built for the abuses of nitro.  The engine and totally unique 4-valve heads were developed by Curtis Halvorson of Extreme Engine Development.  The supercharger is a screw type blower built by PSI, and dyno pulls so far have shown so much power the dyno was not able to keep up with the engine. 

The truck chassis was built by legendary NHRA builder Brad Hadman, originally for Garrett Richards, and may be the only truck that Brad has ever built in his Progressive Metalcraft shop in Auburn, WA.

The team tested recently at the track in Edmonton and leaving at idle, Brian made a very conservative first pass - the truck recorded a 10.49 at 134.77 mph.  The team is going back to the track this coming weekend for more testing before they head south to the NHRDA Diesels On The Mountain event at famous Bandimere Speedway in Denver Colorado.

Brian's crew chief is Jamie Stojanowski, and his wife Penny manages the team.  Brian wanted to specifically thank them, and Keith Slath and Bob Taylor who are the rest of the pit crew for this unique truck.

We wish the team good luck with testing this weekend in Edmonton, and look forward to seeing the truck in competition at the Diesels On The Mountain May 29th at Bandimere in Denver.  Get out to the pit area to take a look, from top to bottom this truck has some of the most innovative engineering in Diesel Drag Racing.