National Points Chase Heats Up - Heading Toward World Finals

18 Aug 2015 Marysville, WA -The 2015 MBRP Diesel Drag Racing Series and the NHRDA Sled Pull Series has some great end-of-the-season battles shaping up for the final three events of the 2015 championship drag racing and sled pulling season.


The drivers are looking to win the 2015 Points Series Championships, and they are also competing for a chance to race and win the title of NHRDA World Championat the final event of the season at the Texas Motorplex in October. Of course, and perhaps most import of all bragging rights are at stake!

The Big Sky Truck Fest in Acton, Montana and The Tulsa Diesel Nationals at Tulsa Raceway Park are the final two events for a chance to qualify for the World Finals. Here's a breakdown by class of the drivers still in the hunt to claim Points and World Finals championships for 2015.




Unlike last year, where 2014 points series champion Trey Sikes dominated from the start to the finish of the season, there have been six different winners in six races so far in 2015. Who will claim the 2015 Points championship and the World Finals Champion Title at the end of season is wide open.

Current points leader Scott McKinstry began the season with a win at the Texas Diesel Nationals, and has followed up with consistent round wins so far to hold on to the top spot in the class.

Jim Calhoun drove all the way from Washington to St. Louis to win the Midwest Truckin Nationals, just one sign of what it takes to win in this most competitive NHRDA Diesel Drag Racing category.

2014 points champion Trey Sikes has not won events like he did last year, but has been consistently going rounds to stay in the chase for the championships.



1 Scott McKinstry
Keller, Texas
2008 Chevy
WINS: Texas Diesel Nationals

McKinstry took home all the honors in the Sportsman class at the Texas Diesel Nationals. He defeatedMBRP Diesel Drag Racing Series regular Robin Ridgeway to take home the win at his home track.
2 Jim Calhoun
Kent, WA
1997 Dodge
WINS: Midwest Truckin Nationals

The long distance award for 2015 might go to Calhoun, who made the trip from Kent, Washington to win in St. Louis. Calhoun is one of the winningest drivers in the history of the NHRDA.
3 Trey Sikes
Hamlet, North Carolina
2010 Volkswagen

Unlike 2014 where by this point in the season Trey had a commanding lead in the points series, Trey has consistently gone enough rounds to be in the chase for the 2015 MBRP Sportsman Points Championship.
4 Verlon Southwick
Shoshone, Idaho
2006 Chevy

Verlon is one of the most popular drivers in the NHRDA and the Idaho driver is in the hunt to win not one, but two championships in 2015. He is currently ranked #1 in the BD Power Super Diesel Class as well.
5 Mat Ray
Central Point, Oregon
2006 Chevy Duramax
WINS: Spring Diesel Nationals

Mat made the drive down from Central Point Oregon to southern California a memorable one with his first win of 2015. He defeated Bradley Roberts in the final round.



Verlon Southwick, one of the winningest drivers in NHRDA history and a fan favorite, sits at the top of the Super Diesel Category with his win at Castrol Raceway just 2 weeks ago. Super Diesel's 11.90 index is a tough nut to crack, and experience really counts in this class. Verlon is the defending National and World Champion so he knows what it takes to claim another championship.

1 Verlon Southwick
Shoshone, Idaho
2006 Chevy
WINS: Canadian Diesel Shootout

Southwick is the 2014 National and World Champion so he knows what it takes to win a championship and coming off his latest win at the Canadian Diesel Nationals he has extended his lead in the class.
2 Christopher Alaniz
San Antonio, Texas
2011 Ford
WINS: (Texas Diesel Nationals R/U)

Alaniz is still looking for his first win of the 2015 season, after a runner-up in Texas Diesel Nationals in April.
3 Tyler Shorter
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tyler's bid for the 2015 championship will be helped with a new for 2015 NHRDA event - The Tulsa Diesel Nationals will be at his home track in Tulsa.
4 Dan Weaver
Orange, Texas
2005 GMC
WINS: Texas Diesel Nationals

Dan defeated fellow Texan Christopher Alaniz to win the Texas Diesel Nationals earlier this year. Look for his 2005 Duramax to go rounds at the World Finals!
5 Phil Hollenga
Red Deer, Alberta

Phil had a great showing at the Canadian Diesel Nationals but lost in the final round to points leader Verlon Southwick.



No class in the NHRDA has had as many different winners (4) or as many new national records set during the 2015 season than the Super Street Category. Daniel Pierce got the 1st win of the season in Bakersfield. He was followed by wins by Chris Buhidar, Wade Minter and Rob Coddens in the next three events of the 2015 MBRP Drag Race Series.

Buhidar hurt his motor in his truck earlier this year, and since then has teamed up with Wade Minter to drive the truck Minter purchased from Brian Spooner. Chris vaulted into the points lead over Coddens in Edmonton where he dominated the competition by not only qualifying number one and winning the event; he also set a new NHRDA National Super Street Record by running a 9.459 ET.

Currently in 2nd place, Wade Minterwas the runner up at the Canadian Diesel Shootout and ran even quicker in Edmonton than Buhidar with a 9.43, but was unable to back the time up for a new national record.

Idaho Rob Coddens won for the 2nd time of the season at the Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals, but lost the points lead to Buhidar and Minter in Edmonton at the JB's Canadian Diesel Shootout. The Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals winner was not in Edmonton to defend his points lead, but will be back to battle both for the points lead and that national record.

In the 4th spot is Daniel Pierce who while winning at the Spring Diesel Nationals recorded the quickest time ever in the class, a blistering 9.22. He was unable to back up the time for a new national record, but obviously has the horsepower to win the championship.

This is definitely one of the classes to watch as the driver's battle it out for the 2015 Points series championship and the World Finals Champion title at the end of the season. It's very doubtful that the current national records in the category will last thru the end of the 2015 MBRP Drag Racing season. The class even has several dark horses out there like Derek Rose, who has also run under the record, and was the runner-up earlier this year in Denver.

1 Chris Buhidar
San Antonio, Texas
2000 Ford, 2002 GMC
WINS: Texas Diesel Nationals, Canadian Diesel Shootout

For Chris the Canadian Diesel Shootout was like Christmas: Qualify #1, Set National Record, Win the race, and go home with the points lead. Buhidar defeated friend and team owner Wade Minter in the final making the next three races almost must wins for Minter and Coddens to catch Buhidar for the National Championship.
2 Wade Minter
Maypearl, Texas
2006 Chevy Duramax
WINS: Midwest Truckin Nationals

Wade Minter has been on a roll this season making appearances at all of the 2015 NHRDA MBRP Diesel Drag Racing Series events. Teamed with Chris Buhidar, he is one of the best in the category.
3 Rob Coddens
Eagle, Idaho
2002 GMC
WINS: Diesels On The Mountain, Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals

Coddens has set the NHRDA world on fire since he stepped back into the driver's seat this season. Coddens picked up his second win of the season and took the points lead home with him and will look to add to the total over the next couple of events.
4 Daniel Pierce
Big Spring, Texas
WINS: Spring Diesel Nationals

Pierce was the #1 qualifier and he took the win in a dominating fashion at the Spring Diesel Nationals. He went 9.22 in the final round, the quickest pass so far this season. The ET was quicker than the current national record but he was unable to back it up.
5 John Schirado
Granby, Colorado

Schirado had good showings both at the Spring Diesel Nationals and also at the Diesels on the Mountain event in Denver. His truck has made a lot of progress and he will be attending the Big Sky Truck Fest in his pursuit for more points.

Jarid "The Iron Man" Vollmer continues to dominate in the Pro Street class, just as he has for the past several seasons in his Bully Dog Sponsored 2007 Dodge. Jarid also holds both National Records for the class with an 8.51 second ET he recorded in April at the Texas Diesel Nationals and a blistering 160.52 mph blast he made in the thinner air at the Diesels On the Mountain event in Denver Colorado in May. He's the man to beat in the class, but don't count out Matt Kubik, who won in Denver or Donavan Harris who won at the Canadian Diesel Shootout in Edmonton.

1 Jarid "The Iron Man" Vollmer
Chubbuck, Idaho
2007 Dodge Ram 2500
WINS: Texas Diesel Nationals, Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals

Vollmer has dominated the class so far this season. The Bully Dog Sponsored driver has had some parts breakage during the season, but said he will have it all fixed and is looking forward to the final events of the 2015 season.
2 Matt Kubik
Newkirk, Oklahoma
2005 Ford Ranger
WINS: Diesels On The Mountain

Matt's win in Denver was huge, he defeated Jarid Vollmer's record setting Bully Dog Dodge, taking down one of the toughest competitors in the NHRDA. The battle for the championship will likely have another epic battle with Vollmer.
3 Donavan Harris
Red Deer, Alberta
2001 Dodge
WINS: Canadian Diesel Shootout

Donavan qualified number one in Edmonton with a 9.33, then defeated Randy Girden in the final round. Harris has been one of the toughest competitors in the NHRDA Pro Street class for years and is looking forward to the World Finals.
4 Randy Girden
Edmonton, Alberta
2001 Dodge

Girden's beautiful 2001 Dodge was the runner up to Donavan Harris in Edmonton, the Heavy Hauler is also tough, he may prove a real spoiler in the class before the season is over.
5 Ryan Milliken
Navarre, Florida<

Milliken's debuted a new truck in the class at the beginning of the season. He's one of the winningest drivers in the NHRDA, and will likely need some help from others to have a chance to win the championship for 2015.

At the recently completed Canadian Diesel shootout at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton Lloydminster resident Brian Spooner's "Blown Smoke" Chevy Duramax won for the 2nd time this season, carding the quickest pass this year in the class to take the points lead, vaulting him past both Milliken and Vollmer in the process. It's anybody's guess who will emerge as the points and World Champion when the dust settles in October at the Texas Motorplex, but Spooner's unique blown diesel Chevy is marching in fine fashion toward the championship.

The MBRP G&J Diesel sponsored 1941 Willys has been driven by two drivers during the 2015 season and they currently hold down the 2nd and 3rd spots in the category. Ryan Milliken and Jarid Vollmer have shared driving duties in the Willys fans call "The Batmobile". It's not known what driver will be piloting the Willys at the next race, or if perhaps one will bring out and drive the legendary Dirty Max Chevy to form a two man team to chase for the championship and World Finals title.

1 Brian "Blown Smoke" Spooner
Lloydminster, Alberta
2006 Blown Smoke Chevy Duramax
WINS: Diesels On The Mountain, Canadian Diesel Shootout.

The Blown Smoke Duramax has steadily improved since its debut in Texas earlier this year. His late season charge has the momentum needed to win a championship.
2 Jarid "The Iron Man" Vollmer
Chubbuck, Idaho
1941 MBRP Willys - "The Batmobile"
WINS: Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals, 2 Runner-up's.

Who will drive the Dirty Max, and who will drive the Batmobile is a question on everyone's minds as we wait to see how the battle will layout for team MBRP for the rest of 2015
3 Ryan "The Hard Way" Milliken
Navarre, Florida
1941 MBRP Willys - "The Batmobile"
WINS: Spring Diesel Nationals, Texas Diesel Nationals

Milliken and the G & J Diesel team have put together back to back wins so far this year. The 2014 Champion has some tough competition to get past to claim another National Championship.
4 Aaron Schaff
Rimby, Alberta
2002 Dodge

Schaff is a former champion in the Super Street Class and has stepped up to the pro stock class to compete in the 2015 series and they are headed down to the Big Sky Truck Fest to earn more points towards the championship chase.
5 Kevin Douglas
Calgary, Alberta
1967 Chevy

Douglas's C10 Chevy is one of the most popular in the class, the Alberta Driver is a long shot, but with double points at the World Finals has a shot still at the title.

Marty Thacker and Team Hypermax made their 2015 NHRDA debut at the Midwest Truckin Nationals in St. Louis, it had been over a year since they last competed. The Hypermax team have run as quick as 6.79, and are former National Record holders in the Top Diesel category.

1 Marty Thacker
Robinson, Illinois
Team Hypermax Dragster
WINS: Midwest Truckin Nationals

Marty ran a 7.01 at 199.43 mph to win the Midwest Truckin Nationals, and have been focusing efforts on the clutch so far this season and hopes to make it to Tulsa and of course the World Finals.

The husband and wife team of Jim and Amy Greenway have a solid lead in the 2.6 class, Jim is looking to claim the title in the class after finishing 4th in the 2014 points championship. Greenway has won twice so far this season, and is definitely the one to beat in the class.

1 Jim Greenway
Nixa, Missouri
1994 Dodge
WINS: Texas Diesel Nationals, Midwest Truckin Nationals

Jim is the defending 2.6 champion and with his wins at the Texas Diesel Nationals and Mid West Truckin Nationals it appears his on his way to another championship
2 Amy Greenway
Nixa, Missouri

Amy has some work to do if she is going to surpass her husband in the 2.6 class and she will have the chance in Tulsa and of course the World Finals were it will be double points awarded.
3 Dustin Tekelenburg
Blaine, Washington

Dustin had a good pull at the Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals and he is making the drive out to the Big Sky Truck Fest where he hopes to gain more points on the leaders
4 Jared Patterson
Colorado Springs, CO
1995 Dodge
WINS: Diesels On The Mountain

Patterson's 1995 Dodge was the big winner in Denver with a pull of 282.78 feet. He still has a couple of events coming up where he can gain points towards the championship
5 Ryan Pini
White City, Oregon

Ryan's runner-up finish to Dustin Tekelenburg at the Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals put him into the chase for the 2015 2.6 title.

After winning the Super Diesel Championship in 2013, Nick Adamson is on track to better his 4th place in finish in 3.0 Diesel last year, but the champion has a tough field of competitors with a lot of experience.

Tom Hansen made the long haul from Utah to Oregon to win the Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals with a pull of 310.4 feet to beat Adamson's 306.7 foot charge.

Jim Greenway is making a late season charge, and with the inaugural event coming up in Tulsa which is closer to his home in Missouri, he has a good shot at the championship for 2015. Greenway won the World Finals in 2015, and is one to watch in 3.0 Diesel.

1 Nick Adamson
American Falls, Idaho
Bully Dog Dodge
WINS: Spring Diesel Nationals, R/U Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals

Adamson's Bully Dog sponsored truck is getting stronger ever pull and after his win at the season opener he is looking for the National Championship.
2 Tom Hansen
Stansbury Park, Utah
2005 Dodge
WINS: Diesels On The Mountain, Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals

Hansen out pulled points leader Nick Adamson at the Pacific Coast Diesel Nationals for his 2nd win of the 2015 season. It was also the 2nd time he has beaten Adamson in head-to-head competition.
3 Jim Greenway
Nixa, Missouri
1994 Dodge
WINS: Texas Diesel Nationals, Midwest Truckin Nationals

Greenway is one of only a few drivers to score two wins in a single event: He won both the 3.0 and 2.6 classes at the Texas Diesel Nationals in April and then another win at St Louis and will be in the hunt as we come down the back stretch.
4 Adam Quain
Grand Junction, Colorado

Quain's Ford PowerStroke scored at 2nd place finish in Denver earlier this year.
5 Kevin Cole
Pacific, Missouri
1998 Dodge
WINS: 2nd - Midwest Truckin Nationals

Coles 2nd place finish in St. Louis to Jim Greenway was his first event of the 2015 season.

Three events and three wins for Jason Stott in the Super Stock Diesel class for 2015, In Denver his pull of 277.10 was good enough for first place once again. Stott now has a very commanding lead in the National Points chase and will look to hold onto it as the NHRDA season goes into summer.

1 Jason Stott
Rock Springs, Wyoming
Bully Dog Dodge
WINS: Spring Diesel Nationals, Texas Diesel Nationals, Diesels On The Mountain

Stott has won all three events he has attended so far this season and is on his way to his 1st National Championship.
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