Jim Disher Wins Hot Rod Semi & Big Rig Bracket National Titles in 2016
Jim Disher of Commerce City, Colorado has been a prominent figure at NHRDA events for the past few years. The matte black 1971 Kenworth and he have been pleasing crowds with their big and smoky burnouts all across the country. But this season it wasn't just about the burnout contests, it was about bringing home championships. Disher wanted his hands on the NHRDA Big Rig Bracket and Hot Rod Semi National Championships. Disher and his teammate, who happens to be his granddaughter, Charnie, made the long trips to the NHRDA events fighting for the shot at the championships.
Jim spoke with NHRDA Announcer Scott Heaton after clinching the two titles at the World Finals:
Disher rolled into the NHRDA season opening Texas Diesel Nationals with hopes of starting the year off with some win lights. Disher was deadly in the Hot Rod Semi class picking his way through the competition and landing in the winner's circle. In the Big Rig Bracket class Disher's day wasn't as successful as it ended in the early rounds.
Jim and his team made the trip to Phoenix for the Desert Diesel Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. His luck in the Big Rig Bracket class would continue to be bad with another early round exit but in the Hot Rod Semi class he put the Kenworth into the final round but he would come up just short of getting the win light.
Over the next couple of races Disher just couldn't get the Kenworth into the final round in the Big Rig Bracket class but he was continuing to add points to his total as he tried to keep with the points leaders. In the Hot Rod Semi class he racked up final round appearances at the Oklahoma Diesel Nationals, Diesels on the Mountain and the Big Sky Truck Fest. At his hometown event in Colorado, Disher put the black '71 Kenworth in the winner's circle for the second time that season.
The NHRDA World Finals are always a great event for fans and competitors as all the big hitters roll into the Texas Motorplex for the biggest race on the NHRDA schedule. Disher had been battling it out all season in two classes but he was able to get a nice lead in the points standings in Hot Rod Semi class and was just looking to finally securing the National Championship. Disher made it to the final round but broke before he could face off with Gord Cooper of Calgary, Alberta. The runner-up finish clinched the Hot Rod Semi National Championship for Disher and his team. The Big Rig Bracket class was a different story. Jim was 70 points behind the points leader, who happened to be his granddaughter Charnie. When Charnie lost in the first round of eliminations that opened the door for Jim to make a final push for the National Championship, all he had to do was win the race. Jim and his truck kept turning on the win lights as they continued through the competition on their way to the final round. In the finals it was Disher versus Ron Clifton of Wayne, Oklahoma. Disher had the better reaction time and used it take the victory and to clinch the Big Rig Bracket National Championship.
In the winner's circle the NHRDA's Scott Heaton asked Jim about the season, "It's been a good year to go play with Charnie helping me out." When asked how it felt being able to race and travel with his granddaughter, "Well since she started doing the racing stuff, yeah she spends a little more time with me, going over to the shop and stuff." Jim wanted to thank all the sponsors that helped out this season allowing him to make a run at the NHRDA National Championship, Diesel Life, Bully Dog, Fourstates Trucking and of course his family and granddaughter Charnie. Disher and his team are already hard at work for the upcoming season as they look to continue turning on the win lights.