Jared Jones AKA J-Rod piloted the Scheid Diesel Dragster to a new NHRDA Top Diesel World Record of 4.21ET and 188.63MPH while also capturing the 2023 NHRDA World Championship title and trophy at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis Texas on September 17th, 2023.
Jones was competing for team ODSS at the team competition NHRDA vs ODSS at the NHRDA World Finals and gave a challenge to NHRDA and the West Coast that the Top Diesel category is growing very fast and it is time for them to get some dragsters up and running and come out and compete for the premier class in Diesel Motorsports.
Congratulations to Jared Jones and Dan Scheid for being both Record Holder and World Champion.
Also big thanks to HOTSHOTS SECRET the title sponsor for the NHRDA and ODSS series powering both organizations with the power of science.
Chase Wells from Nacogdoches Texas driving the 1 Way Diesel Performance 1957 Chevy Pro Mod was in the #2 spot at the end of qualifying in the NHRDA Pro Stock class at the 2023 NHRDA World Finals at the Texas Motorplex.
Wade Minter in his split window 63 Corvette ran 4.32et at 176.35 mph to be the number one qualifier and set the 1st leg of both ET and MPH in the NHRDA Pro Stock class but he would need to back up that run within 1% to make the record official.
In the finals it was Wells versus Minter both wanted to back up their previous runs and set new world records but more importantly both wanted to win and become the NHRDA World Champion. Minter had the better reaction time but went into tire shake and Wells drove around him running 4.75et at 148.33mph and is crowned Pro Stock World Champion.
Congratulations to Chase Wells and 1 Way Diesel Performance.
Foster Evans kicked off the 2023 season with his 1st win in the pro street class at his home track at the Desert Diesel Nationals back in April. After that they set three goals for the rest of the season, to win the national points chase, set a new pro street record and become the NHRDA World Champion.
Evans chalked up wins in Arizona, California and Montana and headed to Texas and the World Finals with a commanding lead in the pro street class.
In 1st round qualifying Evans, driving the KC Turbo's 2005 Ford, ran a 5.12 et to set new the world record but he still had to back it up for the record to stand. Fast forward to 1st round of eliminations Evans runs 5.13et to take the win and move into the semi finals but more importantly he now owns the the record in pro street class.
In the finals it was Evans versus John Schirado but unfortunately for Schirado he had mechanical issues and could not make the call to the lanes. That did not stop Evans from running a 5.16et at 133.80mph to become the NHRDA Pro Street World Champion!
Again congratulations to Foster Evans and KC Turbo's for setting the new national record, winning national points championship and being the World Champion.
Brett Marcum loaded his truck and crew up in Iowa and headed for the Texas Motorplex and the 2023 NHRDA World Finals. Marcum came to Texas to score points for his team ODSS but more importantly he was there to become the next World Champion and take home the money.
Cody Helms also team ODSS competitor was the #1 qualifier running 5.91et and Marcum was #2 qualifier running 5.94et. That put Helms and Marcum on opposite sides of the ladder, and they both went to work taking out there competitors and moving forward in the ladder.
In the finals it was team ODSS all the way with Marcum in the left lane and Helms in the right lane, but Marcum cut .064 light and never looked back as he took his 1st NHRDA World Championship.
Next up for Marcum is the ODSS finals at Wagler Motorsprot Park where he is currently #1 in the points chase for ODSS, we here at the NHRDA wish him the best of luck at securing another title this year.
Congratulations to Brett Marcum and Team ODSS!
Jeremy Stickney qualified in the #6 spot in his 2004 Dodge Ram and as he headed into the elimination rounds he knew his truck was running way faster than the 6.70 index and that he would have to be playing the game at the end of the track.
He battled his way thru the ladder and in the finals he was matched up against Tim Moore in his 06 Dodge Ram so it was Cummins versus Cummins but Stickney cut a way better light and he knew he had it won and actually got on the brakes at end of track to make sure he did not break out.
Congratulations to Jeremy Stickney!
Dustin Mintern made the long drive from North Carolina to represent team ODSS at the NHRDA World Finals in the team competition.
Mintern owner of Diesel Addiction, currently 2nd in points in the 7.70 class for the ODSS, knew he would have to be consistent and focused at the World Finals as there was 29 competitors that qualified on Saturday and he was sitting in the #11 position going into eliminations on Sunday morning.
Mintern fought his way thru the ladder and in the finals was up against Ethan Schmidt from Florida but the pressure was to much as Schmidt went red and handed the win to Mintern and team ODSS.
Congratulations to Dustin Mintern and Team ODSS
Oscar Velasquez remembers watching Wayne Talkington as a kid and his 1963 Peterbilt doing great big burnouts and racing his semi truck in California.
Fast forward lets say 25 years and Valasquez is now at the 2023 NHRDA World Finals at the Texas Motorplex and is currently in the #4 qualifying spot and the legend Wayne Talkington is in the #1 qualifying spot.
Talkington and Velasquez took care of business in both the 1/4 finals and semi finals defeating their opponents and in the finals it was student versus teacher. Velasquez cut the better light and never looked back as he thundered down the track running 12.60et at 106.65mph and became the new NHRDA World Champ in Hot Rod Semi Class.
Congratulations to Oscar Velasquez and his team on a great win!
Darren Spaulding had never raced his Peterbilt before he headed to Texas and the NHRDA World Finals. Spaulding got some quick advise from his fellow racers out of Oklahoma, just be consistent on your shifts and cut a good reaction and have fun while your doing it.
Spaulding worked his way thru the ladder taking out some pretty big names in the racing world and found himself in the finals.
Final round it was two Peterbilt's and a good old Oklahoma versus Texas showdown to see who would have bragging rights for the next year.
Spaulding had the better reaction time and never looked back as he defeated Caleb Eilers and not only won his first ever race but now is crowned NHRDA Big Rig Bracket Champion.
Robin Ridgway from Lafayette Indiana and her truck named "Tony" have completely dominated the sportsman class this year in the Hot Shots Secret Drag Racing Series.
Every event Ridgway she has attended she has won in 2023. Starting off in Chandler Arizona she won the Desert Diesel Nationals and then she traveled to Acton, Montana and won the Big Sky Truck Fest and was sitting at the top of the leader board in points heading into the World Finals.
As Ridgway prepared to make the drive from Indiana to Texas for the World Finals she grabbed her Dads hat, not only good luck but she wanted to make sure he was there in spirit to help cheer her on as she chased after the championship.
Ridgway showed up to Texas with her game face on and was ready to show her determination and dominance at the World Finals and keep her streak of wins going.
During the elimination rounds she was super consistent and ran within a couple of tenths on her dial time and was spot on her reaction times. Robin worst light of the day was .062 and that is why Ridgway is the 2023 World & National Points Champion.
Congratulations to Robin Ridgway and "Tony"