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The NHRDA returned to Arizona for their 2024 Season opener the Desert Diesel Nationals at Firebird Motorsports Park in Chandler Arizona.  Friday morning the track had to open the gates up 3 hours early as both competitors and spectators were already lined up out to the county road.  Friday night had the Big Rig Light Competition plus qualifying rounds of drag racing.  Saturday gates opened up at 7am and once again the lines were full to get into the event.  The Pickett Custom Truck Show had record number of trucks attending and final count was over 250 in the show n shine competition.  Huge thanks to all our sponsors, vendors and Firebird Motorsports crew for making the season opener such a success.  Congratulations to all our 2024 DDN Champions.  


Pro Mod Champion -  Wade Minter  

Wade Minter is crowned NHRDA Pro Mod Champion at the 2024 Desert Diesel Nationals.

Wade Minter from Maypearl, Texas, and his beautiful 1963 split-window Corvette powered by a Cummins engine were the #1 qualifiers, running 5.02 ET. They struggled during qualifying to find the correct setup as the heat and track conditions changed every hour but as we headed to the finals they were confident they had it figured out.

In the final round, it was Brandon Wood with his 1995 Ford Mustang in the left lane and in the right lane Minter's 63 Corvette. So it is a Ford versus Chevy but both competitor's power plants are Cummings power.

Wade had the better reaction time .125 and never looked back running 5.18et at 132.62mph to Wood's 5.37et at 120.01.

Congratulations to Wade Minter and Team TSD!



Super Street Champion - Rick Fletes 

Rick Fletes captures his first win in the NHRDA Super Street Class at the Desert Diesel Nationals. Firebird Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona

Fletes not only races his beautiful wheel-standing 1970 Chevelle at the race track, he actually drives it to the racetrack. Last weekend, he made the 800-mile journey from his hometown of Galt, California, to Chandler, Arizona.

After the qualifying rounds ended, Fletes was sitting in the #4 position. As we went into the eliminations, Rick was watching the ever-changing track conditions so he could adjust tuning to match track conditions.

The final round would put Rick Fletes in his 1970 Chevelle against Myer Stump and his 1996 Dodge Ram, but unfortunately, Stump could not make the call because of mechanical issues. Fletes got the buy and laid down a 6.06et on the 5.90 dial time to capture his 1st victory of the 2024 season.

Congratulations to Rick Fletes!


6.70 Index Class Champion -  Cody Masse 


Cody Masse is crowned 6.70 Index Champion at the NHDRA Desert Diesel Nationals

Masse and his 1995 Dodge Ram dominated the 6.70 class in Arizona. Cody was the #1 qualifier, and going into the elimination rounds, he was confident that if he did his job at the tree, his truck would do the rest.

In the final round, Masse faced the local favorite Chaz Lightner and his (Cummins-powered) 1993 Ford Mustang. Lightner had the better reaction time, but Masse drove around him, running 6.93et and taking home the bragging rights and the money.

Congratulations to Cody Masse!


SUPER DIESEL (7.70)  CLASS CHAMPION – Robby Bowermaster

Super Diesel Champion - Robby Bowermaster

Robby Bowermaster is the King of the Super Diesel Class at the NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals.

Bowermaster is from Abilene, Texas. He drives a 2007 GMC 2500 Duramax and is a long-time NHRDA competitor. In the finals, it was an all-Texas race as he was up against Lane Wright from Lubbock TX.

Bowermaster had the better reaction time and ran a 7.71 on the 7.70 index and took home the win and more importantly the points lead in Super Diesel.

Congratulations to Robby Bowermaster and Team A-Star Diesel!


Sportsman Class Champion -  Robin Ridgway


Robin Ridgway made the long drive from Indiana to defend her title of NHRDA Desert Diesel National Champion. After five rounds of qualifying, Ridgway was in the #5 position on the ladder. Robin and her truck, Tony, easily made their way through the elimination rounds, running within a couple thousand of her dial time.

It was Robin Ridgway versus Lane Wright from Lubbock Texas in the finals. Ridgway cut a .083 reaction to Wrights's .179 and she ran 10,22ET on her 10.20 dial time to take the win and move into 1st place in the national points chase for the 2024 season.

Congratulations to Robin Ridgway and Tony! 



Hot Rod Semi Champion - Gord Cooper 

Smokin Guns Gord Cooper takes down the Legend Wayne Talkington at the NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals.

Gord Cooper and Wayne Talkington have been friends for over 30 years but when they pull into the water box all friendships are off for the next 1/4 mile. After the qualifying Talkington sat in the #1 spot and Cooper in the #2 position.

In the finals, Smokin Guns ran 11.72et to Talkington's 15.49et and now gets to take the trophy and bragging rights back to Canada.

Congratulations to Smokin Guns Gord Cooper!


Big Rig Bracket Champion -  Rick Fenwick 


Rick Fenwick rolls through the gears in Arizona & is crowned Big Rig Bracket Champion at the Desert Diesel Nationals.

Fenwick is from Cut & Shoot, Texas and he and his 1997 Peterbilt are no strangers to drag racing and the NHRDA. Rick got a load out to Arizona dropped his trailer in the pits and headed for the staging lanes. Fenwick did enter into the sportsman class also but after hurting his tranny he decided to only race in the big rig bracket class.

In the finals, it was Fenwick versus his buddy Caleb Eilers of Odessa, Texas. Eilers had the better reaction time but Fenwick drove around him on the top end to take the win.

Congratulations to Rick Fenwick!


Huge Thanks to all our sponsors and vendors for making a great event