Keystone Diesel Nationals debut a hit
As with any event, Maple Grove Raceway management didn’t know what to expect when it scheduled the first Keystone Diesel Nationals over the winter.
The signs for a great event were there in the months leading up the July 27 date. Mack Trucks, an industry giant, signed up as presenting sponsor. Other industry sponsors then came aboard. Also, Super Show Rigs helped with promotion and spread the word through the trucking community.
The result was a successful first act. With great summer weather, 365 trucks were at Maple Grove, including 158 in the judging show field and 85 on the racetrack.
Maple Grove’s quartermile dragstrip featured race classes ranging from pickups to big trucks. Fans were especially impressed by the big rigs – which haul trailers during the week – that could get up to speeds approaching 100 mph in only 1,320 feet.
Winning the Big Truck class was Jim Peddicord (Westminster, Md.) in a 2001 Peterbilt. Running just above 19 seconds through the day, Peddicord won the day when opponent Matt Brown (Linthincum, Md.) fouled in the final.
Peddicord was also the big winner of the day, taking the King of The Grove title by beating Diesel Pickup Truck class winner Peter Church (West Berlin, N.J.) in a special race. Peddicord kept up his consistency with a pass of 19.514 seconds at 80.34 mph after Church and his ’07 Silverado fouled at the start.
There was also a Big Truck Shootout with Rich Reddick (Coopersburg, Pa.) taking the win with a pass of 14.087 at 105.40 mph with his ’97 Kenilworth in the final against Sunny Kline (Sellersville, Pa.).
In the Diesel Pickup class, Church won his final with a great reaction time against Jesse Landis (Gilbertsville, Pa.). Church was off the line in .042 seconds and then made a run of 15.869 at 80.01.
The Diesel Pickup Shootout was a rat rod fest with Susan Stump (Fleetwood, Pa.) and her ’34 Chevy taking top honors. She won the final when Ernie Barkman (Honey Brook, Pa.) fouled at the start.
Hunter Keystone Peterbilt sponsored the Big Rig Show and Shine that had 12 trucker classes and included a class for truckers’ bikes. Over 79 awards were presented with 39 class places, 21 specialty awards, 16 fun trophies and three best of show.
The Antique Truck Club of America, Exit 21 and the American Truck Historical Society also took part in the show.
Additional sponsors include R.R. Commercial Services Inc., FA Unlimited, Triple K Fleet Services, Trik Trux by Pro-Fab Associates, Elite Service Inc., Polish This, Delaware Valley Concrete, Class 8 Parts, Denver Truck Painting, Detroit Diesel, Xtreme Diesel, Bender’s Buffing Polish and Savoy’s SMS Inc.