DJ Calloway, owner of DJ's Diesel in Moses Lake, Washington, sent us an invitation to one of the Columbia Basin Sled Pullers events last summer. We figured spending a Saturday up in the dirt would be better than staying home pulling weeds, despite what our wives had to say about it. So we grabbed a thousand pounds of tractor weights and hit the interstate.
Columbia Basin Sled Pullers is becoming the best source for sled pulling organized events in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Last year, the circuit expanded into more events than it had done the previous year. For 2009, the CBSP circuit will likely grow into even more events.
The Royal City event we hit was the epitome of grass roots competition. And we mean that in the best possible way. There's no red tape to deal with, which means you can pretty much be driving down the street Saturday morning, see the see the sign for the event, pull in and sign up. The CBSP has classes for all trucks, from bone stock (even gassers) up to big unlimited mods. They do cash payouts, too, which many organizations with larger reaches and bigger equipment can't claim to do.
Denny Hao cleaned up in the big classes with his Cummins-powered Ford Super Duty, taking first in both the top Unlimited Mod class and Heavy Mod. Calloway's Ford Power Stroke took second in both of those classes behind Hao. Nate King took Diesel Tech's Duramax project truck to third in Unlimited Mod, one of the truck's two top-three finishes at Royal City.
As a side note, if you're interested in getting more information on this year's CBSP events, you can call DJ's Diesel in Moses Lake at (509) 760-3676.