Ultimate Callout Challenge 2021

Top Diesel Competitors Shine At Annual Event

May 2021 Feature Brady L. Kay

While the three-day weekend has officially wrapped up, memories from the 2021 Ultimate Callout Challenge in Indianapolis, Ind., roars on. The one-of-a-kind event brings out the best-of-the-best in the diesel industry as trucks compete on the biggest stage in a drag race competition, dyno run, as well as sled pull – all with the same truck – to determine a champion.

This year at the Lucas Oil Raceway it was Justin Zeigler who took top honors with a 5.3 second run on the quarter-mile track on Friday, 2,443.6hp with 3,282.7 torque mark on the dyno Saturday and a 290-foot pull on the sled on Sunday. Justin and his team celebrated with cigars after the ceremony as they debated the best way to get the trophy off the stage that took at least two people to lift.

The second overall UCC winner was Chris Buhidar with a 5.5 second run on the drag strip, 2,463.7hp and 2,996.3 torque on the dyno and a 299-foot pull with the sled.

Third place overall went to Tony Burkhard who took first place in the drag competition with a 5.1 second time in the quarter-mile as well as a top finish in the sled pull with an impressive 319 foot pull, but “only” hit 2,104.7hp and 2,360.6 torque on the dyno, which put him in 11th place in Saturday’s completion based on the UCC’s point system.


The truck that received the most attention, at least based on the number of social media views, is the diesel truck driven by Todd Welch who pushed his truck to the limits as the last truck to run on the dyno. His numbers, 2,369.2hp and 3,039.8 torque, earned him a top five finish on the dyno, but it’s the explosion at the end when the engine reached it’s breaking point that people will remember for years to come. Despite his best efforts by working through the night to swap out the blown engine, Todd and the Power Driven Diesel team weren’t able to get the truck ready to pull on Sunday afternoon, leaving him in 13th place overall after being able to only compete in two of the three events.


Watch for a full recap and more photos in an upcoming issue of Diesel Tech magazine as well as video coverage in the digital version of our publication coming soon.


2021 UCC Overall Results


DriverScoreDragDynoPull
1 [13] Justin Zeigler 2467.019 840
5.3
880.969
2443.6 hp - 3282.7 tq
746.050
290.350
2 [5] Chris Buhidar 2410.150 796.2
5.519
840.000
2463.7 hp - 2996.3 tq
773.950
299.650
3 [7] Tony Burkhard 2395.969 877
5.115
686.969
2104.7 hp - 2360.6 tq
832.000
319.000
4 [3] Justin Andres 2366.585 706.4
5.968
865.415
2220.6 hp - 3404.6 tq
794.770
306.590
5 [8] Trevor Peterson 2366.022 723.8
5.881
841.092
2264 hp - 3203.1 tq
801.130
308.710
6 [19] Tom Borrell (Turba Tom) 2339.041 832.8
5.336
750.831
2090.7 hp - 2789.7 tq
755.410
293.470
7 [21] Evan Moser 2332.657 793.4
5.533
770.077
2202.9 hp - 2802.6 tq
769.180
298.060
8 [2] Wade Minter 2299.542 799.6
5.502
741.892
2065.9 hp - 2756.4 tq
758.050
294.350
9 [17] Kenny Bruner 2193.094 787.4
5.563
688.954
1753.3 hp - 2724.9 tq
716.740
280.580
10 [15] David Petrick 2071.955 648
6.26
732.985
1909.8 hp - 2854.6 tq
690.970
271.990
11 [11] Charlie Fish 1910.607 749.6
5.752
654.477
1820.4 hp - 2433.7 tq
506.530
210.510
12 [4] Brian Shew 1898.792 548.2
6.759
532.692
1293.2 hp - 2169.3 tq
817.900
314.300
13 [1] Todd Welch 1516.954 684.8
6.076
832.154
2369.2 hp - 3039.8 tq

14 [22] John Schirado 1359.000 756.2
5.719
602.800
1770.8 hp - 2147.4 tq

15 [26] Ryan Batts 1276.292 694.4
6.028
581.892
1396.8 hp - 2385.5 tq

16 [6] Eric Merchant 1165.877 659.4
6.203
506.477
1290.4 hp - 2001.7 tq

17 [25] Josh McCormack 1107.119 588.8
6.556
119.969
257 hp - 522.8 tq
398.350
174.450
18 [24] Chase Miller 954.815 482.4
7.088
472.415
1280.7 hp - 1790 tq
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