Sponsored Spotlight - Verlon Southwick

-Your Name and others in your Team:

My name is Verlon Southwick.  My team is me, myself, and I.

-Truck Name and tell us the story behind the name:

Truck name is Shamu.  When I first built the truck to race, is weighed 8200lbs.  It was a whale of a truck so I thought Shamu was fitting.

-Year, Make and Model and tell us why that one:

2006 GMC 2500HD.  The LBZ Duramax is just the best engine out there.  I'm a GM man.


-Description of the Build and if possible, pictures of the build process:

The build process is a never ending evolution of trying new things and making it better.  The truck currently has the following:

Fully built motor to include the following:

Carillo hybrid rods and pistions

Callies Ultra billet narrow journal crank, internally balanced

SoCal Girdle

Standard Block

Shimmed oil pump

Welded and pinned water pump

Massaged heads with springs and retainers

Neutral balance flex plate

ATI Dampner

ARP Main, Head, Rocker, Injector, flex plate, and fly wheel bolts and studs

DDP 200% Injectors

Industrial 85% CP3's

PPE Dual Fueler kit

Compound Turbo Kit Built by Big Twin with the following:

Danville 4094 stg3r 72mm VVT turbo

Garrett GT5533r 91mm Turbo

45mm wastegate around the valley charger

No Zone built Allison 6 speed with lots of Billet stuff

Goerend K billet converter

BT Lock up box

Mike L Trans cooler

Flexalite auxiliary trans cooler X2

Yukon gear and axle Grizzly locker, Rear axles, and 3.42 gears front and rear

Custom front and rear driveshaft loops

FASS 265 lift pump

6 point roll bar built by Magic Valley Hot Rodz

18 inch wheels with 315/45/18 drag radials

Custom Tuning from IdahoRob Coddens

-Achievements over the past few years, even if its 9th place:

I have 65 trophies hanging out in the garage.  Including:

NHRDA Super Diesel World Champion 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016

NHRDA Sportsman World Champion 2012

NHRDA Super Diesel National Points Champion 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

NHRDA Sportsman National Points Champion 2012, 2013

I have dyno trophies, Dirt Drag trophies, and many other trophies outside of NHRDA

NWDC Big twin points champ 2016, 2017

NWDC Unlimited points champ 2017

NWDC Small twin points champ 2017

-Most memorable event, Why?

The NHRD Arizona race 2012.  I won Super Diesel and Sportsman classes at that race.  It was the first race I attended after getting several sponsors.  I was just super glad I was able to start well right out of the gate.

-Other Sponsors you would like to list:

Edge Products, Custom Auto, ATPTrucks, DMAXStore, Diesel Upgrades, Screamin Diesel Performance, High Tech Turbo, No Zone Diesel, Dynomite Diesel Performance, Power Driven Diesel, Callies Performance

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