Rolling Thunder
Street Class
Place: 3rd

We received numerous emails asking to compete in THROWDOWN presented by Airaid, but when Brian Mitchell asked us to consider his truck, we all thought he was joking. After all, he owned a lifted diesel-powered 2500HD and looked to be more show than go. We were wrong. Brian drove the truck down from Central California, and proceeded to cover our racetrack in black smoke like only a diesel can. He had so much fun beating on his super-sized rig, we thought he might stay even after we left. Given his truck's instant size disadvantages, the 2500HD actually performed well in all of the events, and was one of only two trucks in the Street Class to successfully complete all of the competitions. Seeing all of the lowered, high-horsepower trucks didn't intimidate Brian at all, and we commend him for thinking outside the box.

At A Glance;
Brian Mitchell • 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Engine: 6.6L Duramax Turbodiesel V-8, Edge CTS programmer, aFe intake and exhaust, CryO2 system
Transmission: Allison 1000 six-speed automatic with BD Diesel shift kit
Rearend: 14-bolt GM with 3.73 Positraction
RWHP: 450 (estimated)
Suspension: 7-inch lift kit, Full Throttle spindles, Goodyear airbags, Fox shocks, custom shock hoops
Brakes: Factory
Wheels/Tires: 20x10-inch Ultra wheels with Mickey Thompson 325/55R20 tires
Weight: 6,900 lbs
Pros: Impressive performance in a big package, leaves an imposing smokescreen when the pedal hits the floor
Cons: Colossal curb weight and a high center of gravity yield tricky handling
Slalom Time: 10.50
¼-Mile Time: 14.90
Stop Box Time: 16.26
Road Course Time: 2:29.95