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Project Sidewinder Beats Corvette

August 02, 2003

Sidewinder Dakota burnout

While returning from the Bandimere Diesel Drags in Denver, Colorado, the Sidewinder went to Las Vegas for the Association of Diesel Specialists Trade Show, a trade only affair held at the Mirage Hotel & Casino July 31 - August 2. En route, Sidewinder crew chief Sheldon Tackett stopped at a Cummins dealership just outside Las Vegas.

The plan was to display the World's Fastest Pickup for a few hours, and maybe make a couple of smoky burnouts for the spectators. A number of interested fans, a few photographers (and even someone who looked a lot like Elvis) showed up for the appearance. Sheldon proceeded to do a few burnouts for the wide-eyed fans and then an amazing thing happened. Sheldon, returning from a burnout run, was challenged by a fellow in a C5 Corvette. The Sidewinder "smoked" the 'Vette by five car-lengths, much to the disbelief of the Corvette owner - and the spectators at the Cummins dealership who witnessed the whole thing.

It's great to have up to 735 hp and 1300 lb-ft of torque on tap for those unexpected challenges!