See http://starbeacon.com/local/x1224382714/GET-YOUR-MOTORS-RUNNINGApril 15, 2012
GET YOUR MOTORS RUNNING
Truck owners check out their rides via computer
By WARREN DILLAWAY - email@example.comStar Beacon
ASHTABULA — As Kevin Cragon monitored the computer screen, curious competitors gathered around to check the results of souped up trucks Saturday during Diesel Dyno Day at Twisted Innovations.
A Dyno-Ometer is used to monitor the horsepower and foot pounds of tourque of a vehicle that is strapped to rotating discs underneath the vehicle.
Cragon has sponsored the event for seven years at his Center Avenue business in Ashtabula. “I’ve been messing around with cars all my life,” he said.
Truck lovers came from all over Ohio to test their rigs against the machines; and other trucks. Cragon said the competitors came from the Columbus area, Austintown, North Jackson and Lancaster as well as local entries from Ashtabula and Geneva.
Cragon said the participants buy their vehicles then upgrade the engines. “I go into the computer and make them run correctly,” he said of the Dyno-Ometer.
Each vehicle got between 30 minutes and an hour on the machine. Twenty-two competitors participated in the event and helped make life a little better for sick children and their families.
Cragon said the event raised more than $1,300 for Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital through a third of the entry fee, a reverse raffle and food sales.
Jennifer Davidson made sure her son Tanner, 4, of Madison was properly prepared with ear muffs to dull the loud noises of the trucks running at full bore. She said they came to donate to the cause.
Kevin Chess of Ashtabula was one of the first trucks on the machine Saturday morning. He said he just wanted to see how his truck runs.
“We bought it two years ago,” Chess said of his 2500 H Chevy Duromax. He said the truck has not yet been raced but “could be in the future.”
Mike Cordova of Columbus won the competiton with his Dodge 12 valve by registering 700 horsepower and 1,332 foot bounds of tourque.
John Fyffe of Lancaster got second with 772 horsepower and 997 foot pounds of tourque followed by third place winner, Wes Beech, of Akron with 479 horsepower and 850 foot pounds of torque.
“It was for a good cause so I came up,” Beech said.