The whistle of turbos spooling up, black smoke filling the air, the rush of 2,500 horse power trucks flying by – this is diesel racing.

The top drivers from the country all travel the the Upper Cumberland area once a year to see what their machine is capable of, whether it is launching off the line during the drag race, or pulling thousands of pounds across the dirt at the sled pull event. You don’t want to miss this.

Rocky Top Diesel Shootout started 4 years ago to bring the best diesel drag racers, and sled pullers in the U.S.A. to our local area. For a family oriented, fun filled weekend.

This event has been growing every year by leaps and bounds!! It is undoubtedly a great event that offers our sponsors countless opportunities to make a great impression on thousands of auto enthusiast.
Hosted at Crossville Dragway, the completely renovated 1/8th mile dragstrip is Tennessee’s premier racing facility!!

Vehicles range from completely stock diesels, to the fastest diesel dragsters in the world. Thousands of spectators make plans to attend this event every year.

When all the action is over at the dragstrip, the event moves over to the dirt at the Crossville Fairgrounds. Last year our attendance was the largest single event in the history of the fairgrounds!! This standing room only event attracts competitors and fans from around the country. The PPL (Pro Pulling League) hooks the most bad ass sled pulling trucks in the country. The fans go wild, as the air is filled with smoke from the monstrous diesel engines.

Rocky Top Diesel Shootout brought in over 4,500 people in 2015. Jump to last year where our attendance nearly doubled bringing in over 7,500 fans and competitors!!

RTDS 4 is on track to be even bigger and better in 2017. This 2 day event, July 28th – 29th is sure to be an exciting time and a great place to bring your brand and products to thousands of auto enthusiast.


RTDS will be racing on the brand new track at Crossville Dragway.  Check out all the information on the track here: