Kyle pulling at Cecilton Carnival Grounds for the Shore Fire Pullers weekend event August, 2015
Leonard pulling at Sudlersville, MD in the 3.0 class just because he loves to hook his truck.
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Kyle and his fiancé, Shianne will be married this October, after pulling season.
This backyard built machine has definitely made a local name for itself. The 2001 Dodge 2500 owned by Kyle Leonard of Conowingo, MD, earns its keep as a weekend sled puller and has been doing so since 2008. The truck was purchased in the fall of 2007 with the purpose to be a daily driver. Not long after Leonard purchased the truck he hit the drag strip running in the low 12’s but that didn’t satisfy him. In 2008 he began hooking to the sled in what was the local “stock class” at local places including MAPA and Buck Motorsports Park.
After pulling with his automatic transmission and having issues with the breakage, he switched over to a manual, NV 5600 and installed a Southbend dual disk pulling clutch. The transmission swap was completed by Wilson’s Tire & Alignment out of Rising Sun, MD. The 5.9L 53 block was fitted with a 2007 commonrail head that was ported and polished. The custom vp pump was accompanied with DDP 220 injectors and cleared up with a custom built Barder turbo made to NADM 2.5 class specs, which was added in the past year. ARP head studs were put in place, and a Blue Chip Red Line helped demand power from the vp truck. In 2010, with classes in the area changing, Leonard moved his truck up to the modified class, which changed again into a true 2.5 truck in 2014. Most of the fabrication on the truck was done by Kyle himself.
Cecil County Fair 2015, pulling in the Mod Street Diesel Class.
He made the ladder bars and hitch. The weight box was purchased from a previous puller but modified by Kyle himself, and his best friend John Mackie. Kyle installed and custom made the exhaust from the turbo back, making the tip come out behind the bed into a 7” single miter cut stack. For the 2016 season Leonard is in the process of a complete motor build. Plans are underway to swap the truck over to a p7100 pump and take friend’s advice to make the truck mechanical. He has plans to defend his championship title with Shore Fire Pullers in the 2.5 class for the 2016 season as well as travel to different tracks, meeting new people and making new connections throughout the northeast.