Sure, why not? In recent years, trucks
have become more and more common on the streets, so it only makes
sense that they'd start to show up on the strips too. What
better vehicle to lull your opponent into a false sense of security?
Trucks are slow, right? You wish.
as with cars, there are some slow ones, some fast ones, and a
whole bunch in between. So, if you ever find yourself with a truck
staged next to you, be forewarned; looks can be deceiving! There
are some wicked trucks prowling the streets and strips. Cargo
isn't the only thing they can haul, if you catch my drift...
on this site are but a tiny sampling of this growing segment of
the automotive realm. So sit down, strap in, and enjoy the ride! (If
you are a truck owner who has some performance data on your ride, then
by all means, feel free to add yourself to the site!)
This site (DragTruk) is set up as a "database" of trucks,
more or less. Each truck is stored separately on disk, so when
an entry is added or updted, these pages are automatically regenerated via a
pseudo database engine comprised of a series of custom scripts to compile the
data and create the HTML files. This gives me the freedom to present the
trucks in several different ways. You can view the trucks sorted by the name
of the owner, their 1/4 mile ETs, their 1/8 mile ETs, 60 foot times, or
make (i.e., Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, etc.). All of the trucks are on each
of the above pages, they're just sorted differently. In addition, I
had the database engine compute the best three 1/4 mile, 1/8 mile,
and 60 foot times, and create a seperate page for each one, to highlight
the quickest trucks on the site. (Nothing like a little recognition to
get the competitive juices flowing, eh?)
I considered highlighting the
slowest trucks too, but I figured that'd be too cruel.
mechanism that determines the best times is a bit brain-dead. In the event
of two identical ET's and MPH's, it would sort them by the owner's name
and give first place to the person whose last name comes first in the
alphabet, rather than granting a tie. Also, in the event of two
identical ET's with different MPH's, it would give first place to the ET
with the slower MPH, which is probably a bit backwards. However,
due to the major hassle involved in trapping these cases and the rather
slim chances of it occurring, that's the way its gonna stay. Hey, you get
what you pay for...
Another little feature is that a "pecking order" has been established;
each truck is ranked, with 1st being the best, 2nd being the second
best, 3rd being the third best, etc. In order to be elegible for
this ranking, you must have a 1/4 mile time, as that is the determining
factor. The quickest ET gets the best ranking. In the event of
identical ETs, the 1/8 mile ET is the tiebreaker. In the event of
identical 1/4 AND 1/8 mile ETs, the 60 foot time is the tiebreaker.
Behind the Scenes
So who started this whole thing, anyway? A good pal 'o mine from the
Dakota Mailing List, Sean Meldrum (email@example.com), originally created
hosted it on his "Real Performance by Meldrum" web site. When he moved on to
other things, he turned over maintenance of DragTruk to me. Originally,
I made some changes (the different sorting options, etc.) but the overall
look and feel of the site was basically the same as when Sean was running
the show. As time went on, however, it became more and more difficult
to keep up with the site. I would enter every new truck and
update by hand, and the updates were lagging behind by days, weeks, and
even months! Obviously, something had to be done. Near the end of 2001,
I got together with fellow Twisted Bits programmers Andy Davidson and
Jaek Smith to create a custom Java Servlet to handle the additions and updates.
At the same time, I added the message board, and changed the look and feel
of the site somewhat, also adding some new features.
If anyone cares, I'm
Jon Steiger(firstname.lastname@example.org). Among
other things, I also created and maintain the
Dakota Mailing List and the
related web site(s). Sean was a DML member too, which is why DragTruk
started out with mostly Mopars, specifically, Dakotas. Most of
the original entries were submitted by fellow DML members. Anyway, I intend this
site to encompass all makes, foreign and domestic. If you race a truck or
van, its welcome here!
In 2009, Kevin Tolliver joined DragTruk as a volunteer admin. Should
you need any help or have a question for Kevin, he can be reached at