What's New at The Drag Racing List
December 21, 1998 -- Updated MRM Game and Links...
Hi. Real quick one here. I have totally updated the Match Race Madness
game databases. Now ALL the 1998 cars are in there with the best numbers of the season.
Check it out! Email me to get a version. Please
include "Game" in the message subject line. Also, I have updated all
Draglist.com links. I am gonna reconfigure how the links are laid out soon. Any ideas? Send 'em my way!
See ya! bp/drl
December 15, 1998 -- Sleep? Who needs sleep?
Hi everyone. Just a very quick one. I have updated ALL
the Drag Racing Lists. We now have all of Pomona (remember -- we were missing Sunday's
great finals with Pulde's 4.89, etc.) In addition, there is lots of other neat tidbits in
there. This is one of the last updates where the lists will be placed online in huge
chunks. Very soon we will begin breaking down the lists by individual years... See ya
December 14, 1998 -- A Story, the Card, and nothing else...
Hi everyone. Holiday rush is bearing down on Draglist.com. The latest updates
are not ready yet (but are hours away). In the meantime, Danny White has
uploaded a great season wrap up at the 'Corner.
We also have received approval to take American Express cards at all our
sales pages. With lots of business people using The Card, this should open up options for
our customers. Keep our stuff in mind for last minute gifts. Ray-Ray English
and Dave Doctrow won't mind running over to the house with more videos
and photos! P.S. - Only THREE Jungle Jim shirts left! Happy Holidays! bp/drl
December 10, 1998 -- Where did two weeks go???
Has it really been two weeks since our last update? I can't believe how
fast the time is going! I hope you are having fun with your holiday shopping. As usual, I
haven't started yet (no big surprise to those of you who wait for our web updates!) Danny
has sent the final day of Pomona and lots of other stuff. I have it in the computer. I
have updated the local lists, I just need the three hours or so it will require to compile
them and put them on the web. My goal is to do that this weekend.
In the meantime, I tried
another color scheme, updated our links section, and made a few other cosmetic changes. I
even changed our promotional phrase from "Drag Racing's Complete Reference" to
"Drag Racing by the Numbers!" Does it work? Who can send me a better one? Email
me with ideas and let me know what you think! Got to run... Talk to you soon! bp/drl
November 26, 1998 -- HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
The Pratt and White Families send our best to all our friends around the
world. We truly have a lot to be thankful for and your support is high on that list. Not
doing anything too stressful today, just a little cleanup on the site and a new story at Danny's Corner. Note that I put the WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
section from the home page onto its own page called Site
History. I wanted to make some room on the front page. I also moved some of the larger
stories from THIS page to Draglist.com Stories page.
It also has
come to our attention that we did not capture the results of eliminations at the NHRA
World Finals. We lost that info in the transfer somewhere and we have to redo it. GOT
to get Dale Pulde's AMAZING 4.89 in the lists, as well as Bobby Baldwin's 4.87 best and
ALL the outstanding runs from that day. We hope to get that in here by the end of the
weekend. If you will pardon a shameless plug: please check out our Race
Place, Ray-Ray's Drag Photos, Hot Rod
T-Shirts, and The Drag Racing Bookstore pages for some GREAT
Holiday gift ideas! Again, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! bp/drl
November 22, 1998 -- We are UPDATED!
Hi y'all. We are fully updated with all new information from all
sanctioning bodies through the end of the year. From Shreveport to Pomona, all the great
numbers are captured within. In addition, Danny White digested about 1,200 of your email
updates and those all are included! We are growing by leaps and bounds both in the
quantity and quality of our information.
With all these updates entered, we now can
concentrate on updating how we display the information. I intend to radically
expand the display of each drag racing category. Each class will have its own webpage and
each webpage will be broken down into several views. We will have eighth mile runs listed
by themselves, we will break down the classes by continent, and we will break down each
class by year.
We also will bring forth the Baddest of the Bad,
an all time quickest list for each class that really shows how tough each racer
was! The racers' ETs and speeds will be judged against all the other performances for that
year. It's hard to explain, but it will be cool. As a teaser, early estimates call
Don Garlits' 5.637 at 250.69 at Ontario 1975 the best top fuel run in history. We'll see
if that holds up as the programming comes together! Anyway, thanks for hanging with us
during the 1998 season. We've had a blast and we are looking forward to more hard core
drag thrills and spills in 1999 and beyond! bp/drl
November 20, 1998 -- Hiway.com -- is the honeymoon over?
As you know, I have been effusive in my praise of the website hosting
job that Hiway Technologies has done for us this past month. But today, they let me know
that I am over my 2,000MB transfer limit for November, and it's only two thirds of the way
through the month! With a Top Fuel list that goes almost ONE MEGABYTE itself, it seems it
will be easy for me to run out of space just by having folks check out the various lists.
Hiway is charging me ten cents for each MB over 2,000 MB, with a projection for November
of 3,150 MB. That's $115 extra! I have to keep an eye on this with possible long-term
solutions of upgrading to the next service level (double the monthly rate for 3,000 MB a
month) or going somewhere else, where they do not track data transfer. SHORT TERM, I made
two changes that should save some transfer time. Effective immediately, fans can no longer
download the Match Race Madness PC game or the zipped version of ALL
Draglist.com lists from the website.
I have added a mail link in each of these
sections on the site. Simply drop me an email if you want the game or Draglist.com.ZIP file.
Once a day, I will gather all the email addresses of those who want these freebies, and I
will email them from my home machine. That should save lots of transfer time from the web
site. Stay tuned for more info about this. Remember, fresh, updated lists by the weekend! bp/drl
November 19, 1998 -- OK, I admit it -- there's another website...
Don't worry, though, I'm not leaving you. I've been out of circulation
for two weeks while I put together a web site for our intranet at work, but it's about
done and I'm back! Danny White has pulled together all the stats from up through the NHRA
World Finals and has sent them to me. Not enough time to get them up here tonight, but I
PROMISE to post the updated Draglist by this weekend. As for tonight, I have smoothed out the
pages and updated all our links. Talk soon! bp/drl
November 1, 1998 -- Crunchin' Numbers on a new Hosting Service!
Hi folks. Danny has provided me the fruits of two sleepless weekends at
Shreveport and Ennis, and HOURS of inputting 1,000+ emails from our fine readers! He then
took time to win his class at Paris drag strip last night, going five grueling rounds!
Congrats, Danny, and thanks! I am hard at work merging this data into the main lists. My
goal is to have it up here on the web this week.
I also want to thank and welcome aboard our new internet hosting
service, Hiway Technologies. I felt it was high time for a change. Many of you noted how
the site would be down for long periods at a time. AND you know about all my
troubles employing all the capabilities of Microsoft FrontPage 98. Well, the old
place had my FTP'ing my updates to them. Hiway tells me this is a definitely NO-NO for
Microsoft FrontPage because it corrupts the extensions that allow all those neat features
to work. NO WONDER the search engine and mail form never worked! Anyway, on to bigger and
Hiway had my entire site set up and ready to go WITHIN TWO HOURS! The
only holdup was at InterNIC, when it took two days to have the www.draglist.com domain name transferred to the Hiway
servers. Hiway Technologies is providing 30 megabytes of space, free WebTrends analysis,
and a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee for only $24.95 a month. WOW! If you have outgrown
your current web host, drop Hiway a line at www.hiway.com.
Tell 'em Bill sent ya! Note that our email address is now firstname.lastname@example.org as a result of changing web hosts,
One more thing -- just in time for the holidays, as they say -- check
out the great new FLIP-A-DIAL at the Race Place!
It is a super alternative to writing your E.T. Dial in shoe polish. I gotta get back to
work now, so later! bp/drl
October 29, 1998 -- Read 'em and weep, folks!
Congratulations to This Week's Winners
SplitFire Performance "V" Challenge Winners!
One of you could be goin' to the NHRA Finals in Pomona, California!
Duke Osborne, Honesdale, PA
James Robins, Arvada, CO
Jayson Wolgamott, Medford, OR
Brett Roberts, Silver Spring, MD
Bill Pratt, Waldorf, MD
EACH OF YOU HAVE WON A FREE SET OF SPLITFIRE SPARK PLUGS AND A LIMITED EDITION JIM YATES
RACING T-SHIRT !!
You have just a few chances left to enter the SplitFire Performance
"V" Challenge. (Check out the link on our home page). I made it just under the
line as weekly winner #109 for 1998! Here's hoping for Pomona! Congrats to all my fellow
winners, including Ray-Ray English, who won way back at the Fram Nationals, winner #29.
I'm on the phone to Danny, who is about to send a HUGE update! See ya! bp/drl
October 26, 1998 -- A little more fuel, a little less clutch...
Hi. Just checking in quickly. Danny reports he is EXHAUSTED after
attending both the IHRA and NHRA record-fests at Shreveport and Ennis. We will get these
times and all the 1,000 email updates into the lists in the next week. I also radically
expanded our Links section. "Drag Racing and Automotive" got too big, so I split
it in two. Start sending me your ideas for Links categories because I am going to have to
break these down further in the near future. Thanks to Phil Burgess and
"E-Ticket" and Michael Ray's "Heads Up Review" for promoting our new
Search Engine! The folks from Pinpoint tell me they have improved it. We now get almost no
"false positives" when searching the lists -- just the good stuff! Gotta run --
talk soon! bp/drl
October 18, 1998 -- More fine tuning...
Hi everyone. Just another quickie. Danny called today and said
Shreveport got rained out, but not before dozens of great runs. He will try to return next
Saturday for the completion of the event. Danny will have the same problem as all the
other racers, sport professionals, and fans currently in the Louisiana/Texas area -- how
to do both Shreveport and Ennis! I was glad to hear that Danny got to meet and hang out
with Bret Kepner, Ed O'Reilly, Ron Colson, Geoff Stunkard, and others to take his rightful
place in the traveling "drag freak circus!"
As for me, I announced the Fun Ford Day event at MIR yesterday with Ken
Stout. Good stuff from there. The 5.0 "Super 'Stangs" were cool, hitting low
eights with either turbos, nitrous, or blowers. I will get these guys into the list post
haste. Quick door car pioneer (WAY before Top Sportsman and Pro Mod) Wayne Torkelson was
there with Wayne junior in the driver's seat. The '55 bucked like another Ford product --
a BRONCO -- with severe tire shake in round one. The run shook the car apart so hard, they
could not return for the second round. Wayne, Jr., came back later for a 7.03, 201 mph
baseline pass. I hope they did better today. I'll let you know.
Harry Raynor was Wayne's opponent yesterday in the blown Ford Pro Mod
match. He had a decidedly different day, slamming the '66 Cobra GTH to a career best 6.477
at 213.16! Harry said Scotty "you-know-who" had supplied the tune up, and there
was more left -- he decided not to activate the high speed lean out since it was the
motor's first pass! A later 6.87, 200 mph single showed there is still some work to do to
develop consistency in the new combination. The 'Stang was running more blower overdrive
than IHRA allows, but it was legal in all other respects. The '47 puts Harry third on the
outlaw Ford list behind Johnny Rocca's Houston 6.37 and Glen May's 6.43.
Note that I gave up on another Microsoft FrontPage feature on our Home
Page. Tired of not getting my hit counter to work for weeks, I called on the fine folks
from Link Exchange to insert one of
their reliable FastCounters. It works great so far. Try it for your site. I also broke the
Danny's Corner and Drag Racing Bookstore pages down into many separate pages as they were
getting too big and slow to load. Check out the new format!
P.S. - It's 1:40am on 10/19. I just added a GUESTBOOK to the site! Check
it out! It's been a long time coming. Just like the hit counter, I went out and FOUND a
ready made solution instead of trying to kill myself. Please drop me a line in the
guestbook. Who (besides me) will be the first up in there? More soon! bp/drl
October 14, 1998 -- SEARCHING for a new Draglist.com!
Hi everyone! In this installment I am alternately using and ignoring
Microsoft FrontPage 98. I used it to create all the new buttons you see at the top left
and bottom of each page. These will allow us to more easily move around Draglist.com
the buttons appear in the same place on each page. I ignored FrontPage 98 by basically
giving up on trying to create my own search engine. I might get that together sometime in
the future, but for now, the folks at PINPOINT systems have offered a super search engine
for our use. Search on a driver's name, a car name, an engine type, a chassis type, or
whatever! Click on the new SEARCH button and try it! We also added new pages for STORIES
and for the many AWARDS Draglist.com has received. We've listed a few of our awards on the
front page in the past, but we've received several that have never seen the light of day.
As a result of my clearing out and sorting my 2,000 emails the other day, I found all our
awards. So, long story short, I've placed them on a page. The stories page will contain
race reports, features, and even unique emails I receive. For starters, I am going to
upload all the great match races I have witnessed at Maryland International Raceway over
the past ten years. And speaking of those 2,000 emails I finally sorted out, you'll be
happy to know that they included over 1,000 separate emails with Draglist Updates. Danny ALMOST
has these all entered in. As soon as he does, we will get them up here. Have I told you
lately how much we depend on Danny White? It's a LOT! By the way, Danny just sent me a new
story from the Texas Quick 8 Association. I will update Danny's Corner with that tonight
also. Now go play with the search engine! Finally, in addition to forwarding my
"Bill's NASCAR Adventure" story to the online press, I sent it to the Henrico
County Police. Captain Lewis Shaw responded almost immediately. Regrettably, my schedule
has prevented me from publishing that response until now. Check it out below. bp/drl