What We Do
Draglist.com is a drag
racing reference site. We list detailed current and historic information on all the
world's pro, semipro, exhibition, and quicker sportsman drag racers. Our
online databases feature lists for each category of race car and we rank all the world's racers by
performance. Race fans and sport professionals alike can view, edit, or add
to our online database.
If you are a current or former drag racer, please check the
lists to check our information on your racing efforts. It's our intention to list EACH and
EVERY driver and racing team who made at least ONE PASS down a drag strip in ANY of the
listed categories. AND it is our intention to list these drivers for each and every car
they drove, in each and every year they drove them! We are nowhere close yet, but I think
we've got more than enough to surprise you! Click on "The Lists!" to begin!
Draglist.com is an extension of the printed Drag Racing
List -- a booklet we've published since 1986 (the booklet covered current
racers only). Draglist readers range from racers themselves (many of whom call immediately
after they record personal best performances), to sport professionals, to "hard
core" drag racing fans. Sport professionals include the editors of and contributors
to all the world's drag magazines, track announcers, and racing businesses.
Draglist.com represents thousands of hours of research
over the past dozen years by several dedicated volunteers. We are proud to offer this
information to motor racing, stats, and history fans. Use the info at
will -- pass it around freely -- but please don't take credit for its
compilation. Any time you see fit to distribute Draglist data, please give us full credit and
add a link to Draglist.com.
ASCII and Ye Shall Receive
Before Brian Clark completely
wrote our online database from scratch in 2005, Draglist.com files were
done in the ancient dBase III database and then uploaded to the net in
massive text files. We still have those archives available for the
Nearly all word processors and text editors can read the
downloadable American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) lists, regardless
of the type of computer you use. There are three types of Drag Lists for each class,
Alphabetical (sorted by year), Performance (sorted by year), and All-Time
Performance (one listing for each racer's best times, regardless of
The Historical lists represent the entirety of Draglist.com
databases, our far-reaching, ever-growing attempt to list every racer, in every race car
he/she drove, in every year they drove it. They are three pages wide, so be
sure to scroll to the right to see all the information.
The Performance lists rank history's drag
racing competitors. In the Performance by Year lists, the competitors are
ranked by their best performances in each year they ran.
The All-Time Performance lists contain the
all-time best performance for each racer within a class throughout drag racing history.
Each racer in the class is listed only once; that listing is for the racer's best run
ever, regardless of car. For instance, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits is listed for the
5.07 second test pass he made in Shirley Muldowney's car in 1989. It's strange but fun.
Hey buddy, can ya spare some info?
No doubt you will notice some holes and errors in the
information. PLEASE go to the Draglist Entry Form page and
fill in what you know or remember for a racing team. Don't worry -- we are VERY humble.
Most of the early research results from painstaking reconstruction from many available
sources, but certainly not from ALL available sources.
We have been well short of both
manpower and time. I personally have forgotten more info than I remember, and I've only
been deep into drag racing since 1972! My memory lapses have been compounded by my former
idiotic practice of throwing away, yes THROWING AWAY, all my hand written lists at the
beginning of each racing season from 1970 to 1982! This short-sighted "out with the
old, in with the new" philosophy has been a constant regret for me. Again, please
send new info and corrections, if you have 'em. We'll use them proudly.
The Bret and Danny Show
My continuing thanks to Bret
Kepner and Danny White. Bret recalls
seeing the original 1986 ad in National Dragster in which I claimed to list "all the
pro drag racers in the world." Since that knowledge was Bret's domain, he ordered a
copy to get a good chuckle. Much to his surprise, I hadn't done too bad for a guy who got
most of his information from magazines.
Shortly thereafter, Bret provided me his
outrageous list of "low-buckers, leakers, and drag racing madmen." After I
merged the two lists, we TRULY had all current pro drag racers covered. Early advice and
help from Phil Elliott, Ron Colson, Chris Martin, and many others helped get Draglist.com off
I COULD NOT PUBLISH Draglist.com WITHOUT DANNY WHITE. I met Danny White when he ordered a few products from
our original "Race Place" catalog. The printed
Race Place didn't last too long, but Danny was a treasured find. Draglist.com was waning fast
when he came aboard in the early '90's. A new family and ever-increasing responsibility at
my day job made it impossible for me to do the research I once did. Young and smart, with
a voracious passion for drag racing, Danny rekindled my drag racing fever and got Draglist.com
back on its feet. He single-handedly caught up on two years of research and got us rolling
again. Danny has been our Research Editor ever since.
The Condensed History of The Drag Racing List...
Hey folks! I HIGHLY recommend you check out the
alt.autos.sport.nhra newsgroup. There are a lot of great guys and gals up there, all of
whom love drag racing. NG member, fuel altered shoe, and photojournalist Tony DeFeo said
it would be cool if we all told a little about ourselves. Big Head that I am, that sounded
great to me. I went ahead and submitted the following info, which I've reprinted here. It
should give you a little idea of who I am and what Draglist.com is all about. Thanks to Jay
Smith for saving this stuff and sending it to me after I had lost my copy! Here goes...
Bill Pratt, 45, Competition Number DD/FC #121 (Day Dream/Funny
Won Cub Scout Pinewood Derby at local pack at 8 years old (then spiteful
scoutmaster who thought his son should have won screwed with my car and I lost first round
of the regionals. It ran like the wheels were off!)
Began building funny car models at 12; got hopelessly, helplessly
Started keeping 'favorite funny cars' list in pencil at 14.
Expanded lists to include top fuel, pro stocks, and pro comp at 16.
Blew off most high school classes by: a) drawing drag cars, b) creating
drag racing formulas, c) getting hazed by current Top Alcohol Funny Car racers (who then
were 12th graders) Conrad Dahl and Al Pridemore, d) All of the above
Bracket raced in the Street class in 1975 and 1976 at Thompson Drag
Raceway and Dragway 42 near Cleveland. The Uher & Pratt 'Counselor' series of cars
(Jeff Uher said he was gonna be a lawyer). Raced a '65 Mustang, a '55 Chevy, a '68
Mustang, and a '67 Lemans (326 with tri-power, three 2bbls).
Honest to God 69.99 percent
win record with the Pontiac at Thompson; only the last loss of the year took us below 70
percent! Also, let me say 'sorry' again to Lillian Ganoe for selling her the '68 Mustang
with the promise that it was the one car we hadn't drag raced. Then she found a photo of
the car leaving the line at '42 in the glove box! Sorry, Lil!
Broke up the team to join the Navy. We promised to do four years, save
up our money, and come out to put the 326 in a Vega Pro Stock frame for Super Pro. Jeff
Uher ended up doing 20 years in the Navy and just retired as a Chief. I did six, and spent
four years floating around on the USS NIMITZ. Still kept Drag Racing lists in pencil the entire
time. Mom would ship Drag News, National Dragster, Super Stock, and Drag Racing USA to the
NIMITZ. I would digest the info, record it, and send back the books.
Met Kirk Douglas,
Martin Sheen, James Farentino, Kathryn Ross, Charles Durning, and other actors during
filming of the 'Final Countdown' movie aboard the ship. Martin Sheen told me Navy ball cap
and dungaree uniforms made us look like Hitler Youth. Almost knocked Kirk Douglas on his
butt one day. I was running down the ladder with all my antenna cleaning gear; he was
walking, not looking, while reading his script. BANG! "Whoa there, son!"
"Sorry, Mr. Douglas!"
Had a chance to be in the movie, but butthead me, feeling
particularly anti-Navy that day said NO. Now you can see our division Yeoman (secretary)
on the movie turning all MY knobs in MY tech control center with no particular
relationship to what they actually did.
BUMMER side of the job: was one of only a handful
of enlisted men aboard the ship who knew about the ill-fated Iranian hostage rescue
attempt before it happened. On watch all night as it happened. Heard the whole thing.
Got out and took a well-deserved year off!
Started working as a telecommunications system analyst in 1983. Been in
telecommunications in the Washington, D.C., area ever since.
Went to MIR for the first time in '84 or '85 for the Mountain Motor
Nationals. Took my girlfriend and little brother. Sat in the "betting section."
Won enough money on five dollar bets to pay our way in, and for dinner on the way home.
Wasn't fair, really, but what the hell. Some guy yells "I got the Ford for
five!" The Ford's a local eight second piece filling in the 16 car show. In the other
lane sits the "Party Time" car.
I'm like, "Uh, I guess I'll take the
Pontiac..." Cleared my karma by leaving early, but giving some little kid the
complete ladder to the final round winner (Roy Hill's Budget Rent-A-Car Ford Tempo) before
I went. Found out later it all came to pass and the kid musta made a few bucks...
Put all Draglist.com pencil lists on the computer in '86. Come to think of
it, the 1985 season pencil lists still exist and I don't have them all transferred over to
the computer! You heard it here first.
Put the lists on the computer with express idea of creating the Match
Race Madness computer game (pretty state of the art in 1986-- dated but still fun now). Sat
bolt upright in bed one morning with the thought, "Hey, I bet people would pay to see
this stuff in a book!" The Drag Racing List is born.
Put out the first Draglist booklet in June 1986. Went to MIR to try to sell a few to
the crowd. Met Tod Mack and Roberta Schultz, who were totally thrilled to be listed
within. Super folks. Carte Blanche at MIR ever since...
Began writing stories for MIR for National Dragster. Tod took
sold them out of the back of his funny car trailer at Division One meets. Unreal that he
Took out $400 ad in National Dragster for The Drag Racing List. Ad
bragged that I listed every pro car in the world. Picked the Cajun Nationals souvenir
edition because not only would the regular readership see the ad, but all the Cajuns fans
would too. Cajuns get rained out...
Bret Kepner sees ad and orders one with the express purpose of
goofing on this idiot who thinks he knows all the cars. Kepner gets blown away by the fact
that we listed a St. Louis Pro Stock Camaro, with times, that had been destroyed on its
one and only pass! (Of course, it was Kepner who had written about it). Kepner signs on as
associate editor and TOTALLY rewrites the lists (big difference between reading about it
and actually BEING there...)
Tired of hearing me describe all the low buck pro cars at MIR shows in
the background, announcer Lewis Bloom sticks the mike in my face and says "Don't tell
me--tell THEM!" I'm like, "abba-da-abba-da-abba-da..." "Color
commentator" career born. SHAKY at first!
'Flying Phil' Elliott talks me into putting all the exhibition cars in
Draglist.com and fills in on lots of cars. Chris Martin and Phil Burgess go against the grain
and do an "Out the Back Door" half page article in ND talking up Draglist.com (and
paying back that measly ad price in SPADES). Many other people sign on to help out.
Incredible network of Draglist contributors begins...
Australians see the ND piece and educate me on just how outdated my
Australian coverage is. Enter David Cook, who generously provided copies of Dragster
Australia magazine ON HIS DIME ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA FOR HIS TENURE AS EDITOR.
Tod leases MIR to Royce Miller in 1990. Royce says, "Who can I get
to announce?" Tod says, "What about Bill?" Full fledged announcing career
born. Still there today (but cut back to 'special events only' in 1998). Did all press releases,
stories, and about half the announcing.
New son and work duties involved with Desert Shield and Desert Storm
totally take all my time in early 1990's. Draglist almost folds due to inactivity. In steps
young Danny White of Bogata, TX, who single-handedly catches up on all the research for
two years and gets Draglist.com up to date. Sends me all his hand written lists
(Draglist back in
pencil!). I translate to the computer and we are back in business. This madness continues
until we scrape up enough to get Danny on a computer. Now Danny is fully ON-LINE! Drop him
a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hit the Internet in January 1996, and put Draglist.com lists on the net on
April 10, 1996. We have had over 43 MILLION visitors between our first visitor and YOU, increasing our readership
drastically! I truly treasure all the new
friends I have found up here on the internet. Please keep coming back and I promise to
make the site better and better. Later!