Much like an 18th or 21st birthday, I was very excited for THROWDOWN to finally get here. Last year, our in-house ’04 GMC Sierra performed respectfully at THROWDOWN with simple bolt-ons—and that was the point. We wanted to show you how easy and inexpensive transforming a truck really could be. That was then, and this is now. Now the truck featured 616 rwhp, a Tremec six-speed, and a custom suspension from Chassis by Aaron Iha. Also seemingly added to the project were high expectations. Working on the truck for a week non-stop, Chassis by Aaron created a beast (see page 92 for that story). The suspension, despite having zero miles on it and no testing, still managed to be sorted out well enough to take First Place in the slalom. Raw. That’s the best way to describe the truck. It has warp-like speed, razor-sharp steering, and brakes that will launch you through the windshield. Finishing Second in the quarter-mile was amazing considering First gear is a joke, Second goes by so fast it’s worthless, and traction doesn’t actually kick in until halfway through Third gear. The truck should run 11s easily, as the 111-mph trap speed indicates. Amazingly, the truck also earned a Third Place finish in the road course, and I even had my father-in-law riding shotgun. Right when our hot shoe was about to take the truck around the road course, the water pump pulley flew off and ended my day early. Bummer. After all of that hard work and leading in points going into the final event, I ended the day with a DNF. Fun is what it’s all about and I had an absolute blast. I’m looking forward to Holley’s LS Fest in September, where Truckin’ will be having the second THROWDOWN of 2011.

At A Glance
Dan Ward '04 Sierra

Engine: 376ci GMPP LSX376 with MagnaCharger supercharger, American Racing Headers long tube headers, Banks intake and Monster muffler, Lingenfelter pulleys, Aeromotive A1000 fuel pump
Trans: Tremec T-56 Magnum with RAM dual-disc clutch
RWHP: 616 (as tuned by HMS Performance)
Suspension: Chassis by Aaron upper and lower A-arms, QA1 coilovers, Hotchkis 17⁄16-inch sway bar, custom tubular chassis within the factory framerails by Chassis by Aaron, triangulated four-link with Hotchkis rear sway bar and QA1 coilovers
Brakes: AP Racing/Stillen 14.25-inch rotors with six-piston calipers in the front and 14-inch rotors with four-piston calipers in the back, Hydratech hydraulic power assist
Wheels/Tires: BMF Novakane 20x9-inch with Nitto NT05 275/40R20 in the front and 20x10-inch Novakane wheels with 315/35R20 NT05 tires in the rear
Weight: 4,530 pounds
Pros: It looks mean, pulls like a freight train, and handles like a sports car
Cons: A piece of crap water pump pulley ended my day early
Slalom time: 6.92 seconds
Quarter-mile: 13.44 @ 111.1 mph
Stop Box time: 9.84 seconds
Road Course: 1:03 seconds