Novakane
Exhibition Class

We've shown you the buildup in these pages, though a few stories will wrap up the project soon, and we hope you've enjoyed how we took a humble $3,900 work truck and turned it into a legitimate street/strip/track beast. This year, I wanted to have as much fun as possible, so rather than just go all out and compete, I took people for rides, including my lovely wife, who, at the time was six months pregnant. She was with me in the slalom, I took her on a quarter-mile blast, and I even managed to make her scream like a little girl on a roller coaster doing doughnuts. And yes, I did enter the stop box challenge backwards for two years in a row. It was an awesome day, but what really stands out is how great the truck ran. I've literally never been in the truck when it has run at 100 percent, until THROWDOWN presented by Airaid. The difference is the Holley EFI computer and custom tune, expertly applied by Ernie Mena at Westech Performance. Now I can drive it on the street with full drivability and then hammer on it all day at the track with no issues. It's a beautiful thing. Now if I could only get the power to the ground…

At A Glance:
Dan Ward • 2004 Sierra

Engine: 376ci GMPP LSX376 with MagnaCharger supercharger, Holley EFI computer/harness, 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: 585 (as tuned by Ernie Mena at Westech 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 six-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 wheels with 315/35R20 NT05 tires in the rear
Weight: 4,417 lbs
Pros: As soon as the LSX roars to life, you can't help but smile and mash the loud-pedal
Cons: We still needed to wire all of the gauges, so I didn't know shift points, oil pressure, water temp, etc.
Slalom Time: 7.45
¼-Mile: 12.09
Stop Box Time: 13.57
Road Course Time: 2:00.8