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Car of the Week: Mark Kuehn's 1970 Chevy El Camino

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Mark Kuehn from Las Vegas, Nevada , who owns and races a 1970 Chevy El Camino.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I got interested in drag racing in the mid to late 50s. My father had an ambulance and he would get paid by the local track to have his ambulance there and ever since then I’ve been hooked.

When and where was your first drag race?
My first drag race was at Little Country Bumpkin Drag Strip in Wattsburg, Pennsylvania when I was 16 years old. The car I took to the dragstrip was a 1955 Chevy with a six-cylinder in it that I bought for $25.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
At the present time I have a 1970 Chevy El Camino with a big block Chevy, it’s a street and strip car. It’s not the fastest in the world but it’s mine. Last year was the first time in 47 years that I started to race competitively again and it was quite a learning experience, but fun.

Does your car have a nickname?
BadPig

What's under the hood?
A BBC that started as a ZZ502. Just had it redone now it’s a 509 with all the good stuff in it. 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Just received a 10-inch torque converter with that 3500 style speed, which came highly recommended by lots of people. I can’t wait to try it out!

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I came upon you guys from listening to other racers and listening to what they had. So when I got ready to redo the motor this fall I asked lots of questions and I chose to go with your converter, and I must say your staff was more than friendly and very knowledgeable. More than some of the other places to buy a converter!!!

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best products available

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
All-time favorite is Big Daddy and of course you have to pick John Force.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
My dream car to have would be a 1968 to a 1970 Cuda with a Hemi.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
For me it was the first couple races after taking a 47-year absence and taking a points leader out two races in a row that made this old man’s chest puffed out like a banshee rooster!!

Why do you race?
This could be a long story. I love the sport and I love competition. We go on a Friday night to a local cruise night. We’ve been going for years and everybody says my car runs this my car runs that, so one night with the group of 25 that I hang with after a couple pops I suggested we all go to the track and let’s see what our cars will do. I was the only one that went to the track and I instantly got hooked again. Win, lose or draw, I’m the happiest person there.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
For me at my age of 70, my biggest challenge is the learning curve: How things have changed from the old days back in the late 60s early 70s, also for me cutting a good light (my car is a footbrake car).

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 24, 2021

March Drag Racing Events

Drag racing season is here and we’re thrilled to see several tracks back in action hosting racing events. Here are some of our favorite events happening inMarch. As a reminder, please be sure to check safety protocols before heading to the track, as they differ according to location.

Atmore Dragway- Atmore, AL
Atmore Dragway has an event for you for every weekend this March. Their season opener is March 6 with gates opening as early as 8 a.m. Check out the full schedule for 2021 on their Facebook page. For information regarding tickets call 251-368-8363 or 251-391-9619.

Baileyton "The Goodtime " DragStrip- Bailyton, AL 
Located north of Birmingham, AL, the “Goodtime” dragstrip is reopening in March for test and tune events. Visit their Facebook page for the full event schedule and for updates.

Sonoma Raceway- Sonoma, CA
Sonoma Raceway has many events already lined up, but the one we have our eye on is Wednesday Night Drags. This is an ongoing event scheduled through November 10. For information on tickets and COVID procedures, visit their event page here

Jackson Dragway- Jackson, TN
After their Test and Tune night (March 21), Jackson Dragway will have their first bracket race of the year on March 22. In case you missed it, Jackson Dragway has noted on their website that they will no longer accept checks as payment.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Places to visit: Connecticut Street Rod Association

We researched drag strips in Connecticut and didn’t find any tracks for drag racing, but we did come across the Connecticut Street Rod Association (CSRA). Found just north of New Haven is the town of Wallingford, where you’ll find the CSRA. The club is known for their swap meets and other events as a way to keep the street rod culture alive for future generations.

About the CSRA
According to their website the CSRA was created in 1967 after a successful outing among street rod enthusiasts. The group of fellow rodders decided to create an organization and when the club grew, they began voting in officers. These officers help with the organization of the club events which also help their community. A memorable impact on their community was donating a T Bucket to the North Branford Police Department, which they later used for their D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program.  

The club now has 70 members as well as a clubhouse where they host their monthly meetings. New applicants are welcome as long as they’re a resident of Connecticut. They host events open for the general public as well.

Check out their website for more information on events or to browse through their gallery of sweet rides. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Car of the Week: Mike Mularoni's 1968 Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Mike Mularoni from Thonotosassa, Florida, who owns and races a 1968 Camaro.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My friend talked me into it.

When and where was your first drag race?
2016 Gainesville Raceway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1968 Camaro

Does your car have a nickname?
Crystal

What's under the hood?
548 BBC

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque Converter

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
The transmission shop highly recommended BTE.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality, reliable, experience

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Don Garlits

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
New COPO Camaro

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When I beat a Hellcat.

Why do you race?
It's fun.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Reaction time

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Car of the Week: Valentine's Day Edition (Afton and Joe Swanson)

Our final couple we’ll feature for the Valentine’s Day edition of Car of the Week is BTE-sponsored racer, Afton Swanson and her husband Joe. The Swansons let us know the perks of being a racing couple, as well as their hopes of becoming a two-car racing team.

What is you and your partner's name?
Afton and Joe Swanson

How long have you both been racing or interested in racing?
Afton - 2000, Joe - 2007

How did you both meet?
We both began our racing careers at North Iowa Dragway in Humboldt, IA. We did not race there at the same time, but we knew a lot of the same people from our time spent racing there. 

We didn’t meet until 2010, Joe liked Afton's racing page on Facebook, which started the conversation and eventually led to meeting in person.

Who made the first move?
Joe liked the Facebook page, Afton sent him a message. We talked, then decided to meet for the first time at Pizza Hut in 2010 while Afton was home for Thanksgiving break.

What vehicle do you both race?
Afton's NHRA Top Dragster, 2015 Spitzer w/ supercharged Big Block Chevy

Who has the most wins?
Afton, she has been racing longer

Who is the better racer?
On 4 wheels, Afton. On 2 wheels, Joe.

How did you know they were the one?
Not many people would be willing to spend all of their time and money on a race car and traveling all over the country to go racing. We found that person, so, we are going to hold onto each other :)

Anything else you'd like to share?
Our goal is to become a two-car team. Joe has not raced in several years, so we are working toward the point where we can both be behind the wheel and race together at the same events.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Welcome Chris Walker

We have a new team member on board at BTE! Roll out the welcome wagon for Chris Walker. With over three decades of racing under his belt he’s sure to bring more expert advice to the BTE sales team. 

Where are you from? 
Memphis, TN

What brand/model car do you race?
1981 Ford Mustang coupe

How long have you been racing?
31 years

Who is your favorite drag racer?
Bob Glidden

What is your dream car?
1970 Boss 302 Mustang

What is your favorite racing memory?
Winning Drag Radial classes at Jackson Dragway

What experience makes you a great fit for BTE?
Years of racing and engine building

Why did you want to pursue a job at BTE?
Racing is one of my passions in life.

Anything else you would like the BTE community to know?
I am a lifelong Ford fan, but like all makes of race cars.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, February 8, 2021

Car of the week: Valentine's Day Edition (Tommy and Cindy Bash)

Getting into the spirit of Valentine’s Day we’re spotlighting a couple who have a shared love of drag racing. Forged through fire after the grief of tragically losing two beloved sons (Justy and Jonathan) and overcoming cancer and a severe accident, Tommy and Cindy Bash took to the track to keep the memory of their sons alive racing a 1980 Malibu big tire. 

How did you both meet?
I was a crew chief on a NASCAR Southwest tour car. When I wasn't working on the car I worked at the car owner’s shop. Cindy came in needing work on her car.

Who made the first move?
Ms. Cindy made the first move. 

How long have you both been racing or interested in racing?
We both have a lifelong interest in racing. I raced dirt tracks on and off for many years. Cindy started racing last season climbing into a drag car for the first time.

Our son Jonathan’s side project was building a 1980 Malibu big tire car and we decided to finish it after his passing. 

What vehicle do you both race?
I don't drive anymore. I just wrench, Cindy drives a 1980 Malibu back halfed big tire car powered by a 454 Chevy backed by a TH400, 9in Ford rear end. Naturally aspirated carburated only no adders. Named “The Side Chick.” 

Who is the better racer?
Ms. Cindy 

How did you know they were the one?
We make each other laugh and we just connect. 

Anything else you'd like to share?
We're just making the best out of what life has given us. We’ll continue to keep our son’s memory alive by racing his car “The Side Chick.” 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Drag Racing Movie Date Night

With Valentine’s day just around the corner we thought it would be fun to ask what drag racing movies you like. Here are a couple of drag racing movies (with the exception of ‘Drive’) to watch while you have a date night with your Valentine or just for fun.

Funny Car Summer
A movie following firefighter Jim Dunn and his family through the ups and downs of drag racing as they travel to 20 different states for 20 races. The film was made in the 70s with actual footage of the races and you can watch it now on YouTube.

Two Lane Blacktop
This drag racing cult classic is about two street racing friends (the driver and the mechanic) who live to race. They make ends meet racing locals until they decide to venture out. The movie has great reviews including a 92% rating in Rotten Tomatoes. Currently, there are no apps streaming the movie, but you may find a copy to purchase online.

Drive
Based on the novel with the same name, “Drive” is about a man living a double life as a stunt-man during the day and a getaway driver at night. Although the movie isn’t about drag racing, it’s packed with action and great driving scenes. You can watch it now on Amazon for free if you already have a membership.

Hart Like a Wheel
A biopic of the life of Shirley Muldowney also known as “Cha Cha” and “The first lady of drag racing”. Watch the journey of this legendary rider as she races her way into the male-dominated sport of drag racing. The movie garnered a golden globe nomination for lead actress Bonnie Bedelia and an Oscar nomination for William Theiss for best costume design. You may find this film available on YouTube for free. 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, February 1, 2021

Car of the Week: Eric Pierce's 2006 Dan Page Top Dragster

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Eric Pierce from Sutton, MA, who owns and races a 2006 Dan Page Top Dragster.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I received old National Dragster issues from a cousin when I was a teenager.

When and where was your first drag race?
1979 New England Dragway, once I had my drivers license

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2006 276" Dan Page Top Dragster with a Blown Alcohol 496" KB Olds with Dart 12° heads

Does your car have a nickname?
The Grape Ape

What's under the hood?
Blown Alcohol 496" Aluminum KB Olds with Dart 12° heads

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Top Dragster Transmission and Bolt Together Torque Converter

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I use BTE products to get all that HP to the ground consistently

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality, Service, Price

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Don Garlits. He is and always will be "The Man!"

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Top Fuel

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
NHRA Divisional & IHRA National Event runner-up. Still a bridesmaid though. Lol!!

Why do you race?
For the fun of it. If you're not having fun, why do it?

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Reaction time.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 27, 2021

BTE Tune-up Services FAQ


While we wait for the drag racing season to begin some of you might be inquiring in our tune-up services, but may have some questions. Here’s some important information based on our most frequently asked questions.

What we accept for maintenance and tune-up services:
Torque converters

Valve bodies

Planetary gears

What brands:
All brands currently accepted for tune ups and maintenance

How to get it here:
Our shipping address is

2 Memphis Avenue

Holly Springs/Mt. Pleasant, MS 38635

DO NOT SHIP USING US Postal Service. Your parts may not arrive. More information here about that.

Small package items can be sent in with your name and phone number inside the package plus the promo code to receive a discount. UPS or Fedex recommended. Larger items needing freight shipping: Call us to arrange shipment via our freight account. 1-800-626-1828

PLEASE NOTE: drain as much oil from the torque converters as possible and wrap them securely. The package carriers can dispose of leaky boxes! Don't let this happen to you.

Don't forget to include your name and contact information with any torque converters sent to us for its annual checkup. Otherwise, we won't know how to get in touch with you if we have questions.

If you have any further questions please call 1-800-626-1828.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 18, 2021

Car of the Week: Andrew Ellis' 1987 Chevrolet S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Andrew Ellis from Evington, VA, who owns and races a 1987 Chevrolet S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My older brother raced a little when I was younger. I always wanted to race so I saved my money and bought a truck to race. 

When and where was your first drag race?
New London Dragway 2010

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1987 Chevrolet S10 

Does your car have a nickname?
SMOKE SHOW 

What's under the hood?
SBC N/A 423

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
1.80 straight cut PG 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Good product. My truck is very reliable when double entered. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Good customer service 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Kevin Pollard 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
66 Chevy 2 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
First win in motor mile 2015 triple tree 10k race on Sunday 

Why do you race?
To win and track family/ friends 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Making a good lap after I made a bad one on my first entry

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 18, 2021

Car of the Week Submission Process

 

We love to give everyone in our BTE community a chance to show off their ride every Wednesday. However, as we go through the submission process we often notice missing information, which is why your entry may not be published. 

To make sure everyone has a clear picture of how it works, here’s how to properly send in your submission to guarantee your Car of the Week slot:

  1. Fill out the form
    We love reading what you have to say! This is the part that goes into the blog, so fill out the form with all the details you’d like to share regarding your ride (year and model) and most importantly your love of drag racing. This is your chance to shine. Try to keep it as family friendly as possible.

  2. Submit a picture
    We’ve added an option where you can now add your picture as you're filling out the form in an effort to make this process easier for everyone. This is the picture we’ll use as the cover for the blog, so make sure it’s one that fully shows off your ride.

  3. Request access email
    This is important, in order for our communications team to access the picture you uploaded you have to grant them permission. Be sure to check your inbox for an email from an address coming from our writing team ending in @ambrosemcdowell. If you don’t see one, check your spam folder.

    *If you submitted a picture through our social media platforms please be sure to add your name as you wrote it in the form, so we can match the picture.*

    That’s it! Click the following link to enter your ride for a chance to be our Car of the Week: https://bit.ly/35CFGxn 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, January 15, 2021

November Sale Shipping Update

First and foremost, thank you for your patience as you await your orders. As previously mentioned, we had an unexpected, but very welcome 70% increase in sales this November and we are dedicated to fulfilling every single order as quick and accurately as possible. Here’s what we’re doing to get caught up:

  1. We are not taking any custom orders at this time (including lock up TH400s, street performance transmissions, non Chevrolet/Ford/Chrysler torque converters), until all orders are shipped from the November sale. The unexpected surge in sales has kept us busy and although we appreciate your business, we are focused on getting those products out for the people waiting.

  2. Based on our conversations with steel suppliers, our vendors, and our competition, 2021 will see more of the same supply constraints that were such a challenge in 2020.  BTE is positioned as well or better than most of our industry for delivery times, but please note that several product categories may have extended waiting periods.  

  3. Our staff is working overtime and weekends to get everyone’s order shipped out ASAP. We’re building, checking quality, shipping and working as fast as we can.

  4. We are accepting torque converters for tune-ups. Need a refresher on the process? Check out this blog to make sure you get the most out of our services. Our torque converter service is currently running with a 3-4 day turnaround.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any further questions call 1-800-626-1828.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Car of the Week: Paul Vinyard's 1999 Cameron RED

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Paul Vinyard from Albuquerque, NM, who owns and races a 1999 Cameron RED.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I was born into it, my dad raced a RED, then I raced JR’s, now I have my own car. 

When and where was your first drag race?
Probably Alamo City Motorplex in San Antonio when I was a few weeks old back in the mid 80’s. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1999 Cameron RED with a blown Alky BBC. 

Does your car have a nickname?
Warlord

What's under the hood?
489” BBC 4 bolt main out of an old 80’s Chevy pickup. 8-71 std helix blower. 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE powerglide case with BTE 1.80 straight cut planetary. (Slowly upgrading it with BTE parts as funds become available). 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Best bang for the buck. High quality parts that are affordable at my level. Every BTE part I add is something I don’t have to worry about at the track. The less things I have to worry about on the track the more fun I can have. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Badass parts! 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My dad and my buddy Ray Stringer. He helped me learn about running at this level without breaking the bank or parts. I also help as part of his crew on his nitro BBC powered funny car (Blown Centless). 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Tough call, either an A/fuel TAD or a nostalgia Nitro FC. 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
I have two. The first is making my first pass in my own dragster (then naturally aspirated). My dad who was my mentor had unexpectedly passed away roughly two years before that, so I know he would’ve loved to see that accomplishment. The second is making my competition debut with my blower motor (it was five years to the day from his passing) with a car much faster than what we ever dreamed our low budget racing team could achieve. 

Why do you race?
I love everything about it! The rush I get while actually racing, the friends I’ve made along the way, the experience of racing at different tracks around the Southwest, I’m always learning something new, and the comradery from everyone—I could go on and on. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Cutting good lights. I run with the Southwest Superchargers, it’s a heads up index class for blower cars which doesn’t allow any electronics so it’s all on the driver. Holding consistent launch RPM’s while cutting a good light is proving to be more difficult than I thought, but the more seat time I get the better I’m getting. 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Etiquette Tips for the Track

Being out on the track is fun but can be filled with a lot of tension as we race for some take on the purse. So, while we wait for tracks to reopen for the new season we thought it would be great to reflect back on some track etiquette tips to keep in mind on your next visit to the track. And while it's often a challenge because of heat or the stress of the competition, we should always consider those around us to make it a good weekend for everyone.

1. Noise
Even in possibly the noisiest of all pastimes, race tracks need quiet time, too. Don't fire up and test your rev limiter at 11 PM, and make sure your generators are properly muffled—someone or their family is probably trying to sleep! Also, be respectful of pre-race religious ceremonies on Sundays and avoid cranking up before they are finished. 

2. Excessive finish line braking
In bracket racing, finish line driving is a careful ballet of judging your speed versus your opponent's, and manipulating the position of your car as you race to the end. Braking is part of that strategy, but excessive braking isn't safe. Don't slide or smoke your tires to finish line drive. It's not safe for you or the car in the other lane.

3. Driving in the pits
Keep the speed on the track. Drag strips are generally full of people walking, riding bikes or scooters, or kids playing. Speeding around the pits before or after a pass isn't safe and makes everyone uncomfortable.  

4. Ripping the throttle
Congratulations, you just won a round! Don't flaunt it to the racer in the other lane by ripping the throttle repeatedly after the finish line. 

5.  Respect facility and its staff
Keep the track clean, put your trash in the right places, be careful with spills, and most importantly: be cool to the staff. They make the races happen so we can all enjoy our passion. If you've made a mistake or lost the last round, don't take your frustration out at the ticket booth by peeling out. In the end, it's just a race!

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, January 8, 2021

Car of the Week: Kevin Warren's 1972 Chevrolet Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Kevin Warren from Milan,Tennessee, who owns and races a 1972 Chevrolet Nova.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My father

When and where was your first drag race?
Jackson Dragway in Jackson, TN. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1972 Chevrolet Nova

Does your car have a nickname?
Shadow

What's under the hood?
355 small block 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I’ve never had an issue with BTE. It's always consistent when leaving the line. It has never let me down.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
The very best 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My father Harry, because without him I would’ve never gotten into the sport.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I have my dream car already. This was my dads and his best friend's car, so it holds a lot of sentimental value to me. I lost my father and great friend, TC. Tomlin and now thanks to my wife I was able to buy the car, which I raced 20 years ago. Now I have them with me everytime I'm in the car.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning in my dads and TC's car with my family there to support me after not racing it for 20 years.

Why do you race?
The challenge and the family atmosphere. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
The reaction time

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 6, 2021

BTE 2020 Wrap-up

Welcome to our 2020 wrap up, which is all focused on YOU! This wrap up shows what you all liked, which posts you engaged the most with, and the most popular car model from our Car of the Week submissions. Read on for the straight stats.

Number of Fans
Facebook
100,704 Total Page Likes
100,528 Total Follows
Instagram
    4,289 Total followers

Here are our “Top Fans” on Facebook, who have held that title for the whole year! Thank you for liking, commenting and sharing our posts.
    Jeff Sandowski
    Robert Hodge
    Charlie Horton
    Tommy Johns
    Eric Tenney
    Hoyt Cartwright

Most liked post
Facebook
Turns out, you really love Chevelles! Our most liked post was a Chevelle from Gerald Neace Car of the Week: Gerald Neace's 1969 Chevy Chevelle, followed by Ron Flood’s Chevelle at a close second.

Instagram
Sometimes a picture is worth a hundred likes...that’s how the saying goes, right? Well it’s true for our most liked post on Instagram. 
    BTE Powerglide's in the making 

Most Comments
Facebook
Seems like everyone loved to reminisce on this post where we asked you all to tell us about the most historic drag racing moment you all were able to witness. 

Most Historic Moment in Drag Racing

Instagram
As for our Instagram crowd, they had fun naming their ride with our “Name Your Ride” posts. Names like “Crazy Beast” and “Rowdy Cheetah” were favorites.

Name your Ride

Most Featured car model in our Car of the Week
We featured just over 50 cars this year, so we wanted to see which car model was the most popular based on the entries we received. 

Drum roll please! And the winner is…a tie between the Chevy Nova and Camaro! 

The Chevy Nova and Camaro were the most popular models from our Car of the Week submissions, but ultimately Chevy fans are the real winner here. The question is: will they hold the title come 2021? Will trucks make a grand comeback? Or maybe dragsters will be the underdogs that take it all? Well, what are you waiting for? Submit your entry for Car of the Week by filling out the form here.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 4, 2021

Car of the Week: Joey Cram's 1977 Tube Chassis Vega

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Joey Cram from Santa Fe, Texas, who owns and races a 1977 Tube Chassis Vega.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My cousin Frank when I was about 10 years old 

When and where was your first drag race?
Houston Raceway Park 1982-ish

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1977 Tube chassis Vega 

Does your car have a nickname?
Agent 86 (Get Smart tv show)

What's under the hood?
615BBC SCOTT SHAFIROFF 615bbc sr20 1206hp 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Top Sportsman 1.69 and 10"mechanical diode convertor

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I learned about BTE many years ago when I was in the transmission business. The product is far more Superior than the rest. The consistency and well-built products are second to none. Also, not to mention the customer service and the support from the staff—it's probably one of the best in the business.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Consistency, Superior, support

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Not necessarily look up to, but Jack Robinson is a very good friend 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Pro touring 1972 Nova

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Still a bridesmaid, 5 runner up appearances in 2 years to div 4 races. And to win a local event a few times. 

Why do you race?
Beats smoking and drinking 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Starting line... Cutting a light.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Car of the Week: Sam Freeman's A Fuel FED (2018)

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Sam Freeman from Hertfordshire, UK, who owns and races an A Fuel FED (2018).

How did you get interested in drag racing?
From a UK magazine in the Sunday newspaper.

When and where was your first drag race?
1970

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
A Fuel FED built in 2018. Crashed it in 2019, but it’s rebuilt and ready for 2021.

Does your car have a nickname?
Long time dead

What's under the hood?
K B olds

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter, trans parts

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Used BTE since 2005

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Helpful, trustworthy, experts.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Most, as I am not very tall.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I already own it  

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
On the team of first sub seven second car in Sweden, 1970s, TF

Why do you race?
Fun 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Keeping on breathing

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, December 21, 2020

Car of the Week: Lloyd Kreklewich's 1997 Chevy Cavalier

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Lloyd Kreklewich from Regina, SK, Canada who owns and races a 1997 Chevy Cavalier.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I grew up with cars and liked it.

When and where was your first drag race?
Saskatoon in the 1980’s

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1997 Chevy Cavalier

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
410 ci small block

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
180 straight cut gear set

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
The parts haven’t let me down.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great parts

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Grumpy Bill Jenkins

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Pro Stock 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Every moment I’m out there

Why do you race?
I love the competition.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
The younger kids are a little harder to keep up with.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, December 16, 2020

BTE Gift Guide 2020

What is the perfect gift for the racer in your life? Their dream car, but that can get a little expensive. We’ve listed a couple of items like clothing, gadgets, and car parts that your favorite racer will love. 

 

Apparel
"Just one more car part, I promise" 
A shirt representing the most commonly used phrase among drag racers and the only promise they always seem to break.

"Some girls chase boys. I pass them."
Encourage more women and girls to race with this awesome shirt. You never know, you may have the next Shirley Muldowney in your presence. 

BTE 
Give them some gear of their favorite racing brand, BTE. We have different style hats and shirts in stock right now. *Please note that due to the success of our November sale, at this time we cannot guarantee delivery by Christmas.

Fun for the family
Perfect Launch Handheld Practice Tree

Off season makes the best time to practice, and with this you can practice your reaction time from anywhere. 

LEGO Technic Dragster
Perfect for the drag racing fan or even the future fans. This dragster not only makes a fun build but it also makes a great toy because it is mobile!

Parts
Parts may be a little harder to gift as a surprise (as you may need to get some important information from your racer), but these are some of our most popular and wanted items from our website. *Please note that these items may not be shipped in time before Christmas, but if your racer is patient, they’ll understand and appreciate the fact that it will be delivered in time for the racing season to kick off in 2021.

Top sportsman powerglide
TH400 2 speed "Grudge Winner" kit
9" Torque Converter

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Drag Racing Events to Look Forward to in 2021

This year brought on a lot of cancellations, but as 2020 finally comes to an end it’s time to look at the next chapter. Here are a few events members of the BTE community mentioned they are looking forward to in 2021. 

Drag Race for a Cure
Drag Race for a Cure (DRC) was created by David Pike in memory of Kayla who passed away from Cystic Fibrosis. Their events help raise money to help the ongoing efforts to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, but they also use the funds to help other causes like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and autism organizations. For all the latest updates on events check out their Facebook page.

World Footbrake Challenge
This one is further into the year, but with time moving so quickly, there’s no harm in preparing now. The World Footbrake Challenge is coming back September 2-5, 2021 and because they had such a great turnout this year, the jackpot has the potential to reach $250,000 in winnings. You can find more details on the official Facebook page

Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals 
The most anticipated event of the year is a trademark in drag racing and considered the biggest drag racing event in the world. It’s also the longest-running Labor Day motorsports event in the country. Every drag racing fan or racer has made their way down to Lucas Oil Raceway for their chance to experience this huge event. No date has officially been set for 2021, but it’s one we’ll definitely be looking forward to in the new year.

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Car of the Week: Rick Alford's 1967 Chevy II Nova SS

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Rick Alford from Lakeland, FL, who owns and races a 1967 Chevy II Nova SS.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Racing event in 1972

When and where was your first drag race?
Street racing in Lakeland, FL, back in 1975

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
Chevy II Nova SS/1967 tube chassis SBC with Pro Sportsman Powerglide.

Does your car have a nickname?
Ole Lady II

What's under the hood?
441ci aluminum SBC NA

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Pro Sportsman Glide and Torque Converter

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Dependability and reliability, less stress worrying about part failures

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Peace of Mind

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
JR Akins...grassroots racer still going at age 79. He runs an Outlaw 632 class with a SBF and a Liberty 5spd. Mid to low 4sec 1/8th mile.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Pro Mod turbo powered

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning my first final round against a 2X division winner and highly recognized racer.

Why do you race?
To have fun in life before death. To enjoy friendships made and respect earned.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Track and weather conditions

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Thank You BTE Community

First and foremost thank you to our BTE community for making this sale our most successful one yet! Your continued support of our products and company means a lot to us, especially in a year that has been tough on many individuals and family-owned businesses. 

We are working hard to ensure all your orders are fulfilled and are up to BTE’s standards of high quality performance parts. Due to the surge of orders this year, shipping will be more delayed than normal this year.

*In case you missed it here are the list of winners of our BTE Swag Giveaway:
    Week 1: Rob Kruger
    Week 2: Garrett Carpenter
    Week 3: Charley Miller

If you won please be sure to check your emails for a link to a form which you’ll fill out with additional needed information. If we have not received a response by the end of the month we’ll have to withdraw your name from the giveaway. Prizes will be shipped as soon as possible this December.

Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter for the latest news on future sales here! Thank you for your patience and thank you for letting us be a part of your racing team.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Car of the Week: Bill Becker's 1933 Willys Sedan Delivery

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Bill Becker from Paso Robles, CA, who owns and races a 1933 Willys Sedan Delivery.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
We had a drag racer that lived next door when I was a kid in Southern California. I got to go with him to the tracks and have wanted to pursue it since then. 

When and where was your first drag race?
First legal race was in 1982. At Famoso (Bakersfield).

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
I’ve got a 1933 Willys Sedan Delivery. Mild steel chassis, fiberglass body and 565 Chevy for power.

Does your car have a nickname?
No nickname

What's under the hood?
565 Reher-Morrison. Dyno at 1037hp.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
I have your Top Sportsman Powerglide.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
The Top Sportsman powerglide is one of the best built on the market. I like American-made. The trans has never let me down. It’s a very consistent piece.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
I can’t answer in three words. 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Jungle Jim & Stevie Jackson

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1966 double frame rail carbon Chevy Nova  

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
In 2018 I won the California Hot Rod Reunion in my class. My daughter was there to celebrate with me.

Why do you race?
I have many, many friends that I have accumulated over the years. All of them are like family to me and my family. I also have lost a few to the circle of life. Those I take with me on every pass down the track.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Staying focused and running my race, one at a time.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Cyber Weekend Sale 2020

Our Cyber Weekend Sale is here! You now have the opportunity to get 20% off any product we have online. This includes torque converters, transmissions, and even transmission kits! The sale is exclusively online ONLY and the discount is applied automatically at checkout. Below are a few examples of products we have on sale. 

 

TH400 2 SPEED "GRUDGE WINNER" KIT
Regular price: $2750.00 USD   
Sale price: $2200 USD
The great thing about our sale is that the 20% discount includes kits! That means you’ll save $550 off this kit. It includes all the essentials to build your own "Grudge Winner" 2 speed TH400 transmission.

BTE 1.69 STRAIGHT CUT 9310 POWERGLIDE GEAR SET
Regular price: $850.00 USD
Sale price: $680 USD
This gear set is constructed from the finest aerospace materials to ensure the most reliable backbone for your racing transmission.

BILLET POWERGLIDE TRANSBRAKE VALVE BODY - TOP SPORTSMAN
Regular price: $500.00 USD
Sale price: $400.00 USD
Our transbrake valve body is crafted out of 6061 aircraft grade aluminum, and it weighs less than 8 pounds. With the 20% discount, this transbrake valve body is also lighter on your wallet.

BTE 10" STREET / STRIP TORQUE CONVERTER
Regular price: $425 USD 
Sale price: $340 USD
Furnace brazed fins? Check. Precision hub? Check. Screw on pilot? Check. 20% discount? Check. Our street/strip torque converter is designed for high-power vehicles with stall speeds ranging from 3000 to 3500 RPM (depending on the vehicle) that may be using nitrous or higher displacement engines. 

Don’t wait any longer and start shopping here

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Treat Yourself: November Sale Edition Part 2

Last week we had some fun listing BTE products you can buy with what you save from purchasing Top Dragster powerglide. We’re doing it again but this time with the BTE TH400 “Grudge Winner” two speed transmission. What do you do with all those savings? Keep reading to find out!

BTE TH400 "GRUDGE WINNER" TWO SPEED TRANSMISSION
Sale price: 3,840.00
Regular price: $4300.00
Total savings: $860

TH400 ALUMINUM DIRECT DRUM WITH PRO MOD SPRAG
Regular price: $825.00 USD
First on the list is our aluminum direct drum. We released this new product earlier this year and have received some amazing feedback. Its aluminum construction reduces mass for improved performance and safety, but also retains its strength with a unique bolt in steel center. YOU SHOULD KNOW: This will be 20% off in our Cyber Weekend Sale November 28-30 for a limited-time price of $660!

BTE 9.5" RACE TORQUE CONVERTER
Sale price: $1,120
Regular price: $1400.00
This may not be under $860 price BUT it is one of our sale items, which means you get 20% off! Now, if you combine that discount (a saving of $280) with the $860 in question, that means this torque converter is going to cost you a total of $260 with all the discounts combined. In case you’ve missed it we’ll say it again, this is the best time of the year to shop!

 

Don’t wait any longer and give us a call at 1-800-626-1828 to place your order and save.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, November 20, 2020

Car of the Week: Billy Ferguson's 1969 Camaro SS

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Billy Ferguson from Carleton, Michigan, who owns and races a 1969 Camaro SS.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad used to race which got me interested, and once I started racing I was hooked.

When and where was your first drag race?
I did a lot of street racing when I was about 17-years-old and my first track I ever raced at was Detroit Dragway. I've been racing there from 1986 until they closed (I loved that track and all the racers).

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1969 Camaro SS big tire car 

Does your car have a nickname?
One track mind

What's under the hood?
Nitrous fed 572 big block Chevy with GM iron heads

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
All internal parts in my powerglide are BTE full roller jw case

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
After installing NOS on my motor I found some weak links in my transmission. BTE had the fix for me with an updated vasco input shaft, a straight cut gear set, updated high gear drum with 10 clutches valve body front pump and more. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Dependability you can count on

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Warren Johnson

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Pro stock  

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Never having to lift my hood off at the track and going rounds

Why do you race?
The adrenaline rush and competition, it's like a drug.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Staying focused and consistent.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Treat Yourself November 2020

As many know, our November sale has begun, which means ALL of our torque converters and transmissions are discounted at 20%. But what do you do with all those savings? Here are a couple things you can buy with the money saved from buying a Top Dragster Powerglide during our annual sale.

TOP DRAGSTER POWERGLIDE
Sale price: $3,480
Regular price: $4,350
Total savings of $870! Let’s see what we can do with that extra cash. 

1. BILLET POWERGLIDE TRANSBRAKE VALVE BODY - TOP SPORTSMAN$500.00 USD
The aluminum build on this transbrake makes the valve body weigh only 8lbs. On top of that, it’s also known to give you faster reaction times, firm shifts, and increase the life expectancy of your clutch. With the price of $500 you can get this and maybe even add another item. Pro tip: It will ALSO be 20% off during our online-only sale November 28-30. Get in on this!

2. BTE POWERGLIDE PUMP - HIGH VOLUME
$465.00 USD
Fix any transbrake rolling issues you may have with our powerglide pump. Our design helps increase fluid volume and pressure at lower RPMs increases the holding power of the powerglide's transbrake. With our November Sale you’ll still have some extra money to spare! Added bonus: This baby is going to be $372 if you buy online November 28-30, so you’ll still save big.

3. BTE POWERGLIDE TRANSBRAKE SOLENOID
$100.00 USD
With savings of $870 you can technically buy about eight of these bad boys! This solenoid is specifically designed for powerglide transmissions and is compatible with all BTE powerglide transbrake valve bodies. You can buy 10 of ‘em during our Cyber Weekend sale, when they’ll be $80 per solenoid from November 28-30. Noticing a trend here?

4. 9" RACE TORQUE CONVERTER
Sale price: $840
(Regular price: $1,050)
Our torque converters are usually $1,050, but as you know they are also 20% off which means it’s actually $840! Seriously this is the BEST time to get all your drag racing needs.

Don’t wait any longer and give us a call at 1-800-626-1828 to place your order and save. 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, November 13, 2020

Car of the Week: William Orozco's 7.0 Pro Funny Car

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring William Orozco from Las Vegas, NV, who owns and races a 7.0 Pro Funny Car.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Through my brother-in-law back in the 60s

When and where was your first drag race?
Lions Drag Strip

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
7.0 Pro Funny Car

Does your car have a nickname?
WILDMAN 

What's under the hood?
427 BBC .060 over 12-1/2 compression pistons, Blown 8-71 20% OD on Alcohol

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Powerglide Case and Bell Housing

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Best SFI case available. All my Sonnax internals fit perfectly. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
True quality parts

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Chris Karamesines, and Doug Herbert

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Top Alcohol Dragster or F/C

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Still working on it, getting involved with the STEM School here in Las Vegas, NV. Thank you Brandon, from everyone at our STEM School.

Why do you race?
Because I can! I'm retired from aerospace.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Getting my license. 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, November 11, 2020

November Sale Recap

Major news happened earlier this week that will definitely leave some burn marks on the track. On Monday, BTE president Brandon announced the most epic news in drag racing. We value your continued support and business especially throughout this year.

Here’s what you missed:

-Our November sale means 20% off all torque converters and transmissions.

-We’ll start taking orders as early as November 9th! We decided to get ahead of the game and to make everyone’s lives easier by taking orders three weeks earlier than ever before! But, please keep in mind that although we’ll be taking orders that day, we won’t charge your card until November 27.

-BTE Swag Giveaway! We wouldn’t be in business without you all, so we’ll be doing one giveaway each week in celebration of your continued support. Beginning now until the end of the month. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY! Check out our last post for all the details.

-Sign up for our newsletter! Be the first to know on any news, updates, and surprises by signing up. Click the link here to subscribe. 

What are you waiting for? Start browsing today!

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, November 6, 2020

Car of the Week: Earl Schexnayder's 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Earl Schexnayder from Arnaudville, LA, who owns and races a 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
As soon as I started driving...I started racing! I still have my 1st vehicle! 1969 F100 since 1985

 

When and where was your first drag race?
Eunice Raceway in LA, now closed 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2000 Ford Mustang Cobra

Does your car have a nickname?
Orange Crush

What's under the hood?
Ford Boss 429

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Reid TH400 case, 2.10 planetary from BTE, billet intermediate drum and clutches, billet intermediate shaft, deep aluminum pan, front pump, and hardened input shaft and drum

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Been dealing with them for 20 years! Great products, prices, and service.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality race parts

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
John Force

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Pro mod

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Finishing Dragweek 2018

Why do you race?
Love of the sport

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Dealing with the HEAT in south Louisiana!!

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Drag Strip Series: Colorado

We’re here virtually in the Centennial state known as Colorado. Although some of these tracks may be closed due to the winter season, there’s no reason as to why you can’t add them to your bucket list to visit in 2021.

Bandimere Speedway
John Bandimere Sr. first broke ground here in 1958 in order to establish a safe place for racing as well as a place to learn more about automotive repair and performance. The Speedway has undergone some major changes since it was first built—including a $4.2 million renovation in 1988. The NHRA-sanctioned track is a quarter-mile drag strip at an elevation of 5800 feet above sea level, seating up to 28,500 spectators. They passed the 60th anniversary mark in 2018!

Julesburg Dragstrip
What began as The Platte Valley Custom Club back in 1958 eventually transformed into the Julesburg Dragstrip. The strip is a quarter-mile long on what used to be the runway for the Julesburg Municipal airport, and in 1961 it was officially sanctioned by the NHRA. Visit their website for additional information on events and racer information.

Western Colorado Dragway
This track is unique as it’s run by an elected board of directors who are also racers. With the help of the Western Colorado Drag Racing Association (as well as sponsors) they were able to bring drag racing to the western part of Colorado. Although their racing season may be over be sure to follow them on their Facebook page or visit their website for all the latest updates on upcoming events for the 2021 year.

Pikes Peak International Raceway
Located in the Colorado Springs region within the city limits of Fountain, Colorado, this race track has hosted major events like Indy Racing League, two NASCAR series, and is also home of the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The track also has an 1/8 mile drag strip available for racing next year.

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Car of the Week: Cory Berge's 1981 Toyota Starlet

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Cory Berge from Phelan, California, who owns and races a 1981 Toyota Starlet.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Grew up around it then decided to take a chance offroad. Then I noticed the urge to go faster was there, so I decided it was time to buy a car.

When and where was your first drag race?
Bandimere here in California, just a few weeks ago.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1981 Toyota Starlet with a twin turbo, backed with BTE 2-speed glide and a 9-in 

Does your car have a nickname?
Badbear

What's under the hood?
6.0 with twin 59s 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
2-speed powerglide 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Customer service is amazing πŸ‘  also the quality of parts BTE lined me up with a new 2-speed 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality, passion, badass.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Jeff Lutz

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1970 cutlass 442 with 2500 hp 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Overcoming all my obstacles and hopping in with zero experience in drag racing before this. On the third pass I broke a stock case trans, but I threw down a 10.5 at 135 mph with a sea level tune at mile high dragstrip.

Why do you race?
Because when I have a dream I make it happen. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Learning to breathe before, be patient, stab the gas and become a legend.

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Keepin' It Cool: How To Protect Your Drag Racing Vehicle From High Temperatures

Racing heavily stresses the transmission and causes it to heat very rapidly. It has been proven that for every 20°F your transmission increases, it cuts the lifespan of your transmission and transmission fluid in half. While this is well established and widely understood, there are still plenty of solutions to keep your engine working in top condition to combat the issue.
 
Here are our recommendations for keeping your engine in the best shape possible, despite heat factors, for various types of drag racing:
 
1. If your car is driven on the street or driven back to your pit area after making a pass, always run a cooler and if possible electric fan. We see too many customers with looped cooler lines. In a powerglide transmission, a looped cooler line dumps the automatic transmission fluid at its highest temperatures (directly from the torque converter) into the gear set and clutch packs. This causes early failure of all components. 
 
2. BTE recommends using a high-quality cooler. We offer transmission coolers from Derale. In high-powered setups where a ringless input shaft is required, use a pump that is designed to maintain cooler flow. Our high volume pumps all maintain good cooler flow and pressure when used with our ringless input shaft. A ringless input shaft installed in an OEM style pump will have no cooler flow or pressure, which results in all of the superheated transmission fluid dumping directly into the gears and clutch packs.  
 
3. If your car is towed to the starting line and towed back to your pit area after making a pass, there is little time for a cooler circuit to have any effect on the transmission temperature.  Therefore, it is OK to run a looped cooler line or use an input shaft setup that has no provision for the cooler circuit. In this scenario, the transmission and torque converter will still be extremely hot after making the pass. We recommend using an external cooler. We have also seen reasonable success using a high-velocity fan or leaf blower directly aimed under the car for some cooling effect. 
 
4. Use a quality ATF. Our choice is a blended fluid made specially by Lucas Oil. Synthetic and semi-synthetic fluids manage heat better than conventional fluids and also maintain better lubrication than alternative oils.   
 
Heat kills. But, if you’re having trouble in your drag racing car with failed parts or inconsistent performance, a few adjustments to your setup can make the difference between a broken car and a winning car.
at Thursday, October 22, 2020

Car of the Week: Scott Pareso's 1923 Altered T-Bucket

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Scott Pareso from Brighton, CO, who owns and races a 1923 Altered T-Bucket.
 
How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad
 
When and where was your first drag race?
My 16th birthday at Bandimere Speedway
 
What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1923 Altered T-Bucket. 540 twin turbo EFI. One of the few turbo EFI altereds running.
 
Does your car have a nickname?
Outlaw Boost
 
What's under the hood?
540 BBC with Dart block, Proline Heads, Twin BW S475 turbos with Precision WG and blow off valves, and Holley Dominator EFI
 
Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
 
Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Bullet-proof and complete system that works together. Went through several transmissions that would break different parts.
 
Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great customer service
 
Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My dad, Dave Pareso.
 
If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Twin turbo Hemi altered/ funny car transformer
  
What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning Division 5 high school championship in 1991
 
Why do you race?
Great family fun
 
What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Dealing with tire shake as we learn the car
at Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tips On Using BTE’s Transmission & Torque Converter Tune Up Services

It’s tune-up time! While BTE is in the business of manufacturing and distributing new high-performance parts for your racing vehicles, we also service your current parts for the absolutely best performance so you and your car are ready to roll when the season heats up. 

Get your powerglides, torque converters and other racing transmissions tuned up. Just FYI: They don't have to be from BTE, we service all types of equipment from all manufacturers.

To get the most out of our tune-up services, here are some easy tips to follow. Our goal is to get your equipment back in perfect condition and in plenty of time before the first big race of the year.

  1. We will work our hardest to return your product as quickly as possible. However, please understand that hundreds of torque converters and transmissions arrive at our facility this month for service. While we services them as fast as we can, we also need to take the time to do it right. Make sure you send parts with plenty of time for delivery to the BTE facility, allow time for our mechanics to do the job right and the time to get it back home to you and your vehicle.

 
  1. When sending in torque converters, please use FedEx or UPS. While the USPS is sometimes less costly, their deliveries are often inconsistent. Also—and this is very important—please drain as much oil from the torque converters as possible and wrap them securely. The package carriers can dispose of leaky boxes! Don't let this happen to you.

 
  1. Transmissions should all be shipped on FedEx freight. We have great discounts, so call us before shipping to make sure you share in the low freight costs.

 
  1. It's simple, but it happens sometimes: Don't forget to include your name and contact information with any powerglides, racing transmissions or torque converters sent to us for its annual checkup. Otherwise, we won't know how to get in touch with you if we have questions.

BTE is proud to be a full-service transmission shop and manufacturer. Thank you for trusting us with your parts and for letting us be a part of your racing team.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Car of the Week: Kyle Fritz's 1989 Pontiac Firebird

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Kyle Fritz from Mesa, Arizona, who owns and races a 1989 Pontiac Firebird.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My father has been a drag racer for 30+ years. I can’t remember a time when I wasn't interested in drag racing! This has truly become my life. 

When and where was your first drag race?
I began racing when I was 15 ½. I got my drivers permit and saw that there were no rules saying a 15-year-old couldn’t run in the gambler races on Friday nights. So, my dad and I drove our 2000 Chevy S10 Blazer to the track and I started competing in the high school class at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
I drive a 1989 Pontiac Firebird. My dad bought the car out of a storage unit for $400 on Craigslist. We then spent the next three years building it into the machine that it is today.

Does your car have a nickname?
On the tech card instead of Firebird I write Badbird. I don't believe anyone has noticed, yet.

What's under the hood?
She currently houses a 385 c.i SBC that runs on Torco 112. 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
I am currently using the aftermarket BTE powerglide case, bellhousing and transbrake solenoid! 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I use BTE because of their quick customer support and because the quality of product is unmatched. I switched from a cheap transbrake to the aftermarket powerglide case and I will never go back! It’s so much quicker and easier to work with and put in the car.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Knowledgeable, Long-lasting, Valuable

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My father without hesitation. We have always been the low-budget guys at the track, making the most out of what we have. Time and time again my dad has risen to the top with multiple track championships, Wally's and even a Division 7 Championship. I'll never forget the memories we have made together. He is the reason I resemble anything of a good racer today. 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Love this question. Probably a 1969 or 1970 Camaro that runs Stock.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning my first Wally. I won it on the day that my mother passed away. Racing Top Bulb in my small-tire 11.00 Firebird. It was the lowest I had ever been and somehow through God's graces we were holding up the trophy at the end.

Why do you race?
I always say “I was bred to drag race” and that’s probably true. There are stories of my mom pulling my dad into the Water-Box while pregnant with me! Sitting in my dad's trailer while he checked the valves. Watching my Pops win a Super Gas championship in front of our entire family. Meeting all of my incredible track family. All of these things are why I race. I feel at home there. When we get to the track, the stresses of everyday life fade away. It becomes us doing what we truly love. Surrounded by the ones that we love. I could never imagine doing anything else. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
It is 100% holding myself accountable for the rounds that I lose. It is so easy to get out of the car, look at the time slip and say to yourself that there was nothing else you could do. Or that you executed the round perfectly. When in fact, that is not the case. This era of Bracket Racing has evolved into who can make the least amount of mistakes. Typically any loss is from making a larger mistake than the other guy. 

Bonus Round
Little more about the car. It was originally never supposed to run quicker than 11.50 but as we were putting the original motor together, we accidentally were using the wrong heads. So we had to buy a set, my dad decided to get a toned-down set for the combination, lo and behold we started out going 10.70's! The car is as bare stock as you can keep it. No tubs, so we run a 10.5 in. tire. Put a Ford 9' in the Rear. Still run all the stock front end stuff. Weighs 3100 Pounds still! Some fun features on the car, it has a one-off custom 1956 Ford truck dash made by Brian Smith. Has electric windows as well! 

The car was never supposed to be anything more than a bottom bulb car. Once I got older I decided to take one of my dad's old delay boxes and go Super Pro racing. I got hooked on both bulbs after that. 

In 2020 I have One Top Bulb win and Runner up, One Bottom Bulb win and Two Semi Finals. As well as 4 Quarter Finals appearances. I am currently sitting in First place in Pro and Super Pro at Wild Horse Pass with one more race to go on the season.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Car of the Week: Kaleb Hall's 1966 Ford Falcon

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Kaleb Hall from Omaha, Nebraska, and his 1966 Ford Falcon.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My grandfather and father were racing long before I was born, so I was brought up around cars. 

When and where was your first drag race?
The first drag race I attended was at Nebraska Motorplex in Scribner, Nebraska, in the summer of 1993 when I was 4½ years old. The first time I raced in an event was in the high school class at Mid America Motorplex, now I-29 dragway in Pacific Junction, Iowa.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
A 1966 Ford Falcon built by my family and I

Does your car have a nickname?
Angry Bird

What's under the hood?
572 Big Block Ford with 2 systems of Nitrous. Bolted up to a BTE top sportsman glide!

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Top Sportsman Powerglide Transmission

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
My powerglide is a top of the line piece of equipment and BTE customer service is second to none. On a Monday I needed a valve body for my glide. They made me an absolutely killer deal on an aluminum valve body and got it right out to me. I had it by Wednesday. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality performance parts.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My grandpa Jon Hall. 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
My car with a chromoly tube chassis and a Jon Kasse 800+ cubic inch nitrous engine.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
I won the “#1 tree chopper” award at Kearney Raceway Park, for best reaction time in a winning round at a small tire shootout. 

Why do you race?
It's a thrill. And it's a challenge. It's fun to read the track to determine what tune up to put in the car and how much power the track will take. While still putting enough down to beat the guy next to you.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Running with the incredibly fast field of small tire cars.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, October 5, 2020

Drag Racing Events: October 2020

Don’t put your rides up just yet, because racing season is still going strong! Here’s proof.

Atco Dragway - Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway is starting the month with a bang at their Pan American Nationals event taking place this weekend of October 2-4. The weekend-long event will end with eliminations on Sunday where racers will have the chance to win up to $5,000. Can’t make it? No problem, you can still tune in on the live stream via Sauce Spot on their website

Byron Dragway - Byron, IL
It’s time for Byron Dragway’s 26th Annual World Power Wheel Standing Championships, on October 4. Last year fans were treated to a thrilling show that saw Chris Pearce pilot “The Chinto'' to the $10,000 championship. Join in to witness the new champion of this exciting wheels up event. For more information click here.

Bandimere Speedway - Morrison, CO
Be sure to head down to Bandimere Speedway for their Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que Fall Racing Series and the Nitro Knockouts October 10. Gates open at 8 a.m. with time trials starting at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $17 but kids under the age of 12 get in for free. Prices for racers are available online

Atlanta Dragway - Commerce, GA
Need a place to race come Friday night? Then Atlanta Dragway is the place for you as they continue their Fast Friday Street Legal Racing events through the month of November. Ages 16-17 are welcome with a fully executed Parent/Guardian Release and Waiver on file and a valid state vehicle operating license. Admission for race car and driver is $25, $15 for race crew, and $10 for spectators.You can view additional details on their Facebook page.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, October 1, 2020

Car of the Week: Gerald Neace's 1969 Chevy Chevelle

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Gerald Neace from Cynthiana, KY, who owns and races a 1969 Chevy Chevelle.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Started racing in 1979 as a street racer then went to bracket racing around 1984 

When and where was your first drag race?
1979 on the street 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1969 Chevy Chevelle tube chassis car

Does your car have a nickname?
G-Ride

What's under the hood?
565 bbc all motor no power adders 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Trans and converter built by Neal. He’s a great person to talk to and is very knowledgeable.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I’ve used others but BTE is undoubtedly the best.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Reasonable dependable knowledgeable 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
John force 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Turn my car into a lighter weight chromoly car 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Just having a safe day to, at, and from the track.

Why do you race?
Gives me something to keep out of trouble at my age 57. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
The weather 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Drag Strip Series: California Part 2

We’re back in California to cover a couple of tracks we didn’t get a chance to highlight in our first blog. Here you’ll find drag strips that’ll cover the majority of the West coast including one in a military airport—have a look. 

Samoa Drag Strip - Eureka, CA
This drag strip opened 65 years ago in Humboldt County California. The dragstrip is a quarter-mile long and they offer free Street Legal Drags. As of now they’ve finished their racing season, but will be back next year so don’t miss out on their latest updates and follow their Facebook page

Kingdon Drags - Lodi, CA
This former military airport runway was turned into a drag strip 10 years after World War II, by Stockton police officer, Bob Cress. The ¼ mile strip has since reopened as a functional airstrip but still hosts their famous Kingdon Drags Racing Reunion, which they hope to host again before the year comes to an end. 

Barona Drags - Lakeside, CA
Barona Drags is located in the Barona Indian Reservation just outside of San Diego. The track is a β…›-mile dragstrip and is sanctioned by the NHRA. It’s also currently open to racers and spectators (requiring masks while practicing social distancing). You can check out their schedule for the rest of the year online

Irwindale Dragstrip - Irwindale, CA
The Irwindale Dragstrip was created with the help of local law enforcement to create a safe place for street racers. The drag strip offers a β…›-mile NHRA-sanctioned dragstrip, a concrete starting box and a ½-mile run-out. The track has more drag racing events coming up, including a Volkswagen drag race in October. You can see all their events here

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Car of the Week: Kent Newsome's ProCharged Dragster

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Kent Newsome from Forest Hill, MD, who owns and races a ProCharged Dragster.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Mechanical curiosity 

When and where was your first drag race?
Summer Nationals in Englishtown

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
Procharged small block rear engine dragster

Does your car have a nickname?
Science Project

What's under the hood?
388 cu. in. Gen 1 small block Chevy

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Billet transbrake valve body for the glide.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Just liked what I saw. Reliability.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Rock solid products

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
The late Dick Lahaie

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Fuel funny car

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Every round win. Every race win. Every successful trip down the drag strip.

Why do you race?
Keeps me out of trouble. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Consistency 

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Car of the Week: Scott Mills' 235" Worthy Dragster

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Scott Mills from Jackson, TN, who owns and races a 235” Worthy Dragster.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad and his best friend both raced and so I was raised around it. 

When and where was your first drag race?
Jackson Dragway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
I own a 235” Worthy Dragster. It was custom ordered and built for Mr.Toby Baptiste who owns Renegade Racing Fuel, which is why it sports the colors it has. I was able to purchase the car a year ago. 

Does your car have a nickname?
“Pooka” It’s named after my 8-year-old granddaughter that we lost in a car wreck last June.

What's under the hood?
A Tom McAlphin 468 BBC

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
I only run BTE converters. 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Never had a problem with any product and their customer support is hands down the best there is.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality, affordable, dependable

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Danny Thomas. He’s been like a 2nd dad to me and has taught me more about racing than anyone. I really value his opinion in racing and life.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
The one I have now.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
It’s actually not a racing moment, but moments with the kids at the races. When they want their picture taken with your car, wave at you from the water box, or ask if they can sit in your car. Maybe it’s part of losing my granddaughter, but the kids bring me more joy at the track.

Why do you race?
I love the power, the speed and feeling the accomplishment of all your hard work paying off when you make that perfect pass. It’s a love hate relationship sometimes. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
To always do my best, be safe and respect the other drivers


 

Posted by Amber Ambrose

BTE Highlight: Billet Powerglide Transbrake Valve Body

This month we’re showing some love to our Billet Powerglide Transbrake Valve Body by exploring the depths of its greatness. We decided to ask a couple of commonly asked questions to our knowledgeable President, Brandon Barrentine. Here’s what he had to say:

What is the difference between this part versus others available on the market?
We aren't reinventing the wheel with non-standard parts or designs—this is the tried and true transbrake that has worked for decades in the majority of race powerglides—but made from new CNC-machined aluminum.  

What does it come with?
Transbrake solenoid, manual selector valve, and instructions

What other products do you recommend to buy with this?
It goes well with a rebuild kit, or any other parts in building a powerglide transmission into a race unit.

What type of vehicle is this best for?
These are used in all types of drag racing, mud racing, and even some street vehicles that need a transbrake option for their powerglide transmission.

What type of common issues does it fix?
OEM GM powerglide valve bodies haven't been manufactured since the early 1970s, so having these made from new bodies eliminates the problem of scarcity.  Also, being made from aluminum reduces the mass by about 50% compared to those OEM cast iron pieces.

Why should people buy this?
It's affordable, works well, the internals are compatible with most conventional transbrakes making service easier, and we have more experience than anyone else in doing aluminum powerglide transbrakes.  

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, September 11, 2020

Car of the Week: Ron Flood's 1972 Chevelle

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Ron Flood from Eagan, MN, who owns and races a 1972 Chevelle.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Always been a car guy ever since I was a kid

When and where was your first drag race?
1988, Rock Falls Raceway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1972 Chevelle 383. A John Klarkowski built car

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
383 chev

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Converter and hard parts

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Quality and consistency

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best in class

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My friend Terry Haddock

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I already have it.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Any moment where one of us has won a race

Why do you race?
I hate money.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
None really.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, September 4, 2020

Drag Racing Events: September 2020

Haven’t figured out what drag strips to visit? Well, we’ve planned out your racing schedule for the month of September. Start with our BTE King of the Coast Bracket Racing Series and bring your non-racer friends to experience their own adrenaline rush. We have it all this month!

BTE King of the Coast Bracket Racing Series-Gulfport, MS
Start off September by heading down to Gulfport Dragway for the ultimate BTE King of the Coast Bracket racing event this Labor Day weekend, September 3-6. Tickets are still available for spectators. As always, be sure to visit the event page for any updates and safety procedures. 

Pure Speed Racing-Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Speedway hosts Pure Speed Racing, which provides the ultimate drag racing experience for fans who’ve always wanted to drive a dragster. The two-day event takes place on September 12-13 and has various options for fans to choose from—available to check out online. Go from zero to 60 MPH in three seconds in the passenger's seat or get your hands behind the wheel and drive.

Street Drags Test N Tune-Rockingham, NC
Make a visit to Rockingham Dragway, September 26 for their Street Drags Test N Tune event. It’s open to imports, motorcycles, trucks, race cars, and any motorized vehicle. General admission is $5 and fun runs are $25 with unlimited runs down the famous “Rock ¼ mile.” You can view all the details online

King of the Hill-Gulfport, MS 
Need to test and tune your ride? Head down to Gulfport Dragway this September 30. The event is open to categories for footbrake, electronics and motorcycles with a ¼ mile race. Prices are $25 for car and driver, $10 for spectators, and $5 for children under 10 years. Visit their Facebook page for more information. 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, August 28, 2020

Car of the Week: Tiaan van der Merwe's Chevy S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Tiaan van der Merwe from South Africa, who owns and races a Chevy S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I have been a Petrol Head ever since I was a boy. It first started with street drags and from there the passion just got bigger.

When and where was your first drag race?
In 1993 on a small track just outside my hometown

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
Chevy S10 Drag Truck imported from the USA, 632 cu all Aluminum Steve Schmidt Racing Engine cw BTE Turbo 400 2 speed Transmission

Does your car have a nickname?
Intimid8or

What's under the hood?
BBC 632 all Aluminum Steve Schmidt Racing Engine 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE transmission and converter

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
From the first transmission that I bought from BTE, I’ve only received awesome service and an excellent product.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
The Way to Go!!!

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Ryan Martin

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Chevy S10

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When I became number 1 in my class in South Africa

Why do you race?
For the passion and adrenalin 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Not thinking about drag racing (LOL)

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, August 28, 2020

Car of the Week: Rainaldo Viruet's 1988 Firebird Trans Am

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Rainaldo Viruet from Pennsylvania, who owns and races a 1988 Firebird Trans Am.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My family was a drag racing family

When and where was your first drag race?
Puerto Rico 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1988 Firebird Trans Am

Does your car have a nickname?
The Hulk

What's under the hood?
A 350 small block Turbo nitrous

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
It's a great product

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best technology equipment

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
John Force

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
A 68 Chevelle SS

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When I ran against my neighbor

Why do you race?
Try to break a record

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Break a record. I'm going to try to break the record on a small block 350 Turbo nitrous, let’s see if the Hulk will give us a surprise!

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Drag Strip Series: Arkansas

Today, we make our way to Arkansas. We’ll be honest, Arkansas made us really do some digging as we searched for drag strips. Why? Well, it could be because they really love off-road racing (so do we). Here’s where you can race in Arkansas—on the drag strip or on an off-road track.

Centerville Dragway Inc.
Centerville Dragway Inc. is a hot spot for drag racers all over Arkansas and a proud family-owned business. The strip is 1000 and β…› mile race track and has been open for business since 1977. They currently have an event lined up for the first weekend in September and you can learn all about it on their Facebook page, along with other fall events.

George Rays Wildcat Dragstrip
Located in north Arkansas near the border of Missouri you’ll find Paragould, home of George Rays Wildcat Dragstrip. You can find updates on their Facebook page along with plenty of photos of this tree-lined strip.

Prescott Raceway
The only time you’ll see this place closed is when the owners Jackie and Velvet Lewis are off participating in their own races. Their website is currently under construction, but you can find all the information you need by visiting their Facebook page or by calling Jackie at 870-904-5952 or Greg Dougan at 870-796-1485. 

I-30 Speedway
Off-road racing is popular in Arkansas, and the I-30 Speedway is one of the most popular tracks in the state. The speedway is a 1/4 mile, high-banked, made of red clay oval, and conveniently located in Little Rock. The speedway is currently open and you can find the latest updates on their website.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, August 24, 2020