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Car of the Week: John Schaeffer's 1999 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 John Schaeffer from Springfield, Missouri, who owns and races a 1999 Camaro.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Watching NHRA growing up.

When and where was your first drag race?
Ozark raceway Park Rogersville Mo.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1999 Camaro 

Does your car have a nickname?
The Juice 

What's under the hood?
Dart LS 427 W F1X Procharger

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE clutches and 1.69 gears

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I can count on American made products to last

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Dependability, craftsmanship, and American.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Tim Slavens

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
C8 twin turboed by me

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Getting to race with my family.

Why do you race?
I have a competitive nature in me and to race with my friends.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Tuning to the track at different times of the day if it's a weekend race.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, February 14, 2020

Race to these Dates... in History

It’s time to hit the history books–drag racing history, that is. We’ve compiled a few significant moments in drag racing’s story in the U.S. from historic firsts to key institutional developments. Come along for the ride to learn more about the sport we know and love.

Speed vs Acceleration
The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) hosted their first speed week in Bonneville Salt Flats in 1949. The race gave racers the opportunity to run “against the clock” (essentially a stopwatch). This caused racers to shift their focus from obtaining the highest speeds possible to getting a quicker acceleration instead, paving the way for modern drag racing. 

Santa Ana Drags
The very first official drag strip was built on an auxiliary runway at Texas’ Orange County Airport back on June 19, 1950. The drag strip, named Santa Ana Drags, included a pit area, restrooms, grandstands and computerized timing clock, which appealed to many racers as it gave them the opportunity to accurately time their runs. Unfortunately, the historic strip closed down on June 21, 1959. Reunions still take place there two times per year.

Words become reality
As co-founder and writer for Hot Rod Magazine, Wallace “Wally” Parks used the platform as a way to promote safety practices among racers. In May 1951, his efforts grew to create an organized government among the racing community which is known as the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). 

1955
This year marks the first time the NHRA hosted their Nationals event. The event took place in  Great Bend, Kansas. The event is now known as the “Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals” and has settled at the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (formerly known as Indianapolis Raceway Park), after a verbal agreement between Wally Parks and the former owners of the track. 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, February 7, 2020

Car of the Week: Gene Sweatt's 1976 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 Gene Sweatt from Brighton, Tennessee, who owns and races a 1976 Vega.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I’ve been around cars most of my adult life. 

When and where was your first drag race?
Lakeland in 1973

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
23 Altered NDRl circuit also a 76 Vega with 871 blown Ls 

Does your car have a nickname?
Vega Bat 2.0

What's under the hood?
Injected small block, 871 blown injected 5.3. 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Convertor

Why do you use BTE? 
Local 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Friendly. Local. Experienced.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
All of the pros.

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
2nd place in points Dixie Door Slammers

Why do you race?
Thrill and Excitement

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Keep having fun.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, February 7, 2020

Drag Strip Series - AL

Welcome to our new series where we highlight drag strips all over the country. Our next stop is Alabama, where we find the home of the Tater Hauler as well as the NHRA-sanctioned track in Atmore. There are quite a number of tracks in Alabama, so just like in our first blog in the series, we narrowed it down to the four top-rated tracks, listed below.

Baileyton Good Time Drag Strip - Baileyton, AL
The title of the oldest drag strip on this list goes to Baileyton “Goodtime” Dragstrip which was built back in 1966 by Jack Walker and is home to the Tater Hauler (a longtime trademark of the drag strip). The 1/8th mile dragstrip has raving reviews from racers as being family-friendly and an overall great environment to race in. As it goes into its 54th year of business, the dragstrip continues to be family-operated by Jack Walker’s grandson Russ and daughter-in-law Sasha. Be sure to pay them a visit this coming racing season.

Cottonwood Dragway - Cottonwood, AL
This friendly track strives to provide a great time racing while making new friends in the process (per racers’ praise). The 1/8th mile drag strip is located just 15 minutes South of Dothan, AL. The best news is that the track is already back in business after the off season, having hosted their first event of the year this past weekend (Feb. 1) and another event coming up February 27.  

Atmore Dragway - Atmore, AL
Opening in 2013 the NHRA-sanctioned Atmore Dragway has recently undergone a  $1.2+ million transformation to their track as a way to attract more diverse events. Their racing events include pro mods, top dragsters, bracket racing, junior dragsters, heads up, gassers, motorcycles, and others. The 1/8th mile drag strip has an upcoming test and tune event on February 9. 

I-22 Motorsports Park - Elridge, AL
The I-22 Motorsports Park is a family-owned and operated track, founded by longtime friends Scott Tucker, former drag racer Gregg Burgess and Bill Haley. The park just celebrated their 10 year anniversary this past year, reflecting on their opening back in spring 2009 with the help of friends and family. The track is closed for the off season for now, but will reopen this Spring. 

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, January 31, 2020

Car of the Week : Scott White's 1969 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 Scott White from Grand Junction, CO, who owns and races a 1969 Chevelle.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
It’s been so long I can’t remember...

Where was your first drag race?
Mexico.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1969 Chevelle. 100% street car, 100% track legal. All motor, 3700 lbs. Runs 9.40’s in 7500+ DA air.

Does your car have a nickname?
Mean Green

What's under the hood?
600ci BBC single carb. 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
PG pump and input shaft

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Great products, service, reliability, and better parts. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Fantastic customer service

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Larry Larson

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning Street Car shootout 9.50 index class with my true street car against all the other race “street” cars. LOL. 

Why do you race?
It’s in my blood. Love the adrenaline rush. 

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

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, January 31, 2020

Car of the Week: Donald Gertz II's 1974 Chevy 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 Donald Gertz II from Crownsville, MD, who owns and races a 1974 Chevy Nova.
 
How did you get interested in drag racing?
When my Dad started racing around 1966.

When and where was your first drag race?
In the summer of 1996, when I got my license.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1974 Chevy Nova, tagged streetcar, Drag Week 2019 survivor 

Does your car have a nickname?
The Christie Lee 

What's under the hood?
Used 406 with a used cam and my dad's old heads, I call it sketchy mouse.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Not yet. Honestly, I didn't discover you guys ‘till I started racing WFC in 2015. But, I certainly see myself supporting y'all in the future. Your support to the sport is greatly appreciated. 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Great racing supporters. 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My dad

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
‘65 Chevelle

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Surviving Drag Week 2019, and the RU and MMTV interview with Jared Pennington at WFC 2016

Why do you race?
The drive to always improve and succeed. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Finish line driving and to not tinker lol.
 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 27, 2020

Racing Biopics

You know you made it big as a drag racer when Hollywood comes knocking on your door. It’s exciting to see racing greats get their own full feature film or documentary to inspire upcoming racers—and also to indulge a bit of nostalgia for experienced racers who grew up watching these legends. Check out our list of biopics (including one kid-friendly one by Disney!) perfect to watch with the whole family. 

Heart Like A Wheel 
It’s crazy to think that Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney was ever an underdog considering her permanent status as racing royalty. This movie depicts her journey to becoming a household name in drag racing—a predominantly male sport, especially back then. Unfortunately, this movie is not available online, but you can rent the DVD from Netflix on a selected plan. 

LEGENDS: THE SERIES - DON GARLITS
Much to our dismay, the great Don “Big Daddy” Garlits has yet to have his own motion picture, but CompetitionPlus TV did feature him on their Legends series. In it, Don speaks about his humble upbringing and his time as a racer back in the day. The great thing about the series is that it can be viewed on YouTube.

Ford vs. Ferrari
The full-length film focuses on car designer Carroll Shelby and legendary driver Ken Miles as they build the ultimate sports car for Ford Motor Company to beat Ferrari in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. It’s a movie that depicts a bit of the rivalry between both car brands and everything it took to build one of the best racing cars Ford ever offered. The movie is still available to watch in selected theatres. 

Right on Track
This Disney movie follows the life of infamous Ender sisters, but primarily focuses on Erica Enders as she sets to prove her talents in what was dubbed “a man's sport” to become a champion racer. Great movie to enjoy with the family and inspire the future generation of drag racers. You can watch it now on Disney + with a subscription.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, January 23, 2020

Car of the Week: John Upchurch's 1966 Chevy Malibu

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 Jon Upchurch from Amarillo, Texas, who owns and races a 1966 Chevy Malibu.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Racing has been in my family for years!

When and where was your first drag race?
In 2013 at Amarillo Dragway 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1966 Chevy Malibu 

Does your car have a nickname?
Ol’ Blue 

What's under the hood?
461

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
A converter and a TH400

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE has helped by getting the car more consistent with the trans and converter. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
A1 quality products!

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Carroll Caudle 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Tube chassis 1969 camaro

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
2019 IHRA World Finals qualifier 

Why do you race?
Just to get out and have fun with great friends and family!

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
To be the best I can! 

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, January 21, 2020

How to Use 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. 

 

Now is the best time to 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 Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Car of the Week: Nic Gaines' 1972 Mach One

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 Nic Gaines from Hayward, MN, who owns and races a 1972 Mach One.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My stepdad, he got the whole family interested in it.

When and where was your first drag race?
Around 2003 at Cedar Falls Raceway. I was racing a ‘67 Mustang—I still have it. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
‘72 Mach One. My stepdad started racing it over 20 years ago and I’ve been racing it for a while now. Its most special feature is that it hasn’t been cut up.  

Does your car have a nickname?
The Mach

What's under the hood?
412 SBF

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
None, currently.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Although I’m not currently using BTE, I know they’ve helped many racers. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Committed, Consistent, Competitive 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Jack Beckman 

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
I was the runner-up of the 100k at the Firecracker Nationals.

Why do you race?
It’s a great time with the family. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Consistent reaction times 


 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Drag Strip Series - TN Part I

Welcome to our new series highlighting drag racing tracks, where we explore the places you like to race across the country. We begin with Tennessee, which has quite a few tracks (so there’ll be a Part II to this state’s roundup). 

Bristol Dragway
Opening in 1965, the Bristol Dragway is more famously known as “Thunder Valley.” After several upgrades throughout the years, the drag strip’s elevation at the top end is 72 feet higher than the start, the professional pit area can fit 100 cars and transporters, and the sportsman area can hold up to 500 cars.

Crossville Dragway
Crossville Dragway is a 1/8 mile dragstrip located in Crossville, TN, which was recently rebuilt from the ground up. The all-new Crossville Dragway has actually been around for more than 40 years, but recently upgraded to a new concrete track, concession stands, stands, and updated equipment. 

Memphis International Drag Strip
Opened in 1987, the drag strip at Memphis International Raceway is ¼ mile, with concrete guard walls through the shutdown area, and trans lux LED scoreboards with 48” digits. The track is also one of only 23 NHRA member tracks to host a national event.

Music City Raceway
The oldest track on this list, Music City Raceway was established back in 1958 as Union Hill Raceway or “The Hill.” The drag strip is ⅛ mile, and also the longest-running drag racing facility in the NHRA Division 2. Time trials, testing, and tune-up start in February with runs beginning in March.



 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, January 10, 2020

Car of the Week: Jeremy Lyons 1982 Chevrolet 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 Jeremy Lyons from Brandenburg, KY, who owns and races a 1982 Chevrolet Camaro.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Watching my uncles with their ‘69 Camaros 

When and where was your first drag race?
A long time ago at US60 Raceway in Hardinsburg, KY.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1982 Chevrolet Camaro

Does your car have a nickname?
Looking for a nickname lol

What's under the hood?
Knieriem Racing Engines 565 w/single-stage fogger 

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE has one tough transmission, no way we could put the power to the track without it. And, the affordability, service and customer interaction is AWESOME. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best Torque Engineering 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Bo Butner 

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
2x NMCA Nitrous Pro Street Top Ten

Why do you race?
Because there is nothing like letting go of the button & I love it!

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Going from local racing to the NMCA Racing series 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Car of the Week: Gary Whitford Jr's 1969 Camaro Z/28

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 Gary Whitford Jr. from Hurst, TX, who owns and races a 1969 Camaro Z/28.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My Father

When and where was your first drag race?
Age 15 at Texas Raceway 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1969 Camaro Z/28

Does your car have a nickname?
The Show

What's under the hood?
Blown 540 BBC

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Quality, performance and continued reliability. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best Transmission Ever

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Steve Fast

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
'69 Camaro pro mod

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Racing in Outlaw Armageddon 

Why do you race?
Love Racing

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Trying to control this monster

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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 North Branch, MN, who owns and races a 1972 Chevelle.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I always loved cars and I started racing as a kid.

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
The Klarkowski Chevelle

What's under the hood?
383 Small block. 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Transmission components and torque converter.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Reliability and quality. Parts that work, round after round. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
One and only.

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Won the Garfield Street drags with the help of all my friends. 

Why do you race?
The rush. G forces.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Getting everything ready and actually making it to the track.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, December 25, 2019

BTE Top Sellers

What are other BTE customers buying? We’ve made a shortlist of BTE’s best selling online items just in time for Christmas. Take a look and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask one of our experts through our online chat option.

BTE POWERGLIDE MASTER OVERHAUL KIT
$170.00 USD

Need to overhaul your powerglide transmission? This kit has everything you’ll need, including a new band, 6 high gear steels, 6 high gear frictions, gaskets, seals, all new bushings, filter, o-rings, and reverse steel and friction clutches.

BTE POWERGLIDE PUMP - HIGH VOLUME
$465.00 USD

Ready to solve that pesky problem with transbrake rolling at the starting line? This re-designed pump has a new flanged and bolted-in 4340 steel stator support tube, with a 7 clamping bolt design to increase strength, a black oxide coating to prevent rusting, and a coated main gear to increase gear life. 

BILLET POWERGLIDE TRANSBRAKE VALVE BODY - PRO
$475.00 USD

Our newly designed valve body weighs less than 8 lbs and is manufactured with our CNC machine. With our billet powerglide transbrake valve body you get an ultrafast transbrake release, pro brake operation (safety neutral design), forward shift pattern, and more listed on our website. 

BTE 1.80 STRAIGHT CUT 9310 POWERGLIDE GEAR SET
$850.00 USD

If you’re working on your transmission then you’ll need a strong backbone like our 1.80 straight cut gear set. With our computer-balanced gear set, you’ll get 9310 vacumelt steel gears (made in our own facility), 4340 steel forged output shaft, all new steel gear carrier, and don’t forget about our 2-year warranty against failure or breakage.

BTE 1.98 STRAIGHT CUT 9310 POWERGLIDE GEAR SET
$850.00 USD

Don’t forget our gear sets can be used for racing cars as well as racing trucks and boats. This 1.98 gear set includes everything mentioned in the 1.80 as well as precision ground steel pins, billet steel sun gear flange plate, and a 2-year warranty against failure or breakage.



 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, December 20, 2019

Car of the Week: Darrell Cramer's 1966 C10

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 Darrell Cramer from Winnemucca, Nevada, who owns and races a 1966 C10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I always liked the speed and HP. 

When and where was your first drag race?
25 years ago at our local airport.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1966 C10 

Does your car have a nickname?
Not yet, I was thinking about calling it Bisquick.

What's under the hood?
BBC 496

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Turbo 350 and transbrake

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Upgrade the transbrake, which helped with consistency.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great warranty and support.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Anyone who built their own car

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
What I’m building. Love working on it and driving it.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
The respect my truck gets from other racers.

Why do you race?
Love the HP.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Consistency.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, December 18, 2019

BTE 2019 Gift Guide

Wondering what to get the racer who ‘has it all?’ Check out our list of the top gifts for drag racers below. 

1. Drag Racing Gloves
These gloves are great for grip, control and have an SFI rating of 3.3/15. The leather pads on the palm area are great to prevent hands from slipping on the wheel in case of sweaty palms. 

2. Phone car holder
It’s likely that they spend a lot of time in their car traveling from one race to another. A car phone mount makes it easy to look at their phone when they’re using GPS or listening to music. 

3. Dash Camera
The perfect gadget to use for on or off the racetrack. The dash camera gives them the chance to document, review and critique each race.

4. BTE Gear
BTE gear never goes out of style and it’s the perfect way for the racer in your life to represent their favorite racing brand. Hats and shirts are available to order—just add to cart.  

5. Bluetooth Adapter
For any racers still listening to tunes on a cassette or CD player, this Bluetooth adapter allows you to stream music from your phone through your car speakers.

6. Car Toys
Get them the toy-sized car of their dreams. It’s an affordable way to make their dreams come true makes a piece of decoration for their desk, room, or garage. 

7. Driving shoes
Who says you can’t wear driving shoes every day? Piloti has an impressive selection of good-looking shoes for both men and women. They’ve even collaborated with Chevy’s Corvette and Camaro for a special line.

8. Lego Mustang
Let your racer build a classic with this intricate Lego Mustang. The Lego Mustang isn’t just a model either—the doors open, the wheels turn, and you can even customize parts. A perfect side project while waiting for the spring drag racing season to start.  

9. Key Organizer
Get rid of that extra clutter in their keys with a key organizer. It even comes with a couple of extra accessories like a little compartment to hide your cash, a bottle opener, and a carabiner. 

10. Drag Illustration subscription
Help them catch up on the latest news in drag racing. Subscribe on their website to receive a monthly magazine of the latest news in the drag racing world. 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, December 13, 2019

Car of the Week: Bob Kruger 2007 Ford Crown Victoria

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 Bob Kruger from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who owns and races a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My brother at age 13 and his friend Erik Johnson. 

When and where was your first drag race?
My first race was in my ‘84 Hurst Olds, my brother drove and won.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2007 Ford Crown Victoria, mercury swap, converted to quick fuel carb e85, custom made. Competition products and custom ground cams from Howards cams and I’m trying to convert to 4150 bolt-on fuel injection carb with handheld tuner.

Does your car have a nickname?
Black Sunshine. Music and drag racing have helped me get through significant health problems.

What's under the hood?
4.6 2v Ford 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Hoping to get a trans and converter.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
I don't know how to tune on a laptop that has an MSD modular box, and due to some health problems, I have issues with wiring. Regardless, I continue to drive to help out charities.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I would keep building this 2007 Police Interceptor and add a single turbo and not run nitrous. Kids love it!

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
I overcame a huge fear of mine and got to run 3 times this year.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
I look up to the older guys that are nice and appreciate something different. It's been great to hear all the people with positive things to say. 

Why do you race? 
I can't race like I used to, but I still do it because it feels good to show kids and doubters that I still can. I face my fears of being around people and I advise kids to build what you want, not what others want. Love seeing old and new builds. I appreciate all the little details in racing, seeing people smile nowadays—could use more of that.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Racing Tips

There’s a steep learning curve for the first time drag racer and sometimes it can feel like information overload. But you can always count on drag racers look out for one another, sharing tips gained through years of experience. We asked the BTE drag racing community for tips they wish they had known when they first started racing. Check out what they had to say.

Tread Carefully
Take care of your tires and they’ll take care of you. This is one of the tips racers said they wish they’d known more about. Read what Barry McLarty and Steve VanPatten said.

“Stay out of the water with street tires. Water can hide in the treads and send you home early.”  –Barry McLarty

“Don't try doing a smokey burnout with street tires. Because it won't hook up whatsoever when you launch it.”  –Steve VanPatten

Dude, where do I put my car?
You’re next on the track when it hits you: “How far deep do I need to place my car?” Mark Akullian and Bart Hoiles both say the placement in staging and syncing with the sensors is a bit tricky. 

“How to stage deep or shallow. Some start out in reverse from in and out lack of knowledge”    –Mark Akullian

“Probably where to park the car in the beams the exact same every time and learning the 3 stages of each bulb action.”  –Bart Hoiles 

$$$
You’ll notice quickly drag racing is not a cheap hobby and based on what Rob Krueger and Shannon Brown said, it’s probably one of the most challenging things about racing. From repairing and upgrading parts to paying race registrations and travel costs, racers can run up a hefty tab participating in this great sport.  

“Trying too keep up with technology and affording it.”  –Rob Krueger 

“How to make enough money to afford anything racing related and to just buy the good stuff the first time. And there's no such thing as finished.”  –Shannon Brown 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, December 6, 2019

Car of the Week: Ryan Otenberger's 1968 Chevy 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 Ryan Otenberger from Orlando, FL, who owns and races a 1968 Chevy Nova.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Born into it. 

When and where was your first drag race?
National Trail Raceway, Ohio. I started going at 4 years old as a spectator, made my first pass at age 16 in 2002. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
‘68 Nova, 275 et Street pro drag radial 

Does your car have a nickname?
The Freedom Nova

What's under the hood?
BBC, single-stage nitrous plate. 

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

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Finding time to do it!

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Great products and great customer support 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Reliable. Fast. Consistent. 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Nitrous Radial vs World Car 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
First time I went .9xx 60’ in a car 

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

Why do you race? 
It’s my life. 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Car of the Week: Wendell Kenney's 1979 El Camino

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Wendell Kenney from Midlothian, VA who owns and races a  1979 El Camino.

How did you get into drag racing?
A Friend

Where was your first drag race?
1967 Biloxi, MS. I won my first race and I still have trophy.

What model/year do you race now?
1979 El Camino

Does your car have a nickname?
Farm Truck

What's under the hood?
377ci

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Converter and TH350

Why do you use BTE?
Heard good things before buying and am really satisfied with the service and products.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I would like to give you an update on the converter you freshen up/loosen up for me. I picked almost 3mph in the eight. The only other change I made was putting my 28x10.5 Hossier slicks on 8" rims from 10". Converter is working great. Thank you.

A drag racer you look up to?
Bill Grumpy Jenkins

If money were no object, what would you drive?
‘67 Camaro

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Don't really have one.

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, November 25, 2019

Car of the Week: Hoyt Cartwright's 1967 Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Hoyt Cartwright from Rossville, TN who owns and races a ‘67 Camaro.

How did you get into drag racing?
Been addicted since childhood. 

Where was your first drag race?
Lakeland International Raceway

What model/year do you race now?
‘67 Camaro 

Does your car have a nickname?
O Blue

What's under the hood?
632 ci 

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

Why do you use BTE?
Great products 

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Knowing a lifetime of family through Bill Taylor. Just knowing I could call him at any time and get great information or advice. 

A drag racer you look up to?
Clay Millican

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Same as now. I’m happy where I’m at.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Rev on the red line   

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, November 18, 2019

Car of the Week: Vert Wallace's 1979 Chevy Malibu

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Vert Wallace from Minneapolis, Minnesota who owns and races a 1979 Chevy Malibu.

How did you get into drag racing?
I started with street racing and it evolved into drag racing.

Where and when was your first drag race?
My first race was on the street in the late ‘90s in a 1970 Cutlass on West Broadway in Minneapolis.

What model/year do you race now?
1979 Chevy Malibu 

Does your car have a nickname?
Blue Cheese 

What's under the hood?
BBC Chev

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

Why do you use BTE?
I went with BTE because of the nice price, good service and quality products.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I changed to a BTE converter and my ET and MPH improved drastically. 

A drag racer you look up to?
All the great racers.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Still my 1979 Chevy Malibu 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I clap my hands before I pull in the beams.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Car of the Week: Calvin Reynolds' 2006 TNT Dragster

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Calvin Reynolds from Lancaster, KY who owns and races a 2006 TNT Dragster.

How did you get into drag racing?
I started in Jr. Dragsters when I was 11 years old.

Where was your first drag race?
Mountain Parkway Motorplex in Clay City, KY in the late 90s.

What model/year do you race now?
2006 TNT Dragster

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
565 cubic inch by Huntsville Engine

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

Why do you use BTE?
I have had EXCELLENT customer service with BTE, and my car is very consistent with the BTE converter.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
The consistency and performance I get from BTE is amazing. 

A drag racer you look up to?
My parents, they don't race but they have always been there for support. 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money were no object, I would have a late 90s body style Cutlass to run Top Sportsman or 4.70 class and a TNT dragster to bracket race. 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I don't really have a ritual, but I try to keep the same routine as far as maintenance and race preparation.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Time Slip Spotlight

How can you see if your hard work paid off this season? Well, it’s all in the timeslips. They not only show speed, but you can also see what adjustments you need to make on your car for improvements to get a better Elapsed Time (ET). Some of these racers’ hard work definitely paid off and set some personal and national records. Check them out below.

Wes Littrel
Packing a twin-engine and a new BTE converter Wes took three tenths off the best pass with the previous converter!
Vehicle: Twin Engine Dragster (Two pump gas 429 Ford)
ET: 5.648 
Distance: ⅛ mile 

Scott Mills
Congratulations to Scott Mills on making his first pass.
Vehicle: Dragster with an SBC 
Location: Jackson Dragway
ET: 5.42
Distance: N/A

Bob Alberty Jr.
“First pass with a new Hemi combination in a blown alcohol top dragster, equipped with a BTE trans and converter, prepared by Rick Haselton at RRR Racing Transmissions.”
Vehicle: Blown alcohol top dragster
Location: Mid-west Pro Mod Series in T-Town
ET: 3.794
Distance: N/A

Stig Olsson 
We’re happy to see a BTE-sponsored racer succeed, especially when he set a national record last spring. 
Vehicle: Top Fuel Dragster
ET: 6.54  
Distance: ¼ mile

Michael Collete
With “3200lbs still on stock leaf spring suspension”  Michael managed to set a personal record at Beacon Dragway.
Vehicle: 1976 Camaro
ET: 6.33
Distance: N/A

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Car of the Week: Rickey Greer's 1967 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 Rickey Greer from Advance, NC, who owns and races a 1967 Chevelle .

How did you get interested in drag racing?
David Spaugh and my dad

When and where was your first drag race?
Farmington Dragway, 10 years ago

What model/year do you race now? 
1967 Chevelle 

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
355

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
None at the moment, but I hope to be sponsored soon. 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
What I have now 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My dad 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Listening to music

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Top BTE Product Picks from COTW Alumni

Are you looking to make some improvements to your car to fix an ongoing performance problem? Just shopping around for new parts and don’t know where to start? Hear from your fellow racers (our Car of the Week alumni) as they share their personal experience using BTE products in their own words. Some have picked up more speed and others just enjoyed the durability and reliability of BTE products. We’ve made sure to include their car make and model, which part they purchased, and their comments on the product. Click the driver’s name to read their full COTW blog, and click the product name to view. Ready, set, add to cart!

Harrell Coulter (Mississippi)
Pro Tree Brake and BTE Custom Nitrous Converter
1993 Mustang
“I was struggling with a loose converter and made a call to BTE. I was already pleased with my transbrake so I gave Brandon my car info. A couple of days later the converter arrived and I picked up .2 immediately.” 

Jared ‘Big Jed’ Pennington  (Alabama)
BTE 1.80 Powerglide and BTE torque converter 
1972 Chevy Nova 
“I was struggling with inconsistency in my race car. I sent the transmission to BTE, for them to make sure my issues weren’t being caused by the trans. They found my valve body, to have an issue with a sticking valve. I upgraded to their billet pro transbrake and it solved the problem.” 

Mark Blake (West Virginia) 
Converter
1994 Camaro 
“With the new 8inch 83400 converter, no other changes made, it picked-up .20 on the et and 4mph faster. The biggest thanks to BTE for having quality parts over the years to keep us going.”

Gary Devito (New York)
Top Sportsman Powerglide
1968 Chevy Camaro
“My car is mainly a streetcar that I race from time to time against friends and local fastest street car events. My previous combo was a 750hp big block Chevy with another brand TH400. I was constantly having issues breaking the TH400 and I was wasting a lot of the season down fixing issues. I switched to the BTE glide when I went to the twin-turbo LS engine making almost twice that and have raced it 3 seasons now just checking band adjustment and not a single issue!”

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, October 25, 2019

Car of the Week: Phil Combs, Jr.'s 1988 Chevy S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Phil Combs, Jr. from Demossville, Kentucky, who owns and races a 1988 Chevy S10.

How did you get into drag racing?
It’s family time for us.

When and where was your first drag race?
Thornhill Dragstrip 2016

What model/year do you race now?
1988 Chevy S10

Does your car have a nickname?
Ronald

What's under the hood?
DJ’s performance 383

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

Why do you use BTE?
They’re always here for us sportsman racers.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Not really, but hopefully in the future. 

A drag racer you look up to?
My dad

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Still an S10.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
None

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Car of the Week: Dewayne May's 1985 Chevy S-10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Dewayne May from Heinrich, KY, who owns and races a 1985 Chevy S-10.

How did you get into drag racing?
Going with my dad

Where was your first drag race?
Knoxville Dragway 

What model/year do you race now?
1985 S-10 

Does your car have a nickname?
Not really 

What's under the hood?
Hinkel performance 383 

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

Why do you use BTE?
Good service and tech advice. I won on my second time out with my new torque converter! My car gets a more consistent 60’ and better E.T. 

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Called into the shop and got great information and parts suggestions

A drag racer you look up to?
Too many to list, but a lot of thanks to my brother (who is also a BTE customer) 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
I would probably keep my little truck but make it a little faster lol.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Taking time to calm down. 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Oldest Tracks in Drag Racing

Pinpointing exactly when drag racing began is a bit difficult, but nothing holds more history than the race tracks themselves. These tracks were the backdrop for legendary runs by Don “Big Daddy” Garlits, Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, and many more. Unfortunately, a lot of tracks have closed throughout the years, but many are still up and running. Check out our roundup below of some of the oldest operating drag strips in the United States. 

Great Lakes Dragaway- Union Grove, WI 
Opened in 1955, the Great Lakes Dragaway, also known as the “The Biggest Little Track in the World” became the oldest operating dragstrip in the country after the Inyokern Airport closed its doors. It has hosted drag racing legends like Don Garlits, Tom McEwen, and even Evel Knievel. It has without a doubt become one of the most significant dragstrips in drag racing history in the U.S.

Atco Dragway- Atco, NJ 
Built back in 1960, the Atco Dragway is the oldest dragstrip in New Jersey and the busiest in the nation. Their opening ceremony had 1,500 people in attendance and over 200 cars competing in 38 different classes. Atco Dragway is under the new ownership of the Capone family, who are well known in the drag racing community (Len Capone Sr. was present for the grand opening ceremony of Atco Dragway).

Maple Grove Raceway- Monton, PA
Maple Grove Raceway has undergone a couple of transformations—it started out as a  swimming pool, then turned into a racetrack, to its final form as the dragway it is today in 1962. Originally a ⅕ mile strip, it was then expanded to a quarter-mile strip in 1964. It’s also the track where Pat Dankin beat out Don Garlits for the Top Fuel title in the All-American Pro-Series. This wonderful piece of drag racing history is currently up for sale for a cool $8 million.

Bristol Dragway- Bristol, TN
The Bristol Motor Speedway was built in 1961, but the straight track wasn’t built until 1965, creating the incomparable monstrous sound of dragsters going upward of 300 miles down the stip, which gave the track the nickname “Thunder Valley.” Some unforgettable moments that have taken place at Bristol Dragway include Eddie Hill facing off against Art Arfon, and runs from “Bad Buddy” Ingersoll’s turbocharged V-6 Buick, which was later outlawed. 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Car of the Week: Robert Woods 1964 Chevy II SS

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Robert Woods from Kansas City, Kansas, who owns and races a ‘64 Chevy II SS.

How did you get into drag racing?
My neighbor took me to my first drag race and from there I was hooked.

Where was your first drag race?
Lawrence Drag Strip in Lawrence, Kansas.

What model/year do you race now?
1964 Chevy II SS

Does your car have a nickname?
Triple Trouble

What's under the hood?
460 BBC, 671 GMC Blower

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Powerglide and 4500 stall converter

Why do you use BTE?
Great products

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Improved the 60 ft time from 157 to 148

A drag racer you look up to?
All of my racing peers

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Nostalgia funny car

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Check to make sure my belts are on tight.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Car of the Week: Chad White's 1992 GMC Sonoma

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Chris White from Robertsdale, AL, who owns and races a 1992 GMC Sonoma.

How did you get into drag racing?
My Dad and Grandpa started racing in the 80s so I was born and raised around it.

When and where was your first drag race?
Atmore Dragway 2004

What model/year do you race now?
1992 GMC Sonoma 

Does your car have a nickname?
Slonoma

What's under the hood?
6.0 LS 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Transmission internals 

Why do you use BTE?
Quality 

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I was in a bind at a race and the BTE trailer was there and had just what we needed to get fixed up and make the next round.

A drag racer you look up to?
My Dad 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
63 Split Window 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Loud music and the windows down driving to the track!

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 30, 2019

Drag Racing Racetracks: Canada

Drag racing will take you places. You’ll go on trips all over the U.S., and maybe even make a visit to our neighbors in the Great White North, if you’re lucky. Whether you’re there for a race or a non-racing related trip, make some time to visit Canada’s best drag strips that we rounded up in the blog below. 

 

Castrol Raceway (Edmonton, Alberta)
The Castrol Raceway can hold up to 15,000 people and is also home to the largest drag racing event in Canada, the Mopar Rocky Mountains Nationals. They’ve also recently hosted their first Outlaw Truck Drags event highlighting trucks this past August. They even have programming for future drag racers called the Nitro Ratz Junior Dragster Association for ages 7-17. 

 

Toronto Motorsports Park (Cayuga, Ontario)
Formerly known as the Cayuga International Dragway Park, this dragstrip is 1,320 feet long, with a shutdown area of 2,880 feet for a combined length of 4,200 feet. Unfortunately, the drag racing season is coming to a close and their last events before winter are taking place this weekend, so if you’re close be sure to race that way.

 

Mission Raceway Park (Mission, British Columbia)

Celebrating 65 years of drag racing action, this raceway attracts drivers from all over the world for two reasons: the first is that they’re at sea level, which is great for racing and for breaking records. The second reason is that it’s close to the city and a major highway, making it easily accessible, especially for tourists. 

 

Saskatchewan International Raceway (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Saskatchewan International Raceway, or SIR for short, is one of the oldest tracks in Western Canada at 45 years old. The track has undergone several name changes, from “Southwinds Dragway” to “Saskatoon International Raceway” before landing on the name we know today to better reflect their audience. Despite the name changes they’ve always retained the reputation of being one of the “best organized” and “most fun places to race” in Canada. 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 23, 2019

Car of the Week: Rick Eisenzimmer's 1968 Nova

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

How did you get into drag racing?
Been racing for as long as I can remember. Competitive cars were a natural next step and I was hooked by high school.

When and where was your first drag race?
Atmore Dragway in the ‘90s. (First legal race on a track, anyway.)

What model/year do you race now?
1968 Nova

Does your car have a nickname?
Grumpy

What's under the hood?
510 cid with 14/71 blower

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter and internal powerglide parts

Why do you use BTE?
My buddy David Adams who builds my powerglide swears by BTE and I have had good success with them.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I broke a lot of parts until we started using BTE. When I hit the throttle now, I’m not worried about a broken input shaft or planetary set. 

A drag racer you look up to?
There are a lot, but we have a local guy that has taught me so much and pushed me to learn and do better named Roy Gilmore. He treats me like a son and is always there for me. 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
I’d probably race a funny car.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I take a few Aspirins to calm anxiety and when I suit up I take some deep breaths. I was in a fire with my altered years ago and I still get a little uptight sometimes. Once the window net is up, a little fist bump from my friend Scott and a welcome voice on the radio then it’s on.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 23, 2019

Fall Race Roundup 2019

Fall is here, which means drag racing season is almost over. Make the most out of the time left and check out some of these races coming up to help you earn some extra cash—the holidays are right around the corner! 

Pennsylvania Dutch Classic, Sept. 27- 30
If you’re in Pennsylvania or nearby on the East Coast, head down to Maple Grove Raceway the last weekend of September. Prize money ranges from $75 to $2,000 and there’s a surprise bonus for the stock and super stock winners. For more information and the complete schedule for this event, click the link above. 

Cosmic Halloween Classic, Oct. 12- 20
The Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio is hosting a huge Pre-Halloween bash—a week-long one, to be exact. Some of the Halloween activities include an adult and kids costume party, pumpkin carving, and hayrides. The fun continues on the strip with an entire week full of drag racing. Some races to look forward to are Bumpin’ Draggin’ Wheelie contest and the Frantic Four. 

BTE Southern Footbrake Challenge, Oct. 31- Nov. 3
The races start on Thursday and go through Sunday, so we’ve included plenty of Halloween fun for the whole family to enjoy for a full weekend at the track. Racers will also get the “treat” of a chance to win $30,000 in guaranteed money. Pre-enter by October 2nd by calling 205-612-3502.

Wednesday Night Drags (ongoing until Nov. 13)
In case you can’t make weekend races or just want to work on your technique before hitting the track for real, head over to Sonoma Raceway in California every Wednesday. Perfect for getting in some practice runs in a safe place without the worry of city ordinances. Go ahead and book every Wednesday for your weekly dose of adrenaline now until the last day for the fall on Nov. 13. 





 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 16, 2019

Car of the Week : Bubba Paschal's 1986 Ford Mustang

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Bubba Paschal from Greensboro, NC, who owns and races a 1986 Ford Mustang.

How did you get into drag racing?
My grandpa started in the ’70s, then my uncle and dad, and now me and all of my brothers' race.

When and where was your first drag race?
Farmington Dragway

What model/year do you race now?
‘86 Ford Mustang

 

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
306 Ford

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Flexplate (Click to view this product.)

Why do you use BTE?
It’s a great product.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
No.

A drag racer you look up to?
Both my brothers. They’ve won multiple track championships and I have won 1 so far.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Ford Fairlane or Ford Maverick.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Just take a deep breath and focus.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 16, 2019

Racer's Remorse

Have you ever made a purchase that you regretted? Buyer’s remorse stinks, but it’s even worse when the item you bought was an expensive car part that doesn’t work for your car. Shopping for new performance parts can be overwhelming, but BTE is here to be Part of Your Racing Team and help you choose the right fit for your set up. Check out our top tips below for avoiding racer’s remorse.

Look for satisfied customers.
When it comes to engine care and part replacements, finding who to go to, what to get, and where to start can be tough. It’s crucial to do some research for yourself and compare brands, look at customer reviews, and ask for other racers’ input. Drag racers love talking about cars and sharing what has or hasn't worked for them. Check sites like Facebook, Google and Yelp to find out what others are saying about the parts you are considering.

Knowledge is key.
You can’t know everything yourself, and that’s ok. Finding a brand or company that has your best interests at heart isn’t easy. Here at BTE, you get that and more. Dealing with our skilled technician experts is always the best way to ensure you get the right setup for your car. As drag racers ourselves, we know exactly what to look out for and how to ensure your car is in tip-top shape for each race. With years of experience and technical knowledge shared between our team members, we give you the advice and information you need to choose the best parts for your car. 

Customize and re-customize. 
Hate to break it to you, but having the fastest car takes lots of tweaking and fine-tuning. Once you start putting in parts, things might not work as you think they will.  Don't go to the other guys and expect an off-the-shelf part to do the trick. Our custom-designed parts offer the precision and reliability you need to get the best performance out of your car. Every racer knows that the right setup makes all the difference, so don’t risk it with standard subpar racing parts. 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Car of the Week: Kevin Fuller's 1985 Chevy S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Kevin Fuller from Niagara Falls, NY, who owns and races a 1985 Chevy S10.

How did you get into drag racing?
I grew up camping at the track with my family every weekend. 

When and where was your first drag race?
I started off dirt track racing in go-karts, then I switched over to Jr dragsters when I was 13, and moved to street class at Empire Dragway when I was 16 in the 2016 race season. 

What model/year do you race now?
1985 Chevy S10

Does your car have a nickname?
Nasty S10

What's under the hood?
388 cubic inch small block chevy with AFR 220cc heads. Small domes pistons making 12.5 to one compression. Running on pump e85. 

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

Why do you use BTE?
I like the image BTE has for themselves. Their products are top quality.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I raced with a worn-out converter for 2 years. And when I switched to the BTE converter I picked up 4 tenths, and the car was deadly consistent afterwords. After changing a lot of parts trying to figure out why the car is all over in ET, it ended up being the converter. I will not build another car without a good BTE converter.

A drag racer you look up to?
My dad

If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money was no object I would build a car that fits into multiple classes and is street-friendly. Something like a ‘57 Chevy Bel Air that would compete in outlaw classes and older gasser classes.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I try to let my mind race and let everything come naturally.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Car of the Week: Kenny Case's 1970 Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Kenny Case from Norwalk, OH, who owns and races a 1970 Nova.

How did you get into drag racing?
Born into the sport, my dad has raced for 25+ years.

When and where was your first drag race?
The first race was at my home track Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH. I started when I was 8 years old in a Jr. dragster.

What model/year do you race now?
1970 Nova

Does your car have a nickname?
Pinky

What's under the hood?
421sbc Graham Performance Racing Engine 

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

Why do you use BTE?
Wasn’t happy with how other brand converters performed in my car so I gave BTE a chance and found a converter that perfectly suited my needs.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
It’s a little crazy but first pass out with the new BTE converter in, we went to Clay City, KY. I wasn’t expecting a 250-ft wheel stand on the bumper (the car has never pulled the wheels like that before) so it made me more aware and I learned to ride big wheelies out and still grab win lights. 

A drag racer you look up to?
There’s plenty to pick from but I would have to say, my dad, I would like to be as good as he was someday.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
‘63 Chevy Nova Wagon with full interior

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Don’t really have one, just send it down the strip.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 3, 2019

What Do Customers Love About BTE?

Depending on who you ask, the better question might be: what’s not to love about BTE Racing? Here at BTE, we make sure our customers go out on the drag strip well-equipped and ready to perform at their highest potential. Here are a few things that our customers and fans have come to expect from us.   

We Race and We Know Things
Our knowledgeable staff is here to provide answers to all of your technical questions. If you find yourself wondering how our staff knows so much, it’s because they all have first-hand racing experience in addition to extensive automotive training. In order to be a part of our staff, you have to know what you’re talking about. That’s why you’ll never meet a BTE technician that hasn’t made a few trips down the track themselves.

Home of Precision
Made in Mississippi, we pride ourselves on providing the best quality products in this business. All of our critical performance products get manufactured and quality tested here in the U.S. Our facility uses a full CNC manufacturing center, precision testing lab, broaching, and custom gear hobbing and shaping to produce high-performance transmissions, torque converters and supporting parts before shipping it off to our customers. 

Family Treatment
We wouldn’t be able to do what we love without our customers, so we treat each one like family. From making calls to find a part or service, to giving a fan a ride when their car breaks down, our service doesn’t end after your order goes through. We are dedicated to our BTE family and thankful for the support and loyalty of our customers. 

Reviews Are In
Don’t take it from us. Take it from a customer review. Our customers have taken the time to give us feedback on our products and services and tell others about their experiences. It certainly is a point of pride to be able to reflect on satisfied customers’ comments and know that we are working hard to help good people. Want to read them for yourself? Check out our Customer Testimonials Part 1 and Part 2 for a collection of reviews from real BTE customers. 

Have you had a great experience with BTE parts and service? Consider leaving us a review on Facebook, Google or Yelp

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, August 29, 2019

Car of the Week: Justin Lourash's 1987 Ford Mustang Notchback

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Justin Lourash from Morristown, IN, who owns and races a 1987 Ford Mustang Notchback.

How did you get into drag racing?
Going to watch my dad race since I was a week old.

When and where was your first drag race?
2004 at Wabash Valley Dragway in Terre Haute, Indiana.

What model/year do you race now?
1987 Ford Mustang Notchback

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
331 CI Ford

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

Why do you use BTE?
Fantastic products and great customer service.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE helped me get a torque converter that would work with my combo to improve low-end power as well as overall performance.

A drag racer you look up to?
My dad, without him I wouldn’t be competing and winning big races.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
2019 Cobra Jet Mustang

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Don’t really have a pre-race ritual but just make sure to stay in my routine.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 28, 2019

What’s So Great About Drag Racing? 

Here at BTE Racing, we’re familiar with drag racers and what makes them tick. There are tons of reasons that drag racers race, including a love of cars, family tradition, a need for speed, making memories with friends, and more. We decided to highlight some of what racers love about drag racing—because drag racing is so much more than just fast cars. 

No Two Cars Are Exactly Alike
Each car you see at the dragstrip is custom-built, the product of blood, sweat, tears and motor oil. The winning car is determined by what’s under the hood, not how it looks or whether it is a traditional hot rod or race car. Drag racing welcomes all makes and models in various divisions and classes—event Smart Cars, vans and trucks! At the end of the day, it’s not about the type of car, it’s about the engine and parts powering it. 

Win or Lose, We’re Family 
No other community compares to the drag racing community, and you can take that to the bank. We are more than racers and fans—we’re family. It doesn’t matter who you are, drag racers have each other’s back from sharing racing advice to grabbing a beer together after the race. You might line up to race against friends at the strip, but the competition just creates a stronger bond and mutual respect.

Trust me, I’m a Technician
Most of the drag racing community has dabbled in building an engine or modifying their car, but having a reliable technician to fine-tune a car’s performance can make the difference between a winning season and a losing season. The process of building a quality drag racing car takes a lot of time, money, patience and skill, which makes experienced technicians a hot commodity. (Thankfully, you have access to the expertise of our dedicated staff at BTE!) A good technician is a friend indeed.

Memories That Last A Lifetime
Remember your first race? Or that time your car broke down on the way to the track? Or the time you got your personal best E.T.? Drag racing is more than just a hobby. For many racers, it becomes the backdrop of special moments shared with friends and family. Even after they retire, drag racers love to share stories of their record-breaking runs, favorite cars, and fond memories of seeing their heroes race in person.

Part of Your Racing Team 
As one of the leading American manufacturers of performance racing parts, BTE Racing is committed to providing the highest level of service to first-timers and professionals alike. We have an amazing staff of experts equipped to listen to your needs and recommend the best parts to satisfy them. We empower our drag racers with more time at the track to make memories and win races. Thanks for letting us be a Part of Your Racing Team.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, August 19, 2019

Car of the Week: Andrew Ellis' 1987 Chevrolet S10

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

How did you get into drag racing?
My buddy Leroy had a Nova he drove on the street/strip. I’ve always liked drag racing, so I got a good deal for a turnkey truck and trailer, and I bought it. I put a lot of time and money in it to get it ready for the strip. After I made my first pass, I was hooked and never looked back. 

When and where was your first drag race?
2011 at Roxboro Motorsports Park Easter Bash

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Smokey

What's under the hood?
Sbc 421 built by Kowalsky Racing in Rustburg, VA.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE Pg stock case 1.80 straight cut gears with full brake 

Why do you use BTE?
I know a lot of people that have had a lot of success with BTE products.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
No

A drag racer you look up to?
Greg Anderson 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Round body S10 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Just sit back in the trailer and get my head right in the zone.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, August 19, 2019

Car of the Week: Lucas McKinney's 1996 Chevrolet S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Lucas McKinney from Elizabethton, TN, who owns and races a 1996 Chevrolet S10.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad started racing when he was 20, so I pretty much grew up at a racetrack in the Southeast somewhere. 

When and where was your first drag race?
Bristol Dragway in 2008

What model/year do you race now?
1996 Chevrolet S10

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
414 ci small block Chevrolet 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE after-market glide case, BTE 180 straight cuts, and BTE converter

Why do you use BTE?
Best price for the best product

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Kept busting stock glide cases, so I bought a BTE case and have had zero issues since then. 

A drag racer you look up to?
My dad

If money were no object, what would you drive?
The same thing I drive now, but with even better parts underneath it

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Grab the roll bar and pull myself up in the seat. Kiss my girlfriend and tell her I love her, strap in and clear my mind.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Car of the Week: Chris Morales 1993 Chevy Silverado

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Chris Morales from Lubbock, Texas, who owns and races a 1993 Chevy Silverado.

How did you get into drag racing?
I've always had a passion for drag racing. My step-dad and I built this truck about 4 years and just started going to our local track, Lubbock Dragway.

When and where was your first drag race?
4 years ago at Lubbock Dragway. 

What model/year do you race now?
1993 Chevy Silverado

Does your car have a nickname?
Shop Truck

What's under the hood?
383 stroker with 175 shot 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle
None yet. 

Why do you use BTE?
Not sure yet 

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
No, but this is awesome. Thanks for the chance to do this.

A drag racer you look up to?
I've always loved Dennis Anderson who drives the original Grave Digger.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
A custom-built Rat Rod.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Just stop and get a Monster.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, August 5, 2019

Updates on BTE Sponsored Racers: Summer 2019

At BTE Racing, we strive to be more than a supplier of high-performance parts. We want to be Part of Your Racing Team. Whether that means working with you to fine-tune specs for a custom part, or offering trackside assistance on race day, our knowledgeable technicians have your back. 

For some competitive racing teams, we take our support a step further by sponsoring drivers. This can include receiving free or discounted BTE parts and service, cool swag, and occasional social media shout outs. Here are some recent updates from BTE-sponsored racers.

Swanson MotorSports
Swanson Motorsports is a husband and wife team who are first-generation racers and are already making a name for themselves. Wife, Afton Swanson (27), is a threat behind the wheel while husband, Joe Swanson (29), acts as crew chief. 

These past two seasons, Afton finished on NHRA’s Top 25 in national points standings despite not being able to attend all the races. Driving with a BTE transmission on board, they recently won their first Top Dragster NHRA national event in the Heartland Nationals in Topeka. 

Luke Bogacki Motorsports
Some of you may have had the pleasure of meeting one of the best drag racers around, Luke Bogacki. Luke has been racing for a while now, starting off in Jr. Dragsters in 1993, and has had an amazing racing career so far. 

Luke is a two-time NHRA World Champion, five-time NHRA division champion and 14-time NHRA national event winner with more than 50 big-money bracket racing wins—a career many racers only dream of. Most recently, Luke was the Super Comp winner at NHRA Division 3 Race at Route 66 Raceway. He doesn’t plan on slowing down, even as a part-timer. Where there’s big money to be won, you can be sure to find Luke Bogacki. 

Gauger Motorsports
If you’ve ever seen a huge monster truck with a big USA-1 on the side, it belongs to the awesome Roger Gauger from Gauger Motorsports. After purchasing his first truck in 1991, Roger got to work to build something he could race. 

Gauger Motorsports is home of the Quadzilla and, of course, the USA-1. Roger is a proud customer of BTE and has a BTE transmission in his new truck. If you want to catch any of these trucks make sure to follow him on Facebook or catch him at any major racing venue or local county fairs.

Timid Tiger Racing
Father/daughter duo, Mike Roelle (crew chief) and Michaelyn Roelle (driver), Timid Tiger Racing is relatively new to the BTE family. When the family racing team first came together, Mike was racing circle boats in the American Powerboat Association.

Representing the Timid Tiger name today is daughter, Michaelyn, who has already started to make her mark in the drag racing world. Coming in 4th in NMCA West’s Pro Comp, 3rd in NMCA West’s Super Quick, and winning the first NMCE West top dragster shootout have been major highlights for this drag racer. Don’t let the team name fool you—Timid Tiger Racing is anything but tame on the track. 

StigO Motorsport
Like the singer Pitbull, BTE is also worldwide. We'd be remiss not to mention our friends from StigO Motorsports who hail from Sweden and help sell our products to Swedish clientele. They are a family team who have decided to give it a go drag racing here in the states. Be sure to check them out on the track and say välkommen (welcome)! We look forward to seeing their continued success using BTE parts and service.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Car of the Week: Derek Pearson's 1996 Mustang

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Derek Pearson from West Frankfort, IL, who owns and races a 1996 Mustang.

How did you get into drag racing?
My parents own a skating rink that is a mile from the drag strip and when I was younger I would always hear the cars racing on Friday and Saturday nights and wanted to go but couldn’t because I had to stay and help. Finally, when I was 15 I talked my dad into stopping by the track. He ran his car down the strip one time and then let me try—we were hooked and have been racing since then.

Where was your first drag race?
I-57 dragstrip in Benton, IL

What model/year do you race now?
1996 Mustang

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
440sbc 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE 5500 converter 

Why do you use BTE?
I think the question here is why wouldn’t you use BTE—it’s the best around and I would never run anything else. 

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Once I bought the new converter from BTE, my car instantly picked up and was more consistent than it ever before. 

A drag racer you look up to?
I would have to say I look up to my group of buddies that I race with… if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be where I am today.  

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Wouldn’t change from what I have. 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Listen to “Keep Pushing” by T-Ferg ft Meech New Era

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, July 30, 2019

BTE Racing Customer Service Testimonials Part 2

At BTE Racing, we know that the very best selling point is a happy customer, so we decided to let our fans tell you in their own words why they love BTE parts and service. We aim to make each customer a fan, and we appreciate the opportunity to be Part of Your Racing Team.  

1. Hello? Is it BTE you’re looking for?
Always return customer phone calls and inquiries in a timely manner. Companies that do not do this do not keep my business. My experience with Brandon at BTE has been awesome! —Michael J Fieramusca

2. Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.)
Their products and service are top notch. Since going with a custom BTE converter vs. off the shelf, my car leaves better and harder. Performance is unmatched. —Dave, Louisiana

3. Cool Down and Take a Lap
Awesome products, I can hot lap and trans doesn’t get hot. Take it apart at the end of the year and it looks the same as when we put it together. —Carson Griffith, Dayton, Ohio 

4. A Need for Speed
From day one with the new spragless converter, my car was incredibly consistent and predictable. My new BTE converter was the missing piece to make my program competitive. After a year of racing, I also upgraded my son's car with a 5000 stall BTE spragless and the results were immediate. His car picked up .2 and is also deadly consistent and a winner. —Kevin Grider, Iowa Park, Texas

5. Don’t Try this at Home
Great value vs price. Their glide is Bulletproof and reliable. —Justin, Virginia Beach, VA

6. Mr. Jimmy “Knows His Stuff” Knight
Jimmy Neal Knight knows his transmission stuff, the best! —Joey Micheletti 


Have you had a positive experience with BTE Racing parts and customer service? If so, leave us a review on Yelp, Facebook or Google and let other folks know what to expect. Thanks for being a BTE customer, we appreciate your loyalty and value your business.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, July 22, 2019

Car of the Week: Destin Bailey's 1964 Dodge A100 Van

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Destin Bailey from Marrero, Louisiana, who owns and races a 1964 Dodge A100 Van.

How did you get into drag racing?
Went to the track with my dad at 6 weeks old, first national event at 3, junior dragsters at 9, and now footbrake.

When and where was your first drag race?
My first race was on my 9th birthday racing a junior dragster at No Problem Raceway.

What model/year do you race now?
‘64 Dodge A100 Van

Does your car have a nickname?
Da Van

What's under the hood?
496 Big Block Mopar

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter, pro brake valve body, overflow tank and input shaft.

Why do you use BTE?
Quality parts, plus they sponsor our local bracket series, The King of The Coast.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Trans brake helped me look at the sky.

A drag racer you look up to?
Mike Moran

If money were no object, what would you drive?
1968 Radial vs the World Hemi Barracuda 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Necklace, no red underwear and a cold sip of water before the helmet goes on.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, July 22, 2019

BTE Parts Upgrade: Billet Aluminum Powerglide Transbrake Valve Body

Here at BTE we strive to provide the ultimate racing experience for all drivers—and that means upgrading our part components to continue to improve our customers’ cars’ performances. We recently upgraded our powerglide valve bodies to provide increased responsiveness, smoother shifts, and the longest clutch life possible. 

Specifically designed for high performance racing applications using a refined internal fluid network, the updated BTE Powerglide Valve Body eliminates the need for a 40-year-old valve body casting for racing transmissions. It’s made of billet 6061 aluminum, meaning it’s 50 percent lighter than steel valve body designs. With its ultra-fast transbrake release and high-pressure output (255+ psi), it’s perfect for the racing pro and rising star alike. 

The upgraded valve body is CNC-machined, meaning that each one is precision cut using computer-guided machinery. CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining guarantees accuracy and eliminates any user error associated with manual machining, as processes are pre-programmed and fully automated.

Our separator plates also received a change. After years of using steel plates, we have made the switch to stamped aluminum plates. The aluminum allows for better sealing without requiring specialized gaskets. It’s lighter, durable and also comes in a bold blue, so everyone can see you’re using BTE parts. This upgrade is compatible with any powerglide transmission, and will also be available for the T-400 Powerglide Valve Body later this summer.

Get the updated BTE Powerglide Valve Body today for improved car performance. Click here to order.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, July 15, 2019