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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 👏  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 ⅛-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 ⅛-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 ⅛ 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

BTE Powerglide Pump-High Volume

Why is the BTE powerglide pump-high volume so awesome? Keep reading to find out!

The BTE powerglide pump-high volume is designed to be stronger, reliable and fix the ongoing issue of a rolling transbrake. The flanged and bolted-in 4340 steel stator support tube and the 7 clamping bolt design increase its strength, making it possible to fit a wide range of powerglide transmission levels, from entry level through transmissions of more than 3000 horsepower. Additionally, the black oxide coating and coated main gear prevents rapid rusting and helps increase gear life.

The redesign of the fluid network helps it pump fluid in higher volumes with more pressure giving it a nice smooth flow, fixing any transbrake “rolling” problems. It’ll lower your RPM’s while increasing the holding power of the powerglide transbrake. Ideally, we recommend you purchase our 251913 kit with this powerglide pump to get the best proper cooler flow available. 

So, what are you waiting for? Upgrade today so you can get back on the track ASAP.

To view more details you can click here

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Car of the Week: David Hollis' 1979 Chevy 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 David Hollis from Dyer, TN, who owns and races a 1979 Chevy C10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
As a kid, my cousin gave me his old Hot Rod magazines. That was it! 

When and where was your first drag race?
Mid-South Dragway, spring 2018

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1979 Chevy C10, Blueprint stroked small block Chevy 396 cid, Ridetech suspension, Wilwood brakes, BTE trans and converter, built for Autocross, scaled at 3444

Does your car have a nickname?
“Snuff” 

What's under the hood?
Blueprint 396 sbc, dyno 496hp and 511 tq

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Transmission, valve body, direct drum, fluid, and converter 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE is what a lot of drag race friends run and your reputation is top notch. Neal walked me through every step. I ran a 2-mile road course at AMP and the trans performed awesome. Drag racing, I start burnouts in second and shift to first, put it in drive at the line and let it go off the two step. Trans is great. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Trustworthy, reliable, honest

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Ricky Pop Baggett

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Ferrari of course! 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
No prep race, I lost by .000295. The other racer was super nice and won our class. Sounds weird being proud of losing, but it was great. 

Why do you race?
I am a gearhead and love being around other gearheads 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Concentrating in full race gear and Hans. Summer heat is tough. 

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Witness to History

Drag Racing has been around for a long time and that means there’ve been plenty of historic moments to choose from, some that we’ve been lucky enough to witness first hand. Here are a couple of historic moments the BTE community shared with us on our Facebook page

John Rennie
“Jim Liberman climbing the flagpole after a great win at N.E.D. Epping, N.H.”

Robert M. Harris 
“Billy Meyer set the world record for launching a blower at OCIR 700 plus feet. 30 sec. air time”

Larry Amato 
“Bill Maverick Golden’s last wheelstand in his Dodge A-100 ‘Little Red Wagon.’”

Jim Blalock
“Bernstein’s first 300 mph pass at the 92 Gators.”

Robert L Humberston
“Don Garlits and a jet”

Jeff Ferguson
“Watching Ed the Ace McCulloch DRIVE his funny car back to pits after a tire-smoking launch at Indy with every NHRA official who had a mini-bike follow him back to his pit. They were not happy! Fans loved it.”

Raymond Charpentier (Facebook Translation to English)
“When Bob Banon won the grand national at Sanair acceleration track with a Ford Cyclone GT 428 pc cobra-jet automatic stock. And then for a show we ran him against a funny car, but with a disability about the 3/4th of the 1/4 mile acceleration track. It came a split second before the funny because it was quite a show. I had a Cyclone GT 1966, 390 pc automatic, same as Bob Banon's before he changed for a Cyclone GT 1969.”

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Car of the Week: Brent Fuller's 1985 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 Brent Fuller from Fyffe, Alabama, who owns and races a 1985 Chevy S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I had 2 uncles in 1972 that had GTO’s and would carry us to the track when I was 9 years old. It gets in the blood!

When and where was your first drag race?
On the street. We did a lot of street racing and at the track.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1985 S10 388 chevy small blk. Powerglide 4:10’s. Full interior., all glass all steel(except hood),6.80 1/8 mile@ 104 mph on gas. It is converted to E85 now and looking forward to seeing it pick up a cpl tenths!

Does your car have a nickname?
Lil heavy

What's under the hood?
Small block Chevrolet 400 stroked to 388, Canfield heads, fender exit headers,belt driven vacuum /evac pump,Quickfuel 850 E85.MSD grid, motor plate/ mid plate,csr water pump

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Incredibly yes.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
#1 service.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Scotty Cannon

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1969 Camaro Z28

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
I was dialed in one night at a 7.71 and went 7.71.1with a .005 react. We were going rounds!

Why do you race?
There is not another feeling/experience like it in my opinion. I like the competition aspect of it!

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Overthinking 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Drag Racing Events: August 2020

Whether you’re looking to win some money or just want to race for fun, there’s a race for everyone. Check out these events lined up for the month of August from around the country—one even has a grand prize of $20,000. 

Sonoma Raceway- Sonoma County, California
If you’re near the Sonoma County area then you’ll be happy to hear that Wednesday Night Drags are back! Beginning this month until November 18, 2020 you can enjoy this event series. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and racing goes from 4 to 10 p.m. Ticket agents are available to answer your questions at ticketing@sonomaraceway.com or by calling (800) 870-RACE. They also currently have strict COVID-19 guidelines in place, so be sure to visit their website for more information. 

Atmore Dragway- Atmore, AL
Don’t miss your chance to WinMore with Atmore August 21-23. Various racing categories will be available to accommodate all racers. What makes this event so great? Guaranteed purse. Prices can be found on their Facebook page and the full list of events this year is available on their website

Rockingham Dragway- Rockingham, NC
Farther east in North Carolina is Rockingham Dragway’s Dig Days event. Happening August 21-22, there’ll be four classes to register under: stick shift, late model daily, small tire, and all out. The small tire event is the headliner with 64 cars racing for their chance at a jackpot of $20,000. Learn more about the event here.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Car of the Week: Mark Guinn's 1980 Chevy Monza

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 Guinn from Washington, WV, who owns and races a 1980 Chevy Monza.  

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I was born into it. My father is a long time racer. 

When and where was your first drag race?
Eldora Dragway, Fairmont, WV, 1992

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1980 Chevy Monza. 

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
436 cid Small block Chevy

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Planetary gears, input shaft and transbrake. 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Well built and reliable parts!!

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality. Reliable. Reasonable. 

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
I’m just proud to be a drag racer and have the support of my Dad and the rest of my family. 

Why do you race?
Racing is the end result of building engines and the love of cars that I get to share together with my dad. Getting to drive the machine we built together and to feel the power and adrenaline rush is awesome. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Be consistent on the tree.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Car of the Week: Brian Wulff's 1987 Pontiac 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 Brian Wulff  from Charles City, Iowa, who owns and races a 1987 Pontiac Trans Am.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad

When and where was your first drag race?
NEITA Raceway in Cedar Falls, Iowa

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1987 Pontiac Trans Am 

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
516 BBC

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Turbo 400 bell housing, transbrake, overhaul kit, direct drum with sprag, deep pan

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
New to BTE

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Helpful so far 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Ron Balk

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Brogie Roadster

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
1st pass with the car I built myself 

Why do you race?
Love the sport 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Consistency

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, July 24, 2020

Drag Strip Series: Alaska and Arizona

Welcome to our new series where we highlight drag strips all over the country. Today we make two stops. The first will give you chills, because it’s so cool some might even call it “ice cold.” The other will have you feeling so hot you’ll need to bring sunscreen. So, pack your coat and a pair of shorts as we make our way to Alaska and Arizona. 

Alaska

Alaska Raceway Park
The drag strip in Alaska Raceway Park is ¼ mile and the only drag strip to become an IHRA-member track, it’s also the only drag strip in the state! The strip opened in 1964 and has gone through various names as well as a couple of updates—like the addition of parking for spectators, a heated 300-foot concrete launch pad, 4,100 feet of asphalt, and the track's surface was also weathered and frost-heaved. In October of 2019 Alaska Raceway Park made the switch to the NHRA Northwest Division 6, becoming NHRA's northernmost track.

Arizona

Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
One of the few drag strips in Arizona, the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park has hosted many racing legends like Mario Andretti, Don Garlits, Ayrton Senna and Shirley Muldowney making it a staple in the racing scene. The track is 1/4 mile, sanctioned by the NHRA and hosts various events throughout the year. 

 

Tucson Dragway
Home to the Saguaro cacti, Tucson is also home to Tucson Dragway—one of the nation’s most active dragways. It hosts a variety of diverse events year-round like the IHRA National Nitro Jam, Super Chevy Weekend, and other major racing events including the Tucson Dragway Reunion. They have a packed calendar lined up this year, which you can learn more about on their website

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, July 23, 2020

Car of the Week: Rob Kruger's 2007 Police Interceptor

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 Rob Kruger  from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who owns and races a 2007 Police Interceptor.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My brother, friends, and Eric. Racing is just in my blood and it helps keep kids out of trouble. 

When and where was your first drag race?
I'd say it's hard to remember but with my Hurst and my brother. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2007 Police Interceptor. It has 4.6 2v custom ground cams by Howard's cams and comp products converted over to quick fuel carb e85, nitrous victor jr. The great men and women at O'Reilly's have helped me out a lot.

Does your car have a nickname?
Black sunshine 

What's under the hood?
4.6 2v converted to quick fuel carb e85

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
I would love a non electric trans it’s on my wish list

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Positive men and women. Both classy and understandable and I've learned a lot from reading your posts. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Generous, very understanding, treats you like family.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My brother taught me alot. My memory isn’t great but I do remember just smiling when he pulled up to the staging lane.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I honestly would keep this car. It has positive messages all over it to help charities and I also hope to pass it down to my son or daughter one day.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Showing my children and other kids that I can still race.

Why do you race?
Mostly race for Charities now and the smiles and waves I get on and off the track. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Overcoming a couple of physical health issues and issues with wiring and tuning.

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Car of the Week: Jacob Dufrene's 2001 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 Jacob Dufrene from Lockport, LA, who owns and races a 2001 Camaro.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Family 

When and where was your first drag race?
No Problem Raceway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2001 Camaro

Does your car have a nickname?
Ironman

What's under the hood?
Ls powered single turbo 

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE has excellent products and customer service. I was in need of a converter in a hurry and BTE got it to me in time for my next event. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Excellent company 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Most of them. We’re all family. 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Small tire twin turbo chassis car 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning a local shoot out with my son.

Why do you race?
It is pure adrenaline 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Putting power to the ground

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Car of the Week: Rory Vick's 1972 Rally 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 Rory Vick from Riley Township, Michigan, who owns and races a 1972 Rally Nova.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
As a kid in the 70s 

When and where was your first drag race?
First time I drag race at track was around 2004 at The Ubly Dragway  Ubly  Michigan. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
Rally nova 1972 all steel except hardwood hood.

Does your car have a nickname?
My wife does! lol

What's under the hood?
388 SBC 14.1 AFR220s 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
I have a BTE aftermarket case PG with 1.80 straight cut gears. Definitely a bullet proof setup for bracket racing at my level.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE has great quality parts. I haven't had any case or transmission failures since I started using a BTE transmission. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Love BTE racing 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Lizzy Musi, Kye Kelly, NPK, Jason Line, and Greg Andersen. 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1986 Chromoly Trans Am chassis car running 5.50s in 1/8. I love Bracket racing!

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Runner up in the 2017 Bowtie Challenge out of 385 cars, so it was a great day at Northern Michigan Dragway.

Why do you race?
I am an addict!

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
The bottom bulb is a stinker sometimes.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, July 7, 2020

July 2020 Drag Racing Events

The drag racing season may have had a late start this year, but things are picking up this summer. Here’s a list of some July events for the whole family to enjoy. As always, be sure to inform yourselves of any updated safety procedures in place for each drag strip and double-check event listings for the most recent information. 

10th Anniversary HPT Shoot-Out- Baytown, TX
Nothing is better than taking a fun family vacation to the Lone Star State! Come to Houston Raceway on July 18th, for some drag racing, a burnout pit and the Top 75 Custom Trucks and Cars show.

 

CSRG David Love Historic Car Races- Sonoma, CA
This event will be held at Sonoma Raceway on July 10-12th and features two days of racing on Saturday and Sunday. Over 300 talented vintage racers will participate. 

 

Huddleston Performance Jr. Dragster Nationals- Bristol, TN
On July 10-12, Bristol Dragway will host the Huddleston Performance Jr. Dragster Nationals. Six to 17-year-olds will compete in several events throughout the weekend including Saturday’s index class racing and Sunday’s bracket racing. 

 

Glory Days- Byron, IL
July 17-19, Byron Dragway hosts their annual Glory Days Vintage Drag Race, Car Show, and Swap Meet. Hold on tight and fasten your seatbelts for three days and two nights of vintage drag racing action. The event will pay homage to the vintage American cars and culture from the early 1960’s. Be sure to register your gasser, super stocks, and hot rods soon.



 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, July 6, 2020

Car of the Week: Rich Reed's 1966 Chevelle Super Sport.

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 Rich Reed from Champaign Illinois, who owns and races a 1966 Chevelle Super Sport.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Went to a drag strip with friends and family at a young age...I should have stayed home, lol!

When and where was your first drag race?
1986 Coles County dragway in Charleston Illinois 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1966 Chevelle Super Sport. There's a lot of "one of's" in the car that I know when the time comes for my son to take over the car, he'll be cussing me due to the fact that he won't be able to run to an auto store to buy a replacement. 

Does your car have a nickname?
Haunted '66

What's under the hood?
496ci big block Chevy 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
We have a BTE converter, and will be buying another soon

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I have friends and family who use BTE and highly recommended their products. I spoke with BTE in length on car/motor specs and what I was needing. The car needed to be calmed down off the brake and more consistency throughout the run. They made things work!

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Knowledgeable helpful stout

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
John Force. There’s rarely a dull moment around him, and his passion for the sport is second to none

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Getting texts from kids all over the country on race weekends to wish me good luck or ask how our day is going! Through drag racing, I’ve been fortunate enough to be a member of Team Roxxie Racing who reaches out to kids all over the country in children's hospitals or at home to let them know we're cheering for them. I've had the pleasure of getting to know several families across the country!

Why do you race?
Friends, family, competition and to see how long something I've built can stay together..lol

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Judging the stripe!

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 1, 2020

New Two-Piece TH400 Forward Drum


The new two-piece TH400 forward drum eliminates the common issue of seal wear often found in full aluminum drums that have been in the market for years. This upgrade includes 8620 steel center that prevents seal wear and overpowering the center splines in big horsepower applications, a Vasco 300 shaft, and 7075-T6 aluminum housing with hard anodized coating reducing weight causing less horsepower drag in the drive train—increasing your transmission’s overall life. 

This extremely durable piece is suitable for all drag racing transmissions, especially those looking to optimize performance. We’re currently offering the two-piece TH400 forward drum in the 30 spline version (Turbo) for now as we look into its modular design more to create larger shafts in the future. The shaft and drum come finished and ready to install your piston and clutches. 

So what are you waiting for? Get the new two-piece TH400 forward drum that combines the strength of the steel shaft and the center hub’s weight savings of the aluminum clutch drum housing. Get it here.  

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, June 26, 2020

Drag Strip Series: California

The BTE Drag Strip series is back! Today we make a pit stop in California, home to the oldest operating NHRA drag strip in the country. We’ve highlighted four, top-rated tracks, listed below. 

Auto Club Raceway at Pomona- Pomona, California
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, (a.k.a Pomona Raceway and The Fairplex) has been a racing facility since 1961 and features a 1/4 mile drag strip. The facility is one of the few drag strips in the country to be operated directly by the NHRA. Additionally, since 1984, Pomona Raceway has been the host of the season's last race, the NHRA Finals. 

Sacramento Raceway Park- Sacramento, California
Celebrating their 50-year anniversary, the family-owned Sacramento Raceway Park continues to provide an exciting and safe drag-racing environment. This drag strip hosts a variety of events including drag racing, car shows, and motocross racing. 

Sonoma Raceway- Sonoma County, California
Sonoma Raceway is a 1,600-acre facility with a 2.52-mile 12-turn road course as well as a ¼ mile drag strip. This motorsports complex holds two of the top racing series in the country—The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Sonoma Raceway also owns a professional kart center and motorsports industrial park. However, at the moment due to COVID-19, several events have been canceled or postponed to later in the summer.

Redding Dragstrip- Redding, California
In 1948, the abandoned runways at Redding Airport became Redding Dragstrip. This drag strip became an officially sanctioned NHRA track back in the 1950s, making it the oldest operating NHRA drag racing facility in the country. As a Division 7 NHRA drag racing facility, Redding Dragstrip racers also participate in a wide variety of NHRA programs including the NHRA ET Challenge, and the NHRA Summit Racing Series, which includes Jr. Dragsters.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Car of the Week: Mandi DeLarec's 1991 Mustang

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 Mandi DeLarec from Akron, OH, who owns and races a 1991 Mustang.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My father, uncle and sister all race.

When and where was your first drag race?
Dragway 42 when I was really young. My first race competing was at Summit Motorsports Park.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1991 Mustang

Does your car have a nickname?
Vivian

What's under the hood?
302 SBF

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I used BTE after watching others race successfully with BTE products. Having a reliable converter helped me have a very successful 2019.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best products made.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My dad. He’s old school and still manages to make it work.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
What I have now, but with the ability to do wheelies.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning my first Wally at Night Under Fire. Bringing that trophy home to my dad was the proudest moment I’ve had racing. He cried.

Why do you race?
The thrill. It’s what I grew up around as a kid and I wouldn’t change it.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Being taken seriously as a female driver

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Father’s Day Weekend Racing Events

Take Dad out or bring the whole family to the racetrack this weekend to celebrate Father’s Day. The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals were rescheduled for October, but don’t worry, there are still plenty of drag racing events to enjoy. Get in some family time and win some sweet, sweet cash. 

Indy Summer Nationals- Indianapolis, Indiana
Get a head start on Father’s Day weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway for this 3-day event. The Indy Summer Nationals begin June 18 and run through June 20. General admission is $25 for a single day and $50 for three days. Racing prices vary and details can be found on the website linked above. 

The Champion Engagement- Morocco, Indiana
This Saturday, June 20 is the Champion Engagement at US41 Dragstrip. Make sure to check their Facebook event page for updates. Don’t forget to bring your face masks. 

1st Annual Jr. Dragster Race- Rogersville, Tennessee
Whether you’re introducing your kids to drag racing for the first time or just want an excuse to spend more time with them, head to the Cherokee Raceway for a Jr. Dragster Race Saturday, June 20. Racers ages 6 to 17 will be allowed to race with entry prices ranging from $40 to $100. Gates open at 9 a.m. Follow their Facebook page for up-to-date information.

This Cash Days Street Race- Calhoun, Georgia
This Cash Days Street Race event lives up to its name with prize money totaling $10K up for grabs at Paradise Dragstrip on June 20. Gates open at 10 a.m. with the races starting at 2 p.m. It’ll cost $250 to buy-in, $20 for spectators, and $20 for the grudge race after the main event. For more details on tickets visit their page

Podcast
Ran When Parked
Can’t make it out to the track? Watch Ran When Parked a podcast series where you get to see where most cars go for retirement...the sales ad. The series pokes fun at questionable car ads which we’ve all come across when searching for a new “project” to pursue. 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Car of the Week: John Jeffries' 2001 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 John Jeffries  from Belle Vernon, PA, who owns and races a 2001 Chevy S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Former Aviation Mechanic in the military. We used to drag race on the runway when we had the chance. 

When and where was your first drag race?
Fort Hood Texas, 1984

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2001 Chevy S10. Extreme Chopped tip tube chassis and Blown Alky BBC powered drag truck 

Does your car have a nickname?
The Rowdy Rat

What's under the hood?
565 cu in BBC 12:1 static  Blown on alcohol Fowler F11 Plus supercharger Dart Big M Callies JE etc.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE input shaft, BTE clutches, BTE Kevlar Band Pump, and Hub.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Customer service is great. Parts hold up to serious abuse and not constantly breaking. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
My transmission guys. 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Bobby Dodrill, Chris Cadatto, CG Night. All those big bad truck guys. 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Same ride we have but probably billet Hemi for power 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Outrunning a nostalgia funny car with the Rowdy Rat

Why do you race?
Promoting our shop Motorworx shows what a small grassroots guy can accomplish. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Consistency and getting a good launch

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 16, 2020

BTE's Father's Day Gift Guide 2020

Father’s Day is right around the corner which means you’re now tasked with searching for the perfect gift for your #1 drag racing dad. Luckily, we made it easy for you with descriptions of our top five selling items on bteracing.com. If you need a custom order, feel free to fill out our custom build application online

BTE Powerglide Master Overhaul Kit
This master kit will give dad everything he needs for a high performance rebuild including: a new band, 6 high gear steels, 6 high gear frictions, gaskets, seals and more!

BTE Powerglide Pump-High Volume
Need to fix transbrake rolling issues when staging your car? Our powerglide pump solves this problem and increases the holding power of the powerglide through its newly designed fluid network. 

BTE Billet Aluminum Powerglide Transbrake Valve Body 
Made for racing and high performance, this powerglide valve body is made with 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. It weighs less than 8 lbs and matches perfectly with any powerglide transmission. 

1.80 Ratio Powerglide Gear Set for Standard Length Transmission
Built from the finest aerospace-grade materials, our powerglide 1.80 straight cut gear sets are made to be reliable as the backbone of your racing transmission. You can check what’s included in our gear sets here

1.98 Ratio Powerglide Gear Set for Standard Length Transmission
Another variation of our gear set, the 1.98 straight cut set is constructed from the same durable aerospace-grade material. Aside from using the powerglide gear set for drag racing applications, you can also use it for trucks and boats. 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Car of the week: Buddy Dailey's 1967 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 Buddy Dailey from Hannibal, MO, who owns and races a 1967 Chevy Nova.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Going to watch my dad.

When and where was your first drag race?
I-57 dragstrip in Benton, IL.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1967 Chevy Nova built by Garret customs chrome moly chassis with carbon fiber interior.

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
Aluminum 632 with 18 degree heads, single Ken Jones Performance carburetor. 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE top sportsman power glide. 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Because of their customer service before and after the sale.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great customer service 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Luke Bogacki

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I’ve dreamt about building this car for so long that it would have to be this car.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning my first drag race on Father’s Day.

Why do you race?
For the excitement of the competition. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Getting the time to race.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Upcoming June Drag Racing Events


It’s June and the drag strips are beginning to open. Pack some snacks, rev up your engines and head on over to these racetracks down South to test and tune your cars on the tracks—the smell of burnt rubber is waiting.

Bristol Motor Speedway - Bristol, Tennessee
Street fights are back and the season opener is June 6. All street-legal vehicles including muscle cars, minivans and motorcycles are welcome to compete. Online registration is now open. Racer entry is $20 and spectator admission is $10. For more information regarding rules and regulations be sure to visit their website.   

Houston Motorsports Park - Houston, Texas
If you're in Texas head over to the Houston Motorsports Park as they host a test and tune night every Sunday night for the month of June. Gates open at 5 p.m. and races begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under.  Follow their Facebook event page for updates throughout the month. 

Atmore Dragway - Atmore, Alabama
If Mississippi is home sweet home then you don’t want to miss your chance to attend Atmore’s Fri Nite T&T event this weekend. This event gives you two nights to test and tune your car beginning June 5 at 5 p.m. Admission pricing as follows: $15 for adults, $10 for military, $25 for racers, and kids under the age of 10 are free. Can’t make it this weekend? No problem. Check out their website for all their upcoming events.

Gulfport Dragway - Gulfport, Mississippi
Are weekdays more your style? King of the Coast Test & Tune is exactly what you’re looking for. On June 12 this quarter mile test and tune is open for footbrake, electronics and motorcycles. Time trials and test and tune begin at 6 p.m. with elimination rounds at 9 p.m. Admissions are $25 for car and driver, $10 for spectators, and $5 for children 10 years and under.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, June 4, 2020

Car of the Week: Cody Graham's 2000 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 Cody Graham from Forrest City, Arkansas, who owns and races a 2000 S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My uncle raced. 

 

When and where was your first drag race?
1998 Jackson Dragway.  

 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2000 S10, 1969 Camaro and a 2009 M&M dragster.

Does your car have a nickname?
LongDime

What's under the hood?
383 sbc 177 blower/434sbc/632bbc 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
All three have BTE transmissions and converters.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Best products out there! I know I can rely on the products as I’m putting them through the ringer while I’m doubling the same car and still having consistent ETs!

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Consistent win lights! 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
There’s a few but definitely Cliff Hubbard and Buddy Ferrell.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Probably an ex pro stock car.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning with my family by my side.

Why do you race?
Because I’d go crazy NOT racing! 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Getting in the way of a good race car! 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Car of the Week: Dan Thacker's 1962 Chevy II 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 Dan Thacker from Ashland, KY, who owns and races a 1962 Chevy II Nova.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad got me into hot rods when I was a kid, then I got competitive with it as I got a little older. Then came the nitrous and I was hooked.

When and where was your first drag race?
My first drag race besides the ones in high school (2003ish) was in 2014 at KD Raceway in South Webster, Ohio. KD is still my favorite track because the Shutdown Hill gives me a huge adrenaline rush.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
I currently race a 1962 Chevy II Nova 1000+ horsepower street car I pick my son up from school in. 

Does your car have a nickname?
The “Shitbox Chevy II” on Facebook 

What's under the hood?
Forged Ls 6.0 using MS3 pro engine management to send fuel for all the air that’s forced down its throat via the billet 88mm turbo. The engine is mated to a BTE 1.80 ‘glide to transfer the power to the Mark Williams 12 bolt rear end. 


Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Everything related to the transmission or converter is BTE. Currently running a pro brake valve body with a 1.80 gear set. The Billet converter was a big deal as it was within 75 rpm of the target we talked about when I ordered it and it flat out works!

 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I use BTE because a few years ago they helped me figure out a converter charge pressure issue on a trans and converter that wasn’t even their product. BTE customer service is second to none. I’ve been with BTE ever since then and have no reason to look elsewhere for anything race trans related.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality, service and PERFORMANCE.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Don Garlits will always be at the top of my list. I consider him one of the pioneers of drag racing.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
The ‘55 from the movie Two Lane Blacktop would make me happier than a Ferrari.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Either winning no prep big tire class at KD or watching my 7-year-old’s face when I hit boost on the way home from school.

Why do you race?
Because I love the sport and the people involved. I wouldn’t trade my race car family for anything.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
My biggest challenge as a driver is not turning up to moon boost every time I drive. It’s been a steep learning curve going from N/A to nitrous then turbo but it’s been worth it—although my wife disagrees.

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Car of the Week: Robert Prough's 2004 Mazda RX8

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 Robert Prough from Greencastle, Missouri, who owns and races a 2004 Mazda RX8.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My older brother.

When was your first drag race?
When I was 16 years old.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2004 Mazda RX8

Does your car have a nickname?
Modzilla

What's under the hood?
SBC 409 all forged internals

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE Heavy Duty Flex plate, 168 Tooth, Internally Balanced

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Best flex plate I have ever found.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Friendly and knowledgeable.  

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
I looked up to my brother.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1969 Z28 BBC Camaro

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Out running my youngest son's big tire Camaro.

Why do you race?
Makes an old man feel good.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Yearly upgrades and keeping up with modern technology.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Stay-At-Home Projects: Tips on Building a Racing Transmission

Building your own racing transmission can be tricky, but luckily for you we’ve compiled some great advice from the pros here at BTE Racing. Check out their tips before you dive into your project head first. 

 

The basics

  • Use strong, reliable components that are designed for high performance applications. Choose manufacturers with history and experience in racing transmission design and manufacturing.

  • A great resource for step-by-step powerglide assembly is Carl Munroe's excellent guidebook.

  • Snap ring pliers, torque wrenches, sockets and a good hammer should always be in arm's reach at the building table.

 

We asked our veteran transmission builders for some insider tricks that make transmission builds or rebuilds more successful. Here’s what they had to say:

 
  1. Cleanliness counts! A clean work area and clean parts should be a priority. Any amount of dust, grime, metal shavings, or even hair can cause a moving valve to stick or drag. At BTE, we wash parts in a hot steam pressure washer and also use solvents and media blasters when required.  

 
  1. Design a workspace that is comfortable and accessible. A work table that requires you to bend over or reach too far can be a headache (or a backache). Good, clean lighting is also a must for seeing details on component parts and for making difficult part installations go more smoothly.

 
  1. The "right" tools for the job are critical, but having a few *extra* tools doesn't hurt either. A lathe for machining pistons, seal installers, ring compressors, an air compressor for testing seals, and a dyno testing machine for trouble shooting are used by our builders every day to ensure perfect assembly. 

 
  1. Don't forget the assembly lube! A small amount of grease is required for many seal and other component installs. We like Life Automotive's Trans Prep. 

 
  1. Think outside the "box." When troubleshooting, always consider the external forces at work on the automatic transmission. From the electronics to the differential and tires, the automatic gearbox is affected by any out-of-the-ordinary operation from its mated component systems. 

 

We encourage more racers to manage their own transmission building and service. It's a rewarding (and potentially money-saving) experience. Have any suggestions of your own? Please post a comment on our blog! 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, May 11, 2020