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Drag Racing Events in October

The leaves are changing and racing season is slipping away. Head on to the track and soak in as much drag racing as you can with these upcoming events!

Baileyton DragStrip - Baileyton, AL
Get ready for some bracket racing at “The Goodtime” strip on October 9th. Details on entries and time will be updated as the date approaches, so be sure to follow their Facebook page for all the latest updates.

ESTA Safety Park Drag Strip - Cicero, NY
Also on October 9th, the American Muscle Stick Series plus Test & Tune takes place. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. and racing usually begins at 9:30 a.m. Please be mindful that all events are subject to change depending on weather and other circumstances that may occur. All updates can be found on their Facebook page.

Emerald Coast Dragway - Holt, FL
Don’t skip out on Emerald Coast Dragway’s Friday Frenzy, October 15. Test & Tune your ride or just enjoy a night of watching some cool rides race down the track and good food. Tickets for crew and spectators are $15 and $25 for car and driver. More information can be found online.

Maple Grove Raceway - Mohnton, PA
Maple Grove Raceway is celebrating Halloween a little early with their Boo Bash in the Boonies taking place this October 17. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. enjoy a day or racing either behind the wheel or on the stands. Check their website for the latest updates.

U.S. 19 Dragway - Albany, GA
Close out racing season with a bang—or a BOO!—this October 30 at U.S. 19 Dragway’s Halloween Shootout.  Updates on time and prices can be found on their Facebook page and be sure to check their website for any safety protocols.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, September 23, 2021

Car of the Week: Steve Neace's 2000 Turbo 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 Steve Neace from Cynthiana, KY, who owns and races a 2000 Turbo S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Grew up watching my older brother race.

When and where was your first drag race?
On the street. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2000 Turbo S10 

Does your car have a nickname?
Not yet. Trying to name it now.

What's under the hood?
LS based turbo motor

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter and two speed 400 turbo transmission

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I use BTE because they are second to none and have outstanding technical support.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Second to none!

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My big brother Gerald Neace who drives a 1969 chevelle. Without the help and support of my older brother Gerald I would never be where I am now. He’s by far the best influence I’ve had in my racing experience. 

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Laying down an ET that I was told I couldn’t do. 

Why do you race?
For the love of it. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Putting down the power and controlling it.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Car History: Chevrolet 210

Think you know all there is to know about the Chevrolet 210? Let’s take a deep dive into the history of this classic car, which is a favorite for many drag racers. 

 

In 1953, the world was introduced to a star. It wasn’t a Hollywood celebrity, or even a person: it was the Chevrolet 2100 (later shortened to 210, or Two-Ten). 

 

Created with affordability in mind, the car was less expensive than Chevrolet’s popular Bel Air. As a midrange car for the everyman, Chevy made the 210 in several body styles, including a convertible, Sport Coupe hardtop, two and four-door sedans, and four-door station wagons.

 

Regardless of the body style, the car’s design is quintessential 1950s Americana. Its features include a wider body outfitted with chrome accents, hooded headlights, a sleek curving rooftop, and of course, fins.

But the stylish exterior wasn’t the only thing that appealed to its drivers, then or now. What’s under the hood plays an important role in the car’s driveability, and the first generation 210 (produced from 1953-1954) included two engines with an overhead valve (OVH) design, and a 3-speed automatic Powerglide transmission. 

 

Two years after its debut, Chevy wasn’t done tinkering with the 210’s mechanics. In the second generation (produced from 1955-1957), Chevrolet included a new chassis and a small block V8. The engine choices for the 1956 remained the same as its predecessors with the exception of a higher rated power output. The 1957 model had three versions of the new optional 283 cu. in. (4.6L) small-block V8 engine.

More than half a century later, 210s are a racetrack favorite for their build and classic look. A few things have changed in 50 years, and successful drag racers have made a few modifications to enhance the car’s performance, like the BTE TH400 Transbrake transmission.

 

Looking for more? Check out some of the excellent examples of 210s in our Car of the Week series.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, September 17, 2021

Car of the Week: John C. Gibson's 1993 Mustang GT

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 C. Gibson from Monticello, GA, who owns and races a 1993 Mustang GT.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Wanted to build a car with my son so I could teach him about engines.

When and where was your first drag race?
We raced in the last 2 Summit ET bracket races at Silver Dollar Motorsports Park in Reynolds, Georgia of the 2019 season.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1993 Mustang GT. 351W on methanol. Mini tubbed, ladder bar rear, 8 point cage. Pro ET car

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
351W bored .030 over, ProMaxx aluminum heads, hyd roller cam topped off with a Wes May carb

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter and we will soon use a transmission that we have, as racing schedule permits.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
When we installed a BTE converter, our ETs got much more consistent.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality, consistent, rugged

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Soft tail dragster with a big block

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When we won a bracket race last year 

Why do you race?
It's a family outing. My son drives and I'm sort of like the crew chief. It's helped our relationship.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Reaction times

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Car of the Week: Clint Cothran's 1979 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 Clint Cothran from Fort Payne, AL, who owns and races a 1979 Camaro.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad raced

When and where was your first drag race?
Sand Mountain Dragway in 1999

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1979 tube chassis Camaro that I built with my dad.

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
383 stroker

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
5000 BTE converter

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
My converter has made my car consistent from start to finish. I run in the footbrake class and you can't beat a BTE converter off the starting line

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Game changing performance

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1967 Chevelle   

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When I won the 2nd race I ever ran in my dad's tube chassis 1979 Chevette at Paradise Drag Strip

Why do you race?
It takes all the worries of the world away when I'm strapped into my car. It's my happy place.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Teaching my children consistency

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, September 2, 2021

Drag Strip Series: Hawaii

Aloha, drag racing fans! Today we’re taking you on a tropical trip to the great state of Hawaii. Although Hawaii is known for its breathtaking landscape and beautiful beaches, it’s also home to three drag racing tracks. Read about them here and catch some races in addition to the waves on your next vacation.

Kauai Raceway Park
Considered the westernmost NHRA track in the USA, the Kauai Raceway Park is run by nonprofit corporation Garden Isle Racing Association. The strip hosts a variety of racing events, including classes for street-legal cars, imports, junior dragsters, and professional race cars. Visit their Facebook page for the latest racing event updates and other guidelines.

Hilo Dragstrip
Also known as the Pana‘ewa Drag Strip, the track opened back in 1978 and is located just southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. Some of the biggest events include BIAC Memorial Day Drags and the BIAC Tommy Thompson Labor Day Drags, where you’re likely to see racers from The Big Island Auto Club and the Hawaii Drag Racing League. You can find all the recent updates on racing events on their Facebook page.

Maui Raceway Park
The nonprofit organization Valley Isle Timing Association first broke ground on this park in 1963 in an effort to provide a safe environment for racers. The quarter mile track is considered to be one of the five oldest dragstrips in the country. Although the track frequently sees over 2000 spectators, events are postponed (not cancelled) for the remainder of the season due to the COVID pandemic. You can check their website for more details and updates on events as they come.


An earlier version of this article stated incorrectly that the Maui Raceway Park was closed for the remainder of the season. The Maui Raceway Park have clarified that events are postponed until further notice.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, September 2, 2021

Car of the Week: Russell Dowell's 1970 Mustang Coupe

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 Russell Dowell from Mulberry Grove, IL, who owns and races a 1970 Mustang Coupe.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I was living in a heavy muscle car in the 70s. Street racing was part of growing up in our town in Missouri. Older brother had several hot rods and my first car was a ‘65 Mustang Coupe. 

When and where was your first drag race?
1974 Cement Plant, Hannibal, MO. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1970 Mustang Coupe built at our shop. 

Does your car have a nickname?
Blue Ponies

What's under the hood?
Small block Ford 363 stroker. 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
6400 stall torque converter in a Powerglide. 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
They build converters to the customers specifications. When you test your car and need to adjust the converter they are there to help, no questions or negativity. Great customer service. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great Customer Service!!! 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Bob Glidden

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1970 Mustang Pro Mod. 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
My 74 Cuda won 7 straight races before I totalled it on a Saturday night going home. 

Why do you race?
I'm retired and so is my wife Cindy, my crew chief. We love to go to different tracks and meet different racing families. One of our daughters Becky also travels with us if she can. Both are my biggest critics and fans. Our home track is Cole's County Dragstrip in Charleston, IL

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Not to freight train through the stripe in a bracket race, having a street racing background and a heads up racer.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Drag Racing Events: September 2021

Summer might be coming to a close, but drag racing season is still in full swing. We searched for the most exciting local races across the country, so you can get your fix at races with big prizes, and in some cases, a car show.

Labor Day $250K - Bristol, TN
We’re back with our annual BTE Labor Day 250K event, and if it’s anything like last year the earnings will be BIG! It’s all happening down in Thunder Valley starting Friday, September 3 with the main event on Saturday, September 4. For more details, visit the World Footbrake Challenge Facebook page or website.

Dover Nostalgia Drags - West Lebanon, NY
Get nostalgic this September 17 at the Lebanon Valley Dragway. Aside from drag racing, there will also be a car show showcasing some vintage beauties. Call 910-997-4444 or email dino@doverdragstrip for more information.

Summit Series Bracket Race, Junior Street & King of the Track Wally Race - Banks County, GA
Get your little racer packed and head over to Atlanta Dragway on September 18. Parents can also get in on the action with the Summit Series Bracket Race or the King of the Track event.  Entries are $30 for junior dragsters, $65 for Super Pro, $55 for Pro, and $40 for Sportsman & Bike. Visit the Atlanta Dragway website for more information.

Iron Man King of the Hill Race - Bunkerhill, IN
Following their 65th anniversary, Bunker Hill Dragstrip is hosting the Iron Man King of the Hill Race on September 19. Follow Bunker Hill’s Facebook page for all the latest updates and their website for the full racing schedule.

Elite Tuner SoCal - Irwindale, CA
Fun for both racers and spectators, the Elite Tuner SoCal has something for everyone including drag racing, a car show, drifting, burnouts, music, and more! Race over to Irwindale Speedway on September 25. Tickets are available here

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, August 23, 2021

Car of the Week: Bobby Seaton's 1955 210 Chevy Sedan

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 Bobby Seaton from Colorado, who owns and races a 1955 210 Chevy Sedan.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I’ve been racing since I was 11 years old.

When and where was your first drag race?
I was 17

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1955 210 Chevy Sedan

Does your car have a nickname?
Veronica

What's under the hood?
383 Stroker with a Holley Sniper kit and Nitrous

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
TH400 and transbrake

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I get great customer service and so far the trans has been reliable.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Fast, loud, winning

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Angelle Sampey

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I have it. A 1955 Chevy Post. 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
My first win against a 10 sec Chevelle and I was running mid-13s

Why do you race?
It's my passion!

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Cutting a good light

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, August 23, 2021

3 Reasons Why You May Need A Tune-Up

Getting a tune-up is essential when your ride is reaching high speeds in mere seconds. This causes a large amount of stress on your torque converter and transmission which can lead to major issues if you don’t keep up with regular maintenance. Here are some reasons why you may need a tune-up on your torque converter or transmission.

Cloggy oil
From the moment your ride is idling to the point it takes off at full force, your torque converter is working extremely hard pumping transmission fluid. By not changing out the fluid regularly, dirt or other harmful particles can start clogging your converter. This restricts the ease of flow and impacts the amount of torque your ride exerts when you blast off at the starting line. 

 

Grinding your gears
Drag racing takes a toll on your engine as it goes through drastic temperature changes throughout races. Regular maintenance makes keeping a close eye under the hood easier, helping you avoid anything worse than routine engine repairs. You wouldn’t want your clutch to pop out of gear right before a big race.

Saving green
Sometimes saving money beats having something new. A lot of common issues we hear about can be fixed with a simple tune-up. Tune-ups catch issues that save you from pricey projects, like buying a new torque converter or transmission. It’s also less time-consuming than replacing major parts, meaning you’ll be back on the track sooner than the Christmas tree turns green.

Send your torque convertor or transmission over to us for a tune-up today. For more info on how to do that, check out this guide or call us at 1-800-626-1828. All brands accepted.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, August 19, 2021

Car of the Week: Kenneth Pierce's 1982 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 Kenneth Pierce from Dyersburg TN, who owns and races a 1982 Chevy S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Through my dad at an early age. 

When and where was your first drag race?
In the early 70s with my dad.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1982 Chevy S10. 10 point cage, CalTracs, 8.8 rear, and more. 

Does your car have a nickname?
Lone Shark 

What's under the hood?
SBC 383 and a little more 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE power glide transmission and BTE ultra bell

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I like your products and fast shipping 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great racing family 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
There’s quite a few to just pick one. 

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Watching my son make his first pass. 

Why do you race?
Love being with my family and friends. 

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

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Top 5 Common Mistakes First-time Racers Make

We always love seeing new people develop a passion to take up drag racing, but taking up a new hobby often means there’s a learning curve. 

From overspending to underestimating how much time you’ll spend dedicated to the sport, there are common mistakes we’ve all made as first time racers. 

We’ve documented some of them here, in hopes that we can prevent new racers from making the same mistakes so many of us did when we got into the sport.

Take my money
Although drag racing is an expensive sport, not everything with a hefty price tag is the best for beginner racers. Drag racing takes a lot of trial and error when you’re figuring out what best works on your ride. This means you may spend more money than what you’re bringing in, so it’s best not to blow your money on one pricey item when there are more things you’ll have to purchase in the future.

A word from the wise...listen to the wise
Getting the hang of drag racing isn’t easy and doesn’t always come naturally! Things like getting the perfect cut at the tree, or learning the mechanics of understanding how your engine works takes time and practice. You can bridge this knowledge gap by asking for help from your fellow racers. The drag racing community is generous, filled with experienced and knowledgeable racers. Nothing beats advice from the guys who’ve been doing this for a long time.

Underestimate how much time it takes
Drag racing is time consuming. You’ll probably spend more of your time in the garage fixing up your ride than out on the track. Ask any racer how many hours they’ve put in on their ride and you’ll get a firsthand account of the time and dedication you need to have for drag racing. It’s a necessary sacrifice that comes with the sport.

“Did I win yet?”
Don’t expect to be a champ on the first, second, third, or fourth try. Notching a win can take a long time, especially as you’re learning your ride and getting used to being behind the wheel. Drag racing successfully takes a lot of time, so try not to take yourself too seriously, and be patient as you make tweaks to improve.

Don’t forget to have fun!
The roars of the engines, the camaraderie, and all the memories to be had is what drag racing is all about. Don’t forget to take some time, appreciate being out there, and soak in all your hard work out on the track. It’s what makes drag racing great, so take a deep breath and enjoy the ride.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, August 12, 2021

Benefits of Having a Billet Aluminum Valve Body

It’s been a couple years since we’ve added the billet aluminum valve body to our collection after hearing feedback from racers like you. 

The difference in weight design and compatibility to OEM parts make it the perfect fit for those contemplating the switch from steel to aluminum. 

Wondering if the aluminum valve body is right for you and your ride? Check out three of the biggest benefits below.

1. Weight
Weight reduction is one of the primary methods of improving track performance.  A transmission valve body made from aluminum is often 50% lighter than the original iron castings. More specifically, that’s 7.8 lbs lighter, or 3.58 kg in the case of the Powerglide!

2. Design Updates
Machining the valve body from a clean slate of aluminum opens up more possibilities for design changes and performance improvements, because we’re no longer restricted to modifying the original designs with cuts and plugs. Fluid channels can be more directly routed or adjusted in size to improve performance or open up new features not possible with the iron valve bodies.

3. OEM parts availability
As the most popular racing transmissions were largely manufactured in the 1960s and 1970s, the availability for original parts has become increasingly scarce in the last decade. Scrap metal recycling, the elements, and usage by performance enthusiasts have all decimated the supply of these pieces. Newly designed and manufactured parts may not always be designed to mate with the OEM parts, so part failures in these older units may not be replaceable or repairable in the future.  

Bonus! Last but not least: Billet parts look cool! Though it is covered by the oil pan, the fit and finish of these new parts are shiny and attractive.

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, August 12, 2021

Car of the Week: Pat Brooks' 1967 RS/SS 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 Pat Brooks from Jefferson City,TN, who owns and races a 1967 RS/SS Camaro.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad used to take us to the dragstrip when we were kids

When and where was your first drag race?
Sometime in the mid 80s at Knoxville Dragway in Knoxville, TN.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1967 RS/SS Camaro

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
468 with a 871 blower

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Powerglide with a ultra bell

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I do believe BTE has the best products out there. Very consistent.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
The very best.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Warren Johnson when he raced. 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
A pro mod or a pro stock car

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
I made it to the final four and I was the only door car left. 

Why do you race?
The challenge. The rush of the car accelerating, the sounds, the smells basically everything that involves drag racing. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Reaction time

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Car of the Week: Mark Allan Clark's 1969 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 Mark Allan Clark from Silvis,IL, who owns and races a 1969 Camaro.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I’ve always liked drag racing, like the heads up.

When and where was your first drag race?
On the street

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1969 Camaro. Big tire and back half car

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
477 big block chevy

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Trans parts, valve body internal parts 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I’ve always had good luck with them

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great products

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning

Why do you race?
Love it!

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

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, August 5, 2021

August Drag Racing Events 2021

Summer is almost over, so end it on a high note by racing to some great events. Below, we have an awesome racing event lineup you and the whole family can enjoy.

I29 Dragway, August 6-8
Prepare for a 3-day weekend of cars and racing as the annual Ice Cream Cruise returns this year on August 6. Cash shootouts, car shows, and roll racing are set to make this event a memorable one. Details can be found on the I29 Dragway website, and tickets are available for purchase here.

Houston Raceway Park, August 7
This August 7, head down to Houston for the Texas Bracket Series #6 WALLY RACE/ Good Guy Challenge D4. Take in the action, win some money, and maybe even a Wally! Pricing for Racers, pit crews and spectators can be found online. The Houston Raceway Park will close its doors for good in 2022, so be sure to make one last visit this season.

South Georgia Motorsports Park, August 13
A night filled with fun runs, callouts, grudge, and test and tune is what you can expect for Fun Friday at South Georgia Motorsports Park. This event is August 13 at 6 p.m., and tickets are $25 for racers and $15 for spectators. For more information, call 229-896-7000.

Bradenton Motorsports Park, August 14
August 14 is Street Heat, hosted by the Florida Street Scene. All vehicles are welcome to take a turn to zip down the ¼ mile drag strip, with the exception of junior dragsters and full chassis race cars. Tickets for both racers and spectators are both $20, and children under the age of 11 go in free. The racing begins at 6 p.m.

Coming soon: The BTE Labor Day 250K and BTE King of Coast events this September.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Car of the Week: Troy Aker's 2000 Mike Bos 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 Troy W. Akers from Damascus, VA, who owns and races a 2000 Mike Bos Dragster.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My father raced, so I was around it all my life.

When and where was your first drag race?
1984 Cherokee Dragway 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2000 Mike Bos Dragster

Does your car have a nickname?
Side chick

What's under the hood?
582 chevy

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?
They have good reliable parts.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Good quality parts.

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When my dad and I won our classes at the Super Chevy Show at the same time.

Why do you race?
Love it

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Staying consistent on tree

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Keep Your Cool

Experienced drivers know that excessive heat kills transmission and torque converter components. Did you know that for every 20°F your transmission heats up, the lifespan of your transmission and transmission fluid is also cut in half? This is a well-established and widely experienced issue in the drag racing world, and BTE technicians are often asked about the best ways to manage this problem. Check out our best engine cooling tips below.

 
  • If your car is driven on the street or back to the pit area after making a pass, always run a cooler and, if possible, an electric fan.
 
  • DO NOT use a looped cooler line. 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.
 
  • BTE recommends using a high-quality cooler. We offer transmission coolers from Derale.
 
  • For high-powered setups where a ringless input shaft is required, our high volume pumps are designed to maintain good cooler flow and pressure when used with our ringless input shaft.
 
  • DO NOT install a ringless input shaft in an OEM-style pump as it will have little to no cooler flow or pressure, resulting in all of the super-heated transmission fluid dumping directly into the gears and clutch packs. THIS CAUSES EARLY FAILURE OF ALL COMPONENTS.  
 
  • 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, or even a high velocity fan or leaf blower directly aimed under the car for some cooling effect.
 
  • Use a quality automatic transmission fluid. BTE Racing ATF is a blended fluid made by Lucas Oil. (Synthetic and semi-synthetic fluids manage heat better than conventional fluids and also maintain better lubrication than alternative oils.)   
 

If you are having trouble in your drag racing car with failed parts or inconsistent performance, a few adjustments to your setup can make the difference between broken parts and making it to the Winner’s Circle. Check out our tune-up services and contact BTE Racing today for help optimizing your drag car.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Car of the Week: Travers Scott's 1985 Ford 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 Travers Scott from El Cajon, CA, who owns and races a 1985 Ford Mustang.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Always been attracted to speed

When and where was your first drag race?
1996 Carlsbad Raceway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1985 Mustang, it’s San Diego and Los Angeles most known grudge car.

Does your car have a nickname?
Red rocket. You can find me as @Nosjunkie1 on Instagram.

What's under the hood?
BBC with 2 stages of nitrous

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
It was the first and only transmision that’s been in the car. We rebuilt the transmission once a year and have had major success throughout the years with it.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Reliable, affordable, helpful.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Really enjoy watching our west coast bad boy Roger Holder

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Jerry Bickel camaro

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
We have won a lot and our car is known in the west coast. Won JJ Daboss at Irwindale dragstip, runner up at Barona drag strip, Irwindale track record holder, won California against Arizona no prep, Match Race Madness multiple champion, Big Dawg belt holder, Barona track record holder and California Doorslammer champion. 

Why do you race?
It keeps my brain challenged. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Trying to be supportive of all the promoters events on the west coast

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Car of the Week: Scott Wood's 1959 Thames Panel Wagon

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 Wood from Baton Rouge, LA, who owns and races a 1959 Thames Panel Wagon.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Enjoyed going fast.

When and where was your first drag race?
1969 at the State Capital Dragway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1959 Thames Panel Wagon

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
540 CID Chevy

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Powerglide torque converter & transmission

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Quality transmission products for consistent reaction times & ET.

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

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Final round division 4 race at No Problem Raceway (I believe 2012)

Why do you race?
Enjoy the camaraderie & the competition.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Between round maintenance.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 14, 2021

THe Best TH Transmissions

About TH Transmissions
What do you need to know about a TH transmission? 

To start, the TH in the name stands for Turbo-Hydramatic, describing a family of automatic transmissions created by General Motors.  These transmissions usually have three forward speeds, which makes them perfect for street and strip applications. BTE also offers these transmissions in two-speed and alternate ratio versions for special, high horsepower cars.

When you go to our website, you’ll find the two groups of TH transmissions we offer:the TH350 and TH400. These are the most popular among racers, and our TH Transmissions are suitable for various performance types, from 350 horsepower up to 3,500 horsepower.

TH350
This transmission’s overall lightweight construction is great for light to moderate weight cars with power ranging from 350 to 800 horsepower. They’re also available with SFI approved bell housings for improved durability and safety.

TH400
All of our transmissions have stood out in the drag racing community as the best, and our TH400 transmissions are no different. You’ll find that they have a deep cast aluminum pan, are all dyno tested (ensuring proper operation) and available for customized fits or alterations. Just give us a call at 1-800-626-1828 to get customized sizes set up for your ride.

Visit our TH Transmissions page to see everything we have in store for you.

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, July 9, 2021

Car of the Week: David Hammons' 1988 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 David Hammons from Gulfport, MS, who owns and races a 1988 Chevy S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad used to race, so I grew up around the track.

When and where was your first drag race?
1988 Gulfport Dragway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1988 Chevy S10. Nothing special about my ride lol

Does your car have a nickname?
The Pretender

What's under the hood?
Basic 383 SBC, Brodix heads, hydraulic roller camshaft.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE 8” converter, 1.98 straight cut planetaries, input shaft, and deep transmission pan.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE has top notch products and their customer service is second to none. My latest switch to BTE 1.98 straight cuts really helped improve my reaction time off the footbrake.

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

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Any “old timer” that shows up and puts it in the staging beam.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I have always wanted to wheel a Pro Stock car.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Watching my sons turn on their first win lights.

Why do you race?
I enjoy the competition, plus being at a race track is mental therapy to me.  

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Overthinking

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Car of the Week: Dalton Lummus' 1966 Chevy Nova II

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 Dalton Lummus from China, TX, who owns and races a 1966 Chevy Nova II.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My mom and dad both raced

When and where was your first drag race?
Houston raceway park, 2010

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Not really

What's under the hood?
421 SBC

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Customer service with awesome and realizable products 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Unbeatable performance parts

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Jeg Coughlin Jr.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
The car I drive now, but updated with the best parts money can buy  

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning my first race in the Chevy II

Why do you race?
To win my entry fee back and hopefully more

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
I would have to say driving the finish line against 4.50 or faster dragsters is my biggest challenge

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, June 25, 2021

Drag Strip Series: Georgia

We’ve made it to Georgia on our drag strip series. Aside from peaches you can find lots of racing tracks all over the state, including these top-rated drag strips.

South Georgia Motorsports Park- Adel, GA
Aside from the oval track, South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) also has a ¼ mile drag strip sanctioned by NHRA. The track is 230 feet above sea level and has plenty of space for both spectators and racers. They’re open with plenty of events for you to enjoy.

Savannah River Dragway- Sylvania, GA
Part of the Screven Motorsports Complex is the Savannah River Dragway. First opened in 2004, the IHRA member track is a ⅛ mile on laser-leveled concrete. The drag strip has events lined up that are perfect for the whole family.

Atlanta Dragway- Commerce, GA
First built in 1975 on what used to be an airport, this ¼ mile drag strip has undergone a lot of updates over the years. The track, which is at 1,002 feet elevation, is also owned by NHRA. Visit their website for updates on racing events.

Middle Georgia Motorsports Park- Jeffersonville,GA
Check out this ⅛ mile drag strip that’s packed with events for all types of racers. Whether you have a truck, car, or dragster you’re sure to find something that revs your engines. Although they do have a website, event updates can be found on their Facebook page.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, June 25, 2021

Car of the Week: Bill Wyne's 1973 Plymouth Duster

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Bill Wyne from Seville Oh, who owns and races a 1973 Plymouth Duster.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Going to the races

When and where was your first drag race?
My first race was in about 1970 at a Eldora raceway in Fairmont, West Virginia.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1973 Plymouth Duster 

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
540 Mopar

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Bolt-in sprag for 727 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
They make very reliable parts

Describe BTE Racing.
Very friendly and easy to talk to

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning

Why do you race?
I like the people and the excitement

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Time

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 22, 2021

July Drag Racing Events 2021

Bristol Dragway- Bristol, TN
July 1 - Celebrate Fourth of July Weekend and the 15th World Footbrake Challenge (WFC). There are currently 290+ pre-entries, setting the bar high to be the hottest racing event this summer. Entry spots are still available to purchase on their website.

*You can also catch us there, with our BTE mobile!*

Gulfport Dragway- Gulfport, MS
July 14 - Test ‘n Tune your ride at the King of the Hill event on Gulfport’s 1/4 mile dragway. Tickets are $25 for racers, $10 for spectators, and $5 for children under the age of 10. For more info, visit their website or Facebook page


Maple Grove Raceway- Mohnton, PA
July 23 - Get ready for two amazing days of drag racing at Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings. Tickets range from $20 to $160 and can be bought online.

Sonoma Raceway- Sonoma, CA
July 23 - See John Force, Antron Brown and Ron Capps at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Weekend passes for this 3-day event and daily tickets are available. Get tickets here 


World Wide Technology Raceway- Madison, IL
July 30 - Cross the July racing calendar finish line with Friday Night Frenzy. If you can’t make it to the big night, locals can tune in to 106.7 FM for the live broadcast. For more info, click here

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Car of the Week: Magnus skår Hansen's 1970 Plymouth Superbird.

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 Magnus skår Hansen from Norway, who owns and races a 1970  Plymouth Superbird.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Started as street-legal racing

When and where was your first drag race?
My first 1/4 mile drag race was last year in 2020  

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1970 Plymouth Superbird twin turbo methanol 

Does your car have a nickname?
Boosted Bird 

What's under the hood?
526 KB twin turbo methanol  

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Transmission and converter. Yes, it has improved.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Good help, knowhow, good product

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Something easy to drive

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
My first time was last year 2020

Why do you race?
Love speed

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
All of this is new to me and I have built the car myself.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, June 16, 2021

June Drag Racing Events 2021

Summer is here and drag racing is back in full swing. Here are some of our event picks for this month.

Atmore Dragway- Atmore, AL
June 12 is Atmore Dragway’s First Pro Mod Shakedown. Gates open at noon and racing starts at 3 p.m. General admission is $20, military $16, and kids under the age of 12 are free.

Houston Motorsports Park- Houston, TX
Secure the bag at Flashlight Shootout on June 12. This event has up to $16,000 in cash payouts and a variety of car classes fit for any drag racer. Learn more here


Sacramento Raceway Park- Sacramento, CA
Get ready for a midweek adrenaline rush with Street Legal Drag Racing on June 16 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission for participating racers is $20 and $10 for spectators. More details can be found here.


US 13 Dragway- Delmar, DE
Make a trip to Delmar, Delaware this June 18 for the IHRA Summit Super Series. Tickets are $15 and the racing begins at 4 p.m. If you are interested in racing visit this link for details on entry pricing.


Bristol Dragway- Bristol, TN
Need more than one day of drag racing? Well head on over to Bristol, TN for DER Bracket Series 3-day event June 25 to June 27. Entries for racers range from $25 to $65 depending on car class (pricing here). Visit Bristol Dragway’s website for more information.

*Don’t miss the BTE World Footbrake Challenge XV in July*

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Car of the Week: Jim Bousquet's 1977 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 Jim Bousquet from Sidney, MT, who owns and races a 1977 Chevy Nova.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Grew up watching the races at our local track.

When and where was your first drag race?
Lewistown, Montana in 1977

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1977 Chevy Nova

Does your car have a nickname?
Bisket

What's under the hood?
428 SBC Pro Charged

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Quality parts at a great price.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality, friendly, knowledgeable

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Carissa Bousquet (my wife)

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
That big ol’ trophy.

Why do you race?
For the love of it. Great people.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Money lol

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, June 9, 2021

BTE Sponsored Racer: Afton Swanson

Welcome to our new blog series where we highlight BTE-sponsored racers. Get to know our racers’ journey, receive some exclusive insight on what BTE products they use and get some free racing advice. Next on the track is Afton Swanson from Swanson Motorsports, who’s name we are sure you’ll be seeing more of, as she continues to dominate on the track. We’ll be highlighting one racer each month in our blog, so stay tuned!


What do you race?
NHRA Top Dragster

 

How did you get into racing?
I started racing Jr. Dragsters at 9-years-old at our local track, North Iowa Dragway (formerly known as Humboldt County Dragway).


What BTE product(s) do you have?
BTE bolt together converter and BTE Extreme Top Dragster transmission


Why are you proud to represent BTE?
BTE's parts work great for our combination. They’ve helped us grow our Top Dragster program and have enabled us to be able to run at the front of our class.


What is your proudest moment racing?
When we won the 2017 Heartland Nationals in Topeka.


What races are you looking forward to this year?
We are in the middle of a 3-week trip; we raced at the Midwest Drag Racing Series event in Tulsa, the NHRA D4 doubleheader event in Dallas, and now on our way to Houston for the NHRA Spring Nationals.


Why do you race?
Joe and I met through racing and I pursued my current career because it enables me to race as much as possible. I can't imagine doing anything else!


What is the best racing advice you've ever received?
Stick with it and don't give up when things get hard. Normally that means a breakthrough is coming soon!


Anything else you'd like to share?
Thank you to everyone who has supported us!

 

Follow Afton for racing updates below:
Facebook: Swanson Motorsports
Instagram: @SwansonMotorsports

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, June 3, 2021

Car of the Week: Brent Leslie's 1999 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 Leslie from Fort Scott, KS., who owns and races a 1999 Chevy S10 .

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad helped build my first car.

When and where was your first drag race?
Mokan Dragway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1999 Chevy S10

Does your car have a nickname?
Mean Machine

What's under the hood?
383 sbc

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Clutches, steels and input shaft band.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Long lasting product 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Good customer service

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning two Iron Man trophies back-to-back years

Why do you race?
I love to compete.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Winning every single round.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Drag Strip Pet Peeves

We asked you about your pet peeves as racers or spectators and you did not disappoint. Among the comments we noticed three pet peeves everyone seemed to agree on: cleanliness, attitude, and pets.

Clean up the act
Everyone hates a dirty track whether you’re a track employee, racer or spectator. From people emptying their RV tanks in the pit to broken glass on the track, leaving a mess behind isn’t pleasant for anyone. Remember to be courteous of others and clean up after yourselves so everyone has a great time.

Leave the attitude at the gate
We hear this very often from both experienced, and inexperienced racers—but with more colorful vocabulary. Leave the ego at home and be open and respectful to receiving and giving constructive criticism. The best thing about drag racing is learning the ins and outs of these speed machines, but also learning how we can improve as racers from our peers. At the end of the day no one knows drag racing better than drag racers, so just be cool man.

Furry family 
It only makes sense to want to share your favorite hobby with your pets, which is great, but if they aren’t track-friendly then it’s best to leave them home. According to our fellow racers, there have been situations where they’ve been bitten or seen these pets struggle with the thunderous sounds of races. So, if your furry friend isn’t feeling the track, it’s best to leave them at home. 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, May 27, 2021

Car of the Week: Dale Healy's 1965 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 Dale Healy from Marengo, Ohio, who owns and races a 1965 Chevy II Nova.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Family and friends in the 70s

When and where was your first drag race?
2004 Pacemakers in Mt. Vernon, Ohio

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
Chevy II Nova 1965, hand lettering, metal flake top

Does your car have a nickname?
Bad Medicine

What's under the hood?
406 sbc

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Quality products,  improved consistency

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
High quality machining

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Steel 41 willys

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning at the Thompson Gasser Reunion and Nostalgia National back-to-back in the same year

Why do you race?
The challenge of winning

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Winning

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, May 26, 2021

How High-Quality BTE Products Are Made

We take pride in providing affordable, durable, high-quality products and that means investing in the best equipment, like our newest CNC machine. Want to get nerdy with us? Let’s talk about CNC machining, how it works and what it means to you.

What is the CNC Machine?
CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control machine and it automates the manufacturing process of milling or lathe operations. This means that it helps us make our products faster and ensure consistent quality.
 

         

 

How does it work?

1. The first step is sometimes referred to as CAD (Computer Aided Design).   Usually, we’ll use computer software built in the machine to create a design—in our case it’s usually 3D designs.
 

2. The second step is called CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing). This step is crucial, and it’s where we go into the detail of the manufacturing process like the type of material being used, type of cut needed, cutting speed, and creating the instructions to allow the machine to create what we need.

 

3. The final step is called CNC (Computer Numerical Control). This is when we input the instructions into the machine (known as G-Code) telling it how to make the product we need. It’s the final step to the creation of BTE products. 

 

What does this mean to you?
Our newest machine is a Haas VF-4SS CNC machine. It’s a fast-operating workhorse designed for milling projects, which is essential. Most of our product line comes from these machines in some form or fashion—either as part of the manufacturing process, or entirely from the raw material. Having this lean, mean, manufacturing machine gives us the ability to continue providing affordable high-quality racing products every time you place your order.
 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, May 21, 2021

Car of the Week: Eric Jacobs' 1994 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 Eric Jacobs from Kernersville NC, who owns and races a 1994 Mustang.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My father

When and where was your first drag race?
Thunder Valley Dragway, Red Spring, NC

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1994 Mustang

Does your car have a nickname?
Heartless

What's under the hood?
Small Block Ford

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Used to run BTE trans case

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I chose them because of the quality of their products. Helped with the longevity of the transmission.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Very well built

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
67 GT500

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
The day I made my first pass.

Why do you race?
For the thrill, since I am no longer in the Army jumping out of airplanes in the 82nd Airborne!

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Staying calm 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Car of the Week: Brian Cassidy's 1957 NHRA Super Gas Corvette

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 Cassidy from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who owns and races a 1957 NHRA Super Gas Corvette.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
By reading Hot Rod magazine when I was young

When and where was your first drag race?
1970 at Niagara Dragway in upstate NY

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
Don Davis 1957 Corvette NHRA Super Gas

Does your car have a nickname?
Bad Vette

What's under the hood?
SDPC Race Shop 582 Head Hunter on Methanol

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
9" Spragless Steel Stator Convertor

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I started using BTE Torque Converter in 1982 after meeting Bill Taylor. Best value for the money.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
High Quality Parts

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning the IHRA, ACDELCO, Canadian Nationals Top/et Ironman Champion

Why do you race?
I love the competition.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Staying focused as a driver on the starting line.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, May 10, 2021

Living Legend: Don "Big Daddy" Garlits, The Man Behind The Legend

The story of the man, the myth, the legend known as Don “Big Daddy” Garlits is a story every drag racer should know. He’s exceeded every drag racers' dreams throughout his incredible career through championship wins, racing innovations and contributions to conserving drag racing history.
 

Before his more famous monikers of Big Daddy and the Godfather of Drag Racing his given name was Donald (Don) Glenn Garlits and he was born January 14,1932 in Tampa Florida. Garlits' passion for cars began as he and his brother rebuilt his father’s Model T. This also sparked the interest in the mechanics of the car. His love for drag racing began after a drag race with a friend on the streets of Florida, and when he attended his first official race in 1950 in which he rode a car with the number one foreshadowing his future status in drag racing.

 

Garlits' career in drag racing history is one of legend. He’s won 10 American Hot Rod Association championships, four International Hot Rod Association championships, three National Hot Rod Association championships, and 144 national events. Winning isn’t the only thing he’s achieved as a drag racer—he was also an innovator. After a horrible accident in 1970, caused by the two-speed transmission he was developing exploded driving Swamp Rat XIII (a front-engined slingshot rail dragster), he developed the Swamp Rat XIV (a new mid-engined, front-cockpit rail). This new ride helped him win two Top Fuel Eliminator titles and was runner-up at Lions. Not too bad for a brand new car. 


In 1984 Garlits opened the infamous Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida, which is also home to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Garlits still owns and operates the museum and still continues to race on occasion at the age of 89. He recently made news when he set a new quarter-mile record of 189.03 mph (304.21 km/h) driving a battery-powered 800 hp electric motor dragster dubbed Swamp Rat 38, which has now been beaten by Steve Huff. But, based on what we know of Don “Big Daddy” Garlits, we’re sure he’s already in the works to beat that record.

You can learn more about Don Garlits on his website.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, May 10, 2021

Car of the Week: Tim Crutcher's 1984 Monte Carlo 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 Tim Crutcher from Jackson Tennessee, who owns and races a 1984 Monte Carlo SS.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I always wanted to get into racing but my father-in-law, Scott Mills, is who really pushed me to go for it.

When and where was your first drag race?
Jackson, Tennessee 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2000 Chevy Camaro SS heads/cam LS1 

Does your car have a nickname?
White Lightnin'

What's under the hood?
It has a 388 stroker sbc, powerglide trans, along with a BTE torque converter.  

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Very good product

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Awesome customer service

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Scott Mills

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
My Monte Carlo SS is my dream car. 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
I'd have to say the first pass I ever made.

Why do you race?
Because it's my dream.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
My biggest challenge is getting my reaction time down.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, May 5, 2021

May 2021 Drag Racing Events

We’re excited to see drag racing events in bloom this spring all across the country. Looking to make a road trip to the drag strip? Well, here are some events you won't want to miss in Tennessee, California, Alabama and Florida.
 
Crossville Dragway - Crossville, TN
With events lined up for every weekend it’s hard to just pick one to talk about, but we’ll go with a two-day Spring Bracket event on May 15-16. Check out what else they have lined up on their website.

Sacramento Raceway - Sacramento, CA
Feeling silly? Well this Funny Car Fever event on May 1 is no laughing matter. Come to watch a wide variety of Funny Cars this Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Click here to see the full schedule and plan out the day.

Cottonwood Dragway - Cottonwood, AL
For those not ready to hit the racing circuit just yet, set Fridays aside for Test & Tune nights at the dragway. The track opens at 5 p.m. and comes at the cost of $20 for racers and $10 for spectators. Be sure to visit their website for the latest updates on upcoming events.

Bradenton Motorsports Park - Bradenton, FL
Close out the month of May with Steve Becker Memorial Weekend Brackets beginning on May 29. Pro, Sportsman, Super Pro Bike, Street Bike and Jr. Dragster categories will all be available and a $5,000 grand prize for Super Pro. You can find more details on their website
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, April 30, 2021

Car of the Week: Brandon Michaels' 2000 Chevy 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 Brandon Michaels from Bel Air, MD, who owns and races a 2000 Chevy Camaro SS.

 

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Going with friends to Cecil County Dragway on a random Friday night.

 

When and where was your first drag race?
Cecil County Dragway 2005

 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2000 Chevy Camaro SS heads/cam LS1 

 

Does your car have a nickname?
No

 

What's under the hood?
Factory 5.7 ls1 with heads and camshaft

 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
TH400 transmission and 8" torque converter

 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE is great to work with and their transmission/converter helped my racing program consistency.

 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Top Notch Crew

 

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

 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
2002 Trans Am Stock Eliminator Car  

 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Every win light I light up!

 

Why do you race?
For the competition and the racing family

 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Competing with such talented drivers for 15+hrs a day every weekend

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, April 27, 2021

What's new?

So, you visited our website and saw that something changed and you just couldn’t place your finger on it. You’re correct! That change was our entire website. Here are some of the major (all for the better) changes you’ll see.

Homepage
The new layout on our homepage features what you really want to see: our products, who we are and details on custom work. Our product categories at the top of the page offers easier access, including updated footage of what we all love to see, cars.

Products
With a slight change to the layout of our products page, you’ll see some of our top-selling items front and center with the categories listed on the left-hand side. When you select any of our main categories (Transmissions, Performance Parts, Apparel, and Torque Converters) you’ll see a small description written on the section.

News
You’re now able to see all the most recent blogs displayed in a grid, eliminating the endless scrolling. The grid layout allows you to easily view more of our blogs at the same time, making it easier to search. The blog layout itself has also changed. Can you tell what we did differently? Spoiler alert: You should be able to see all the Cars of the Week more clearly now.


Search bar
Don’t know the name of the product? No problem. The search bar now functions faster and better than before. You’ll find what you’re looking for in no time and avoid that pesky “item not found” message. 

 

What hasn’t changed
Our commitment to producing the best performance racing components in America, getting them to you when you need them and being a part of your racing team.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, April 23, 2021

Car of the Week: Shawn Kennedy's 1949 Plymouth Coupe

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 Shawn Kennedy from Denver, Colorado, who owns and races a 1949 Plymouth Business Coupe.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Cheaper than flying airplanes and safer than pole dancing 

When and where was your first drag race?
Started in Denver in 1976 with an Olds 442.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1949 Plymouth Business Coupe, Top Sportsman

Does your car have a nickname?
Ask my wife... I think she has one for it. 

What's under the hood?
The engine.  But that's not important right now.  What's important is safely landing this airplane, Stryker! 

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Transmissions are spot on, reliable, and fairly priced.  I use nothing but BTE in my chassis shop because I know they will work. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Brings Torture on Everybody.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Just about everybody. (See my answer to "biggest challenge" question)

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
A Barbie Jeep full of real, live, Barbies

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Back to back NHRA Divisional Top Sportsman wins

Why do you race?
Underwear model career didn't work out

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Seeing over the dash.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Car of the Week: Paul Evan's 1979 Vauxhall Viva Estate

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Paul Evans from the United Kingdom, who owns and races a 1979 Vauxhall Viva Estate.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
A '70's UK car magazine called Street Machine

When and where was your first drag race?
1985, Long Marston race track (later called Shakespeare County Raceway), with a '73 Firebird Formula 400, ran 13's

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1979 Vauxhall Viva Estate (wagon), 25.4 tube chassis, all owner-built

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
427 Pontiac V8, twin turbo, Holley efi etc.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
TH400 trans parts- Vasco input shaft/36 element pro mod direct drum & intermediate clutch pack/Vasco intermediate shaft/ billet alloy transbrake valve body/deep alloy oil pan/SFI spec bellhousing/roller tailshaft housing etc

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I bought some of your parts off the internet for my trans build a few years back and was impressed by the quality and value for money. Fast forward a couple of years and we’re now the sole UK distributor of BTE products through our transmission rebuilding business—Edge Performance Transmissions. BTE's parts are in some of the UK's quickest street/race cars in transmissions built by us. It also allowed me to build a better transmission for my car.

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

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Too many to list!

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
We are currently building it—my son's 76' Vauxhall Firenza droopsnoot.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning the 2009 Gary's Picnic street car shootout at Shakey 

Why do you race?
For fun.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
To hit my chassis tag limit- 7.49

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Drag Strip Series: Florida

We’re here in the sunny state of Florida that’s packed with so many racetracks that we’ll have to come back with a part two to cover them all. Below you’ll find some of the top-rated tracks in the state, including a track that’s open ALL YEAR! Enjoy.

Immokalee Regional Raceway
This 1/8 mile drag strip is named after the small town found in the south of Florida. As of March 25, 2021 the track is undergoing some renovations which include the relocation of the tower, a new finish line and timing system. According to their website, the track should be up and running by the end of this month with some exciting events.

Bradenton Motorsports Park
Founded in 1974 this ¼ mile long is open all year long! The track is NHRA approved with  spacious pits and located near Tampa. All event updates can be found on their website and Facebook page, so be sure to follow them. 


Powerhouse Motorsports Park
After recent updates of added lighting, a wider staging lane, and a track extension last winter, the Powerhouse Motorsports Park is up and running. Event updates are available on their Facebook page for both drag racing and dirt drag racing. 


Orlando Speed World Dragway
Skip the trip to Disney World and instead go to Orlando’s second most magical place in the world, the dragstrip. Orlando Speed World Dragway ¼ mile track was first built in 1966 and is sanctioned by the NHRA. It has great reviews from both racers and spectators and has several test and tune nights lined up for the rest of April. 


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, April 12, 2021

Car of the Week: Lawton Ferreira's 1941 Willys Coupe

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 Lawton Ferreira from San Diego, California, who owns and races a 1941 Willys Coupe.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Started at the engine at the age of 12 or 13 and later worked at Hawaii Raceway Park. My Dad and my brother were racers when I was young, which made me catch the racing bug. 

When and where was your first drag race?
Hawaii Raceway Park and the streets of Hawaii

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
I have a 1941 Willys coupe blown on alcohol, 1948 Fiat Topolino Blown, and two 1963 Corvettes blown.

Does your car have a nickname?
Witch Hunter, Willy Wop and Blue By You.

What's under the hood?
3 BBC and 1 Hemi

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Input shafts, clutch packs and misc.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Quality, service and experience in the transmission world. We build our own transmission and work closely with Sonnax also.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great people and service.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Bill Regal

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Already have my dream car. 1966 BBC street Corvette that will spank any Tesla.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Running close to the national index record when I lived in Hawaii, but I have many.

Why do you race?
Addicted

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Getting old

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, April 7, 2021

BTE Sponsored Racer: Michaelyn Roelle

Welcome to our new blog series where we highlight our BTE-sponsored racers. Get to know our racers’ journey, receive some exclusive insight on what BTE products they use, and some racing advice. Kicking off is our Michalyn Roelle from Timid Tiger Racing, who left the naysayers in the dust as she pursued her dreams. We’ll be highlighting one racer each month in our blog, so stay tuned!


What do you race?

Top Dragster - Blown Alcohol 540ci Chevy


How did you get into racing?

My dad raced boats when I was a child, so racing runs in my blood. I grew up watching drag racing on TV and after attending my first event as a spectator at age 15, I knew I wanted to be a part of the sport. My dad and I built a super comp dragster to get started and a few years later we began competing in top dragster as well.


What BTE product(s) do you have?

We run BTE transmissions and converters in both our top dragster and super comp dragster.


Why are you proud to represent BTE?

Switching over to BTE products turned around our racing program, and has helped us continue to set new personal bests. BTE makes really reliable and consistent parts, which is exactly what we need to get through a race season. We were able to swap out transmissions at our last race and not miss a beat in qualifying. We are honored to be a part of the BTE team!


What is your proudest moment racing?

My proudest racing moment would be setting my new personal best of 6.21 at 227 mph in November 2020, and then making a semi-final appearance at the same event. Top dragster is extremely competitive and each season the cars are running quicker and quicker. We’ve been working hard at finding the right tune-up and to finally accomplish our goals was amazing!


What races are you looking forward to this year?

I’m looking forward to racing in Sonoma, California this July, as we missed this race last year due to COVID and other family obligations. This is one of my favorite tracks and I can’t wait to see how fast our dragster runs there—now that we found our magic tune up! Hopefully, we can set a new personal best for ourselves.

Why do you race?

Not only do I love racing because of the adrenaline rush, but I love the sport because of the equality. The car doesn’t care if you’re male or female, young or old. Everyone has a chance and it’s an awesome experience to be a part of a sport that is so inclusive.


What is the best racing advice you've ever received?

The best racing advice I’ve received was to block out the naysayers and trust my instincts.


Anything else you'd like to share?

My biggest advice to other racers, especially young girls, is to never give up no matter what others may say.


Follow Michalyn for racing updates below:

Facebook: Timid Tiger Racing
Instagram: @mikeyroelle 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, April 2, 2021

Drag Strip Series: Delaware

The Delaware Motorsports Complex is home to Delaware’s only dragstrip, the U.S. 13 Dragway. Regardless, this dragstrip has been around for 58 years and has even expanded their services to include a dirt racetrack. Here’s some more about U.S. 13 Dragway and some fun things to do.

US 13 Dragway is owned by the Cathell family, whose history begins in the year 1963. Bill Cathell saw a demand for drag racing (the sport was growing at the time) and also wanted to provide a safe place for his son and friends to race. The drag strip opened to a slow start, but business picked up thanks to the support of the Delmar drag club who helped operate the facility.

The dragstrip has since grown over the years to include a dirt track and even grandstands which are shared between both tracks. Although, there are some avid fans who still watch the drag races by backing up their vehicles to the fence to watch from their trunks, before the stands were built. The drag strip is so popular it was also named the 8th most popular attraction in Delaware by the Delaware Tourism Bureau.

Their season opener, the IHRA Summit Super Series is on April 4, along with several other exciting events lined up for the rest of the year. All events can be found on their website at www.delawareracing.com, including those for the dirt track. 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, April 2, 2021

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

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

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My former brother-in-law took me to the dragstrip in the 70s.

When and where was your first drag race?
Streets of Lakeland

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1967 Chevy Nova SS, tube chassis car.

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
441ci aluminum SBC with a BTE top sportsman powerglide.

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Dependability and consistent operation.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best Technology Engineered.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Warren Johnson... Pontiac proud days

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
The car I own, but faster.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
My first bracket season win of the last event of the season against the season champion.

Why do you race?
To prove to others they can be beat.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Faster for cheaper

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, March 31, 2021

April 2021 Racing Events

It’s time to fill your April schedule with drag racing. Luckily for you we found some exciting events that’ll get you out to test your ride or earn some cold, hard cash. Check them out below.  

World Wide Technology Raceway - Madison, IL
Street-legal drag racing is back in the city of Madison with Midnight Madness. This April 9, all drivers are welcome to get in on the action and burn some rubber. Racers can purchase tickets through the PitPay app.

Maple Grove Raceway - Mohnton, PA
Maple Grove Raceway is back with their Test N Tune events beginning on April 10. Gates open at 9 a.m. and cost $30. You can find more details on their website along with the schedule for the rest of the year. 

Gulfport Dragway - Gulfport, MS
Earn some extra cash the last weekend of April for the BTE King of the Coast Bracket Racing Series. The three-day event takes place from April 30 to May 2. The event includes several chances to win big, but the biggest bag to win is on Saturday with a $7K prize. Check out their Facebook page for more details. 

Bristol Dragway - Bristol, TN
This April 30 get a chance to watch some of the fastest street cars in the Street Car Takeover at Bristol Dragway. The event will include all kinds of cars and vehicles, plus a car show. Tickets are now available online. 



 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Car of the Week: Jaymes Norris' 1996 Impala 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 Jaymes Norris from Central City, Kentucky, who owns and races a 1996 Impala SS.
 
How did you get interested in drag racing?
Raced tricycles as a child

When and where was your first drag race?
1975 in my dad's 1973 Grand Am in Mexico

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1996 Impala SS with a full home built roller big block

Does your car have a nickname?
Pimpala 

What's under the hood?
454 roller, 650x300, turbo 400, 3500 BTE converter

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
They don't break. That helps!

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality, service, pride

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
What I got, but more of it!
  
What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning. Any W is great.

Why do you race?
Thrill

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Cutting the tree

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, March 24, 2021