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Spring Drag Race Round Up 2019

With winter out the door, it’s time to get back into the swing of things for the spring season. We’ve made a list of upcoming drag races around the country to keep on your radar. Check out our round up below and let us know which races you’re planning to compete in or spectate.

3rd Annual ATI Top ET Challenge - Mar. 28-31
Pre-entry ends March 25. Entry costs $375 for the weekend and drivers will compete to win two $10K purses and one $20K. Race will take place at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, NC.

DENSO Auto Parts NHRA Four-Wide Nationals - Apr. 5-7
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the fire and fury of the NHRA Mello Yello drag racing series twice each year, including the four-wide event this spring.

Sharks of the Strip Midnight Madness Fueled By Nos Energy Drink - Apr. 19
Sharks of the Strip (SOTS) is the newest 1/8-mile outlaw heads-up racing experience for the baddest and fastest street cars. The top full-bodied racers will battle it out for cash prizes and bragging rights at Gateway Motorsports Park (located at 700 Raceway Blvd., Madison, IL 62060).

Sonoma Dragway Bracket Racing - May 26-27
This one’s got it all: races in categories for High School, Trophy, Motorcycle, Sportsman, Pro and Super Pro. Compete for the chance to win up to $1,400 purse.

Route 66 NHRA Nationals - May 30-Jun. 2
The first day of the event is dedicated to bracket racing and is dubbed Dialed-In Thursday. The weekend continues with Friday Night On Fire, featuring Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock, Funny Car and Top Fuel categories. All-Star Saturday will feature Nitro and Pro Stock Qualifiers, with Championship Sunday ending at the winner’s circle.

And you’ve got this to look forward to in the fall…

BTE Southern Footbrake Challenge - Oct. 31-Nov. 3
The 7th BTE Southern Footbrake Challenge will return to Holly Springs Motorsports from  October 31 - November 3. Mark your calendars, footbrakers!

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, March 22, 2019

Car of the Week: Keith Morton's 1986 Ford Mustang

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

How did you get into drag racing?
My girlfriend (now wife) worked front gate at my local track. I started going all the time and had to have a car of my own!

When and where was your first drag race?
May 4th, 2013 at Prescott Raceway

What model/year do you race now?
1986 Ford Mustang

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
Snake Power 427 Small Block Ford

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Bracket Transbrake valve, 1.98 straight cut gear set, harden turbo spline input shaft

Why do you use BTE?
Great customer service and trackside support.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
They have good parts that keep you racing!

A drag racer you look up to?
Honestly, there are too many to name just one!

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Factory-built Cobra Jet

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I don’t really have one.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, March 22, 2019

Car of the Week: Scott Wallace's 1978 Chevy Malibu

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Scott Wallace from Grand Prairie, Texas, who owns and races a 1978 Chevy Malibu. 

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad, uncles, brothers and brother-in-law all race and got me into it.

Where was your first drag race?
At the now-closed Texas Raceway in Kennedale.  

What model/year do you race now?
1978 Chevy Malibu

Does your car have a nickname?
Big Red

What's under the hood?
421

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
My Scotty’s transmission uses a BTE transbrake, planetary gear set and torque converter.

Why do you use BTE?
Customer service and quality parts.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
My car has been super consistent since the converter change.

A drag racer you look up to?
My dad. Win or lose, he always had fun at the track.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
I would keep racing my Malibu but I would also have a couple dragsters and roadsters.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
We have to be at the track early and get things ready. Clean the car. Spend some time with my friends.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Car of the Week: Robert High's 1996 Camaro Z28

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Robert High from Mayfield, Kentucky, who owns and races a 1996 Camaro Z28.

How did you get into drag racing?
It’s always been in my blood from a young age.

When and where was your first drag race?
Sikeston, MO. Late 1980’s.

What model/year do you race now?
1996 Camaro Z28

Does your car have a nickname?
Mayhem

What's under the hood?
438 Sbc

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE powerglide with transbrake.

Why do you use BTE?
Products do a wonderful job for my setup.

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

A drag racer you look up to?
None

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Pro Mod 1963 Split window Corvette

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
There are several.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Car of the Week: Tim Walker's 1972 Chevrolet Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Tim Walker from Grand Prairie, Texas, who owns and races a 1972 Chevrolet Nova.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad was a drag racer.

When and where was your first drag race?
Texas Raceway in Kennedale, TX.

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

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
512 ci Morgan & Son built

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
10in converter

Why do you use BTE?
Good product and good customer service.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I order a nitrous converter and it was perfect the first time for my application and as you can see the 60 fts are great.

A drag racer you look up to?
Bud Morgan at Morgan & Son racing engines.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Pro Mod Corvette

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Rock ‘n’ roll and have fun.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Drag Racing Terms To Know Before Hitting the Track: Part 2

For newcomers to drag racing, learning the lingo is a great way to settle in to the racing community and learn more about the sport. We’ve put together a glossary of words and phrases to know before you hit the drag strip. This is Part 2 of a two part series and covers terms starting with the letters N-Z. Check out Part 1, letters A-M.

NHRA
National Hot Rod Association, drag racing sanctioning body (US only).

Nitromethane or nitro (source)
Drag racing fuel created from the reaction between nitric acid and propane.

Oildown (source)
When a car's engine or lubrication breaks during a run, leaving a streak of oil and other fluids on the track. This is punishable by fines, point penalties, and/or suspension.

Pedalling (source)
Working the throttle to avoid losing traction, or to purposely add time. Bracket racers may throttle slightly at the big end to stay just ahead of the competition, but not break out of their dial-in.

Put on the trailer (source)
During drag racing eliminations the losing car is eliminated and not allowed to return to competition. Consequently, the race car is loaded on its trailer and towed home.

Pre-stage
Aligning the front tires approximately .5 feet behind the starting line, so that the sensor is triggered and the yellow pre-stage lights at the top of the driver’s respective side of the christmas tree lights up.

Race Face (source)
Trying to shut out distractions in the pits, or an attempt to better concentrate on getting a good reaction time, shifting on time, driving smoothly, etc. Race face also refers to psyching out your opponent by giving the impression that you’re calm when most others would be nervous.

R.T.
Reaction time, or how long it takes for a driver to react and leave the staging beam after the green light on the Christmas tree. Often the difference between a win and loss, a perfect reaction time is 0.500 second.

Redlight
When a driver jumps the start and leaves the staging beam before the tree turns green. This results in a loss unless a more serious foul occurs (for example if the opponent crossed the center boundary line).

Smoking the tires (source)
When a loss of traction occurs, causing the rear tires to rise, and smoke profusely. This usually happens off the starting line. When this happens during a race, it usually results in a loss, unless the opponent also loses traction as well.

Stage
When a driver aligns the front tires at the starting line so that the yellow lights below pre-stage lights are lit. Once both cars are staged, the tree countdown begins.

Time Slip (source)
Slip of paper turned in by the race timer which denotes elapsed time for both drivers, and who won the race; it may also include reaction time and "60 foot" time. This is an official document, used for timekeeping.

Tire shake (source)
When the engine is putting out more horsepower than the drive axle can handle, causing the rear tires to shake violently. This results in a loss of speed, and can also result in loss of steering, and occasionally, lead to on track accidents.

The Wally (source)
In the NHRA, The Wally is the nickname of the trophy that is earned by the winner of an event, the nickname refers to the founder of the NHRA, Wally Parks.

Wheelstand (source)
When a race car does a wheelstand, it lifts the front tires off the ground for a few seconds-or a few hundred feet.

Wrinkle-walls (source)
A special design of low-pressure drag racing rear tires that have unique sidewall construction to allow the tire’s sidewall to compress to the point of wrinkling (upon hard acceleration).

Zero Light (source)
Also known as "cutting a zero," and a "zero R.T." When someone leaves the starting line at the exact moment when the light turns green (.000). Very difficult to achieve, due to the quick flashing of the lights on a Pro tree.

Want even more drag terms? Check out these lists for expanded definitions and additional drag racing terminology:
Glossary of Motorsport Terms
Drag Racing Glossary
Drag Strip Lingo

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, February 25, 2019

Car of the Week: Bill Feckley's 1992 Ford Mustang

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Bill Feckley from Hardin, Kentucky, who owns and races a 1992 Ford Mustang.

How did you get into drag racing?
Just a friendly rivalry kind of thing at first. Me and some buddies had some faster cars and we started going to the track. That was about 20 years ago. Haven't stopped since.

Where was your first drag race?
Northwest Tennessee Motorsports Park

What model/year do you race now?
1992 Ford Mustang

Does your car have a nickname?
I’ve debated giving it one, it was my "side chick" then a friend said I was a "trackhead" and almost thought about using that.

What's under the hood?
6.0 ls carb setup. All motor.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Key part is BTE converter, trans parts (clutches, valve body).

Why do you use BTE?
Good friend uses them. He got me hooked.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Just getting my converter right from the get-go. Allowed me to focus on other things. Christopher Chance Lykens is always there to help too.

A drag racer you look up to?
Lots of friends in the sport. Lucas Walker, Phil Combs, David Bell, Danny George. Just all good people.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Still a ‘92 mustang. Just lots faster.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Just try and do the same thing every time.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, February 21, 2019

Car of the Week: Sean Stearns' 1978 Chevrolet Malibu

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Sean Stearns from Owasso, Oklahoma, who owns and races a 1978 Chevrolet Malibu.

How did you get into drag racing?
My family has always been a car family.

When and where was your first drag race?
1992 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

What model/year do you race now?
1978 Chevrolet Malibu

Does your car have a nickname?
Pepe le BU

What's under the hood?
557 BBC

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

Why do you use BTE?
Great quality and American-made!

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Since I’ve gone to your powerglide, I’ve never had an issue.

A drag racer you look up to?
Jean Carter and Butch Hail, both passed away this year. RIP.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Nostalgia Top Fuel  

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Warm it up and drive it hard!

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Where to Get the Latest Drag Racing News

With thousands of drag strips across the United States (and thousands more internationally), you have to do more than check the bulletin at your local track to stay on top of the latest drag racing news. We’ve found some of the most helpful websites, podcasts, drag racing publications and discussion boards to keep you up-to-date on all things drag racing.

  1. Drag Illustrated
    Great source for pro stock updates, big winners, racing trends and season standings, with a mix of reporting, op-eds and guest blogs.

  2. Drag Racing Magazine Online
    Check this out if you enjoy commentary and personality. Ongoing columns and interviews are mixed in with race reports and well-researched features with a historical bent.

  3. DragZine
    In addition to reporting major drag racing industry news, this site has cool car features, drag racer profiles and interviews, as well as tech articles and photo and video galleries.

  4. Drag Coverage
    This online magazine offers active discussion forums to interact with others in the drag racing community, as well as breaking news and race results, video compilations and an original racing analysis podcast series called the Back Porch Show.

  5. Jalopnik
    Car reviews, motorsport news, well-produced video features, sale listings and plenty of tech talk. Jalopnik leans a bit more towards entertainment than reporting with their humorous headlines and quirky features, but still provides a steady stream of news relevant to drag racing.

  6. The Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast w/Luke & Jed
    This podcast has a huge episode archive and is updated weekly. Luke Bogacki and Jared Pennington share their takes on drag racing’s hot topics and host drag racing super stars on the show. They also report on local and national bracket racing and drag racing events.

  7. Dialed In With Jake & Zach
    This podcast interviews pro drag racers, big winners, tech geniuses, organization representatives and other drag racing movers and shakers to bring listeners insider tips and insights.

  8. Drag Racing Weekly
    Based out of Billings, Montana, the Drag Racing Weekly podcast features local racers Tyler Jackson, Taylor Larson, and Adam Larson. They discuss professional racing, race results, happenings at the track, drag racing best practices and racing advice.

  9. Round Six Podcast
    Self-proclaimed “gearheads” Brian Stupski, Brad King, Alex Welsh, Eric Hibbs and Del Swanson host round-table discussions on drag racing, car builds, racing careers, hot rods, and the business side of the racing industry. Entertaining and informative.

  10. BTE Racing (of course!)
    Be sure to check the BTE blog for race roundups, car maintenance tips, performance part upgrades, product developments, and updates from major drag racing events like the World Footbrake Challenge and the Performance Racing Industry show.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 12, 2019

5 Reasons Drag Racers + BTE Racing = A Match Made In Heaven

Valentine’s Day is just a heartbeat away, and all of us here at BTE Racing are busy making sure we show our customers and fellow drag racers plenty of love all year long. Here are just a few ways we try to do just that.

  1. Manufacturing products in the USA.
    Our 40,000-square-foot facility houses the latest CNC equipment and logistics technology to aide in efficiency and quality. We also keep money in the local economy by hiring employees from our own community.

  2. Great deals on freight shipping.
    Being located in the land of FedEx has its perks, and we know how important it is to get your parts on time, and with minimal cost. We’ve negotiated special freight pricing and will always pass it along to our customers.

  3. Knowledgeable customer service.
    We are a company of racers serving other racers. With over 50 years of combined experience (and that’s just our sales guys), our staff is made up of folks that have raced, or are currently still racing their own cars on local dragstrips. Everyone from sales to manufacturing is a true performance enthusiast. With multiple world championships and #1 qualifiers attributed to our name, we offer expert professional technical advice for your racing operation.

  4. BTE is a family-owned business.
    Brandon Barrentine, president of BTE Racing, is proud to carry on the legacy of his grandfather and BTE founder, Bill Taylor. Hoping to influence a new generation of racers by maintaining a commitment to craftsmanship and innovation, Brandon and the entire BTE team keep drag racing fun, family-oriented and inventive.

  5. We’re part of your racing team.
    It is our goal to offer customizable solutions for every car setup, as well as assistance from our Trackside Support Team van on race days, to help you out when it counts the most. We love sharing in your victories by keeping your car and its parts in race-ready condition. 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Car of the Week: Greg Kildow's 1965 Chevy Malibu Station Wagon

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Greg Kildow from Benton, Kentucky, who owns and races a 1965 Chevy Malibu Station Wagon.

How did you get into drag racing?
My cousin and I started racing a 1967 GTX in 1985 at Sikeston.

When and where was your first race?
The first race I actually drove the car was in Newport, AR in ‘85.

What model/year do you race now?
1965 Chevy Malibu Station Wagon

Does your car have a nickname?
War Wagon

What's under the hood?
SBC 406 cu. in.

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE Converter and Planetary Set

Why do you use BTE?
I tried four converters from different manufacturers and BTE was the fastest by a tenth.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I won the track championship at our local track in 2014 and it was because of the reliability of my car and the BTE parts in it.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Royce Thomasson

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Pro Stock car

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
None—just wash the car, load it up, and race whoever pulls up next to me.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 6, 2019

BTE Racing Announces Drag Racing Parts Upgrade: Torque Converter Billet Stator

BTE Racing is excited to announce our new CNC-machined billet stator torque converter upgrade. The improved billet stator is available for 9.5 inches, 258 mm, and 265 mm torque converters and is strength-tested, perfectly balanced, exact in design and production, and available for any configuration. Made with aircraft-grade aluminum, BTE’s upgraded stators make customization for each unique application a breeze, offering limitless variations.  

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

And the best part? You don’t even need to ask for the upgrade. All newly manufactured and applicable BTE torque converters will automatically receive the improved billet stators. We’re proud to offer the best quality high performance drag racing parts on the market. Thanks for letting us a be a part of your racing team—check back soon for more exciting updates from BTE Racing.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Car of the Week: Jason Wicker's 1971 Chevy Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Jason Wicker from Clayton, North Carolina, who owns and races a 1971 Chevy Nova.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad got me involved.

When and where was your first drag race?
Benson Dragstrip in 1993

What model/year do you race now?
1971 Chevy Nova

Does your car have a nickname?
Little Haywire

What's under the hood?
406 sbc

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
I use BTE’s 1.80 planetary, sportsman transbrake, billet clutch hub, input shaft, and deep pan.

Why do you use BTE?
Price and quality.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
No more broken planetaries since I switched to BTE!

A drag racer you look up to?
My dad.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Pro Mod ‘41 Willys

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Loading the family in the truck.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Instructions & Limited Time Discount for BTE Tune Up Services

Hot summer racing and high horsepower stress can damage even the best clutch materials and bearings - these are service items that need continued maintenance. We highly recommend an annual tune-up to maintain your investment in equipment, and to avoid costly failures in the height of racing season. More details (and a discount code for 10% off) below.

What we accept for maintenance and tune-up services:
Torque converters
Powerglide transmissions
TH400 transmissions
TH350 transmissions
Valve bodies
Planetary gears

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

How to get it here:
Our shipping address is
2 Memphis Avenue
Holly Springs/Mt. Pleasant, MS 38635

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

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

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

DISCOUNT CODE:
TUNEUP10 - use this code in your information, and/or when rendering payment for services for a 10% discount on services (does not include discount on shipping costs).

Fees:
Converters - $195, plus return shipping, excluding any major components that need replacing.

Transmissions - $500, plus return shipping, includes new bands, clutches, gaskets, seals, bushings and a dyno test. Please note: major hard part replacements will be priced separately.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, January 24, 2019

Car of the Week: Gary DeVito's 1968 Chevy Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Gary DeVito from New York, who owns and races a 1968 Chevy Camaro.

How did you get into drag racing?
I wasn't into physical sports like football and basketball but I love to compete so was drawn to driving.

When and where was your first race?
First legal race was at Lebanon Valley Dragway in 1985.

What model/year do you race now?
1968 Chevy Camaro

Does your car have a nickname?
A lot of people call it a lot of names.

What's under the hood?
388ci LSX with Twin Billet 76mm turbos

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

Why do you use BTE?
Great customer service and very dependable.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
My car is mainly a street car that I race from time to time against friends and local fastest street car events. My previous combo was a 750 hp big block Chevy with another brand TH400. I was constantly having issues breaking the TH400 and I was wasting a lot of the season down fixing issues. I switched to the BTE glide when I went to the twin turbo LS engine and have raced it 3 seasons now (only maintenance checking band adjustment) with ZERO issues!

Someone you look up to in racing?
Birdman.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
A brand new but fully built Z07 Corvette.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I take a couple of deep breaths and check to make sure all my switches are on. When I get to the line I double check that my shifter is back in first gear. Pre-stage, bump in and GO!


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Drag Racing Terms To Know Before Hitting the Track: Part 1

For newcomers to drag racing, learning the lingo is a great way to settle in to the racing community and learn more about the sport. We’ve put together a glossary of words and phrases to know before you hit the drag strip. Part 1 covers the first half of the alphabet letters A-M; Part 2 will pick up with letters N-Z in an upcoming blog.

Awful Awful (source)
Drag racing slang for a AA/FA ("Double A" Fuel Altered) race car.

Blower
Supercharger or turbocharger modifications, sometimes grouped as power adders with nitrous; generates more horsepower by increasing engine atmospheric pressure.

Breakout  (source)
When a driver runs quicker than their anticipated dial-in time in a bracket race; results in a loss/DQ unless opposing driver commits a worse foul (like red-lighting or crossing center line).

Burnout
Performed to heat the tires up for better traction, a burnout happens before every race when the drivers spin their rear tires, often producing smoke and tire skids.

Cackle Fest (source)
A. When two Top Fuel cars or Funny Cars are sitting at the starting line and one or both cars refuse to stage. So-named because the motor noise at idle sounds like a cackle.
B. A “show and shine” for hot rods where the cars are allowed to idle.

Christmas Tree
The electronic fixture at the starting line of a drag strip that signals car positioning (pre-stage and stage) and the start of a race, as well as foul starts. The tree has different colored bulbs: yellow pre-stage and stage lights at the top, three yellow countdown lights, one green start light, and one red foul start light.

Deep Staging
When a drag racer leaves the pre-stage area by crossing the beam and turning off the pre-stage lights, but does not leave the staging area. While this is legal and may give the deep staged driver a small advantage, it also makes it easier to commit a foul start.

Dial-In
In a bracket race, drivers must estimate their anticipated run time. Running faster than dial-in is a foul (see “breakout”). This allows cars which may not be matched in weight or horsepower to compete using a handicap system.

E.T.
Abbreviation for Elapsed Time. Total time a run takes, from start to finish down the strip.

First or Worse (source)
In drag racing, if both drivers commit the same foul, the driver who commits the foul first loses.  If both drivers commit separate fouls, the driver who committed the worse foul loses. In the case of a double breakout, the driver closer to their index wins. If one driver commits a foul start, but the opponent crosses a boundary line (wall or center line), the driver who commits the red light wins.

Funny Car
Also called a flopper. A drag car with a single-piece body draped over the chassis with lift off or rear-hinge cabin access.

Gap
When there is a visible distance between two competing cars in a head’s up drag race.

Gasser
Class of drag car running on gasoline rather than methanol or nitromethane.

Head’s Up (source)
A head’s up drag race is a winner-take-all race where both cars leave the starting line simultaneously, rather than using a dial-in or handicap.

Hook Up (source)
When good grip between tires and track results in better traction, increased acceleration and reduced slipping and smoking tires.

IHRA
The acronym used to refer to the drag racing governing organization, the International Hot Rod Association.

Want even more drag terms?
Stayed tuned for Part 2 and check out these lists for expanded definitions and additional drag racing terminology:

Glossary of Motorsport Terms
Drag Racing Glossary
Drag Strip Lingo

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Car of the Week: Logan Martin's 1971 Ford Maverick

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Logan Martin from Waynesboro, Virginia, who owns and races a 1971 Ford Maverick.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad has been drag racing since I was a toddler so I grew up around it.

When and where was your first race?
When I was 7 years old, I raced a Junior dragster at Eastside Speedway.

What model/year do you race now?
1971 Ford Maverick

Does your car have a nickname?
Nelly

What's under the hood?
Ford 302 engine

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
A transmission pan

Why do you use BTE?
Dependable and friendly service.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I was at Bristol for the WFC, and my transmission pan was leaking. BTE was there and had some really good guys that came in clutch. I’ve been a customer ever since.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Nick Hastings. That guy is my hero.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Brand new race tech.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I like to ride to the track by myself and listen to my music. It gets me in my zone.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, January 15, 2019

How to Use BTE’s Transmission & Torque Converter Tune Up Services

BTE is in the business of manufacturing and distributing new high performance parts for your racing vehicles, but we also service your current parts for optimum performance. Now is the best time to get your powerglides, torque converters and other racing transmissions tuned up; before the season gets underway in a few months. Just FYI: They don't have to be from BTE, we service all types of equipment.

To get the most out of our tune up services, here are some easy tips to follow to ensure you 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 torque converters and transmissions arrive at our facility this month for service. While we do them as fast as we can, we also need to take the time to do it right. Make sure you send your parts in to allow plenty of time for delivery to our facility, time for our mechanics to do the job right and time for the shipping company to get your parts back to their original location.

  2. When sending in torque converters, please use FedEx or UPS. While the USPS is sometimes less costly, their deliveries are sometimes 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.

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

  4. 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 annual checkup. Otherwise, we won't know how to get in touch with you if we have any 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 Monday, January 14, 2019

Car of the Week: Jim Saunders' 1991 Ford Mustang GT

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Jim Saunders from Virginia, who owns and races a 1991 Ford Mustang GT.

How did you get into drag racing?
Went to a drag race in 1983 with my boss at Maryland International Raceway and was “bitten by the bug” right away!

When and where was your first race?
Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Maryland in 1983. I was Runner Up my very first time racing!

What model/year do you race now?
We have a total of four drag race cars—one is a 1991 Ford Mustang GT.

Does your car have a nickname?
Burple

What's under the hood?
Ford 393 Windsor

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

Why do you use BTE?
Quality parts and amazing customer service! Thank you for being such a strong supporter and  awesome sponsor at many races.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
One time at Bristol at the World Footbrake Challenge I needed to write my dial-in on my car. Went to the BTE Support Trailer and they had some window markers (or shoe polish) in stock.  The BTE rep jokingly said it’s guaranteed to go to final rounds. Well, my son made it to the quarterfinals that day! LOL. Great day at the track and appreciated BTE’s humor and support.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Don Garlits, John Force and the late Bob Glidden!

If money were no object, what would you drive?
I wouldn’t change what I’m driving.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)? 
Do the same routine, tire check, etc.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 14, 2019

BTE’s Year in Review

This year was one of the most exciting in company history. From annual events like the World Footbrake Challenge and the Performance Racing Industry show, to strengthening our team with additional personnel, 2018 was a year of growth for BTE.

We served more customers than ever before during this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions, closing our most successful drag racing parts sale since starting the company in 1996. Intense preparation and precise customer service helped us fulfill all shipments in a timely manner (we’re finishing up our final shipments - thanks to all of you for your patience!).

Our virtual community grew this year too—thanks to our 103,099 fans on Facebook and 3,592 on Instagram. Your enthusiastic engagement helps us stay in-tune with your needs and helps us get to know the drivers repping our products. Shameless plug: Be sure to follow our accounts and sign up for our email list if you haven’t yet!

In 2019, we’ll work to provide even more useful content for our loyal fans and customers, from transmission and torque converter tips to drag race calendars and high performance product developments. We’ll post to our blog weekly with news and handy info—stay tuned for updates. We’re also excited to expand our product lines and service offerings, based on customer feedback and our shop capabilities.

Thanks for making this year our best yet. We appreciate your continued business and support, and we look forward to the future of BTE Racing.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, January 10, 2019

Car of the Week: Afton Swanson's 2015 Spitzer Top Dragster

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Afton Swanson from Denver, Iowa, who owns and races a 2015 Spitzer Top Dragster.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad took me to Jr. drag racing at the local track (North Iowa Dragway).

When and where was your first race?
North Iowa Dragway, formerly Humboldt County Dragway, in June 2000. 

What model/year do you race now?
2015 Spitzer Top Dragster

Does your car have a nickname?
The Hemi Hunter

What's under the hood?
540 cubic inch Big Block Chevy

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter and internal transmission parts.

Why do you use BTE?
We switched to a BTE converter and won our very next race, the Topeka Nationals in 2017. We went on to another Top Dragster final round at the St. Louis Nationals in 2018.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
In 2017, we wanted to step up our racing program to run at the class maximum, 6.00 (quarter mile) so we needed a converter that could handle 2500 horsepower. BTE got our converter set up perfect right out of the box. We ended up winning our very first race with the BTE converter, and went on to another national event final round the following season.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Shirley Muldowney—without her determination and hard work, women (including me) may not be drag racing today.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
My husband Joe and I would each have a Top Dragster and a Top Sportsman car.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Going around the car and making sure everything is set up perfectly before strapping into the car.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 7, 2019

Car of the Week: Shane Braxton's 1988 Ford Mustang

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Shane Braxton from Scranton, South Carolina, who owns and races a 1988 Ford Mustang.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad has been racing since before I was born. I grew up around it and always have enjoyed racing.

Where was your first race?
Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, SC

What model/year do you race now?
1988 Ford Mustang

Does your car have a nickname?
No nickname.

What's under the hood?
302ci standard bore stock bottom end. Small cam and aluminum heads.

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE pro transbrake and BTE transbrake solenoid.

Why do you use BTE?
Great, reliable products. And great customer service.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Not yet. But I'm sure there will be some to come in the future!

Someone you look up to in racing?
My dad for sure.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
My same ol’ Ford Mustang. Me and my dad built it in the shop in our backyard. It's something we work on together along with his ‘67 Fairlane. Plus it's a blast to drive!

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Strap in. Get focused. And work on getting the win light in my lane.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, December 20, 2018

12 Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Drag Racer

Finding the perfect gift for the driver in your life can be tough. They eat, sleep, and breathe drag racing and would live at the track if they could. You might not be able to spring for a new torque converter, but we’ve got some gift ideas sure to light their tree:

  1. Chevy Nova ugly sweater. Jump on the tacky sweater bandwagon with this comfy crew neck sweatshirt. Other designs also available featuring different cars.

  2. Helmet case.  A sturdy, lightweight helmet case is a staple of a driver’s race gear. Well-kept protection equipment keeps them safe!

  3. Race Hair, Don’t Care t-shirt. The thrill of racing > helmet hair. No question.  

  4. Speedometer cufflinks. Drag racers clean up nice, when they’ve got a reason. These cufflinks will have them excited for formalwear.  

  5. Clutch/Gas socks. If your racer didn’t have lucky socks before, they do now! These gas/clutch socks will help them be in the zone head to toe on race day.

  6. Car phone case. Decorative but functional, a car-shaped phone case is definitely a statement piece. Comes in a variety of colors and models.

  7. Cool BTE gear. They’ll love repping their favorite racing brand at the track and around the house. Can’t go wrong with a BTE shirt or hat.

  8. Subscription to a drag racing magazine. Find out which magazines they read and pay for a six month or one-year subscription. They’ll think of you each time a new one comes in the mail.

  9. Interior LED lights. Light up their ride with these colored LEDs.

  10. Glow in the dark tire gauge. Practical for late evenings at the track, a glow in the dark tire gauge is a cool gift that will get a lot of use.

  11. Drag racing wall calendar. They’ll need a place to keep track of upcoming race dates and this racing wall calendar will do the trick. Choose from a variety of themes.

  12. Online tutorial modules. There are plenty of resources to help racers brush up on specific skills. Online tutorials and training programs are a great idea for beginners or those looking to move up a division. Pay for subscriptions or specific video modules.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, December 17, 2018

Car of the Week: Jeff Ferguson's Chevrolet Chevy II 1965

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Jeff Ferguson from Olive Branch, Mississippi, who owns and races a Chevrolet Chevy II 1965.

How did you get into drag racing?
I discovered Lakeland Dragstrip as a teenager—the last 3 years they were open ‘77-’79. I’ve been hooked ever since.

When and where was your first race?
Around 1980 in Blue Mountain, MS

What model/year do you race now?
Chevrolet Chevy II 1965

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
434 with single carb

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Transmission, torque convertor, tires, parts, fluid and more.

Why do you use BTE?
Great products, great service, great people from the front door to the back.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Tons—too many to choose from. They are very helpful and knowledgeable. Much appreciation to Mr. Bill and Paul for help back in the day. Thanks to Brandon for letting me walk about, Shaun for great trans builds and special deliveries, and everybody else for their help and info. I truly appreciate y'all.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Warren Johnson, Bob Glidden, Don Garlits, John Force and Caffey Broadus… Never give up!

If money were no object, what would you drive?
I’d get another of my same car… twice as nice! Also lots/stacks of spare parts with a nice motorhome and stacker.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Clear your head of all distractions and focus as much as possible.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, November 30, 2018

Message from BTE President Brandon Barrentine: "Thank you for your loyalty"

BTE fans and followers,

Now that the dust has settled and the numbers are in, we’d like to thank you for our most successful Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale in company history.

In our opinion, it’s a win-win. We’re able to keep our production shop busy throughout the typically slow season, and racers score major discounts on the parts and equipment they need for the next season. Thank you for your loyalty, and for your patience when the phone lines were ringing off the hook.

If you made a purchase during our seasonal sale over the phone or online, we hope you had an excellent experience. We’ve planned well for this year’s sale, and most of you have your orders already. We anticipate to have almost all of our orders in your hands before Christmas.  As always we appreciate your feedback on how we can continue to improve our service and ordering process.

Thanks for your business and support. We look forward to racing with you in 2019.

Brandon Barrentine
President, BTE Racing

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, November 30, 2018

Car of the Week: John Molyneux's 1972 Chevy Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring John Molyneux from East Brunswick, New Jersey, who owns and races a 1972 Chevy Nova.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad would always bring me to the Summer Nationals at Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.

When was your first race?
Some time around 1985.

What model/year do you race now?
1972 Chevy Nova. I had to put racing to the side for a while until my current Nova found me in 2011—we’ve been running hard ever since then.

Does your car have a nickname?
The Turd

What's under the hood?
423 sbc

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Custom low gear sets and converter

Why do you use BTE?
Incredible customer service.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Chad took the time to gather information and custom build a converter for me, then set me up with some low gear sets for the TH350 to help us get out of the hole we were in.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins

If money were no object, what would you drive?
My same car, just max effort and no expense spared!

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Drink some water, strap in early, and see the win light!

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, November 29, 2018

Car of the Week: Brad Eglian's 1994 Chevy Lumina Z34

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Brad Eglian from Alexandria, Kentucky, who owns and races a 1994 Chevrolet Lumina Z34.

How did you get into drag racing?
Both sides in my family raced so I was born into racing—it's in my blood.

When and where was your first race?
First time I went down a track was in 1996 and in my 1985 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

What model/year do you race now?
1994 Chevrolet Lumina Z34

Does your car have a nickname?
Luminasty

What's under the hood?
632 single carb and 2 kits

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

Why do you use BTE?
BTE makes great products.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE makes a very durable and efficient transmission.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Mike Murillo

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Wouldn’t change a thing, I love what I am driving now!

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I am pretty superstitious—I always have to grab the driver side of my hood to take it off/on. And before I stage, I get all pumped up by smacking my helmet and getting in the zone.


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, November 19, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from BTE Racing

A Message from BTE President, Brandon Barrentine

Friends—we appreciate you. As a small, family-owned company, your loyalty and support not only propel our business but provide meaning to the work we do. We are so grateful to the drivers and fans who continue to help spread the word about BTE Racing at the track and on social media. Thank you for trusting us and growing with us.

Since its inception, BTE has focused on manufacturing products here in the U.S. and innovating to make existing products function more efficiently, and make your cars even faster. We’re proud to carry on the legacy of my grandfather, Bill Taylor, and influence a new generation of racers to keep the sport fun, family-oriented and inventive.

We wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving with loved ones and look forward to serving you this offseason.

Yours in Racing,

Brandon Barrentine
President, BTE

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, November 19, 2018

Car of the Week: Mike Tali's 2001 Chevy S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Mike Tali from Zephyrhills, Florida, who owns and races a 2001 Chevy S10.

How did you get into drag racing?
I grew up in the Detroit-area in the 60s and 70s. It was a must to be into drag racing and muscle cars.

Where was your first race?
I first raced at Lakeland Dragstrip in Lakeland, Florida.

What model/year do you race now?
2001 Chevy S10

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
4.3 V6 with 500 Edelbrock carb and manifold-comp, camshaft-comp, roller rockers, headers, MSD, and Richmond 4.10 locker.

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Footbrake converter

Why do you use BTE?
All my footbrake friends love BTE.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
My 60 ft improved from 1.95-2.00 to 1.87-92.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Della Woods (hometown girl), lots more but too many to list.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Hard to say but I used to have a ‘66 Chevelle and that was nice.

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, November 19, 2018

Car of the Week: Tommy Barbero's 1978 Chevy Malibu

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Tommy Barbero from Wentzville, Missouri, who owns and races a 1978 Chevy Malibu.

How did you get into drag racing?
Friends and family.

When and where was your first race?
Gateway International Raceway at Madison, IL in 1992. Ran 17.50 second in a ‘78 Malibu—but not the same one I have now.

What model/year do you race now?
1978 Chevy Malibu

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
355 Chevy

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
8” Converter, 1.80 planetary, valve body and input shaft

Why do you use BTE?
Great products and value.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
The 8” converter was installed in September 2016 and has been flawless ever since. The 1st weekend in the car, it went to two $5,000 to win finals on the same weekend, with 1 win and 1 runner up. It carried the car to 10 finals in 2017 at 3 different tracks. It’s going to get freshened this winter, but really shows no signs of needing it.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Jeremy McKague, he’s the man—just ask him, he’ll tell you.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Probably Top Dragster and Top Sportsman

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Too many superstitions to list.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Car of the Week: Eric Baysinger's 1970 Chevy Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Eric Baysinger from Gillete, Wyoming, who owns and races a 1970 Chevy Nova.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad.

Where was your first race?
Sturgis Dragway

What model/year do you race now?
1970 Chevy Nova

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
565 Reher Morrison nitrous motor

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

Why do you use BTE?
Awesome tech team, awesome products.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE’s transmission has held up year after year, while others have not.

Someone you look up to in racing?
No particular person.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
I’d be driving the same car.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Team gives me fist pounds.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, October 25, 2018

Car of the Week: Mark Blake's 1994 Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Mark Blake from Prichard, West Virginia, who owns and races a 1994 Camaro.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad took the whole family to the tracks. A family friend of ours raced and we helped him with his car. I got my first car and made my first pass at age 16, thanks to my dad. Bought the car from Chuck Felty.

When and where was your first race?
Tri River Dragway in Fort Gay, West Virginia

What model/year do you race now?
1994 Camaro

Does your car have a nickname?
Moody Blue

What's under the hood?
2006 L33 5.3 with a vsracing 77mm turbo and wiring harness, tuned by my son Austin Blake.

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
The internal trans and converter

Why do you use BTE?
Years of quality and never had a problem. I’ll always continue to use BTE parts.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
With my new BTE 8-inch 83400 converter, no other changes made, I picked up .20 on the ET and 4 mph faster.

Someone you look up to in racing?
As a proud dad, my son. He is building a great reputation in the racing industry with us custom wiring harnesses for the LS guys and his impeccable tuning ability. I also have had great friends that helped along the way—Ben Mosley, a great machinist and engine builder, and Bob Potter for building us a great transmission that works great.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Probably a X275 or a really fast door car small tire. Street car would be a ZR1R—never been a corvette guy but I like the new ones!

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Double check all my stuff and look over last pass data.

Anything else you’d like to share?
Biggest thanks to BTE for having quality parts over the years to keep us going. I am thankful for my mentor Chuck Felty, my dad, my family, my wife and her endless support.


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, October 18, 2018

Cooling Strategies For Racing Transmissions And Why It's So Important For Your Car

Excessive heat kills transmission and torque converter components. 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, we are often asked about the best ways to manage this problem.

Last month, our friend and 2014 NHRA Super Gas world champion Luke Bogacki did a great writeup on his experience with transmission temperatures in throttle stop racing scenario. You can see that on his public Facebook post here. In his testing, he found that elapsed times would vary greatly as transmission temperatures rose above normal operating temperatures. We have found this to be the case as well in our testing and feedback from other customers. 

Here are our recommendations for various types of drag racing:

  • 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. 
  • In a 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 super heated transmission fluid dumping directly into the gears and clutch packs.  
  • 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 such as this one from Sharp Stuff. We have also seen reasonable success using a high velocity fan or leaf blower directly aimed under the car for some cooling effect. 
  • Use a quality ATF. Our choice is a blended fluid made specially by Lucas Oil. Synthetic and semi synthetic fluids mange heat better than conventional fluids and also maintain better lubrication than alternative oils.   

Heat kills. In the middle of the steamy summer, it is even worse. But 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 a broken car and a winning car.

Posted by Allison West at Friday, October 12, 2018

Top Drag Racing YouTube Channels You Should Be Following

Not at the track, but wishing you were? Whether you’re bored and searching for entertainment or an ambitious driver looking to brush up on technique tips, we’ve got a roundup of some of our favorite YouTube channels to check out. (PS—we’re assuming you already follow the BTE Racing channel, but in case you don’t, subscribe now! Fresh content dropping soon.)

DragTimes
This channel is all about ultimate matchups. In most episodes, two current model cars are pitted against one another with accompanying commentary and analysis. Nearly all of the cars featured are high-end and heavily modified. There are also a few how-to, livestream and performance review videos in the DragTimes library. New videos are posted weekly, and sometimes multiple times per week.

Mighty Car Mods
As its name suggests, this channel is dedicated to car modifications. Rather than races at the track, here you’ll find mostly shop footage of builds, conversions and testing, and D.I.Y. demos. The cool thing about this channel is that they post ongoing updates on their projects so that you can follow the progress of each build. New posts weekly.

Drag Strip Riot
Drag Strip Riot is a great all-around channel. Featuring race compilations and live race coverage, it has a nice mix of gassers, nitro, funny cars, altered, top fuel and classics—something for everyone. They’ve also got great mashups of burnouts, wheelies and crashes. They post less frequently but have a large library uploaded for you to browse.

MotorManiaTV
This channel is a go-to for live streaming races (last year they covered the BTE World Footbrake Challenge!). Posting frequency is high; they normally upload multiple new videos per day. Great coverage and entertainment for weekends when you can’t make it down to the track.

That Racing Channel
That Racing Channel posts a minimum of one weekly video, but often more. It’s dedicated to ride-alongs and driver interviews that discuss parts and performance. First-person footage and hearing from drivers directly gives these videos lots of character.

We hope you enjoy these channels! Keep an eye out for a new video from BTE this winter.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, October 8, 2018

Car of the Week: Brody Quick's 1967 Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Brody Quick from Hanceville, Alabama, who owns and races a 1967 Camaro.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad has bracket raced for years. I was always at the track growing up and knew I wanted to be making laps. Got my first junior dragster and it just grew from there.

When and where was your first race?
Sometime in 2006 at Baileyton “Good Time” Dragstrip.

What model/year do you race now?
1967 Camaro

Does your car have a nickname?
Squash

What's under the hood?
415 SBC

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

Why do you use BTE?
Good quality and reliability are important to having consistent car performance and BTE provides that.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
The products I use from BTE have made our cars better and have gotten us more win lights.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Gotta be Danny Weaver—I hope to be as good as him one day.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
East Texas Racecraft Cobalt

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Don’t really have one, I’m pretty sporadic in the moment.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, October 4, 2018

Car of the Week: Roy Santosky's 2006 Mustang GT

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Roy Santosky from Copperas Cove, Texas, who owns and races a 2006 Mustang GT.

How did you get into drag racing?
I started out dirt track racing and then changed over to drag racing.

When and where was your first race?
February 2018 at Little River Dragway in Holland, TX.

What model/year do you race now?
2006 Mustang GT

Does your car have a nickname?
Leonora

What's under the hood?
4.6 V8 3-valve

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Cold air intake

Why do you use BTE?
It's a good product at an affordable price.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Not yet, but I look forward to increasing my power. I’m now in the IHRA and looking to keep moving up.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Big Daddy Garland

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Top fuel dragster

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I have boots I only wear when racing and I don’t shave on race day.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Car of the Week: Dolores Hoffart's 1968 Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Dolores Hoffart from Bienfait, Saskatchewan, who owns and races a 1968 Camaro.

How did you get into drag racing?
I drove a streetcar at a drag race and was immediately hooked.

Where was your first race?
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

What model/year do you race now?
1968 Camaro

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
377 sbc

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
1.80 straight cut planetary, transmission pan

Why do you use BTE?
They’ve got great quality and service.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
They installed gear and consistency is back, helping with great lights.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Shirley Muldowney

If money were no object, what would you drive?
2018 Corvette

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Check air pressure, engine temperature and concentrate on the light.


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 24, 2018

Testimonial: BTE Sends Bad Influence to Winner’s Circle With TH400

BTE loves hearing success stories from satisfied racers. Today we feature a testimonial from Greg Schmidt, a driver for Paradigm Racing whose 1989 Camaro, Bad Influence, saw significantly improved performance using BTE’s custom-built TH400 transmission.

Greg Schmidt, Driver for Paradigm Racing writes:

For those who may not follow our racing, we are Paradigm Racing and our car, Bad Influence, is a 1989 Camaro sporting a Big Tire, a healthy 632CI engine with a nice sniff of nitrous from Nitrous Outlet. We have had a BTE Bolt Together Converter and Top Sportsman Powerglide in our car from 2015 thru 2017 and this setup brought us a lot of win lights, five event wins, numerous semi-final and final round appearances, and a championship in 2016.

Building Bad Influence
In 2017 at PRI we talked to Brandon and his crew from BTE about what we could do to not only speed up our car, but to help showcase BTE Racing and their products. Brandon's crew said, "Let's go to a 3-speed."

Our Crew Chief Al was excited but I was skeptical—I fear change and tend to think, "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it." BTE Racing put together a Reid-cased TH400 with a close ratio 1.66/1.34/1:1 gear set, a reverse manual valve body with a clean neutral, and a pro brake with 1st AND 2nd gear transbrake. This was great since our Top Sportsman Powerglide was a 1.69 1st gear. We topped off this setup with an air operated Precision Performance Products Shifter.

Our Setup
We knew we wanted to keep our comparison "apples to apples," and the TH400 is slightly heavier than the Powerglide (50-70 lbs depending on how you have them setup), so we put the car and driver on a diet over the winter of 2017/18. When making the switch from a PG to a TH400 the transmission mount will change, and the driveshaft will need to be shortened 1-1.5 inches depending on your suspension setup and travel.

We hit the track May of 2018 and we were 5 lbs lighter than the previous season, even with the exact same engine, nitrous, rear gears, converter, tires, etc. We put a known good tune in the car that we had data on to go 4.77 in the 1/8th mile.

Pleasantly Surprised
When we let off the brake and held on for the ride the time slip put a smile on my face. A 4.67 Elapsed Time made it easy to let go of my fear of change! A swap from a 2-speed to a 3-speed gave us a full tenth of a second on a light tune in the 1/8th mile, plus the car was better to drive, kept the G meter up longer and pulled better throughout the pass. Our transmission temperatures have stayed cool all season, and we've been able to play with gear timing curves much closer than we could before.

BTE Racing changed our racing program with the change of a transmission, adding one more tuning trick to our toolbox. If you are a heads up racer or FAST Bracket racer wanting that extra little edge, this is a product you need to look into to help your program out!

Next appearance—South Georgia Motorsports Park for No Mercy 9. You can see this transmission in action in the OUTLAW 632 class this week at SGMP or tune into the live feed! Thank you Brandon and the ENTIRE crew at BTE Racing for the amazing products and service over the years.


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 24, 2018

Car of the Week: Jeff Clark's 1994 Chevy Lumina Z34

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Jeff Clark from Mt. Washington, Kentucky, who owns and races a 1994 Chevy Lumina Z34.

How did you get into drag racing?
My father and oldest brother raced.

When and where was your first race?
In 1988 at the Summit Motorsports Park High School Nationals. Lost in the quarterfinal but had a good run!

What model/year do you race now?
1994 Chevy Lumina Z34

Does your car have a nickname?
Brutus

What's under the hood?
Badman Racing Engine big block Chevy 572 with Profiler X375 CNC heads and two 950 cfm alcohol APD carbs on a Holley tunnel ram. Motor makes 1050 hp on dyno.

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I use the converter, transbrake and 1.80 gear set.

Why do you use BTE?
Al Gottschling built my transmission for years and that’s all he used. They work great!

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Lucas Walker helped me pick out my new converter. It’s more consistent and faster than my old one from another company. It’s safe to say I’m making the switch.

Someone you look up to in racing?
My father who passed away a few years ago.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Top Sportsman 66 Chevy II with a pro charger motor

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
My wife Teresa gives me a kiss after I get in the car.

Anything else you’d like to share?
Personal best ET is 5.14 at 135 mph


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Car of the Week: Steven Ronneberg's 1985 Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Steven Ronneberg from Dobbins, California, who owns and races a 1985 Camaro.

How did you get into drag racing?
I went to a Team Boddie grudge race with Monti Fitzgerald.

When and where was your first race?
My first race was last year in Sacramento against Mike Murillo.

What model/year do you race now?
1985 Camaro

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
High nitrous 434 small block

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

Why do you use BTE?
Because they came highly recommended by high level grudge racers. Everyone says BTE’s transmissions can take the power.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
They have the strongest, most reliable parts without sacrificing affordability.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Monti Fitzgerald, Cole Dow and Jay Boddie.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
I’m already driving it!

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I sit in my car and get in the zone.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, September 6, 2018

Car of the Week: AJ Casini's 1969 Plymouth Barracuda

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring AJ Casini from Hunker, PA, who owns and races a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda.

How did you get into drag racing?
It runs in the family.

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

What model/year do you race now?
1969 Plymouth Barracuda

Does your car have a nickname?
The ‘Cuda

What's under the hood?
572” BGR HEMI

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

Why do you use BTE?
Customer service and product quality.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
The transmission has been flawless this season.

Someone you look up to in racing?
No one—I am 6’7”! Just kidding, I have many I look up to but my dad is one of my biggest role models. He is always ready to step in and help get something fixed, even when I’ve given up hope. Whether it’s the race cars or the rig, he always finds a way to keep it going.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Factory Shootout Challenger

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
High Five “bams” from my wife and 2 daughters. Same from my parents, sister, niece and nephew if they are at the track.


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Car of the Week: Brett Vanstory's 2012 Cadillac CTS V

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Brett Vanstory from Braden, TN, who owns and races a 2012 Cadillac CTS V.

How did you get into drag racing?
I had some friends that started racing and that got me motivated.

When and where was your first race?
Memphis Motorsports Park July 2005

What model/year do you race now?
2012 Cadillac CTS V

Does your car have a nickname?
Nope.

What's under the hood?
388” LSX

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Reverse manual BTE TH400

Why do you use BTE?
Quick to answer questions and convenient location.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
The transmission is great, really shifts well!

Someone you look up to in racing?
No one in particular.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
458 Ferrari

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, August 24, 2018

Car of the Week: Todd Stone's 1979 Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Todd Stone from Port Clinton, OH, who owns and races a 1979 Camaro.

How did you get into drag racing?
Been around all forms of racing my entire life. Grew up at local oval asphalt short tracks. And loved hotrods and built classic cars.

When and where was your first race?
I was still in high school and I was at Kil Kare Dragway. Must have been the late ‘90s.

What model/year do you race now?
1979 Camaro

Does your car have a nickname?
Stepping Stone

What's under the hood?
SBC 355. Brodix heads.

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Custom 8" converter on a Fleenor Racing Powerglide.

Why do you use BTE?
Can’t beat the quality.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Still finishing the car. But everyone I know that runs a similar set up says you can't beat the consistency of BTE converters.

Someone you look up to in racing?
John Force on the pro level. And Nick Hastings as a bottom bulber.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Pro mod

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Jamming out to Midnight Rider.

Anything else? 
Thank you BTE for sharing our stories and keeping us competitive!


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, August 16, 2018

Car of the Week: Harrell Coulter's 1993 Mustang

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Harrell Coulter from Prentiss, MS, who owns and races a 1993 Mustang.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad got me into it.

When and where was your first race?
Hub City Dragway sometime in the late ‘80s.

What model/year do you race now?
1993 Mustang

Does your car have a nickname?
Black Magic

What's under the hood?
427 LSX

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Pro Tree Brake and BTE Custom Nitrous Converter

Why do you use BTE?
Convenient location, excellent products and service.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I was struggling with a loose converter and made a call to BTE. I was already pleased with my transbrake so I gave Brandon my car info. A couple of days later the converter arrived and I picked up .2 immediately.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Always liked John Force. His winning attitude is reflected in his team performance.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Radial vs the World car (on nitrous of course!)

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Go on my trailer to suit up and clear my head before every round. Concentrate on nothing but the car, the tree and my lane.

Many thanks to BTE! I love supporting a local Mississippi business with top notch products and customer service!!


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2018 Fall Race Round Up

The summer may be winding down, but there are still lots of races to keep on your radar this fall. Take a look at our race round-up to help plan your competition schedule and check out major drag racing events across the United States.

Pepsi Nightfire Nationals & All Access Bracketeer Challenge - Firebird Raceway, ID
Aug. 9-12, 2018
Now in its 47th year, the annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals at Firebird Raceway has attracted racing icons the likes of John Force, Don “the Snake” Prudhomme, Ed “the Ace” McCulloch, Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen, Gordie Bonin and many others. Join hundreds of racers from 15 states and Canada to battle in the All Access Bracketeer Challenge presented by IWS Sales and race for a combined purse topping $185,000.

GSTA Muscle Car Shootout - Brainerd International Raceway, MN
Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018
No plans for Labor Day Weekend? Head out to Brainerd International Raceway for the Gopher State Timing Association Muscle Car Shootout. The event will feature the Muscle Car Series’ grand finale on the drag strip, Superbike racing on the road course, live music, a classic car show and much more.

Best of Detroit Footbrake Nationals - Bandimere Speedway, CO
Sept. 15, 2018
Now approaching its 60th anniversary, Bandimere Speedway (a.k.a. Thunder Mountain) never disappoints. The Manufacture Cup Championship is open to all Chevy, Ford, Mopar, Buick, Olds and Pontiac vehicles. The event will also feature the Sunoco King Street series and the Fastlane Automotive Stick Shift series.

King of the Coast Bracket Racing Series - Gulfport Dragway, MS
Sept. 21-23, 2018
BTE is proud to sponsor the 14th annual King of the Coast Bracket Racing Series at Gulfport Dragway. Electronics & footbrake racers will compete to win a golden check for up to $1,000! In addition, the driver who finishes highest in the 2018 Points Championship will win a BTE Top Sportsman transmission.

Battle at the Bridge - Sebring International Raceway, FL
Sept. 29, 2018
Safety-Kleen presents the Battle at the Bridge at Sebring International Raceway. Sebring’s legendary concrete front straight makes it one of Florida’s premiere tracks. The event will include drag racing, a drift contest, a car show and a power wheels race and will kick off at 1 p.m.

Fall Brawl 2018 PPV - Antioch Speedway, CA
Oct. 13, 2018
Whether it’s the close, slam-bang action of the Hobby Stocks or the fendered Stock Car competition of the Limited Late Models, the popular A Modifieds and B Modifieds, or the open wheel action of the Dwarf Cars, Antioch Speedway offers something that every fan can enjoy.

Southern Footbrake Challenge - Holly Springs Motorsports, MS
Oct. 25-28, 2018

Want more footbrake fun? Don’t miss the 6th annual BTE sponsored Southern Footbrake Challenge. We’ll have two $2,000 to win gamblers races, along with Triple 10s format on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The popular fish fry will return and livestream is tentative but likely. Pre-enter now!

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Car of the Week: Lee Sawyer's 1971 Chevy Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Lee Sawyer  from Orland, CA, who owns and races a 1971 Chevy Nova.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
I’ve always liked fast cars so it just seemed logical.
 
When and where was your first race?
Redding, California
 
What model/year do you race now?
1971 Chevy Nova
 
Does your car have a nickname?
The Hooker
 
What's under the hood?
SBC 406
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I use the street/strip TH350 and converter.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I’ve been a fan for a while. I’m on my 2nd transmission and 3rd converter and I like the reliability, performance and value of BTE parts.
 
Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
They’re very knowledgeable and have great customer service.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
John Force
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I’d keep my same car, but with improvements and upgrades.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I always hit the bathroom before heading to the staging lanes. Gotta pee!
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Car of the Week: Don Nelson's 1967 Ford Dyno

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Don Nelson from Greensboro, NC, who owns and races a 1967 Ford Dyno.

How did you get into drag racing?
I’ve been a fan all my life. My dad took us when we were young, as far back as 1963.

When and where was your first race?
My first race was in 1973.

What model/year do you race now?
1967 Ford Dyno

Does your car have a nickname?
Dyno Don

What's under the hood?
351

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I swear by their converters.

Why do you use BTE?
Good parts & good people.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Always helps the car leave on time.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Glenn Ferguson

If money were no object, what would you drive?
I’m already driving it!

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Always do everything the same, whether I’m winning or losing.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Differences Between Your Race Car and Daily Driver Torque Converter

Comparing the torque converter in your daily driver (or tow vehicle) to the one in your drag race car is like comparing the kid that grows up to be an office manager to his or her sibling that pursued a career in the US Marine Corps.  While they both come from the same beginnings, one took a much different path and was molded to a specific, heavy duty purpose. 

And if your daily driver is your race car, or you don't drive an automatic, or you don't even have a race car, here's a video of Australian burnout competitions. 

Torque converters for passenger vehicle designs have evolved over the decades with large improvements in:

  • Fuel economy
  • Lock up clutch life and smoothness of operation
  • General durability and reliability (well, mostly)

Drag racing converters are designed and modified to:

  • Remain reliable under increasingly demanding conditions 
    • Rapid development in turbo, supercharged, and nitrous powerplants
    • Extreme automatic transmission fluid temperatures as a result of staging requirements in these setups, turbos particularly
  • Work in unison with the engine and suspension to transfer power through the drivetrain and to the ground without losing traction
  • Work in unison with the engine, gearing, camshaft, tire diameter, and other factors to keep the car in its best average horsepower RPM range

The differences in these mission requirements are highlighted in the methods of manufacturing and modification.  Here are the two major examples.

Torque converter front (or cover)

In an OEM converter, the front is typically constructed of stamped steel, and in modern vehicles will contain some variant of a lock up clutch.  The light stamped steel cover and lock up clutch aid the car in lowering fuel consumption.  The pads that secure the converter to the flexplate are simply welded to the stamped cover and feature a mild-mannered 3/8" bolt.

In comparison, the forged steel cover as featured in our 8, 9, and 10-inch race converters is machined from a single forged steel piece.  The bolt holes are increased to 7/16" (and available at 1/2" in some cases).  In this case, the lockup isn't even part of the assembly, as this converter is designed for a non-lockup transmission.  (Though lock-ups do exist for many typically non-lockup transmissions)

Stator assembly

The stator of this OEM converter is designed for a specific car, with a specific engine, drive train, and gearing option to provide a very exact performance profile. This one, like many others for daily driven vehicles, actually contains some components that are plasticlike or composite. Such materials would be unsuitable and likely melted or destroyed in a heavy duty race application. (The OEM sprags and stators are often the first components to fail when adding additional power).

plastic, HAHA

Our racing stator is made from 8620 steel and finished machined on a CNC mill to accept a heavy duty sprag, diode, or spragless insert.  Steel and special alloy aluminum stators give the converter designer many options to adjust the stall, torque multiplication, and efficiency of operation.  

As we often write, all torque converters have a shared origin, even the fancy all-billet race converter designs from from the OEM versions. Modifiying or building a drag racing converter addresses the specific requirements of the racer, and should be noted when deciding on a full race converter vs. a "street/strip" version.

Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Car of the Week: Glenn McCary's 1971 Chevy Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Glenn McCary from Rossville, Georgia, who owns and races a 1971 Chevy Nova.

How did you get into drag racing?
A lot of my friends and family are involved in racing and got me interested.

When and where was your first race?
I remember it like it was yesterday. 1981 at Cooper River Drag Strip driving a 1968 Mustang. 

What model/year do you race now?
1971 Chevy Nova

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
496 BBC

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Converter and transmission, both have served me well.

Why do you use BTE?
Quality parts and good customer service. Neil is a huge help.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
They’re always there when I need them in a pinch.

Someone you look up to in racing?
Any of the small tire radial racers. Those guys continue to amaze me.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Radial vs the World Car

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I always say a prayer before getting in the car.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, July 20, 2018

Car of the Week: Ricky Gay's 1975 Chevy El Camino

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Ricky Gay from Joelton, Tennessee, who owns and races a 1975 Chevy El Camino.

How did you get into drag racing?
I’ve loved it my whole life… way before I was even old enough to drive! It's a family hobby for me, my dad and Uncle Eddie. 

Where was your first race?
I hit the track for my first race at Music City Raceway.

What model/year do you race now?
1975 Chevy El Camino

Does your car have a nickname?
Black Betty

What's under the hood?
SBC 406 with 2-speed Powerglide

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE 2 speed powerglide with 1.98 straight cut planetary

Why do you use BTE?
They have a good reputation for top notch customer service. I was referred by a lot of local drivers. 

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Great products at affordable prices to keep your car race-ready.

Someone you look up to in racing?
My Uncle Eddie

If money were no object, what would you drive?
1955 Chevy Belair

Advice for beginners?
Just drive your race, don't worry about the other car. Repetition is key to success. 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 18, 2018