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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

The Force Dynasty

Everyone knows 16-time NHRA World Funny Car Champion John Force, but did you know about his three daughters that continued his racing legacy? His daughters are Ashley, Brittany, and Courtney and they each have made a name for themselves in the drag racing community— by breaking records and winning championships, setting an example for future generations of women racers. 

Ashley Force Hood
is a former Top Fuel Funny Car (TF/FC) drag racer. She was selected as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series: Rookie of the Year under the funny car category in 2007. The following year she won her first NHRA Professional-category win after defeating her father in the final round making her the first woman to win in the TF/FC. 

Brittany Force
is currently the only Force sister that’s still an active NHRA drag racer and the only Force member to drive a Top Fuel dragster competitively. She became the first woman to win the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in 2016. After 35 years, in 2017, she became the second woman (after Shirley Muldowney) to win a Top Fuel Championship in drag racing history, and became the first woman to be the #1 qualifier in Top Fuel in the U.S. Nationals.

Courney Force-Rahal, former Funny Car drag racer, won her first national event in the Top Alcohol Dragster category in 2009. During the O’Reily Auto Parts Winter Nationals she became the first woman to qualify in the #1 position and the first woman to win the Funny Car event. In July 2014 she set the new record for most Funny Car wins by a female driver, previously set by her sister Ashley.  

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, March 19, 2021

Car of the Week: Kenneth Jordan's 1969 Chevrolet Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Kenneth Jordan from Huxley, Texas, who owns and races a 1969 Chevrolet Nova.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
From my uncle back in the early 80s

When and where was your first drag race?
1986 at Hallsville Raceway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1969 Chevrolet Nova

Does your car have a nickname?
Grumpy

What's under the hood?
572 Blown alcohol Hemi

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Baddest Powerglide made: 1.69 first gear

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
It’s a reliable part that is well made and you don’t have to worry about it. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Next Level Equipment 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Stevie Fast. I would really like to meet him and ask him some questions.  

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
That’s a hard one. Maybe this drivetrain in a ‘67 Nova. 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Getting to meet people and letting kids sit in my car to take a picture. The smiles it puts on their faces is priceless. 

Why do you race?
The excitement and friendships made at the track. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Finding time to go racing as much as I want.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Car of the Week: Branden Maples' 1977 Hal Canode 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 Braden Maples from Corryton, TN, who owns and races a 1977 Hal Canode dragster.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I used to watch Gas Monkey Garage and when they raced Big Chief I asked my dad if there was anywhere close to race. He took me to Knoxville Dragstrip and there were a lot of Jr Dragsters and I knew I wanted to do that.

When and where was your first drag race?
Knoxville Dragstrip in an old Jegs Jr I found online. It was in pieces, a real basket case, I bought it with my own money and me and Dad built it the winter after we went to the track.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
I’m gonna run Top Bulb this year in my 1977 Hal Canode-built dragster.

Does your car have a nickname?
We were gonna name it The Dirt Dobber, but I changed my mind and since it’s all black, we’re gonna name it VADER.

What's under the hood?
388 small block Chevy

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Our powerglide is built with BTE products and a BTE 5500 stall converter and BTE flexplate

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE is a leader, and I’m looking forward to the consistency that BTE will bring to my runs each and every time.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Strong, dependable, fast

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Kole Pritchett

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Candy Apple Red ‘69 Camaro, Big Block with BTE everything!

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Back to back 3rd place finishes at The Bracket Finals in Memphis 2020

Why do you race?
I love cars and going fast!

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
The competition as a Jr was tough, but there won’t be any easy rounds now... and switching from bottom bulb to top bulb is gonna be different.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Car of the Week: Jay Friedrich's 1966 Chevelle

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Jay Friedrich from Mackinaw, IL, who owns and races a 1966 Chevelle.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Through friends

When and where was your first drag race?
1992 in Cordova, IL

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1966 Chevelle that I race in outlaw street car races. I bought it in college in 1986 with the original 300 6 cyl. Drove it one year with the 6 cyl and then started converting it to a BBC powered street car. It has evolved over the years, now a 582 BBC with a F2 Procharger.

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
582 BBC with a F2 procharger

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
All my glide internals are BTE. A 3300-lb car with 1100-ft-lbs of torque is hard on transmissions. (LOL)

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I was tired of tearing up glides, taking out the low gear bands, etc.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality, customer service, reliability

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
The car I have now with a better chassis and twin turbos

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Having a low 8-second car that I can do Drag Week and cruise with.

Why do you race?
The challenge

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Power management and tuning with a small tire.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Living Legend: Shirley Muldowney’s Path to Drag Racing Success

You don’t get the title of “The First Lady of Drag Racing” by idling, you have to have your foot ready to take off to become a legend like Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney. Shirley had to be tougher than the guys that dominated the sport and louder than the roaring engines she drove to become the trailblazer we all know her as today.

Born during a time where drag racing was a man’s sport, Shirley received push back on the streets and from the NHRA in her quest to become a racer. In the documentary Legend: The Series Shirley states that she can not recall how many times she was denied the opportunity to race by the NHRA and racers. Her relentlessness and passion finally paid off when she received a NHRA pro license in 1965, making her the first—and at the time—the only woman to do so.

Regardless of a lack of funds from sponsorships, she continued to make the most of what she had and went on to make history and break records. She dominated in Top Fuel, winning the 1977, 1980, and 1982 NHRA Top Fuel Championships (making her the only person to win 3 championships at the time), and also found success in racing Funny Cars.

Her endurance and drive helped fill seats in the stands and elevate drag racing to a larger audience. She even helped improve track conditions for racers and spectators. When Legend: The Series asked what she would like to be remembered by she responded with, “The lady driver that really delivered the goods.” She not only delivered, she set the standard of what a legendary racer is, earning her title as “The First Lady of Drag Racing.”

Check out Shirley’s interview with Legend: The Series here.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, March 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
BadPig

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

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best products available

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 24, 2021

March Drag Racing Events

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Places to visit: Connecticut Street Rod Association

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

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

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

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

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Car of the Week: Mike Mularoni's 1968 Camaro

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Crystal

What's under the hood?
548 BBC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why do you race?
It's fun.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Reaction time

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Welcome Chris Walker

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

Where are you from? 
Memphis, TN

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

How long have you been racing?
31 years

Who is your favorite drag racer?
Bob Glidden

What is your dream car?
1970 Boss 302 Mustang

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, February 8, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who is the better racer?
Ms. Cindy 

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Drag Racing Movie Date Night

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

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

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

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

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

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, February 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
The Grape Ape

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 27, 2021

BTE Tune-up Services FAQ


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

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

Valve bodies

Planetary gears

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

How to get it here:
Our shipping address is

2 Memphis Avenue

Holly Springs/Mt. Pleasant, MS 38635

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 18, 2021

Car of the Week: Andrew Ellis' 1987 Chevrolet S10

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
SMOKE SHOW 

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

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Good customer service 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 18, 2021

Car of the Week Submission Process

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, January 15, 2021

November Sale Shipping Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Warlord

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

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Badass parts! 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Etiquette Tips for the Track

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, January 8, 2021

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

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

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My father

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Shadow

What's under the hood?
355 small block 

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
The very best 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 6, 2021

BTE 2020 Wrap-up

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most Historic Moment in Drag Racing

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

Name your Ride

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 4, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why do you race?
Beats smoking and drinking 

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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

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

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

When and where was your first drag race?
1970

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Long time dead

What's under the hood?
K B olds

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why do you race?
Fun 

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, December 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
410 ci small block

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great parts

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

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

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

Why do you race?
I love the competition.

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, December 16, 2020

BTE Gift Guide 2020

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

 

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

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

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

Fun for the family
Perfect Launch Handheld Practice Tree

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Drag Racing Events to Look Forward to in 2021

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 8, 2020