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Drag Racing Events: October 2020

Don’t put your rides up just yet, because racing season is still going strong! Here’s proof.

Atco Dragway - Atco, NJ
Atco Dragway is starting the month with a bang at their Pan American Nationals event taking place this weekend of October 2-4. The weekend-long event will end with eliminations on Sunday where racers will have the chance to win up to $5,000. Can’t make it? No problem, you can still tune in on the live stream via Sauce Spot on their website

Byron Dragway - Byron, IL
It’s time for Byron Dragway’s 26th Annual World Power Wheel Standing Championships, on October 4. Last year fans were treated to a thrilling show that saw Chris Pearce pilot “The Chinto'' to the $10,000 championship. Join in to witness the new champion of this exciting wheels up event. For more information click here.

Bandimere Speedway - Morrison, CO
Be sure to head down to Bandimere Speedway for their Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que Fall Racing Series and the Nitro Knockouts October 10. Gates open at 8 a.m. with time trials starting at 9:30 a.m. Admission is $17 but kids under the age of 12 get in for free. Prices for racers are available online

Atlanta Dragway - Commerce, GA
Need a place to race come Friday night? Then Atlanta Dragway is the place for you as they continue their Fast Friday Street Legal Racing events through the month of November. Ages 16-17 are welcome with a fully executed Parent/Guardian Release and Waiver on file and a valid state vehicle operating license. Admission for race car and driver is $25, $15 for race crew, and $10 for spectators.You can view additional details on their Facebook page.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, October 1, 2020

Car of the Week: Gerald Neace's 1969 Chevy Chevelle

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Gerald Neace from Cynthiana, KY, who owns and races a 1969 Chevy Chevelle.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Started racing in 1979 as a street racer then went to bracket racing around 1984 

When and where was your first drag race?
1979 on the street 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1969 Chevy Chevelle tube chassis car

Does your car have a nickname?
G-Ride

What's under the hood?
565 bbc all motor no power adders 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Trans and converter built by Neal. He’s a great person to talk to and is very knowledgeable.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I’ve used others but BTE is undoubtedly the best.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Reasonable dependable knowledgeable 

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Turn my car into a lighter weight chromoly car 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Just having a safe day to, at, and from the track.

Why do you race?
Gives me something to keep out of trouble at my age 57. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
The weather 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Drag Strip Series: California Part 2

We’re back in California to cover a couple of tracks we didn’t get a chance to highlight in our first blog. Here you’ll find drag strips that’ll cover the majority of the West coast including one in a military airport—have a look. 

Samoa Drag Strip - Eureka, CA
This drag strip opened 65 years ago in Humboldt County California. The dragstrip is a quarter-mile long and they offer free Street Legal Drags. As of now they’ve finished their racing season, but will be back next year so don’t miss out on their latest updates and follow their Facebook page

Kingdon Drags - Lodi, CA
This former military airport runway was turned into a drag strip 10 years after World War II, by Stockton police officer, Bob Cress. The ¼ mile strip has since reopened as a functional airstrip but still hosts their famous Kingdon Drags Racing Reunion, which they hope to host again before the year comes to an end. 

Barona Drags - Lakeside, CA
Barona Drags is located in the Barona Indian Reservation just outside of San Diego. The track is a ⅛-mile dragstrip and is sanctioned by the NHRA. It’s also currently open to racers and spectators (requiring masks while practicing social distancing). You can check out their schedule for the rest of the year online

Irwindale Dragstrip - Irwindale, CA
The Irwindale Dragstrip was created with the help of local law enforcement to create a safe place for street racers. The drag strip offers a ⅛-mile NHRA-sanctioned dragstrip, a concrete starting box and a ½-mile run-out. The track has more drag racing events coming up, including a Volkswagen drag race in October. You can see all their events here

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Car of the Week: Kent Newsome's ProCharged Dragster

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Kent Newsome from Forest Hill, MD, who owns and races a ProCharged Dragster.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Mechanical curiosity 

When and where was your first drag race?
Summer Nationals in Englishtown

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
Procharged small block rear engine dragster

Does your car have a nickname?
Science Project

What's under the hood?
388 cu. in. Gen 1 small block Chevy

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Billet transbrake valve body for the glide.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Just liked what I saw. Reliability.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Rock solid products

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
The late Dick Lahaie

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Every round win. Every race win. Every successful trip down the drag strip.

Why do you race?
Keeps me out of trouble. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Consistency 

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Car of the Week: Scott Mills' 235" Worthy Dragster

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Scott Mills from Jackson, TN, who owns and races a 235” Worthy Dragster.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad and his best friend both raced and so I was raised around it. 

When and where was your first drag race?
Jackson Dragway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
I own a 235” Worthy Dragster. It was custom ordered and built for Mr.Toby Baptiste who owns Renegade Racing Fuel, which is why it sports the colors it has. I was able to purchase the car a year ago. 

Does your car have a nickname?
“Pooka” It’s named after my 8-year-old granddaughter that we lost in a car wreck last June.

What's under the hood?
A Tom McAlphin 468 BBC

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
I only run BTE converters. 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Never had a problem with any product and their customer support is hands down the best there is.

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

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Danny Thomas. He’s been like a 2nd dad to me and has taught me more about racing than anyone. I really value his opinion in racing and life.

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
It’s actually not a racing moment, but moments with the kids at the races. When they want their picture taken with your car, wave at you from the water box, or ask if they can sit in your car. Maybe it’s part of losing my granddaughter, but the kids bring me more joy at the track.

Why do you race?
I love the power, the speed and feeling the accomplishment of all your hard work paying off when you make that perfect pass. It’s a love hate relationship sometimes. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
To always do my best, be safe and respect the other drivers


 

Posted by Amber Ambrose

BTE Highlight: Billet Powerglide Transbrake Valve Body

This month we’re showing some love to our Billet Powerglide Transbrake Valve Body by exploring the depths of its greatness. We decided to ask a couple of commonly asked questions to our knowledgeable President, Brandon Barrentine. Here’s what he had to say:

What is the difference between this part versus others available on the market?
We aren't reinventing the wheel with non-standard parts or designs—this is the tried and true transbrake that has worked for decades in the majority of race powerglides—but made from new CNC-machined aluminum.  

What does it come with?
Transbrake solenoid, manual selector valve, and instructions

What other products do you recommend to buy with this?
It goes well with a rebuild kit, or any other parts in building a powerglide transmission into a race unit.

What type of vehicle is this best for?
These are used in all types of drag racing, mud racing, and even some street vehicles that need a transbrake option for their powerglide transmission.

What type of common issues does it fix?
OEM GM powerglide valve bodies haven't been manufactured since the early 1970s, so having these made from new bodies eliminates the problem of scarcity.  Also, being made from aluminum reduces the mass by about 50% compared to those OEM cast iron pieces.

Why should people buy this?
It's affordable, works well, the internals are compatible with most conventional transbrakes making service easier, and we have more experience than anyone else in doing aluminum powerglide transbrakes.  

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, September 11, 2020

Car of the Week: Ron Flood's 1972 Chevelle

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Ron Flood from Eagan, MN, who owns and races a 1972 Chevelle.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Always been a car guy ever since I was a kid

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

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1972 Chevelle 383. A John Klarkowski built car

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
383 chev

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Quality and consistency

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best in class

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Any moment where one of us has won a race

Why do you race?
I hate money.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
None really.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, September 4, 2020

Drag Racing Events: September 2020

Haven’t figured out what drag strips to visit? Well, we’ve planned out your racing schedule for the month of September. Start with our BTE King of the Coast Bracket Racing Series and bring your non-racer friends to experience their own adrenaline rush. We have it all this month!

BTE King of the Coast Bracket Racing Series-Gulfport, MS
Start off September by heading down to Gulfport Dragway for the ultimate BTE King of the Coast Bracket racing event this Labor Day weekend, September 3-6. Tickets are still available for spectators. As always, be sure to visit the event page for any updates and safety procedures. 

Pure Speed Racing-Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Speedway hosts Pure Speed Racing, which provides the ultimate drag racing experience for fans who’ve always wanted to drive a dragster. The two-day event takes place on September 12-13 and has various options for fans to choose from—available to check out online. Go from zero to 60 MPH in three seconds in the passenger's seat or get your hands behind the wheel and drive.

Street Drags Test N Tune-Rockingham, NC
Make a visit to Rockingham Dragway, September 26 for their Street Drags Test N Tune event. It’s open to imports, motorcycles, trucks, race cars, and any motorized vehicle. General admission is $5 and fun runs are $25 with unlimited runs down the famous “Rock ¼ mile.” You can view all the details online

King of the Hill-Gulfport, MS 
Need to test and tune your ride? Head down to Gulfport Dragway this September 30. The event is open to categories for footbrake, electronics and motorcycles with a ¼ mile race. Prices are $25 for car and driver, $10 for spectators, and $5 for children under 10 years. Visit their Facebook page for more information. 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, August 28, 2020

Car of the Week: Tiaan van der Merwe's Chevy S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Tiaan van der Merwe from South Africa, who owns and races a Chevy S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I have been a Petrol Head ever since I was a boy. It first started with street drags and from there the passion just got bigger.

When and where was your first drag race?
In 1993 on a small track just outside my hometown

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
Chevy S10 Drag Truck imported from the USA, 632 cu all Aluminum Steve Schmidt Racing Engine cw BTE Turbo 400 2 speed Transmission

Does your car have a nickname?
Intimid8or

What's under the hood?
BBC 632 all Aluminum Steve Schmidt Racing Engine 

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
From the first transmission that I bought from BTE, I’ve only received awesome service and an excellent product.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
The Way to Go!!!

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Ryan Martin

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Chevy S10

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When I became number 1 in my class in South Africa

Why do you race?
For the passion and adrenalin 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Not thinking about drag racing (LOL)

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, August 28, 2020

Car of the Week: Rainaldo Viruet's 1988 Firebird Trans Am

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Rainaldo Viruet from Pennsylvania, who owns and races a 1988 Firebird Trans Am.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My family was a drag racing family

When and where was your first drag race?
Puerto Rico 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1988 Firebird Trans Am

Does your car have a nickname?
The Hulk

What's under the hood?
A 350 small block Turbo nitrous

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
It's a great product

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best technology equipment

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
A 68 Chevelle SS

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When I ran against my neighbor

Why do you race?
Try to break a record

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Break a record. I'm going to try to break the record on a small block 350 Turbo nitrous, let’s see if the Hulk will give us a surprise!

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Drag Strip Series: Arkansas

Today, we make our way to Arkansas. We’ll be honest, Arkansas made us really do some digging as we searched for drag strips. Why? Well, it could be because they really love off-road racing (so do we). Here’s where you can race in Arkansas—on the drag strip or on an off-road track.

Centerville Dragway Inc.
Centerville Dragway Inc. is a hot spot for drag racers all over Arkansas and a proud family-owned business. The strip is 1000 and ⅛ mile race track and has been open for business since 1977. They currently have an event lined up for the first weekend in September and you can learn all about it on their Facebook page, along with other fall events.

George Rays Wildcat Dragstrip
Located in north Arkansas near the border of Missouri you’ll find Paragould, home of George Rays Wildcat Dragstrip. You can find updates on their Facebook page along with plenty of photos of this tree-lined strip.

Prescott Raceway
The only time you’ll see this place closed is when the owners Jackie and Velvet Lewis are off participating in their own races. Their website is currently under construction, but you can find all the information you need by visiting their Facebook page or by calling Jackie at 870-904-5952 or Greg Dougan at 870-796-1485. 

I-30 Speedway
Off-road racing is popular in Arkansas, and the I-30 Speedway is one of the most popular tracks in the state. The speedway is a 1/4 mile, high-banked, made of red clay oval, and conveniently located in Little Rock. The speedway is currently open and you can find the latest updates on their website.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, August 24, 2020

BTE Powerglide Pump-High Volume

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

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

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

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

To view more details you can click here

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Car of the Week: David Hollis' 1979 Chevy C10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring David Hollis from Dyer, TN, who owns and races a 1979 Chevy C10.

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
“Snuff” 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Witness to History

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

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

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

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

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

Robert L Humberston
“Don Garlits and a jet”

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Lil heavy

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

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
#1 service.

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

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

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

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

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Overthinking 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Drag Racing Events: August 2020

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Mark Guinn from Washington, WV, who owns and races a 1980 Chevy Monza.  

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
No

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Car of the Week: Brian Wulff's 1987 Pontiac Trans Am

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Brian Wulff  from Charles City, Iowa, who owns and races a 1987 Pontiac Trans Am.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
516 BBC

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Helpful so far 

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

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

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

Why do you race?
Love the sport 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Consistency

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, July 24, 2020

Drag Strip Series: Alaska and Arizona

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

Alaska

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

Arizona

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

 

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

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, July 23, 2020

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

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Rob Kruger  from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who owns and races a 2007 Police Interceptor.

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Black sunshine 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Car of the Week: Jacob Dufrene's 2001 Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Jacob Dufrene from Lockport, LA, who owns and races a 2001 Camaro.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Family 

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Ironman

What's under the hood?
Ls powered single turbo 

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Excellent company 

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

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

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

Why do you race?
It is pure adrenaline 

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Car of the Week: Rory Vick's 1972 Rally Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Rory Vick from Riley Township, Michigan, who owns and races a 1972 Rally Nova.

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

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

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

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

What's under the hood?
388 SBC 14.1 AFR220s 

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Love BTE racing 

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

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

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

Why do you race?
I am an addict!

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, July 7, 2020

July 2020 Drag Racing Events

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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



 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, July 6, 2020

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

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Rich Reed from Champaign Illinois, who owns and races a 1966 Chevelle Super Sport.

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Haunted '66

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

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Knowledgeable helpful stout

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 1, 2020

New Two-Piece TH400 Forward Drum


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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, June 26, 2020

Drag Strip Series: California

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Car of the Week: Mandi DeLarec's 1991 Mustang

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Mandi DeLarec from Akron, OH, who owns and races a 1991 Mustang.

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Vivian

What's under the hood?
302 SBF

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best products made.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Father’s Day Weekend Racing Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Car of the Week: John Jeffries' 2001 Chevy S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring John Jeffries  from Belle Vernon, PA, who owns and races a 2001 Chevy S10.

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
The Rowdy Rat

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

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
My transmission guys. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 16, 2020

BTE's Father's Day Gift Guide 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Car of the week: Buddy Dailey's 1967 Chevy Nova

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

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

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great customer service 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Upcoming June Drag Racing Events


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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, June 4, 2020

Car of the Week: Cody Graham's 2000 Chevy S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Cody Graham from Forrest City, Arkansas, who owns and races a 2000 S10.

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

 

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

 

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

Does your car have a nickname?
LongDime

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

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Consistent win lights! 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Car of the Week: Dan Thacker's 1962 Chevy II Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Dan Thacker from Ashland, KY, who owns and races a 1962 Chevy II Nova.

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Robert Prough from Greencastle, Missouri, who owns and races a 2004 Mazda RX8.

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Modzilla

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

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Friendly and knowledgeable.  

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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

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

 

The basics

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, May 11, 2020

Car of the Week: Jim Blalock's 1994 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 Jim Blalock from Abbeville, AL, who owns and races a 1994 Chevrolet S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I lived close to our local drag strip Big A Dragway where we used to stand in the yard and listen to the cars. When I became older we would go watch and I always liked anything fast and loud.

When and where was your first drag race?
Probably 1976 either street or at the Big A.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1994 Chevrolet S10

Does your car have a nickname?
Not really, but I refer to it as my Money Pit. 

What's under the hood?
383 sbc

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

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

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Very dependable products. 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Jeg Coughlin, I always thought he was a class act.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Pro Stock S10

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
My first round win over a guy I’ve watched race and win since the 90s.

Why do you race?
For the rush, there’s nothing like it.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Reaction time 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, May 11, 2020

Drag Racing Events: May Update

The 2020 drag racing season has been a bummer so far, but there’s still hope! Several drag strips are re-opening this month so we’ve gathered a couple of events to put on your calendar and look forward to this May. 

 

*Please be aware of, and abide by, any health and safety protocols implemented by the race tracks you visit. 

 

Bristol Dragway - Bristol, TN
Although Bristol Dragway's first event of the month is tentative, it’s still on for now. Check their website for event updates.  

  • May 9: Street Fights #1 (Tentatively scheduled)

  • May 30: Street Fights #2
     

Atmore Dragway - Atmore, AL
Atmore Dragway is back in business and has events lined up for this weekend you don’t want to miss. Health and safety requirements can be found here.

  • May 8: Open Test & Tune and Gamblers Race

  • May 9: Win MORE with Atmore NHRA SSS Series #3

  • May 10: Win MORE with Atmore NHRA Races
     

Jackson Dragway - Jackson, TN
Happening a litter later in the month is an event to earn you some extra cash prize money called Mayhem in May.

  • May 22-23: This event includes the following racing categories: 275 Shootout, Radical Street, Street Fighter, and 6.0/7.0 Index

 

Atlanta Dragway - Commerce, GA
The 40th Annual NHRA Southern Nationals may be cancelled, but there are still plenty of races to look forward to this month at Atlanta Dragway.

  • May 8: "Fast Friday" Street Legal Racing

  • May 9: Summit Series Bracket Race (Jr. Street)

  • May 14-16: Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Car of the Week: Ben Partlow's 2016 Mega Truck

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 Ben Partlow from Askov, MN, who owns and races a 2016 Mega Truck.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I saw it on tv as a kid. Got into drag racing as a kid which progressed into dirt track racing, and now mud drags/hill in a hole mega truck racing.

When and where was your first drag race?
1999 Rock Falls Raceway in Eau Claire, WI.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
Custom rear engine tube chassis mega truck

Does your car have a nickname?
INFAMOUS

What's under the hood?
568” alky injected big block chevy

 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
9” race converter, ring less PG input shaft, PG front pump

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I use BTE parts because they flat-out work! Customer service is great also and they stand behind their products.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Damn good company!

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Anyone and everyone.. it’s all a big happy family and everyone is willing to help one another—until the helmet goes on!

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Probably ‘70 Chevelle SS big block 4 speed car

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning class championship after a rough yr of lots of broken parts.

Why do you race?
Because I enjoy the family and I love to see the expressions and smiles when a kid sees me doing what I love doing! That’s what it’s all about is the kids that look up to us!

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Being competitive every weekend on changing tracks.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Car of the Week: Cody Spears' 2001 Pontiac Formula

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Cody Spears from Mount Carmel, TN, who owns and races a 2001 Pontiac Formula.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Started going to the track as a kid with my grandparents. 

When and where was your first drag race?
Cherokee Dragway 2005

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Bird

What's under the hood?
Stock LS1 with a few bolt ons 

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE is hands down the best transmission/converter company there is. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best there is! 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Richard Newman.  He has been a great mentor since I started racing, he has shown me everything about the sport and how to win. 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I really enjoy racing my Firebird. I don’t really have a dream car. I would just keep doing what I’m doing. Currently building an S10 which we should have out soon. We built it from scratch. 

Thanks to Hicks Fabrication for all the hard work put in on this build. 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning the 2019 Division 9 Team finals, followed by finishing 3rd in the world in 2019 with IHRA.

Why do you race?
I enjoy it. I mean what else is there to do?! 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Competing with a street car in classes that the equipment is so good and the racing is so tight.

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Car of the Week: Glenn Evans' 1977 Ford F150

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 Glenn Evans  from McDonough, GA, who owns and races a 1977 Ford F150.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Grandpa and family

When and where was your first drag race?
In the 80s on the streets

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1977 (Converted mudtruck) F150

Does your car have a nickname?
Caution Lap 

What's under the hood?
BBF with Kaase SR-71 heads and Mad Dog headers

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Top sportsman glide and BTE converter 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
The people are amazing, the customer service is the best in the business. Had a converter issue and Brandon and team helped me way beyond what was expected to get me the right parts to fix my truck and go racing at the level needed. Amazing Company!!!

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Helps racers race!!!

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
The man the legend John Force 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Pro stock truck!!

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
The next win.

Why do you race?
Just cause it's fun. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Budget 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, April 22, 2020

We Love the BTE Team

Getting your car to peak condition means putting in the time under the hood to make sure everything is working together and efficiently. The same can be said about our team here at BTE. They’re the engine that keeps us running and the reason we have become a brand that our customers know and trust. Here are a couple of comments from our loyal fans and even former employees that attest to our team’s credibility and expertise. 

“Brandon is a great guy. All my customers leave here with BTE products in their units!!” —Kenny Keller (licensed BTE distributor) on Facebook

“I’ve had my BTE powerglide and Converter for 19 years and just sent the converter back to have it freshened up after 19yrs of consistent dependable performance. The powerglide was sent to a local performance transmission builder to be checked. Even with a transbrake all the clutches and internals were like new. I could not believe I didn’t have to buy at least new clutches after all this time. And I credit everyone who works at BTE. It takes an entire team to produce such good quality parts. As far as I'm concerned I am a BTE guy for life. Thank you to everyone for going the extra mile you guys are #1 in my book.” —Michael Lane on Facebook

 

“Brandon Barrentine thank you and all your employees for what you do for us racers! Even with the few bugs I’ve got left to workout the new powerglide performed flawlessly!”—Ethan Reed on Facebook

“I think we have the best crew ever! So thankful for our BTE family.” —Jane Taylor Barrentine (BTE matriarch) on Facebook

 

“As a former employee of BTE I can attest to this place being the best place to work and feel like everybody is family. Miss everyone there!”—Nick Tapp on Facebook (We miss you too, Nick!)

To speak with a member of our talented team, call 1-800-626-1828. We’re standing by to talk shop or help you find and order the right part. Thanks for your continued support and for letting us be Part Of YourRacing Team. 

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, April 16, 2020

Car of the Week: Chris Kaarsberg's 1977 Holden Torana

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 Chris Kaarsberg from Warwick, Queensland, Australia, who owns and races a 1977 Holden Torana.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Always been into cars.

When and where was your first drag race?
Late 80s on the back roads around town. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1977 Holden Torana 

Does your car have a nickname?
Tori

What's under the hood?
Twin turbo 388ci ls

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Gearbox and converter, so far. 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Because they’re great products, and even better people. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best products ever! 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Everybody in the sport.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Still my Torana. 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning super street at the winternation. 

Why do you race?
For fun.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Tuning the car.


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Stay-at-Home Projects: Upgrading Your TH400

Being at home can get old when you don’t have a project to work on. So, here’s something to keep you occupied, keep your hands busy and keep your car in racing condition. 

When building a high performance 3-speed transmission, the direct drum is one of the most important components to upgrade as it impacts reliability, safety, and performance of your transmission. As in the case of our TH400, the shafts and gear sets are very durable, and, if the drum is upgraded, the power rating of the transmission nearly doubles.

BTE offers three solutions for the direct drum replacement in a TH400 transmission:

34 Element Sprag Upgrade
In our experience, the original spring and roller isn't reliable above 500 ft-lbs in most scenarios. A modified original factory drum with this sprag is suitable for most cars making up to 750 ft-lbs of torque.

36 Element Sprag Upgrade
Heavier car? We offer an even stronger 36 element sprag on the factory drum. This modified drum has a much larger inner and outer race design, so as many as five intermediate racing clutches can be installed (and are included with the drum). We also include a billet pressure plate.

TH400 Aluminum Direct Drum with Pro Mod Sprag
Our best TH400 direct drum is a hybrid aluminum and steel design. It still has the 36 element sprag and the five clutch intermediate pack, but the clutch drum portion is constructed from 7075-T6 hard anodized aluminum. This lightweight and durable material reduces the weight by 50% compared to the original factory drum. Why does that matter? Weight reduction improves the safety of the drum, the life of the sprag, and the performance of the car—an all-around win.

BTE's aluminum direct drum is superior to other designs because of its steel center. The splines are less prone to damage than the full aluminum drums, and the steel reduces wear from sealing rings (another problem with full aluminum drums). When utilizing a "clean neutral" valve body, an aluminum direct drum must be used.

We’re proud to be Part of Your Racing Team and are here to help with any rebuild projects and offer any parts recommendations you may need. Get in touch at 1-800-626-1828 or visit our website bteracing.com to place an order.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, April 9, 2020

Car of the Week: Bill Mccarty's 1984 Dodge D150

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Bill Mccarty from Bloomington, Indiana, who owns and races a 1984 Dodge D150.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My brother took me back in 1989 and I have been hooked ever since.

When and where was your first drag race?
1989 in Terre Haute, Indiana at the Terre Haute Action Dragstrip.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1984 Dodge D150, bench seat, column shift best e.t. 7.03@97.

Does your car have a nickname?
"Clifford" the Big Red Dodge.

What's under the hood?
Junkyard 360 magnum with 230k miles

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Haven't broken any parts yet and it has allowed my truck to remain consistent. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Unbeatable quality guaranteed. 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
I have sooo many I get inspiration from...Luke Bogacki is one.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
One that's low maintenance and consistent, winning is all I wanna do.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning super pro, pro and sportsman in the same night, same truck footbraking and not buying back...28 total passes on 10 gallons of 87 pump gas

Why do you race?
To hang with great friends, enjoy the challenge, and to introduce my kids to a great sport.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Staying consistent as a driver.

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Car of the Week: Brent Lancaster's 1970 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 Brent Lancaster from Fort Worth, Texas, who owns and races a 1970 Chevy Nova.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My grandpa and dad.

When and where was your first drag race?
Kennedale, TX in 2009

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1970 Nova bracket car 

Does your car have a nickname?
Bug Eyes 

What's under the hood?
601 Rudd racing engines BBC 

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I use BTE because Mr Wendell’s Motorsports got us connected. They’ve turned my program completely around and made it such a good working car. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Friendly, Loyal, Dedicated

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Every single one of them. They all give so much and spend so much time to make this sport better! 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1955 Chevy completely stock

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning two championships the year after my dad passed away was magical. 

Why do you race?
Because it’s my passion and because I carry on the legacy of my dad and grandfather. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Driving the stripe. 



 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Powerglide Transmission Checklist

While some of you have some extra time to get your rides ready for the season, here's five important checks to make to ensure your racing powerglide transmission is ready to hit the track.

1. If the car has been sitting for a period of time, look for any obvious oil loss on the floor of your trailer or shop. Automatic transmission fluid may be leaking from a worn seal, bad gasket, or cracked housing. If you are using a stock case, they are more prone to crack and leak in the rear clutch section. If this is a problem, we recommend upgrading to a more reliable housing.

2. Change the automatic transmission fluid and filter. Inspect the used oil in the pan after removal. If more than normal amounts of clutch material or metallic flakes are found, it may be time to do a rebuild of the transmission to replace worn out bushings, washers, or the band. Also, when it is time to fill the transmission and converter again, we recommend using a quality full synthetic fluid or a semi-synthetic blend like this one.  

Also, don't forget to check the oil level with a quality dipstick - over- or under-filled transmissions won't perform properly.

3. To prevent the premature wearing or failure of the powerglide band, set the band adjustment to the specs as found in our band adjustment guide.  

4. Test the line pressure of the transmission in all modes of operation. Less than standard line pressures will cause clutch and band failure in high performance applications. BTE recommends low/high gears line pressures of 225-275 psi for most powerglide configurations, and we have pressure springs available for all pressures.

5. Remove the yoke from the rear of the transmission and inspect for wear. Improperly matched yokes can cause problems with transmissions using roller bearings in the tail housing. You'll need a nitrided yoke if using a roller tail housing. 

Follow those five points and your racing powerglide transmission will be ready to stage.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, March 27, 2020

Car of the Week: Bill Mszyco'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 Bill Mszyco from Pittsburgh, PA , who owns and races a 1984 Monte Carlo SS.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My uncle

When and where was your first drag race?
I was 10 years old at the South Mountain Raceway.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1984 Monte Carlo SS 

Does your car have a nickname?
Money Pit 

What's under the hood?
468 Chevy big block 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
None as of now.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
The best parts 

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning at the Ghost, Goblins and Gearheads Race. 

Why do you race?
I enjoy it. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Reaction times

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Car of the Week: Mark Blake's 1994 Camaro

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

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad and family friends. 

When and where was your first drag race?
Tri-River Dragway 

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Moody blue 

What's under the hood?
L33 5.3, vsracing turbo. 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Complete trans build with brake and custom BTE converter. Built by Bob Potter.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE always has good quality products, quick response, and shipping. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Responsible. Respectable. Quality. 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Benji Mosley and Chuck Felty 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
69 camaro, small tire. Turbo car. 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Being with my son as he tunes cars at the track. Seeing the local guys respect him and seeing him get a following in the racing and hot rod community. 

Why do you race?
To see how fast we can go on our own custom builds.  

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Time. 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, March 18, 2020

An Update from BTE President, Brandon Barrentine

To all of our BTE community, 

In this rapidly changing world, we at BTE are working hard to adapt as best we can to this current crisis.  As schools, businesses, and public events (drag races!) are delayed or temporarily closed, we will continue to serve your needs to the best of our ability while keeping our team members safe and healthy as possible.  Currently, we are open and running at full speed, but as we have all seen in the last week, things change by the hour. If we are directed by our state or federal government to close our business at any time in the future, be assured that we will still be available through our regular communication channels - phone, live chat, FB email, and FB messenger - to provide support.  

 

We thank you for your continued support, and we appreciate your shared passion for motorsports.  For those of us at home, this is a great time to spend with your race car and your immediate family.  But we are all in this same boat together and please don’t forget those vulnerable in our communities - the elderly, children, the hungry, and working people that will be most affected.


Regards,

 

Brandon Barrentine

President

BTE 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, March 17, 2020