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Car of the Week: Lucas McKinney's 1996 Chevrolet S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Lucas McKinney from Elizabethton, TN, who owns and races a 1996 Chevrolet S10.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad started racing when he was 20, so I pretty much grew up at a racetrack in the Southeast somewhere. 

When and where was your first drag race?
Bristol Dragway in 2008

What model/year do you race now?
1996 Chevrolet S10

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
414 ci small block Chevrolet 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE after-market glide case, BTE 180 straight cuts, and BTE converter

Why do you use BTE?
Best price for the best product

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Kept busting stock glide cases, so I bought a BTE case and have had zero issues since then. 

A drag racer you look up to?
My dad

If money were no object, what would you drive?
The same thing I drive now, but with even better parts underneath it

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Grab the roll bar and pull myself up in the seat. Kiss my girlfriend and tell her I love her, strap in and clear my mind.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Car of the Week: Chris Morales 1993 Chevy Silverado

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Chris Morales from Lubbock, Texas, who owns and races a 1993 Chevy Silverado.

How did you get into drag racing?
I've always had a passion for drag racing. My step-dad and I built this truck about 4 years and just started going to our local track, Lubbock Dragway.

When and where was your first drag race?
4 years ago at Lubbock Dragway. 

What model/year do you race now?
1993 Chevy Silverado

Does your car have a nickname?
Shop Truck

What's under the hood?
383 stroker with 175 shot 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle
None yet. 

Why do you use BTE?
Not sure yet 

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
No, but this is awesome. Thanks for the chance to do this.

A drag racer you look up to?
I've always loved Dennis Anderson who drives the original Grave Digger.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
A custom-built Rat Rod.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Just stop and get a Monster.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, August 5, 2019

Updates on BTE Sponsored Racers: Summer 2019

At BTE Racing, we strive to be more than a supplier of high-performance parts. We want to be Part of Your Racing Team. Whether that means working with you to fine-tune specs for a custom part, or offering trackside assistance on race day, our knowledgeable technicians have your back. 

For some competitive racing teams, we take our support a step further by sponsoring drivers. This can include receiving free or discounted BTE parts and service, cool swag, and occasional social media shout outs. Here are some recent updates from BTE-sponsored racers.

Swanson MotorSports
Swanson Motorsports is a husband and wife team who are first-generation racers and are already making a name for themselves. Wife, Afton Swanson (27), is a threat behind the wheel while husband, Joe Swanson (29), acts as crew chief. 

These past two seasons, Afton finished on NHRA’s Top 25 in national points standings despite not being able to attend all the races. Driving with a BTE transmission on board, they recently won their first Top Dragster NHRA national event in the Heartland Nationals in Topeka. 

Luke Bogacki Motorsports
Some of you may have had the pleasure of meeting one of the best drag racers around, Luke Bogacki. Luke has been racing for a while now, starting off in Jr. Dragsters in 1993, and has had an amazing racing career so far. 

Luke is a two-time NHRA World Champion, five-time NHRA division champion and 14-time NHRA national event winner with more than 50 big-money bracket racing wins—a career many racers only dream of. Most recently, Luke was the Super Comp winner at NHRA Division 3 Race at Route 66 Raceway. He doesn’t plan on slowing down, even as a part-timer. Where there’s big money to be won, you can be sure to find Luke Bogacki. 

Gauger Motorsports
If you’ve ever seen a huge monster truck with a big USA-1 on the side, it belongs to the awesome Roger Gauger from Gauger Motorsports. After purchasing his first truck in 1991, Roger got to work to build something he could race. 

Gauger Motorsports is home of the Quadzilla and, of course, the USA-1. Roger is a proud customer of BTE and has a BTE transmission in his new truck. If you want to catch any of these trucks make sure to follow him on Facebook or catch him at any major racing venue or local county fairs.

Timid Tiger Racing
Father/daughter duo, Mike Roelle (crew chief) and Michaelyn Roelle (driver), Timid Tiger Racing is relatively new to the BTE family. When the family racing team first came together, Mike was racing circle boats in the American Powerboat Association.

Representing the Timid Tiger name today is daughter, Michaelyn, who has already started to make her mark in the drag racing world. Coming in 4th in NMCA West’s Pro Comp, 3rd in NMCA West’s Super Quick, and winning the first NMCE West top dragster shootout have been major highlights for this drag racer. Don’t let the team name fool you—Timid Tiger Racing is anything but tame on the track. 

StigO Motorsport
Like the singer Pitbull, BTE is also worldwide. We'd be remiss not to mention our friends from StigO Motorsports who hail from Sweden and help sell our products to Swedish clientele. They are a family team who have decided to give it a go drag racing here in the states. Be sure to check them out on the track and say välkommen (welcome)! We look forward to seeing their continued success using BTE parts and service.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Car of the Week: Derek Pearson's 1996 Mustang

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Derek Pearson from West Frankfort, IL, who owns and races a 1996 Mustang.

How did you get into drag racing?
My parents own a skating rink that is a mile from the drag strip and when I was younger I would always hear the cars racing on Friday and Saturday nights and wanted to go but couldn’t because I had to stay and help. Finally, when I was 15 I talked my dad into stopping by the track. He ran his car down the strip one time and then let me try—we were hooked and have been racing since then.

Where was your first drag race?
I-57 dragstrip in Benton, IL

What model/year do you race now?
1996 Mustang

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
440sbc 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE 5500 converter 

Why do you use BTE?
I think the question here is why wouldn’t you use BTE—it’s the best around and I would never run anything else. 

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Once I bought the new converter from BTE, my car instantly picked up and was more consistent than it ever before. 

A drag racer you look up to?
I would have to say I look up to my group of buddies that I race with… if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be where I am today.  

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Wouldn’t change from what I have. 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Listen to “Keep Pushing” by T-Ferg ft Meech New Era

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, July 30, 2019

BTE Racing Customer Service Testimonials Part 2

At BTE Racing, we know that the very best selling point is a happy customer, so we decided to let our fans tell you in their own words why they love BTE parts and service. We aim to make each customer a fan, and we appreciate the opportunity to be Part of Your Racing Team.  

1. Hello? Is it BTE you’re looking for?
Always return customer phone calls and inquiries in a timely manner. Companies that do not do this do not keep my business. My experience with Brandon at BTE has been awesome! —Michael J Fieramusca

2. Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.)
Their products and service are top notch. Since going with a custom BTE converter vs. off the shelf, my car leaves better and harder. Performance is unmatched. —Dave, Louisiana

3. Cool Down and Take a Lap
Awesome products, I can hot lap and trans doesn’t get hot. Take it apart at the end of the year and it looks the same as when we put it together. —Carson Griffith, Dayton, Ohio 

4. A Need for Speed
From day one with the new spragless converter, my car was incredibly consistent and predictable. My new BTE converter was the missing piece to make my program competitive. After a year of racing, I also upgraded my son's car with a 5000 stall BTE spragless and the results were immediate. His car picked up .2 and is also deadly consistent and a winner. —Kevin Grider, Iowa Park, Texas

5. Don’t Try this at Home
Great value vs price. Their glide is Bulletproof and reliable. —Justin, Virginia Beach, VA

6. Mr. Jimmy “Knows His Stuff” Knight
Jimmy Neal Knight knows his transmission stuff, the best! —Joey Micheletti 


Have you had a positive experience with BTE Racing parts and customer service? If so, leave us a review on Yelp, Facebook or Google and let other folks know what to expect. Thanks for being a BTE customer, we appreciate your loyalty and value your business.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, July 22, 2019

Car of the Week: Destin Bailey's 1964 Dodge A100 Van

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Destin Bailey from Marrero, Louisiana, who owns and races a 1964 Dodge A100 Van.

How did you get into drag racing?
Went to the track with my dad at 6 weeks old, first national event at 3, junior dragsters at 9, and now footbrake.

When and where was your first drag race?
My first race was on my 9th birthday racing a junior dragster at No Problem Raceway.

What model/year do you race now?
‘64 Dodge A100 Van

Does your car have a nickname?
Da Van

What's under the hood?
496 Big Block Mopar

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter, pro brake valve body, overflow tank and input shaft.

Why do you use BTE?
Quality parts, plus they sponsor our local bracket series, The King of The Coast.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Trans brake helped me look at the sky.

A drag racer you look up to?
Mike Moran

If money were no object, what would you drive?
1968 Radial vs the World Hemi Barracuda 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Necklace, no red underwear and a cold sip of water before the helmet goes on.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, July 22, 2019

BTE Parts Upgrade: Billet Aluminum Powerglide Transbrake Valve Body

Here at BTE we strive to provide the ultimate racing experience for all drivers—and that means upgrading our part components to continue to improve our customers’ cars’ performances. We recently upgraded our powerglide valve bodies to provide increased responsiveness, smoother shifts, and the longest clutch life possible. 

Specifically designed for high performance racing applications using a refined internal fluid network, the updated BTE Powerglide Valve Body eliminates the need for a 40-year-old valve body casting for racing transmissions. It’s made of billet 6061 aluminum, meaning it’s 50 percent lighter than steel valve body designs. With its ultra-fast transbrake release and high-pressure output (255+ psi), it’s perfect for the racing pro and rising star alike. 

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

Our separator plates also received a change. After years of using steel plates, we have made the switch to stamped aluminum plates. The aluminum allows for better sealing without requiring specialized gaskets. It’s lighter, durable and also comes in a bold blue, so everyone can see you’re using BTE parts. This upgrade is compatible with any powerglide transmission, and will also be available for the T-400 Powerglide Valve Body later this summer.

Get the updated BTE Powerglide Valve Body today for improved car performance. Click here to order.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, July 15, 2019

Car of the Week: Scott Mills' 1994 GMC 1500

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Scott Mills from Jackson, Tennessee, who owns and races a 1994 GMC 1500.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad’s best friend William West got me interested.

Where was your first drag race?
Jackson Dragway in Jackson, TN. 

What model/year do you race now?
‘94 GMC 1500

Does your car have a nickname?
Predator

What's under the hood?
Clement 468 BBC

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

Why do you use BTE?
Awesome folks and great products.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Chance and the guys have always gone out of their way to take care of me. Even meeting us somewhere to pick up parts when we couldn’t make it all the way down to the shop before a race. The converters they have built me have always been dead on. 

A drag racer you look up to?
I would have to say William West. He was my Dad’s best friend and has always treated me like a son. He owned the first drag car I was ever around as a kid. I have always looked up to him. If it wasn’t for him taking the time to show me stuff as a kid, I wouldn’t be in racing today.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Pro-Stock. A door slammer would be a dream come true.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
When my door closes in the staging lanes, I tighten my belts, put on my helmet and say a prayer. I ask the good Lord to please keep me and my opponent safe and for us to keep the dirty side down lol.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Car of the Week: Todd Smith's 1991 Chevy S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Todd Smith from Baltimore, Ohio, who owns and races a 1991 Chevy S10.

How did you get into drag racing?
I always wanted to build a drag car after several attempts, marriage, my son being born, buying 2 houses my lovely wife went through some health issues and after she recovered she gave the “green light” to get into drag racing. I’m on my 8th year racing.

Where was your first drag race?
National Trail Raceway, my home track.

What model/year do you race now?
1991 Chevy S10

Does your car have a nickname?
Lil Black 2.0

What's under the hood?
Sbc 409

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Ashamed to say, none yet.

Why do you use BTE?
I personally have not yet but my son has had great results with them, when the need arises I’ll be sure to give BTE a call.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Soon, hopefully.

A drag racer you look up to?
My son, he has accomplished so much in such a short time. 

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

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Get my breathing under control, I get excited when I strap in.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, July 1, 2019

BTE Racing Customer Service Testimonials

At BTE Racing, we know that the very best selling point is a happy customer, so we decided to let our fans tell you in their own words why they love BTE parts and service. We aim to make each customer a fan, and we appreciate the opportunity to be Part of Your Racing Team.  

1. To The Track and Beyond
The guys at BTE are top notch. Give them a call for all your racing transmission needs. Brandon and Chance go above and beyond to make sure you are a happy customer. If I could give them more stars I would. —Corey Schulz

2. (Jimmy) Knight in Shining Armor
My experience with you guys was phenomenal. Had an issue and BTE employees went out of their way to solve the problem. Thanks to Jimmy the car runs great now.  —Jerry Schofield, Bland, Missouri

3. BTE Hotline
Can’t really think of a place you can improve on. Fastest shipping, someone always answers the phone and is eager to help. I haven’t had any issues with any of your products. Can’t ask for much else. Before we really started a business relationship, I called because I was having problems from another company’s converters (or so we thought) and when the guy at BTE didn’t have a definite answer, he made calls until we found the issue and he made the effort to contact me back. That’s the things that make you guys top notch! —Daniel Thacker, Rush, Kentucky

4. Lean on Me
Been with BTE for over 5 years now, and besides having the best racing products and the most reliable, the customer service there is top notch and will stand behind their products 120%, Brandon and company are above and beyond anyone else period. —Bryan Walker, Walker Racing

5. Mic Drop
The best dang sponsor ever. The Best. Plain and Simple. —Gaylon Rolison, Gulfport, Mississippi

6. Need A Lift?
Was at Gulfport at the 15k Footbrake race one Friday night and Saturday. My distributor pin broke and Chris let us race the BTE Volkswagen and got to 11 cars. Would have missed that race so thanks a lot for the ride and the awesome converter. —Cody, Cullman, Alabama 

7. Runs in the Family
Dad started using BTE torque converters in the early 80s, they've always worked great. Never been failed by a BTE torque converter yet, I would say not having to worry about that has improved my racing over the decades. —Jason Marlow, Blueford, Illinois

Had a great experience with BTE Racing parts or service? Leave us a review on Google or Facebook to share your recommendation with others, and be sure to tell your friends about us.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, July 1, 2019

BTE Racing's Engine Cooling Tips for Drag Cars

Experienced drivers know that excessive heat kills transmission and torque converter components. Drag racing frequently stresses even the best racing transmission and causes it to heat very rapidly. This is a well-established and widely experienced issue in the drag racing world, and BTE technicians are often asked about the best ways to manage this problem. Check out our best engine cooling tips below.

In the middle of the steamy summer, Elapsed Times (E.T.s) can vary greatly when transmission temperatures rise above ideal operating temperatures. But did you know that for every 20°F your transmission heats up, the lifespan of your transmission and transmission fluid is also cut in half? Use these engine cooling tips to extend the life of your setup and keep your drag car at peak performance.

  • If your car is driven on the street or back to the pit area after making a pass, always run a cooler and, if possible, an electric fan.

  • DO NOT use a looped cooler line. In a powerglide transmission, a looped cooler line dumps the automatic transmission fluid at its highest temperatures (directly from the torque converter) into the gear set and clutch packs. THIS CAUSES EARLY FAILURE OF ALL COMPONENTS.

    • BTE recommends using a high-quality cooler. We offer transmission coolers from Derale.

  • For high-powered setups where a ringless input shaft is required, our high volume pumps are designed to maintain good cooler flow and pressure when used with our ringless input shaft.

  • DO NOT install a ringless input shaft in an OEM-style pump as it will have little to no cooler flow or pressure, resulting in all of the super-heated transmission fluid dumping directly into the gears and clutch packs. THIS CAUSES EARLY FAILURE OF ALL COMPONENTS.  

  • If your car is towed to the starting line and towed back to your pit area after making a pass, there is little time for a cooler circuit to have any effect on the transmission temperature. Therefore, it is ok to run a looped cooler line or use an input shaft setup that has no provision for the cooler circuit. In this scenario, the transmission and torque converter will still be extremely hot after making the pass. We recommend using an external cooler, or even a high velocity fan or leaf blower directly aimed under the car for some cooling effect.

  • Use a quality automatic transmission fluid. BTE Racing ATF is a blended fluid made by Lucas Oil. (Synthetic and semi-synthetic fluids mange heat better than conventional fluids and also maintain better lubrication than alternative oils.)   

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, June 21, 2019

Car of the Week: Gary Gillion's 1986 Chevy S-10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Gary Gillion from Winfield, Alabama, who owns and races a 1986 Chevy S-10.

How did you get into drag racing?
My older brother got me started.

When and where was your first drag race?
1994 at Fulton Dragway

What model/year do you race now?
1986 Chevy S-10

Does your car have a nickname?
No, but I would like to have one for it.

What's under the hood?
Little smallblock

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

Why do you use BTE?
Their parts are tough as hell.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Great customer service. They treat the little guys just as important as the big name racers. 

A drag racer you look up to?
John Force

If money were no object, what would you drive?
My little old S-10, because I built it myself.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Just get in and go.

Any additional comments?
Thanks to my wife for letting me do what I enjoy doing. Love you, baby.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, June 20, 2019

Car of the Week: Martin Hagstorm Chevy Nova '69

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Martin Hagstrom from Sweden, who owns and races a Chevy Nova ‘69.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
My brother took me to a streetrace. 

When and where was your first drag race?
1998 in Malmoe with a Beetle. 

What model/year do you race now?
Chevy Nova ‘69

Does your car have a nickname?
Turbo Nova. 

What's under the hood?
Lq9 gen IV, gapped rings stock bottom, stock heads with springs and trunion upgrade. Holley Hi Ram intake. EcuMaster EmuBlack Ecu managing fuel, ignition, boost and logging.  
Single 80mm Precision turbo. 

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

Why do you use BTE?
We wanted a bolt torque converter that was reliable and BTE have a reseller in Sweden so the choice of converter was easy. 

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Not yet. We have just finished our first season with the car. 

A drag racer you look up to?
Jonnie Lindberg of course. 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
The same car with more horsepower and a motorhome for the racecar with tools.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Checking my steering wheel, so it’s really clicked in place. 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summer Drag Race Roundup 2019

It’s summertime, but drag racers aren’t afraid of a little heat. We’ve rounded up the hottest races from June through August 2019—trust us, you don’t want to miss these awesome summer racing events. Skim our racing calendar below.

Summer Sizzler
Rockingham Dragway- Rockingham, NC
Don’t have any family vacation planned yet? Take them to the summer sizzler fun for the whole family. There is a race for everyone in the family, even a parents race on Friday. Join in on this family friendly event June 21-23, it’s almost here!

BTE’s World Footbrake Challenge
Bristol, Tennessee
Yes, shameless plug—it’s almost time for our World Footbrake Challenge. Join us this July 4-7th at Bristol Dragway to compete for up to $10,000. Our epic annual race is held at the legendary Thunder Valley and includes a Racer Appreciation dinner on Saturday night. If you haven’t registered yet, don’t worry, there’s still time. Be sure to register by June 28th to save $50!

Street Car Takeover
Indianapolis, Indiana
Head to Lucas Oil Raceway on July 27th and 28th to take part in their Street Car Takeover. There will be over $20,000 in cash purse payouts up for grabs. Race categories will include no-prep racing, night meet, roll racing and prepped drag racing.

Bracket Drags
Sonoma, California
Back again this August 17 & 18 is Sonoma Raceway’s Bracket Drags competition. Prizes range from $300 to $1,400, and drivers can share a live stream link with family and friends to watch from home if they can’t make it to the race.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Car of the Week: Matt Peters' 1984 Chevy S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Matt Peters from Vandalia, OH, who owns and races a 1984 Chevy S10.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad got me hooked as a little kid.

Where was your first drag race?
First time racing was at Speedworld Motorplex in Phoenix, AZ.

What model/year do you race now?
1984 Chevy S10

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
434 sbc running 6.30s.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
I use a BTE input shaft, valve body, and 1.80 straight cut planetary.

Why do you use BTE?
Their parts are reliable and durable.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Once we started using BTE planetaries, we never had to worry about failures anymore.

A drag racer you look up to?
I was always a fan of Bob Glidden.

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

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Going over the car, checking for anything that might need to be addressed before becoming a problem.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, June 7, 2019

Car of the Week: Derek Fuller's 2006 Chevy Colorado

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Derek Fuller from Prattville, AL, who owns and races a 2006 Chevy Colorado.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad, who has been racing since the 70s.

When and where was your first drag race?
2005 Jr. Dragster competition at Montgomery Motorsports Park

What model/year do you race now?
2006 Chevy Colorado

Does your car have a nickname?
Dirty White Girl

What's under the hood?
383 sbc

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

Why do you use BTE?
Made the switch a year ago and have had great results since then with the BTE converters.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Significantly more consistent after swapping to a BTE torque converter from another brand.

A drag racer you look up to?
Luke Bogaki

If money were no object, what would you drive?
A 1967 Camaro (it would take some real green lol)

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I try to block out having a "routine." It’s just one more thing to distract you. Just need to focus on letting go of the button and screwing up the stripe.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, June 3, 2019

Track Talk: Drag Racing Facts & Records

Whether you want to impress buddies at your local drag strip or just learn the history of the sport of drag racing, there are tons of interesting racing facts and NHRA records to learn about. BTE has researched some of the coolest drag racing “did you know”s—check them out below:

Need a Boost?
Nitromethane was banned by the NHRA back in 1957 as it was deemed unsafe. However, the ban did not last long and was lifted in 1963, to the satisfaction of many racers.

Bond. James Bond.
In drag racing, a driver with a reaction time seven thousandths of a second after the green light (.007), is called James Bond, after Agent 007 himself. But be careful not to get a  -.007 second reaction time—that’s a James Bond Red a.k.a. disqualification.

Cha Cha’s Legacy
You may know Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney as “The First Lady of Drag Racing,” but did you know she is also the first person—man or woman—to win two Top Fuel titles? Muldowney won the NHRA Top Fuel Championship in 1977, 1980, and later added a third in 1982. She won a total of 18 NHRA national events. She was also the first woman to receive a license from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) in Top Fuel.

Give Me a Brake
After several fatal incidents in 2010, the NHRA made carbon fiber brakes a requirement for several racing classes. Carbon fiber brakes are similar to Formula 1 racing brakes and  typically have better stopping power, are lighter and handle heat better, providing a safer a racing experience.

National Hot Rod Association Records
Records are meant to be broken, but here are some of the current standing national records from the NHRA:

  • The longest standing national record in the NHRA  is held by Bill Reichert in the Top Alcohol Dragster category with the best elapsed time of 5.103 set back in 2007.

  • The Pro Stock highest speed record is held by Erica Enders at 215.55 mph, set in Englishtown, NJ in 2014. Disney made a movie based on Erica and her sister Courtney staring the future-Captain Marvel, Brie Larson. 

  • Robert Hight holds two records in the Funny Car category: best elapsed time with 3.793 set in Brainerd, MN; and fastest speed reached with 339.87 mph set in Sonoma, CA.

Check out more drag racing records here.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, May 24, 2019

Car of the Week: Matt McCoy's 1986 Mustang GT

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Matt McCoy from Kettering, Ohio, who owns and races a 1986 Mustang GT.

How did you get into drag racing?
Mom and dad had fast cars all my life.

Where was your first drag race?
In Xenia, Ohio at Kilkare Dragway, but may have done a bit of street racing before that.

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

Does your car have a nickname?
EVIL86

What's under the hood?
Iron Eagle Big bore 347 afr 205’s with a s480 turbo.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
I run a BTE Top Sportsman powerglide.

Why do you use BTE?
I called around to all the top brands and a couple said they’d get back to me, but BTE spoke directly to me that day and got me exactly what I needed.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Just wish I switched from a C4 to your glide way sooner—I went thru 9 rebuilds of the C4 in just 5 years.

A drag racer you look up to?
John force of course and now some of these no prep street racers have my attention.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Ford GT, newest model.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I do a good walk around the car, look under the hood one last time.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Car of the Week: Chuck Turocy's 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Chuck Turocy from Apollo, PA, who owns and races a 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass.

How did you get into drag racing?
I've always like cars, and felt more at home at the drag strip than anywhere else.

When and where was your first drag race?
Keystone Raceway, September 1996.

What model/year do you race now?
'81 Oldsmobile Cutlass ('88 nose)

Does your car have a nickname?
The Minion

What's under the hood?
455 Olds

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
None currently. I bought my car turnkey out of MI July 4, 2017.

Why do you use BTE?
I used BTE products in my '69 Cutlass—converter and manual valve body. They’ve got great products and service.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
In '69, the converter and manual valve body helped the car's consistency for sure.

A drag racer you look up to?
At Keystone, long time racer Dave Dortenzo. As tough as they come to race against, tremendous sportsman and a great guy.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Maybe make one of the Olds a big tire car, something in the high 5s 1/8th mile.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Deep breaths, block everything out.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, May 16, 2019

Famous Drag Strips in the US: Part 3

Whether immortalized in movies or for being the site of big name national races, some U.S. drag strips are known throughout the drag racing world. We’ve made a list of some of the most well-known drag strips in the United States. This is part three of a three-part series. You can read part one and part two here.

Atco Dragway
Opening its tracks in 1960, it is New Jersey’s oldest and most frequented track. Atco has a 1/4 mile drag race track, that held over 265 events last year. Don’t believe us? Check out their packed event calendar for yourself.

  • Popular is an understatement: Atco is the busiest track in the nation.

Maryland International Raceway
This track is a little over 50 years old and still going strong. It has had a few different owners throughout the years, most notably Tod Mack, the man responsible for developing the first digital timing system, Digitime. MDIR has an elevation of 80 feet, which is a reason why records are constantly being made. They also have their own J34 jet dryer to minimize track drying time and heat up the racing surface.

  • Did you know? Discovery’s show Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings recently filmed a live episode here for their new season.

Houston Raceway Park
This drag racing strip was built in 1988 and formally known as the Royal Purple Raceway. It since has gone through a name and color change as a result of their partnership with Pennzoil. It is Houston’s only major multi-purpose motorsports venue and has a seating capacity of 30,000. The racetrack is also responsible for hosting major events like TX2K and the NHRA: Mello Yello drag racing, open for all to attend.

  • Recent expansion: In 2000, Houston Raceway Park opened a new high banked 3/8 mile dirt oval at the facility.

Other notable tracks:
Denver
Norwalk
Englishtown


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, May 2, 2019

Car of the Week: Jack Tarner's 1978 Mercury Zephyr Z-7

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Jack Tarner from Owasso, Ok, who owns and races a 1978 Mercury Zephyr Z-7 (and a Dodge Viper).

How did you get into drag racing?
Began going with my dad in the late 60s. Got interested in it with my own car in the high school drags (1980), and have been doing it on and off since.

When and where was your first drag race?
As a spectator I was 5-6 years old at a track somewhere in Texas (I remember 2 gassers), and as a racer in 1980 at Tulsa International Raceway High School Drags.

What model/year do you race now?
I have two... "Blue" is a 1978 Mercury Zephyr Z-7. My newer car is a 2000ish Dodge Viper I built to 25.1 specs.

Does your car have a nickname?
“Blue”

What's under the hood?
Reher/Morrison 588 12* BBC

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Pro Brake valve body, clutches and the 1.80 straight cut planetary

Why do you use BTE?
I trust my transmission builder, Lanny Maples. He likes and uses their products, and that's good enough for me!

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
My stuff starting out was fairly old, so upgrading to new equipment has given me peace of mind that I don't need to worry about breaking these parts.

A drag racer you look up to?
There are so many, but my dad taught me about cars and how to  build them, then let me go to discover my own strengths. A professional racer I always looked up to was Bob Glidden.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Blown Pro Mod, or possibly a Blown Nitro Nostalgia

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I'm always nervous and jumpy until I get into my car, then I start to calm down and get in the zone (close my eyes and visualize my pass). Once I'm past the gates it's game on.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, May 2, 2019

Car of the Week: Ryan Markham's 1989 Ford Mustang coupe

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Ryan Markham from West Frankfort, Illinois, who owns and races a 1989 Ford Mustang coupe.

How did you get into drag racing?
My brother Ian told me about a dragstrip down the road from where we lived. I was 17 years old and bought my very first vehicle with the money I saved up. Me and a few friends went out there one weekend and I got hooked. So here I am with a full-blown race car!  

Where was your first drag race?
I-57 Dragstrip in Benton, Illinois

What model/year do you race now?
1989 Ford Mustang coupe

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
Sbf 427

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter Ford c4

Why do you use BTE?
Great people and quality parts.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Car was very inconsistent with old converter. But once I got my BTE converter it was the total opposite.

A drag racer you look up to?
N/A

If money were no object, what would you drive?
'67-'68 fastback Ford Mustang

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
N/A

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, May 2, 2019

Famous Drag Strips in the US: Part 2

Whether immortalized in movies or for being the site of big name national races, some U.S. drag strips are known throughout the drag racing world. We’ve made a list of some of the most well-known drag strips in the United States. This is part two of a three-part series. You can read part one here

Maple Grove
From nostalgia racing, Top Fuel dragsters, and jet-powered vehicles to Street Bike races and Street Legal Grudge racing, Maple Grove has something to offer for almost every type of racer. The raceway is centered around a quarter-mile straight racetrack which features NHRA Drag Racing, plus many specialized automotive-themed events throughout the season.

  • Many firsts: In 1989 Joe Amato and Shirley Muldowney recorded the first ever side-by-side four-second Top Fuel Dragster runs, the first ever side by side 300 mph T/F passes, and many other record breakers.  

Lucas Oil Raceway
A multipurpose motorsports facility opened in 1960, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis has come to be known as "America's Great Race Place!"  During the 1960 U.S. Nationals in Detroit, a handshake agreement between Binford and NHRA founder Wally Parks promised that the event would move to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in 1961. The historic three-year pact was signed and Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis eventually became the home of the NHRA's biggest annual event.

  • Milestones: The 60th Anniversary of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals was celebrated on Lucas Oil Raceway in 2014.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sin City has more to offer than just casinos—it is also home to Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s dragstrip nicknamed “The Strip.” It has gone through some major changes, the biggest is widening from two lanes to four, making it one of the only drag strips in the nation to feature four-wide racing. Racers have been known to hit speeds in excess of 330 miles per hour!

  • Did you know? Vegas has two strips, but honestly The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the only one that matters.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, May 2, 2019

Car of the Week: Lauren Lockhart's '67 Chevy II Nova SS

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Lauren Lockhart from Sedalia, Ketucky, who owns and races a '67 Chevy II Nova SS.

How did you get into drag racing?
Through my boyfriend (now husband).

When and where was your first drag race?
April 9th, 2011 in Gleason, TN

What model/year do you race now?
'67 Chevy II Nova SS

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
Currently a 400. Going to a 434 Walker Race Engine this winter.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE Top Sportsman Transmission and BTE Converter

Why do you use BTE?
Best products and best customer service in the business.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Surrounding yourself with good parts and good people provides good results.

A drag racer you look up to?
My husband, Charlie Lockhart. He's a bad man in a race car and he's built himself up from nothing. You'd be hard pressed to find someone with more passion for the sport.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
I don't think I could ever let my Nova go, but I wouldn't mind adding a '67 GTO to the garage. It's been my dream car since I was 16.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
If it's a big race and I need to focus I'll listen to music in the staging lanes. Every round I absolutely have to make sure my pants are above my ankles before staging.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, April 26, 2019

Car of the Week: Kyle Bigley's 2002 MPR built Super Stock Firebird

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring BTE-sponsored driver Kyle Bigley from New Jersey, who owns and races a 2002 MPR built Super Stock Firebird.

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

When and where was your first drag race?
Started at 10 years old in a half-scale junior dragster. First ever pass was at Englishtown Raceway Park on the big track (RIP).

What model/year do you race now?
2002 MPR built Super Stock Firebird

Does your car have a nickname?
No, she doesn’t.

What's under the hood?
522 cubic inch Bullet powered by Huntsville Engines (big block Chevy) conventional heads makes about 900hp.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Not enough! Haha. Trans and converters.

Why do you use BTE?
Because Brandon is a stand-up guy and a professional businessman. BTE is one of the best in the industry with great products and great services. They care about their racers and brand enough to partner/sponsor.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Not yet. But I look forward to my endeavor of trying to put the new super street firebird into the winners circle a bunch and locking up a 2019 super street d1 championship and a back to back d1 super comp championship.

A drag racer you look up to?
From a business perspective: Pete Biondo. Always wanted to be the next Peter. From a mentor/racing perspective (other than my father): Luke Bogacki, bracket racing elite.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Well, first I’d have a rig with some A/C lol. But probably a Lamborghini to take to the track. And have 2 top shelf dragsters. A super street car. And an old pro stock car to race in top sportsman.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I listen to my music. My hype up music when I roll in the gates is typically 6ix9ine. After warming up the car the music is done. Then I have my “routine” and basically it’s just to do the same exact thing each round and be consistent. (See one of my latest blog posts on kylebigleymotorsports.com) where I go in-depth about this topic.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Famous Drag Strips in the U.S.

Whether immortalized in movies or for being the site of big name national races, some U.S. drag strips are known throughout the drag racing world. We’ve made a list of some of the most well-known drag strips in the United States. Have you raced at them all?

Pomona Raceway - Pomona, California
This quarter-mile drag strip opened in 1961 and is famous for hosting the NHRA’s Circle K Winternationals and Automobile Club of Southern California Finals (as well as being operated by the NHRA directly). It can accommodate up to 40,000 spectators and since 1984 has included Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock races.

  • You might also know it as: Auto Club Raceway at Pomona or The Fairplex

Gainesville Raceway - Gainesville, Florida
Gainesville Raceway opened in 1969 and held its first Gatornationals event in 1970. Long considered one of the fastest tracks on the NHRA circuit, it was from this legendary launch point that drivers clocked the first 260-, 270- and 300-mph Top Fuel runs.

  • Fun fact: During the 2000 Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals, eight of 10 national records were set in the professional classes.

Bristol Dragway
Bristol International Dragway (as it was known then) opened in 1965 under National Hot Rod Association sanction. At the time it was considered a state-of-the-art super dragway, the best in the country.

  • Did you know? The dragstrip sits between two mountains so the strip earned the name "Thunder Valley" because of the thundering noise cars made when they traveled down the strip.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, April 18, 2019

Car of the Week: Jared Pennington's 1972 Chevrolet Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Jared ‘Big Jed’ Pennington from Fultondale, Alabama, who owns and races a 1972 Chevrolet Nova.

How did you get into drag racing?
My dad got me started at the age of 13.

When and where was your first drag race?
Lassiter Mountain Dragway in 1984

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Big Red

What's under the hood?
15* 434 SBC

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE 1.80 Powerglide and BTE torque converter

Why do you use BTE?
BTE offers the reliability necessary to stay competitive in racing. Their staff is knowledgeable and helpful, which keeps me from guessing at what I need. I know I can trust them to only sell me what I need, and nothing else.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I was struggling with inconsistency on my race car. I sent the transmission to BTE, for them to make sure my issues weren’t being caused by the trans. They found my valve body, to have an issue with a sticking valve. I upgraded to their billet pro transbrake and it solved the problem.

A drag racer you look up to?
Anyone that works hard for the sport. We need more people contributing in a positive way.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
The same car I drive today.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
No actual ritual, but I do try hard to get a good night of sleep, the night before a big race.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, April 11, 2019

Car(s) of the Week: Philip Cromer's 1970 Nova & 1990 Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Philip Cromer from Kentucky, who owns and races a 1970 Nova and a 1990 Nova.

How did you get into drag racing?
Thanks to my dad.

When and where was your first drag race?
1992 in Clay City, Kentucky

What model/year do you race now?
A 1970 Nova and a 1990 Nova.

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

What's under the hood?
434 sbc

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

Why do you use BTE?
They have the good stuff.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
They build some of the best parts!

A drag racer you look up to?
I look up to my dad.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Chevy all the way!

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Car of the Week: Mark Rapp's 1970 Nostalgia Pro Stock Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Mark Rapp from SoCal (soon moving to Prosper, Texas), who owns and races a 1970 Nostalgia Pro Stock Nova.

How did you get into drag racing?
When I was about 7 years old, we had neighbors move in that raced drag boats, and down the street was a Super Stock racer and they both let me hang out and watch. I've been a gearhead ever since!

When and where was your first drag race?
1976 at OCIR

What model/year do you race now?
1970 Nostalgia Pro Stock Nova (just finished), a 2014 COPO is in the works.

Does your car have a nickname?
No, but it needs one… I'm open to suggestions!

What's under the hood?
383 sbc

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
I'm in need of a good nitrous converter since we just changed our combo.

Why do you use BTE?
I've heard nothing but good things about them.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
No, but maybe in the future.

A drag racer you look up to?
Warren Johnson

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Factory Stock Showdown

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I just get belted in a little early, sit, and relax.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, April 1, 2019

Spring Drag Race Round Up 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, March 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, March 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Big Red

What's under the hood?
421

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Mayhem

What's under the hood?
438 Sbc

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

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

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

A drag racer you look up to?
None

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
No.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, February 25, 2019

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

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

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

Where was your first drag race?
Northwest Tennessee Motorsports Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, February 21, 2019

Car of the Week: Sean Stearns' 1978 Chevrolet Malibu

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Pepe le BU

What's under the hood?
557 BBC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Where to Get the Latest Drag Racing News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
War Wagon

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

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

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

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

Someone you look up to in racing?
Royce Thomasson

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Little Haywire

What's under the hood?
406 sbc

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

Why do you use BTE?
Price and quality.

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

A drag racer you look up to?
My dad.

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Instructions & Limited Time Discount for BTE Tune Up Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, January 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Someone you look up to in racing?
Birdman.

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

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


 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glossary of Motorsport Terms
Drag Racing Glossary
Drag Strip Lingo

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Nelly

What's under the hood?
Ford 302 engine

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

Why do you use BTE?
Dependable and friendly service.

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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

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

To get the most out of our tune up services, here are some easy tips to follow to ensure you get your equipment back in perfect condition and in plenty of time before the first big race of the year.

  1. We will work our hardest to return your product as quickly as possible. However, please understand that hundreds torque converters and transmissions arrive at our facility this month for service. While we do them as fast as we can, we also need to take the time to do it right. Make sure you send your parts in to allow plenty of time for delivery to our facility, time for our mechanics to do the job right and time for the shipping company to get your parts back to their original location.

  2. When sending in torque converters, please use FedEx or UPS. While the USPS is sometimes less costly, their deliveries are sometimes inconsistent. Also—and this is very important—please drain as much oil from the torque converters as possible and wrap them securely. The package carriers can dispose of leaky boxes! Don't let this happen to you.

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

  4. It's simple, but it happens sometimes: Don't forget to include your name and contact information with any powerglides, racing transmissions or torque converters sent to us for annual checkup. Otherwise, we won't know how to get in touch with you if we have any questions.

BTE is proud to be a full-service transmission shop and manufacturer. Thank you for trusting us with your parts and for letting us be a part of your racing team.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Burple

What's under the hood?
Ford 393 Windsor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 14, 2019

BTE’s Year in Review

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, January 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Does your car have a nickname?
The Hemi Hunter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 7, 2019