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Car of the Week: Bob Kruger 2007 Ford Crown Victoria

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 Bob Kruger from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who owns and races a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My brother at age 13 and his friend Erik Johnson. 

When and where was your first drag race?
My first race was in my ‘84 Hurst Olds, my brother drove and won.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2007 Ford Crown Victoria, mercury swap, converted to quick fuel carb e85, custom made. Competition products and custom ground cams from Howards cams and I’m trying to convert to 4150 bolt-on fuel injection carb with handheld tuner.

Does your car have a nickname?
Black Sunshine. Music and drag racing have helped me get through significant health problems.

What's under the hood?
4.6 2v Ford 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Hoping to get a trans and converter.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
I don't know how to tune on a laptop that has an MSD modular box, and due to some health problems, I have issues with wiring. Regardless, I continue to drive to help out charities.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I would keep building this 2007 Police Interceptor and add a single turbo and not run nitrous. Kids love it!

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
I overcame a huge fear of mine and got to run 3 times this year.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
I look up to the older guys that are nice and appreciate something different. It's been great to hear all the people with positive things to say. 

Why do you race? 
I can't race like I used to, but I still do it because it feels good to show kids and doubters that I still can. I face my fears of being around people and I advise kids to build what you want, not what others want. Love seeing old and new builds. I appreciate all the little details in racing, seeing people smile nowadays—could use more of that.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Racing Tips

There’s a steep learning curve for the first time drag racer and sometimes it can feel like information overload. But you can always count on drag racers look out for one another, sharing tips gained through years of experience. We asked the BTE drag racing community for tips they wish they had known when they first started racing. Check out what they had to say.

Tread Carefully
Take care of your tires and they’ll take care of you. This is one of the tips racers said they wish they’d known more about. Read what Barry McLarty and Steve VanPatten said.

“Stay out of the water with street tires. Water can hide in the treads and send you home early.”  –Barry McLarty

“Don't try doing a smokey burnout with street tires. Because it won't hook up whatsoever when you launch it.”  –Steve VanPatten

Dude, where do I put my car?
You’re next on the track when it hits you: “How far deep do I need to place my car?” Mark Akullian and Bart Hoiles both say the placement in staging and syncing with the sensors is a bit tricky. 

“How to stage deep or shallow. Some start out in reverse from in and out lack of knowledge”    –Mark Akullian

“Probably where to park the car in the beams the exact same every time and learning the 3 stages of each bulb action.”  –Bart Hoiles 

$$$
You’ll notice quickly drag racing is not a cheap hobby and based on what Rob Krueger and Shannon Brown said, it’s probably one of the most challenging things about racing. From repairing and upgrading parts to paying race registrations and travel costs, racers can run up a hefty tab participating in this great sport.  

“Trying too keep up with technology and affording it.”  –Rob Krueger 

“How to make enough money to afford anything racing related and to just buy the good stuff the first time. And there's no such thing as finished.”  –Shannon Brown 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, December 6, 2019

Car of the Week: Ryan Otenberger's 1968 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 Ryan Otenberger from Orlando, FL, who owns and races a 1968 Chevy Nova.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Born into it. 

When and where was your first drag race?
National Trail Raceway, Ohio. I started going at 4 years old as a spectator, made my first pass at age 16 in 2002. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
‘68 Nova, 275 et Street pro drag radial 

Does your car have a nickname?
The Freedom Nova

What's under the hood?
BBC, single-stage nitrous plate. 

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

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Finding time to do it!

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Great products and great customer support 

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Nitrous Radial vs World Car 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
First time I went .9xx 60’ in a car 

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

Why do you race? 
It’s my life. 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Car of the Week: Wendell Kenney's 1979 El Camino

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 Wendell Kenney from Midlothian, VA who owns and races a  1979 El Camino.

How did you get into drag racing?
A Friend

Where was your first drag race?
1967 Biloxi, MS. I won my first race and I still have trophy.

What model/year do you race now?
1979 El Camino

Does your car have a nickname?
Farm Truck

What's under the hood?
377ci

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Converter and TH350

Why do you use BTE?
Heard good things before buying and am really satisfied with the service and products.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I would like to give you an update on the converter you freshen up/loosen up for me. I picked almost 3mph in the eight. The only other change I made was putting my 28x10.5 Hossier slicks on 8" rims from 10". Converter is working great. Thank you.

A drag racer you look up to?
Bill Grumpy Jenkins

If money were no object, what would you drive?
‘67 Camaro

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

 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, November 25, 2019

Car of the Week: Hoyt Cartwright's 1967 Camaro

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 Hoyt Cartwright from Rossville, TN who owns and races a ‘67 Camaro.

How did you get into drag racing?
Been addicted since childhood. 

Where was your first drag race?
Lakeland International Raceway

What model/year do you race now?
‘67 Camaro 

Does your car have a nickname?
O Blue

What's under the hood?
632 ci 

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

Why do you use BTE?
Great products 

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Knowing a lifetime of family through Bill Taylor. Just knowing I could call him at any time and get great information or advice. 

A drag racer you look up to?
Clay Millican

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Same as now. I’m happy where I’m at.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Rev on the red line   

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, November 18, 2019

Car of the Week: Vert Wallace's 1979 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 Vert Wallace from Minneapolis, Minnesota who owns and races a 1979 Chevy Malibu.

How did you get into drag racing?
I started with street racing and it evolved into drag racing.

Where and when was your first drag race?
My first race was on the street in the late ‘90s in a 1970 Cutlass on West Broadway in Minneapolis.

What model/year do you race now?
1979 Chevy Malibu 

Does your car have a nickname?
Blue Cheese 

What's under the hood?
BBC Chev

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

Why do you use BTE?
I went with BTE because of the nice price, good service and quality products.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I changed to a BTE converter and my ET and MPH improved drastically. 

A drag racer you look up to?
All the great racers.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Still my 1979 Chevy Malibu 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I clap my hands before I pull in the beams.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Car of the Week: Calvin Reynolds' 2006 TNT Dragster

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 Calvin Reynolds from Lancaster, KY who owns and races a 2006 TNT Dragster.

How did you get into drag racing?
I started in Jr. Dragsters when I was 11 years old.

Where was your first drag race?
Mountain Parkway Motorplex in Clay City, KY in the late 90s.

What model/year do you race now?
2006 TNT Dragster

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
565 cubic inch by Huntsville Engine

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

Why do you use BTE?
I have had EXCELLENT customer service with BTE, and my car is very consistent with the BTE converter.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
The consistency and performance I get from BTE is amazing. 

A drag racer you look up to?
My parents, they don't race but they have always been there for support. 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money were no object, I would have a late 90s body style Cutlass to run Top Sportsman or 4.70 class and a TNT dragster to bracket race. 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I don't really have a ritual, but I try to keep the same routine as far as maintenance and race preparation.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Time Slip Spotlight

How can you see if your hard work paid off this season? Well, it’s all in the timeslips. They not only show speed, but you can also see what adjustments you need to make on your car for improvements to get a better Elapsed Time (ET). Some of these racers’ hard work definitely paid off and set some personal and national records. Check them out below.

Wes Littrel
Packing a twin-engine and a new BTE converter Wes took three tenths off the best pass with the previous converter!
Vehicle: Twin Engine Dragster (Two pump gas 429 Ford)
ET: 5.648 
Distance: ⅛ mile 

Scott Mills
Congratulations to Scott Mills on making his first pass.
Vehicle: Dragster with an SBC 
Location: Jackson Dragway
ET: 5.42
Distance: N/A

Bob Alberty Jr.
“First pass with a new Hemi combination in a blown alcohol top dragster, equipped with a BTE trans and converter, prepared by Rick Haselton at RRR Racing Transmissions.”
Vehicle: Blown alcohol top dragster
Location: Mid-west Pro Mod Series in T-Town
ET: 3.794
Distance: N/A

Stig Olsson 
We’re happy to see a BTE-sponsored racer succeed, especially when he set a national record last spring. 
Vehicle: Top Fuel Dragster
ET: 6.54  
Distance: ¼ mile

Michael Collete
With “3200lbs still on stock leaf spring suspension”  Michael managed to set a personal record at Beacon Dragway.
Vehicle: 1976 Camaro
ET: 6.33
Distance: N/A

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Car of the Week: Rickey Greer's 1967 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 Rickey Greer from Advance, NC, who owns and races a 1967 Chevelle .

How did you get interested in drag racing?
David Spaugh and my dad

When and where was your first drag race?
Farmington Dragway, 10 years ago

What model/year do you race now? 
1967 Chevelle 

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
355

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
None at the moment, but I hope to be sponsored soon. 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
What I have now 

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

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Listening to music

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Top BTE Product Picks from COTW Alumni

Are you looking to make some improvements to your car to fix an ongoing performance problem? Just shopping around for new parts and don’t know where to start? Hear from your fellow racers (our Car of the Week alumni) as they share their personal experience using BTE products in their own words. Some have picked up more speed and others just enjoyed the durability and reliability of BTE products. We’ve made sure to include their car make and model, which part they purchased, and their comments on the product. Click the driver’s name to read their full COTW blog, and click the product name to view. Ready, set, add to cart!

Harrell Coulter (Mississippi)
Pro Tree Brake and BTE Custom Nitrous Converter
1993 Mustang
“I was struggling with a loose converter and made a call to BTE. I was already pleased with my transbrake so I gave Brandon my car info. A couple of days later the converter arrived and I picked up .2 immediately.” 

Jared ‘Big Jed’ Pennington  (Alabama)
BTE 1.80 Powerglide and BTE torque converter 
1972 Chevy Nova 
“I was struggling with inconsistency in 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.” 

Mark Blake (West Virginia) 
Converter
1994 Camaro 
“With the new 8inch 83400 converter, no other changes made, it picked-up .20 on the et and 4mph faster. The biggest thanks to BTE for having quality parts over the years to keep us going.”

Gary Devito (New York)
Top Sportsman Powerglide
1968 Chevy Camaro
“My car is mainly a streetcar that I race from time to time against friends and local fastest street car events. My previous combo was a 750hp 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 making almost twice that and have raced it 3 seasons now just checking band adjustment and not a single issue!”

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, October 25, 2019

Car of the Week: Phil Combs, Jr.'s 1988 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 Phil Combs, Jr. from Demossville, Kentucky, who owns and races a 1988 Chevy S10.

How did you get into drag racing?
It’s family time for us.

When and where was your first drag race?
Thornhill Dragstrip 2016

What model/year do you race now?
1988 Chevy S10

Does your car have a nickname?
Ronald

What's under the hood?
DJ’s performance 383

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

Why do you use BTE?
They’re always here for us sportsman racers.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Not really, but hopefully in the future. 

A drag racer you look up to?
My dad

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Still an S10.

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

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Car of the Week: Dewayne May's 1985 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 Dewayne May from Heinrich, KY, who owns and races a 1985 Chevy S-10.

How did you get into drag racing?
Going with my dad

Where was your first drag race?
Knoxville Dragway 

What model/year do you race now?
1985 S-10 

Does your car have a nickname?
Not really 

What's under the hood?
Hinkel performance 383 

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

Why do you use BTE?
Good service and tech advice. I won on my second time out with my new torque converter! My car gets a more consistent 60’ and better E.T. 

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Called into the shop and got great information and parts suggestions

A drag racer you look up to?
Too many to list, but a lot of thanks to my brother (who is also a BTE customer) 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
I would probably keep my little truck but make it a little faster lol.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Taking time to calm down. 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Oldest Tracks in Drag Racing

Pinpointing exactly when drag racing began is a bit difficult, but nothing holds more history than the race tracks themselves. These tracks were the backdrop for legendary runs by Don “Big Daddy” Garlits, Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, and many more. Unfortunately, a lot of tracks have closed throughout the years, but many are still up and running. Check out our roundup below of some of the oldest operating drag strips in the United States. 

Great Lakes Dragaway- Union Grove, WI 
Opened in 1955, the Great Lakes Dragaway, also known as the “The Biggest Little Track in the World” became the oldest operating dragstrip in the country after the Inyokern Airport closed its doors. It has hosted drag racing legends like Don Garlits, Tom McEwen, and even Evel Knievel. It has without a doubt become one of the most significant dragstrips in drag racing history in the U.S.

Atco Dragway- Atco, NJ 
Built back in 1960, the Atco Dragway is the oldest dragstrip in New Jersey and the busiest in the nation. Their opening ceremony had 1,500 people in attendance and over 200 cars competing in 38 different classes. Atco Dragway is under the new ownership of the Capone family, who are well known in the drag racing community (Len Capone Sr. was present for the grand opening ceremony of Atco Dragway).

Maple Grove Raceway- Monton, PA
Maple Grove Raceway has undergone a couple of transformations—it started out as a  swimming pool, then turned into a racetrack, to its final form as the dragway it is today in 1962. Originally a ⅕ mile strip, it was then expanded to a quarter-mile strip in 1964. It’s also the track where Pat Dankin beat out Don Garlits for the Top Fuel title in the All-American Pro-Series. This wonderful piece of drag racing history is currently up for sale for a cool $8 million.

Bristol Dragway- Bristol, TN
The Bristol Motor Speedway was built in 1961, but the straight track wasn’t built until 1965, creating the incomparable monstrous sound of dragsters going upward of 300 miles down the stip, which gave the track the nickname “Thunder Valley.” Some unforgettable moments that have taken place at Bristol Dragway include Eddie Hill facing off against Art Arfon, and runs from “Bad Buddy” Ingersoll’s turbocharged V-6 Buick, which was later outlawed. 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Car of the Week: Robert Woods 1964 Chevy II 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 Robert Woods from Kansas City, Kansas, who owns and races a ‘64 Chevy II SS.

How did you get into drag racing?
My neighbor took me to my first drag race and from there I was hooked.

Where was your first drag race?
Lawrence Drag Strip in Lawrence, Kansas.

What model/year do you race now?
1964 Chevy II SS

Does your car have a nickname?
Triple Trouble

What's under the hood?
460 BBC, 671 GMC Blower

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Powerglide and 4500 stall converter

Why do you use BTE?
Great products

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
Improved the 60 ft time from 157 to 148

A drag racer you look up to?
All of my racing peers

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Nostalgia funny car

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Check to make sure my belts are on tight.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Car of the Week: Chad White's 1992 GMC Sonoma

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 White from Robertsdale, AL, who owns and races a 1992 GMC Sonoma.

How did you get into drag racing?
My Dad and Grandpa started racing in the 80s so I was born and raised around it.

When and where was your first drag race?
Atmore Dragway 2004

What model/year do you race now?
1992 GMC Sonoma 

Does your car have a nickname?
Slonoma

What's under the hood?
6.0 LS 

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

Why do you use BTE?
Quality 

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I was in a bind at a race and the BTE trailer was there and had just what we needed to get fixed up and make the next round.

A drag racer you look up to?
My Dad 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
63 Split Window 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Loud music and the windows down driving to the track!

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 30, 2019

Drag Racing Racetracks: Canada

Drag racing will take you places. You’ll go on trips all over the U.S., and maybe even make a visit to our neighbors in the Great White North, if you’re lucky. Whether you’re there for a race or a non-racing related trip, make some time to visit Canada’s best drag strips that we rounded up in the blog below. 

 

Castrol Raceway (Edmonton, Alberta)
The Castrol Raceway can hold up to 15,000 people and is also home to the largest drag racing event in Canada, the Mopar Rocky Mountains Nationals. They’ve also recently hosted their first Outlaw Truck Drags event highlighting trucks this past August. They even have programming for future drag racers called the Nitro Ratz Junior Dragster Association for ages 7-17. 

 

Toronto Motorsports Park (Cayuga, Ontario)
Formerly known as the Cayuga International Dragway Park, this dragstrip is 1,320 feet long, with a shutdown area of 2,880 feet for a combined length of 4,200 feet. Unfortunately, the drag racing season is coming to a close and their last events before winter are taking place this weekend, so if you’re close be sure to race that way.

 

Mission Raceway Park (Mission, British Columbia)

Celebrating 65 years of drag racing action, this raceway attracts drivers from all over the world for two reasons: the first is that they’re at sea level, which is great for racing and for breaking records. The second reason is that it’s close to the city and a major highway, making it easily accessible, especially for tourists. 

 

Saskatchewan International Raceway (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Saskatchewan International Raceway, or SIR for short, is one of the oldest tracks in Western Canada at 45 years old. The track has undergone several name changes, from “Southwinds Dragway” to “Saskatoon International Raceway” before landing on the name we know today to better reflect their audience. Despite the name changes they’ve always retained the reputation of being one of the “best organized” and “most fun places to race” in Canada. 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 23, 2019

Car of the Week: Rick Eisenzimmer's 1968 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 Rick Eisenzimmer from Pensacola, Florida, who owns and races a 1968 Nova.

How did you get into drag racing?
Been racing for as long as I can remember. Competitive cars were a natural next step and I was hooked by high school.

When and where was your first drag race?
Atmore Dragway in the ‘90s. (First legal race on a track, anyway.)

What model/year do you race now?
1968 Nova

Does your car have a nickname?
Grumpy

What's under the hood?
510 cid with 14/71 blower

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter and internal powerglide parts

Why do you use BTE?
My buddy David Adams who builds my powerglide swears by BTE and I have had good success with them.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I broke a lot of parts until we started using BTE. When I hit the throttle now, I’m not worried about a broken input shaft or planetary set. 

A drag racer you look up to?
There are a lot, but we have a local guy that has taught me so much and pushed me to learn and do better named Roy Gilmore. He treats me like a son and is always there for me. 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
I’d probably race a funny car.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I take a few Aspirins to calm anxiety and when I suit up I take some deep breaths. I was in a fire with my altered years ago and I still get a little uptight sometimes. Once the window net is up, a little fist bump from my friend Scott and a welcome voice on the radio then it’s on.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 23, 2019

Fall Race Roundup 2019

Fall is here, which means drag racing season is almost over. Make the most out of the time left and check out some of these races coming up to help you earn some extra cash—the holidays are right around the corner! 

Pennsylvania Dutch Classic, Sept. 27- 30
If you’re in Pennsylvania or nearby on the East Coast, head down to Maple Grove Raceway the last weekend of September. Prize money ranges from $75 to $2,000 and there’s a surprise bonus for the stock and super stock winners. For more information and the complete schedule for this event, click the link above. 

Cosmic Halloween Classic, Oct. 12- 20
The Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio is hosting a huge Pre-Halloween bash—a week-long one, to be exact. Some of the Halloween activities include an adult and kids costume party, pumpkin carving, and hayrides. The fun continues on the strip with an entire week full of drag racing. Some races to look forward to are Bumpin’ Draggin’ Wheelie contest and the Frantic Four. 

BTE Southern Footbrake Challenge, Oct. 31- Nov. 3
The races start on Thursday and go through Sunday, so we’ve included plenty of Halloween fun for the whole family to enjoy for a full weekend at the track. Racers will also get the “treat” of a chance to win $30,000 in guaranteed money. Pre-enter by October 2nd by calling 205-612-3502.

Wednesday Night Drags (ongoing until Nov. 13)
In case you can’t make weekend races or just want to work on your technique before hitting the track for real, head over to Sonoma Raceway in California every Wednesday. Perfect for getting in some practice runs in a safe place without the worry of city ordinances. Go ahead and book every Wednesday for your weekly dose of adrenaline now until the last day for the fall on Nov. 13. 





 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 16, 2019

Car of the Week : Bubba Paschal'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 Bubba Paschal from Greensboro, NC, who owns and races a 1986 Ford Mustang.

How did you get into drag racing?
My grandpa started in the ’70s, then my uncle and dad, and now me and all of my brothers' race.

When and where was your first drag race?
Farmington Dragway

What model/year do you race now?
‘86 Ford Mustang

 

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
306 Ford

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Flexplate (Click to view this product.)

Why do you use BTE?
It’s a great product.

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

A drag racer you look up to?
Both my brothers. They’ve won multiple track championships and I have won 1 so far.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Ford Fairlane or Ford Maverick.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Just take a deep breath and focus.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 16, 2019

Racer's Remorse

Have you ever made a purchase that you regretted? Buyer’s remorse stinks, but it’s even worse when the item you bought was an expensive car part that doesn’t work for your car. Shopping for new performance parts can be overwhelming, but BTE is here to be Part of Your Racing Team and help you choose the right fit for your set up. Check out our top tips below for avoiding racer’s remorse.

Look for satisfied customers.
When it comes to engine care and part replacements, finding who to go to, what to get, and where to start can be tough. It’s crucial to do some research for yourself and compare brands, look at customer reviews, and ask for other racers’ input. Drag racers love talking about cars and sharing what has or hasn't worked for them. Check sites like Facebook, Google and Yelp to find out what others are saying about the parts you are considering.

Knowledge is key.
You can’t know everything yourself, and that’s ok. Finding a brand or company that has your best interests at heart isn’t easy. Here at BTE, you get that and more. Dealing with our skilled technician experts is always the best way to ensure you get the right setup for your car. As drag racers ourselves, we know exactly what to look out for and how to ensure your car is in tip-top shape for each race. With years of experience and technical knowledge shared between our team members, we give you the advice and information you need to choose the best parts for your car. 

Customize and re-customize. 
Hate to break it to you, but having the fastest car takes lots of tweaking and fine-tuning. Once you start putting in parts, things might not work as you think they will.  Don't go to the other guys and expect an off-the-shelf part to do the trick. Our custom-designed parts offer the precision and reliability you need to get the best performance out of your car. Every racer knows that the right setup makes all the difference, so don’t risk it with standard subpar racing parts. 

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Car of the Week: Kevin Fuller's 1985 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 Kevin Fuller from Niagara Falls, NY, who owns and races a 1985 Chevy S10.

How did you get into drag racing?
I grew up camping at the track with my family every weekend. 

When and where was your first drag race?
I started off dirt track racing in go-karts, then I switched over to Jr dragsters when I was 13, and moved to street class at Empire Dragway when I was 16 in the 2016 race season. 

What model/year do you race now?
1985 Chevy S10

Does your car have a nickname?
Nasty S10

What's under the hood?
388 cubic inch small block chevy with AFR 220cc heads. Small domes pistons making 12.5 to one compression. Running on pump e85. 

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

Why do you use BTE?
I like the image BTE has for themselves. Their products are top quality.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I raced with a worn-out converter for 2 years. And when I switched to the BTE converter I picked up 4 tenths, and the car was deadly consistent afterwords. After changing a lot of parts trying to figure out why the car is all over in ET, it ended up being the converter. I will not build another car without a good BTE converter.

A drag racer you look up to?
My dad

If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money was no object I would build a car that fits into multiple classes and is street-friendly. Something like a ‘57 Chevy Bel Air that would compete in outlaw classes and older gasser classes.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I try to let my mind race and let everything come naturally.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Car of the Week: Kenny Case's 1970 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 Kenny Case from Norwalk, OH, who owns and races a 1970 Nova.

How did you get into drag racing?
Born into the sport, my dad has raced for 25+ years.

When and where was your first drag race?
The first race was at my home track Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH. I started when I was 8 years old in a Jr. dragster.

What model/year do you race now?
1970 Nova

Does your car have a nickname?
Pinky

What's under the hood?
421sbc Graham Performance Racing Engine 

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

Why do you use BTE?
Wasn’t happy with how other brand converters performed in my car so I gave BTE a chance and found a converter that perfectly suited my needs.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
It’s a little crazy but first pass out with the new BTE converter in, we went to Clay City, KY. I wasn’t expecting a 250-ft wheel stand on the bumper (the car has never pulled the wheels like that before) so it made me more aware and I learned to ride big wheelies out and still grab win lights. 

A drag racer you look up to?
There’s plenty to pick from but I would have to say, my dad, I would like to be as good as he was someday.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
‘63 Chevy Nova Wagon with full interior

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Don’t really have one, just send it down the strip.

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, September 3, 2019

What Do Customers Love About BTE?

Depending on who you ask, the better question might be: what’s not to love about BTE Racing? Here at BTE, we make sure our customers go out on the drag strip well-equipped and ready to perform at their highest potential. Here are a few things that our customers and fans have come to expect from us.   

We Race and We Know Things
Our knowledgeable staff is here to provide answers to all of your technical questions. If you find yourself wondering how our staff knows so much, it’s because they all have first-hand racing experience in addition to extensive automotive training. In order to be a part of our staff, you have to know what you’re talking about. That’s why you’ll never meet a BTE technician that hasn’t made a few trips down the track themselves.

Home of Precision
Made in Mississippi, we pride ourselves on providing the best quality products in this business. All of our critical performance products get manufactured and quality tested here in the U.S. Our facility uses a full CNC manufacturing center, precision testing lab, broaching, and custom gear hobbing and shaping to produce high-performance transmissions, torque converters and supporting parts before shipping it off to our customers. 

Family Treatment
We wouldn’t be able to do what we love without our customers, so we treat each one like family. From making calls to find a part or service, to giving a fan a ride when their car breaks down, our service doesn’t end after your order goes through. We are dedicated to our BTE family and thankful for the support and loyalty of our customers. 

Reviews Are In
Don’t take it from us. Take it from a customer review. Our customers have taken the time to give us feedback on our products and services and tell others about their experiences. It certainly is a point of pride to be able to reflect on satisfied customers’ comments and know that we are working hard to help good people. Want to read them for yourself? Check out our Customer Testimonials Part 1 and Part 2 for a collection of reviews from real BTE customers. 

Have you had a great experience with BTE parts and service? Consider leaving us a review on Facebook, Google or Yelp

 

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, August 29, 2019

Car of the Week: Justin Lourash's 1987 Ford Mustang Notchback

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 Justin Lourash from Morristown, IN, who owns and races a 1987 Ford Mustang Notchback.

How did you get into drag racing?
Going to watch my dad race since I was a week old.

When and where was your first drag race?
2004 at Wabash Valley Dragway in Terre Haute, Indiana.

What model/year do you race now?
1987 Ford Mustang Notchback

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
331 CI Ford

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

Why do you use BTE?
Fantastic products and great customer service.

Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE helped me get a torque converter that would work with my combo to improve low-end power as well as overall performance.

A drag racer you look up to?
My dad, without him I wouldn’t be competing and winning big races.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
2019 Cobra Jet Mustang

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Don’t really have a pre-race ritual but just make sure to stay in my routine.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 28, 2019

What’s So Great About Drag Racing? 

Here at BTE Racing, we’re familiar with drag racers and what makes them tick. There are tons of reasons that drag racers race, including a love of cars, family tradition, a need for speed, making memories with friends, and more. We decided to highlight some of what racers love about drag racing—because drag racing is so much more than just fast cars. 

No Two Cars Are Exactly Alike
Each car you see at the dragstrip is custom-built, the product of blood, sweat, tears and motor oil. The winning car is determined by what’s under the hood, not how it looks or whether it is a traditional hot rod or race car. Drag racing welcomes all makes and models in various divisions and classes—event Smart Cars, vans and trucks! At the end of the day, it’s not about the type of car, it’s about the engine and parts powering it. 

Win or Lose, We’re Family 
No other community compares to the drag racing community, and you can take that to the bank. We are more than racers and fans—we’re family. It doesn’t matter who you are, drag racers have each other’s back from sharing racing advice to grabbing a beer together after the race. You might line up to race against friends at the strip, but the competition just creates a stronger bond and mutual respect.

Trust me, I’m a Technician
Most of the drag racing community has dabbled in building an engine or modifying their car, but having a reliable technician to fine-tune a car’s performance can make the difference between a winning season and a losing season. The process of building a quality drag racing car takes a lot of time, money, patience and skill, which makes experienced technicians a hot commodity. (Thankfully, you have access to the expertise of our dedicated staff at BTE!) A good technician is a friend indeed.

Memories That Last A Lifetime
Remember your first race? Or that time your car broke down on the way to the track? Or the time you got your personal best E.T.? Drag racing is more than just a hobby. For many racers, it becomes the backdrop of special moments shared with friends and family. Even after they retire, drag racers love to share stories of their record-breaking runs, favorite cars, and fond memories of seeing their heroes race in person.

Part of Your Racing Team 
As one of the leading American manufacturers of performance racing parts, BTE Racing is committed to providing the highest level of service to first-timers and professionals alike. We have an amazing staff of experts equipped to listen to your needs and recommend the best parts to satisfy them. We empower our drag racers with more time at the track to make memories and win races. Thanks for letting us be a Part of Your Racing Team.

 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, August 19, 2019

Car of the Week: Andrew Ellis' 1987 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 Andrew Ellis from Evington, Virginia, who owns and races a 1987 Chevrolet S10.

How did you get into drag racing?
My buddy Leroy had a Nova he drove on the street/strip. I’ve always liked drag racing, so I got a good deal for a turnkey truck and trailer, and I bought it. I put a lot of time and money in it to get it ready for the strip. After I made my first pass, I was hooked and never looked back. 

When and where was your first drag race?
2011 at Roxboro Motorsports Park Easter Bash

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Smokey

What's under the hood?
Sbc 421 built by Kowalsky Racing in Rustburg, VA.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE Pg stock case 1.80 straight cut gears with full brake 

Why do you use BTE?
I know a lot of people that have had a lot of success with BTE products.

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

A drag racer you look up to?
Greg Anderson 

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Round body S10 

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Just sit back in the trailer and get my head right in the zone.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, August 19, 2019

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