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The BTE Guide to Holiday Gift-Giving

We know, we know. You’ve seen plenty of these flying around. The best dolls and action figures for kids. The fanciest restaurants to book a romantic dinner for two. The best movies to watch over the holidays. All those lists are fine but, hey, what about the best drag racing apparel, parts, and gifts? That’s where we come in. 


Help them show their BTE pride with some apparel 

Every fan loves to support their favorite sports team. Why should drag racers be any different? After all, we do consider every single fan and racer with BTE parts to be part of our family. So, whether they like to rock flat bill caps or trucker hats, we’ve got you (and your gift recipient’s head) covered. And our t-shirts aren’t just cool because they have our logo emblazoned on them—they’re cozy too. 

 

For racers new and experienced - racing parts, of course

It would be kind of silly if we didn’t remind you that our BTE parts are ready to take anybody’s racing experience to the next level. Our Econo Powerglide is a great and economical option if you're helping a young racer get their feet wet. If you’re looking to spend some quality time together, and not just watch them hit the strip, we have racing, master, and top sportsman overhaul kits that will help show them the inner workers of the BTE parts that help them win. 

 

For more experienced drivers, we offer a wide range of powerglides, torque converters, and other keys to drag racing success whether it’s on the street or the strip.

 

Not from BTE but still cool 

 

For the up-and-coming racer   

Drag racing is undeniably a family sport, and there's nothing like the thrill of seeing your loved one race down the track. Before you take the kids to their first race, consider gifting them noise-reduction earmuffs so they can get used to the sounds of the strip.

 

For anyone who "would rather be racing..."

Doesn’t matter where they’ll be — at the doctor’s office, grocery store, on vacation, or picking up kids from school — keep the racers in your life focused on the sounds, smells, and feel of the strip with this carbon fiber tire ring. If they prefer t-shirts rather than jewelry, this shirt says it all. Literally.  “Sorry I Can't... We're Racing.” Birthday parties? Picnics? Zoom meetings? No need to even make excuses anymore.

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Save Big This Cyber Weekend

We’re not going to grind your gears with any fancy writing here. This is simple. You’ve got a great car and you want to take care of it. You want to keep it racing as smoothly, efficiently, and successfully as you can. And we want you to save while doing just that. 

 

Before you start prepping your car for the next race, check out our Cyber Weekend Sale (Nov. 27-29) for 20% OFF all of the products sold on our website, including transmission components like a wide range of clutches and overhaul kits. Some of the items we’ll have on sale are:

 

Ford Transmissions

-Hardened Input Shaft 26 Splines

-Aluminum Deep Pans

-Billet Servo and Servo Covers

-Transbrake Solenoids (Push In and Screw in)

 

Powerglides

-Gears sets ranging in ratio from 1.69 to 1.98

-8 Clutch High Gear Drum Assemblies

-Valve Bodies (Bracket Transbrake, Pro Transbrake, and Top-Sportsman Transbrake)

-Powerglide Cases and Bellhousings

 

TH350 Transmissions

-Transbrake Valve Bodies

-Transbrake Solenoides

-Heavy Duty Drums w/ Sprag

-Deep Aluminum Pans

 

TH400 Transmissions

-Aluminum Forward Drum with Vasco Input Shaft 

-Aluminum Direct Drum with Pro Mod Sprag 

-Valve Bodies: Full Manual, Super Street, and Billet Aluminum Transbrake with Solenoids

-Vasco Input and Intermediate Shafts

-Pro Mod Drum with 36 element sprags 

 

And there’s plenty more where those came from. Click the links above to see the full range of transmission parts available then shop online and save today! Our Cyber Weekend Sale only runs Nov. 27-29. 

 

Additional note: Due to worldwide supply chain delays, we will try to get products to you ASAP, but shipping times may vary. We thank you in advance for supporting our family-owned company and for your patience as we work to fulfill orders for all of our loyal customers.

Posted by BTE Racing at Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Powerful Transmissions on Sale

Give your car the power and stamina it needs to leave the competition in the dust every time the tree goes green. Shop our wide range of BTE transmissions, all of which have been fully dyno-tested to ensure precision performance. 

 

Pre-ordering for the BTE November sale runs from Nov. 1 to Nov. 25, so call us to place an order once you find the right transmission.

 

Limited Traction + High Power Output

Our TH400 "Grudge Winner" Two Speed sports an innovative billet transbrake valve body for 2nd gear usage. Heavier vehicles will definitely benefit from this transmission. 

 

High-Performance Strip Usage

If you want power and control, check out our TH400 Transbrake Transmission 4” which offers optional upgrades on the bell housing, input, direct drum, case, valve body, and tail type. 

 

Pick Up a Powerglide Transmission

Need strength and dependability? Go with a BTE Powerglide. Choose between our Bracket Brake, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, or our Econo Powerglide.   

 

Ready to order? Call us today at 1-800-626-1828 and save 20%. 

 

How pre-orders work: Even though you’re ordering before the Nov. 26 sale officially starts, you’ll still receive the same discount without having to call us on our busiest day of the year. We’ll simply charge you on the 26th and you’ll be off to races! Don’t miss out on high quality parts at the best price in the industry during the BTE November sale. 

 

Reminder: Due to worldwide supply chain delays, we will try to get products to you ASAP, but shipping times may vary. We thank you in advance for supporting our family-owned company and for your patience as we work to fulfill orders for all of our loyal customers.

Posted by BTE Racing at Monday, November 15, 2021

Car of the Week: Clint Cothran's 1979 Chevy Chevette

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 Clint Cothran from Fort Payne, Alabama, who owns and races a 1979 Chevy Chevette.

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

When and where was your first drag race?
I was 16 when I competed in my 1st race. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1979 Chevy Chevette full tube chassis car.

Does your car have a nickname?
The Black Sheep

What's under the hood?
355 cid chevy small block

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
It's hands down the best converter I've run. It’s consistent from start to finish.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
High quality products

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My dad and Ray Zumestine.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1966 Chevelle 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When I won the first 2 races I ever competed in with my Chevette.

Why do you race?
It runs deep in my blood. Nothing can compare to it.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Learning and overcoming weather and track conditions.

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, November 10, 2021

How to Choose a Winning Torque Converter

When it comes to torque converters, it’s all about size and power. That’s especially the case when you take into consideration how you race. For example, with extra applications, you might need a larger torque converter to carry more stress. So, which one should you purchase?

Explore BTE’s wide range of high-performance, affordable torque converters below.

 

The top choice for most drag racers 
For applications smaller than 565 cubic inches, look no further than our 8" Converter.

Nitrous, turbo, and big cubic inch naturally aspirated applications
Consider the 9” Converter, especially if your applications are in the 500 to 600 cubic inch range. 

Blower, nitrous, and turbo applications over 1200 HP
You added a ton of power, so make sure your torque converter matches up. This 9.5” Converter was designed for most units over 600 cubic inches, or those with major power adders. 

Engines with 900 to 1500 HP
The 10” Converter is designed for 565+ cubic inch applications that can hit high HPs.  

Stall speeds 3000 to 3500 RPM
If you’re driving a high-powered vehicle, use nitrous, or have a higher displacement engine, check out our 10" street / strip torque converter.

Stall speeds 2600 to 2800 RPM
Stock configurations? Pfff! The 11" street / strip converter is ideal if you want to hit 800-1000 RPM over stock. 

Bump up your stall speed 
Increasing RPM by 200 to 400 over stock levels can be achieved with our 12" street enhancer torque converter.

 

Did you find a torque converter that really gets your RPMs going? Then beat the crowds and order and save today! 

There’s no need to wait for our huge 20% off sale to go live on Nov 26th. Pre-orders are open NOW. Call in to place your order at 1-800-626-1828 today — we’ll wait to charge you until Nov. 26th. That way you save 20%, the BTE crew isn’t overwhelmed by a rush of orders, and you avoid accidentally missing the sale! It’s a win-win-win, which is also what you’ll be doing with a BTE torque converter.

 

Note: Due to worldwide supply chain delays, we will try to get products to you ASAP, but shipping times may vary. We thank you in advance for supporting our family-owned company and for your patience as we work to fulfill orders for all of our loyal customers.

 

 

at Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Car of the Week: Alan Stiverson's 1977 AMC Pacer Wagon

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 Alan Stiverson from Hudson Michigan, who owns and races a 1977 AMC Pacer Wagon.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I have been involved in some type of racing most of my life. My son actually got me to race at a track. 

When and where was your first drag race?
US 131 in Martin, Michigan 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1977 AMC Pacer Wagon with nitrous 

Does your car have a nickname?
Drag n Wagon II

What's under the hood?
SBC 385 stroker on a 150 shot

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Not at the moment but perhaps in the future. 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
SRC family

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When I smoked a Dodge Hellcat at TVRP with my home built pacer wagon. 

Why do you race?
For the fun,adrenaline and mostly for the fans

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Doing everything by myself.

at Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Our 20% off presale just got the green light!

Starting today, Nov. 1, you’re able to pre-order parts for our November sale. That means you’ll still receive the 20% discount without having to call us on Nov. 26th. We’ll simply charge you on the 26th (when the sale actually begins) and you’ll be off to races!  


“What’s on sale?” Glad you asked. Read on.

 

Powerglides
Which Powerglide is the right fit for your ride? We have options for entry-level racers, dragsters and monster trucks, door cars, roadsters, and mud racers too. We even have an option for cars that hit below 500 HP. Learn more about which Powerglide you should be packing in this blog.

Torque Converters
Size matters. Bigger applications, higher horsepower, and increased RPMs. With options that range from 8” to 12”, how do you choose? It’s all about the applications under your hood and the power you’re seeking. For more, keep an eye out for an upcoming blog dedicated solely to our torque converters.

TH Transmissions
Whether you’re looking for a full-manual, street and strip, or transbrake transmission, we’ve got you covered. TH transmissions can be ordered in 3-speed, 2-speed, and alternate ratio versions for special, high horsepower cars. 

Remember, pre-orders run Nov. 1-Nov. 24, so pick your parts today then call us (1-800-626-1828) when the tree turns green. 

Due to worldwide supply chain delays, we will do our best to get products to you quickly, but shipping times may vary.

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Monday, November 1, 2021

November Drag Racing Events 2021

Say it ain’t so! The last month of the drag racing season is almost here.

Whether you’re a spectator or a racer, close out the racing season the right way by checking out these spectacular drag racing events: 

Atmore Dragway - November 11
Right here, at the 25th annual Turkey Trots, the 2021 King of the Track NHRA Wally Champ will be named! Super Pro, Pro/FB, Sports Street ET, and Jr Dragsters are all welcome. This is also their last ET bracket race of the year. Visit their website for more information. 

Gulfport Dragway - November 6-7
Want to be crowned King of the Coast on Gulfport Dragway’s ⅛ mile? This is your shot to enjoy a full weekend of drag racing. Tickets for spectators are $15 for one day, $25 for both. Call 228-323-7325 for more information. 

Bradenton Motorsports Park - November 21
Come out for a full day of drag racing on this ¼ mile dragstrip. This Runday Sunday event is open to cars, trucks, and motorcycles! Gates open at 10 a.m. Admission is $15 for spectators and free for children under 11. Visit their website for more information. 

South Georgia Motorsports Park - November 18-21
Finish the season at “The Granddaddy of all bike races!” The world-famous Mancup Dragbike Series 2021 Finale is a 4-day event, highlighting the best of Top Fuel drag bikes. There will also be 13 huge drag bike classes! Check out the Mancup website for more details.

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Car of the Week: David Cookman's 1923 Ford T. Altered

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring David Cookman from Cornelius, Oregon, who owns and races a 1923 Ford T. Altered.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
We moved next door to Ernie Hall, a local top fuel racer, in 1972 when I was in 1st grade.

When and where was your first drag race?
1973 at Portland International Raceway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1923 Ford T. Altered

Does your car have a nickname?
Childhood Dream

What's under the hood?
406 ci small block "Chevy"

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Case, planetaries, and accessories

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
My trans builder, Don Kalina, recommends them and I trust him. The thing sits right between my legs. I want the best.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Only the best.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Joey Severance. His attitude is awesome, he is a top notch driver, and a good friend.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Easy, nostalgia nitro altered.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
2020 Dragster/Roadster champion at Woodburn Dragstrip 

Why do you race?
I love it. Both the people I am with and the competition. 

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

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Car of the Week: Cleve May's 1970 Plymouth Duster

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 Cleve May from Gray, Kentucky, who owns and races a 1970 Plymouth Duster.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My Dad raced and most of my family 

When and where was your first drag race?
My first bracket race , London Dragway 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1970 Plymouth Duster. Old super stock car. My car is an old super stock car that has never been driven on the street. 

Does your car have a nickname?
Tilda. 

What's under the hood? 
493 stocker

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I use BTE because it helped me be better at the tree. Also deadly consistent 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Fast, consistent, Reliable

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Josh Epperson, Mark Philpot. 

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
The Iron Man trophy

Why do you race?
I’m addicted. Love my racing family. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Staying focused on my job.

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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

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

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Family and friends

When and where was your first drag race?
Charleston, Illinois...many years ago!

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1966 Chevelle Super Sport

Does your car have a nickname?
Haunted '66

What's under the hood?
496

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Great product, excellent customer service, very stout products

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

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
All the grassroots racers who do this without the big-name sponsors, win or lose. The people who are really enjoying the sport.

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Being a member of Team Roxxie Racing. They send cards, letters, and words of encouragement to children all over the country who are facing uphill battles. I've had the privilege of meeting many of these little ones and my proudest moment is not the win, it's seeing the amazement in the eyes of those little ones who are fortunate enough to be at the track, or getting messages from them wishing me luck!

Why do you race?
According to my wife, it’s because I hate having a savings account lol!

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Planting the power off the brake on a heavy, small tire car

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Drag Racing Misconceptions

If you’ve been drag racing for a while then you’ve probably heard a lot of misconceptions about the sport, especially from non-racers. In fact, some of these “experts” like to debate whether it’s actually a sport or just a hobby, while others question the difficulty of high-speed racing. Today, we’re going to take three misconceptions about racing on a trip down The Drag Strip of Truth.

“It’s not even a real sport.”
Nope. Every second matters in drag racing, from the moment you're in the garage building your ride to the moment you cross the finish line. Oh yeah, and then there’s a little fact that you gotta drive 200 mph! At those speeds, the tiniest mistake could lead to a crushing loss or injury. Being a drag racer takes skill, mental strength, and a desire to win. If that’s not a sport, what is?

“There’s nothing hard about driving in a straight line.”
Wrong. It’s easy to feel in control when you’re driving 30 mph to the grocery store, but what about when the speedometer is ticking over 200? It’s possible to experience over 4Gs at that speed — that’s G-force by the way, not cell phone reception. At 200 mph, the smallest mistake or malfunction could be fatal. If you think drag racing is easy, please, don’t get behind the wheel. Trust us. It’s for your own good. 

“It’s JUST a hobby”
False. It’s so much more than that. Drag racing is a full-time job, an investment, and a lifestyle. Races might only last a couple of seconds, but it takes WAY longer to prep for the race. Drivers not only train all the time but have to meticulously and routinely fine-tune their rides, working tirelessly until they’ve got it just how they want it.

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Friday, October 8, 2021

Which Powerglide are you packing?

Which Powerglide are you packing?

Explore BTE’s lineup of high-performance, affordable Powerglide racing transmissions.

If you want better performance - whether it’s reducing slippage and friction, or avoiding lost horsepower - you want a BTE Powerglide transmission. But not every Powerglide is going to be the right fit for your baby, so which one should you choose?

Entry level racers
The BTE Bracket Brake Powerglide transmission comes complete with our transbrake valve body and straight cut gear set. We recommend this for cars reaching up to 1,000 horsepower. 

Under 500 HP
The Econo Powerglide - 1.82 is another high-performing, entry-level transmission, which we typically suggest for cars with lower horsepower capabilities. It features a set 1.82 ratio gear set.

Dragsters and monster trucks 
You like noise. You dig power. You want to cross the finish line in style. If that sounds like you, check out the BTE Top Dragster Powerglide. Ideal for vehicles making up to 2400 horsepower, this transmission is built for cars that require a "shorty" length output shaft. 

Door cars, roadsters, and mud racers
For racers that typically hit between 1,000 and 2,400 horsepower, the BTE Top Sportsman Powerglide is your go-to option. Unlike the Dragster, this transmission is built for vehicles that require the standard length output shaft. 

Important note: No matter which Powerglide you choose, be sure to figure out the correct gear ratio before you click that order button. Lower ratios typically offer higher top speeds, while higher ratios let you accelerate faster. Which one of those revs your engine more? 

For more information, including what comes with each unit, please click here

Would you rather talk to someone? Call us at 1-800-626-1828.

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Thursday, October 7, 2021

Car of the Week: Rick Eisenzimmer's 1940 Ford

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, we're featuring Rick Eisenzimmer from Pensacola, Florida, who owns and races a 1940 Ford.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
High school 

When and where was your first drag race?
Street or strip?Lol.  First legal track was 1997 in Atmore, Alabama.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1940 Ford blown altered and a 1968 Nova blown hemi.  

Does your car have a nickname?
Grumpy

What's under the hood?
510 cid 14/71 little field injected

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Powerglide full of BTE stuff as well as converter

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I trust the quality of BTE parts

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Best in business

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Too many to list

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
It’s my Nova.  Always wanted it and nearly complete  

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
The attention my altered brings

Why do you race?
Good question. Takes all my money and time but nothing interests me more

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Time and crew

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Car of the Week: Justin Cervantes' 1976 Chevrolet Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Justin Cervantes from Ennis Texas, who owns and races a 1976 Chevrolet Camaro.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Family

When and where was your first drag race?
Texas Motorplex 2007

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1976 Camaro 

Does your car have a nickname?
Camaro 

What's under the hood?
408 LS

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE torque converter and valve body

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I like how they are involved in sportsman bracket racing. I installed a BTE converter the week before bracket finals last year ended up winning Division 4 and made it to the finals in Vegas.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Top notch performance 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Nick Hastings 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1970 Chevelle 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning a 10k footbrake race in Prescott Arkansas 

Why do you race?
It's in my blood 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Don't overthink it

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Drag Racing Events in October

The leaves are changing and racing season is slipping away. Head on to the track and soak in as much drag racing as you can with these upcoming events!

Baileyton DragStrip - Baileyton, AL
Get ready for some bracket racing at “The Goodtime” strip on October 9th. Details on entries and time will be updated as the date approaches, so be sure to follow their Facebook page for all the latest updates.

ESTA Safety Park Drag Strip - Cicero, NY
Also on October 9th, the American Muscle Stick Series plus Test & Tune takes place. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. and racing usually begins at 9:30 a.m. Please be mindful that all events are subject to change depending on weather and other circumstances that may occur. All updates can be found on their Facebook page.

Emerald Coast Dragway - Holt, FL
Don’t skip out on Emerald Coast Dragway’s Friday Frenzy, October 15. Test & Tune your ride or just enjoy a night of watching some cool rides race down the track and good food. Tickets for crew and spectators are $15 and $25 for car and driver. More information can be found online.

Maple Grove Raceway - Mohnton, PA
Maple Grove Raceway is celebrating Halloween a little early with their Boo Bash in the Boonies taking place this October 17. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. enjoy a day or racing either behind the wheel or on the stands. Check their website for the latest updates.

U.S. 19 Dragway - Albany, GA
Close out racing season with a bang—or a BOO!—this October 30 at U.S. 19 Dragway’s Halloween Shootout.  Updates on time and prices can be found on their Facebook page and be sure to check their website for any safety protocols.

Posted by BTE Racing at Thursday, September 23, 2021

Car of the Week: Steve Neace's 2000 Turbo S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Steve Neace from Cynthiana, KY, who owns and races a 2000 Turbo S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Grew up watching my older brother race.

When and where was your first drag race?
On the street. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2000 Turbo S10 

Does your car have a nickname?
Not yet. Trying to name it now.

What's under the hood?
LS based turbo motor

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter and two speed 400 turbo transmission

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I use BTE because they are second to none and have outstanding technical support.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Second to none!

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My big brother Gerald Neace who drives a 1969 chevelle. Without the help and support of my older brother Gerald I would never be where I am now. He’s by far the best influence I’ve had in my racing experience. 

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Laying down an ET that I was told I couldn’t do. 

Why do you race?
For the love of it. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Putting down the power and controlling it.

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Car History: Chevrolet 210

Think you know all there is to know about the Chevrolet 210? Let’s take a deep dive into the history of this classic car, which is a favorite for many drag racers. 

 

In 1953, the world was introduced to a star. It wasn’t a Hollywood celebrity, or even a person: it was the Chevrolet 2100 (later shortened to 210, or Two-Ten). 

 

Created with affordability in mind, the car was less expensive than Chevrolet’s popular Bel Air. As a midrange car for the everyman, Chevy made the 210 in several body styles, including a convertible, Sport Coupe hardtop, two and four-door sedans, and four-door station wagons.

 

Regardless of the body style, the car’s design is quintessential 1950s Americana. Its features include a wider body outfitted with chrome accents, hooded headlights, a sleek curving rooftop, and of course, fins.

But the stylish exterior wasn’t the only thing that appealed to its drivers, then or now. What’s under the hood plays an important role in the car’s driveability, and the first generation 210 (produced from 1953-1954) included two engines with an overhead valve (OVH) design, and a 3-speed automatic Powerglide transmission. 

 

Two years after its debut, Chevy wasn’t done tinkering with the 210’s mechanics. In the second generation (produced from 1955-1957), Chevrolet included a new chassis and a small block V8. The engine choices for the 1956 remained the same as its predecessors with the exception of a higher rated power output. The 1957 model had three versions of the new optional 283 cu. in. (4.6L) small-block V8 engine.

More than half a century later, 210s are a racetrack favorite for their build and classic look. A few things have changed in 50 years, and successful drag racers have made a few modifications to enhance the car’s performance, like the BTE TH400 Transbrake transmission.

 

Looking for more? Check out some of the excellent examples of 210s in our Car of the Week series.

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Friday, September 17, 2021

Car of the Week: John C. Gibson's 1993 Mustang GT

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring John C. Gibson from Monticello, GA, who owns and races a 1993 Mustang GT.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Wanted to build a car with my son so I could teach him about engines.

When and where was your first drag race?
We raced in the last 2 Summit ET bracket races at Silver Dollar Motorsports Park in Reynolds, Georgia of the 2019 season.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1993 Mustang GT. 351W on methanol. Mini tubbed, ladder bar rear, 8 point cage. Pro ET car

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
351W bored .030 over, ProMaxx aluminum heads, hyd roller cam topped off with a Wes May carb

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter and we will soon use a transmission that we have, as racing schedule permits.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
When we installed a BTE converter, our ETs got much more consistent.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality, consistent, rugged

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Soft tail dragster with a big block

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When we won a bracket race last year 

Why do you race?
It's a family outing. My son drives and I'm sort of like the crew chief. It's helped our relationship.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Reaction times

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Car of the Week: Clint Cothran's 1979 Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Clint Cothran from Fort Payne, AL, who owns and races a 1979 Camaro.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad raced

When and where was your first drag race?
Sand Mountain Dragway in 1999

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1979 tube chassis Camaro that I built with my dad.

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
383 stroker

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
5000 BTE converter

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
My converter has made my car consistent from start to finish. I run in the footbrake class and you can't beat a BTE converter off the starting line

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Game changing performance

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1967 Chevelle   

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When I won the 2nd race I ever ran in my dad's tube chassis 1979 Chevette at Paradise Drag Strip

Why do you race?
It takes all the worries of the world away when I'm strapped into my car. It's my happy place.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Teaching my children consistency

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Thursday, September 2, 2021

Drag Strip Series: Hawaii

Aloha, drag racing fans! Today we’re taking you on a tropical trip to the great state of Hawaii. Although Hawaii is known for its breathtaking landscape and beautiful beaches, it’s also home to three drag racing tracks. Read about them here and catch some races in addition to the waves on your next vacation.

Kauai Raceway Park
Considered the westernmost NHRA track in the USA, the Kauai Raceway Park is run by nonprofit corporation Garden Isle Racing Association. The strip hosts a variety of racing events, including classes for street-legal cars, imports, junior dragsters, and professional race cars. Visit their Facebook page for the latest racing event updates and other guidelines.

Hilo Dragstrip
Also known as the Pana‘ewa Drag Strip, the track opened back in 1978 and is located just southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. Some of the biggest events include BIAC Memorial Day Drags and the BIAC Tommy Thompson Labor Day Drags, where you’re likely to see racers from The Big Island Auto Club and the Hawaii Drag Racing League. You can find all the recent updates on racing events on their Facebook page.

Maui Raceway Park
The nonprofit organization Valley Isle Timing Association first broke ground on this park in 1963 in an effort to provide a safe environment for racers. The quarter mile track is considered to be one of the five oldest dragstrips in the country. Although the track frequently sees over 2000 spectators, events are postponed (not cancelled) for the remainder of the season due to the COVID pandemic. You can check their website for more details and updates on events as they come.


An earlier version of this article stated incorrectly that the Maui Raceway Park was closed for the remainder of the season. The Maui Raceway Park have clarified that events are postponed until further notice.

Posted by BTE Racing at Thursday, September 2, 2021

Car of the Week: Russell Dowell's 1970 Mustang Coupe

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Russell Dowell from Mulberry Grove, IL, who owns and races a 1970 Mustang Coupe.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I was living in a heavy muscle car in the 70s. Street racing was part of growing up in our town in Missouri. Older brother had several hot rods and my first car was a ‘65 Mustang Coupe. 

When and where was your first drag race?
1974 Cement Plant, Hannibal, MO. 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1970 Mustang Coupe built at our shop. 

Does your car have a nickname?
Blue Ponies

What's under the hood?
Small block Ford 363 stroker. 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
6400 stall torque converter in a Powerglide. 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
They build converters to the customers specifications. When you test your car and need to adjust the converter they are there to help, no questions or negativity. Great customer service. 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great Customer Service!!! 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Bob Glidden

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1970 Mustang Pro Mod. 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
My 74 Cuda won 7 straight races before I totalled it on a Saturday night going home. 

Why do you race?
I'm retired and so is my wife Cindy, my crew chief. We love to go to different tracks and meet different racing families. One of our daughters Becky also travels with us if she can. Both are my biggest critics and fans. Our home track is Cole's County Dragstrip in Charleston, IL

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Not to freight train through the stripe in a bracket race, having a street racing background and a heads up racer.

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Drag Racing Events: September 2021

Summer might be coming to a close, but drag racing season is still in full swing. We searched for the most exciting local races across the country, so you can get your fix at races with big prizes, and in some cases, a car show.

Labor Day $250K - Bristol, TN
We’re back with our annual BTE Labor Day 250K event, and if it’s anything like last year the earnings will be BIG! It’s all happening down in Thunder Valley starting Friday, September 3 with the main event on Saturday, September 4. For more details, visit the World Footbrake Challenge Facebook page or website.

Dover Nostalgia Drags - West Lebanon, NY
Get nostalgic this September 17 at the Lebanon Valley Dragway. Aside from drag racing, there will also be a car show showcasing some vintage beauties. Call 910-997-4444 or email dino@doverdragstrip for more information.

Summit Series Bracket Race, Junior Street & King of the Track Wally Race - Banks County, GA
Get your little racer packed and head over to Atlanta Dragway on September 18. Parents can also get in on the action with the Summit Series Bracket Race or the King of the Track event.  Entries are $30 for junior dragsters, $65 for Super Pro, $55 for Pro, and $40 for Sportsman & Bike. Visit the Atlanta Dragway website for more information.

Iron Man King of the Hill Race - Bunkerhill, IN
Following their 65th anniversary, Bunker Hill Dragstrip is hosting the Iron Man King of the Hill Race on September 19. Follow Bunker Hill’s Facebook page for all the latest updates and their website for the full racing schedule.

Elite Tuner SoCal - Irwindale, CA
Fun for both racers and spectators, the Elite Tuner SoCal has something for everyone including drag racing, a car show, drifting, burnouts, music, and more! Race over to Irwindale Speedway on September 25. Tickets are available here

Posted by BTE Racing at Monday, August 23, 2021

Car of the Week: Bobby Seaton's 1955 210 Chevy Sedan

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 Bobby Seaton from Colorado, who owns and races a 1955 210 Chevy Sedan.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I’ve been racing since I was 11 years old.

When and where was your first drag race?
I was 17

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1955 210 Chevy Sedan

Does your car have a nickname?
Veronica

What's under the hood?
383 Stroker with a Holley Sniper kit and Nitrous

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
TH400 and transbrake

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I get great customer service and so far the trans has been reliable.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Fast, loud, winning

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Angelle Sampey

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I have it. A 1955 Chevy Post. 

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
My first win against a 10 sec Chevelle and I was running mid-13s

Why do you race?
It's my passion!

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Cutting a good light

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Monday, August 23, 2021

3 Reasons Why You May Need A Tune-Up

Getting a tune-up is essential when your ride is reaching high speeds in mere seconds. This causes a large amount of stress on your torque converter and transmission which can lead to major issues if you don’t keep up with regular maintenance. Here are some reasons why you may need a tune-up on your torque converter or transmission.

Cloggy oil
From the moment your ride is idling to the point it takes off at full force, your torque converter is working extremely hard pumping transmission fluid. By not changing out the fluid regularly, dirt or other harmful particles can start clogging your converter. This restricts the ease of flow and impacts the amount of torque your ride exerts when you blast off at the starting line. 

 

Grinding your gears
Drag racing takes a toll on your engine as it goes through drastic temperature changes throughout races. Regular maintenance makes keeping a close eye under the hood easier, helping you avoid anything worse than routine engine repairs. You wouldn’t want your clutch to pop out of gear right before a big race.

Saving green
Sometimes saving money beats having something new. A lot of common issues we hear about can be fixed with a simple tune-up. Tune-ups catch issues that save you from pricey projects, like buying a new torque converter or transmission. It’s also less time-consuming than replacing major parts, meaning you’ll be back on the track sooner than the Christmas tree turns green.

Send your torque convertor or transmission over to us for a tune-up today. For more info on how to do that, check out this guide or call us at 1-800-626-1828. All brands accepted.

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Thursday, August 19, 2021

Car of the Week: Kenneth Pierce's 1982 Chevy S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Kenneth Pierce from Dyersburg TN, who owns and races a 1982 Chevy S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Through my dad at an early age. 

When and where was your first drag race?
In the early 70s with my dad.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1982 Chevy S10. 10 point cage, CalTracs, 8.8 rear, and more. 

Does your car have a nickname?
Lone Shark 

What's under the hood?
SBC 383 and a little more 

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE power glide transmission and BTE ultra bell

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I like your products and fast shipping 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great racing family 

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
There’s quite a few to just pick one. 

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Watching my son make his first pass. 

Why do you race?
Love being with my family and friends. 

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

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Top 5 Common Mistakes First-time Racers Make

We always love seeing new people develop a passion to take up drag racing, but taking up a new hobby often means there’s a learning curve. 

From overspending to underestimating how much time you’ll spend dedicated to the sport, there are common mistakes we’ve all made as first time racers. 

We’ve documented some of them here, in hopes that we can prevent new racers from making the same mistakes so many of us did when we got into the sport.

Take my money
Although drag racing is an expensive sport, not everything with a hefty price tag is the best for beginner racers. Drag racing takes a lot of trial and error when you’re figuring out what best works on your ride. This means you may spend more money than what you’re bringing in, so it’s best not to blow your money on one pricey item when there are more things you’ll have to purchase in the future.

A word from the wise...listen to the wise
Getting the hang of drag racing isn’t easy and doesn’t always come naturally! Things like getting the perfect cut at the tree, or learning the mechanics of understanding how your engine works takes time and practice. You can bridge this knowledge gap by asking for help from your fellow racers. The drag racing community is generous, filled with experienced and knowledgeable racers. Nothing beats advice from the guys who’ve been doing this for a long time.

Underestimate how much time it takes
Drag racing is time consuming. You’ll probably spend more of your time in the garage fixing up your ride than out on the track. Ask any racer how many hours they’ve put in on their ride and you’ll get a firsthand account of the time and dedication you need to have for drag racing. It’s a necessary sacrifice that comes with the sport.

“Did I win yet?”
Don’t expect to be a champ on the first, second, third, or fourth try. Notching a win can take a long time, especially as you’re learning your ride and getting used to being behind the wheel. Drag racing successfully takes a lot of time, so try not to take yourself too seriously, and be patient as you make tweaks to improve.

Don’t forget to have fun!
The roars of the engines, the camaraderie, and all the memories to be had is what drag racing is all about. Don’t forget to take some time, appreciate being out there, and soak in all your hard work out on the track. It’s what makes drag racing great, so take a deep breath and enjoy the ride.

Posted by BTE Racing at Thursday, August 12, 2021

Benefits of Having a Billet Aluminum Valve Body

It’s been a couple years since we’ve added the billet aluminum valve body to our collection after hearing feedback from racers like you. 

The difference in weight design and compatibility to OEM parts make it the perfect fit for those contemplating the switch from steel to aluminum. 

Wondering if the aluminum valve body is right for you and your ride? Check out three of the biggest benefits below.

1. Weight
Weight reduction is one of the primary methods of improving track performance.  A transmission valve body made from aluminum is often 50% lighter than the original iron castings. More specifically, that’s 7.8 lbs lighter, or 3.58 kg in the case of the Powerglide!

2. Design Updates
Machining the valve body from a clean slate of aluminum opens up more possibilities for design changes and performance improvements, because we’re no longer restricted to modifying the original designs with cuts and plugs. Fluid channels can be more directly routed or adjusted in size to improve performance or open up new features not possible with the iron valve bodies.

3. OEM parts availability
As the most popular racing transmissions were largely manufactured in the 1960s and 1970s, the availability for original parts has become increasingly scarce in the last decade. Scrap metal recycling, the elements, and usage by performance enthusiasts have all decimated the supply of these pieces. Newly designed and manufactured parts may not always be designed to mate with the OEM parts, so part failures in these older units may not be replaceable or repairable in the future.  

Bonus! Last but not least: Billet parts look cool! Though it is covered by the oil pan, the fit and finish of these new parts are shiny and attractive.

 

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Thursday, August 12, 2021

Car of the Week: Pat Brooks' 1967 RS/SS Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Pat Brooks from Jefferson City,TN, who owns and races a 1967 RS/SS Camaro.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad used to take us to the dragstrip when we were kids

When and where was your first drag race?
Sometime in the mid 80s at Knoxville Dragway in Knoxville, TN.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1967 RS/SS Camaro

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
468 with a 871 blower

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Powerglide with a ultra bell

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I do believe BTE has the best products out there. Very consistent.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
The very best.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Warren Johnson when he raced. 

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
A pro mod or a pro stock car

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
I made it to the final four and I was the only door car left. 

Why do you race?
The challenge. The rush of the car accelerating, the sounds, the smells basically everything that involves drag racing. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Reaction time

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Car of the Week: Mark Allan Clark's 1969 Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Mark Allan Clark from Silvis,IL, who owns and races a 1969 Camaro.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
I’ve always liked drag racing, like the heads up.

When and where was your first drag race?
On the street

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1969 Camaro. Big tire and back half car

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
477 big block chevy

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Trans parts, valve body internal parts 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I’ve always had good luck with them

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great products

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning

Why do you race?
Love it!

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Cutting a light

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Thursday, August 5, 2021

August Drag Racing Events 2021

Summer is almost over, so end it on a high note by racing to some great events. Below, we have an awesome racing event lineup you and the whole family can enjoy.

I29 Dragway, August 6-8
Prepare for a 3-day weekend of cars and racing as the annual Ice Cream Cruise returns this year on August 6. Cash shootouts, car shows, and roll racing are set to make this event a memorable one. Details can be found on the I29 Dragway website, and tickets are available for purchase here.

Houston Raceway Park, August 7
This August 7, head down to Houston for the Texas Bracket Series #6 WALLY RACE/ Good Guy Challenge D4. Take in the action, win some money, and maybe even a Wally! Pricing for Racers, pit crews and spectators can be found online. The Houston Raceway Park will close its doors for good in 2022, so be sure to make one last visit this season.

South Georgia Motorsports Park, August 13
A night filled with fun runs, callouts, grudge, and test and tune is what you can expect for Fun Friday at South Georgia Motorsports Park. This event is August 13 at 6 p.m., and tickets are $25 for racers and $15 for spectators. For more information, call 229-896-7000.

Bradenton Motorsports Park, August 14
August 14 is Street Heat, hosted by the Florida Street Scene. All vehicles are welcome to take a turn to zip down the ¼ mile drag strip, with the exception of junior dragsters and full chassis race cars. Tickets for both racers and spectators are both $20, and children under the age of 11 go in free. The racing begins at 6 p.m.

Coming soon: The BTE Labor Day 250K and BTE King of Coast events this September.

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Car of the Week: Troy Aker's 2000 Mike Bos Dragster

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Troy W. Akers from Damascus, VA, who owns and races a 2000 Mike Bos Dragster.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My father raced, so I was around it all my life.

When and where was your first drag race?
1984 Cherokee Dragway 

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
2000 Mike Bos Dragster

Does your car have a nickname?
Side chick

What's under the hood?
582 chevy

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
They have good reliable parts.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Good quality parts.

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
When my dad and I won our classes at the Super Chevy Show at the same time.

Why do you race?
Love it

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Staying consistent on tree

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Keep Your Cool

Experienced drivers know that excessive heat kills transmission and torque converter components. 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? 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.

 
  • 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 manage 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 BTE Racing at Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Car of the Week: Travers Scott's 1985 Ford Mustang

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Travers Scott from El Cajon, CA, who owns and races a 1985 Ford Mustang.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Always been attracted to speed

When and where was your first drag race?
1996 Carlsbad Raceway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1985 Mustang, it’s San Diego and Los Angeles most known grudge car.

Does your car have a nickname?
Red rocket. You can find me as @Nosjunkie1 on Instagram.

What's under the hood?
BBC with 2 stages of nitrous

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
It was the first and only transmision that’s been in the car. We rebuilt the transmission once a year and have had major success throughout the years with it.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Reliable, affordable, helpful.

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Really enjoy watching our west coast bad boy Roger Holder

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Jerry Bickel camaro

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
We have won a lot and our car is known in the west coast. Won JJ Daboss at Irwindale dragstip, runner up at Barona drag strip, Irwindale track record holder, won California against Arizona no prep, Match Race Madness multiple champion, Big Dawg belt holder, Barona track record holder and California Doorslammer champion. 

Why do you race?
It keeps my brain challenged. 

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Trying to be supportive of all the promoters events on the west coast

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Car of the Week: Scott Wood's 1959 Thames Panel Wagon

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Scott Wood from Baton Rouge, LA, who owns and races a 1959 Thames Panel Wagon.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Enjoyed going fast.

When and where was your first drag race?
1969 at the State Capital Dragway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1959 Thames Panel Wagon

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
540 CID Chevy

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Powerglide torque converter & transmission

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Quality transmission products for consistent reaction times & ET.

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

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Final round division 4 race at No Problem Raceway (I believe 2012)

Why do you race?
Enjoy the camaraderie & the competition.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Between round maintenance.

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, July 14, 2021

THe Best TH Transmissions

About TH Transmissions
What do you need to know about a TH transmission? 

To start, the TH in the name stands for Turbo-Hydramatic, describing a family of automatic transmissions created by General Motors.  These transmissions usually have three forward speeds, which makes them perfect for street and strip applications. BTE also offers these transmissions in two-speed and alternate ratio versions for special, high horsepower cars.

When you go to our website, you’ll find the two groups of TH transmissions we offer:the TH350 and TH400. These are the most popular among racers, and our TH Transmissions are suitable for various performance types, from 350 horsepower up to 3,500 horsepower.

TH350
This transmission’s overall lightweight construction is great for light to moderate weight cars with power ranging from 350 to 800 horsepower. They’re also available with SFI approved bell housings for improved durability and safety.

TH400
All of our transmissions have stood out in the drag racing community as the best, and our TH400 transmissions are no different. You’ll find that they have a deep cast aluminum pan, are all dyno tested (ensuring proper operation) and available for customized fits or alterations. Just give us a call at 1-800-626-1828 to get customized sizes set up for your ride.

Visit our TH Transmissions page to see everything we have in store for you.

 

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Friday, July 9, 2021

Car of the Week: David Hammons' 1988 Chevy S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring David Hammons from Gulfport, MS, who owns and races a 1988 Chevy S10.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad used to race, so I grew up around the track.

When and where was your first drag race?
1988 Gulfport Dragway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1988 Chevy S10. Nothing special about my ride lol

Does your car have a nickname?
The Pretender

What's under the hood?
Basic 383 SBC, Brodix heads, hydraulic roller camshaft.

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE 8” converter, 1.98 straight cut planetaries, input shaft, and deep transmission pan.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE has top notch products and their customer service is second to none. My latest switch to BTE 1.98 straight cuts really helped improve my reaction time off the footbrake.

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

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Any “old timer” that shows up and puts it in the staging beam.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
I have always wanted to wheel a Pro Stock car.

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Watching my sons turn on their first win lights.

Why do you race?
I enjoy the competition, plus being at a race track is mental therapy to me.  

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Overthinking

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Car of the Week: Dalton Lummus' 1966 Chevy Nova II

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 Dalton Lummus from China, TX, who owns and races a 1966 Chevy Nova II.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My mom and dad both raced

When and where was your first drag race?
Houston raceway park, 2010

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1966 Chevy Nova II

Does your car have a nickname?
Not really

What's under the hood?
421 SBC

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Customer service with awesome and realizable products 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Unbeatable performance parts

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Jeg Coughlin Jr.

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
The car I drive now, but updated with the best parts money can buy  

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning my first race in the Chevy II

Why do you race?
To win my entry fee back and hopefully more

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
I would have to say driving the finish line against 4.50 or faster dragsters is my biggest challenge

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Friday, June 25, 2021

Drag Strip Series: Georgia

We’ve made it to Georgia on our drag strip series. Aside from peaches you can find lots of racing tracks all over the state, including these top-rated drag strips.

South Georgia Motorsports Park- Adel, GA
Aside from the oval track, South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) also has a ¼ mile drag strip sanctioned by NHRA. The track is 230 feet above sea level and has plenty of space for both spectators and racers. They’re open with plenty of events for you to enjoy.

Savannah River Dragway- Sylvania, GA
Part of the Screven Motorsports Complex is the Savannah River Dragway. First opened in 2004, the IHRA member track is a ⅛ mile on laser-leveled concrete. The drag strip has events lined up that are perfect for the whole family.

Atlanta Dragway- Commerce, GA
First built in 1975 on what used to be an airport, this ¼ mile drag strip has undergone a lot of updates over the years. The track, which is at 1,002 feet elevation, is also owned by NHRA. Visit their website for updates on racing events.

Middle Georgia Motorsports Park- Jeffersonville,GA
Check out this ⅛ mile drag strip that’s packed with events for all types of racers. Whether you have a truck, car, or dragster you’re sure to find something that revs your engines. Although they do have a website, event updates can be found on their Facebook page.

Posted by BTE Racing at Friday, June 25, 2021

Car of the Week: Bill Wyne's 1973 Plymouth Duster

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Bill Wyne from Seville Oh, who owns and races a 1973 Plymouth Duster.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Going to the races

When and where was your first drag race?
My first race was in about 1970 at a Eldora raceway in Fairmont, West Virginia.

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1973 Plymouth Duster 

Does your car have a nickname?
No

What's under the hood?
540 Mopar

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Bolt-in sprag for 727 

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
They make very reliable parts

Describe BTE Racing.
Very friendly and easy to talk to

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning

Why do you race?
I like the people and the excitement

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Time

Posted by BTE Racing at Tuesday, June 22, 2021

July Drag Racing Events 2021

Bristol Dragway- Bristol, TN
July 1 - Celebrate Fourth of July Weekend and the 15th World Footbrake Challenge (WFC). There are currently 290+ pre-entries, setting the bar high to be the hottest racing event this summer. Entry spots are still available to purchase on their website.

*You can also catch us there, with our BTE mobile!*

Gulfport Dragway- Gulfport, MS
July 14 - Test ‘n Tune your ride at the King of the Hill event on Gulfport’s 1/4 mile dragway. Tickets are $25 for racers, $10 for spectators, and $5 for children under the age of 10. For more info, visit their website or Facebook page


Maple Grove Raceway- Mohnton, PA
July 23 - Get ready for two amazing days of drag racing at Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings. Tickets range from $20 to $160 and can be bought online.

Sonoma Raceway- Sonoma, CA
July 23 - See John Force, Antron Brown and Ron Capps at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Weekend passes for this 3-day event and daily tickets are available. Get tickets here 


World Wide Technology Raceway- Madison, IL
July 30 - Cross the July racing calendar finish line with Friday Night Frenzy. If you can’t make it to the big night, locals can tune in to 106.7 FM for the live broadcast. For more info, click here

Posted by BTE Racing at Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Car of the Week: Magnus skår Hansen's 1970 Plymouth Superbird.

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 Magnus skår Hansen from Norway, who owns and races a 1970  Plymouth Superbird.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Started as street-legal racing

When and where was your first drag race?
My first 1/4 mile drag race was last year in 2020  

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1970 Plymouth Superbird twin turbo methanol 

Does your car have a nickname?
Boosted Bird 

What's under the hood?
526 KB twin turbo methanol  

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Transmission and converter. Yes, it has improved.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Good help, knowhow, good product

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Something easy to drive

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
My first time was last year 2020

Why do you race?
Love speed

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
All of this is new to me and I have built the car myself.

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, June 16, 2021

June Drag Racing Events 2021

Summer is here and drag racing is back in full swing. Here are some of our event picks for this month.

Atmore Dragway- Atmore, AL
June 12 is Atmore Dragway’s First Pro Mod Shakedown. Gates open at noon and racing starts at 3 p.m. General admission is $20, military $16, and kids under the age of 12 are free.

Houston Motorsports Park- Houston, TX
Secure the bag at Flashlight Shootout on June 12. This event has up to $16,000 in cash payouts and a variety of car classes fit for any drag racer. Learn more here


Sacramento Raceway Park- Sacramento, CA
Get ready for a midweek adrenaline rush with Street Legal Drag Racing on June 16 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission for participating racers is $20 and $10 for spectators. More details can be found here.


US 13 Dragway- Delmar, DE
Make a trip to Delmar, Delaware this June 18 for the IHRA Summit Super Series. Tickets are $15 and the racing begins at 4 p.m. If you are interested in racing visit this link for details on entry pricing.


Bristol Dragway- Bristol, TN
Need more than one day of drag racing? Well head on over to Bristol, TN for DER Bracket Series 3-day event June 25 to June 27. Entries for racers range from $25 to $65 depending on car class (pricing here). Visit Bristol Dragway’s website for more information.

*Don’t miss the BTE World Footbrake Challenge XV in July*

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Car of the Week: Jim Bousquet's 1977 Chevy Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Jim Bousquet from Sidney, MT, who owns and races a 1977 Chevy Nova.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Grew up watching the races at our local track.

When and where was your first drag race?
Lewistown, Montana in 1977

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1977 Chevy Nova

Does your car have a nickname?
Bisket

What's under the hood?
428 SBC Pro Charged

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Quality parts at a great price.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality, friendly, knowledgeable

Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Carissa Bousquet (my wife)

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
That big ol’ trophy.

Why do you race?
For the love of it. Great people.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Money lol

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, June 9, 2021

BTE Sponsored Racer: Afton Swanson

Welcome to our new blog series where we highlight BTE-sponsored racers. Get to know our racers’ journey, receive some exclusive insight on what BTE products they use and get some free racing advice. Next on the track is Afton Swanson from Swanson Motorsports, who’s name we are sure you’ll be seeing more of, as she continues to dominate on the track. We’ll be highlighting one racer each month in our blog, so stay tuned!


What do you race?
NHRA Top Dragster

 

How did you get into racing?
I started racing Jr. Dragsters at 9-years-old at our local track, North Iowa Dragway (formerly known as Humboldt County Dragway).


What BTE product(s) do you have?
BTE bolt together converter and BTE Extreme Top Dragster transmission


Why are you proud to represent BTE?
BTE's parts work great for our combination. They’ve helped us grow our Top Dragster program and have enabled us to be able to run at the front of our class.


What is your proudest moment racing?
When we won the 2017 Heartland Nationals in Topeka.


What races are you looking forward to this year?
We are in the middle of a 3-week trip; we raced at the Midwest Drag Racing Series event in Tulsa, the NHRA D4 doubleheader event in Dallas, and now on our way to Houston for the NHRA Spring Nationals.


Why do you race?
Joe and I met through racing and I pursued my current career because it enables me to race as much as possible. I can't imagine doing anything else!


What is the best racing advice you've ever received?
Stick with it and don't give up when things get hard. Normally that means a breakthrough is coming soon!


Anything else you'd like to share?
Thank you to everyone who has supported us!

 

Follow Afton for racing updates below:
Facebook: Swanson Motorsports
Instagram: @SwansonMotorsports

Posted by BTE Racing at Thursday, June 3, 2021

Car of the Week: Brent Leslie's 1999 Chevy S10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Brent Leslie from Fort Scott, KS., who owns and races a 1999 Chevy S10 .

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad helped build my first car.

When and where was your first drag race?
Mokan Dragway

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1999 Chevy S10

Does your car have a nickname?
Mean Machine

What's under the hood?
383 sbc

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Clutches, steels and input shaft band.

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Long lasting product 

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Good customer service

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

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

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning two Iron Man trophies back-to-back years

Why do you race?
I love to compete.

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Winning every single round.

 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Drag Strip Pet Peeves

We asked you about your pet peeves as racers or spectators and you did not disappoint. Among the comments we noticed three pet peeves everyone seemed to agree on: cleanliness, attitude, and pets.

Clean up the act
Everyone hates a dirty track whether you’re a track employee, racer or spectator. From people emptying their RV tanks in the pit to broken glass on the track, leaving a mess behind isn’t pleasant for anyone. Remember to be courteous of others and clean up after yourselves so everyone has a great time.

Leave the attitude at the gate
We hear this very often from both experienced, and inexperienced racers—but with more colorful vocabulary. Leave the ego at home and be open and respectful to receiving and giving constructive criticism. The best thing about drag racing is learning the ins and outs of these speed machines, but also learning how we can improve as racers from our peers. At the end of the day no one knows drag racing better than drag racers, so just be cool man.

Furry family 
It only makes sense to want to share your favorite hobby with your pets, which is great, but if they aren’t track-friendly then it’s best to leave them home. According to our fellow racers, there have been situations where they’ve been bitten or seen these pets struggle with the thunderous sounds of races. So, if your furry friend isn’t feeling the track, it’s best to leave them at home. 

Posted by BTE Racing at Thursday, May 27, 2021

Car of the Week: Dale Healy's 1965 Chevy II Nova

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Dale Healy from Marengo, Ohio, who owns and races a 1965 Chevy II Nova.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
Family and friends in the 70s

When and where was your first drag race?
2004 Pacemakers in Mt. Vernon, Ohio

What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
Chevy II Nova 1965, hand lettering, metal flake top

Does your car have a nickname?
Bad Medicine

What's under the hood?
406 sbc

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

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Quality products,  improved consistency

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
High quality machining

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Steel 41 willys

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Winning at the Thompson Gasser Reunion and Nostalgia National back-to-back in the same year

Why do you race?
The challenge of winning

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Winning

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, May 26, 2021

How High-Quality BTE Products Are Made

We take pride in providing affordable, durable, high-quality products and that means investing in the best equipment, like our newest CNC machine. Want to get nerdy with us? Let’s talk about CNC machining, how it works and what it means to you.

What is the CNC Machine?
CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control machine and it automates the manufacturing process of milling or lathe operations. This means that it helps us make our products faster and ensure consistent quality.
 

         

 

How does it work?

1. The first step is sometimes referred to as CAD (Computer Aided Design).   Usually, we’ll use computer software built in the machine to create a design—in our case it’s usually 3D designs.
 

2. The second step is called CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing). This step is crucial, and it’s where we go into the detail of the manufacturing process like the type of material being used, type of cut needed, cutting speed, and creating the instructions to allow the machine to create what we need.

 

3. The final step is called CNC (Computer Numerical Control). This is when we input the instructions into the machine (known as G-Code) telling it how to make the product we need. It’s the final step to the creation of BTE products. 

 

What does this mean to you?
Our newest machine is a Haas VF-4SS CNC machine. It’s a fast-operating workhorse designed for milling projects, which is essential. Most of our product line comes from these machines in some form or fashion—either as part of the manufacturing process, or entirely from the raw material. Having this lean, mean, manufacturing machine gives us the ability to continue providing affordable high-quality racing products every time you place your order.
 

Posted by BTE Racing at Friday, May 21, 2021

Car of the Week: Eric Jacobs' 1994 Mustang

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Eric Jacobs from Kernersville NC, who owns and races a 1994 Mustang.

How did you get interested in drag racing?
My father

When and where was your first drag race?
Thunder Valley Dragway, Red Spring, NC

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

Does your car have a nickname?
Heartless

What's under the hood?
Small Block Ford

Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Used to run BTE trans case

Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I chose them because of the quality of their products. Helped with the longevity of the transmission.

Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Very well built

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

If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
67 GT500

What is your proudest drag racing moment?
The day I made my first pass.

Why do you race?
For the thrill, since I am no longer in the Army jumping out of airplanes in the 82nd Airborne!

What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Staying calm 

 

Posted by BTE Racing at Wednesday, May 19, 2021