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Car of the Week: Sean Stearns' 1978 Chevrolet Malibu

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Sean Stearns from Owasso, Oklahoma, who owns and races a 1978 Chevrolet Malibu. How did you get into drag racing? My family has always been a car family. When and where was your first drag race? 1992 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  What model/year do you race now? 1978 Chevrolet Malibu Does your car have a... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Heads Up: What's Happening at BTE

As fall settles in, we're ready for cooler temperatures and busy race tracks, especially if that comes with a side of sunshine after so much rain. Here's a note on what we've been up to and what we're excited about:   -If you've been on the fence about buying our  Two Piece Powerglide & Bellhousing , now is the time to make a purchase. For the rest of September only (that's THIS WEEK), we're offering a sale to save $150. Note that the... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, September 28, 2017

Car of the Week: Brandon Rollins' 1976 Chevy Vega

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, we're featuring Brandon Rollins from Stamps, AR and his 1976 Vega.   How did you get into drag racing? My dad took me to Prescott Raceway when I was 14. We met a lady that happened to be related to us, and she let me drive her car around the pits. The rest is history.   When and where was your... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 18, 2017

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Race Car For Under $250

The powerglide is the most popular drag racing transmission for many reasons: it's lightweight, affordable, and reliable (as long as it has the correct components!). A junkyard powerglide core with the factory 1.76 planetary gear set can be safe to almost 850 horsepower in lightweight cars with just a few upgrades. Here's our list of the five best upgrades under $250:   1.  An upgraded shift arm This is a must have, since you'll need this to bolt up an... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Car of the Week: Scott Schuler's 1989 Ford Mustang

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, we're featuring Scott Schuler of Harrah, Oklahoma and his 1989 Ford Mustang.   How did you get into drag racing? My parents started bringing me to races when I was two months old, and so of course as soon as it was legal to drive I started racing myself.   When and where was your first race? My first race... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The 3 Most Important Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Racing Transmission

A transmission is one of the most expensive and most important parts of your racing vehicle, which is why it is incredibly important to ensure you’re getting the right setup...the first time around. To save yourself some time, money and possible headaches down the line, ask yourself these three very important questions before purchasing your racing transmission.  1. What exactly is it that I’m getting? After all, the devil is in the details. An automatic... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Car of the Week: Johnny Shelton's 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, it’s all about ​ Johnny Shelton of Clio, Michigan and his 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle . How did you get into drag racing? My family got me into racing. When and where was your first race? Lapeer Dragway What model/year do you race now? 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Does your car have a nickname? Underdog What's under the... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Car of the Week: Cole Cousins' 1968 Camaro

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, it’s all about  ​ Cole Cousins of Alabama  and his  1968 Camaro . How did you get into drag racing? My father, Doug Cousins, has been involved with cars and drag racing since the 1960s. Being around him got me hooked on drag racing myself! When and where was your first race? August 4, 1994 at Capitol City... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Car of the Week: Sean Thomas' 1978 Chevy Malibu

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, it’s all about  ​ Sean Thomas  of Grants Pass, OR  and his 1978 Chevy Malibu . How did you get into drag racing? A long time ago a friend took me to a drag race and I was hooked! When and where was your first rac e? I raced my car for the first time in 1999. It was at Woodburn Dragstrip in... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Car of the Week: Al Mullins' 1978 Chevrolet Malibu

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, it’s all about  Al Mullins from Louisville, KY and his 1978 Chevy Malibu .   How did you get into drag racing?   Ever since I could walk I’ve had the need for speed and drag racing is my fix for that.   When and where was your first race?   My first real race was 2005 at Ohio Valley Dragway in... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Car of the Week: Michael Rickman's 1994 Chevy S-10

Welcome to the BTE Racing  Car of the Week  series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, it’s all about  Michael Rickman of Selmer, TN and his 1994 Chevy S-10. How did you get into drag racing? It happened when I was a teenager, through some of my friends and their dad. My drive to get better at racing took off from there. When and where was your first race? Jackson Dragway back in... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Car of the Week: Jason Martin's 2014 Miller Rocker Arm Four Link Dragster

Welcome to the  BTE Racing  Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, it’s all about Jason Martin   from Cherryvale, KS and his  2014 Miller Rocker Arm Four Link Dragster . How did you get into drag racing? I have always been a car guy. When I was 18 or so, I dragged a 1966 Chevelle home that was in dire need of work. It was missing quite a few parts, so my dad suggested we go... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tech Tips and Troubleshooting for High Performance Transmissions: Under Pressure

BTE recommends that every racer monitor their transmission's line pressure and regard it as important as the oil pressure in their race engine . Automatic transmissions rely on the pressurization of their internal systems to operate properly in each gear range. Forward, reverse, and gear shift quality are largely dependent on the level of hydraulic pressure regulated by the transmission. In a race-prepped powerglide transmission, BTE recommends at least 210 to... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Why You Should be Using SFI-Tested Bellhousings and Transmission Cases

Racing transmissions are pushed to the limits of their largely OEM-based designs by engines that are four to 10 times stronger than their original engineers had intended. Over the last four decades, we've increased the strength and durability of all the driveline components, however, as it is often said: "anything can happen in racing." The unexpected release of so much energy transmitted through the driveline cannot be understated. The result... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Brandon's quick tour of BTE / Memphis Performance

Earlier this week, Brandon grabbed his mobile phone and shot a quick walkthrough video tour of our manufacturing facility in Mt. Pleasant, MS. We're often asked what do we make or how we make something, so we're producing a series of great videos that show more about us. Check back soon for some very cool technical guides and product review videos. Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Monday, February 17, 2014

Have you ever wanted to try racing a Super Comp dragster or getting your competition license?

Have you ever wanted to try racing a Super Comp dragster or getting your competition license?  The legendary  Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School  has a great program available for drivers of all experience levels. BTE is a proud partner with the driving school supplying all of their racing transmission and torque converter needs. Visit frankhawley.com for more information. Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Monday, February 3, 2014