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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

Where to Get the Latest Drag Racing News

With thousands of drag strips across the United States (and thousands more internationally), you have to do more than check the bulletin at your local track to stay on top of the latest drag racing news. We’ve found some of the most helpful websites, podcasts, drag racing publications and discussion boards to keep you up-to-date on all things drag racing. Drag Illustrated Great source for pro stock updates, big winners, racing trends and season standings, with a mix of... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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

Valentine’s Day is just a heartbeat away, and all of us here at BTE Racing are busy making sure we show our customers and fellow drag racers plenty of love all year long. Here are just a few ways we try to do just that. Manufacturing products in the USA. Our 40,000-square-foot facility houses the latest CNC equipment and logistics technology to aide in efficiency and quality. We also keep money in the local economy by hiring employees from our own community. ... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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

BTE Racing is excited to announce our new CNC-machined billet stator torque converter upgrade. The improved billet stator is available for 9.5 inches, 258 mm, and 265 mm torque converters and is strength-tested, perfectly balanced, exact in design and production, and available for any configuration. Made with aircraft-grade aluminum, BTE’s upgraded stators make customization for each unique application a breeze, offering limitless variations.   The upgraded billet stator is... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Instructions & Limited Time Discount for BTE Tune Up Services

Hot summer racing and high horsepower stress can damage even the best clutch materials and bearings - these are service items that need continued maintenance. We highly recommend an annual tune-up to maintain your investment in equipment, and to avoid costly failures in the height of racing season. More details (and a discount code for 10% off) below. What we accept for maintenance and tune-up services: Torque converters Powerglide transmissions TH400 transmissions TH350... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, January 24, 2019

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

For newcomers to drag racing, learning the lingo is a great way to settle in to the racing community and learn more about the sport. We’ve put together a glossary of words and phrases to know before you hit the drag strip. Part 1 covers the first half of the alphabet letters A-M; Part 2 will pick up with letters N-Z in an upcoming blog. Awful Awful (source) Drag racing slang for a AA/FA ("Double A" Fuel Altered) race car. Blower Supercharger or turbocharger... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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

BTE is in the business of manufacturing and distributing new high performance parts for your racing vehicles, but we also service your current parts for optimum performance. Now is the best time to get your powerglides, torque converters and other racing transmissions tuned up; before the season gets underway in a few months. Just FYI: They don't have to be from BTE, we service all types of equipment. To get the most out of our tune up services, here are some easy tips to follow to... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 14, 2019

BTE’s Year in Review

This year was one of the most exciting in company history. From annual events like the World Footbrake Challenge and the Performance Racing Industry show, to strengthening our team with additional personnel, 2018 was a year of growth for BTE. We served more customers than ever before during this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions, closing our most successful drag racing parts sale since starting the company in 1996. Intense preparation and precise customer service helped... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, January 10, 2019

Heads Up: What's Happening at BTE

The start of August means the summer is almost over, but the fun is just beginning. We're looking forward to lots of great racing this month and through the fall. In the meantime, here's what we've been up to at BTE:   -Be on the lookout for our awesome support van at Outlaw Armageddon  August 11-12 at Thunder Valley Raceway in Noble, OK. -Customer Billy Rains from Pinehurst, TX is doing great things with our torque converter and powerglide... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, August 3, 2017

Welcome to the New and Improved BTEracing.com

BTE Racing is thrilled to announce the arrival of our updated and redesigned website. As leaders in high performance automatic transmission assemblies and components for drag racing, we want to provide our customers with a site that’s easy to use and nice to look at, too.   With a clean design and improved layout, we’ve simplified our site to create better functionality and navigation—for mobile devices and your desktop. On the new homepage , you can easily ... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, May 15, 2017

Bogacki Reflects On The "Biggest Win" Of His Career

Luke Bogacki is enjoying what he calls “the biggest win” of his career after clinching the title in last month’s K&N Spring Fling Million. Despite winning over 250 event victories and more than $1,000,000 in prize money over two decades of racing, the Million remained elusive—until now. After nine grueling rounds of competition in Las Vegas, he finally clinched the win of his career, driving his American Race Cars dragster in the final race against Michael... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, May 5, 2017

Car of the Week: Bryan Yaeger's 1979 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.  Let us introduce you to  Bryan Yaeger of Lodi, Ohio and his 1979 Chevy Malibu .  How did you get into drag racing? I got into racing because my dad is into racing. Ever since I can remember, I was always at the racetrack on Saturday nights watching him race his 1974 Oldsmobile Cutlass, that we call "The Green... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Car of the Week: Mike Simons' 1967 Ford Fairlane 500

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.  Let us introduce you to Mike Simons of MN and his 1967 Ford Fairlane 500 . How did you get into drag racing? Tried drag racing just to see what my car would do. It snowballed from there. When and where was your first race? About seven years ago at Brainerd International Raceway. What model/year do you race now? 1967 Ford Fairlane 500... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Car of the Week: Roberto Ruiz's 1955 Chevy Bel Air

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  ​ Roberto Ruiz of Lynn, Massachusetts  and his 1955 Chevy Bel Air . How did you get into drag racing? My dad use to drag race and, I liked it too. When and where was your first race? A street race, and the rest is history. What model/year do you race now? 1955 Chevy Bel Air... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Monster Truck Week: Interview With USA-1's Crew Chief, Part II

It’s officially Monster Truck Week here at BTE, where we’re featuring the largest vehicle we sponsor throughout the year: USA-1 monster truck from Gauger Motorsports. To get some information on this beast of a truck, we talked to USA-1’s crew chief, Scott Bryant, who told us all about the monster truck world.  Part 1 of this interview ran Tuesday, March 31 . The USA-1 Crew What is the most exciting part of a monster truck event? Each part of a monster... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Thursday, April 2, 2015

Monster Truck Week at BTE: An Interview With USA-1's Crew Chief Scott Bryant

It’s officially Monster Truck Week here at BTE, where we’re featuring the largest vehicle we sponsor throughout the year: USA-1 monster truck from Gauger Motorsports . To get some information on this beast of a truck, we talked to USA-1’s crew chief, Scott Bryant , who told us all about the monster truck world; its history, some stats on the massive size of the vehicles and tires, why a transmission takes a beating at each event and why BTE was the right choice as a sponsor. Part 2 of this... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Car of the Week: Chance Lykens' 1978 Chevy LUV

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  Chance Lykens  from Lamar, MS and his  1978 Chevy LUV.  How did you get into drag racing? I got into drag racing after my dad told me all his stories of driving for my grandpa. After my father died when I was 14 years old, my grandpa saw me in a depressed mood so he... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Thursday, February 12, 2015

Car of the Week: Martin Lambert's '75 Chevy Monza

Welcome to the  BTE Racing  Car of the Week series, where we feature BTE customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to drive and race. Today, it’s all about Martin Lambert in Everett, WA and his 1975 Chevy Monza .  How did you get into drag racing? I started with a mini tub and adding a mild 350, then wondering how fast it was. When and where was your first race?  1994 at Seattle International... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Index of Tech Tips, Troubleshooting and Practical Information from BTE

Ever thought, "I wish BTE would compile a full list of all the technical information they've put up on their blog in one post, so it's easy to access and find?" Well, today is your day. From torque converters to exploding bellhousings, we've indexed all the technical content we've posted over the years. As we create more, we'll add them to the list so all you have to do is bookmark this post and check it periodically. Thanks for reading! Torque... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What We're Known For: BTE Racing Transmissions

Automatic racing transmissions operate in much different conditions than their street driven relatives. Racing units are designed and built to have much firmer shifts via high hydraulic pressure, the gears and shafts are made from steel developed by the military and space industries and the valve bodies are reconfigured to allow transbrake or second gear launches . The minimum requirements for today's high power race engines means that very few... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Monday, October 13, 2014

What Goes Into the Design and Manufacturing of a BTE Torque Converter?

As we mentioned before, every racing torque converter built today (even the $8,000.00 billet aluminum lock ups used in Pro Mods) has its designs rooted in an OEM torque converter. The popular 8" torque converter is based on design from Opel that is more than 30 years old, and the popular 10" 258mm and 265mm billet converters are based on designs used by Cadillac for its Northstar series vehicles.  Using these platforms as a core, we build upgraded... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BTE's Facebook Wheel Stand Tournament Details

If you follow us on Facebook , you might have noticed we're doing something a little different. Something fun. Something a little bit like racing. We're having a tournament to see which of our fans' wheel stand photos have what it takes to win them a BTE torque converter or BTE-manufactured product of equal or lesser value.  Here's the tournament structure: 1st round: Start with 64 wheel stand entries, which will be put into groups of 4 in 16 first rounds. Those 16... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Thursday, August 28, 2014

Car of the Week: Anthony Zangari's '95 Camaro Z28

Welcome to our Car of the Week series, where we feature BTE customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to drive and race. Today, the spotlight is on Anthony Zangari's 1995 Camaro Z28 out of Syracuse, NY. How did you get into drag racing? I got into drag racing after having a genuine interest in fast cars and wanted to do it in a legal and safe manner at a local track. When and where was your first race? My first race was at a local track... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Car of the Week: Kathy Porter's Fritz RED Dragster

Welcome to our Car of the Week series, where we feature BTE customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to drive and race. While we've had many a make and model, today is a first for this series: a woman! Give a warm welcome to Kathy Porter of Kimball, Nebraska and her Fritz RED dragster . How did you get into drag racing?   My son started driving a Jr. Dragster in 1995 when he was 12, the 2nd year that NHRA had the program. After he ran for a few... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Car of the Week: Poul Anchersen's '78 Cadillac Coupe de Ville

Welcome to our Car of the Week series, where we feature BTE customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to drive and race. Today we're continuing our week of  appreciation for our international customers and bring you Poul Anchersen's 1978 Cadillac Coupe de Ville all the way from Denmark . How did you get into drag racing?  I have always had a passion for U.S. cars, and my first favourite model was a ’66 Chevelle. Bought my first... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Car of the Week: David Clapp's '65 Chevy II Nova

The novas are back!   Welcome to our Car of the Week series, where we feature BTE customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to drive and race. Today we find out about seasoned racer, David Clapp 's ' 65 Chevy II Nova . How did you get into drag racing? My older brother was a mechanic and drag racer. When and where was your first race? Sometime around 1977, but don’t remember where. What model/year do you race... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Transbrake solenoid tips and troubleshooting

Racing transmission transbrakes rely on tightly wound electric solenoids to activate and release. These tiny mechanisms are actually the same used on bomb deployment systems for air force bombers! Because of their precision design, nature of construction, and the high stress environment in which they operate, they can be hard to diagnose or understand when things don't seem to be working correctly. Ensure that you have a proper ground .  Grounding to the chassis or... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BTERacing.com Has a New Look

Next time you visit BTERacing.com , you might notice a few things have changed. Actually, almost everything about the site has changed. We've got a brand new look, and have optimized the user experience as much as possible. Other than the overall look and layout, the site has been designed for access from multiple sources - whether it be your desktop computer, a laptop, iPad or even an iPhone. We'll have our own " How To " section before long, with instructional videos on... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Car of the Week: Tom Grover's '52 Ford F1 Truck

Welcome to our new series, Car of the Week, where we feature BTE customers and the cars (and trucks) they love to drive and race. Today’s spotlight is on  Tom Grover  of Terre Haute, IN and his  1952 Ford F1 truck  which just  ran a new best ET of 6.55 @ 101.7 in a 1/8th! How did you get into drag racing? My youngest son Boyd wanted something that he could race as his first car. So I helped him get a street/strip car. I was the crew... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Car of the Week: Blake Starita's '88 Mustang

Welcome to our new series, Car of the Week, where we feature BTE customers and the cars (and trucks) they love to drive and race. Today’s spotlight is on  Blake Starita  of Long Beach, MS and his  ’88 Mustang . How did you get into drag racing? Bought a motorcycle and fell in love with the sport When/where was your first race? 2006 at Gulfport Dragway What model/year do you race now? 1988 Ford Mustang What is your... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Car of the Week: Casey Swift's '70 Ford Maverick

Welcome to our first ever Car of the Week, where we feature BTE customers and the cars they love to drive and race. Today’s spotlight is on Casey Swift and his ’ 70 Ford Maverick , all the way from Paradise, Texas. Photo courtesy of Max Cackle Photos .  How did you get into drag racing? My dad started taking me to the races as soon as I could walk. My granddad, my dad and my uncle all race. When I got the first junior dragster in ’95 I was hooked. ... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Thursday, May 8, 2014

Up Close View of a Drag Race

See a drag race from the car's point of view. Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Monday, May 5, 2014

New Product Release: Two Piece Powerglide Case and Bellhousing

After 24 months of development and design, BTE is proud to announce the official release of a Two Piece Powerglide Case and Bellhousing (SKU BTE240001). The brand new case, suitable for all racing applications up to and above 3000 HP , is is updated from previous designs to feature a lower total mass and higher quality casting and machined surfaces.  It includes a high quality IKO roller bearing in the tailshaft area—as does every BTE-designed... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BTE Racing/Memphis Performance Names a New President

MOUNT PLEASANT, MS — BTE Racing/Memphis Performance is ushering in a new era of leadership. Brandon Barrentine is stepping into the role of company president as of April 4, 2014. Brandon, son of Memphis Performance co-founders Paul and Jane Barrentine, has been with the company for 16 years, most recently acting as general manager after the passing of his father, Paul, in 2012. Brandon's role as president ushers in the third generation of this tight-knit family business as... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Tuesday, April 8, 2014