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Stay-At-Home Projects: Tips on Building a Racing Transmission

Building your own racing transmission can be tricky, but luckily for you we’ve compiled some great advice from the pros here at BTE Racing. Check out their tips before you dive into your project head first.    The basics Use strong, reliable components that are designed for high performance applications. Choose manufacturers with history and experience in racing transmission design and manufacturing. A great resource for step-by-step powerglide... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, May 11, 2020

By the Numbers: Top Sportsman Powerglide

Our Top Sportsman Powerglide gets a lot of love from the best racers, and for good reason; it's our most powerful transmission, and an investment racers make when they want to get serious about winning and making the most out of the cars and trucks they put so much love and energy into.   There was a time before every successful racer with a Top Sportsman reaped the benefits and made the change. Maybe 2018 is the right time to make the switch if you haven't... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BTE-Powered Racer Richie Crampton Takes His Wagon on the Road for Drag Week

The highly anticipated HOT ROD Drag Week, based in Cordova, IL, commenced last weekend to pit racers against each other in a battle of speed and endurance.   During this special event, street/strip cars are driven 1,000 plus miles on public roads during a trip that includes four dragstrips and five races in five days. The cars have to be street legal and able to go the distance—but they also need to be really fast.   BTE was proud to see Top... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, September 14, 2017

Car of the Week: Wesley Lockhart's Pontiac 1980 Firebird/Trans-Am

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 Wesley Lockhart from Mayfield, Kentucky and his 1980 Pontiac Firebird/Trans-Am.    How did you get into drag racing? My dad bought my brother and me our first junior dragster. We each drove every other weekend.    When and where was your first race? April of 1996, at... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Car of the Week: Paul Sisco's 1963 Chevy II SS

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 Paul Sisco from Clarksville, Tennessee, and his 1963 Chevy II SS.   How did you get into drag racing? I have raced as far back as I can remember.   When and where was your first race? 1988, at Windy Hollow Dragway.   What model/year do you race now? 1963... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Car of the Week: Steve Thurman's 1969 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 Steve Thurman from Gallatin, TN and his 1969 Ford Mustang.   How did you get into drag racing? I got into racing because my dad raced back in the early years with a 65 mustang.   When and where was your first race? My first actual race at a race track was around 1986 at Music City Raceway. I raced... Read More
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Car Of The Week: Bryan Witherspoon's 1988 Chevy S-10

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 Bryan Witherspoon of Forney, TX and his 1988 Chevy S-10.  How did you get into drag racing? Grew up at the track watching my dad.  When and where was your first race? Texas Motorplex, I was 16. What model/year do you race now? 1988 Chevy S10 ... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Luke Bogacki Clinches 2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Super Comp National Championship

Luke Bogacki is still trying to convince himself it’s real. He’s done the math, and he knows that he’s clinched the 2013 NHRA Lucas Oil Super Comp championship. His friends have offered congratulations. NHRA officials have called to confirm that he will represent them as their champion. He wants to believe it, but the gravity of it all just isn’t sinking in. Growing up in a racing family, he’s dreamed of this moment for as long as he can remember. And he’s... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Thursday, October 31, 2013

What are the limits of a factory, stock or OEM powerglide case in a racing application?

For more than 30 years, racers have relied on a variety of OEM parts to complete their cars due to budget or due to a lack of suitable aftermarket parts.  In the last 10 years, this has started to change dramatically with the availability of aftermarket cases, housings, gears, and just about every other high performance transmission (or engine) component. Aftermarket powerglide cases bring a lot of advantages over stock cores: Greater strength Revised oil channels... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Friday, September 6, 2013

Why is your car moving backward when applying the transbrake in your powerglide?

As a follow up to our previous blog posting, the other common problem with transbrake operation in powerglide transmissions is the transmission moving in reverse when the transbrake is activated.  Again, this can cause the car to roll out of the staging lights causing an instant loss. Once again, we will review the normal transbrake operation: You activate the transbrake solenoid in low gear when staging.  The solenoid pushes the brake valve to a position in the... Read More
Posted by Brandon Barrentine at Friday, August 16, 2013