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 Afton Swanson from Denver, Iowa, who owns and races a 2015 Spitzer Top Dragster.
How did you get into drag racing?
My dad took me to Jr. drag racing at the local track (North Iowa Dragway).
When and where was your first race?
North Iowa Dragway, formerly Humboldt County Dragway, in June 2000.
What model/year do you race now?
2015 Spitzer Top Dragster
Does your car have a nickname?
The Hemi Hunter
What's under the hood?
540 cubic inch Big Block Chevy
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Torque converter and internal transmission parts.
Why do you use BTE?
We switched to a BTE converter and won our very next race, the Topeka Nationals in 2017. We went on to another Top Dragster final round at the St. Louis Nationals in 2018.
Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
In 2017, we wanted to step up our racing program to run at the class maximum, 6.00 (quarter mile) so we needed a converter that could handle 2500 horsepower. BTE got our converter set up perfect right out of the box. We ended up winning our very first race with the BTE converter, and went on to another national event final round the following season.
Someone you look up to in racing?
Shirley Muldowney—without her determination and hard work, women (including me) may not be drag racing today.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
My husband Joe and I would each have a Top Dragster and a Top Sportsman car.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Going around the car and making sure everything is set up perfectly before strapping into the car.