Car of the Week: Al Mullins' 1978 Chevrolet Malibu

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 West Point, Kentucky. I started bracket racing and it just wasn't for me. Now I'm all about heads up index racing. We run a 6.50 Index Outlaw class and I LOVE IT. 

What model/year do you race now? 

My car is a 1978 Chevy Malibu. It has all factory glass with a couple modifications. 

Does your car have a nickname? 

I’ve been kicking a nickname around, and kind of liking “GOLD DIGGER.” 

What's under the hood? 

B&R Speed Small Block 400, Profiler Cylinder heads, Scat crankshaft, Alcohol fuel system 

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle? 

Trans is a Powerglide with a BTE pro transbrake, BTE clutches and BTE 1.80 planetary and BTE tail housing

Why do you use BTE? 

The person that built the transmission for me (Chris Gootee) turned me onto BTE. The customer service and tech support is the best. 

Someone you look up to in racing? 

I owe everything to my grandfather “PaPaw” who always pointed me in the right direction. Back in the day he ran midget cars and was a winner. I would also like to thank my wife, Sinda Mullins for putting up with all the late nights and my daughter, Kaitlyn Bisacky Mullins for all the help at the track. A big thanks to Steve Oller for all the help on building and keeping everything going with me on and off the track.

If money were no object, what would you drive?

I’d drive what I have now. We love the heads up 6.50 Index class. There's no reason to quit what you love.   

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)? 

Find out who I have that round and get in their head.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at 12:32 PM