Car of the Week: Bobbie Rader's 1970 Chevelle + A Big Announcement

Car of the Week: Bobbie Rader's 1970 Chevelle + A Big Announcement

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 Bobbie Rader of NCK Racing out of Willow Springs, MO and her 1970 Chevelle

On top of being our Car of the Week, Bobbie has recently joined the BTE roster of sponsored racers throughout the United States. Bobbie races alongside her daughter, Krysta, to form a most dynamic duo. Read more about the family legacy here and we look forward to bringing you more news about our partnership with their team, NCK Racing. We welcome their team to the BTE family. 

How did you get into drag racing? 

A great friend asked my husband John and I if we wanted to go watch him do some testing a on Friday night. At that time, we were big into the show truck scene. We didn't have a show that weekend, so we went. The next weekend I took my body dropped/bagged full-size Dodge Ram and made my first pass. It was a 20 second pass but I was instantly hooked! The truck was built to look good and win shows, not to go fast. The following month I bought the Chevelle for $1000, and it was in horrible shape. A rust bucket with no floor that we have rebuilt ourselves. A few months later, we bought our 11-year-old son Joey a Jr. Dragster. As he grew out of it, our daughter Krysta was ready to jump in. The day she turned 16, she jumped into her 1997 Camaro. 

When and where was your first race?

Ozark Raceway Park in Rogersville, MO in October 2007 

1970 Chevelle and Camaro

What model/year do you race now?

1970 Chevelle

Does your car have a nickname?

The Chevelle 

What's under the hood?

Naturally aspirated 540 BB 15:1 compression, Brodix BB2 extra heads. Built by Mustang Mike at LTM Performance. Fed my Rons Injection, custom front exit headers that we built. 

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle? 

Converter and Top Sportsman Powerglide transmission 

Why do you use BTE? 

The customer service is why we initially went with BTE. We made a few phone calls and BTE was by far the most helpful. But now, it's definitely the quality of the products. 

BTE Racing NCK Racing

Someone you look up to in racing? 

Honestly there isn't just one person. I'd have to say it's the racing community as a whole. They are family! 

If money were no object, what would you drive? 

I drive it! I've been into cars since I was little and a ’70 Chevelle was my dream car. 

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

I don't really have a pre-race ritual but I have a pre-pass ritual. Before I head into the waterbox I take a deep breath, wiggle myself up in my seat, wiggle and pull down on my helmet. Not sure why I started doing it but now it's the calm before the storm. 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at 1:56 PM