Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Braden Maples from Corryton, TN, who owns and races a 1977 Hal Canode dragster.
How did you get interested in drag racing?
I used to watch Gas Monkey Garage and when they raced Big Chief I asked my dad if there was anywhere close to race. He took me to Knoxville Dragstrip and there were a lot of Jr Dragsters and I knew I wanted to do that.
When and where was your first drag race?
Knoxville Dragstrip in an old Jegs Jr I found online. It was in pieces, a real basket case, I bought it with my own money and me and Dad built it the winter after we went to the track.
What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
I’m gonna run Top Bulb this year in my 1977 Hal Canode-built dragster.
Does your car have a nickname?
We were gonna name it The Dirt Dobber, but I changed my mind and since it’s all black, we’re gonna name it VADER.
What's under the hood?
388 small block Chevy
Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Our powerglide is built with BTE products and a BTE 5500 stall converter and BTE flexplate
Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
BTE is a leader, and I’m looking forward to the consistency that BTE will bring to my runs each and every time.
Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Strong, dependable, fast
Who is a drag racer you look up to?
If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Candy Apple Red ‘69 Camaro, Big Block with BTE everything!
What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Back to back 3rd place finishes at The Bracket Finals in Memphis 2020
Why do you race?
I love cars and going fast!
What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
The competition as a Jr was tough, but there won’t be any easy rounds now... and switching from bottom bulb to top bulb is gonna be different.