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. Let us introduce you to Bryan Yaeger of Lodi, Ohio and his 1979 Chevy Malibu.
How did you get into drag racing?
I got into racing because my dad is into racing. Ever since I can remember, I was always at the racetrack on Saturday nights watching him race his 1974 Oldsmobile Cutlass, that we call "The Green Weenie." Our local track is Dragway 42 and that's where my love for racing began.
When and where was your first race?
My first time racing was at Dragway 42 in 2010. I was 13 and got to race a junior dragster for the first time.
What model/year do you race now?
The car I race now is a 1979 Chevy Malibu. My father and I are currently are currently doing bodywork to it.
Does your car have a nickname?
My car did have the nickname "Lady in Red," but now since it's getting painted, I just call her "The Lady." Still trying to come up with something more interesting than that.
What's under the hood?
Under the hood is a 2 bolt main 454 big block Chevy bored .030 over. Nothing special and after market parts like rods and pistons. It's currently only about 9.5:1 compression. Currently having the motor gone through and the block decked. It's topped off with a 950 QuickFuel gas carb.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
The BTE products in my vehicle would be in my trans like the transbrake valve body, clutches, transbrake solenoid, and pan.
Why do you use BTE?
I use BTE because they provide some of the best transmission products around. They're reliable and the people at BTE are real nice to work with. I would recommend BTE to anyone. My transmission guy, Randy Biddle at Biddle Performance Products and Transmission, uses BTE products in my trans and those products have yet to let me down.
Someone you look up to in racing?
The person I look up to in racing would have to be my older brother, CJ. I believe he is one the toughest racers there is and can compete with anyone. I've learned all I've known from him and watching him race, I've learned how to become a better racer. I know racing him there is no such thing as an easy round win.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Even if money wasn't an object, I would still run my old reliable 79 Malibu. It only goes 7.30s to the 1/8th mile, but it's fun to drive and always a little sweeter when I get to beat dragsters. Don't get me wrong, I would love to drive a dragster one day, but my heart will always be sold on my slow door car.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
My pre-race ritual is pretty quirky but after I do my burnout, I grab a towel, wipe my hands off, then my steering wheel, and finally my transbrake button. It gets me relaxed and focused at the task at hand. After all that is complete, I put the car in low and proceed to the staging process and hope I can turn on the win light in my lane!