Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Chuck Turocy from Apollo, PA, who owns and races a 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass.
How did you get into drag racing?
I've always like cars, and felt more at home at the drag strip than anywhere else.
When and where was your first drag race?
Keystone Raceway, September 1996.
What model/year do you race now?
'81 Oldsmobile Cutlass ('88 nose)
Does your car have a nickname?
What's under the hood?
Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
None currently. I bought my car turnkey out of MI July 4, 2017.
Why do you use BTE?
I used BTE products in my '69 Cutlass—converter and manual valve body. They’ve got great products and service.
Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
In '69, the converter and manual valve body helped the car's consistency for sure.
A drag racer you look up to?
At Keystone, long time racer Dave Dortenzo. As tough as they come to race against, tremendous sportsman and a great guy.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Maybe make one of the Olds a big tire car, something in the high 5s 1/8th mile.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Deep breaths, block everything out.