Car of the Week: Cody Wiggins' 1979 Chevrolet El Camino

Car of the Week: Cody Wiggins' 1979 Chevrolet El Camino

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 Cody Wiggins from Kevil, Kentucky, and his 1979 Chevy El Camino.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
Simply put, I was born into motorsports. My family has been heavily involved in drag racing, truck and tractor pulling, etc. since the early 1970s. At the age of six years old, I started driving a junior dragster at local outlaw 1/8th mile tracks. I have been racing various types of cars ever since.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first drag race was at Northwest Tennessee Motorsports Park (Gleason, TN) in the summer of 1997.
 
What model/year do you race now?
1979 Chevrolet El Camino
 
Does your car have a nickname?
I am currently still trying to come up with a nickname for the El Camino. (I’m open to suggestions!)
 
What's under the hood?
The heart of my El Camino is a 406 cubic inch Small Block Chevrolet power plant consisting of an Eagle rotating assembly, Brodix aluminum cylinder heads/intake manifold, Complete Comp Cams valve train assembly (Camshaft, Roller Lifters, Pushrods, Rocker Arms/poly locks), QuickFuel Technologies 850 cfm carburetor/fuel pump, and Renegade Race Fuels Pro-110+ race gas.  
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I utilize a BTE 3-speed transbrake TH400 transmission, along with a BTE flexplate and 8” converter combination to get my 3600lb steel bracket car moving consistently down the dragstrip. All of my Strange Engineering brake, suspension components, and a set of Mickey Thompson bias ply drag slicks/front runners where supplied by the team at BTE racing as well.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I rely on the friendly, knowledgeable, and professional staff at BTE Racing to provide my three-car racing operation with the industry leading performance transmission, converter, and power train parts I need to be successful.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
I look up to many very accomplished drivers/members of the racing industry. However, the one individual I have worked to emulate (on and off the racing surface) has to be fellow BTE Racing customer Luke Bogacki. As a world known accomplished racer on the track, Luke has a relentless competitive nature and approach to drag racing. Off the track, I feel he sets a very high standard as an industry professional, and works very hard to represent the sponsors/partner companies he is involved with.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Given the opportunity, a top fuel dragster would be the ultimate ride in the sport of drag racing. Zero to 300+ mph in 1000 feet is absurd! I would love to get my hands on a 10,000 hp, nitro burning, fire breathing monster.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 10:14 AM