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, it’s all about Dale Burrow and his 1975 Chevrolet Monza from Forney, TX.
How did you get into drag racing?
My dad gave me the bug. Back in the day he had a ’55 Chevy he'd drive to the track and race. My wife had a lot to do with it as well. She’s supportive of both myself and my son on the racetrack.
When and where was your first race?
I started in 1993 at Texas Raceway in a street/strip ’71 Camaro.
What model/year do you race now?
I just traded my dragster for a ’75 Chevrolet Monza (love my doors).
Does your car have a nickname?
It really depends on what kind of night I had at the track.
What's under the hood?
Small block 427 making 805 HP
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
An 8" torque converter and transmission assembled by Wendell Dunaway with nothing but BTE components.
Why do you use BTE?
Because you guys are awesome! Excellent customer service, high quality pieces, competitive pricing. I have never had a BTE part failure in over 20 years.
Someone you look up to in racing?
Pros: Would have to be Bob Glidden and Eddie Hill. Amateur: If my dad were still racing, it’d be him but I’d have to say Ray Dunaway. He's not as young as he used to be, but you can’t tell it watching him at the track. He loves being out there racing, and you don’t have to watch him long to figure that out.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
All I know is bracket racing, but I’d certainly jump at the chance to race in Pro Stock.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
After I’m pre-staged, I'll take a deep breath and hold it for just a second and exhale, then I stage.