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 Dan Thacker from Ashland, KY, who owns and races a 1962 Chevy II Nova.
How did you get interested in drag racing?
My dad got me into hot rods when I was a kid, then I got competitive with it as I got a little older. Then came the nitrous and I was hooked.
When and where was your first drag race?
My first drag race besides the ones in high school (2003ish) was in 2014 at KD Raceway in South Webster, Ohio. KD is still my favorite track because the Shutdown Hill gives me a huge adrenaline rush.
What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
I currently race a 1962 Chevy II Nova 1000+ horsepower street car I pick my son up from school in.
Does your car have a nickname?
The “Shitbox Chevy II” on Facebook
What's under the hood?
Forged Ls 6.0 using MS3 pro engine management to send fuel for all the air that’s forced down its throat via the billet 88mm turbo. The engine is mated to a BTE 1.80 ‘glide to transfer the power to the Mark Williams 12 bolt rear end.
Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Everything related to the transmission or converter is BTE. Currently running a pro brake valve body with a 1.80 gear set. The Billet converter was a big deal as it was within 75 rpm of the target we talked about when I ordered it and it flat out works!
Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I use BTE because a few years ago they helped me figure out a converter charge pressure issue on a trans and converter that wasn’t even their product. BTE customer service is second to none. I’ve been with BTE ever since then and have no reason to look elsewhere for anything race trans related.
Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Quality, service and PERFORMANCE.
Who is a drag racer you look up to?
Don Garlits will always be at the top of my list. I consider him one of the pioneers of drag racing.
If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
The ‘55 from the movie Two Lane Blacktop would make me happier than a Ferrari.
What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Either winning no prep big tire class at KD or watching my 7-year-old’s face when I hit boost on the way home from school.
Why do you race?
Because I love the sport and the people involved. I wouldn’t trade my race car family for anything.
What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
My biggest challenge as a driver is not turning up to moon boost every time I drive. It’s been a steep learning curve going from N/A to nitrous then turbo but it’s been worth it—although my wife disagrees.