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 Jared ‘Big Jed’ Pennington from Fultondale, Alabama, who owns and races a 1972 Chevrolet Nova.
How did you get into drag racing?
My dad got me started at the age of 13.
When and where was your first drag race?
Lassiter Mountain Dragway in 1984
What model/year do you race now?
1972 Chevrolet Nova
Does your car have a nickname?
What's under the hood?
15* 434 SBC
Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE 1.80 Powerglide and BTE torque converter
Why do you use BTE?
BTE offers the reliability necessary to stay competitive in racing. Their staff is knowledgeable and helpful, which keeps me from guessing at what I need. I know I can trust them to only sell me what I need, and nothing else.
Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
I was struggling with inconsistency on my race car. I sent the transmission to BTE, for them to make sure my issues weren’t being caused by the trans. They found my valve body, to have an issue with a sticking valve. I upgraded to their billet pro transbrake and it solved the problem.
A drag racer you look up to?
Anyone that works hard for the sport. We need more people contributing in a positive way.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
The same car I drive today.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
No actual ritual, but I do try hard to get a good night of sleep, the night before a big race.