Car of the Week: Kyler Smith's 1987 Chevy S10

Car of the Week: Kyler Smith's 1987 Chevy S10

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 Kyler Smith from Baltimore, OH and his 1987 Chevy S10.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
I got into racing around age 13. My dad and I had just gotten a 1987 Corvette convertible project. My dad had friends that bracket raced every week and he always wanted to go watch. One day we went out on a Wednesday night bracket race to meet up with my father’s friends and we were instantly hooked. Unfortunately, I wasn't old enough to race a door car and we weren't familiar with junior dragsters at the time. Within the next month, my dad went and bought an S10 with a SBC. He started to bracket race it for a few years until I was able to get my first car at the age of 15. Dad raced that same truck for about six years before finally building a new truck. 
 
When and where was your first race?
My first time racing was March 10th, 2013, just four days after getting my driver’s license. My first race was a TnT day at my home track of National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.
 
What model/year do you race now?
My only truck is my blue, big tire S10. It is a 1987 Chevy S10 that’s very sentimental and will never leave me.
 
What's under the hood?
It’s powered by a Dart block, 406ci built by Ohio Crankshaft making right at 600hp on the engine dyno.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Currently the only BTE product I have (though it’s for sure not the last product I buy from you) is a custom built converter courtesy of Chance Lykens! He is the man!
 
Why do you use BTE?
I was having issues with a converter I had built by a lesser-known company and was searching for another converter company to try. A good friend of mine mentioned BTE, and a few other people had tagged Chance in one of my Facebook posts. One of my close friends. Teddy Mitchell, gave Chance my phone number and he gave me a call. Chance made me a deal that I COULDN'T pass up. He offered to take my converter and totally rebuild it for my combo for less than it would have cost to refresh it. The customer service has been second-to-none. I will now be going through Chance for any transmission related parts.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
One person I would say I look up to would be Jeff Verdi. To be able to win the million dollar bracket race twice, with the same setup, is legendary. Very humble guy.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money were no object, I would love to have a C6 or a C7 Z06 big tire car. Factory body, not a chassis car either, just a back half.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
My pre-race ritual is giving my whole family a knuckle-bump, suiting up in the lanes, testing my reaction times on my delay box, saying a quick prayer, clapping my hands, and then I am ready to get down.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 3:54 PM