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 Mark Blake from Prichard, West Virginia, who owns and races a 1994 Camaro.
How did you get into drag racing?
My dad took the whole family to the tracks. A family friend of ours raced and we helped him with his car. I got my first car and made my first pass at age 16, thanks to my dad. Bought the car from Chuck Felty.
When and where was your first race?
Tri River Dragway in Fort Gay, West Virginia
What model/year do you race now?
Does your car have a nickname?
What's under the hood?
2006 L33 5.3 with a vsracing 77mm turbo and wiring harness, tuned by my son Austin Blake.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
The internal trans and converter
Why do you use BTE?
Years of quality and never had a problem. I’ll always continue to use BTE parts.
Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
With my new BTE 8-inch 83400 converter, no other changes made, I picked up .20 on the ET and 4 mph faster.
Someone you look up to in racing?
As a proud dad, my son. He is building a great reputation in the racing industry with us custom wiring harnesses for the LS guys and his impeccable tuning ability. I also have had great friends that helped along the way—Ben Mosley, a great machinist and engine builder, and Bob Potter for building us a great transmission that works great.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Probably a X275 or a really fast door car small tire. Street car would be a ZR1R—never been a corvette guy but I like the new ones!
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Double check all my stuff and look over last pass data.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Biggest thanks to BTE for having quality parts over the years to keep us going. I am thankful for my mentor Chuck Felty, my dad, my family, my wife and her endless support.