Car of the Week: Mark Herring's 1980 Chevy Malibu

Car of the Week: Mark Herring's 1980 Chevy Malibu

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 Herring from Birmingham, Alabama, and his 1980 Chevy Malibu. 
 
How did you get into drag racing?
I had a love for drag racing at an early age. There was a popular street racing spot not far from our house, and you could hear them racing. My older brother would take me over there. Eventually it moved from there to the track.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first race was in a 1969 GTO at Lassiter Mountain Dragway in 1982.
 
What model/year do you race now?
I have a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu that we call “Old Yellow”
 
What's under the hood?
The car currently has a 355—I ran a 383 until recently when it expired in the water at Huntsville. So currently it's a 355 solid lift cam, APD 750 alcohol carb with a Victor Jr. intake.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I use BTE because their products and customer service are second to none.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
I have always looked up to Danny Stone. He used to be my next door neighbor. He is probably one of the best bracket racers that I have ever seen. At times, he wasn’t in as good of equipment as some people were, but I can assure you, he has sent a lot of good racers to the trailer early and won more than his share of races. I am proud to call him a friend.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money were no object, I would drive my Malibu (I had one in high school), or I would get my old '69 Camaro back. The guy who has it now says it can’t be bought. We would just have to see.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I don’t really have a pre-race ritual other than I can’t sit down. Too much energy. After I am in the car, I just try to do everything the same way every time. I just want that “W” at the finish line.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 10:13 AM