Car of the Week: Mark Woods' 1972 Chevy Vega

Car of the Week: Mark Woods' 1972 Chevy Vega

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 Woods from Cullman, Alabama, and his 1972 Chevy Vega. 
 
How did you get into drag racing?
As a youngster I always wanted to race, but it wasn't until I got out on my own that I ventured to the local drag strip.
 
When and where was your first race?
I ran my first race around 1987 at our local track, Baileyton "Goodtime" Dragstrip.
 
What model/year do you race now?
I currently race a 1972 Tube Chassis Vega.
 
Does your car have a nickname?
It actually has a few, but I just call it The Lil' Red Vega.

What's under the hood?
A mild 383 small block Chevy. A very basic engine, but it's been an excellent bracket motor.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I have a BTE torque converter as well as other transmission products in my Ed Green-built powerglide.
 
Why do you use BTE?
Great customer support and great performing products.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
That is a hard question. I've raced with a lot of very good racers over the years and learned from many of them. I guess I'd have to say David Rampy. He's a great racer I've had the opportunity to race with and meet on our local scene. He is a true ambassador for our sport and an all-around great guy.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I'd stick with my trusty Vega. I might spruce it up a bit more, but I truly feel it is one of the best cars I've had.
 
What is your pre-race ritual?
I don't think I have one other than simply mentally trying to prepare for each round. I do feel diet and hydration are a big part of being successful, in addition to a well prepared car.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 10:32 AM