Car of the Week: Michael Braddock's 1979 Chevy Camaro

Car of the Week: Michael Braddock's 1979 Chevy Camaro

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 a 1979 Chevy Camaro from owner/driver Michael Braddock, hailing from Kelton, Texas. You can find him and his family racing every other weekend at either at Sayre Street Races in the small Western Oklahoma town of Sayre or at Amarillo Dragway in Amarillo Texas.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
My dad always had hot rods and worked on them at his mechanic shop when I was growing up. I always loved getting to drive a few very nice old school street cars and even raced a few of them on the back roads around my hometown. So I would have to say my dad is to blame for my addiction and for being broke all the time from buying new parts.
 
Where do you live?
I live in the middle of nowhere 15 miles east of Wheeler Texas. It’s a very small town in the eastern Texas panhandle. I live there with my lovely wife Cassie and our two children, Gus and Tess, who both race in the junior dragster class.
 
When and where was your first race?
I would have to say was in the late 1980s at Amarillo Dragway and as most youngsters, we would street race on the back roads.
 
What model/year do you race now?
I have a 1979 Chevy Camaro
 
Does your car have a nickname?
”Chump Change”
 
What's under the hood?
An F2 ProCharged 540 BBC with a Callies Magnum Crankshaft, a COMP cam, GMB aluminum rods, Damion pistons, Brodix heads and a C&S Blow-Thru methanol carburetor.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I run a BTE Top Sportsman Powerglide transmission, a BTE torque converter and a BTE billet pro tree brake.
 
Why do you use BTE?
Because BTE is the best in the business. I’ve never had a problem with any of my BTE parts and I pound on them way harder than most would. Customer service is also hands down the best I’ve ever dealt with.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
I look up to my racing family - they’re always there to lend a hand or offer parts to fix my car. It’s good to line up next to them and try to beat the brakes off them.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I am driving my dream car now. Sure, there are better cars than mine but I have built my dream car and I love it. My kids help work on all of our cars too. It just doesn’t get any better that.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I clean our hot rods up and  go over every nut and bolt. We turn the music up in our trailer and just talk cars and how we can make them better for that day’s race.
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