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, it’s all about Randy Bowerman from Paducah, KY and his 1971 Z-28.
How did you get into drag racing?
I got into drag racing when I was a kid watching ABC's Wide World of Sports on weekends with my dad, and going to I-57 DragStrip a lot. My dad always wanted to race, but he never had the opportunity or the money to do it. He passed away from leukemia right before my 23rd birthday in September of 1992. I made up my mind I was going to race and bought my first race car in 1994. The rest is history.
When and where was your first race?
My first race was at I-57 DragStrip in Benton, IL, spring of 1995. It was a short one! Broke the driveshaft on the first pass.
What model/year do you race now?
What's under the hood?
SBC 406, Dart block, Brodix heads, Comp Roller cam, pro magnum roller rockers, Crower extreme duty roller lifters, Eagle bottom end with Wiseco pistons. Topped off with a Holley Alky Carb on a Edelbrock super victor intake, and fire power provided by MDS pro billet distributor.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Drivetrain end of it, I have a 5500 BTE converter, aftermarket powerglide case with all BTE internals, and BTE pump & valve body, plus a BTE electric shifter.
Why do you use BTE?
My car was always inconsistent. After switching to a BTE converter the car worked a lot better. After going with all BTE components, it was like driving a different car. Now my car seldom varies more than two or three numbers all night.
Someone you look up to in racing?
I would have to say a good friend of mine, who is always there to lend me a hand or give me honest advice. He helps steer me in the right direction: Kevin Gass.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I would love to have a shot at driving a pro stocker.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I just like to sit in the car in the staging lanes, belt in, relax, see who my opponent is going to be for that round and think about the game plan.