Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Russell Dowell from Mulberry Grove, IL, who owns and races a 1970 Mustang Coupe.
How did you get interested in drag racing?
I was living in a heavy muscle car in the 70s. Street racing was part of growing up in our town in Missouri. Older brother had several hot rods and my first car was a ‘65 Mustang Coupe.
When and where was your first drag race?
1974 Cement Plant, Hannibal, MO.
What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1970 Mustang Coupe built at our shop.
Does your car have a nickname?
What's under the hood?
Small block Ford 363 stroker.
Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
6400 stall torque converter in a Powerglide.
Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
They build converters to the customers specifications. When you test your car and need to adjust the converter they are there to help, no questions or negativity. Great customer service.
Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great Customer Service!!!
Who is a drag racer you look up to?
If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
1970 Mustang Pro Mod.
What is your proudest drag racing moment?
My 74 Cuda won 7 straight races before I totalled it on a Saturday night going home.
Why do you race?
I'm retired and so is my wife Cindy, my crew chief. We love to go to different tracks and meet different racing families. One of our daughters Becky also travels with us if she can. Both are my biggest critics and fans. Our home track is Cole's County Dragstrip in Charleston, IL
What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Not to freight train through the stripe in a bracket race, having a street racing background and a heads up racer.