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 Sean Thomas of Grants Pass, OR and his 1978 Chevy Malibu.
How did you get into drag racing?
A long time ago a friend took me to a drag race and I was hooked!
When and where was your first race?
I raced my car for the first time in 1999. It was at Woodburn Dragstrip in Woodburn, OR.
What model/year do you race now?
My car is a 1978 Chevy Malibu. The car is currently undergoing a complete rebuild. We're adding a back-half, 7.5 cert cage and will run high 8's.
What's under the hood?
540 Cubic Inch Chevrolet Big Block, 850 HP / 750 ft. lbs of torque. Fuel system - Ron's Toilet on Alcohol. AFR345 cylinder heads. In the 1/4 mile, its best performance is 9.39 @ 145 mph
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
My powerglide is all BTE, except the case is factory. I just installed a 1.80 chromoly straight cut gear set from BTE this year.
Why do you use BTE?
BTE has never let me down. Great products and prices, and the customer service is top notch.
Someone you look up to in racing?
Ron Capps is the man!
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I'd run a Pro Mod with the new Cadillac CTX body. Awesome.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I drink lots of water. It gets hotter than heck out there, and helps to be hydrated well.