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 two for the price of one! Let us introduce you to Eric Tenney of Baltimore, MD and his 1969 Dodge Dart GTS and 1964 Plymouth Valiant.
How did you get into drag racing?
As a third generation racer, I was born into a heavily involved racing family. My father and grandfather have raced for decades all over the East coast and still race today. I started racing at the age of 8 in junior dragsters and have been racing every year since. Drag Illustrated wrote a great article if you want more info!
When and where was your first race?
My first race was in 1995, which was the second year of junior dragsters in NHRA. My first race was at Cecil County Dragway. That year I qualified and went to the Junior Dragster Nationals at Indy.
What model/year do you race now?
I have 2 cars I race, a 1969 Dodge Dart GTS and a 1964 Plymouth Valiant.
What's under the hood?
Under the Dodge Dart is a 428” small block w2 (340 race block) 660hp. Under the Plymouth Valiant is a 340 small block with Edelbrock heads.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
The 1969 Dodge Dart has an 8” BTE converter with a new BTE 1.80 Powerglide SFI case.
Why do you use BTE?
Customer service, well known in the racing community, great prices.
Someone you look up to in racing?
My father and Biondo
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Super Stocker or Pro Stock
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Clear the mind and focus on one race at a time.