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 Tommy Barbero from Wentzville, Missouri, who owns and races a 1978 Chevy Malibu.
How did you get into drag racing?
Friends and family.
When and where was your first race?
Gateway International Raceway at Madison, IL in 1992. Ran 17.50 second in a ‘78 Malibu—but not the same one I have now.
What model/year do you race now?
1978 Chevy Malibu
Does your car have a nickname?
What's under the hood?
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
8” Converter, 1.80 planetary, valve body and input shaft
Why do you use BTE?
Great products and value.
Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
The 8” converter was installed in September 2016 and has been flawless ever since. The 1st weekend in the car, it went to two $5,000 to win finals on the same weekend, with 1 win and 1 runner up. It carried the car to 10 finals in 2017 at 3 different tracks. It’s going to get freshened this winter, but really shows no signs of needing it.
Someone you look up to in racing?
Jeremy McKague, he’s the man—just ask him, he’ll tell you.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Probably Top Dragster and Top Sportsman
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Too many superstitions to list.