Car of the Week: Wesley Lockhart's Pontiac 1980 Firebird/Trans-Am

Car of the Week: Wesley Lockhart's Pontiac 1980 Firebird/Trans-Am

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 Wesley Lockhart from Mayfield, Kentucky and his 1980 Pontiac Firebird/Trans-Am. 
 
How did you get into drag racing?
My dad bought my brother and me our first junior dragster. We each drove every other weekend. 
 
When and where was your first race?
April of 1996, at Northwest Tennessee Motor Sports in Gleason, TN. 
 
What model/year do you race now?
1980 Pontiac Firebird/Trans-Am. 
 
Does your car have a nickname?
Down with the Sickness. Racing is an addiction, and an addiction is a considered a sickness.
 
What's under the hood?
Dart SHP 400 block bored and strokes to a 440, with AFR heads on methanol.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
All transmission parts, plus the converter, and various engine parts. Basically anything I can get Bryan to hunt up that I need.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I saw the proven results from Lucas Walker and Charlie Lockhart's BTE products and decided to join the team. Customer service is flawless. I started using Ray Huffman and now using Bryan Robinson.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
Basically all the racers when I was in junior dragsters. It's a privilege to race with all the guys I look up to.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I have had this car 13 years, so I would just have to improve what I have, and make it street legal.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I'm very superstitious. I try to look over my car, tire pressure, check fuel, and charge the battery the same way every time.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 10:18 AM