Car of the Week: Dean Johnson's 1977 Chevy Vega

Car of the Week: Dean Johnson's 1977 Chevy Vega

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 Dean Johnson from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and his 1977 Chevy Vega.


How did you get into drag racing?
Always wanted to drag race, but couldn’t afford it until about three years ago. Sold my first Corvette of 20 years to buy a race car.

When and where was your first race?
Three years ago at Northstar Raceway in Sanger/Denton, TX.

What model/year do you race now?
1977 Vega

What's under the hood?
434 SBC


Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Spragless torque converter

Why do you use BTE?
An engine builder recommended BTE, sent mine into BTE to have it serviced. BTE called to see what, if any issues, there were and built it to meet my needs.

Someone you look up to in racing?
The ones who have been doing this for 30 years and have taken the time to help others.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
Would like to run ProMod! (Like that will ever happen.)

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Giving all systems a good look over, servicing the car and clearing my mind.


Posted by Brandon Barrentine at 4:02 PM