Welcome to our Car of the Week series, where we feature BTE customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to drive and race. Today’s spotlight is on a father-son duo that got into drag racing together. Dad Richard Rose is the Chevy II Nova owner while son Payden Rose races an ’81 Malibu nicknamed the "Home Wrecker." Both live and race in Arkansas.
How did you get into drag racing?
I got into drag racing about six years ago and my dad said that we were going to buy a drag car. We got on RacingJunk.com and found this 1963 Chevy II Nova all the way in Dothan, AL. A week later we drove down there [from Arkansas] and picked it up.
When and where was your first race?
We won our first super pro race about four years ago at Centerville Dragway located in Centerville, AR.
What model/year do you race now?
My dad has a 1963 Chevy II Nova and I have a 1981 Malibu with BTE stamped all over it.
What's under the hood?
413 SBC 14:1 compression backed by a BTE Powerglide and torque converter
Why do you use BTE?
We use BTE because they’re a great company and have our parts the following day.
Someone you look up to in racing?
The person I look up to in the drag racing community is [former BTE employee] Bubba Stanton.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
That's easy, a brand new Corvette