Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature BTE customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to drive and race. Today, it’s all about Kenneth "Steve" Place of Springdale, Arkansas and his 1996 Corvette.
How did you get into drag racing?
Drag racing started in High School with a '69 Camaro in 1981. After winning that first 1/4 mile pass, I was hooked for life.
When and where was your first race?
1984 marked my first pass down a drag strip in Asbury, Missouri at MoKan Dragway. There were many "non-drag strip" passes.
What model/year do you race now?
We operate a 1996 Corvette P/M in 1/8th mile here in the Midwest.
What's under the hood?
Our new combination is switching from a nitroused 572 to a 14-71 on a 548 BBC.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
We use a complete BTE Top Sportsman powerglide and converter.
Why do you use BTE?
BTE provides fast and accurate delivery of the highest quality products, plus the sales staff is very knowledgeable.
Someone you look up to in racing?
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I'd still drive my Corvette...Hey, it's a Jerry Bickel chassis once owned by Carl Moyer. It's got history.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I like to get in the car early to collect my thoughts and get focused.