Car of the Week: Wheel Stand Tournament Winner, Derek Lewis' 1970 Nova

Car of the Week: Wheel Stand Tournament Winner, Derek Lewis' 1970 Nova

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. We’ve taken a small break from the series, but we’re back today with the winner of our recent [epic!] Wheel Stand Tournament. It was a hard-fought battle, and Derek Lewis was grand prize winner with a massive amount of support. Here’s his story, and his car.


How did you get into drag racing?

Hanging around friends in high school.


When and where was your first race?

Texas Raceway


What model/year do you race now?

1970 Nova


Does your car have a nickname?

"Ole Red," but most people know me or my car by 582nova.


What's under the hood?

Morgan & Son racing engine 572 BBC



Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?

My powerglide has a lot of BTE products. (Editor's note: Lewis also won a torque converter from BTE as the winner of the Wheel Stand Tournament, so presumably that will go in the Nova as well.)


Why do you use BTE?

The parts work great.


Someone you look up to in racing?

Bud Morgan


If money were no object, what would you drive?

For a race car, I would build an outlaw drag radial Nova. 


What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?

Just double check the car, talk to friends and family.


How did you rally your friends and family to vote for you in the Wheel Stand Tournament?

I'm in a group text with some close friends and we talked about it in our text and then we all posted on Facebook. If it wasn't for my friends I wouldn't have won. 


Do you remember what you were thinking in the middle of the wheel stand in the photo?

I was thinking this isn't going to be good again. Once the back tires came off the ground I knew it was going to mess up stuff.

Posted by Brandon Barrentine at 5:58 PM