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Car of the Week: Greg Pharr’s 1969 Mustang Fastback

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 a 1969 Mustang Fastback from owner/driver Greg Parr, hailing from New Orleans, LA.
 
When and where was your first race?
I first raced my Mustang in September of 1990.
 
What model/year do you race now?
My Mustang is a 1969 fastback that first ran 12.70's way back when at Gulfport Dragway, and over the years it has become a low 8 second beast using BTE’s Top Sportsman Powerglide transmission!
 
What's under the hood?
A 514 CID Big Block Ford.
 
How did you first learn about BTE Racing components?
I was at a race at No Problem Raceway in 2008 and I blew 2 of my home-built transmissions in one day. Well, y’all had your trailer there selling transmissions and other parts. I asked the salesman there if y’all could build a transmission that can handle the power of my Big Block Ford. Your guy said "NO PROBLEM!' so I bought two of them.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I use BTE transmissions in both my 1969 Mustang and in my 618 CID Big Block Ford powered Top Dragster with no problems at all. Our team at The Shop at Deckbar also runs your parts in all of our cars.
 
Why do you use BTE?
Since then all I have had to do is freshen up my transmissions every 250-300 runs.Ya'll make a GREAT transmission. Thanks for building a great transmission for both of my racecars!
 
Tell us about your recent race wins.
I have won three Ford Performance Association Championships (2008, 2016, and 2017), and The $10,000 Southern Big Bucks Nationals at No Problem Raceway February of 2017 and many more bracket races the last few years! Just last week I was awarded "The Most Improved Driver of the Year" for 2017.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Car of the Week: Couples Edition featuring Larry and Anne Whitty

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. We are continuing with our couples edition this month and today we are featuring Larry and Anne Whitty, a husband and wife team from Ottawa, Canada that drive a 1964 Chevy Nova II.
 
Racers' names:
Larry and Anne Whitty
 
Location:
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
 
Where did you first meet?
At a friend’s house.
 
Who raced first?
Larry raced first as a crew chief on a boat race team.
 
Which car(s) do you drive (make/model/year)?
The Whittys drive a 1964 Chevy Nova II.
 
What's under the hood?
A 355 SBC engine with a 671 TBS Blower.
 
How did you find out about BTE?
We were made aware of BTE through a lot of racers at Luskville Dragway.
 
How do you race together?
Larry drives, while Anne is the crew chief.
 
How do you complement each other while racing?
Anne keeps me in line while I’m racing and and helps dial-in the car.
 
Do you share the pot when one of you wins?
Most of the prize money goes to the race team, but Anne is part of that team, so she gets some as well.
 
What's your strategy for staying a team? How do you support each other, win or lose?
Anne has been with me 40 years and she just does so much.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 27, 2018

What to Expect When We Service Your Torque Converter

At BTE Racing, we use the best materials and craftsmanship available when we build our components, but the intense heat and power produced by today's race engines merit a careful check up on a regular basis. That's why we recommend  torque converter servicing on an annual basis.
 
So what can you expect when you send in your torque convertor for servicing to us?
 
Upon arrival to our facility, we drain and then cut open the torque converter to inspect for wear or damage.  With forged covers, spragless steel stators, full furnace-brazed impellers and turbines, a modern race converter is very durable. However, we take great care to inspect and replace bearings and bushings that may have worn due to excessive heat. This is also when we will consult with you about your current combination and performance expections. 
 
At this stage, we can modify or replace internal components to adjust the stall, slippage, or torque multiplication to improve your on-track performance and consistency. For example, a new stator or primary pump adjustment can bring a lazy car to life! We will use our experience and compare your vehicle to the thousands of others we've optimized, but if we have more detail and quality data, we can more accurately configure your torque converter.
 
After you approve the changes we re-check all tolerances, then re-assemble, weld, balance, and leak-test your newly freshened torque converter. Most torque converters can be quickly turned around within a few days, so we will get you back on the track as soon possible.
 
You can find out more about our facilty or reach out to us with any questions or to start the process of servicing your torque converter.

 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Car of the Week: Couples Edition featuring Greg and Dana Dillman

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. In honor of Valentine’s and the month of love, we're featuring couples who loves to race together. Meet Greg and Dana Dillman, a husband and wife team from Greenwood, Indiana.
 
Racers names:
Greg and Dana Dillman
 
Location:
Greenwood, Indiana
 
Where did you first meet?
We met in high school when I was 15 and Greg was 16. We have been together ever since!
 
Who raced first?
Greg began racing the first year that they had Junior Dragsters.
 
Which car(s) do you drive (make/model/year)?
Greg has a 1967 Chevy Nova II, and I race a 1964 Ford Fairlane.
 
What's under the hood?
Greg’s Chevy II has a 400 cubic-inch small block engine, while my Fairlane has a 302.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
We have a BTE Transmission and Torque Converter.
 
How do you race together?
Greg is the driver most often and I mostly crew chief these days.
 
How do you complement each other while racing?
We do everything together and always race. Our daughter, Layla Dillman, is even in her sixth season of Junior Dragsters.
 
What does one partner do that enhances or works together with the other?
We have always helped each other do everything and we have always worked well together. From engine maintenance to assisting each other each and every run, we make it happen!
 
Do you ever race against each other?
No, we have never raced against each other.
 
Do you share the pot when one of you wins?
Yep, all goes to the same spot!
 
What's your strategy for staying a team? How do you support each other, win or lose?
We try to stay positive and make sure that we are always having fun and enjoying our time while at the track.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Car of the Week: Valentine's Edition Featuring Afton and Joe Swanson

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, in honor of Valentine’s, we're featuring a couple who loves to race together. Meet Afton and Joe Swanson, a husband and wife drag racing team from Denver, Iowa.
 
Racers names:
Afton and Joe Swanson
 
Location:
Denver, Iowa
 
Where did you first meet?
We both started racing at Humboldt County Dragway in Humboldt, Iowa but had never raced there at the same time. We had a mutual racing friend who introduced us. We met in person for the first time in November 2010.
 
Who raced first?
Afton started racing Junior Dragsters in 2000, and Joe started racing his street motorcycle in 2009.
 
Which car(s) do you drive?
Afton’s car is a 2015 Spitzer Top Dragster.  Joe is building a 1997 Chevy S10 drag truck, which we hope to have on track this season.
 
What's under the hood?
Afton’s dragster has a 540 cubic inch Big Block Chevy with 14-71 supercharger while Joe’s truck has a 434 cubic inch Small Block Chevy.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
We use BTE torque converter and BTE internal transmission parts. We are also a dealer of BTE products through our new business venture, Swanson Performance.
 
Do you race your own individual cars, or share?
Afton races the Top Dragster. When Joe’s truck is done he will race in Super Street and we will both race the truck in Super Pro and Pro at the local bracket races.
 
How do you race together?
We follow the same process every time we make a pass, whether it’s a qualifying run or a final round. By doing everything the same, we develop a routine and can maintain the same level of performance throughout the event.
 
How do you complement each other while racing?
Joe has developed a talent for tuning. He likes to try new methods and over the past few years he has fine-tuned Afton’s Top Dragster to be one of the fastest in the country. We work well as a team (in racing and business) because we have complementary talents.
 
What does one partner do that enhances or works together with the other?
After every run, Joe pulls the Race Pak and determines if any changes to our tune up are needed. Afton records the weather, packs the parachutes, charges the car, and refuels. Most of the time, no major changes need to be done, but if there are we have our tools organized and ready. Afton pulls the spark plugs and valve covers while Joe investigates and diagnoses any issues in the motor.
 
Do you ever race against each other?
Since we have both raced very different vehicles, we have never made an elimination pass together, but we have made three test and tune passes and dialed in like a bracket race. Afton drove her dragster and Joe drove his motorcycle. Afton won twice and Joe won once.
 
Do you share the pot when one of you wins?
We put all the winnings back into racing; it pays for our fuel to keep us going to the races throughout the season. Last year when we won the Topeka Nationals, we put the winnings into a new shop for our business, Swanson Performance.
 
What's your strategy for staying a team? How do you support each other, win or lose?
We can’t do this without each other, so everything we do is a team effort. When we win, we look at what went well and add that to our routine every week. If we lose, we look at what we didn’t do right and take that out of our routine.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bryan Robinson Transitions to Technical Consultant for BTE

When it is time for one of our team members to move to new opportunities, we wish them greater success but we will also miss them, and that’s especially true for salesman Bryan Robinson, who’s been with us since January 2004. After more than a decade helping customers create truly fast racing machines, Bryan’s trading in his sales and racing specialist title for a well-deserved new moniker: outside Racing and Technical Consultant. In honor of this new change and his many years of service to BTE and our customers, we knew it was necessary to give Bryan his own post.
 
President Brandon Barrentine on a trip to California with Bryan and his family for the final race of his 2003 NHRA Super Gas world championship season.
 
Before he started at BTE, Bryan was a prolific young race driver. His father was a customer and friend of the company for many years, and Bryan bonded with our President Brandon Barrentine on a trip to California together for the final race of his 2003 NHRA Super Gas world championship season. (He and Brandon also competed locally in bracket racing, where Brandon was 0-7 against Bryan when they lined up!)
 
Bryan was a prolific young race driver even before he started at BTE. Bryan has raced NHRA Super Gas, Super Comp, Stock, and Top Dragster in addition to two decades of bracket racing.
 
Over the years, Bryan has raced NHRA Super Gas, Super Comp, Stock, and Top Dragster in addition to two decades of bracket racing. He remains one of the top minds in sportsman racing in the world, and has used his knowledge and skills to help many customers win their own championships over the years. In addition to his 2003 national championship, he's won a huge list of "big money" bracket races, winning some purses as high as $50,000. Bryan designed and planned configuration of our 18-wheeler that we toured across the country from 2004-2006, building product displays, organizing schedules, and attending the events in competition and as a representative of BTE.
 
Bryan was instrumental in developing BTE’s wide catalog of torque converter configurations, and more importantly, developing our close relationship with the best drag racers in the world.
 
He helped us stay steady through the recession, and built relationships with some of our most important customers. We also commend him for making his daily commute from Iuka, MS to BTE each day for 14 years (~90 miles each way). That comes out to about 380 DAYS of driving!
 
Bryan was instrumental in developing BTE’s wide catalog of torque converter configurations, and more importantly, developing our close relationship with the best drag racers in the world. His reputation for prescribing the correct torque converter is among the best in the entire industry.
 
Most importantly, Bryan was a force of consistency and reliability in our daily lives. His punctuality, professionalism, and kindness set the standard for what BTE is known for today. Bryan embodies our maxim, “Built by racers in Mississippi.” He represented the character of BTE at racetracks, trade shows, and over the phone for the entirety of his 14 years with us.
 
 
We’re thrilled to see how Bryan will thrive in his new career in the RV business and his continued connection to BTE as our outside Racing and Technical Consultant.
 
Thank you, Bryan!
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, February 9, 2018

Car of the Week: Scott Compton's 1967 Chevy Camaro

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 Indiana's Scott Compton from 1967 Camaro.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
I've always been into performance cars and luckily decided to take it to the track.
 
Where do you live?
Indiana
 
When and where was your first race?
My first on-track race was at the Bunker Hill Dragstrip in the late 80s early 90s on a motorcycle.
 
What model/year do you race now?
I raced a lot on the streets in the mid- to late 80s in everything from Camaros to Chevelles, Trans Ams to Chevy II Novas and even a Buick Regal. I now race a '67 Camaro full tube chassis car.
 
What's under the hood?
A 615 c.i. BBC with a BTE Top Sportsman Powerglide.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I decided to use a BTE transmission.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I chose BTE because of the great reputation and good prices.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I would love to drive a Pro Mod or Top Sportsman car.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
My pre-race ritual is a deep breath and a silent prayer.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Car of the Week: Paul Hodge's 1970 Chevrolet Nova

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 Paul Hodge's 1970 Chevy Nova.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
Joel Moore was my neighbor when I was young and he raced. I was hooked by him.
 
Where do you live?
I currently live on Lake Bonham, in Bonham, Texas.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first race was at Green Valley Raceway.
 
What model/year do you race now?
My car is a 1970 Chevrolet Nova.
 
Does your car have a nickname?
Shouldawouldacoulda.
 
What's under the hood?
Sunset 615 ci engine.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
 
Why do you use BTE?
BTE had the most competitive price.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
My friend Keith Hall.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money weren't an object, I would keep what I have and make it nicer.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
My pre-race ritual is a deep breath and silent prayer.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Car of the Week: Eric Carnes' 32 Bantum Altered Roadster

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 a 32 Bantum Altered roadster from owner Eric Carnes of Eastpointe, MI.

How did you get into drag racing?
I got into drag racing when my dad took me to my first race in the 1970s at Detroit Dragway. I was hooked!
 
When and where was your first race?
My first car was a '69 GTO. I raced it the first time at Detroit Dragway in 1980, and that's when I was really hooked, because I won my first trophy.
 
What model/year do you race now?
I currently have a 32 Bantum Altered roadster.
 
Does your car have a nickname?
SMOKIN!  
 
What's under the hood?
It has a 572 BBC single four barrel carb.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Two-speed powerglide, with a 9-inch BTE converter, 6200 stall. Also runs with a trans-brake.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I have been using the BTE converter since I built the car in 2008. Reliability and consistency are important to me, and this converter rocks! The car runs 7.70's 168 MPH.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
John Force would probably be the person I look up to. That's why I would like to make a pass in a Top Fuel Funny Car!

 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 24, 2018

News From the BTE Family: Eddie Stacks Moves From Manufacturing To Sales

Even during the coldest months of the year (and some downtime due to inclement weather), growth and change are in full effect at our BTE office. 
It’s the perfect time to honor longtime employee Eddie Stacks, who celebrates a 20-year work anniversary with us in May 2018 and moves from manufacturing to sales this week.
 
As a longtime advocate and racing enthusiast, Eddie was destined to thrive in the industry. He grew up building race cars and show cars with his father, and the racing bug stayed with him ever since. Today, he continues to build race and show cars (like the beauty in the cover photo and the car below), and organizes car shows in North Mississippi. 
 
 
At 16 years old, he started working for another performance transmission company where he learned the ropes. Since starting at BTE in 1998, he's built every valve body, solenoid, and many of the planetary gear sets and clutch drums we’ve sold. Eddie’s built a career working on his passion, and we know BTE and our customers are better for it. 
 
He brings a lifetime of experience in product manufacturing, racing, car building, and troubleshooting to our sales/tech team. Starting this week,you’ll have the privilege of speaking to Eddie and benefiting from his expertise when you call us on the phone.
 
Whether you're calling to ask about servicing a part, or you're in the market for a new transmission, we know Eddie will treat you right. Give us a call, say hi to Eddie, and let us optimize your car's performance with over 20 years of experience.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, January 22, 2018

Car of the Week: Dan Simmerly and Ricky Richardson's 1962 Pontiac Catalina Chassis

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 a 1962 Pontiac Catalina Chassis car from owner/driver Dan Simmerly and co-owner Ricky Richardson, hailing from Bourbon, MO.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
I started drag racing on the street when I was 14, in 1972. I’m 59 years old now.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first race on a drag strip was Sullivan Raceway in Sullivan, MO in 1974.
 
What model/year do you race now?
We now have a 1962 Pontiac Catalina Chassis car, steel top and rear quarters.
 
Does your car have a nickname?
“Fast Cat”
 
What's under the hood?
This year we upgraded to a BBC 632 Alcohol Injected 12-1300 HP NA + fogger system. Last year we ran an All Alum BBC 580 ci on pump gas with Nitrous.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
We run a BTE Sportsman Powerglide with a 10” BTE converter.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I did the research on transmissions and converters and talked with several other racing friends who run BTE products. We decided BTE was the toughest and best choice for our car.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
Ron Capps
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Outlaw Pro Mod
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I always walk the first 100 feet of the track and check both lanes first thing, no matter what track or how many times I’ve been there.
 
New plans for this year?
This year we are concentrating on mostly No Prep, Grudge/Heads up racing rather than bracket racing.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 Race Series: BTE Title Sponsored King of the Coast

Now in its 13th year, the King of the Coast bracket racing series at Gulfport Dragway kicks off again in February for another exciting year. BTE is a proud title sponsor of the series, and we'll be rooting on racers in Gulfport, Mississippi throughout the year.
 
We'll also be supporting the series with our "BTE Bonus," which gives racers that elect to participate a chance to win our Top Sportsman Transmission in the Electronics and Footbrake classes for the 2018 Race Season. The participating racer that finishes the highest in the 2018 KOC Points Championship will earn the BTE Bonus and the BTE Top Sportsman Transmission. 

The BTE Bonus is an addition to the current KOC Series Awards Program. The 2018 season will now have three components, listed below.

Component 1
Electronics and Footbrake Points Champion: 2019 KOC Gold Card to include Buy Backs + $1000 + BTE KOC Points Champion Jacket + BTE KOC Series Trophy Check 
Electronics and Footbrake Points Runner Up: FREE Buybacks to ALL 2019 KOC Races
 
Component 2
BTE Tournament of Champions 
Winner: BTE Top Sportsman Transmission + KOC Commemorative Tournament of Champions Trophy from Ezell Custom Painting
Runner Up: BTE $1,000 Shopping Spree towards BTE Manufactured Products
Semi1: BTE Torque Converter + Drum of Renegade Methanol
Semi 2: 2018 KOC Weekend Entry + Moser Engineering Gift Certificate for set of axles
 
Component 3
BTE Bonus-BTE Top Sportsman Transmission + Bonus Cash.
Racers that elect to participate in the BTE Bonus must participate in the BTE KOC Series Event decal and display decal on their car once purchased. Decal must be purchased no later than the third event.
 
The cost of the KOC Series Event decal will be as follows:
$10 if decal is purchased prior to 1st Rd of Event 1.
$15 if decal is purchased at Event 1 during 1st Rd or after.
$20 if decal is purchased after Event 1.
$25 if decal is purchased after Event 2.
 
The cost to produce the BTE KOC Series Event Decal is $5. All monies collected over the cost to the manufacturer for the decal will be awarded to the winner of the BTE Bonus Winner in “Bonus Cash” in Electronics and Footbrake. The KOC will publish a list of participating racers and the amount of monies collected for the BTE Bonus Program.
 
Mark your calendars with these dates!
 
February 16-18: Season opener
May 4-6: King of the Coast banquet
June 1-3: BTE Tournament of Champions
September 21-23: Battle for the Golden Check
November 2-4: Junior Dragster trophy Nationals
November 30-December 2: BTE Championship Weeked and Battle for the Golden Check (
 
For more information, follow the King of the Coast Facebook page, and check out the Gulfport Dragway website for scheduling.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Car of the Week: Tim Richard's 2010 Joe Monden Monoshock Top Dragster

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 Tim Richard and his 2010 Joe Monden Monoshock Top Dragster. Tim hails from from Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada.

How did you get into drag racing?
I started racing in 1989. A friend took me to drag race and after that, I was hooked. 
 
Where was your first race?
I started at my home track, the Gimli Motorsports Park in Manitoba, Canada.
 
What model/year do you race now?
My car is a 2010 Joe Monden Monoshock Top Dragster.
 
What's under the hood?
My car is powered by a 565 Big Block Chevy with a F-2 Procharger. All are maintained by Dragmart Performance in Winnipeg.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I have a 10-inch converter and a Top Dragster Shorty Powerglide from BTE.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
One of my favorite racers is Jeg Coughlin.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money were no object, I think Top Sportsman and Top Dragster would be my wish.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Car of the Week: Afton Swanson's 2015 Spitzer Top Dragster

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 Afton Swanson from Denver, Iowa's 2015 Spitzer Top Dragster.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
My dad took me to a race track when I was 8 years old and we rented a junior dragster for me to drive. I enjoyed it so much that I got my own juinor dragster for Christmas that year. I raced juniors until I was 16, then moved into a full-sized dragster and raced in our local Super Pro weekend bracket races. In 2013 my dad retired, so I continued on my own into the Top Dragster category. I met my husband, Joe, through drag racing. He raced drag bikes at the same drag strip where I first got my start (Humboldt County Dragway). We became a team in 2014 and began traveling throughout the Midwest for my Top Dragster races. One of the things that makes us unique is that we are the youngest team in drag racing competing at this level. I am 26 and Joe is 28; this is our 4th season in the Top Dragster category. In 2018, Joe will also be racing a car of his own that he built from the ground up, a Chevy S10 drag truck that he will be driving in the Super Street category.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first race ever was in June 2000 at Humboldt County Dragway in Humboldt, Iowa. I raced my junior dragster. 
 
What model/year do you race now?
2015 Spitzer Top Dragster
 
What's under the hood?
540 cubic inch Big Block Chevy with 14-71 supercharger
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I bought my first BTE torque converter this spring, and at my first race out with the converter I won the Topeka nationals! I am buying a second converter this winter to have as a spare, and will also buy a converter and transmission for Joe’s Super Street S10. (The transmission I currently have is an old Transmission Specialties, which I am going to replace with a new BTE Top Dragster transmission as soon as my budget allows.)
 
Why do you use BTE?
I was planning to step up my racing program this year to be able to run at the class maximum, 6.00. I knew I needed to make some changes in my setup to be able to put that kind of power to the ground. We did a lot of research into different brands before we made the decision to switch to BTE. We were extremely impressed with our results; right out of the box we found that my reaction times became much more consistent, and the converter slip was drastically reduced. We were able to tune the car up and run consistent 6.00s and dipped into the 5.90s on several occasions. The converter has been reliable all season and has handled all the power we have thrown at it, which is exactly what you need in a class like Top Dragster.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
Definitely Shirley Muldowney. If she had not been bold and stood up for her right to drive a race car, there’s a good chance that myself and other women would never have had the opportunity to pursue drag racing.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I can’t decide between a Top Alcohol Dragster or a Pro Mod, so if money were no object I would have both. I’m a bracket racer at heart though, so I will always keep my Top Dragster, no matter how far my racing career takes me. My long term racing goal is to have a Top Dragster and a Top Sportsman car. Then Joe and I will be able to trade cars at different events so we can each run the cars in both classes.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
At the trailer, I usually clean the car and wipe down the motor and wheels. I think it is my way of keeping my mind occupied between rounds so I don’t get nervous. In the lanes, I go around and make sure fasteners and nuts are tight. If I know my car is in good, working order it keeps me calm and I feel more confident against my opponent.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Racing Movies to Enjoy During Holiday Downtime

The holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family, but sometimes you just need to veg out on the couch, eat leftovers, and watch a good film (or two). For the winter doldrums and holiday post-ham stomach settling, we've rounded up some great racing movies that span decades (some serious, some funny, all entertaining).
 
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Though it wasn't a commercial success when it came out, this movie about two drag racers—James Taylor and Dennis WIlson play a driver and mechanic, respectively—taking their 1955 Chevrolet 150 two-door sedan across the country later became a cult favorite. A portion of the movie was filmed at the Lakeland International Raceway in Lakeland, TN, and you can even spot Bill Taylor in a few scenes! Watch the trailer below, and view the full movie on Vimeo (in two parts).

Funny Car Summer (1973)
Like most amateur drag racers, the movie's protagonist Jim Dunn doesn't get to spend all of his time racing; his day job as an Orange County, California firefighter keeps him and his family afloat. But summertime gives Dunn and his family the opportunity to travel around the Western U.S. for months, competing in various races with a trailer and funny-looking dragster in tow. Watch the preview here, and the full movie on YouTube.

 
Heart Like a Wheel (1983)
Based on the true story of driver Shirley Muldowney (played by Bonnie Bedelia), the movie chronicles her success from housewife to NHRA champion, with all of the drama you'd expect in a biographical film about the first professional racecar driver. See the trailer below, and watch the full movie on CartoonHD.

Snake and Mongoose (2013)
The movie based on the rivalry between racing legends Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen traces their relationship from the early days of their friendship to their partnership with Hot Wheels and up to McEwen's 1978 Indy win. The film includes actual NHRA archival footage from their races in the '60s and '70s, and cameos from the real Don and Tom, too. Watch it on Google Play, YouTube, or Vudu.

 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, December 21, 2017

Car of the Week: TJ Williams' 2000 Pontiac TransAm

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 TJ Williams' 2000 Pontiac TransAm.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
A friend, Phillip Holcomb
 
When and where was your first race?
1986 Lassiter Mountain Dragway in Coalburg, AL
 
What model/year do you race now?
2000 Pontiac TA
 
Does your car have a nickname?
Jolene
 
What's under the hood?
370 SBC
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Pro Brake Valve Body
 
Why do you use BTE?
Quality and reliability
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
My dad
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
'53 Studebaker Pro Mod
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I try to do the same thing thing every time on every run.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, December 18, 2017

Some Monday Motivation For Racing Friends in Withdrawal

If you're already missing the racing season, we feel your pain. During the winter months, we like to stock up on fun videos while contemplating how to make next year even better. During our search, we came across this unconventional gem starring a snowmobile. Yes, it races on land, and yes, it wins against a Ferrari F430 Spider. Enjoy! 
 

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, December 18, 2017

Car of the Week: Lucas Walker's 1993 White Ford Mustang

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 Lucas Walker's white 1993 Ford Mustang.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
Several of my family members race and it started with me going with them. In 1995 I was very fortunate that my aunt and uncle bought me a junior dragster.
 
When and where was your first race?
Northwest Tennessee Motorsports Park in Gleason, TN in 1995
 
What model/year do you race now?
I race two different 1993 Ford Mustangs.
 
Does your car have a nickname?
We call the white Mustang Ghost
 
What's under the hood?
Both cars are Small Block Ford-powered
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
 
Why do you use BTE?
I use BTE because I feel the products offered are the best you can buy, and with the very tough competition
in bracket racing, a consistent car is necessary. BTE is my choice for transmissions and converters. 
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
I could list a 1000 names, but I don't have anyone in particular.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I would just take what I have now and try to perfect them.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I'm superstitious. I just do the same routine every race, every round.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, December 11, 2017

Car of the Week: Mark Taylor's 1966 Ford Mustang

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 Mark Taylor and his 1966 Ford Mustang.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
I had a good friend that raced. I would always help him, but he didn’t go as often as I wanted to. I built my first car in 1988. 
 
When and where was your first race? 
US 43 Dragway in Etheridge, TN 
 
What model/year do you race now?
'66 Mustang 
 
Does your car have a nickname?
I call it a lot of names, but not really a nickname.
 
What's under the hood? 
Lucas Walker-built SBF 
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Transmission and converter
 
Why do you use BTE?
Great and reliable products.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
There’s many! But I guess Lucas Walker is top of the list. He’s as good as anybody, especially footbraking! He absolutely never gives up! 
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I really wanna run stock some day. 
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
When I get in the late rounds I always take a deep breath and say a short prayer in the water box. 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Car of the Week: Adam Potter's 1972 Chevy Nova

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 Adam Potter and his 1972 Chevy Nova.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
A close friend and co-worker convinced me to take my quad out and give it a go. 
 
When and where was your first race?
2007 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
 
What model/year do you race now?
'72 Nova
 
Does your car have a nickname?
Nuisance 
 
What's under the hood?
406 sbc
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
 
Why do you use BTE?
Reliability, cost and workmanship
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
That's a tough one, because there are so many talented drivers in our sport, like Seipel, Bogacki, and Lamb. But it would be the
man that got me into this sport, Keith Winters, who is always willing to coach and give a hand on and off the track.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
50 Merc, slow and low.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
On the way to the track I blast Drop Kick Murphy's or Big B, and once in the car I look at a funny picture on the dash to clear my head before I stage.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Car(s) of the Week: Featuring Our Top Sportsman Powerglide

When you race with our Top Sportsman Powerglide, we know you're serious about your car—and serious about winning. So it's no surprise that some of the most successful drag racers have our Top Sportsman under the hood. 
 
In today's Car of the Week, we're throwing it back to a few of our favorites:
 
 
 
The Australian that started as a Top Fuel crew member drives a beauty of an altered dragster.
 
 
 
BTE-sponsored racer Bobbie Rader started a family racing legacy that started with her 1970 Chevelle, rebuilt from the ground up.
 
 
 
Texan Dunaway has now raced his Bel Air for over 25 years, putting in more than a few wins.
 
 
 
The Washington resident that learned about racing from his dad has been tearing down the track since 1993.
 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, November 15, 2017

By the Numbers: Top Sportsman Powerglide

Our Top Sportsman Powerglide gets a lot of love from the best racers, and for good reason; it's our most powerful transmission, and an investment racers make when they want to get serious about winning and making the most out of the cars and trucks they put so much love and energy into.
 
There was a time before every successful racer with a Top Sportsman reaped the benefits and made the change. Maybe 2018 is the right time to make the switch if you haven't already.
 
Here's a rundown on the numbers for the top-of-the-line transmission designed for powerful cars and big wins.
 
By the numbers:
  • Number of people it takes to build one: Two—one builder, and one tester.
  • Average time it takes to assemble one Top Sportsman: Two hours
  • Horsepower capacity: Up to 2400 HP
  • Number of speeds: Two—high and low.
  • Pounds of main line pressure: 275+
  • First gear ratio: 1.80 (the most popular)
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Get to Know Our TH400 "GRUDGE WINNER" Two Speed Transmission

It's the time of year when we start reflecting on changes and improvements we want to make for next year, and we know lots of people are thinking about upgrading their cars. We think our Grudge Winner transmission could be the key to a brand new start. But don't take our word for it; we think the facts speak for themselves.
 
Maybe you know that our new two-speed TH400 uses an innovative billet transbrake valve body for second gear usage.
 
Maybe you even know that it works best in cars where traction is limited by tire size, chassis setup, or racing surface, because its numerically lower gear gives the car a lower starting line ratio, allowing for a less violent launch.
 
But we know the real question on your mind is this: How will switching to a Grudge Winner help racers the most? 
 
Not only does the lower ratio soften the launch, but the closer ratios keep the engine RPMs higher after the shift. Keeping the car higher in the powerband where it's making best average horsepower will allow it to run better. Plus, the design aspects of the 400 transmission make it more reliable than a Powerglide above 2800 horsepower!
 
Now that we've got your attention, here are a few other facts to keep in mind when considering the switch.
 
TH400 Grudge Winner by the numbers:
  • Hours to assemble—about 4 hours from component part preparation to final dyno testing
  • HP capacity—as much as 2200 for the first stage, but as much as 4000 with optional upgrades
  • Main line pressure—200-225 psi
  • Most popular first gear ratio—1.48 for most racers, but there are many ratios available. Note: this numerically low ratio isn't possible to achieve in Powerglide transmissions, making this a good choice for certain cars
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Heads Up: Another Great BTE Southern Footbrake Challenge

We love sponsoring the BTE Southern Footbrake Challenge, and this past weekend was one for the books. Though the rain brought the competition to a halt on Friday, it meant winners got $15,000 each on Saturday and Sunday. We had a great car count overall, and racers that really brought their A-game.
 
Here, the BTE-powered winners:
 
 
-Charlie Lockhart won the $2,000 Thursday night gambler's race. He got by the always tough David Bell in the final.
 
 
-Brad Plourd got the final round win over the very talented Lucas Walker (another BTE-powered racer) for the Saturday $15K race.
 
 
-BTE Sunday wrapped up with Nick Hastings beating out Shaud Blakely in the $15K race. As the last footbraker standing, Hastings got $15,000 to keep him company on the ride home—not too shabby.
 
Congrats to all the winners, and thanks for a great event!
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, October 30, 2017

Heads Up: What's Happening at BTE

As we head into the weekend, we've got one thing on our minds: The BTE Southern Footbrake Challenge, happening this weekend, October 26-29 in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
 
With 10K races Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, in addition to a fish fry and Halloween festivities for the kids, there's plenty of incentive to show up and support your favorite racers.
 
As Drag Racing Scene once said, "This is not your average sportsman or high dollar bracket racing event where hundreds of dragsters (seemingly cloned after one another) utilize more electronics than the first rocket ship to reach space in 1942 by the Germans. It’s...an event that caters to the real little guy drag racer."
 
Come see us in Holly Springs and say hello!
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, October 26, 2017

Car of the Week: Michael (Doc) Beebe's Front Engine Dragster

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 Michael (Doc) Beebe from Porterville, California and his home-built front engine dragster.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
My father is Tim Beebe, the NHRA Hall of Famer, and my uncle is David Beebe, from the famed Beebe brothers and Beebe and Mulligan drag racing teams. So I am following in their footsteps as best I can.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first drag race was as an infant at the Indianapolis US Nationals in 1974.
 
What model/year do you race now?
My cousin Daniel Beebe, the son of David Beebe, decided after he won the 2006 division 7 Summit Series championship to get me driving, and he and I built a front engine dragster in our garage.
 
Does your car have a nickname?
Black Beauty. 
 
What's under the hood?
350 cubic inch small block Chevy, over-bored and stroked to 413 cubic inches. Injected on alcohol.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Internal transmission components, such as hardened output shaft, hardened input shaft, etc.
 
Why do you use BTE?
BTE is one of the best in transmission parts.
Someone you look up to in racing?
All of my family members, each and every one of them, because they all did something special to get me to where I am today.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Top Fuel dragster or nostalgia funny car.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I just say a Hail Mary, go out relaxed and cut a light on the competition.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, October 25, 2017

If You Have a High Performance TH400 Transmission, You Need This Critical Upgrade

When building a high performance 3-speed transmission, the direct drum is one of the most important components to upgrade - reliability, safety, and performance can all be improved.  As in the case of the TH400, the shafts and gear sets are very durable, and if the drum is upgraded, the power rating of the transmission nearly doubles.
 
BTE offers three solutions for the direct drum replacement in a TH400 transmission:
 
34 Element Sprag Upgrade
In our experience, the original spring and roller isn't reliable above 500 ft lbs in most scenarios. A modified original factory drum with this sprag is suitable for most cars making up to 750 ft lbs of torque.
 
36 Element Sprag Upgrade
Heavier car? We offer an even stronger 36 element sprag on the factory drum. This modified drum has a much larger inner and outer race design, so as many as five intermediate racing clutches can be installed (and are included with the drum). We also include a billet pressure plate.
 
TH400 Aluminum Direct Drum with Pro Mod Sprag
Our best TH400 direct drum is a hybrid aluminum and steel design. It still has the 36 element sprag and the five clutch intermediate pack, but the clutch drum portion is constructed from 7075-T6 hard anodized aluminum. This lightweight and durable material reduces the weight by 50% compared to the original factory drum. Why does that matter? Weight reduction improves the safety of the drum, the life of the sprag, and the performance of the car—an all-around win.
 
BTE's aluminum direct drum is superior to other designs because of its steel center. The splines are less prone to damage than the the full aluminum drums, and the steel reduces wear from sealing rings (another problem with full aluminum drums). When utilizing a "clean neutral" valve body, an aluminum direct drum must be used.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Heads Up: What's Happening at BTE

It's a good week over here at BTE. We're letting people know about our Top Dragster Powerglide, designed for high horsepower applications in vehicles that require the "shorty" length. Here's what we've been talking about:
 
Our By the Numbers breakdown on the Top Dragster Powerglide.
list of racers we love that use the Top Dragster in their cars.
 
Finally, we always like to celebrate the latest wins by BTE-powered racers (and in this case, our team member, too).
  • BTE-powered Jared Pennington (also known as Jed) won the Saturday $10,000 race at the Million Dollar Warm-Up in Huntsville last weekend. Our own Bryan Robinson was runner-up! Sunday, customer Austin Slone won the 10K race.
  • Ryan Mangus, whose car has a BTE converter, is headed to the world finals after winning the Pacific Division 7 at the NHRA Summit ET Finals in Las Vegas.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, October 19, 2017

Car of the Week: Top Dragster Edition

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 doing something a little different—featuring a few winning racers and their cars that use our Top Dragster Powerglide transmission.
 
Luke Bogacki, professional drag racer, NHRA World Champion and NHRA Division 7 Super Comp Champion.
 
Todd Ewing, drag racer and owner of Huntsville Engine.
 
Brad Plourd, successful drag racer, multiple NHRA national event champion.
 
Tom Williams, NHRA Division 5 heavy hitter in Top Dragster and Super Comp and respected transmission builder.
 
Bryan Robinson, a true racing specialist and valued member of the BTE/Memphis Performance team.
 
"Shock & Awe," a 2003 Jerry Bickel Pro Stock chassis with a 2003 Pontiac Firebird body (and an electric motor!), owned by Pat McCue of Washington.
 
USA-1's monster truck, owned by driver Roger Gauger in Indiana.
 
This slick 1980 Chevy Camaro, owned by Jeffrey Ferree and Richard Whitaker in Indiana.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, October 18, 2017

By the Numbers: Why We Love Our Top Dragster Powerglide

We're celebrating our Top Dragster Powerglide this week, singing the praises of the perfect transmission for dragsters and monster trucks. Here's a rundown on the numbers for this versatile transmission designed for rear engine dragsters.

By the numbers:

  • Number of people it takes to build one: Two—one builder, and one tester.
  • Average time it takes to assemble one Top Dragster: Two hours
  • Horsepower capacity: Up to 2400 HP
  • Number of speeds: Two—high and low.
  • Pounds of main line pressure: 275+
  • First gear ratio: 1.80 (the most popular)
  • Successful racers and proud owners of the Top Dragster: Too many to count, but a few include Luke Bogacki, Todd Ewing, Brad Plourd, Tom Williams, Cody Graham, and Bryan Robinson.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Interested in Becoming a BTE-Sponsored Racer? Read On.

We're always proud to have racers that represent our company and products. That said, we get a lot of requests, and it's not always easy for us to keep up. To make it more fair and streamlined for everyone involved, we now have a questionnaire for anyone interested in sponsorship—everyone will need to fill it out for consideration.
 
Click here to complete the form.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Friday, October 13, 2017

Car of the Week: Regan Leslie's Plueger Chassis 125-inch Altered Dragster

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 Regan Leslie from Geelong, Victoria in Australia, and his Plueger Chassis 125-inch Altered Dragster.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
I started as a crew member on a Top Fuel team that my friend owned.
 
When and where was your first race?
First race was Calder Park Raceway in Melbourne in 1997.
 
What model/year do you race now?
The car is a Plueger chassis 125-inch Altered dragster.
 
What's under the hood?
It has a Keith Black KB500 BBC 522ci.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE Top Sportsman powerglide
 
Why do you use BTE?
I chose BTE as they are well-priced and have a very good reputation. My transmission has been faultless.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
Brad Anderson
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Money aside, I would drive TA/FC.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I hug my son before I get in the car, every time.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Car of the Week: David Jordan's 1977 Corvette

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 David Jordan from Greensboro, NC and his 1977 Chevy Corvette.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
While growing up my family was into Circle Track Racing. My dad, brother and cousin all proved to be successful racers during that time.
After a 10 year absence from racing, I decided to make a trip to the local drag strip. After a few trips I thought, “This looks like fun and it sure beats fixing wrecked cars every week.” So, having never raced anything myself, I bought a car off of Craigslist and decided to go drag racing at the ripe old age of 52.
 
When and where was your first race?
Spring of 2014 at Piedmont Dragway, Julian NC. It’s really the only place I race.  I’d like to get out to some other tracks, but it’s just tough to get the time and logistics worked out.
 
What model/year do you race now?
’77 Corvette. The one and only drag car I’ve ever driven.
Does your car have a nickname?
Most people just refer to it as “The Blue Vette."
 
What's under the hood?
426 Small Block Chevrolet built by Brett Nesbitt at Nesbitt Performance Engines.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE Bracket Glide transmission and converter which was purchased through Luke Bogacki.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I felt that BTE was the best product and best value. And if it’s good enough for Luke Bogacki, then it’s more than good enough for me.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
Wow that’s tough! For racing in general it would be my dad, brother and cousin. For all time drag racing it would be Big Daddy Don Garlits. For big time bracket racing it would be Luke Bogacki, Scotty Richardson and Peter Biondo. On a local level it would be Rick Whaley, Tommy Plott, Keith Floyd, Hank McGee and John Lassiter to name few.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If I were younger I’d say a Blown Hemi Pro Mod. At my age now, I would stay with the car I have, with a Blown Small Block Chevy to have the look of a small Pro Mod. Not so much for horsepower, but more for the sound and looks. I just like Blower Motors.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Don’t know that I really have one. If I do it’s the fact that I rarely ever get out of the car once in the staging lanes. My brother takes care of things outside the car so I usually just sit in the car, relax and focus on what I need to do. I should probably get out more, walk the lanes and be more sociable like everyone else, But I rarely do.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Heads Up: What's Happening at BTE

As fall settles in, we're ready for cooler temperatures and busy race tracks, especially if that comes with a side of sunshine after so much rain. Here's a note on what we've been up to and what we're excited about:
 
-If you've been on the fence about buying our Two Piece Powerglide & Bellhousing, now is the time to make a purchase. For the rest of September only (that's THIS WEEK), we're offering a sale to save $150. Note that the discounted price will be reflected after you place your order on BTERacing.com.
 
-This week, we're excited to feature lots of winners in the BTE-powered family. 
  • Congratulations to Adam Trauth, the Mark Griffith Transmissions and BTE Super Pro Hotlap shootout winner. He's always gracious in victory and embodies what being an XOS racer is all about.
  • Brad Plourd won $20k at Huntsville Dragway at the Dragraceresults.com Ultimate event Sunday, .
  • Jake Howard won the NHRA Division 4 Bracket Finals and will represent his division at Pomona at the end of the year.
  • Matt Obertanec pulled out a $10K win at Cecil County Dragway September 24, even after getting a caliper overnighted.
Stay tuned for more exciting news from BTE as we gear up for more fall excitement.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, September 28, 2017

Car of the Week: Kyler Smith's 1987 Chevy S10

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 Kyler Smith from Baltimore, OH and his 1987 Chevy S10.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
I got into racing around age 13. My dad and I had just gotten a 1987 Corvette convertible project. My dad had friends that bracket raced every week and he always wanted to go watch. One day we went out on a Wednesday night bracket race to meet up with my father’s friends and we were instantly hooked. Unfortunately, I wasn't old enough to race a door car and we weren't familiar with junior dragsters at the time. Within the next month, my dad went and bought an S10 with a SBC. He started to bracket race it for a few years until I was able to get my first car at the age of 15. Dad raced that same truck for about six years before finally building a new truck. 
 
When and where was your first race?
My first time racing was March 10th, 2013, just four days after getting my driver’s license. My first race was a TnT day at my home track of National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.
 
What model/year do you race now?
My only truck is my blue, big tire S10. It is a 1987 Chevy S10 that’s very sentimental and will never leave me.
 
What's under the hood?
It’s powered by a Dart block, 406ci built by Ohio Crankshaft making right at 600hp on the engine dyno.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Currently the only BTE product I have (though it’s for sure not the last product I buy from you) is a custom built converter courtesy of Chance Lykens! He is the man!
 
Why do you use BTE?
I was having issues with a converter I had built by a lesser-known company and was searching for another converter company to try. A good friend of mine mentioned BTE, and a few other people had tagged Chance in one of my Facebook posts. One of my close friends. Teddy Mitchell, gave Chance my phone number and he gave me a call. Chance made me a deal that I COULDN'T pass up. He offered to take my converter and totally rebuild it for my combo for less than it would have cost to refresh it. The customer service has been second-to-none. I will now be going through Chance for any transmission related parts.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
One person I would say I look up to would be Jeff Verdi. To be able to win the million dollar bracket race twice, with the same setup, is legendary. Very humble guy.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money were no object, I would love to have a C6 or a C7 Z06 big tire car. Factory body, not a chassis car either, just a back half.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
My pre-race ritual is giving my whole family a knuckle-bump, suiting up in the lanes, testing my reaction times on my delay box, saying a quick prayer, clapping my hands, and then I am ready to get down.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Car of the Week: Brandon Rollins' 1976 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, we're featuring Brandon Rollins from Stamps, AR and his 1976 Vega.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
My dad took me to Prescott Raceway when I was 14. We met a lady that happened to be related to us, and she let me drive her car around the pits. The rest is history.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first race was at Prescott Raceway in Prescott, AR back in 2001.
 
What model/year do you race now?
I still race the same '76 Vega that my dad and I started with in 2001. It's changed a lot, but it's still the same car.
 
What's under the hood?
Currently it has a 406 ci Small Block Chevy with Brodix heads and a Ron's Flying Toilet, powerglide, and a 9" Ford out back.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
The glide has pretty much every part BTE makes, minus an aftermarket case and planetaries (which I am looking to purchase soon). Jimmy Post out of Texarkana, TX built it for us about five years ago.
 
Why do you use BTE?
We use BTE because y'all have great parts, stand behind them, and get them to us quickly when we need them.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
I look up to almost every racer that has made a career in the racing industry. That's what I wanted to do ever since I got my start, but life just happened.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I would still drive my Vega. I love that car. It may get a new set of wheels and some extra safety gear, but I wouldn't change cars for anything.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
No real ritual. Just get in, strap in, shake my head around, and concentrate.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Monday, September 18, 2017

BTE-Powered Racer Richie Crampton Takes His Wagon on the Road for Drag Week

The highly anticipated HOT ROD Drag Week, based in Cordova, IL, commenced last weekend to pit racers against each other in a battle of speed and endurance.
 
During this special event, street/strip cars are driven 1,000 plus miles on public roads during a trip that includes four dragstrips and five races in five days. The cars have to be street legal and able to go the distance—but they also need to be really fast.
 
BTE was proud to see Top Fuel driver Richie Crampton race his wagon with a BTE transmission and torque converter at Drag Week this year. Check out the video below to learn more about Drag Week and see Crampton's ride in action.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, September 14, 2017

Car of the Week: Garett Beaver's 1973 Jeep

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 Garett Beaver from Dalton, GA, and his 1973 Jeep.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
My dad got me into racing. He raced throughout his youth—everything from a '57 fuelie Chevy to a fuel-injected Anglia.
 
When and where was your first race?
My dad built the '73 Jeep in '76, and we started 300' dirt drags and traveled the eastern US. My first car was a big block El Camino.
 
What model/year do you race now?
We put the Jeep back on the street, AMC 304 and all.
 
What's under the hood?
After hearing it, I had to do something different to the Jeep. I went with SBC power. Scat bottom, decent aluminum heads with a carburetor on a single plate.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I currently have a BTE flexplate and a second hand converter in a TH350.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I have dozens of friends that are avid BTE users in their dragsters and bracket cars and are all wanting me to go to one of the Glides.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
Every time I snap the harness, I look up to my Dad in Heaven and say, "Let's go for a ride."
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I was chosen in 2012 to buy a Central Office Production Order (COPO) Camaro #39. With 3 kids starting college, I was blessed with the opportunity to sell it and nearly cover their educations. If I could drive any car, no matter the money, I'd drive the 2012 COPO #39 I sold for the family.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Before each day at the track, do a full visual, all fluids, check steering and brakes on the return road and check every safety strap from bolt to buckle.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Heads Up: What's Happening at BTE

It's been a trying time for many in the wake of Harvey and now Irma—our thoughts are with all those suffering from the devastating effects of these storms, and we hope those affected in our racing communities will be back to normal and out on the track soon.
 
At BTE we're looking forward to some upcoming events and hoping they might serve as some things to look forward to coming out of a difficult couple of weeks.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
-This weekend, the Great American 50K Bracket Race is happening at Memphis International Raceway, and our own Bryan Robinson will be racing. Good luck, Bryan!
 
-At the end of the month, we're planning to send our own Chance Lykens in his new car with the BTE van to the Bristol Fall Fling. Come by and say hello.
 
-In October, BTE friend Stig Olsson is coming to the USA from Sweden to begin putting together a new car for a 2018 "Swedish Invasion" of the US Compeition Eliminator class. Brandon and the BTE crew will be helping him, along with many other racers from Sweden.
 
IN OTHER NEWS:
 
-Jessica Bogacki won best appearing car at Indianapolis this past weekend.  BTE is proud to have supplied a custom painted powerglide transmission for the car.
 
-BTE customer Daniel Jedborn, whose car is equipped with a StigO Transmissions Powerglide and BTE bolt together torque converter, was winner of the Scandinavian International race at Tierp Arena! He also won the Swedish Championship series in Competition Eliminator. His Neil & Parks front engine dragster ran an elapsed time of 6.42 with a 298 cubic inch small-block Chevy.
 
 
 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, September 7, 2017

Car of the Week: Seth Lancaster's 1989 Chevy S-10

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 Seth Lancaster from Baileyton, Alabama, and his 1989 Chevy S-10.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
My dad has been bracket racing for a long time, and he was the one that got me into racing.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first race was in 2006, when I got a four-wheeler and raced in the motorcycle class at the Baileyton "Good Time" Dragstrip.
 
What model/year do you race now?
I now race a 1989 S-10.
 
Does your car have a nickname?
Its nickname is Chigger and there's a too long of a story behind it to explain, but I usually just call it the S10.
 
What's under the hood?
It has a 355 small-block Chevy.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle and why?
I run a BTE converter because I know they are extremely reliable.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
I look up to my dad the most because he's taught me everything I know about racing. He's always been there to answer my questions and help me work on my truck when I don't know how.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money were no object, I'd have a tube chassis 1969 Camaro running low 5's with an awesome paint job.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I stop at the gas station and get a chocolate milk before every race.
 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Car of the Week: Cody Wiggins' 1979 Chevrolet El Camino

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 Cody Wiggins from Kevil, Kentucky, and his 1979 Chevy El Camino.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
Simply put, I was born into motorsports. My family has been heavily involved in drag racing, truck and tractor pulling, etc. since the early 1970s. At the age of six years old, I started driving a junior dragster at local outlaw 1/8th mile tracks. I have been racing various types of cars ever since.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first drag race was at Northwest Tennessee Motorsports Park (Gleason, TN) in the summer of 1997.
 
What model/year do you race now?
1979 Chevrolet El Camino
 
Does your car have a nickname?
I am currently still trying to come up with a nickname for the El Camino. (I’m open to suggestions!)
 
What's under the hood?
The heart of my El Camino is a 406 cubic inch Small Block Chevrolet power plant consisting of an Eagle rotating assembly, Brodix aluminum cylinder heads/intake manifold, Complete Comp Cams valve train assembly (Camshaft, Roller Lifters, Pushrods, Rocker Arms/poly locks), QuickFuel Technologies 850 cfm carburetor/fuel pump, and Renegade Race Fuels Pro-110+ race gas.  
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I utilize a BTE 3-speed transbrake TH400 transmission, along with a BTE flexplate and 8” converter combination to get my 3600lb steel bracket car moving consistently down the dragstrip. All of my Strange Engineering brake, suspension components, and a set of Mickey Thompson bias ply drag slicks/front runners where supplied by the team at BTE racing as well.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I rely on the friendly, knowledgeable, and professional staff at BTE Racing to provide my three-car racing operation with the industry leading performance transmission, converter, and power train parts I need to be successful.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
I look up to many very accomplished drivers/members of the racing industry. However, the one individual I have worked to emulate (on and off the racing surface) has to be fellow BTE Racing customer Luke Bogacki. As a world known accomplished racer on the track, Luke has a relentless competitive nature and approach to drag racing. Off the track, I feel he sets a very high standard as an industry professional, and works very hard to represent the sponsors/partner companies he is involved with.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Given the opportunity, a top fuel dragster would be the ultimate ride in the sport of drag racing. Zero to 300+ mph in 1000 feet is absurd! I would love to get my hands on a 10,000 hp, nitro burning, fire breathing monster.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Heads Up: What's Happening at BTE

The weather's caused ups and downs this week (unfortunately, the race we had planned to attend this past weekend was rained out), but we're looking on the bright side. Lots of good stuff is happening at BTE and in our racing community, and we're looking forward to the rest of the month! In the meantime, here's a Heads Up from the past week:
 
-Lots of folks have been awaiting the arrival of our Two-Piece Powerglide Case and Bellhousing. We're thrilled to let you know we just finished a new batch.
-Our BTE-powered racer Bobbie from NCK Racing wheeled her Chevelle to the finals at Mid-South Dragway last weekend. We're thrilled she was able to bring some cash back home to Missouri.
-Our Car of the Week, Mark Woods' 1972 Chevy Vega, is a sight for sore eyes (and it's pretty fast, too).
-Always a good reminder: 3 essential questions you should ask yourself BEFORE you invest in a transmission.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, August 17, 2017

Car of the Week: Mark Woods' 1972 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, we're featuring Mark Woods from Cullman, Alabama, and his 1972 Chevy Vega. 
 
How did you get into drag racing?
As a youngster I always wanted to race, but it wasn't until I got out on my own that I ventured to the local drag strip.
 
When and where was your first race?
I ran my first race around 1987 at our local track, Baileyton "Goodtime" Dragstrip.
 
What model/year do you race now?
I currently race a 1972 Tube Chassis Vega.
 
Does your car have a nickname?
It actually has a few, but I just call it The Lil' Red Vega.

What's under the hood?
A mild 383 small block Chevy. A very basic engine, but it's been an excellent bracket motor.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I have a BTE torque converter as well as other transmission products in my Ed Green-built powerglide.
 
Why do you use BTE?
Great customer support and great performing products.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
That is a hard question. I've raced with a lot of very good racers over the years and learned from many of them. I guess I'd have to say David Rampy. He's a great racer I've had the opportunity to race with and meet on our local scene. He is a true ambassador for our sport and an all-around great guy.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I'd stick with my trusty Vega. I might spruce it up a bit more, but I truly feel it is one of the best cars I've had.
 
What is your pre-race ritual?
I don't think I have one other than simply mentally trying to prepare for each round. I do feel diet and hydration are a big part of being successful, in addition to a well prepared car.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Heads Up: What's Happening at BTE

Lots of heat and rain this August, but we're powering through and hoping for clear skies for our racers this weekend. Here's the latest from our world this week:
 
-If you have plans to attend Outlaw Armageddon this weekend (August 11-12) at Thunder Valley Raceway, come see us! We'll be next to our racer support van.
-Customer and friend Jeff Ferguson and his 1965 Chevy II was recently profiled for Drag Racing Scene.
-Our Car of the Week, Justin Walker's 1989 Chevy S-10, comes from Sarcoxie, Missouri and has a pretty "disturbing" nickname.
-Finally, a friendly reminder to check your transmission line pressure on an ongoing basis. Varying pressure can make the car's performance inconsistent.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, August 10, 2017

Car of the Week: Justin Walker's 1989 Chevy S-10

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 Justin Walker of Sarcoxie, Missouri and his 1989 Chevy S-10 PIckup. 
 
How did you get into drag racing?
My first time going to the track i was hooked!

When and where was your first race? 
Mokan Dragway in Joplin, MO.

What model/year do you race now?
1989 Chevy S-10 Pickup, owned 16 years now.

Does your car have a nickname?

Disturbed

What's under the hood?
383 Small Block Chevy; future build is a Procharged Chevy LS 408.

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Will soon be purchasing a Sportsman Powerglide.

Why do you use BTE?
Great customer service and reliability.

Someone you look up to in racing?
John Force

If money were no object, what would you drive?
A '69 Chevy RS Camaro.

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Praying with my family and friends, asking the Lord's protection for all racers.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Heads Up: What's Happening at BTE

The start of August means the summer is almost over, but the fun is just beginning. We're looking forward to lots of great racing this month and through the fall. In the meantime, here's what we've been up to at BTE:
 
-Be on the lookout for our awesome support van at Outlaw Armageddon August 11-12 at Thunder Valley Raceway in Noble, OK.
-Customer Billy Rains from Pinehurst, TX is doing great things with our torque converter and powerglide components.
-BTE-powered racer Bryan Walker logged another No Electronics class win at Ozark Raceway Park in July. We love seeing that Mustang with a BTE Top Sportsman transmission and torque converter in the winner's circle.
-Our Car of the Week, Mark Herring's 1980 Chevy Malibu, comes from Birmingham Alabama and sports our BTE powerglide with 1.80 straight cuts.
-Finally, a friendly reminder to mind your yokes. It's an overlooked part that can cause lots of problems if you skimp on quality.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Thursday, August 3, 2017

Car of the Week: Mark Herring's 1980 Chevy Malibu

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 Mark Herring from Birmingham, Alabama, and his 1980 Chevy Malibu. 
 
How did you get into drag racing?
I had a love for drag racing at an early age. There was a popular street racing spot not far from our house, and you could hear them racing. My older brother would take me over there. Eventually it moved from there to the track.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first race was in a 1969 GTO at Lassiter Mountain Dragway in 1982.
 
What model/year do you race now?
I have a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu that we call “Old Yellow”
 
What's under the hood?
The car currently has a 355—I ran a 383 until recently when it expired in the water at Huntsville. So currently it's a 355 solid lift cam, APD 750 alcohol carb with a Victor Jr. intake.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I use BTE because their products and customer service are second to none.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
I have always looked up to Danny Stone. He used to be my next door neighbor. He is probably one of the best bracket racers that I have ever seen. At times, he wasn’t in as good of equipment as some people were, but I can assure you, he has sent a lot of good racers to the trailer early and won more than his share of races. I am proud to call him a friend.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money were no object, I would drive my Malibu (I had one in high school), or I would get my old '69 Camaro back. The guy who has it now says it can’t be bought. We would just have to see.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I don’t really have a pre-race ritual other than I can’t sit down. Too much energy. After I am in the car, I just try to do everything the same way every time. I just want that “W” at the finish line.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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 Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Car of the Week: Fabian Goldbert's 1970 Chevrolet El Camino

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 Fabian Goldbert from Rotorua, New Zealand and his 1970 Chevrolet El Camino.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
It was a passion, deep within, that managed to surface with age and maturity (and money!).
 
When and where was your first race?
1981, at Meremere, South Auckland, New Zealand
 
What model/year do you race now?
1970 Chevrolet El Camino 
 
Does your car have a nickname?
The Elky
 
What's under the hood?
Steve Schmidt 632 Nitrous Engine 1800HP. Haven't used the bottle yet. 1330 HP on Q16 running 7.74 at 172.8.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE Powerglide
 
Why do you use BTE?
I've had my eye on BTE for a while, and just installed it to run this season.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
Force Racing Team
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
My El Camino with 3,500 HP.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Take a moment for myself.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, July 18, 2017

5 Ways to Upgrade Your Race Car For Under $250

The powerglide is the most popular drag racing transmission for many reasons: it's lightweight, affordable, and reliable (as long as it has the correct components!). A junkyard powerglide core with the factory 1.76 planetary gear set can be safe to almost 850 horsepower in lightweight cars with just a few upgrades.
Here's our list of the five best upgrades under $250:
 
This is a must have, since you'll need this to bolt up an aftermarket shifter. Customizing is easy, since our shift arm has holes drilled for the most popular shifter configurations. In addition, our two-piece design allows the arm to be placed in upper or lower position for rear or front entry shifters.
The band adjustment screw or pin in the OEM powerglide wasn't designed to take the power race engines produce today. Under heavy pressure, it can bend or break, causing a band failure. Our upgraded design is made from heat-treated 4340 steel, so it won't break or distort under any pressure levels.
The powerglide clutch hub is a critical upgrade in any application above 450 horsepower. The factory piece is a weak cast hub, but our forged hub is extremely durable and can accommodate up to eight friction and steel clutches when used with the correct piston in most powerglide drums.
Powerglide band failures are often attributed to problems in the servo, because a leak between circuits can cause application problems in the band. This two-ring servo drastically improves the seal, and it's made from high-quality 6061-T6 aluminum, so it's more durable than the factory cast piece. While there are more exotic servo options available, most racers don't need those features, and it's why this type remains the most popular.
In a racing powerglide, the soft parts are just as important as the hard ones! New technology in seals, clutches, and bushings have really improved the powerglide's reliability. This kit contains a quality band, friction and steel clutches, seals, gaskets, and a new filter.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at Tuesday, July 18, 2017