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Article Date: 3/14/2007
Bogacki Dominates DragRaceResu
Atlanta, GA: This is not a repeat story... Just three weeks after running the table at the DragRaceResults.com/Goodyear Bracket Series season opener at South Georgia Motorsports Park, where he took runner-up honors in CSR Super Pro Saturday night before winning both CSR Super Pro and the Sportsman class on the event’s second day, Luke Bogacki put forth another amazing effort last weekend at Atlanta Dragway. There, at the DragRaceResults.com/Goodyear Bracket Series Atlanta Classic presented by Demon Carburetion, Bogacki posted not one, not two, but three eliminator victories within the two-day event!
The Atlanta Classic kicked off Saturday morning under clear skies and beautiful weather at the famed Northeast Georgia facility, and saw a string of new winners in the Barker Trailer Sales/Pace American “Run for the Trailer” portion of the event. Todd Moulton (Lawrenceville, GA), and Randy Roberts (Rutledge, TN) earned the bonus cash in CSR Super Pro and Sportsman respectively, while Megan Marsh (Anderson, SC) took home the Race Tech Junior Dragster “Run for the Money” title.
Once eliminations got underway, it was Dennis Coover of Cartersville, GA taking the win in CSR Super Pro, as he powered his dragster past early points contender Brendon George. George was driving the Nova of John Rollins, after he suffered ignition problems in his familiar Mullis dragster. In the final round, George took a small advantage on the starting line, but broke out by just .003 (6.657 on his 6.66 target), handing the title to Coover’s safe 4.86 (4.84 dial). Said an exuberant Coover, “This is a great way to start the year. I haven’t won since 2005!” Mary Wiles (Tyrone, GA) was the lone semi-finalist.
In Sportsman competition, Bogacki (Woodville, AL) won his first of what would be a whopping three trophy’s on the weekend, as he knocked off Adam Stratton (Madison, GA) in the final stanza. There, Bogacki used a .019 to .067 starting line advantage to cruise to a .07-over 6.23 victory in his Mickey Thompson Tires backed Vega. Ernie Renfroe (Middleburg, FL) was the lone semi-finalist.
Brooke Buchanon (Six Mile, SC) claimed the Race Tech Jr. Dragster title, knocking off the always tough Ladson Selph (Alamo, GA) in the final round. The final was over before it started, as Selph lit the red light, handing Buchanon the automatic victory. Bailey Denton (McDonough, GA) and Jacquelyn Lastinger (Lilburn, GA) were the semi-final finishers.
In the DragRaceResults.com Trophy class, it was Michael Nuttall (Rutledge, TN) edging David Scott (Jacksonville, FL) in a tight final decided by just .009 of a second. Nuttall used a holeshot to win with a 7.97 (7.93 dial) over Scott’s 6.91 (6.89 dial). J.D. Burford (Greenville, SC) was the lone semi-finalist.
Sunday’s racing action got started with the CSR Super Pro Shootout, a 16-car “high-rollers” event that has become a staple along the DragRaceResults.com tour. Sixteen gambling competitors put up a $500 entry fee to run a single elimination shootout with $5,000 going to the winner. At Atlanta, it was Bruce Mouat taking home the cash and the title, with a final round defeat of Mark Horton. En route to his victory, Mouat knocked off a “who’s who” list of sportsman competitors, including Tracy Hardie, Bogacki, and Jeremy Hancock before disposing of Horton in the final.
J.D. Reid took the Barker Trailer Sales/Pace American “Run for the Trailer” honors in CSR Super Pro, and took the national lead for the new Pace Shadow GT hauler with a stellar .008 induced 4.500 run in “Run for Trailer” competition. Kim Ellington took the prize in Sportsman, while Jordan Thurmond earned the Race Tech “Run for the Money” title in Race Tech Junior Dragster.
From that point on, Sunday belonged to Luke Bogacki. The touring bracket competitor dominated both classes of competition and earned his fourth and fifth victories of the young 2007 DragRaceResults.com/Goodyear Bracket Racing Series season by driving to his second “Double-Up” of 2007.
In Sportsman, Bogacki extended his winning streak to an amazing 20 consecutive rounds in the DragRaceResults.com Bracket Series (he has won the last three events in the Sportsman class). He used a great .008 light to knock off his closest points competitor John Rollins (Tallahassee, FL) in a pivotal semi-final round matchup, then used a huge starting line advantage over an uncharacteristically late Toby Barnes (Newnan, GA) in the money round to win the title. Jason McClure (Madison, AL) was the other semi-finalist.
In CSR Super Pro, Bogacki wheeled his brand new CSR Performance Products backed American Race Cars dragster to it’s first victory with a final round win over Mark Padgitt (Dublin, GA). Bogacki used the best in a string of stellar reactions (.004) and backed into Padgitt to get the nod by a mere .001 at the finish line. Bogacki’s 5.120 (5.11 dial) defeated Padgitt’s breakout 4.861 (4.87 dial). Bogacki, generally recognized for his finish line racing skills, was on his game at the other end of the track Sunday: his reactions in Super Pro ranged from a .004 best in the final to a .013, while his spread in Sportsman was from .008 to .028.
“I’m at a loss for words,” said Bogacki. “The start to the season has been absolutely unbelievable. I’ve just got so much confidence in the Mickey Thompson Vega right now, I pull to the line feeling like I can’t be beat. And this new American Race Cars dragster is unreal. Anytime that you’re able to ‘double up’ at an event like this, everything has just fallen into place. You don’t have time between rounds for anything to go wrong on the cars, and the fact that they’re both so consistent and dependable is a tribute to each of our marketing partners who manufacture the components I depend on.”
For Bogacki, that list is a fairly long one: in addition to CSR Performance Products and Mickey Thompson Tires (who back his Dragster and Vega respectively), Bogacki also thanked Bill Taylor Engineering, Huntsville Engine & Performance, American Race Cars, Hedman Hedders, Nitroplate, K&R Performance Engineering, Auto Meter, AFCO Drag Racing, Rockett Brand Racing Fuel, Advanced Product Design, Milodon, ISC Racers Tape, Dixie Performance Products, Jeg’s Mail Order, Brodix Cylinder Heads, B&M Performance Products, Goza Racing Products, and DragRaceResults.com.
“I also want to personally thank all of the guys at American Race Cars; Mark, Travis, Todd, Brett, and Jeff--they really went out of their way to help me get this car done last week. I need to thank Jeff Adkinson for letting me borrow his motor until my new Huntsville Engine 555 is done, and Carey “Crow” Locke, Richard Selph, Drew Phillips, and the George family for their help over the weekend.”
With his victories, Bogacki extends his national points lead in both classes. In CSR Super Pro he has a whopping 21 points in three claims, 8 rounds ahead of second place George. In Sportsman, he has accumulated 20 points in three claims, which puts him 10 rounds ahead of second place Rollins. Of his championship hopes, Bogacki had this to say: “Obviously, it’s a great start in both classes. But it’s just that, a start. The reality is that we’re two events in to a 20-plus event season, and the division 4 racers haven’t even got to race yet. Sure, my total looks great right now, but I’ve learned not to ‘count my chickens’ so to speak. Last season it looked like I was unbeatable, and Rustin Mayse came in and won everything in sight toward the end of the year to win the title--so I know I’ve still got a lot of work to do to achieve the ultimate goal of a championship.”
Besides Bogacki’s success, other Sunday winners included Megan Marsh in Race Tech Jr. Dragster and Danny Towe in DragRaceResults.com Trophy. Marsh (Anderson, SC) took the win over Brett Bowman (Homer, GA), with Taylor Ramsey (Commerce, GA) as the lone semi-finalist. In Trophy class, Towe (Lawrenceville, GA) drove his ‘70 Mustang to the win over Chad Kennedy (Cornelia, GA). David Scott and J.D. Buford made their second late-round appearances of the weekend, with each falling in the semi-final round.
The DragRaceResults.com/Goodyear Bracket Series makes it’s next stop this weekend at the Texas Motorplex for the Texas Stamped presented by Hughes Performance. For continued updates on the DragRaceResults.com/Goodyear Bracket Series, log on to DragRaceResults.com or DRRSeries.com today!