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Article Date: 10/18/2009

Article Title: Bogacki Drives New Car to Mid-South Nationals Super Comp Crown

Luke Bogacki drove his brand new ThisIsBracketRacing.com sponsored 2010 American Race Cars dragster to the Super Comp victory at last weekend’s NHRA Mid-South Nationals in Memphis, TN. The machine, which hit the race track for the first time just three weeks prior, has already proven to be one of Bogacki’s favorites.

“This is, without a doubt, the best dragster I’ve owned to date. Mark Horton, Travis Colangelo, and all the guys at American Race Cars just seem to turn out a better product with every car they build. The new car is gorgeous, immaculate, light, and fast. And so far, we’ve just agreed with each other. The initial success has been fantastic.”

Bogacki debuted the new car at his local Huntsville Dragway three weeks ago, and immediately drove to the Pro Eliminator victory. A week later, he made his Super Comp debut a memorable one, advancing to the final round of the NHRA LODRS event in Belle Rose, LA before red lighting to championship contender Tommy Phillips. He then went on to the NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas, TX, where he fell in round two before driving to the victory in Memphis.

At the Mid-South Nationals, Bogacki made his way through a star-studded field to claim his second NHRA “Wally” of the 2009 season. He opened eliminations with victories over Rip Dennis and Troy Coughlin, Jr. before squaring off with Dallas Fall Nationals winner Lloyd Parfait in a pivotal third round match-up.

“Lloyd and I ran in third round, which was actually our first round of the day on Monday (Sunday’s eliminations were postponed due to rain). We hadn’t been down the track in nearly 48 hours, so dialing was a little sketchy. Lloyd made a great run: he was .017 and dropped to 8.90--I would take his pass in that situation any day of the week. I was just fortunate to make my best run of the weekend that round and get by him. We talk about luck being a big factor, and people always think of that as ‘getting away with a mistake.’ I don’t feel like I made any huge mistakes on the weekend, but I only made one run all weekend that would’ve beat Lloyd there--I just happened to make it at the right time.”

Bogacki bested Parfait’s .017 induced 8.908 with a .007 reaction and 8.910, crossing the finish line first by just .008 with both drivers hard on the brakes. That set up a quarterfinal matchup with former national event winner and defending NHRA Super Pro national champion Bart Nelson. That round had an abrupt end, however, as Nelson red-lighted away his chances with a -.012. Bogacki, having already beaten last week’s Dallas winner, then had to square off with the Columbus Sports Nationals winner of a week prior in a semi-final matchup with Brad Plourd. Plourd too lit the red bulb with a scant -.003 reaction time, assuring Bogacki of a berth in the final round.

There, he would face off with Billy Torrence. For the third consecutive round, Bogacki benefited from an opponents red-light, as Torrence left the starting line with a heartbreaking -.001, giving Bogacki the victory.

“I can’t begin to describe how great it feels to win this event. I’ve done well bracket racing, but I had a pretty rough summer at the NHRA events I’ve been to. I feel like this gives me a little redemption,” laughed Bogacki. “I just can’t say enough about this race car, I feel invincible in it right now. It’s the first time I’ve ever done a purpose-built Super Comp car. I wanted to run 8.90 at 180, and it does that. I feel like that’s an advantage in this class, and it’s been extremely consistent. Whatever I put in the timer is what it runs. I have so much confidence in this combination, it just makes my job a lot easier.”

Bogacki’s Super Comp triumph highlights what has been a spectacular season in the 8.90 ranks. This was his second NHRA national event win in the Super Comp category this season (he also won Atlanta back in April), to go along with a pair of IHRA Quick Rod national event wins (Baton Rouge, LA and Martin, MI). He also won the IHRA Summit All-Star Shootout in Top Dragster earlier this season. Outside of national event competition, Bogacki has also shined on the bracket scene, scoring a pair of $10,000 victories, a pair of $5,000 victories, and multiple local triumphs in the 2009 season. All told, he has appeared in 17 final rounds thus far in 2009, earning 14 event victories.

Bogacki’s new 2010 American Dragster is powered by a Huntsville Engine and Performance built 582 cubic inch engine that has pushed the car to quarter mile ET’s in the 7.1 second range. The motor features Brodix PB1200 heads and aluminum block, an APD “throttle stop series” carburetor, a CNC billet throttle stop from Sunset Racecraft, and products from Milodon, K&N, and J&J Engine Diapers. The car is also equipped with a set of Hedman Hedders new line of chrome merge collector headers.

Other featured products on the new machine include Auto Meters new “Stack” dash and data logger setup, which Bogacki credits with aiding his learning curve and making the car so predictable on the throttle stop; a new Ohliins drag shock from Dixie Racing Products; K&N’s carbon fiber hoodscoop, tray, and filter; Mickey Thompson tires and wheels; and a BTE transmision and torque converter. Additional products come from

In addition to his marketing partners, Bogacki also thanked his friends and Stock Eliminator car owners Bryan and Cassie Robinson for their help and support, as well as all of the folks who pitched in throughout the weekend to help prepare for his two heads-up runs in Stock. Bogacki also thanked his girlfriend Jessica for her unwavering support.

Bogacki also thanked the members and instructors on ThisIsBracketRacing.com, a website dedicated to sportsman racing. The site, which Bogacki hosts, is essentially a subscription-only online driving school that includes monthly tutorial columns from Bogacki as well as an all-star lineup of guest instructors that includes Troy Williams, Jr., Peter Biondo, Jeg Coughlin, Jr., Brian Folk, Jared Pennington, Danny Waters, Jr., and more. For more information, visit www.ThisIsBracketRacing.com.

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