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Article Date: 2/19/2010
Bogacki Kicks Off 2010 Where He Left Off Winning Bradenton LORDS
Luke Bogacki earned the first Super Comp Lucas Oil Divisional trophy of the 2010 season at the NHRA Division 2 opener at Bradenton Motorsports Park last weekend. Bogacki, at the wheel of his ThisIsBracketRacing.com backed, American Race Cars built dragster, took the title in odd fashion. As he completed the burnout prior to his semi-final bye run, Bogacki watched in horror as Ray Miller III was involved in a vicious accident just past the finish line following his semi-final win. Miller walked away from the crash unharmed, but was unable to return for the final, allowing Bogacki back-to-back singles to claim the event win.
"I'm just glad Ray-Ray is OK," said Bogacki. "That's a hard thing to watch. One second, we're catching up and cutting up in the staging lanes. The next he's going head-on into the wall at 175 mph. I've never been less excited to win a race, that's for sure. I'd rather get beat than to win like that."
While he didn't win in the fashion that he'd like, Bogacki acknowledged the win was an excellent way to start his 2010 campaign. The victory was also an extension of what has become a stellar Super Comp run of late. Bogacki debuted his new American Race Cars dragster last September. Since, he's entered the machine in just four NHRA Super Comp events; and driven it to three final round appearances. This victory was the first of Bogacki's impressive career at the Lucas Oil Divisional level, and accompanies his pair of NHRA national event wins in 2009, along with a myriad of IHRA and big dollar bracket victories he's amassed in his impressive career behind the wheel.
"I set out to chase NHRA points this season," he explained. "I've never really been in a position to do that, and I've always wanted to see where I stack up. Plus, I've got better equipment than I've ever had, and I feel like I can compete at this level. Winning the first event is obviously a great way to start; I just hope I can carry this momentum and have a strong season."
In addition to Super Comp, Bogacki also drove Bryan Robinson's ThisIsBracketRacing.com backed Stock Eliminator Nova in Bradenton, but fell in the first round of competition. He plans to compete in both cars along the NHRA Division 2 schedule, in addition to 6-8 NHRA Lucas Oil National events in 2010.
"I believe the key to my recent success has been a combination of good luck and excellent equipment," said Bogacki. "I've really found myself in the right place at the right time a lot in 8.90 competition over the last year. But I also feel like I'm driving one of, if not the best car in the category right now. People think if you've got a dragster you've got a competitive Super Comp car. There are a lot more intricacies to this class than most realize. Mark Horton, Travis Colangelo, and the crew at American Race Cars worked with me to build this car. It's a purpose-built 8.90 car. Huntsville Engine used a Brodix aluminum block and -12 Cylinder Heads to build me a 582 cubic inch motor with a bunch of power: I ran 8.90 at 184 miles per hour in Bradenton. I use a lot of parts that have been designed and refined specifically for this style of racing. Plus, we've put in the time and effort testing and refining the combination. I'm more confident in this car than any I've ever raced with the possible exception of my Vega bracket car."
Bogacki credited the following companies in addition to American Race Cars and Huntsville Engine for their role in his Super Comp combination: Advanced Product Design, Ohlins Shocks, Dixie Racing Products, Auto Meter, Hedman Hedders, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Sunset Racecraft's Billet CNC Throttle Stop, K&R Performance Engineering, Goza Racing Products, B&M, Moser Engineering, Rockett Brand Race Fuels, Figspeed.com, K&N Filters, Frankenstein Racing Heads, ISC Racers Tape, DragRaceResults.com, Nitroplate, Mickey Thompson Tires, J&J Performance, BTE Transmissions and Converters, JEGS, Sparco, Milodon, Nitrous Express, and Todd's Extreme Paint.
Bogacki also thanked his girlfriend Jessica for her unwavering support, as well as the members and instructors of ThisIsBracketRacing.com.