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Article Date: 8/30/2011
Bogacki Wins Beech Bend Lucas Oil Event For Second Consecutive Season
Luke Bogacki drove his ThisIsBracketRacing.com backed American Dragster to the Super Comp victory at last weekend’s Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, KY. The victory was Bogacki’s second consecutive win at the event, as he defended his 2010 Super Comp title.
“We haven’t done much NHRA racing this season, but I love Bowling Green and it’s close to home, so this race has been on the schedule all year,” explained Bogacki. “It’s really cool to be able to win it again; I haven’t had a great year on the track, and it’s always rewarding to win in a class that’s as competitive as the 8.90 category.”
Last season Luke Bogacki made his presence known in his first and only legitimate attempt to chase the NHRA Lucas Oil Series championship. In 2010 he appeared in 7 LODRS final rounds en route to a pair of Division 2 Championships (in Super Comp and Stock Eliminator), and challenged for the national title in Super Comp before coming up just 8 points short of Gary Stinnett to finish the season in 2nd place (he also ranked 6th in Stock Eliminator points).
Despite his success along the NHRA tour, Bogacki has shied away from Lucas Oil Series competition in 2011, electing instead to focus his efforts on big dollar bracket events. In fact, he had not attended a single NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional event in 2011 coming into last weekend’s Division 3 closer at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, KY.
If Bogacki had any rust, it certainly didn’t show. He maneuvered his machine through six rounds of tough competition with precision. Bogacki’s reaction times ranged from .004 to .018, including four lights between .010 and .014. At the other end of the track, he won rounds 2, 3, and 4 by expertly managing the finish line with narrow win margins of .004, .004, and .002 respectively. After winning his “lucky” round over Jeff Mandell in a tight semi-final match, Bogacki earned the “Wally” when Tyler Caheely red-lighted in the final round.
“I felt like I got my lucky break in the semi’s,” said Bogacki. “I was indecisive at the finish line and I got away with it. But the round before my opponent made a great run, and I was able to beat it. That’s what it takes to win these days. It’s almost unheard of to be flawless for 6-8 straight rounds. You have to get a break when you make a mistake. Plus, usually you have to beat at least one great run in the other lane. It’s all a matter of good fortune and timing really, and today it just fell into place.”
Recent Division 3 JEGS All-Stars representative Michael Shelton posted an excellent .005 reaction time and 8.911 in the quarterfinal round, but Bogacki prevailed with a .011 induced 8.903 to take the win by a mere .002 of a second. He again trailed at the start in the semi-final round with Mandell (.008 to .014), but escaped with a narrow double-breakout win, 8.881 to 8.878.
Bogacki directed praise to his machine, which is the same 2010 American Dragster that he drove to a 2nd place national finish last season. He’s raced the car just three times in 2011. The 235” American chassis is powered by a 582 cubic inch Huntsville Engine powerplant that has run a best of 7.02 @ 189 mph. The powerplant features a BRODIX aluminum block and 12 degree cylinder heads, Wiseco pistons, and a Milodon oiling system. The engine is topped by an 1150 cfm APD “throttle stop” carburetor and a Sunset Racecraft electric throttle stop. Bogacki puts that power to the ground through a BTE Powerglide transmission and torque converter, Ohlins Shock, Moser axles and rear end components, and Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels. Additional components come from K&N Engineering, Auto Meter, JEGS, Dixie Racing Products, Rockett Brand Racing Fuels, B&M, Nitrous Express, J&J Performance Engine Diapers, Nitroplate, K&R Performance Engineering, Hedman Hedders, Lucas Oil, Figspeed.com, Todd’s Extreme Paint, Frankenstein Racing Heads, Sparco, ISC Racer’s Tape, PimpMyCrew.com, and DragRaceResults.com.
“In addition to my marketing partners, I want to thank my mother Ellen and my fiancé Jessica. They were both at the event, and that made the win really special. I also want to thank the Jones family and the staff at Beech Bend Raceway Park for giving us such a great facility at which to compete. It’s my favorite race track. And of course I want to thank the Lucas family and Lucas Oil for their unwavering support of the divisional series and sportsman racing in general, along with the Coughlin family and JEGS for their support of sportsman racing and the JEGS All-Stars program.”