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Article Date: 4/25/2006
Bogacki Wheels American Patrio
Millbury, OH: Twenty-Four year old Luke Bogacki drove his 2005 American Race Cars Patriot Series Swing Arm Dragster to his second $10,000 final round appearance in recent weeks, falling to Mark White in the Saturday finale of the Capital City Nationals at Montgomery Motorsports Park. Bogacki, who rolled through a talent-laden field with victories over Scotty Richardson, Chris Johnson, Jonathon Jones, Cliff Shipp, Sunday winner Stacy Carpenter, and others, fell to White’s .009 induced dead-on 6.397 run with a .006 light and 4.866 on his 4.85 dial.
The runner-up marks Luke’s second big dollar bridesmaid of the season, as he advanced to the final round of a Tenn-Tuck Series event in March before falling to Greg Coffman.
“I’ve been really fortunate so far with the new American Race Cars Dragster,” said Bogacki. “I really haven’t raced it a whole lot, I’ve been busy with my new business, Bogacki Marketing Solutions, and the majority of my racing has been in my Mickey Thompson backed Vega close to home. Runner-Ups suck, but to be able to advance to back-to-back finals gives me a lot of confidence, and says a lot about the new car.”
Bogacki was stellar on the starting line throughout the event, compiling a .007 average for the day. His worst reaction was a .014 in his second round loss, his second worst was an .010. His best light came in the form of a .001 opposite Chris Johnson in the quarterfinals, which Bogacki backed up with a dead-on 4.870 for a .001 package.
“The car was good, too” said Bogacki. “In fact, if I hold the darn pedal to the floor like I told myself to, I think I’d have snuck past Mark in the final by a couple thousandths. I just rode down there and my foot got to twitching I guess.”
In addition to American Race Cars, Bogacki credited key manufacturers who have had a hand in the cars exceptional performance. Huntsville Engine and Performance Center built the 555 cubic inch engine, topped with an APD carburetor and Brodix -2Xtra Cylinder Heads CNC ported by M2 Race Systems that Bogacki has run for the past four seasons. The powerglide transmission and 9” converter are BTE products, and power is put to the ground by Mickey Thompson Wheels and 3185 racing slicks. Other key components come from Hedman Hedders, Rockett Brand Racing Fuel, K&R Performance Products, Auto Meter, JW Performance, Nitroplate, DragRaceResults.com, Goza Racing Products, Milodon, and Dixie Performance Products.
Though the Ohio based chassis builder is still in it’s infancy (the company was founded in late 2004), American Race Cars boasts a growing customer list that includes Bogacki, Scotty Richardson, Chris Wilson, Robbie & Rustin Mayse, Dave Elrod, Joe West, Brian Lampton, Jeff Brown, Scott & Chad Batyik, Rick Schneider, and more. For more information on American Race Cars and their line of Patriot Series Swing Arm Dragsters, contact them at 419-836-5070 or visit online at www.americanracecars.net.