Luke Bogacki is in the middle of a hot start to the 2009 racing season, with a NHRA National Event Title, a IHRA National Event Win and several bracket race victories
First NHRA National event win for Luke Bogacki in Super Comp at Summit Southern Nationals
Luke Bogacki defeated Michael Rastall in a close final round at Atlanta Dragway in Georgia
“It’s been a great start to the season and I want to thank my sponsors like K&N,” he said. “I depend on K&N products on all of my competition vehicles. K&N gives me the security and protection I need, without sacrificing the performance and consistency that is necessary to win.”
“I was lucky in Atlanta at the Summit Southern Nationals,” said Bogacki. “Eliminations opened with a pair of red lights in the other lane. I was vulnerable in both rounds. If either of those opponents were green, that could have been the end of the weekend.”
In the third round, Bogacki battled it out with Ray Balian. The pair left the starting line as one. Balian’s .009 had the advantage over Bogacki’s .010. At the finish line, Bogacki posted a near perfect 8.903 to defeat Balian’s 8.918.
“That was a big round,” said Bogacki. “That’s just good fortune.” From there, Bogacki continued to win. “It was really cool to run Michael in the final,” he said. “We’re friends. In fact, he’d just had his engine freshened at an engine shop and was out on the road. I brought his car to Atlanta for him. Both cars in the Super Comp final rolled through the gate in the same trailer. It’s a shame we couldn’t share the win.”
Bogacki is ready for this weekend's IHRA Spring Nationals in Rockingham, North Carolina. There he will put his unblemished 8.90 record on the line and make his season debut in Stock Eliminator. In addition, he will participate in the IHRA's Summit All Star Shootouts, a special race within a race for the top eight finishers in each class from 2008. Bogacki will compete in three competition categories in the All Star event, Stock, Quick Rod and Top Dragster.
"I'm excited to have three entries in the All Star Shootouts," said Bogacki. "There are only seven sportsman classes, with eight cars each, and I make up for three of them. There won't be any down time for me on Saturday night. I've never been a part of the Summit ALl Stars shootout, and it's an honor to be included in the event."
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