Bogacki Looks to Ride Momentum through Bowling Green & Indy
Carterville, IL: Reigning NHRA Super Comp champion Luke Bogacki is enjoying what may be the best season in his decorated career. While Bogacki has not been able to duplicate his 2013 success behind the wheel of his K&N Filters backed Super Comp entry, he has been an absolute terror in the Super Gas category. Thus far, Bogacki has driven his RacingRV’s backed, Charlie Stewart Race Cars built Corvette to six NHRA Super Gas final round appearances in 2014, winning five of them. With his most recent win at the Division 3 Lucas Oil Series event at Gateway Motorsports Park (Madison, IL), he’s already posted a massive 711 point total which gives him a comfortable lead in the Super Gas points chase.
Bogacki’s numbers for the season are absolutely incredible. With the Gateway victory, he became just the seventeenth driver in NHRA history to eclipse the 700 point mark (to date, none have failed to win their respective championship). Through 50 competition rounds in his Super Gas season, he has compiled an unworldly 46-4 record. With five events remaining on his 2014 points earning ledger, Bogacki still has opportunities to improve his score. He’s just 18 tallies from eclipsing John Vineyard’s total of 728 points to post the highest score in Super Gas history. Vineyard’s record has stood since his championship season in 1996. Even the mark for the highest sportsman score ever is in jeopardy assuming Bogacki can maintain his torrid pace. That title is currently held by Peter Biondo, who posted 792 points in route to his 2005 Super Stock crown.
“It’s been an incredible run,” admitted Bogacki. “If at season’s end we could reset one or both of those records it would certainly be a huge accomplishment, but that’s not a point of emphasis right now. I understand that no one has ever lost the title with 700+ points, but I’m still concerned that a lot of people are crowning me prematurely. I’ve got a great score, but there are still a handful of really talented drivers who could exceed it. We’ve got several races to run and I’m going to come into each round with the same aggressive mindset that I’ve had all season. That’s my focus right now; just win races and the points will fall into place.”
Bogacki also leads the Division 3 Super Gas standings, and is the front runner to represent the North Central Division in the 2015 JEGS All-Stars event. In the Super Comp category, he is currently ranked 8th in the Lucas Oil points chase, and he sits second in the Division 3 standings.
In the next two weeks, Bogacki will compete in two of the biggest events of the season. This weekend’s LODRS event at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY marks the NHRA Division 3 season finale. Beech Bend is one of Luke’s favorite facilities, and for good reason: in three appearances at this event, his worst Super Comp outing is last season’s runner-up finish! Bogacki will leave Kentucky and head to Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis for the “Big Go,” the NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Just a year ago, Bogacki came painfully close to Indy glory, falling in the semi-final round of Super Gas to eventual winner Phil Smida.
In addition to major marketing partners K&N Filters and Racing RV’s, the Luke Bogacki Motorsports team is backed by ThisIsBracketRacing.com, Advanced Product Design, C.A.R.S. Protection Plus, PCD Wraps, Product Development Group, Watts Auto Diesel Service, JEGS, Mickey Thompson Tires, and Bill Taylor Enterprises. The team depends on quality products to maintain a competitive edge. Manufacturers of those products include Auto Meter, Lucas Oil, Moser Engineering, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, Charlie Stewart Race Cars, Huntsville Engine & Performance, Ohlins Shocks, American Race Cars, Dixie Performance, Dedenbear, Renegade Race Fuels, ISC Racer’s tape, Nitrous Express, Hedman Hedders, K&R Performance Engineering, Nitroplate, California Car Cover, CollectorTethers.com, DragRaceResults.com, Todd’s Extreme Paint, Milodon, J&J Performance, Wiseco, Jesel, B&M Performance, Crane Cams, RacerTees.com, Earl’s Performance Plumbing, and Sharp Stuff Racing.
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