Bogacki Drives K&N Dragster to Ninth National Event Title
Brainerd, MN: When Luke Bogacki staged his American Race Cars dragster in the Super Comp final round of the 34th annual Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway beside Gary Stinnett, six NHRA national titles were represented by the two K&N Filters backed machines on the starting line. Bogacki, the reigning Super Gas champion and 2013 Super Comp titlist got the decision over 4-time NHRA Super Comp champion Stinnett by virtue of a strong .010 reaction time, paired with a 8.929 ET.
“I have a huge degree of respect for Gary, his program and obviously his accomplishments,” explained Bogacki. “He's not someone that you necessarily ever want to take on, but at the same time I try to embrace the opportunity to compete against the best. He's really got his combination dialed in right now, and he'd been making great runs the past two weeks (Stinnett defeated Bogacki at the divisional event in Topeka, KS a week prior). I told my wife before the final I felt like it would take a sub-.015 package to win. I wasn't quite as good on the tree as I intended, but my car was running the number, just like it had all weekend. Gary made an uncharacteristically bad run, but I'd like to think we'd have been difficult to beat regardless.”
The final round seemed to follow suit for the entire event, as Bogacki matched up with accomplished competitors, but each round his opponents seemingly made their worst passes of the race with the 2-time champion in the opposite lane.
“It goes to show that it's not who you run as much as when you run them,” Bogacki remarked. “I feel like we've been pretty solid all season, particularly in this K&N hot rod, but I've consistently run into a .010 package or a great run in the other lane. In Brainerd, we were solid – not spectacular, but solid – and we got some breaks. That's the difference.”
Solid driving and timely luck aided Bogacki, and his K&N Filters dragster did the rest. In an event that saw dramatic swings in temperature and wind (as evidenced by the myriad of national records set in the professional ranks), his American Race Cars machine varied just .011-of-a-second to the 60' timers (with the opening five rounds varying just .003)! Bogacki was solid as well, averaging a .014 reaction time.
“My car was great,” emphasized Bogacki. “Honestly, it's been good all season but I made some changes in Topeka trying to calm down the 60' times. Obviously it responded. I'm glad the numbers are so impressive, it's a testament to American Race Cars and the quality equipment we bolt to the frame rails.”
Bogacki's winning combination features a 632 cubic inch Huntsville Engine & Performance engine that pushes his K&N filters backed machine to the 8.90 index at speeds in excess of 180 miles per hour. The motor features BRODIX SR20 cylinder heads, and a BRODIX aluminum cylinder block. Internal components include Manley I-Beam rods, Wiseco Pistons, a Crane camshaft and lifters, Jesel belt drive and shaft rocker arms, a Milodon oil pan, Clark Gaskets, Lucas Oil and a K&N Wrench Off oil filter. An APD 1250 Max Speed carburetor feeds Renegade 116+ racing fuel, which is later exhausted by a set of Hedman Hedders coated by Nitroplate and outfitted with NHRA mandated tethers from CollectorTethers.com. He cools the engine with a remote water pump from Dedenbear, plumbed exclusively with Earl's ANO-Tuff fittings and hose ends.
Bogacki relies on a BTE Top Dragster transmission and 10” BTE torque converter to apply the power to Mickey Thompson 3195 slicks, via a revolutionary CVD driveshaft from Goethe Enterprises and a complete (housing, axles, third member and brakes) Moser Engineering rear end. A single Ohlins shock controls the swing arm suspension.
In the cockpit, Bogacki utilizes the Auto Meter Multi-Function Data Logger to monitor and analyze on track activity. A K&R Pro Cube delay box and switch panel, along with a Dixie Racing Products electric shift solenoid control the vital functions. Additional components come from ISC Racer's Tape, Charlie Stewart Race Cars, Nitrous Express, California Car Cover, DragRaceresults.com, J&J Engine Diapers, Todd's Extreme Paint, RacerTees, SHARP Stuff, and Fastronix.
Bogacki's latest victory marked his ninth NHRA national event triumph, and fifth in the 8.90 category (Luke's other four wins have all come in Super Gas). Brainerd International Raceway is the first facility at which Bogacki has won two national events, and he's also earned a runner-up finish at the Northern Minnesota track.
“I'd like to dedicate our Brainerd win to Norm Franks, the owner and developer of Flo-Fast pumps and AirTek gauges who passed away recently after a battle with cancer,” Bogacki shared. “I met Norm here in Brainerd several years ago – he hand selected me to represent his company and showcase their products. This facility makes me think of him every season, but particularly now that I can't pick up the phone and give him a hard time. He was an accomplished businessman and a good man.”
In addition to K&N Filters, the Bogacki Motorsports team also represents Racing RV's, along with associate marketing partners Watts Auto Diesel Service, Advanced Product Design, Bill Taylor Enterprises, Accelerated Graphics, ThisIsBracketRacing.com, RacerSwag, Mickey Thompson Tires, American Race Cars, Renegade Racing Fuels, Product Development Group (makers of Flo-Fast fluid transfer systems and AirTek pressure monitoring systems), JEGS and C.A.R.S. Protection Plus.
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