Luke Bogacki is no stranger to success at Beech Bend Raceway Park. In fact, he calls the Bowling Green, KY facility his favorite race track. Over the course of his illustrious racing career, Bogacki has claimed victory no less than 20 times at the fabled facility. So, to those who follow the sport, Bogacki's incredible run at last weekend's Tenn-Tuck Triple Crown event came as no surprise. At least, no surprise to anyone except Bogacki himself.
"Honestly, I had no expectations heading into Bowling Green,"쳌 said the Carterville, IL resident. "I had never raced our Racing RV's Corvette wide open in bracket trim, and I thought it would be fun to try it. In all honesty, I approached the weekend as a test session."
Needless to say, testing went very well. After falling in the opening round of Friday's main event, Bogacki kicked off an incredible 22-round winning streak in his Racing RV's Corvette with a victory in the $5,000-to-win "Little Bucks"쳌 race on Friday night. He followed that up with another win in the same event on Saturday night. As if that weren't enough, he drove to a runner-up finish in Sunday's $10,000-to-win "Big Bucks" finale. Bogacki, who typically races his Racing RV's Corvette in Super Gas competition exclusively, had made just one wide open pass in the car prior to testing on Thursday before the event.
"It's pretty incredible,"쳌 Bogacki admitted. "The bad part on my end is that Charlie Stewart has been telling me that this car would work this well bracket racing for two years. And I never had the nerve to try it. Honestly, 4.80's in a roadster sounds kind of intimidating. But not only did it go down the track effortlessly, but it was unbelievably consistent. Most important, it was a blast to drive! The difference between going 4.80's in this and 4.80's in a dragster is night and day. I just wish I had done it years ago! The drivability, consistency, and ease of this car is a testament to Charlie and his staff, as well as the manufacturers of the components that we've bolted onto it."
Bogacki's Racing RV's backed machine is powered to 4.8 second 1/8th mile E.T.'s by a Huntsville Engine & Performance 598 cubic inch engine. The powerplant features a BRODIX aluminum block and BRODIX SR20 Cylinder heads. An APD 1250 Max Speed carburetor sits atop the BRODIX intake manifold, distributing Renegade 116+ Racing Fuel to each cylinder. Wiseco pistons, hung by Manley I-Beam connecting rods make up the rotating assembly. The valve train includes a Crane Camshaft and Crane Severe Duty lifters, JESEL rocker arms, and a Jesel belt drive. A Milodon oil pan, Clark Gaskets, K&N Filters, and a J&J Engine Diaper round out the engine package. A set of Hedman hedders, coated by 2 Boyz Coating, and secured with a set of tethers from CollectorTethers.com exhaust spent fuels. A Dedenbear remote water pump handles cooling duties, via Earl's ANO-Tuff fittings and hose.
Bogacki depends on a BTE Top Sportsman powerglide transmission and BTE 9"쳌 torque converter to transfer power to a Moser Engineering 3rd member and axles, and ultimately to the track via a pair of Ohlins LMP shocks and a set of Mickey Thompson 3191w racing slicks (commonly referred to as the "little bubba"쳌).
Inside the cockpit, Bogacki relies on data acquisition and display from Auto Meter, with the new LCD dash display. All electronic functions are handled by a K&R Pro-Cube delay box and K&R Severe Duty switch panel. A Biondo Racing Products Pro Outlaw shifter is controlled by a Dixie Racing Products electric shift solenoid. Additional key products come from Alliance Racewear, ISC Racer's Tape, Nitrous Express, California Car Cover, DragRaceResults.com, Racer Tees, and Fastronix Solutions.
Bogacki hopes that his run of success at Bowling Green is a sign of things to come; he points to the next two weekends as the biggest events of his season. This week, Luke and his team head to Huntsville Dragway in Huntsville, AL for the final event of the DragRaceResults.com Ultimate Series. Bogacki enters the event leading the series points standings in his K&N Filters backed dragster; he is also ranked in the top 10 in his second entry (his wife's American Race Cars dragster). If he can emerge as the points champion, he would earn a complete rolling American Race Cars dragster, valued at nearly $35,000. After the conclusion of the weekend in Huntsville, Luke and his family will venture south another 200 miles to compete in the C.A.R.S. Million, held at Montgomery Motorsports Park.
"To say we're excited about the next two weeks is a massive understatement,"쳌 Bogacki explained. "The DRR Series not only offers huge purses, but the points incentives are incredible. I enter as the leader, but there is a lot of racing left to do; we definitely have a lot of work to do if we want to leave as the champion. After that is the race that needs no introduction. I've been to every "Million" since I attended my first back in 1999. I've never won it. I've never been particularly close. It's a tall order, but it's the one major event that's still on my bucket list; I'm going to win that race one day."
In addition to major marketing partners K&N Filters and Racing RV's, Luke Bogacki Motorsports is proud to represent ThisIsBracketRacing.com, Racer Swag, American Race Cars, Watts Auto Diesel, Flo-Fast, AirTek, Advanced Product Design, Ellis Trucking, JEGS, Bill Taylor Enterprises, Mickey Thompson Tires, Renegade Racing Fuels, and Accelerated Graphics.
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