Bogacki Enjoys Big Payday At Ultimate 64 Shootout
Luke Bogacki drove his ThisIsBracketRacing.com backed American Race Cars Dragster to a pair of final round appearances last Saturday at the 5th Annual Ultimate 64 Shootout held at Edgewater Sports Park near Cincinnati, OH. The Saturday festivities began with the feature event of the weekend, the Ultimate 64 $50,000 Shootout. In that race, Bogacki maneuvered through a field of 64 of the top sportsman competitors in the nation to advance to a final round confrontation with longtime Cincinnati-area standout competitor Brian Newport with the huge $50,000 payday on the line. Bogacki fell short of the top prize, lighting a heart-breaking -.003 red light in the final stanza and handing the win to Newport.
Bogacki, undeterred, returned to the track shortly after his final round defeat to compete in that evening’s Box Bonanza event, which featured a $10,000 winners purse. There, after nine rounds of tough racing, he avenged his earlier red light when he defeated Steve Taylor in the final round. For the day, Bogacki compiled a stellar 14-1 record on the race track, and took home over $20,000 in prize money.
“This was a good day that couldn’t have come at a better time,” explained Bogacki. “I’ve really been struggling lately, and up until this I feel like I’ve had a lackluster season, especially on the bracket level. Things just fell into place today. I didn’t really do anything differently. In fact, I don’t even feel like I drove particularly well. Things just went my way, and it feels good to have some success on a stage like this.”
Bogacki’s runner-up in the main event was just another in a string of strong showings in the Ultimate 64 Shootout for the Illinois based racer. While he’s yet to win the $50,000 prize, he’s come frustratingly close. In the five years of the event, Bogacki has a pair of quarterfinal losses (including the 2009 event), a semi-final loss, and now a runner-up.
Bogacki’s car of choice for the weekend was his 2008 model American Dragster. The machine is powered by a 582 cubic inch big block prepared by Huntsville Engine and Performance. Bogacki credited crucial components for the cars consistency: an APD Alcohol Carburetor, BTE 8” converter, Mickey Thompson racing slicks, a new Ohlins Shock Absorber, a Nitrous Express Plate System which he said he used routinely to drive the finish line, and of course the American chassis. He relies on additional components from Hedman Hedders, Brodix Cylinder Heads, K&R Performance Engineering, Goza Racing Products, Moser Engineering, K&N Filters, Figspeed.com, B&M, JEGS, Auto Meter, ISC Racers Tape, Milodon, Nitroplate, Rockett Brand Racing Fuel, Sparco, Todd’s Extreme Paint, PimpMyCrew.com, Dixie Racing Products, Sunset Performance, Frankenstein Racing Heads, J&J Engine Diapers, and DragRaceResults.com.
“I laughed with some friends about this car. I’ve had this ride for nearly two years, and it’s won me 4 or 5 national events, and a couple of points races. But until Saturday it had only won two bracket races in 2 years—both on the same weekend in Las Vegas a few years back. Now that I’ve got my new car to run Super Comp, this thing is a bracket car exclusively. So we had to teach it how to win at this level. Sometimes you gotta talk to your car: ‘It’s not all about the glory now babe, it’s all about the money!’ We got on the same page. This car was unreal this weekend. Its consistency made me look like a lot better racer than I am.”
Bogacki will return to NHRA competition at the upcoming Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, TN and the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, OH. After a hot start to the 2010 campaign that included four final round appearances in Super Comp and Stock Eliminator, Bogacki has turned his focus mainly to bracket competition. He currently sits in second place in the NHRA Lucas Oil national standings in both categories as he readies for the upcoming Full Throttle Series events.