Bogacki Caps 20-Round Super Comp Win Streak with U.S. Nationals Title
When 2-time NHRA national champion Luke Bogacki pulled his rig into Brainerd International Raceway three weeks ago for the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals, he was in the midst of a subpar season. To that point, he had attended nine Super Comp events in 2015, and with the exception of a runner-up finish at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals he had struggled in the 8.90 category, advancing past the second round of competition just twice in those nine appearances. Three weeks later, the perception of his season couldn’t have changed more.
Bogacki drove his K&N Filters backed dragster to the Super Comp title in Brainerd, his first 8.90 victory in over two years, by defeating 4-time NHRA national champion Gary Stinnett in the final round. A week later, he continued his winning ways by plowing through the field at the NHRA Lucas Oil Series event in Bowling Green, KY, where he once again won the Super Comp category. That title continued an incredible run at that event and facility: in five appearances, Bogacki has three Super Comp victories and a runner-up in Bowling Green! From there, he made his way to the biggest NHRA event of the year, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, riding a 13-round winning streak.
“I joked with friends about it,” Bogacki laughed. “To win Indy I’d have to win 20 straight rounds of racing in what I believe is the toughest, deepest class in NHRA competition, Super Comp. I argued that you couldn’t stage for 20 consecutive rounds in this class without running into a .010 package or some sort of buzz saw in the other lane. Somehow it happened; I still can’t believe it.”
Bogacki did win seven rounds at Indianapolis, running his unbeaten streak to an unheard of 20 consecutive rounds, as he defeated a “Who’s Who” list of Super Comp opponents en route to his first U.S. Nationals crown and tenth NHRA national event victory. Behind the wheel of his American Race Cars built, K&N Filters backed machine, Bogacki advanced past Roger New, Ray Miller III, Tom Stalba, Rock Haas, Billy Torrence, Chase Murray, and final round opponent Anthony Fetch. In eliminations, which were contested over four days, Bogacki’s reaction times varied from .005 to .014. He left first in every green light matchup except for the third round confrontation with Stalba, who edged him at the tree, .006 to .013.
“This K&N Filters dragster has just been incredible,” Bogacki beamed. “We made some changes prior to Brainerd and it’s really responded. The combination was always good, but we seem to have found a bigger window of forgiveness with it; it’s been extremely predictable, particularly in big weather swings. I’m really proud of my driving too. I made good decisions down track, and I hit the tree really well; probably better than I ever have. In eleven runs over six days, my physical reaction time varied just .007-of-a-second. Given the conditions, how spread out the race is, and the pressures of Indy I was really happy with that. And of course, I had a lot of luck on my side. For the first several months of the season, it seemed like every opponent I faced made their best run of the event beside me. Lately, I’ve been up against several great racers, but almost without fail they’ve made their worst runs of the event in the opposite lane. I feel like we made a lot of runs that would’ve been tough to beat, but thankfully I didn’t have to make a lot of great runs – we got all the breaks.”
Bogacki’s 20 consecutive round wins have vaulted the two-time champ into second place in the national Super Comp points standings, but he cannot overtake current leader Kevin Brannon.
“Our divisional performances were too poor this season to entertain any thought of another championship,” Bogacki explained. “Honestly, coming into Brainerd even finishing the year in the top ten felt like a stretch. But after this run we should end up in the top ten, maybe even the top five. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to win another championship at some point. But to win Indy and capture a JEGS All-Stars title this season, man those are huge accomplishments. If you’re using a national championship as your only barometer for success, you’re bound to be disappointed. We’ve had another amazing year.”
In addition to his Super Comp triumph, Bogacki briefly flirted with the idea of a double victory at the U.S. Nationals (a feat that has never been accomplished in event history). He advanced his Racing RV’s backed Super Gas Corvette into the fourth round of competition before falling to Paul Brown.
The Luke Bogacki Motorsports team will take two weekends away from the NHRA tour before Luke attempts to extend his unprecedented winning streak at their “home” Mello Yello Series event, the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals, near St. Louis, MO. In addition to major partners K&N Filters and Racing RV’s, Bogacki also wished to recognize his teams associate marketing partners for their role in his continued success. Those partners include Watts Auto Diesel Service, Advanced Product Design (APD), Accelerated Graphics, Bill Taylor Enterprises (BTE), Mickey Thompson Tires, American Race Cars, Renegade Race Fuels, Product Development Group (makers of Flo-Fast pumps and AirTek pressure monitoring systems), JEGS, and C.A.R.S. Protection Plus. He also thanked his wife Jessica, son Gary, father-in-law Jack, and all of his friends and family for their support.
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