Luke Bogacki is enjoying what he calls “the biggest win” of his career after clinching the title in last month’s K&N Spring Fling Million. Despite winning over 250 event victories and more than $1,000,000 in prize money over two decades of racing, the Million remained elusive—until now.
After nine grueling rounds of competition in Las Vegas, he finally clinched the win of his career, driving his American Race Cars dragster in the final race against Michael Pennington. Pennington’s .012 reaction time was slightly faster than Bogacki’s .014, but as DragRaceResults noted, “both racers ran dead-on their dial, with Bogacki .003 closer for the win.”
Though his skill as a driver is obvious, in a recap of the day on the Sportsman Drag Racing Podcast, which Bogacki hosts with fellow bracket racer Jed Pennington, “Cool Hand Luke” credits his victory to having “the best car on the property.” For those who want to follow in his footsteps, he gives this advice: ”If you’re starting from scratch and want to build the car with the best of everything, go look at that car.”
In an interview with Drag Illustrated, Bogacki noted “Our American Race Cars dragster was on point all weekend long with the horsepower from Huntsville Engine and Advanced Product Design, a great converter package from BTE Racing, a set of sticky Mickey Thompsons on the rear and Renegade Racing Fuels in the tank. This would not be possible without all of the manufacturers and marketing partners who had a hand in what I truly believe is one of the baddest hot rods on the planet right now in bracket racing.”
But you don’t win a stacked competition with a car alone, and Bogacki speaks about the value of practice in this episode of the WFO Podcast. He also explains his motto “train it and trust it,” a phrase he used to propel himself to victory in the biggest win of his career.
What’s next after a bucket-list win like this? Bogacki plans to focus on his family, both on and off the track. He hope to help his wife “score a big win somewhere” and coach little league for his son. Of course, those junior races won’t be too far away.
Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, we're featuring Scott Wallace and his 1978 Chevy Malibu.
How did you get into drag racing?
I got into racing when I was 5 years old. My dad, uncle, and brother took me to the races. After that, I was hooked.
When and where was your first race?
My first time to race was in my Nova at the age of 14. My brother-in-law would get the car to the track so I could race it.
What model/year do you race now?
I currently race a 1978 Malibu.
Does your car have a nickname?
My car doesn't really have a nickname. We just call it “The Malibu.”
What's under the hood?
Under the hood I have a small block 421 with Brodix heads and an APD carburetor.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I use a BTE torque converter & high volume pump, in addition to a BTE transbrake.
Why do you use BTE?
I use BTE components because I need parts that are reliable. Also, the staff is always very professional and helpful.
Someone you look up to in racing?
I always looked up to my dad in racing. He may not have been the best driver, but he always had a good time racing with his family and friends.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Even if money were no object I would still drive my Malibu. This car is part of my family.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
My pre-race ritual is getting to the track early to get the car ready and then hanging out with friends.