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.