Inside Line Promotions – MESQUITE, Texas (March 22, 2021) – Scott Bogucki got off to a strong start to the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour season last weekend during the 48th annual Spring Nationals.
The SawBlade.com sponsored driver earned a pair of top fives and he is tied for second in the championship standings after the season-opening doubleheader at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
“Two tops fives was perfect,” he said. “When I looked back at stats from last year I was either in the top three or seventh or eighth. I didn’t have a lot of top fives. I didn’t have that consistency. That’s what I wanted to work toward.”
Bogucki advanced from third to second place in a heat race on Friday. A fourth-place finish in a qualifier locked him into the 10th starting spot for the A Main.
“We got to third a couple of times, but I had the car too tight in the qualifier,” he said. “We freed it up for the feature and we were really good.”
Bogucki’s fourth-place showing gave him at least one top five at the oval during three of the last four years. He repeated the strong performance on Saturday during the weekend finale.
Bogucki charged from ninth to third place in a heat race to earn the most points during heat race competition. A seventh-place finish in a qualifier lined him up on the inside of the sixth row for the feature.
“I made an error and hit an infield tire in the qualifier,” he said. “We were lucky to finish the race. We had to change the whole front end and put a bolt-on shock tower on because we knocked it off the frame. We had barely any shock travel (in the A Main). It made the car rolled up on the right rear. To salvage what we did, I was really happy.”
Bogucki rallied for a fifth-place result. He is one of only three drivers who produced back-to-back top fives last weekend.
Bogucki has an ASCS National Tour tripleheader on tap this weekend. It begins on Thursday at Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas, before I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., welcomes the series to town on Friday and Saturday.
“I’ve been to Superbowl Speedway once a long time ago,” he said. “I led until one lap to go and we ran second. As for I-30 Speedway, I feel we got a grasp of it so hopefully this weekend goes well. It was somewhere I struggled. I’ve never really felt like we’ve had a great shot there, but we made progress last year so I’m looking forward to going back.”
QUICK RESULTS –
March 19 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas – Heat race: 2 (3); Qualifier: 4 (4); Feature: 4 (10).
March 20 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas – Heat race: 3 (9); Qualifier: 7 (6); Feature: 5 (11).
SEASON STATS –
3 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 2 top 10s, 2 top 15s, 2 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Thursday at Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas, and Friday and Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
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