Scott Bogucki

Scott Bogucki, an American Sprint Car Series driver from McLaren Vale, Australia, is racing this week at the 48th annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup.

ALGER — Even for a race car driver, Scott Bogucki has a lot of miles under his belt.

There’s not only the laps he’s notched with his sprint car in the American Sprint Car Series, but here’s the miles put in from race to race and, most of all, the trip from Australia to the United States.

Bogucki, one of the many competitive drivers at this year’s Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway, spends 10 months of the year racing in the U.S. after two months racing in Australia.

Bogucki admits it’s a hard life at times, with time spent away from family and friends.

But he gets something in return.

“I always wanted to race,” he said. “It’s the best job in the world and I get to do it.’

Growing up in McLaren Vale in south Australia, Bogucki was aware that his grandfather raced motorcycles. When it was his turn to test himself against competitors, Bogucki decided to race cars.

“I took the four-wheel option,” he said. “I thought it would be safer.”

Bogucki spent some time as a crew member, but in 2012 he bought a sprint car, had it shipped to Australia and raced there.

But he wanted to race in the United States.

“It’s more intense. The level of competition is a lot higher,” he said.

In sprint car racing, Bogucki has gotten to race at some of the best tracks in the country, including in Knoxville, Iowa.

At last season’s Dirt Cup, he became the first Australian driver to sit on the pole.

The success has required years of work ... and lots of miles, he said.

In the U.S., he is based in Houston when not traveling, which is most of the time.

It’s a lot of work, he said. But it makes him better.

“Racing as much as we do and against such good competition, you get better and better and better,” he said.

Reporter Trevor Pyle: 360-416-2156, tpyle@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Sports_SVH, Facebook.com/bytrevorpyle

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