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Scott Bogucki, shown in victory lane Thursday at Knoxville Raceway, was disqualified from the 360 Knoxville Nationals. (Paul Arch photo)

Bogucki Disqualified From 360 Nationals

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Australian sprint car racer Scott Bogucki has been disqualified from the 360 Knoxville Nationals.

The cylinder heads on Bogucki’s No. 84 machine, which carried an Ostrich engine, were removed from the car, inspected and determined to be illegal as the ASCS logo had been deformed, defaced and partially removed in several cylinders.

Section 4C-2 of the ASCS rulebook states, “Spec Heads: Brodix Chevrolet Style Heads part #27-211 with ASCS stamp. During polishing, the edges of the letters on the ASCS logos are sometimes inadvertently brushed with the polish wheel. This is permissible as long as letters are still intact.

“Angle milling is allowed as long as the head remains within 1 degree of original manufacturer’s specifications. Excessive porting and/or angle milling of the ASCS logo Cylinder Heads may affect their structural integrity, and is in no way recommended by Brodix.”

Polishing is allowed as long as the original ASCS logo is not affected, or port shape is not altered substantially.

Bogucki has been disqualified and will forfeit event points and all prize money.

He finished third in Thursday’s feature and ranked 11th in points after the first night of qualifying.

Bogucki posted on Twitter Friday afternoon that he would appeal the penalty.

“In light of last night’s unfortunate disqualification, Scott Bogucki Motorsports has decided to appeal the disqualification. The same head in question has been deemed legal after wins with both ASCS national tour and Knoxville Raceway,” the post read. “Absolutely no changes have been made since previous technical inspections. We are however asking that the head be sent back to the manufacturer for clarification. No matter the outcome we are hopeful that some changes are made regarding the rule and the gray area that it has created. Our hope is to move forward from this and help other teams along the way.”