Justin Bogle’s positive attitude is helping gain altitude in Supercross

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In the parking lot at Anaheim, Justin Bogle was approached by the Daniel Blair of the Race Day Live crew and asked when he was going to be a guest on their show. “Let me get a good result first,” he replied.

The next week, he went out to score his first top 10 of the season at Oakland. One week later, he scored his first top five on a muddy track in San Diego.

Soft spoken Bogle is just happy to be here. His ride on the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM came late during the offseason after a disappointing 2018 that saw limited seat time due to injury. Finishing 35th in the standings last year was a far cry from the 2014 250 Eastern Regional championship that established him.

“I didn’t really ride much at all last year,” Bogle told the Race Day Live crew on NBC Sports Gold during qualification at Minneapolis. “So jumping on the KTM Monday before Anaheim I – It was a bit of a tall ask for the season for me in regard to the season right now, but the bike is so good. … When I got there, the bike was pretty dialed in. I haven’t changed hardly anything since I’ve been racing. It’s just me getting my sea legs under me.”

Bogle climbed onto the No. 19 motorcycle when Benny Bloss was injured during the offseason.

“I’m definitely feeling better every single week. I think that’s the best thing for me,” Bogle said. “Just getting more time under my belt; more time with the team.”

His lengthy sojourn from racing taught patience and the importance of a good attitude. That was apparent at San Diego, where Bogle moved up the grid as others around him wrecked.

It’s not that Bogle was incident free. He crashed in his heat, but picked his bike up and continued on to finish fifth in a field of 20 and advance to the Main.

Bogle crashed in the Main as well – on at least three occasions – but he cleared his visor and refused to let the accidents slow him. Keeping a good attitude? Well, that comes natural to the Oklahoma rider.

“I think that’s with anything in life, not just when it’s muddy,” Bogle said. “It’s every weekend. It’s every day when you’re training. The attitude is so important when you’re training. The attitude/altitude thing. You’re going to stay low if you don’t have a good attitude.”

Bogle summed up his attitude with one line.

“This lifestyle is pretty simple: You wake up, do as good as you can and then go to sleep and do it again.”

Meyer Shank Racing wins Petit Le Mans to take final DPi championship in dramatic finale

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Meyer Shank Racing outdueled Wayne Taylor Racing to win the Petit Le Mans and clinch the championship in a thrilling final race for the DPi division.

Tom Blomqvist, who started from the pole position, drove the No. 60 Acura ARX-05 to a 4.369-second victory over Pipo Derani in the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac.

“That was incredible,” Blomqvist told NBC Sports’ Matt Yocum. “I’ve never dug so deep in my life. The adrenaline. I did that for the guys. I was so motivated to win this thing this weekend. But I’ve got to thank everyone on the whole team.”

With co-drivers Oliver Jarvis and Helio Castroneves, Blomqvist helped MSR bookend its season-opening victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona by winning Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale at Michelin Road Atlanta.

In between those two victories, the No. 60 earned five runner-up finishes to stay in the thick of the championship hunt and trail WTR’s No. 10 Acura by 14 points entering Saturday’s race.

WTR’s Filipe Albuquerque had a lead of more than 10 seconds over Blomqvist with less than 50 minutes remaining in the 10-hour race.

But a Turn 1 crash between the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillacs brought out a yellow that sent both Acuras into the pits from the top two positions.

Though he entered in second, Blomqvist barely beat Albuquerque out of the pits, and he held the lead for the final 45 minutes.

Blomqvist said he gained the lead because of a shorter fuel fill after he had worked on being efficient in the second-to-last stint.

“The team asked a big job of me with the fuel; I had a big fuel number to hit,” Blomqvist said. “We knew that was probably our only chance. The yellow came at the right time and obviously we had a bit less fuel to fill up, so I was able to jump him and then it was just a matter of going gung-ho and not leaving anything on the line. And obviously, the opposition had to try too hard to make it work. I’m so thankful.”

Albuquerque closed within a few car lengths of Blomqvist with 14 minutes remaining, but he damaged his suspension because of contact with a GT car in Turn 1.

It’s the first prototype championship for Meyer Shank Racing, which also won the 2021 Indy 500 with Castroneves.

“We’ve had in the last four years, three championships for Acura, the Indy 500 win and the Rolex 24, it doesn’t get any better,” team co-owner Mike Shank told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee.

It’s the third consecutive runner-up finish in the points standings for Wayne Taylor Racing, which won the first Daytona Prototype international championship in 2017. The premier category will be rebranded as the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class with the LMDh cars that will establish a bridge to racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kamui Kobayashi finished third in the No. 48 Cadillac of Action Express that also includes Jimmie Johnson and Mike Rockenfeller.

The podium showing marked Johnson’s last scheduled race in IMSA’s top prototype division. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has raced in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac lineup as the Action Express entry has run the Endurance Cup races.

Johnson said a lack of inventory will preclude him having a 2023 ride in the top category. But he still is hopeful of racing the Garage 56 Next Gen Camaro in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and possibly running in a lower class for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“I’d love to be at Le Mans next year,” Johnson told NBC Sports’ Dillon Welch after his final stint Saturday. “I’d love to be at the Rolex 24. The series is going through a shake-up with the reconfiguration of the rules and classes, so I don’t have anything locked down yet, but I’m so thankful for this experience with Action. The support Ally has given us, Mr. Hendrick, Chad Knaus, all of Hendrick Motorsports. It’s been a fun two years, and I certainly hope I’m on the grid again next year.”