Giovanni Scelzi Rallies From Heat Race Crash to Post Top 10 in KWS-NARC A Main
Inside Line Promotions – HANFORD, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi overcame a rough ride last Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway to remain within striking distance of the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series championship.
Scelzi and the Roth Motorsports team got upside down in a heat race before rebounding to post a top-10 finish in the main event. Scelzi ranks second in the championship standings by only three points with one race remaining.
“The track was so rough and challenging,” he said. “In the heat race the curb was massive in turns one and two. I hit it and biked and got upside down. You’re racing so hard to make the dash and you make a mistake and that’s what happens.”
Scelzi opened the night by qualifying fourth quickest. He was running third in the heat race when the incident on the final lap resulted in a crash. The team thrashed to repair the damage prior to the B Main, which Scelzi won from the pole to lock into the 14th starting position in the main event.
“I got up to ninth within the first half of the race,” he said. “There was a restart where everyone got bottled up and I gained quite a few spots. I was pushing pretty hard to get as many spots as I could and I got up to sixth. There was a minefield of holes going into turn three. I hit one and slid off the track. I fell back to 12th and drove back up to eighth by the end of the race. I tried to salvage what I could.”
Scelzi’s eighth-place finish was his 26th top 10 of the season and it keeps him in contention for his first career King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series title, which will be decided on Nov. 4 at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif.
Here is a link to watch last Saturday’s main event: https://youtu.be/LMMCo9a1LGw.
Scelzi will return to action this Thursday through Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., for the 24th annual Trophy Cup.