Category Archives: Gary Scelzi Motorsports

Scelzi Advances to Earn Eighth-Place Result at Thunderbowl Raceway

Scelzi Advances to Earn Eighth-Place Result at Thunderbowl Raceway

Inside Line Promotions – TULARE, Calif. (May 24, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi recorded his fourth top-10 finish of the season last Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway during a King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series event.

“We improved on our qualifying and that was a big key,” he said. “We went back to what I was doing last year and it worked.”

Scelzi timed in fifth quickest during qualifying in his Roth Motorsports supported, family owned sprint car. That lined him up on the inside of the second row for a heat race.

“We’re thinking a dirt clod got under the hood in the heat race because the engine would only idle at 5,000 RPMs,” he said. “It wouldn’t go low enough when I lifted for the engine to slow down so that was tough.”

Scelzi placed fourth in the heat race to lock into the 11th starting position for the main event.

“They reworked the race track, which was unfortunate,” he said. “It ended up being really fast and hooked up so passing was really tough. We were able to get by a couple of guys, but it was so tough to pass. You really had to have a good run going or they’d have to make a mistake to get by them.”

Scelzi posted an eighth-place result.

“It’s a big step in the right direction,” he said. “I’ve got my comfort back. We’ve got speed. This is the way it needs to be. I think we’re only going to get better.”

Scelzi will drive for Nick McColloch this Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour.

“I’m really excited to get there,” Scelzi said. “I was fast in Nick’s car there during the season finale last year. I think it’s a good weekend to knock off our first win.”

He has earned two career 410ci winged sprint car wins at the track and has scored three top fives during 360 competition.

Giovanni Scelzi Contends for Top Five Before Enduring Shoulder Injury

Giovanni Scelzi Contends for Top Five Before Enduring Shoulder Injury

Inside Line Promotions – TULARE, Calif. (May 22, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi is recovering after a freak incident ended his night early last Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Scelzi was running fifth in a Roth Motorsports entry late in the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series event when his left shoulder popped out of its socket. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Contends for Top Five Before Enduring Shoulder Injury

Giovanni Scelzi Records First Career 410 Victory to Become Youngest KWS-NARC Winner

Giovanni Scelzi Records First Career 410 Victory to Become Youngest KWS-NARC Winner

Inside Line Promotions – PLACERVILLE, Calif. (May 15, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi became the youngest winner in King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series history last Saturday when he used a last-lap pass to score his first career 410ci winged sprint car win.

Scelzi, who is 15-years-old, entered the event at Placerville Speedway with only three starts in a 410 sprint car under his belt.

“It was pretty special to get our first 410 win,” he said. “Dennis and Teresa Roth, Todd Ventura, my crew chief Brent Ventura and the rest of Roth Motorsports have given me an excellent opportunity so I was pretty excited we could get to Victory Lane so quickly.”

The action began with Scelzi setting quick time during qualifying at the quarter-mile oval. He then advanced from his fourth starting position to place third in a heat race, which locked him into the dash.

“I went into turn one and the guy on the outside in front of me got tight and into the cushion,” he said. “I had to hit the brakes to miss him and I fell to seventh. We drove back up to third to make the dash.”

The dash inversion was in Scelzi’s favor as it lined him up on the pole. He led the distance of the race to garner the pole position for the main event.

“The track was super slick and dusty,” he said. “I rolled into turn one on the bottom and ended at the exit ramp off turn two,” he said. “I fell to third. It took me a while to figure out where to drive my car. I passed Willie Croft for second about halfway. I didn’t think I had anything for (Sean) Becker. I was looking at it like we needed to finish the race and not do anything stupid

“On the last lap I was all over him. He went to the bottom in turns three and four so I went to the middle. I just went where he didn’t go. The curb was way up by the edge of the track. There was some grip way up there. He slowed down a lot and I hit the corner perfect.”

Scelzi pulled even with Becker in turns three and four before winning a drag race down the frontstretch by less than one tenth of a second. Here is a link to watch the main event: https://youtu.be/hcN9crKtx1U.

“It’s hard to tell at that place if you win a close one,” he said. “The straightaways are so short. You’re almost lifting at the flag stand. I drove it so far past my lifting point. They told me over the radio that I won.”

Scelzi opened last weekend on Friday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., where he set quick time before placing third in a heat race and fifth in the dash to line up on the inside of the third row for the main event.

“We’ve been fast everywhere we’ve gone,” he said. “I think we should be in the top five every night wherever we go. Going into a race with any series helps having that confidence.

“In the feature it was one lane and hooked up. The biggest move I made was with about eight laps to go. There was a restart and I was fifth. I drove by Craig Stidham and D.J. Netto to get to third and the yellow came out to put me back in fifth. On the next restart I passed a guy and he got into us. We got some damage and we weren’t able to finish.”

Scelzi pulled in with only a handful of laps remaining. He was credited with a 13th-place finish. Here is a link to watch the feature: https://youtu.be/IvWg7BjwjRk.

He is slated to compete this Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series. Scelzi enters the event ranked second in the championship standings – only three points behind the leader.

Giovanni Scelzi Scores First Sprint Car Win During 24th Career Start

Giovanni Scelzi Scores First Sprint Car Win During 24th Career Start

Inside Line Promotions – CHICO, Calif. (May 8, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi captured his first career feature victory last Friday during only his 24 th career winged sprint car start.

Scelzi, who was driving for Roth Motorsports, led all 30 laps of the King of Kings season opener at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., to achieve the feat. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Scores First Sprint Car Win During 24th Career Start

Scelzi Earns First Podium of Season at Silver Dollar Speedway

Scelzi Earns First Podium of Season at Silver Dollar Speedway

Inside Line Promotions – CHICO, Calif. (May 8, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi posted his first podium finish of the season last Friday at Silver Dollar Speedway to kick off a doubleheader at the quarter-mile oval.

Scelzi guided his Roth Motorsports backed, family owned team to a 13 th-place result in qualifying before finishing fifth in a heat race to lock into the 13th starting position for the main event. Continue reading Scelzi Earns First Podium of Season at Silver Dollar Speedway

Scelzi Rallies From 16th to Fifth at Silver Dollar to Earn First Top Five of Season

Scelzi Rallies From 16th to Fifth at Silver Dollar to Earn First Top Five of Season

Inside Line Promotions – PETALUMA, Calif. (May 2, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi posted his first top-five finish of the season last Friday at Silver Dollar Speedway, where he kicked off the weekend with a stout performance.

Scelzi and his Roth Motorsports backed, family owned team faced trouble during the opening portion of the night at the quarter-mile oval in Chico, Calif.

“We blew a driveline in hot laps,” he said. “We had to change the rear end and change everything. We missed qualifying, but got everything back together in time for the heat race. We couldn’t get the motor to run because we had a new fuel tank and ran into a problem with the filter so we didn’t even take the green flag in the heat race.” Continue reading Scelzi Rallies From 16th to Fifth at Silver Dollar to Earn First Top Five of Season

Giovanni Scelzi Driving for Roth Motorsports This Weekend at Keller Auto Speedway and Silver Dollar Speedway

Giovanni Scelzi Driving for Roth Motorsports This Weekend at Keller Auto Speedway and Silver Dollar Speedway

Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (May 2, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi is climbing into a Roth Motorsports entry this weekend for a pair of races in California.

The team is heading to Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford on Friday for a King of Kings show before tackling the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial on Saturday at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Driving for Roth Motorsports This Weekend at Keller Auto Speedway and Silver Dollar Speedway

Scelzi Charges From 20th to Ninth-Place Finish During Peter Murphy Classic

Scelzi Charges From 20th to Ninth-Place Finish During Peter Murphy Classic

Inside Line Promotions – TULARE, Calif. (April 24, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi captured his first top-10 finish of the season last Saturday during the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series portion of the Peter Murphy Classic at Thunderbowl Raceway.

“We’ve had fast cars all year long, but have fought to catch some luck,” he said. “I want to thank my guys and sponsors for their support and never-give-up attitude. It felt great to have a strong result to end the weekend.” Continue reading Scelzi Charges From 20th to Ninth-Place Finish During Peter Murphy Classic

Giovanni Scelzi Caps Peter Murphy Classic With Podium Finish for Roth Motorsports

Giovanni Scelzi Caps Peter Murphy Classic With Podium Finish for Roth Motorsports

Inside Line Promotions – TULARE, Calif. (April 24, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi earned a pair of strong results last weekend during the Peter Murphy Classic at Thunderbowl Raceway, where he guided his Roth Motorsports entry to a sixth-place finish on Friday with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour and a third-place result on Saturday with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series.

“They were both good nights,” he said. “That’s an intimidating place. To unload with such a fast car on Friday was a big confidence boost.”

Scelzi qualified fifth quickest in his group and ninth overall out of more than 50 drivers to kick off Friday’s competition. He quickly maneuvered from fifth place into the lead during a heat race, but the rear end broke with two laps remaining.

That sent Scelzi into the B Main, which he won after starting third to transfer into the 13th starting position in the main event.

“We got rolling in the feature,” he said. “The track was really, really slick. I was really surprised it didn’t take rubber because it was really slick from the first lap. I got caught midpack running for eighth and ninth. It took too long to get through the field. I thought we had the car speed to run for a win, but it took too long to get up there.”

Scelzi climbed into the top five following a late-race restart, but he slid into the wall in turns one and two and another competitor took advantage. Scelzi closed with a sixth-place result. Here is a link to watch the feature: https://youtu.be/7qrCXibYaeQ.

The event concluded on Saturday, when Scelzi made his 410ci winged sprint car debut at Thunderbowl Raceway during only his second career 410 race.

“It was a huge speed change from the night before,” he said. “It was kind of a surprise going quick time. I tried to be as smooth as I could. It was nice drawing an early pill because the track slowed down.”

Scelzi set quick time out of nearly 40 drivers during qualifying. He then advanced from fourth to second place in a heat race to make the pole shuffle, where a zero inversion gave him the No. 1 position.

“I chose the bottom line and got the jump over Bud Kaeding,” he said. “We led both laps and won so that gave us the pole for the main event.

“The non-wing race before us took rubber and they reworked the track for our A Main. On the initial start I hit some grease and spun my tires and Bud got in front of me. On the next restart I wheelied down the frontstretch and fell back to third. The first 10 or 15 laps I ran around in third. Carson Macedo drove by me and I fell to fourth. I really couldn’t get going. On the last corner of the race I drove by Buddy Kofoid for third.”

Scelzi capped the event by placing third, which marked his fourth top five of the season. He has scored a top-five result during both career 410 races. Here is a link to watch the main event: https://youtu.be/umxEHfz2rtE.

“It’s been a good start to the year with the 410 deal,” he said. “I’m learning more. I need to calm down and not force the issue. I was trying to go so hard and it hurt me. I want to thank Dennis and Teresa Roth as well as the rest of the team for their hard work and the great opportunity.”

Scelzi Heading to Thunderbowl Raceway This Weekend for Peter Murphy Classic

Scelzi Heading to Thunderbowl Raceway This Weekend for Peter Murphy Classic

Inside Line Promotions – PLACERVILLE, Calif. (April 18, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi is excited to return to one of his favorite tracks this weekend.

Scelzi will invade Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., on Friday and Saturday for the Peter Murphy Classic. On Friday night he will compete in a 360ci winged sprint car during the Sprint Car Challenge Tour portion of the event before piloting a 410ci winged sprint car in Saturday’s King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series race. Continue reading Scelzi Heading to Thunderbowl Raceway This Weekend for Peter Murphy Classic

Giovanni Scelzi Places Second With SCCT During Debut at Placerville

Giovanni Scelzi Places Second With SCCT During Debut at Placerville

Inside Line Promotions – PLACERVILLE, Calif. (April 18, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi continues to impress in a sprint car.

Scelzi tied his career-best result of second place last Saturday during his debut at Placerville Speedway, which hosted more than 60 competitors during a Sprint Car Challenge Tour event at the bullring. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Places Second With SCCT During Debut at Placerville

Scelzi Makes Strides During World of Outlaws Doubleheader in the Desert

Scelzi Makes Strides During World of Outlaws Doubleheader in the Desert

Inside Line Promotions – QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (April 10, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi and his family owned sprint car team are making strides.

The Roth Motorsports backed team tackled a pair of World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series races in the desert last weekend, when the action began on Friday at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., for the Yuma Valley Showdown. Continue reading Scelzi Makes Strides During World of Outlaws Doubleheader in the Desert

Giovanni Scelzi Records Top Five During 410 Winged Sprint Car Debut

Giovanni Scelzi Records Top Five During 410 Winged Sprint Car Debut

Inside Line Promotions – BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (April 10, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi earned a top-five finish during his 410ci winged sprint car debut last Saturday at Kern County Raceway Park.

“We were going there to be a field filler, just another car to race around there,” he said. “We ended up timing in well and running well throughout the feature.” Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Records Top Five During 410 Winged Sprint Car Debut

Scelzi Venturing to Cocopah Speedway and Arizona Speedway This Weekend With World of Outlaws

Scelzi Venturing to Cocopah Speedway and Arizona Speedway This Weekend With World of Outlaws

Inside Line Promotions – ANTIOCH, Calif. (April 5, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi is heading to the desert this weekend for a pair of World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series races in Arizona.

Scelzi and his Roth Motorsports backed, family owned team will compete on Friday at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton for the Yuma Valley Showdown before making their debut at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek on Saturday for the Arizona Desert Shootout.
Continue reading Scelzi Venturing to Cocopah Speedway and Arizona Speedway This Weekend With World of Outlaws

Giovanni Scelzi Scores Top Five During Debut at Silver Dollar Speedway

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Giovanni Scelzi Scores Top Five During Debut at Silver Dollar Speedway

Inside Line Promotions – ANTIOCH, Calif. (April 3, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi kicked off his second season of racing a full-sized sprint car with a strong performance last weekend.

Scelzi drove for Harley Van Dyke during a pair of races, beginning on Friday at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., with the Civil War Sprint Car Series. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Scores Top Five During Debut at Silver Dollar Speedway

Scelzi Maneuvers From Back of Field Toward Top 10 Before Bad Luck at Stockton

Scelzi Maneuvers From Back of Field Toward Top 10 Before Bad Luck at Stockton

Inside Line Promotions – STOCKTON, Calif. (March 29, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi was putting on a show last Saturday during the FVP Western Spring Shootout, where he quickly charged from the back of the field toward the top 10 before a flat tire derailed the result. Continue reading Scelzi Maneuvers From Back of Field Toward Top 10 Before Bad Luck at Stockton

Giovanni Scelzi Kicking Off Sprint Car Season This Weekend at Silver Dollar Speedway and Antioch Speedway

Giovanni Scelzi Kicking Off Sprint Car Season This Weekend at Silver Dollar Speedway and Antioch Speedway

Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (March 27, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi is coming off a banner season during his rookie year of racing a full-sized sprint car.

Scelzi recorded the King of Kings title thanks to four podiums, seven top fives and 12 top 10s during 17 races in 2016. The effort led to Scelzi being named the North American 360 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year Award from a voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Kicking Off Sprint Car Season This Weekend at Silver Dollar Speedway and Antioch Speedway

Scelzi Charges From 22nd to 12th at Thunderbowl With World of Outlaws

Scelzi Charges From 22nd to 12th at Thunderbowl With World of Outlaws

Inside Line Promotions – TULARE, Calif. (March 23, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi was a man on a mission last Friday during the opening round of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series doubleheader at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Scelzi opened the two-day event on Friday by qualifying 20th quickest in his Roth Motorsports supported, family owned ride. Continue reading Scelzi Charges From 22nd to 12th at Thunderbowl With World of Outlaws

Scelzi Charges Toward Top 10 During Season Opener Before Losing Brakes

Scelzi Charges Toward Top 10 During Season Opener Before Losing Brakes

Inside Line Promotions – LAS VEGAS (March 13, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi graded his season opener as a B-minus.

“Although we didn’t end up with the results we wanted I was happy with the speed we showed,” he said. “We didn’t get the breaks we needed, but I feel confident about our team and the direction we are heading.”

Scelzi and his Roth Motorsports supported, family owned team kicked off the season last Thursday at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas during the opening night of the FVP Outlaw Showdown. Continue reading Scelzi Charges Toward Top 10 During Season Opener Before Losing Brakes

Scelzi Venturing to Las Vegas This Weekend With World of Outlaws

Scelzi Venturing to Las Vegas This Weekend With World of Outlaws

Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (March 7, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi’s season opener was delayed a week because of weather, which has only helped fuel his passion to race.

Scelzi was set to kick off the season last weekend in his home state of California before Mother Nature intervened.

“I’m ready to go,” he said. “Although we didn’t get to race, we were able to test in Hanford last weekend. We made 20 laps and I felt really comfortable. We had great speed in the car.” Continue reading Scelzi Venturing to Las Vegas This Weekend With World of Outlaws