Category Archives: Gary Scelzi Motorsports

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

Scelzi Prepared for Mini Gold Cup This Weekend at Silver Dollar Speedway

Scelzi Prepared for Mini Gold Cup This Weekend at Silver Dollar Speedway

Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi is slated to kick off his season in the United States this weekend.

Scelzi, who spent part of the offseason racing in Australia for the first time in his career, will compete this Friday and Saturday at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., during the Mini Gold Cup with his Roth Motorsports backed, family owned team. The finale is a King of the West – NARC Sprint Car Series event.
Continue reading Scelzi Prepared for Mini Gold Cup This Weekend at Silver Dollar Speedway

Scelzi Concludes Time in Australia With 16th-Place Finish at Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

Scelzi Concludes Time in Australia With 16th-Place Finish at Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

Inside Line Promotions – WARRNAMBOOL, Victoria, Australia (Jan. 24, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi wrapped up his inaugural trip to race in Australia with a strong outing during the 45th annual Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic last weekend.

Scelzi, who was driving for Wormall Motorsport, placed sixth on a preliminary night before finishing 16th in the finale on Sunday, when 96 of the top drivers from Australia and the United States converged upon Premier Speedway for one of the biggest sprint car events in the country. Continue reading Scelzi Concludes Time in Australia With 16th-Place Finish at Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

Scelzi Helps Lead Team USA to Origin of Speed Triumph at Valvoline Raceway

Scelzi Helps Lead Team USA to Origin of Speed Triumph at Valvoline Raceway

Inside Line Promotions – SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia (Jan. 16, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi posted a pair of top 10s last Thursday to help lead Team USA to the Origin of Speed victory.

The monumental feat during the unique event, which showcased eight states and territories, including the United States, opened a busy three-day weekend at Valvoline Raceway. Continue reading Scelzi Helps Lead Team USA to Origin of Speed Triumph at Valvoline Raceway

Giovanni Scelzi Named North American 360 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year

Giovanni Scelzi Named North American 360 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year

Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi broke onto the sprint car scene in a big way in 2016.

Scelzi, who turned 15-years-old right after last season ended, captured a championship during his inaugural year in a 360ci winged sprint car. With the support and a ride from Roth Motorsports, Scelzi garnered the King of Kings title as well as four podiums, seven top fives and 12 top 10s in 17 sprint car races.

On Thursday evening it was announced that Scelzi’s performance earned him the North American 360 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year Award as a voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers selected the youngest son of former NHRA champion Gary Scelzi for the honor.

“I am so thankful for Dennis and Teresa Roth, Todd and Brent Ventura, my family and everyone who has supported my racing career,” Giovanni Scelzi said. “To receive such a prestigious award is an amazing feeling and I’m very grateful for everyone who voted for me.”

Scelzi drove for three different sprint car teams in 2016. He recorded a top-10 finish during all seven races with Roth Motorsports and earned a top 10 during his lone race with Van Dyke Motorsports. Additionally, Scelzi scored two podiums and four top 10s while piloting his family owned race car.

Scelzi’s best finish of second place came twice, with the second occurrence serving as one of the biggest moments of his young career. Scelzi drove the Roth Motorsports entry from 12th to the runner-up result on Sept. 17 at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif. The strong finish helped propel him to the King of Kings championship, which served for the track title at Keller Auto Speedway.

Scelzi is currently in Australia working as the crew chief for his older brother, Dominic, who was tabbed the North American 410 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year in 2013.

Scelzi Selected for Origin of Speed Event to Open Three Straight Races at Valvoline Raceway

Scelzi Selected for Origin of Speed Event to Open Three Straight Races at Valvoline Raceway

Inside Line Promotions – MURRAY BRIDGE, South Australia, Australia (Jan. 9, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi is excited for his biggest Australian test to date when he will compete three straight nights at Valvoline Raceway this weekend. Continue reading Scelzi Selected for Origin of Speed Event to Open Three Straight Races at Valvoline Raceway

Scelzi Posts Career-Best Runner-Up Result During USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek Finale in Australia

Scelzi Posts Career-Best Runner-Up Result During USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek Finale in Australia

Inside Line Promotions – KWINANA BEACH, Western Australia, Australia (Jan. 3, 2016) – Dominic Scelzi wrapped up the four-race USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek by producing his best-ever finish in Australia on Sunday when he powered to a runner-up result at Perth Motorplex.

The Fresno, Calif., resident recorded two podiums, three top fives and four top 10s to finish tied for third place in the Speedweek standings. Continue reading Scelzi Posts Career-Best Runner-Up Result During USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek Finale in Australia

Scelzi Scores First Career Podium Finish in Australia During USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek

Scelzi Scores First Career Podium Finish in Australia During USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek

Inside Line Promotions – KWINANA BEACH, Western Australia, Australia (Dec. 28, 2016) – Dominic Scelzi recorded his first career podium finish in Australia during only his fourth career sprint car race overseas.

The Fresno, Calif., resident, who battled for podiums before bad luck ended his first two starts earlier this month, produced a pair of strong results while driving for Wormall Motorsport this week during the first two rounds of the USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek.

The action began on Monday at Quit Bunbury Speedway in Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia, where Scelzi qualified third quickest during his debut at the track. He was running second in the first heat race until the fuel pump came loose. The car shut off and Scelzi got into the wall as the car lost power steering because of the mechanical problem. Unfortunately, the damage caused a DNF.

A rain delay allowed the team to repair the sprint car in time for the second heat race, in which Scelzi maneuvered from sixth to third place. That lined him up on the inside of the seventh row for the main event.

“We basically held on and stayed out of trouble,” he said. “I was disappointed that we didn’t get a top three because every time we hit the track the car was a rocket.”

Scelzi ended eighth, which marked his best finish during his first three races in Australia. Here is a link to watch the main event: https://youtu.be/jBHhktYIdjU.

However, he topped that feat the following night during the second Speedweek round hosted by Perth Motorplex.

“We were a little loose in qualifying and the track went slick faster than we thought,” he said after timing in 12th quickest.

Scelzi picked up a pair of positions in both heat races to manuever from fifth to third and from fourth to second, respectively. He advanced into the pole shuffle, where a sixth-place result started him on the outside of the third row for the main event.

“I worked my way to third by Lap 3,” he said. “The track was slick to the wall and you could run anywhere. We had the car to beat in my opinion and we passed for second at one point, but after that I just couldn’t get back to them. I think I tried to conserve too long.”

Scelzi capped the night with a third-place finish. Here is a link to watch the feature: https://youtu.be/8sm5x-hFiu8.

“We had a phenomenal race car thanks to my brother, Giovanni, and everyone at Wormall Motorsport,” he said. “We have good momentum from the last two nights. I feel like we have had a top-three car every time we’ve hit the track in Australia so we’re ready to win one.”

Speedweek resumes on Friday at Quit Bunbury Speedway before wrapping up on Sunday at Perth Motorplex.