Dominic Scelzi Powers to Runner-Up Result at Keller Auto Speedway
Inside Line Promotions – HANFORD, Calif. (April 23, 2019) – Dominic Scelzi earned his third podium finish of the season last Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway.
Scelzi, who was piloting a Roth Motorsports sprint car, recorded a runner-up result. He has finished in the top three during all three starts this season with the team.
“It’s definitely something to be happy about,” he said. “We’ve shown speed and raced well every single night. For whatever reason the older I get the more I absolutely hate losing races. I felt like I had a real shot in the closing laps and wasn’t able to capitalize.”
The night began with a 10th-place qualifying run after Scelzi was the third-to-final driver to time in. He then won a heat race from the pole position to transfer into the dash.
“The race track did slow down for qualifying, but I felt like we left some on the table,” he said. “We did our job to get into the heat race inversion and we won the heat to get into the dash. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how you get into the dash as long as you do.”
Scelzi maneuvered from sixth to third in the dash to line up on the inside of the second row for the main event.
“I got to second about 10 laps in,” he said. “I ran second a majority of the race. However, I wasn’t getting good restarts and I fell to third. The longer the runs went the better I was. I would have liked to see traffic because the yellows kind of hurt me. After D.J. Netto crashed with four laps to go I had a good restart. Carson (Macedo) and I were able to race for the win the last four laps.
“We went green and I slid him into turn one. Then he slid me into turn three. I followed him into turns one and two. He drove it off the top and came back and turned left. We were side by side and he slid me into turn three. We were side by side at the line. I tried to slide him again and he was able to drive around. Then I slid him into turn four and he turned under me coming to the white flag. I gave up too much trying to get around him. It’s hard to hang your head with second place, but it’s a good thing I’m not satisfied with second.”
Scelzi’s runner-up result gives him two podium finishes at Keller Auto Speedway this season.
Scelzi will return to action with Roth Motorsports this Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.