Inside Line Promotions - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 18, 2020) - Iowa Speedweeks featured a pair of podium finishes for Dominic Scelzi.
Scelzi garnered a third-place result on Aug. 6 during his preliminary night at the 30th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank before placing ninth two days later in the event finale at Knoxville Raceway.
He followed that performance up by finishing second after nearly capturing a win in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour's Sage Fruit Ultimate Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Co. hosted by Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Aug. 9.
"I felt really, really good for the 360 stuff," he said. "We were really strong.
"We timed in good and ran well in our heat race during our 360 Nationals prelim night. When you go into a race like that you have to be perfect. I felt like we were probably a fourth-place car or maybe a fifth-place car. That made me want to better ourselves for Saturday. We changed some stuff around on the race car to try to make ourselves better, but it didn't do anything for us. We started coming on better at the end, but we were really a ninth-place car.
"We made more changes and I felt like we went in the right direction in Oskaloosa. We were fast all night long. We won our heat race and placed third in a qualifier. I ran with (Brian) Brown the entire main event. On the last lap I tried to make a hero move to pass him. Unfortunately it didn't stick and we ran second."
Scelzi shifted his focus to 410ci sprint car competition last weekend at Knoxville Raceway, which hosted The One and Only and the 9th annual Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.
"When the track is really fast I feel super good," he said. "I can maneuver good. I can run the top and the bottom when it has speed, but we don't have the mile per hour. When the track slicks off I can't run the bottom as I need to and don't feel as good on the top. I don't think we're miles off, but we were off enough."
Scelzi was also hampered by a broken rear end last Thursday during his heat race. The team was unable to finish the night and placed 19th in the B Main on Friday. Mechanical woes ended the weekend early on Saturday.
Scelzi plans on competing this Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., during the Second Leg of the Northern Tour and Saturday at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., during the Red River Rumble with the World of Outlaws.
QUICK RESULTS -
Aug. 6 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 11; Heat race: 4 (4); Feature: 3 (3).
Aug. 8 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Feature: 9 (12).
Aug. 9 - Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa - Heat race: 1 (2); Qualifier: 3 (5); Feature: 2 (2).
Aug. 13 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 42; Heat race: DNF (2); C Main: 19 (13).
Aug. 14 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 37; Heat race: 4 (2); C Main: 2 (2); B Main: 19 (18).
Aug. 15 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifier: DNF (11); C Main: DNS (24).
SEASON STATS -
43 races, 2 wins, 15 top fives, 22 top 10s, 30 top 15s, 34 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., for the Second Leg of the Northern Tour and Saturday at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., for the Red River Rumble with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
MEDIA LINKS -
Here is a link to a highlight video: https://vimeo.com/161410751
Here is a link to a promotional video: https://vimeo.com/160322149
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Scelzi would like to thank Red Rose Transportation, Inc., Scelzi Enterprises, Whipple Superchargers, FK Rod Ends, Roth Motorsports, Panella Trucking, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Red Line Oil, NAPA Auto Parts, Sparco, Todd Jorgensen, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, K&N Filters, Allstar Performance, Meridian Steel, Kenny's Components, Auto Meter and Worldwide Bearings for their continued support.
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