Inside Line Promotions - CHICO, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2021) - Dominic Scelzi earned a pair of top-five results during 360ci winged sprint car competition and a seventh-place showing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series last week at Silver Dollar Speedway, which hosted the Gold Cup Race of Champions.
Scelzi competed at the quarter-mile oval during four straight nights beginning Wednesday with the first of two 360 sprint car shows. He set quick time during qualifying before advancing from fourth to third place in a heat race. That lined him up on the inside of the fourth row for the main event.
"We qualified good and ran good in the heat," he said. "In the main event we were trying to change some stuff to get us better when the track is rough like that. We ended up hitting a hole and went off the track. We weren't able to recover so I pulled off."
Scelzi was credited with a 20th-place result. However, he was able to use Thursday's program as a mulligan.
"We rebounded decent," he said. "We were third quick in qualifying and won the heat race. In the feature we started seventh and got to second. We tried to pass for the lead, but we fell back to third and then a caution came out. We got back to second twice, but yellows negated the pass each time. Late in the race I found the rubber and was right on first and second. We had a yellow with two laps to go and I had burned my tires off so we fell back to fifth."
The fifth-place result was the 40th top five of the season for Scelzi and it locked him into the 360 A Main on Saturday.
In the meantime, Scelzi raced with the World of Outlaws on Friday. He timed in 21st quickest and placed fifth in a heat race to advance into the main event.
"We started off really bad in qualifying and weren't much better in the heat race, but we made it through," he said. "Then we were phenomenal in the feature. We changed some stuff with the balance and I felt really good. I felt like we were a top-five car so that was super good."
Scelzi hustled from 17th to seventh to garner his first top 10 of the season with the World of Outlaws.
The event finale on Saturday featured another stellar run in 360 competition as Scelzi maneuvered from seventh to second in the main event.
"Our car was really good and the race track was outstanding," he said. "I knew we had the best car and I felt I did everything right. You can't scrub speed or get over the cushion. You can't burn your tires off. We ran the leader down in traffic and the yellow came out when I felt it was going to be where the race was won or lost. We only had about five laps to go. I did everything I could to get by him. We slid him for the lead on the last corner and just wasn't able to clear him."
The night also showcased Scelzi making the World of Outlaws main event. He qualified 10th quickest, placed third in a heat race and ended the night 15th in the feature after battling for a top 10 for most of the race.
"We qualified good and were pretty good in the heat race," he said. "I felt we'd be really good in the main event. I felt like the cards were aligning. They reworked the track and we felt it'd go back to what it was. It stayed fast for 25 laps. We were too tight and I burned my tires off. Once the track went away I was floundering. I had used up my tires and we were just hanging on."
Next up for Scelzi is the Tom Tarlton Classic this Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif.
QUICK RESULTS -
Sept. 8 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 1; Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 20 (7).
Sept. 9 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 3; Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 5 (7).
Sept. 10 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 21; Heat race: 5 (6); Feature: 7 (17).
Sept. 11 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. (410 sprint car) - Qualifying: 10; Heat race: 3 (3); Feature: 15 (10).
Sept. 11 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. (360 sprint car) - Feature: 2 (7).
SEASON STATS -
55 races, 18 wins, 41 top fives, 47 top 10s, 51 top 15s, 52 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., for the Tom Tarlton Classic with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
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