– First wins are always something that a driver will cherish. Dominic Scelzi will undoubtedly remember his first King of the West 410ci win, as he won his first Saturday night at the Stockton-99 Speedway and had a very unique celebration to cap it off.
“Wow,” Scelzi said. “I can’t believe I finally won one of these races, but I feel like the dumbest person on the planet.”
A very late qualifying draw saw Scelzi just make the heat race inversion as he timed his SE Inc./Red Rose Transportation/Red Line Oil entry in 12th quickest, putting him on the front row of heat race action.
Lining up alongside Evan Suggs in the third heat, ‘The Dominator’ was hard on the throttle when the green flag waived grabbing the early lead, and going on to pick up the dominating win, and earning a spot in the night’s Dash.
Finding himself with the ‘3’ pill in the Dash draw, Scelzi started and finished in the third spot, putting him in the second row of the 30-lap feature event.
With pole-sitter, Willie Croft, getting upside down on the start of the feature, Scelzi moved up to the pole alongside a red-hot, Jonathan Allard.
When the new green flag waived, Scelzi and his Panela Trucking/Kaeding Performance/Sparco backed entry grabbed the early lead, with Allard hot on his tail, but Allard was able to put the youngster in the second spot.
Matching Allard’s every move, Scelzi tried several times to poke his nose under Allard, but the veteran driver, kept Scelzi at bay.
After a red flag on lap nin, Scelzi again chased after Allard, as they entered lapped traffic fast, on what was a very fast race track.
Sticking with Allard, Scelzi did everything he could, but was unable to catch the front runner, until the tables turned on the 20th circuit, as Jonathan Allard expired an engine, putting Scelzi at the point.
Just like his heat race, Scelzi now shared the front row with Evan Suggs, and just like the heat start, Scelzi was able to grab the lead, and went on to pick up his first career feature event win, though there was some close moments in lapped traffic.
What happened next makes Scelzi’s first KWS win even more memorable.
On the cool down lap, Scelzi didn’t realize the race was over, and stayed hard on the throttle.
As cars began slowing up, Scelzi didn’t, and contact ensued, sending Scelzi upside down, though soon he escaped the wreckage and ran to the celebration on the front stretch.
“I can’t thank my team enough for sticking with me, and giving me a great car,” Scelzi said. “I had both grandpa’s on board with me, and I hope they are happy. This just feels surreal.”
ON TAP: Scelzi will now be in action on Friday August 16th at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay updated with Dominic by following him on twitter @DominicScelzi41, or by visiting his website at www.garyscelzi.com.