Inside Line Promotions – MERCED, Calif. (March 11, 2020) – Dominic Scelzi hustled to his third consecutive top-10 finish during Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour competition last Friday at Merced Speedway.

The outing made him one of only two drivers to earn a top 10 in each of the first three races of the season for the series. It also propelled him into the lead in the championship standings, although he isn’t running for points.

The night began with Scelzi maneuvering from seventh to fifth place in a heat race on a challenging track.

“I definitely felt like I had a decent heat race being able to pass a couple of cars, being in the first heat race and drawing as bad as we did,” he said. “We were definitely better than 24th in points. We were really fast, but you can’t do much when the track is wet and you start in the back. We were lucky to make the qualifier. Winning that was big for us points-wise.”

Scelzi followed the heat race by winning a qualifier from the pole position, which elevated him to 11th in points out of the 50-plus drivers. He lined up on the inside of the sixth row for the main event.

“We got caught behind a car on the first lap and I lost some spots because they got a bad start,” he said. “It took me probably 20 laps to get by that car. I felt like if I could have cleared them earlier I could have run sixth or seventh, but that’s racing.”

Scelzi officially gained two positions to end the night with a ninth-place result.

“I ran 30 laps as hard as I’ve ever run to pass two cars,” he said. “It’s the first time in a long time I’ve seen a track so even on the top and the bottom. Everyone was just the same speed. I ran around the top and ran around the bottom. The track was outstanding. It was just too good believe it or not.”

Scelzi plans to head to Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., on Friday before the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series season begins on Saturday at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif.

QUICK RESULTS –

March 6 – Merced Speedway in Merced, Calif. – Heat race: 5 (7); Qualifier: 1 (1); Feature: 9 (11).

SEASON STATS –

4 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 3 top 10s, 3 top 15s, 4 top 20s

UP NEXT –

Friday at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., and Saturday at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: http://www.GaryScelziMotorsports.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DominicScelzi41

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Scelzi41

VIDEO –

Here is a link to a highlight video: https://vimeo.com/161410751

Here is a link to a promotional video: https://vimeo.com/160322149

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Roth Motorsports

Roth Motorsports is a championship winning sprint car team formed in 1992 by Dennis and Teresa Roth. For more information, visit http://www.RothMotorsports83.com .

“Growing up in California the Roth car has always been the pinnacle of racing with their accomplishments in not only California but throughout the country,” Scelzi said. “The friendship we have with Dennis and Teresa Roth and Todd Ventura is special. Any time we’ve needed anything they’ve gone above and beyond. It’s a lot more than a motor sports partnership. It’s a true and special friendship.”

Scelzi would like to thank Scelzi Enterprises, Red Rose Transportation, Inc., Whipple Superchargers, Panella Trucking, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Red Line Oil, FK Rod Ends, Schoenfeld Headers, NAPA Auto Parts, Sparco, Todd Jorgensen, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, K&N Filters, Allstar Performance, Meridian Steel, Auto Meter, Worldwide Bearings and Kenny’s Components for their continued support.

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*PHOTO BY BEN THRASHER*