FRESNO, Calif. – Dominic Scelzi has joined Roth Motorsports to pursue the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series championship.
Scelzi, who won the SPEED SPORT Challenge at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway in August to earn a place in the 58th Knoxville Nationals A-Main, will also drive for the team at the Trophy Cup and other 410 and 360 winged sprint car events in California.
Kyle Hirst, the most recent driver of the No. 83 and the reigning King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series champion, recently announced on Twitter that he would be stepping away from full-time sprint car competition to focus on business.
“To be able to race the No. 83 car in California is a dream come true,” Scelzi said. “I have big shoes to fill. Kyle (Hirst) won about everything you could in California. I’m hoping he will continue to race down the line because I’ve always enjoyed racing with him. For the entire time I’ve been racing sprint cars he’s been in the No. 83 car. I’m excited for this new chapter in my career.”
Scelzi has three King of the West-NARC victories and he has finished in the top-10 in the series championship standings three times. Scelzi was leading the championship standings midway through the 2015 season when he sustained a back injury that sidelined him for several weeks and relegated him to a career-best eighth-place result, which was tied with his 2014 result.
“I’m excited to join a team that contends for the championship every year and that’s our goal for 2019,” Scelzi said. “I know the equipment and experience will be there so I feel very confident going into next season.”
Scelzi estimated the Roth Motorsports team will compete in approximately 30-to-35 races and he anticipates matching that number in his family owned sprint car.
“We will run the World of Outlaws races on the West Coast in both the spring and the fall,” Scelzi noted. “We’ll also go to the Midwest during the summer like we have the last couple of years. The time we spend out there will be similar, but the number of races will be cut down because I’ll fly back to race for Roth Motorsports in California several times.
“I’m really looking forward to 2019 and feel like I have a tremendous opportunity to win races in both our family car and with Roth Motorsports. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity provided by Dennis and Teresa Roth as well as Todd Ventura.”