Gio Scelzi Does It Again Out West

Gio Scelzi and crew in victory lane at California's Antioch Speedway. (Matt Sublett photo)

ANTIOCH, Calif. — Gio Scelzi became the first repeat winner on the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series with his impressive victory in the 30-lap headliner at Antioch Speedway Saturday night.

Scelzi, piloting the potent Roth Motorsports H&R Livestock Transportation KPC sprint car, started sixth in the grid and quickly sliced his way past Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding and Cory Eliason to slide into the runner-up position after only a single lap.

The 15-year-old driver proceeded to reel in race leader D.J. Netto and the pair battled wheel to wheel for a couple of circuits.  Scelzi secured the point for good getting under and past the leader on the fourth circuit.

Netto, in the AG Netto/Tri-C Machine sprint car battled back, but quickly had his hands full holding off the aggressive advances of Eliason.  Those two battled inches apart, as they cut through traffic. This allowed Scelzi to extend his advantage to about 10 car lengths and gain some lapped cars as interference.

A caution flag with five laps remaining set the stage for one last charge at the leader, but Scelzi took no prisoners and ran away to secure the $3,000 victory.

Netto crossed the checkered in the runner-up spot. Eliason, in the Antaya Motorsports Fuel Curve-sponsored mount, finished in the show position.

Scelzi’s teammate Hirst secured fourth in the other Roth Motorsports entry.  Hirst started on the pole after winning the Hoosier Tires Dash.  Willie Croft, who made several serious runs at Hirst, rounded out the top five in his Amerikote Powder Coatings ride.

The finish:

Gio Scelzi, D.J. Netto, Cory Eliason, Kyle Hirst, Willie Croft, Mitchell Faccinto, Bobby McMahan, Bud Kaeding, Sean Watts, Bill Alton, Shawn Arriaga, Buddy Kofoid, Nathan Rolfe, Mathew Moles, Brent Bjork, Jarrett Soares