Inside Line Promotions – TULARE, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2015) – Misfortune was the theme for Dominic Scelzi throughout last weekend’s 22nd annual Trophy Cup.
Scelzi had kicked off the marquee event at Thunderbowl Raceway on Thursday by qualifying second quickest in his session, which only had approximately a dozen remaining qualifiers before rain wiped out the remainder of the night.
While the program was pushed to Friday afternoon, all drivers in the group were forced to requalify.
“I think that was pretty much the end of our Trophy Cup,” he said. “They were rushing us through and we were the first car out for qualifying. The track was still greasy and not run in. It really hindered us. With the way they ran qualifying through like that we were unlucky.”
Scelzi qualified 27th quickest on the unfavorable track. That started him on the pole of a heat race.
“In the heat the track completely changed from greasy and rough to slick,” he said. “You had to be around the top. There was nothing on the bottom. The outside guy got me on the start. I closed in on him several times, but there wasn’t a way I could get around him.”
Scelzi placed second in the heat race, which relegated him to the 23rd starting position in the B Main.
“We had a really good car in the B Main,” he said. “We were extremely fast. I think we were one of the fastest cars all weekend. We just didn’t have one thing go our way. We passed more than anyone in the B Main and could run the top and the bottom. We just ran out of laps.”
Scelzi maneuvered to a 12th-place result in the consolation race.
He then kicked off Friday’s second round by qualifying 14th quickest. That lined him up on the outside of the second row for a heat race.
“We had a really good race car and got up to second right away,” he said. “I moved up to the top and got into a hole on the entry of turn one. That got me upside down.”
Scelzi was unable to finish the heat race after his flip. That sent him to the B Main, where he was the victim to a crash in front of him.
“We were going really well on the bottom in the first lap or two,” he said. “There was a crash and the entire track was blocked off. I hit the guy in front of me and it knocked the front end out. We elected to call it a weekend at that point.”
Scelzi will return to action this Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., for the 30th annual Cotton Classic with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.
QUICK RESULTS –
Oct. 16 – Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. (Round 1) – Qualifying: 27; Heat race: 2 (1); B Main: 12 (23).
Oct. 16 – Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. (Round 2) – Qualifying: 14; Heat race: DNF (4); B Main: DNF (15).
SEASON STATS –
52 races, 2 wins, 17 top fives, 29 top 10s, 30 top 15s, 37 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., for the 30th annual Cotton Classic with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series
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