Scelzi captured his first career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series feature victory last season en route to earning Rookie of the Year honors with the premier California series.
“I was getting text messages from a few people saying congratulations and I was confused,” he said. “My friend showed me the announcement that I won Rookie of the Year and I was really excited. I was speechless.”
Scelzi continued the positive vibe on Thursday during his debut at the 28th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire at Tulsa Expo Raceway driving for Cole Wood Racing.
Scelzi led all eight laps of his heat race to pick up the win and then finished fourth in a qualifier, which earned him enough points to advance to the main event.
“It was really good,” he said. “By the main event we stepped it up. We felt good all main event long. All in all, it was a great night. It means the world to me to be able to run as good as we did.”
Scelzi battled just outside the top 10 for the entire race before ending with a 14th-place result.
“I can’t thank the Wood family enough for the opportunity to race in the Chili Bowl and for the great work by Anthony Knighten and Gary Isom,” he said. “The last couple of nights have been amazing.”
Scelzi and the rest of Cole Wood Racing will return to Tulsa Expo Raceway on Saturday to wrap up the Chili Bowl.
Fans can watch Scelzi and all of the action on live Pay-Per-View. Visit http://www.RacinBoys.com for more information.
QUICK RESULTS –
Jan. 16 – Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. – Heat race: 1 (2); Qualifier: 4 (4); Feature: 14 (13).
UP NEXT –
Saturday at Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla., for the 28th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire
MEDIA LINKS –
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Sparco
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“They are by far the most comfortable racing suit on the market,” Scelzi said. “They are the safest suit you can possibly buy and they are the best looking. I can’t thank Sparco enough for everything they do for me and my brother every single year.”
Scelzi would also like to thank Whipple Superchargers, Red Rose Transportation, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Fowler Packing, K&N Filters, Schoenfeld Headers and Fuel Delivery Service for their continued support.