Ocean Speedway Watsonville had a thrilling finish to their Winged 360 Sprint Car feature event this past weekend. Sixteen year old rookie Dominic Scelzi picked up his first career win with a last lap slide job past former World of Outlaw Brad Furr. Dominic, the son of NHRA Champion Gary Scelzi, made the move into full size sprint cars this season.
Scelzi qualified second to World of Outlaw Champion Jason Meyers and finished fourth in his heat putting him fifth on the starting grid for the feature event. A red flag on lap fourteen gave Scelzi the opportunity he needed to pass Brent Kaeding for second and close the gap on Furr. A caution on lap twenty set up a ten lap shootout with lapped traffic coming into play. With two laps to go Furr made wheel contact with Michael Twitchell allowing Scelzi to close in. Scelzi through a massive slide job in turn one to overtake the lead and held off Shane Golobic who followed for his first career win.
“You know what, in qualifying tonight I roll up and I see Jason Meyers next to me and I thought ‘I’m living the dream right now,’” Scelzi said. “I’m speechless right now!”
The win has locked him into this weekend’s 52nd annual Johnny Key Classic and served as a comeback after suffering a concussion earlier this season.
“This track has scared me since the day I got here and we’ve had nothing but bad luck,” Scelzi said. “I said to myself ‘I’m going to win here and conquer this place.’ My Grandpa is in the hospital and he’s in our prayers…this is for him!”