FRESNO, Calif. – Dominic Scelzi is gearing up for a two-day 360ci winged sprint car event at Kern County Raceway Park this weekend.
The dirt oval in Bakersfield, Calif., was slated to host the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour this Friday and Saturday. Series officials recently pulled out from the weekend due to concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, track officials vowed the show would go on.
“I think it’s going to be a good deal,” Scelzi said. “I feel like I made 1,000 calls yesterday talking to who was going to be there.
“I love the race track. It’s the perfect size and shape to create exciting events. We don’t get to race there very much, but it’s been exciting every single time we’ve raced there. I’m excited for them to do their first winged 360 event.”
Scelzi has visited the track four times – all with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series. He placed third during his inaugural race in 2018 before ending seventh later that season.
Scelzi then swept his two trips to the track in 2019.
“The first time we went there, we were solid and fought to possibly win the race,” Scelzi said of Kern County. “The second time we went there, I wasn’t going to win it, but we were pretty good and a second-place car. I got together with a guy and ended up not finishing. We were super, super good. Then we swept the season there in 2019. I feel like the worst I should have finished was third, so I feel really good going back there.
“It’s been different almost every time I’ve been there. Sometimes the track is slick and they rework it. Sometimes it’s wet to start with and gets slick and wide,” Scelzi added. “Hopefully it will be slick, wide and racy, but I feel confident no matter what the surface is like.”