TBM Adds Scelzi & Reutzel To West-Coast Roster

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Gio Scelzi will return to the seat of a Tucker-Boat Motorsports midget this fall. (Jacob Seelman photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – When Chad Boat and Corey Tucker first joined forces to launch Tucker-Boat Motorsports, the team’s ultimate goal was to become a powerhouse in the United States Auto Club.

In pursuit of that continued mission, TBM is bringing its most ambitious roster yet to the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series for the final stanza of the season.

Boat confirmed this week that Gio Scelzi and Aaron Reutzel will join the organization for multiple races throughout the fall and winter, bringing the team up to five cars for a portion of the season-ending USAC West Coast Swing.

Scelzi will drive a Tucker-Boat midget for the remaining races on the USAC National Midget Series schedule, starting with Thursday night’s Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway in Illinois.

Aaron Reutzel. (Tim Aylwin photo)

Meanwhile, Reutzel will join the squad for the final four events of the USAC season – the Hangtown 100 at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway, the Fall Brawl at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

The two-time defending All Star Circuit of Champions titlist will return to the team for the Gateway Dirt Nationals in December inside The Dome at America’s Center and the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in January inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla.

With both Scelzi and Reutzel’s sprint car seasons wrapping up a little earlier than usual, save for the World Finals in early November in Concord, N.C., Boat said it made sense to grab the pair of talents while he had the opportunity to in order to help build his program.

“With their season kind of ending in November, you know, both being sprint car guys and then having the midget season extended a little bit this year, it just all fit together pretty well,” Boat told Sprint Car & Midget. “We have a lot of good races in November, especially with Placerville being a really high-paying race this year, something all us midget guys appreciate with all the work that Matt Wood has done to put it on.

“Then obviously our pursuit of Turkey Night and getting those guys to go out there is exciting as well,” Boat added. “I think they’ll continue to show the form they show in a sprint car and both run really well for us.”

With the goal being to win races throughout the West Coast swing, Boat hopes that the pair of sprint car stars will help ease the learning curve for TBM as they tackle new locales during the season-ending stretch.

“I think especially with going to some new tracks, I think having multiple cars will help speed up the learning process,” he shared. “Obviously the West Coast guys have all run Placerville, but none of the national guys have been out there, so it’s about making sure we capitalize on that race, for sure. When you have guys of that caliber and drivers like Karsyn (Elledge) and Dillon (Welch), all the people that are going to be running for us, it gives us a great opportunity to win. And that’s what you show up to the track to do.

“We’re definitely excited and want to be headed home from the West Coast trip with some trophies.”

This story will be updated.

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