Giovanni Scelzi Makes Late Charge For 360 Knoxville Nationals Prelim Victory

(Image Credit: Rob Kocak)

Making the charge through traffic in the closing laps at the Knoxville Raceway, California’s Giovanni Scelzi captured Night 2 of the 31st annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank.


Gio’s first career victory with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network; Scelzi’s win comes just 14 races after his brother, Domonic Scelzi, added his name to the record books at the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup. The win is his second in 360cid competition at Knoxville Raceway in as many races contested at the Iowa half-mile.


Asked if the laps a week ago helped, Scelzi simply replied, “Oh yeah, for sure.”


Chasing Austin McCarl through traffic in the closing laps, the pair looked for open lanes to clear the slower cars, with both trying the middle line through turns one and two. Sticking hard on the right rear, Scelzi was quick to return to the center line as the pair worked Lap 17.


Building momentum off the fourth turn, Gio kept true to the middle entering turn one, pulling event with the No. 27 in the second turn. Drag racing to the back straightaway, the KCP Racing No. 18 shot to the lead and pulled away by 1.745-seconds.


In his hunt for the win, Gio stated, “I got stuck behind Skylar [Prochaska] for a while, and he was just good enough that I couldn’t clear him, and wasn’t sure where to go, but once I cleared him, I knew I could get going. I had lost track of where Carson [McCarl] was at, and he ended up right in front of me, but this was an awesome car. It pretty much drove itself.”


McCarl, in second, was chased to the line by Skylar Prochaska, who held second the opening 12 laps. Scott Bogucki rolled across the line fourth, with Daryn Pittman taking fifth on the closing lap. Terry McCarl took sixth, with Brooke Tatnell in seventh. Battling nearly the entire event, Clint Garner got the better of Ian Madsen, with Colorado’s Jake Bubak moving up three spots to complete the top ten.


A field of 47 drivers was on hand to bring the weekend attendance to 90 competitors for the 31st annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank.


SCE Gaskets Heat Race wins went to John Carney II, Jake Martens, Jake Bubak, Colby Copeland, and Seth Brahmer. The BMRS B-Feature win went to Sawyer Phillips.


Racing continues Saturday, August 7. Information, directions, and ticket information is online at http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com. Fans not able to attend can find it online at http://www.dirtvision.com.
The 2021 season is the 30th year of competition for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.


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Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS National TourKnoxville Raceway [Knoxville, Iowa]My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville NationalsFriday, August 6, 2021
Car Count: 47Event Count:

90 Hoosier Tire Qualifying: [2 cars per set, 2 laps each] 1. 39, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK [1], 16.128; 2. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD [3], 16.370; 3. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA [2], 16.513; 4. 7BC, Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, IN [7], 16.553; 5. 83A, Austin Miller, Lacona, IA [24], 16.576; 6. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA [45], 16.622; 7. 47X, Dylan Westbrook, Scotland, ONT, Can. [11], 16.630; 8. 14, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. [12], 16.713; 9. 28, Scott Bogucki, McLaren Vale, SA, Aust. [15], 16.733; 10. 97, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH [6], 16.743; 11. 18, Gio Scelzi, Fresno, CA [34], 16.757; 12. 27, Carson McCarl, Altoona, IA [16], 16.757; 13. 35P, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN [5], 16.810; 14. 64, Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. [42], 16.842; 15. 35, Josh Higday, Des Moines, IA [19], 16.847; 16. 7M, Chance Morton, Coweta, OK [14], 16.877; 17. 56N, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN [37], 16.889; 18. 7C, Devin Kline, Knoxville, IA [47], 16.920; 19. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA [8], 16.927; 20. 22L, Connor Loeffler, Georgetown, SC [4], 16.962; 21. 18R, Ryan Roberts, Aurora, NE [23], 16.966; 22. 27B, Jake Martens, Fairview, OK [28], 16.977; 23. 9X, Jake Bubak, Arvada, CO [32], 16.984; 24. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA [17], 17.032; 25. 13V, Seth Brahmer, Wisner, NE [18], 17.049; 26. 7, John Carney II, El Paso, TX [33], 17.073; 27. 94, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN [43], 17.086; 28. 83T, Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, CA [27], 17.175; 29. 5V, Colby Copeland, Roseville, CA [25], 17.207; 30. 15, Christian Bowman, Altoona, IA [26], 17.214; 31. 13MJ, Brandon Halverson, Jackson, MN [21], 17.220; 32. 18T, Tanner Holmes, Jacksonville, OR [30], 17.226; 33. 21G, Gunner Ramey, Sedalia, MO [20], 17.242; 34. 2C, Whit Gastineau, Moore, OK [40], 17.283; 35. 75, Tyler Blank, California, MO [9], 17.317; 36. 17B, Ryan Bickett, Ramona, SD [36], 17.320; 37. 77X, Alex Hill, Six Nations, ONT, Ca [46], 17.411; 38. 19, Wes Wofford, Alamogordo, NM [29], 17.426; 39. 95, Matt Covington, Glenpool, OK [38], 17.506; 40. 11N, Harli White, Lindsay, OK [44], 17.539; 41. 1A, John Anderson, Des Moines, IA [13], 17.544; 42. 88, Rowdy Reber, Rapid City, SD [39], 17.724; 43. 14J, Mike Johnston, Des Moines, IA [31], 17.743; 44. 116, Vance Wofford, Alamogordo, NM [10], 17.797; 45. 57B, Boyd Peterson, Ithaca, NE [35], 17.952; 46. 55B, Brandon Anderson, Glenpool, OK [41], 18.229; 47. 35S, Jason Shultz, Carlisle, PA [22], NT. 

SCE Gaskets Heat Races [Top 4 to A, Remainder to the B]
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[4]; 2. 24-Terry McCarl[5]; 3. 7-John Carney II[1]; 4. 39-Daryn Pittman[6]; 5. 7M-Chance Morton[3]; 6. 18R-Ryan Roberts[2]; 7. 17B-Ryan Bickett[8]; 8. 13MJ-Brandon Halverson[7]; 9. 1A-John Anderson[9]; 10. (DNS) 55B-Brandon Anderson
Heat 2 [8 Laps]: 1. 27B-Jake Martens[2]; 2. 94-Jeff Swindell[1]; 3. 27-Carson McCarl[4]; 4. 40-Clint Garner[6]; 5. 56N-Davey Heskin[3]; 6. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[5]; 7. 77X-Alex Hill[8]; 8. 18T-Tanner Holmes[7]; 9. 88-Travis Reber[9]
Heat 3 [8 Laps]: 1. 9X-Jake Bubak[2]; 2. 35P-Skylar Prochaska[4]; 3. 83T-Tanner Carrick[1]; 4. 14-Brooke Tatnell[5]; 5. 7C-Devin Kline[3]; 6. 3P-Sawyer Phillips[6]; 7. 19-Wes Wofford[8]; 8. 21G-Gunner Ramey[7]; 9. 14J-Mike Johnston[9]
Heat 4 [8 Laps]: 1. 5V-Colby Copeland[1]; 2. 64-Ian Madsen[4]; 3. 20-AJ Moeller[2]; 4. 28-Scott Bogucki[5]; 5. 44-Chris Martin[3]; 6. 95-Matt Covington[8]; 7. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[6]; 8. 116-Vance Wofford[9]
Heat 5 [8 Laps]: 1. 13V-Seth Brahmer[2]; 2. 35-Josh Higday[4]; 3. 22L-Connor Leoffler[3]; 4. 15-Christian Bowman[1]; 5. 97-Greg Wilson[5]; 6. 83A-Austin Miller[6]; 7. 11N-Harli White[8]; 8. 75-Tyler Blank[7]; 9. 57B-Boyd Peterson[9]; 10. [DNS] 35S-Jason Schultz 

BMRS B-Feature [Top 4 advance to the A-Feature]
B Feature [12 Laps]: 1. 3P-Sawyer Phillips[1]; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[2]; 3. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[4]; 4. 56N-Davey Heskin[7]; 5. 97-Greg Wilson[5]; 6. 7C-Devin Kline[8]; 7. 18R-Ryan Roberts[10]; 8. 44-Chris Martin[9]; 9. 95-Matt Covington[19]; 10. 83A-Austin Miller[3]; 11. 17B-Ryan Bickett[16]; 12. 11N-Harli White[20]; 13. 77X-Alex Hill[17]; 14. 21G-Gunner Ramey[13]; 15. 55B-Brandon Anderson[26]; 16. 1A-John Anderson[21]; 17. 116-Vance Wofford[24]; 18. 13MJ-Brandon Halverson[11]; 19. 7M-Chance Morton[6]; 20. 18T-Tanner Holmes[12]; 21. 2C-Whit Gastineau[14]; 22. 75-Tyler Blank[15]; 23. 14J-Mike Johnston[23]; 24. 57B-Boyd Peterson[25]; 25. 88-Travis Reber[22]; 26. 19-Wes Wofford[18]; 27. 35S-Jason Schultz[27] 

Sawblade.com A-Feature
A Feature [20 Laps]: 1. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[3]; 2. 27-Carson McCarl[2]; 3. 35P-Skylar Prochaska[1]; 4. 28-Scott Bogucki[4]; 5. 39-Daryn Pittman[8]; 6. 24-Terry McCarl[6]; 7. 14-Brooke Tatnell[5]; 8. 40-Clint Garner[7]; 9. 64-Ian Madsen[9]; 10. 9X-Jake Bubak[13]; 11. 3P-Sawyer Phillips[21]; 12. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[22]; 13. 94-Jeff Swindell[17]; 14. 7-John Carney II[16]; 15. 56N-Davey Heskin[24]; 16. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[23]; 17. 35-Josh Higday[10]; 18. 5V-Colby Copeland[19]; 19. 83T-Tanner Carrick[18]; 20. 27B-Jake Martens[12]; 21. 13V-Seth Brahmer[15]; 22. 15-Christian Bowman[20]; 23. 20-AJ Moeller[14]; 24. 22L-Connor Leoffler[11]


Lap Leader[s]: Carson McCarl 1-18; Giovanni Scelzi 19-20;Hard Charger: Sawyer Phillips +10High Point Driver: N/AProvisional[s]: N.A Combined Event Points:

  1. 17W-Shane Golobic-489
  2. 39-Daryn Pittman-483
  3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.-480
  4. 18-Gio Scelzi-480
  5. 24-Terry McCarl-477
  6. 40-Clint Garner-475
  7. 27-Carson McCarl-470
  8. 83H-Justin Henderson-470
  9. 83-Lynton Jeffrey-469
  10. 35P-Skylar Prochaska-469
  11. 28-Scott Bogucki-469
  12. 14-Brooke Tatnell-465
  13. 09-Matt Juhl-463
  14. 52-Blake Hahn-462
  15. 3P-Sawyer Phillips-461
  16. 24W-Garet Williamson-460
  17. 4W-Jamie Ball-459
  18. 64-Ian Madsen-455
  19. 7BC-Tyler Courtney-454
  20. 69-Brady Bacon-453
  21. 26-Cory Eliason-448
  22. 1-Sammy Swindell-448
  23. 17A-Austin McCarl-446
  24. 22MM-Kaleb Johnson-446
  25. 9-Ryan Giles-445
  26. 47X-Dylan Westbrook-443
  27. 9X-Jake Bubak-438
  28. 35-Josh Higday-437
  29. 21-Brian Brown-436
  30. 11-Roger Crockett-435
  31. 63-JJ Hickle-433
  32. 53D-Jack Dover-432
  33. 56N-Davey Heskin-428
  34. 9JR-Derek Hagar-428
  35. 2M-Matt Moro-425
  36. 94-Jeff Swindell-421
  37. 27B-Jake Martens-420
  38. 7-John Carney II-418
  39. 13V-Seth Brahmer-412
  40. 97-Greg Wilson-412
  41. 5H-Michael Faccinto-411
  42. 5V-Colby Copeland-410
  43. 22-Ryan Leavitt-410
  44. 22L-Connor Loeffler-410
  45. 83A-Austin Miller-409
  46. 36-Josh Baughman-408
  47. 70-Calvin Landis-407
  48. 9M-Ricky Montgomery-405
  49. 83T-Tanner Carrick-404
  50. 20-AJ Moeller-404
  51. 91-Kyle Reinhardt-401
  52. 53-Joe Beaver-399
  53. 7C-Devin Kline-394
  54. 15-Christian Bowman-391
  55. 44-Chris Martin-388
  56. 18R-Ryan Roberts-383
  57. 24N-Nathan Mills-374
  58. 7M-Chance Morton-372
  59. 35L-Cody Ledger-370
  60. 22X-Riley Goodno-363
  61. 24T-Christopher Thram-346
  62. 2F-Casey Friedrichsen-345
  63. 95-Matt Covington-343
  64. 2-Chase Porter-342
  65. 17B-Ryan Bickett-342
  66. 21G-Gunner Ramey-339
  67. 77X-Alex Hill-336
  68. 13MJ-Brandon Halverson-335
  69. 11N-Harli White-332
  70. 23K-Rob Kubli-330
  71. 66-Chase Dunham-329
  72. 18T-Tanner Holmes-329
  73. 22S-Slater Helt-328
  74. 86-Elliot Amdahl-321
  75. 75-Tyler Blank-321
  76. 8M-Kade Morton-320
  77. 33-Alan Zoutte-320
  78. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips-319
  79. 2C-Whit Gastineau-317
  80. 1A-John Anderson-316
  81. 23-Devon Dobie-315
  82. 116-Vance Wofford-308
  83. 18W-Lorne Wofford-308
  84. 1K-Kelby Watt-308
  85. 19-Wes Wofford-308
  86. 55B-Brandon Anderson-305
  87. 14J-Mike Johnston-298
  88. 57B-Boyd Peterson-296
  89. 88-Rowdy Reber-296
  90. 35S-Jason Shultz-279

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