Giovanni Scelzi keeps pushing the limits.
The 15-year-old from Fresno heads into two nights of action on central San Joaquin Valley tracks as the hottest sprint car racer in California.
He’s coming off his second King of the West/Northern Auto Racing Club victory of the season last weekend at Antioch Speedway. He’s won three times in his last six starts – and missed one race nursing a shoulder injury.
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If stock car racing is more to your liking, Madera Speedway roars into the summer season this weekend, too, featuring the Lucas Oil Modifieds touring series that’s taped for showing on MAVTV.
Scelzi has wowed the state’s sprint car circuits with racing that belies his youth. Saturday at Antioch, he rode the rim of the track when most of the field went low and motored from sixth place to first in the Easton-based Roth Motorsports car.
After, he sounded like a veteran: “It sounds cliché, but I can’t say enough about the people around me. We have the best equipment, best engines and best people working on the car. The car is on every time we hit the track. I’m still learning so it makes it easier when my car is that good.”
He’s part of a posse of top young sprint car drivers from the Valley, including the most recent Keller Auto Speedway winner, Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford; Cory Eliason of Kingsburg; and DJ Netto of Hanford. Missing are two more young guns, Carson Macedo of Lemoore and Dominic Scelzi (Giovanni’s older brother), who are both racing in the Midwest.
The racing Friday night is part of Keller Auto Speedway’s track season championship series. The sprint cars are powered by 360-cubic-inch engines. Many of the teams will trade those motors out for more powerful 410s for Saturday’s KWS/NARC racing at Thunderbowl.