Sprint Car Insider- Trophy Cup 25. TULARE, Ca. (October 17, 2018) – Mitchell Faccinto wins his second race in row after grabbing the opening night Trophy Cup victory over Giovanni Scelzi second and Dominic Scelzi third.
Dominic will lead the charge into the remaining two nights of the 25th Annual Trophy Cup as your high points driver. He leads brother Gio by just three points. Mitchell Faccinto will come out of night one as third in points.
“This was the best I have Ran here in seven years,” Said Dominic in victory lane. “When this this track is like this it’s the funnest track in the world.”
The 30 lap main event started with last weekends Cotton Classic winner Mitchell Faccinto on the pole with Giovanni Scelzi to his outside. After early issues in qualifying and having to advance through the B Main Faccinto jumped to the early advantage and looked to have things dialed. He committed himself to the bottom of the racetrack while Scelzi worked up stairs.
Two early cautions bunched the field back up and displayed who was making early charges. With only six laps in the books it looked as if Tim Shaffer, who started 11th and came into the main 2nd in points, was the man to beat. He had already advanced up to the sixth position. The driver who came into the main as the high points driver, Shane Golobic, had noticeable left front suspension trouble early but elected to stay out on the racetrack.
With every restart Faccinto was able to thwart off challenges by Gio Scelzi. As the race endured a long green flag run challengers began to present themselves from further back. When lap 14 rolled around the final caution waved showing that new challengers were about to emerge.
First was the Roth Motorsports 83 of of Cory Eliason, who won night two last year, had made his way all the way to the fourth position after starting 20th. Not far behind Eliason was Dominic Scelzi and both were on the charge.
The field went green again and the top two drivers started a battle for the win. Mitchell Faccinto had been running bottom all race long with Gio Scelzi running the top trying to get a run on him. As the two came to complete lap 19 Gio tuned the tables and snuck to the inside. He briefly got around Faccinto coming to the stripe but Faccinto got him back going into one.
Meanwhile behind them the battle for third was taking shape as Cory Eliason and Dominic Scelzi pressured Justin Cox. On lap 25 Dominic Scelzi took over the third spot and began to set his sights on the leaders.
Faccinto reached lapped traffic on lap 26 where he was able to navigate them swiftly and open up some breathing room.
Faccinto held the way to the checkered to claim the opening night victory.
Giovanni Scelzi bright home the 41s in second and Dominic Scelzi rounded out the podium with third.
After coming into last years finale as the high point driver Dominic Scelzi looks as relaxed and
comfortable as ever. Dominic Scelzi has had his eyes on capturing this race for as long as he can remember and he finds himself in prime position to take the 25th Annual after making the charge of the race.
Going into night two your night one podium represents the top three in points. Dominic Scelzi is the high point driver sitting at 275. Little brother Gio sits just three points behind him with 272, and Mitchell Faccinto rounds out the top three.
Trophy Cup 25 continues tomorrow night with night number two here from the Thunderbowl Raceway. Make sure to follow Sprint Car Insider for all the updates, results, and up to the minute information.
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