narc notes: hot start for scelzi

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With five races complete on a 24-race schedule, the NARC Fujitsu General Sprint Cars are just about a fourth of the way through the season, so what do the numbers say about what’s transpired so far?

First off, it’s clear Dominic Scelzi has resumed his 2021 dominance.

Through five races, Scelzi has three victories and has finished on the podium in all five races. The Fresno, Calif., native became the first driver since Jonathan Allard to podium in the first five NARC events of a season.

The Jimmy Carr effect continues to shine on Scelzi’s career as the two seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. Prior to joining forces with the legendary crew chief, Scelzi’s NARC résumé featured 89 starts, eight wins and 17 podium finishes. Since the two began working together, Scelzi has made 28 starts and tallied 10 wins and 19 podiums.

• While Scelzi has starred, Colby Copeland has been so slouch.

Copeland has only appeared in a trio of events so far, but he’s made the most out of each one.

The new promoter at Silver Dollar Speedway dominated the season opener at Stockton Dirt Track and scored a pair of runner-ups on Peter Murphy Classic weekend, making his average finish 1.67 aboard the Larry Antaya Motorsports No. 16a.

Copeland and Scelzi are the only two drivers who have earned multiple podiums so far.

• One of the most noteworthy happenings of California silly season was Mitchell Faccinto making the move to Tarlton Motorsports after a nearly 10-year tenure with Stan Greenberg’s team, and the new ride has proved fruitful so far.

The 29-year-old has only missed the top five once, a 12th-place effort at Silver Dollar Speedway being the outlier.A solid 5.6 average finish has him sitting second in points.

• Another driver who has been quietly consistent is 2017 series champion Bud Kaeding

While he hasn’t been knocking on the door of a win each night out, Kaeding has earned top-10 finishes in all events with a pair of seventh-place efforts being his best outings.

Kaeding is another driver in an exclusive group with Scelzi as the two are the only ones to finish in the top-10 each night.

• It’s been a mixed bag of results for phenom Corey Day.

The second-generation driver finished inside the top 10 in the NARC opener, then followed it up with his third career series victory and first at Silver Dollar Speedway. The 16-year-old won by more than six seconds on the quarter-mile.

Two weeks later at the Peter Murphy Classic, issues in the feature of the first night slowed him. Then on night two he was battling for victory in the $11,000 to win finale before contact with Justin Sanders ended his night.

• As is usual with the California sprint car scene, a couple young drivers have made their presence felt on the NARC tour and may be an indicator of names to watch moving forward.

Redding, Calif.’s Max Mittry has been fast nearly every night as he looks to conquer the full tour.

Prior to 2021, Mittry had never appeared with NARC, but this year in just his second showing he set fast time in qualifying.

Two races later he earned his first top-10 finish with a sixth-place showing on the final night of the Peter Murphy Classic.

Mittry has had a little bit of help in the form of Justin Sanders. When the veteran isn’t piloting the Works Limited No. 57, he wheels a second Mittry Racing entry and lends a hand on setting up the youngster’s car.

• A last-minute deal for Landon Brooks to run some 410ci races in the Vanlare No. 5v has turned into him climbing in the machine for NARC races whenever his schedule allows.

The graduate of the Red Bluff Outlaw Kart ranks ran inside the top three for most of the 35-lap David Tarter Memorial main event with NARC in just his third series start.

Brooks went on to compete with Vanlare in the Peter Murphy Classic, and just this past weekend at Petaluma Speedway, Brooks timed in third quick in qualifying before notching his first NARC top-10 finish.

• The series will now enter its busiest stretch of races with 11 events scheduled over the next month.

It begins with four straight nights of racing in the Pacific Northwest over Memorial Day weekend and concludes with three nights at Washington’s Skagit Speedway for the 50th annual Super Dirt Cup.

Keyword: NARC Notes: Hot Start For Scelzi

TECH'S NEWS RELATED

Previous Tesla executive joins Alpha Motors advisory group

A previous Tesla executive, Peter Bardenfelth-Hansen, is joining Alpha Motors Corporation’s advisory group, along with an assorted group of other business leaders. Tesla has become notorious for having previous leaders move to new startups, particularly within the world of electric mobility. In this case, previous Tesla executive Peter Bardenfelth-Hansen ...

View more: Previous Tesla executive joins Alpha Motors advisory group

VW Gen.Travel Autonomous Concept Is So Ugly It’s Cute

Volkswagen’s frumpy-futuristic take on a self-driving taxi offers multiple interior options and the goal to replace some air travel—in a very first-gen Fiat Multipla-feeling package.

View more: VW Gen.Travel Autonomous Concept Is So Ugly It’s Cute

Tesla countersues California agency behind race bias lawsuit

Tesla late September countersued the California agency that has accused the electric carmaker of tolerating widespread race discrimination at its flagship assembly plant. Tesla in a complaint filed in state court in Alameda County said the California Civil Rights Department (CRD), which sued the company in February, adopted “underground ...

View more: Tesla countersues California agency behind race bias lawsuit

ONYX CTY2 e-bike with 60 miles of range returns to all-time low at $3,500 in New Green Deals

ONYX CTY2 e-bike on sale for only the second time Earthwise pole hedge trimmer with nearly 10-feet of reach falls to $97 Rad Power celebrates 500,000 riders with up to $400 off e-bike sale: RadExpand 5 $1,399, more New Tesla deals New e-bike deals + electric scooter discounts Additional ...

View more: ONYX CTY2 e-bike with 60 miles of range returns to all-time low at $3,500 in New Green Deals

Volkswagen teams up with Umicore on battery materials

BERLIN: Volkswagen announced today a US$2.9 billion (RM13.3bil) battery parts joint venture with Belgian materials firm Umicore, becoming the latest European automaker to bring battery supplies closer to home in the shift towards electric vehicles. While raw materials – among them lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese – will still ...

View more: Volkswagen teams up with Umicore on battery materials

When Chinese car-makers find inspiration in the Tesla Model 3

SHANGHAI: At first glance, the Changan electric sedan looks a lot like a Tesla Model 3. But on closer inspection, it’s actually quite different, if only for its price, which starts at US$25,125 (RM116,000). That may be a small fortune in China, but it’s still much more affordable than ...

View more: When Chinese car-makers find inspiration in the Tesla Model 3

NYC surpasses 4,050 city-owned electric vehicles, meeting its target 3 years ahead of schedule

NYC aims to be the nation’s most sustainable fleet New York City electric vehicle fleet New York City hit a massive milestone as the city announced it has already met its 2025 goal of 4,000 electric vehicles in its fleet. As of September 2022, NYC had replaced around 4,050 ...

View more: NYC surpasses 4,050 city-owned electric vehicles, meeting its target 3 years ahead of schedule

Mercedes-Benz teases concept designed for virtual world

Mercedes-Benz’s design chief, Gorden Wagener, took to social media last week to post a teaser photo of what’s described as the first virtual concept from the automaker. The concept is covered in a semi-transparent shroud and appears to be a coupe. The wheels also appear to be partially concealed, ...

View more: Mercedes-Benz teases concept designed for virtual world

BMW i1 And i2 Entry Level EVs Here By 2028

Which SUVs Does the 2023 Honda Pilot Trailsport Compete With?

Nitrous ‘Vette Shows Turbo 2JZ-Powered 240SX How To Hook

Tesla's Future Lithium Refinery: County Meeting Booked In Texas

Specialized Expands Recall On Some E-Bikes Amid Battery Concerns

Towing With Ford F-150 Lightning A "Total Disaster," Owner Finds

3 Reliable Small SUVs to Seek out and 1 to Skip

2023 Kia Sorento PHEV Range Simplified, Now Priced From $51,185

China: Plug-Ins To Be Exempt From Purchase Taxes In 2023 Too

Lamborghini Aventador production ends after 11 years

Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge packs 696bhp with modifications by Spofec

Binder: Following Oliveira ‘I could see where I was losing a lot of time’

OTHER TECH NEWS

;