KNOXVILLE (KNOXVILLE RACEWAY) – Gio Scelzi led wire to wire to garner his third career win at the Knoxville Raceway Saturday night. The Fresno, California native earned $5,000 for his win aboard the KCP Racing #18. Clint Garner whose car fashioned a tribute to 1990’s Two Winners teammates Jeff Swindell and Greg Hodnett (who were both inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Saturday), won for the 42nd time in the 360 class. Matthew Stelzer scored his third win of the season in the Pace Performance Pro Sprints feature.

Scelzi and Anthony Macri battled for the lead going into turns one and two to begin the 20-lap 410 feature, but it was Scelzi who took command. Kerry Madsen was quickly in the equation and after a good battle with Macri, took the runner-up spot on lap four. Brian Brown also shot by Macri for third on lap five.

Scelzi was in lapped traffic by the sixth circuit, extending his lead over Madsen. Madsen reeled in the leader a bit, but never seriously challenged the quick cushion riding Californian. Brown maintained third, but it was not easy. At the halfway point, Austin McCarl began advancing through the field at a good pace. He challenged Brown in a drag race for the checkers, but settled for fourth. Macri, Lynton Jeffrey, hard-charger Shane Golobic, Davey Heskin, Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Ayrton Gennetten rounded out the top ten.

Madsen set quick time over the 29-car field that saw several visitors, including some paying tribute to Greg Hodnett’s induction into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, including Chase Dietz aboard the John Trone #39 (Hodnett’s former ride), the Heffner #27 (another Hodnett ride) driven by Tim Shaffer, who was inducted as well on Saturday, and Macri. Madsen, Brown and Jeffrey won heats, while Shaffer took the B.

“I feel like I haven’t been here in years,” said Scelzi in Victory Lane. “My car was awesome. I knew Macri was going to go to the bottom of one and two and slide me. He slid me and cleared me (on lap one), but I knew I had to get going on the top. I tried to put a whole race together…that’s definitely what I’ve been struggling with this year. Wins like this get you motivated to win more.”

Clint Garner’s normal #40 sprint car featured a split paint scheme featuring the #7TW and the #8TW of 1990’s Two Winners teammates Jeff Swindell and Greg Hodnett, who were both inducted Saturday into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. He was a man on a mission on Saturday.

Garner didn’t waste his opportunity starting on the pole and shot to the fore immediately. Last week’s winner, Jamie Ball, settled into second, ahead of Dylan Westbrook, Ryan Giles and Calvin Landis. Garner was in lapped traffic by lap six, and continued to extend his lead.

The 18-lapper went non-stop, with Garner working traffic efficiently, and never being challenged. Westbrook made a surge in traffic late, and shot by Ball for second with two laps to go. Ball settled for third, ahead of Giles and JJ Hickle, who made a late move for fifth. Landis, Josh HigdayLee GroszMatt Moro and Ricky Montgomery completed the top ten. New National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, Jeff Swindell was the hard-charger. Westbrook set quick time over the 28-car field, and Giles, Moro and Ball were heat winners. Christian Bowman won the B.

“Greg (Hodnett) was with me,” said Garner in Victory Lane. “I thought about it earlier today, and I thought I have a guest with me tonight. I’m out there leading the race, and I’m saying, ‘C’mon Greg, let’s do this.’ (Robert) Hubbard’s in town, and he’s the reason I knew Greg Hodnett. He’s been flying into town keeping an eye on us, and he and my brother tag-teamed it…the car was perfect!”

Matthew Stelzer utilized a quick low side of the track to lead early in the 15-lap Pro Sprints feature over Devin WignallMatt AllenDevin Kline and Jeff Wilke. While Stelzer pulled away. Wignall (high side) and Allen (low side) battled for the runner-up spot most of the event. It would prove to be the best battle on the track, as Stelzer was gone.

Stelzer entered lapped traffic and had to move higher on the track. It wouldn’t matter as he went on to win his class-best fifteenth main event. Wignall finally secured second with two to go, followed by Allen, hard-charger Chase Young and Devin Kline, who gained fifth on the last lap. Wilke, Brandon WorthingtonTyler GroenendykMike Mayberry and Alex Vande Voort rounded out the top ten. Eric Bridger and Worthington were heat winners.

“My guys gave me a great car,” said Stelzer in Victory Lane. “They drew an eight pill (for feature inversion) that gave us the luck to start on the front row. We haven’t been good in the heat race. We have to get better there. We’ve got a good car come feature time when it slicks off.”

Next weekend, June 11 and 12 is the Brownell’s Big Gun Bash featuring the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws! The Pace Performance Pro Sprints will compete on Friday, and the 360 class will be on the card Saturday! For more information, visit www.KnoxvilleRaceway.com or check Knoxville Raceway’s Facebook and Twitter.

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FULL RESULTS

410 Results

Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 14, Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (10), 15.945; 2. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (17), 15.949; 3. 56N, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (4), 15.987; 4. 18, Gio Scelzi, Fresno, CA (27), 16.023; 5. 39M, Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, PA (14), 16.128; 6. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (7), 16.189; 7. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (3), 16.216; 8. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (12), 16.238; 9. 83, Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (23), 16.250; 10. 21BP, Brinton Marvel, Pittsboro, IN (6), 16.295; 11. 17W, Shane Golobic, Fremont, CA (26), 16.302; 12. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (20), 16.314; 13. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (29), 16.355; 14. 25, Scott Bogucki, McLaren Vale, SA, Aust. (1), 16.364; 15. 7, Justin Henderson, Tea, SD (16), 16.410; 16. 27, Carson McCarl, Altoona, IA (28), 16.428; 17. 2KS, Matt Juhl, Tea, SD (21), 16.467; 18. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (9), 16.482; 19. 27H, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (24), 16.485; 20. 3, Ayrton Gennetten, Gravois Mills, MO (18), 16.529; 21. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (15), 16.581; 22. 84, Brandon Hanks, Burlison, TN (22), 16.616; 23. 39, Chase Dietz, York, PA (19), 16.661; 24. 22, Riley Goodno, Knoxville, IA (2), 16.715; 25. 20G, Noah Gass, Mounds, OK (5), 16.733; 26. 5, Presley Truedson, Kennedy, MN (25), 16.929; 27. 15, Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA (8), 17.064; 28. 56, Joe Simbro, Pleasantville, IA (11), 17.16; 29. 83A, Austin Miller, Lacona, IA (13), 17.281

Heat one (started), 8 Laps, NT: 1. Kerry Madsen (6); 2. Carson McCarl (1); 3. Gio Scelzi (5); 4. Terry McCarl (2); 5. Austin McCarl (4); 6. Tim Shaffer (7); 7. Noah Gass (9); 8. Brandon Hanks (8); 9. Joe Simbro (10); 10. Brinton Marvel (3)

Heat two (started), 8 Laps, NT: 1. Brian Brown (6); 2. Scott Bogucki (2); 3. Anthony Macri (5); 4. Tasker Phillips (4); 5. Ayrton Gennetten (7); 6. Matt Juhl (1); 7. Shane Golobic (3); 8. Presley Truedson (9); 9. Chase Dietz (8); 10. Austin Miller (10)

Heat three (started), 8 Laps, 2:22.3: 1. Lynton Jeffrey (4); 2. Justin Henderson (2); 3. Chris Martin (1); 4. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (5); 5. Sawyer Phillips (7); 6. Davey Heskin (6); 7. AJ Moeller (3); 8. Riley Goodno (8); 9. Bobby Mincer (9)

B main (started), 10 Laps, 3:03.2: 1. Tim Shaffer (1); 2. Chase Dietz (3); 3. Riley Goodno (4); 4. Noah Gass (5) / 5. Brandon Hanks (2); 6. Bobby Mincer (7); 7. Joe Simbro (8); 8. Presley Truedson (6); 9. Austin Miller (9)

A main (started), 20 Laps, 6:20.1: 1. Gio Scelzi (2); 2. Kerry Madsen (4); 3. Brian Brown (3); 4. Austin McCarl (9); 5. Anthony Macri (1); 6. Lynton Jeffrey (5); 7. Shane Golobic (15); 8. Davey Heskin (6); 9. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (7); 10. Ayrton Gennetten (18); 11. Carson McCarl (12); 12. Terry McCarl (13); 13. Scott Bogucki (10); 14. Justin Henderson (11); 15. Sawyer Phillips (19); 16. Chris Martin (14); 17. Matt Juhl (17); 18. Chase Dietz (22); 19. Riley Goodno (23); 20. AJ Moeller (16); 21. Brinton Marvel (20); 22. Tasker Phillips (8); 23. Noah Gass (24); 24. Tim Shaffer (21). Lap Leader: G. Scelzi 1-20. Hard-charger: Golobic.

360 Results

Time Trials (Qualifying Order), 2 laps: 1. 47X, Dylan Westbrook, Scotland, ONT, Can. (27), 16.575; 2. 70, Calvin Landis, Knoxville, IA (5), 16.788; 3. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (9), 16.801; 4. 9, Ryan Giles, Grimes, IA (12), 16.828; 5. 9M, Ricky Montgomery, Denver, CO (4), 16.838; 6. 4W, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA (21), 16.908; 7. 63, JJ Hickle, Quilcene, WA (17), 16.951; 8. 4J, Lee Grosz, Harwood, ND (11), 16.973; 9. 24T, Christopher Thram, Sanburn, MN (3), 16.996; 10. 23K, Rob Kubli, Milo, IA (13), 17.082; 11. 22K, Kaleb Johnson, Sioux Falls, SD (7), 17.132; 12. 35, Josh Higday, Des Moines, IA (15), 17.158; 13. 24N, Nathan Mills, Bondurant, IA (22), 17.161; 14. 2M, Matt Moro, Polk City, IA (20), 17.163; 15. 24, Garet Williamson, Columbia, MO (8), 17.181; 16. 99, Tony Rost, Utica, NE (1), 17.239; 17. 1K, Kelby Watt, Adel, IA (6), 17.242; 18. 83, Austin Miller, Lacona, IA (18), 17.281; 19. 22, Ryan Leavitt, Knoxville, IA (23), 17.332; 20. 23, Devon Dobie, Wapakoneta, OH (19), 17.362; 21. 22X, Riley Goodno, Knoxville, IA (10), 17.372; 22. 15, Christian Bowman, Altoona, IA (25), 17.414; 23. 94, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (26), 17.439; 24. 33, Alan Zoutte, Knoxville, IA (2), 17.446; 25. 14J, Mike Johnston, Des Moines, IA (14), 17.56; 26. 26, Jonathan Cornell, Sedalia, MO (16), 17.583; 27. 1A, John Anderson, Des Moines, IA (24), 18.205; 28. 11B, Ben Woods, Newton, IA (28), NT.

Heat one (started), 7 Laps, 2:05.0: 1. Ryan Giles (5); 2. Nathan Mills (2); 3. JJ Hickle (4); 4. Dylan Westbrook (6); 5. Tony Rost (1); 6. Ryan Leavitt (7); 7. Rob Kubli (3); 8. Christian Bowman (8); 9. Mike Johnston (9) DNS – Ben Woods

Heat two (started), 7 Laps, 2:06.5: 1. Matt Moro (2); 2. Lee Grosz (4); 3. Kelby Watt (1); 4. Kaleb Johnson (3); 5. Jeff Swindell (8); 6. Calvin Landis (6); 7. Ricky Montgomery (5); 8. Jonathan Cornell (9); 9. Devon Dobie (7)

Heat three (started), 7 Laps, 2:06.5: 1. Jamie Ball (5); 2. Garet Williamson (2); 3. Josh Higday (3); 4. Clint Garner (6); 5. Christopher Thram (4); 6. Riley Goodno (7); 7. Alan Zoutte (8); 8. Austin Miller (1); 9. John Anderson (9)

B main (started), 8 Laps, 2:35.4: 1. Christian Bowman (3); 2. Austin Miller (1); 3. Devon Dobie (2); 4. Jonathan Cornell (6); 5. Alan Zoutte (4); 6. Mike Johnston (5); 7. John Anderson (7); 8. Ben Woods (8)

A main (started), 18 Laps, 5:45.9: 1. Clint Garner (1); 2. Dylan Westbrook (3); 3. Jamie Ball (2); 4. Ryan Giles (4); 5. JJ Hickle (7); 6. Calvin Landis (5); 7. Josh Higday (12); 8. Lee Grosz (6); 9. Matt Moro (8); 10. Ricky Montgomery (9); 11. Kaleb Johnson (13); 12. Jeff Swindell (19); 13. Riley Goodno (20); 14. Christopher Thram (11); 15. Nathan Mills (10); 16. Garet Williamson (14); 17. Rob Kubli (16); 18. Jonathan Cornell (24); 19. Devon Dobie (23); 20. Ryan Leavitt (18); 21. Austin Miller (22); 22. Tony Rost (17); 23. Christian Bowman (21); 24. Kelby Watt (15). Lap Leader: Garner 1-18. Hard-charger: J. Swindell.

Pro Series Results

Heat one (started), 6 Laps, NT: 1. Eric Bridger (1); 2. Tyler Groenendyk (4); 3. Matt Allen (3); 4. Devin Kline (8); 5. Chase Young (7); 6. Joel Thorpe (5); 7. Jaslyn Jones (9); 8. Tyler Barrick (6); 9. Ryan Navratil (2);

Heat two (started), 6 Laps, 1:52.9: 1. Brandon Worthington (1); 2. Devin Wignall (3); 3. Matthew Stelzer (2); 4. Jeff Wilke (7); 5. Mike Mayberry (6); 6. Cam Martin (4); 7. Alex Vande Voort (5); 8. JJ Beaver (8);

A main, 15 Laps, 4:58.6: 1. Matthew Stelzer (1); 2. Devin Wignall (4); 3. Matt Allen (2); 4. Chase Young (9); 5. Devin Kline (5); 6. Jeff Wilke (3); 7. Brandon Worthington (6); 8. Tyler Groenendyk (8); 9. Mike Mayberry (10); 10. Alex Vande Voort (14); 11. Eric Bridger (7); 12. Cam Martin (13); 13. Jaslyn Jones (11); 14. Joel Thorpe (12); 15. Tyler Barrick (16); 16. JJ Beaver (15) DNS – Ryan Navratil. Lap Leader: Stelzer 1-15. Hard-charger: Young.

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