Gio Scelzi battled back for a top-ten finish in Friday’s ARCA Menards Series event at Phoenix Raceway. Scelzi was one of two Bill McAnally Racing drivers to finish in the top ten.
Driving the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Records Toyota Camry in ARCA Menards Series Showdown action on Friday night, the series rookie came from the 17th starting spot and was moving up, but tangled with the wall in an incident in the first 50 laps. His crew made quick repairs and he began to battle back from 20th. Scelzi made a steady progression through the field, getting into the top ten in the final laps.
His fellow rookie teammate Lawless Alan drove the No. 12 AUTOParkit / NGK Toyota Camry to a ninth-place finish.
Friday’s event was in advance of the ARCA Menards Series West championship race, to be held at Phoenix in November.
Start / Finish: 17 / 10
Points Earned: n/a (not running full ARCA Menards Series schedule)
Points Standing / Total: n/a
Next Race: ARCA Menards Series West – ENEOS 150 presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS, March 28, 2020, Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, Calif.
How to Watch or Listen: Live on TrackPass – 10pm ET; NBCSN April 2 – 6pm ET
Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) holds the ARCA Menards Series West record with 11 championships and eclipsed the 100-win mark in 2022. The team has piled on six titles in the last eight seasons with four different drivers since 2015. Second-year driver Tanner Reif takes control of the No. 16 NAPA Auto Care Chevrolet for the 12-race campaign in 2023 and looks to improve on his runner-up finish in the 2022 drivers’ standings to build on BMR’s west coast legacy.