So when he had a performance that didn’t live up to his high standards during the semifinal round of the NHRA Winternationals, Salinas did something about it. His friend Mono Jimenez, who owns Rods & Racing, Inc., went to work on a full practice tree and race simulator, putting together an extensive piece for Salinas.
It is far more comprehensive than any handheld practice tree, as it includes a life-size tree and racing simulator that mimics the set-up of Salinas’ Scrappers Racing dragster. It further emphasizes Salinas’ dedication to the sport and he’s intent on his reaction times being a major strength starting at this weekend’s Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix.
“He knew what I was going to do and he knew I would be upset with that .077 before I even called him,” Salinas said. “It has a brake handle, gas and you can sit in it. It’s pretty awesome. But I should have cut a better light.
Bid for First Win Comes Up Just Short, But Top Fuel’s Mike Salinas Leaves Favorable Impression in Pomona
POMONA, CA – Expecting big things out of the 2019 season, Top Fuel driver Mike Salinas delivered a strong starting point at this weekend’s season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Salinas piloted his Scrappers Racing dragster to a semifinal finish on Monday, posted career-best runs and ran the fastest time of the race, setting an impressive tone for the 2019 campaign with a new team led by crew chief Brian Husen, tuning advisor Alan Johnson and Arron Cave.
“When you surround yourself with the right people and the right combination, it’s amazing what you can do,” said Salinas, who earned his second career semifinal finish. “It’s our first time with a new crew and we set our career-best E.T., set and reset our top speed three times and went to the semifinals. We have a car, we have a team and everyone better look out because we are coming.”
Salinas entered 2019 with big expectations and then sent a strong message to the rest of the Top Fuel class that he will be a top contender all year. But the chance to display that on raceday was delayed until Monday, as rain postponed eliminations.
Pleasanton Ready Mix Signs Associate Sponsorship with Mike Salinas’ Scrappers Racing for 2019 and Beyond
Salinas announced today that Pleasanton Ready Mix Concrete has signed as an associate sponsorship for the 2019 season with Salinas’ Top Fuel team, continuing a steady momentum the team has been building heading into this weekend’s season-opening race, the NHRA Winternationals at Pomona.
Pleasanton Ready Mix was Salinas’ second customer at his business 36 years ago and he has maintained a strong relationship with owner John Santos, who is also a major drag racing fan. With Salinas looking to take the next step as a team in 2019, it was a natural fit for the sponsorship.
“This is really exciting for us to add Pleasanton as a sponsor for 2019. It’s a great family with great people and they love racing,” Salinas said. “They’re going to be able to meet with the top people in their industry at the races to help them and it’s really a perfect opportunity for everyone involved. We’re aggressively going after sponsors and we want to be around like-minded people such as John who want to be a part of this team and be involved in this sport. It’s very exciting to have this come together before the start of the year.”
But in the midst of making several strong runs during last week’s preseason testing at Phoenix, Salinas came away even more impressed with the group’s precision and work ethic. It simply adds to Salinas’ confidence level heading into this weekend’s 2019 opener, the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, and continues the steady ascension his team is already on barely a month into the calendar year.
“These guys are no joke. They’re total pros,” Salinas said. “Everything was done in a timely fashion and the turnaround times were unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s a real professional team and everyone did a great job. It’s really cool to watch the way they work together.”