During Saturday qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Jasmine Salinas and her Top Alcohol Dragster team were presented the Best Engineered Award. After her blow over wreck at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. back in March, her team went straight to work building a new car. Richie Crampton of Indy Speed Shop manufactured the chassis while Rich McPhillips, Rich McPhillips Jr., Andrew Waits and many more Scrappers crew members helped wire the car, pour a new seat for Jasmine, and put the finishing touches on the new dragster in time for the 4-Wide race in Charlotte, N.C. May 16-18.
“This award represents the hundreds of hours of work that went into this new car. These guys put blood, sweat, and tears into this and they deserve all the credit for getting us back on the track. Thank you to every single person that had a hand in this project, this award is for you.” Jasmine remarked after receiving the miniature Wally with “2021 Best Engineered Award” engraved on the front.
Jasmine ran well this weekend and qualified second in the full Top Alcohol Dragster field. She raced Cory Michalek in first round and won with a 5.281 to his 5.450. In second round, Jasmine lined up against Karen Stalba but the car shook hard enough to knock the parachutes out and she idled it down behind Stalba’s 5.245. Jasmine will return to Summit Motorsports Park next weekend to compete in the Norwalk Regional, her first Division 3 Regional Event of the season.
Jianna Salinas qualified in the 14 th position in Pro Stock Motorcycle and made her first Sunday appearance this season. She lined up against Matt Smith in first round and fell short with a 7.193 to his 6.818. Jianna’s teammate, Jim Underdahl, qualified 16 th during the final qualifying session Saturday evening. Underdahl faced Steve Johnson in first round and fell short with a 7.148 to Johnson’s 6.817.
Mike Salinas entered the race in two categories for the second time this season. He qualified 5 th in the Top Fuel Dragster and 6 th in the Pro Mod. On race day, Mike faced Kyle Wurtzel during first round and coasted to a win after breaking a blower belt at half track. Wurtzel had smoked the tires early, pedaled his car, and hooked it up but it was not enough to pass Mike before 1000 feet. Mike’s second round match up against Austin Prock was a close contest from the starting line where they left 0.001 seconds apart but ultimately, Mike fell short with a 3.808 to Prock’s
Mike, Jianna, and Underdahl will race at the Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in two weeks. The Pro Mod class is scheduled to run that event, but Mike and the Pro Mod team decided to keep that car parked until the NHRA National in Brainerd, Minn.
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