Salinas captures first TF win at 2019 Denso Four-Wide

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Scrappers Racing pilot Mike Salinas won his first career race in Top Fuel on Sunday. Salinas changed crew in the off-season, as he gained the crew that was previously with Brittany Force.

The San Jose, California native defeated a quad that also featured Force, Doug Kalitta, and Clay Millican. Salinas went 3.801 at 330.39 mph after being the first dragster off of the line.

Top Fuel Dragster pilot Mike Salinas racing on Sunday at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Mike Salinas racing on Sunday at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“It feels great; it’s my first win in any kind of motorsports,” Salinas said. “I had this program I put in my head that I believed would work and Alan Johnson made it happen. We built something and now we can go racing. I have four daughters in racing and I set the bar for my family all the time, and now I’ve set the bar for them to reach. NHRA has been amazing with us and helped me; it’s just been awesome, kind of surreal to be honest.

“To be honest, I expected to win Pomona. I’ve done everything I can to make this happen. I know that sounds arrogant but here’s the deal: I’ve done everything in power, given Alan everything he needs, not questioned anything – we don’t even talk until he needs to ask me something; that’s how we do it – he does his job and I do mine – let’s just go win. I’m a goal achiever. Now that this is out of the way – now that I’ve gotten this gorilla off my back – we can have some fun racing and win some more races.”

Despite being second off the line, Force went 3.810 at 321.42 mph. Kalitta was also second off the line but lost traction to finish third. He went 4.333 at 193.74 mph.

Millican also lost traction and was third off the line. He finished fourth with a 4.350 at 264.23 mph.

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