By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Scrappers Racing Top Fuel pilot Mike Salinas is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the 22nd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals. He went 3.693 at 328.30 mph on Friday to claim the top spot at Route 66 Raceway in Elwood, Illinois.
This is the San Jose, California native’s third No. 1 qualifier of the season. In addition, this is the fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season.
“We do have a good program,” Salinas said. “I’m doing the same thing I was doing last year. The only difference is the people who are behind me now. They’re making this possible and I’m trying to do what they need me to do. The level we’re at now, it’s a different level than I’ve ever been. It’s pretty intense and it’s pretty amazing.”
He’ll face Scott Palmer in the first-round of eliminations. Palmer went 3.854 at 321.73 mph.
Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster pilot Antron Brown is the No. 2 qualifier. The Pittsboro, Indiana native went 3.715 at 328.14 mph.
Brown will face Brittany Force in the first-round of eliminations. Force went 3.819 at 320.36 mph.
Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence is the No. 3 qualifier. The Kilgore, Texas native went 3.757 at 322.34 mph.
Torrence will face Terry McMillen in the first-round of eliminations. McMillen went 3.810 at 320.28 mph.
Nitro Ninja/Lucas Oil/Magic Dry Top Fuel Dragster pilot Dom Lagana is the No. 4 qualifier. The Scarsdale, New York native went 3.763 at 323.19 mph.
Lagana will face Pat Dakin in the first round of eliminations. Dakin went 3.808 at 324.12 mph.
Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster Pilot Doug Kalitta is the No. 5 qualifier. The Ann Arbor, Michigan native went 3.764 at 322.96 mph.
He’ll face Shawn Reed in the first-round of eliminations. Reed went 3.800 at 319.67 mph.
The rest of the ladder panned out like this:
6. Austin Prock, 3.769, 321.19 mph vs. 11. Richie Crampton, 3.796, 320.13 mph
7. Clay Millican, 3.774, 324.98 mph vs. 10. Jordan Vandergriff, 3.794, 325.37 mph
8. Leah Pritchett, 3.776, 327.82 mph vs. 9. T.J. Zizzo, 3.783, 323.12 mph
Did Not Qualify:
17. Luigi Novelli, 3.946, 297.09 mph
18. Cameron Ferre, 3.950, 297.48 mph
19. Kyle Wurtzel, 3.961, 295.40 mph
20. Lex Joon, 4.097, 262.59 mph
21. Chris Karamesines, 4.468, 191.38 mph