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Salinas, Scrappers are No.1 at 2019 Route 66 Nationals

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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.

Top Fuel Dragster pilot Mike Salinas racing on Saturday at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Mike Salinas racing on Saturday at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“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

Any Corrections?. You can contact Anthony Caruso III, Publisher at publisher@thecapitalsportsreport.com.


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