Salinas wins first PSM Wally

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Jianna Salinas went through growing pains through the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. Then, when came elimination Sunday of the final race day of the season.

Salinas picked up her first Pro Stock Motorcycle Wally of her career at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona at Pomona, California. She defeated Jerry Savoie in the final round.

Scrappers Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Jianna Salinas racing on Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals
Jianna Salinas racing on Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals (Photo by the NHRA)

A win is a win no matter how it comes. Savoie broke during the burnout and stagged the bike to just go a few feet off of the starting line.

The San Martin, California native went 7.464 at 180.81 mph to get the win. Savoie was broke and did not register a time.

“On Saturday morning, I was just fighting to qualify and I never thought I would be able to pull this off,” Salinas said. “To be here right now in this moment, it’s not something I would ever thought would happen this soon. On race day, anything can happen. Sometimes consistency is all you need to win, and I’m just there to race my race. I felt very lucky and when it’s your day, it’s your day.”

In previous rounds, each driver had a round win against each other. However, this was the first-time that they faced each other in a final round.

Also, this was expected to be Savoie’s final appearance in Pro Stock Motorcycle. He has hinted that this would be his final season as he walks away into retirement at the end of the season.

There was a lot riding on this pass, if Salinas won, then Andrew Hines won the Championship. But if Savoie won, then he would have been the Champion.

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