By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Scrappers Racing Top Fuel Dragster pilot Mike Salinas has planned to miss the first four races of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. His two daughters, Jasmine Salinas and Jianna Salinas, are also expected to join him at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals in Baytown, Texas from April 17-19, 2020 at Houston Raceway Park.
Due to his business commitments, Salinas will miss the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com (Feb. 7-9); NHRA Arizona Nationals (Feb. 21-23); Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (March 13-15), and the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (April 3-5).
Salinas has to balance his business in San Jose, California, along with his professional Top Fuel team. Being that his daughters also work for the business, they will miss the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in March.
“Going to the races with my family is fun, we had some success in 2019 and look forward to big things in 2020, but as a businessman, I need to take care of things in San Jose before we get swept up in racing,” Salinas said. “It takes a clear mind to step into those cars and race so we’re going to get our business and race car teams in order, then come out strong together.”
While a lot of teams will be testing at The Strip in Las Vegas Motor Speedway before beginning the season, Salinas will hold off to test. They plan on testing before hitting the track for the fifth national event of the season outside of Houston, Texas.
“We thank our wonderful fans for their support and understanding of why we made this decision,” Salinas said. “Scrappers Racing will be out there this year and we are excited to put on an awesome show for everyone.”
Salinas’ daughters compete in Top Alcohol Dragster and Pro Stock Motorcycle.