Jasmine Salinas to Sub for Dad Mike at Pomona This Weekend

The Scrappers Racing dragster is fast everywhere it races - Scrappers Racing photo

 

Jasmine Salinas, here with dad Mike, has been preparing for her Top Fuel debut – Scrappers Racing photo

First it was Robert Hight stepping away from his John Force Raving Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car due to medical issues. JFR had the perfect stand-in, Austin Prock, who had been Brittany Force’s Top Fuel teammate. He burst out of the gate with a runner-up result in the first NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series contest of the 2024 season, the 55th Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals.

On Monday morning, news dropped that Mike Salinas, renown for being the first NHRA Top Fuel drag racer to run 300mph in the eighth-mile has a medical issue that will force him from his Scrappers Racing dragster. And Mike, too, has the perfect substitute to be his team’s primary driver: daughter Jasmine Salinas, 32, who achieved her NHRA Top Fuel license last year and had been preparing to drive a second Scrappers dragster this season.

Jasmine Salinas had been a standout racer in Top Alcohol Dragster and has been looking forward to being her father’s teammate. That scenario will have to wait a bit as she moves to the front-line duties leading this team. She’ll debut this coming weekend during the 64th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip in Pomona, CA., in the Scrappers/Petersen Automotive Museum dragster.

The Scrappers Racing dragster is fast everywhere it races – Scrappers Racing photo

“I’m very proud of Jasmine,” Mike Salinas said. “I look forward to returning to the driver’s seat once I am ready. Jasmine has the best crew in drag racing,” he emphasized, “led by Rob Flynn, Arron Cave, Adem Cave and Troy Fasching. So there’s no doubt in my mind that this Scrappers Racing team is going to be a force at the track. They are just as confident in her as she is in them.”

March is Women’s History Month and, no doubt, Jasmine Salinas is looking forward to making her own history on the historic Pomona dragstrip. “It’s an absolute mix of emotions, as this was not how I wanted the opportunity to come about,” she mused. “I’m incredibly grateful that my dad has entrusted me with the chance to step up into his place. I know that I have some big shoes to fill. My dad and his entire team have worked hard to make a name for themselves in this sport, and I want to make them all proud.”

Jasmine Salinas will have three opportunities to make the Top Fuel field with a single late afternoon qualifying session on Friday, March 22 and two sessions on Saturday. Eliminations are scheduled for 11AM ET Sunday morning. Final eliminations air Sunday 7-10PM ET on FS1.

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Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

1 Comment on Jasmine Salinas to Sub for Dad Mike at Pomona This Weekend

  1. Rob Flynn is a very experienced crew chief in Top Fuel Racing and since Mike Salinas hired Rob to take on the Crew Chief mandate, his leadership decisions and the Salinas crew are a perfect fit as we have seen. He is a humble leader who has jelled this team in an orchestrated fashion. I can see Jasmine getting it done with Great confidence in her role as a driver with an Awesome crew.

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