Top Fuel Dragster
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Date of Birth: April 27, 1961
Top Fuel Career
Best ET: 3.68 seconds
Best Speed: 334.4 mph
Final Rounds: 5
Crew Chief: Brian Husen
Tuning Consultant: Alan Johnson
Start of Professional Career: July 2011
Pro Mod Career
Start of Professional Career: April 2021
Meet The Driver
As a kid, Mike Salinas was introduced to racing by his father, who raced his hot rods during the 60’s and 70’s at Fremont Drag Strip and Little Bonneville.
Mike began competing in the Nostalgia Eliminator 1 and 7.0 Pro Class from 2001 to 2009. In 2009, he received his Top Fuel license at the Texas Motorplex. He made his professional debut in NHRA Top Fuel in 2011.
Today, with two daughters of his four daughters now racing alongside him, Mike has grown Scrappers Racing into a full-time family operation. Traveling the circuit together, you'll often see the entire family standing in support behind each of the drivers at the starting line.
Licensed in Pro Mod during a March test session in Orlando, FL.
Ran career fastest pass 3.68 ET 334.40mph at the Winternationals.
Was the #1 Qualifier at the Denso Spark Plugs Four Wide. Would continue on to his 1st career win in his 2nd final round appearance.
#1 Qualifier at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
Beat Steve Torrence at the Thunder Valley Nationals, picking up his 2nd career Top Fuel title.
Secured spot in Championship Countdown for the 2nd year in a row.
Powered to 1st career runner-up finish in Bristol.
Was the #1 qualifier at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Raced to career best elapsed time and speed at Charlotte 2.
Qualified for the Countdown to the Championship for the 1st time in his career.
Finished 7th in the points standing for the 2018 season.
2017 CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Earned a career-best two round wins.
Qualified for the Auto Club Road to the Future Award.
Attended a single season career high seven events.
Raced to a semifinal finish in Phoenix.
Powered to career best elapsed time at Sonoma and speed at Pomona.