Rain, Rain and more Rain….

I wanted to make my first blog about traveling home with a new trophy but the rain this weekend put a bit of a damper on things.image8

We arrived at US131 in Martin Michigan on Thursday for the first of six stops on the 2013 NAPA Quick 32 schedule and it was a beautiful sunny day. Jon and I had been testing with one of his Outlaw Dragster customers the day before in Ohio which had made me even more excited to get back in the Toyrific Racing Dragster. image9We were there bright and early and got a great pit spot beside the Santos Motorsports team and their freshly wrapped 69 G-Force Race Cars Camaro but unfortunately there was no racing until Friday.

We woke up to pouring rain Friday Morning and it continued throughout the day on and off. Rigs were rolling in all day despite the dreary forecast.

One team I was happy to see was the NOCO/Dan Flanigan Racing Team. Flannigan Jim (G-Force Race Cars) had just finished up his beautiful brand new Camaro and I knew Dan was so excited to finally get to the track with it. We spent most of the day inside the motor home watching movies… not my idea of fun at the race track.  At about 3pm they cancelled testing for the day.  This definitely was not on my Birthday wish list but I made the best of evening anyways. Instead of getting some laps in, we bench raced, had a campfire and ate cake until the wee hours of the night.

Saturday morning started out the same as Friday… Rain and cold.  We did eventually get to make one pass down the track at about 12:30. Due to the nature of the weather being cold and windy they limited us to 1/8 mile which I was ok with. I made a decent pass. 1.0153 60”, 2.7838 330”, 4.2959 1/8 @ 161.29 which qualified me in the #6 spot. As soon as I got to the end of the track the sun came out and there was a sense of relief around the pits.


The sun literally lasted about 1 hour…. And then it was time to batten down the hatches as the wind really picked up and it started pouring again. That was the end of our weekend. With the forecast for Sunday looking no better they canceled the race and everyone packed up and started the long trek home.

Instead of finding ourselves in the winner’s circle we were headed back home with only one more 1/8 mile pass. image6So far the Toyrific Racing team has traveled 2104 miles to make it only ¼ of a mile down the track.  Feeling a little discouraged due to weather, we are hoping for nothing but sunny skies and warm weather from Friday until Sunday as we are headed to Cayuga for the Victoria Day Weekend Challenge.


See you at the Drags!

Melanie Simmons Salemi

Toyrific Racing







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