Salemi a Strong Competitor at Shakedown 14

Melanie Salemi and her Buffalo, NY based Melanie Salemi Motorsports Pro Mod team entered the 2016 Shakedown at the Summit last weekend with high expectations to take home the richest Pro Mod purse in the history of the class. Summit Motorsports Park Owner Bill Bader Jr. vowed to make the “Shakedown” a race that everyone would place on their schedules for years to come because simply “you just can’t afford not to be there.” With all that being said after only 2 qualifying sessions Melanie Salemi ended up in the 4th slot with a 5.91 at 238 mph during the rain shortened stages of the race. As first round approached on Sunday morning the weather had turned for the better. The rain was gone and sun was shining so it was time to “Put up or Shut up” in true Shakedown lingo.

Melanie stomped through the 24 car field with a string of 5.87 second runs taking out RubenT, Bruce Boland, and Billy Harper. She waited until the semi’s to lower the boom on fellow Canadian and friend Wes Goddard with a 5.86 @ 242 mph to Wes’ 5.87 at a fast 252 mph. This set the finals to be a blower vs. turbo final round. Salemi and Kevin Fiscus were almost dead even on the tree in the final round but Fiscus pulled away after Melanie experienced tire shake at the hit and tried to pedal it to no avail. Although it was not Melanie’s day for the win, she showed her skill on the track all weekend and was stellar on the tree to get by 4 tough rounds of competition. “I am just really excited that I get to race with these guys a lot of them have way more experience than me in these cars and I’m really happy that I can class myself as one of them.” Stated Melanie. “My guys send me down the track with a perfectly prepared car each time and it makes my job that much easier. I don’t know if there is a harder working bunch of guys in this sport. We have had a lot going on the past couple of weeks and I owed it to Jon, Jim, Mike and the rest of our crew to do my job on the tree and go rounds last weekend.” Although Melanie didn’t take home the Shakedown 14 title, she took home more experience in the ¼ mile and one of her best racing weekends to date has been put in the books.

Highly valued, continuous backing for Melanie Salemi Motorsports comes from AL-LEE Installations, Delta Faucet, Big Sky Motorsports, Quick Drive, MSR Performance, G-Force Race Cars, Resolution Racing Services, Ross Racing Pistons, Motorsports Unlimited, Santos Motorsports, TT Motorsports, Jeff Pierce, FuelTech, Atomizer Racing Injectors, Flatout Gaskets, Hoosier Racing Tires, NGK Sparkplugs, B&J Transmissions & Browell Bellhousings.

Watch for the Melanie Salemi Motorsports team at their next outing at Virginia Motorsports Park, October 21-22 at the 2016 PDRA World Finals and then their final event of 2016 will be The Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas November 17-20.
Awesome Photos Courtesy of NW Photography.

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