Don’t Tell Jon and Melanie Salemi “You Can’t Bracket Race a Blown Alcohol Car”

For Immediate Release

July 18, 2013

Buffalo, NY. – Over a four day period of testing and racing at The Canadian Nitro Nationals, held at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario, Melanie Simmons Salemi put together a string of 12 runs all within .050Salemi1 seconds of each other. The consistency of her Delta backed dragster can be attributed to her Father, Roger Simmons and her Husband, Jon Salemi (Resolution Racing Services) but, they’re not the ones who were behind the wheel putting up reaction time numbers within .011 seconds of each other; all weekend.

Add together consistent elapsed times with a driver in her zone and it equals the first event win of 2013 for the Toyrific team of Simmons Salemi. “This is what myself and my team have been striving for. I knew we were capable but we just needed to hit our stride,” said Driver, Melanie Simmons Salemi.

win2Melanie qualified her blown Alcohol Injected Dragster in the fourth position with a 6.62 second 202 mph blast down the quarter mile strip for the NAPA Quick 32 series which is comprised of 16 Top Dragsters and 16 Top Sportsman cars. After qualifying Melanie was able to defeat Spencer Hyde, of Stratford, Ont., in round one, fellow Orillia native, Gord Cooke in round two, Shakespear, Ontario’s Travis Gueguen in round three an completed her sweep of the dragster side by defeating Mike Kalin of Niagara Falls, NY.

The win over Kalin paired Melanie against multi-time series champion, Kevin Wicke. Wicke had some impressive reaction time numbers throughout eliminations and continued so in the finals with a .012 rt to Melanie’s .023 but, in bracket racing it’s all about the combined “package” and dial in. (A racer must predict the performance of their machine and then run as close to that number without going under it, combined with a near perfect reaction time in order to take the win.) Wicke dialed a 6.82 and Melanie dialed a 6.64. Wicke had a better reaction time but ran .06 off his dial while Simmons Salemi was just .02 off her dial and first to the

You couldn’t have asked for a better weekend for it all to come together for the Toyrific team based in Orillia, Ontario, CA./Buffalo, NY.  The Canadian Nitro Nationals is the largest event held in Southern Ontario each year. With the stands and their pit area filled with family, friends and team supporters all weekend long the volunteer/family crew kept their cool under the pressure.

“It takes a huge amount of sacrifice and hard work to make this all happen. I could never do it without my family and of course all of my great sponsors!, said Simmons Salemi. “This one was for them,” she added.

The win places the team 3rd in the NAPA Quick 32 series points. Toyrific Racing’s next event will be this coming weekend at the IHRA Nitro Jam at Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ontario. Log onto, or follow Toyrific Racing on Facebook and Twitter.

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Photo Credits- DEP & Brennan Shortall

 Toyrific Racing team is supported by the following:

Jackson Transportation Systems

Delta Faucet Canada

Brampton Pallet Inc.

ERD (Engine Research & Development)


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NGK Spark Plugs

Resolution Racing Services

G-Force Race Cars Inc.

J&M Recycling Inc.

Extreme Collision Centre

RS Performance Auto Service

Auto Sense Auto Parts

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