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Sprint Car Insider – Driver Exclusive. FRESNO, Calif. (September 18, 2018) ->You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the pits who would tell you Raio Salmon didn’t have a shot at taking the MacGuyver trophy and 5k home this weekend from the Mark Hagopian Memorial.

Confidence can do a world of good for a driver. Give some drivers confidence and they become all-out dangerous. Such can be said about Raio Salmon as she sits amidst her best season to date. With 6 wins and a title fight going down to the wire, Salmon feels more capable of winning than she ever has.

Don’t forget she also landed in the top 6 of the first night last year and went directly into the pole shuffle. She is definitely looking to improve upon that this year and has every tool necessary to do so.

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She has even shown in 2018 there is a reason for the competition to be on its heels. Back in June, when Speedweek rolled through Keller Auto Raceway, she was actually reeling in the leaders for a time in the main event. She did in fact land on the podium against a field with as much or more depth that will be seen this weekend.


The bottom line is that Salmon has three wins a piece on Lemoore and Delta but none on the “home,” track. Even more than the trophy or the money she wants to change that fact. There is something to be said about the allure of winning at Plaza Park.

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The money and trophy are undoubtedly on the top of everyone’s list but winning against a full field at Plaza still holds some clout. After all, if you can win here, you can win anywhere.



Catch Raio Salmon in action this next this weekend at –

  • The 2nd Annual Mark Hagopian Memorial
  • September 21-22, 2018
  • Keller Auto Raceway at Plaza Park


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2018 Season Stats:


  • Shows: 35
  • Wins: 6
  • Top 5s: 24
  • Top 10s: 32

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