Commerce: David Baca Saturday summary

David Baca third in Atlanta COMMERCE, Ga. (May 3, 2003) -- "Redemption" has been the key word for David Baca, driver of the Henkelman & Baca American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage Top Fuel Dragster, this weekend at the NHRA Summit ...

David Baca third in Atlanta

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 3, 2003) -- "Redemption" has been the key word for David Baca, driver of the Henkelman & Baca American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage Top Fuel Dragster, this weekend at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

After qualifying ended, the glass for Baca is now half full. Just one week after shouldering the blame for a first round holeshot loss at the NHRA Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., Baca removed some the weight from the previous weekend by qualifying third (4.566 seconds at 318.99 mph) for tomorrow's eliminations.

"There is no doubt that I'm halfway back," said Baca. "First there was the deal at Bristol, then I had an error in the first round on Friday. To bounce from 13th Friday to third today is good for the group. Tomorrow is a new day but today we really shuffled the deck. This whole American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean team is looking forward to tomorrow ."

Baca, a second generation rookie Top Fuel driver from Brentwood, Calif., will square off against Chris Vandergriff, who is competing in his first professional race. This will be the first match up for the pair in head-to-head competition.

"Wow! Another rookie. Isn't that interesting. You've got to be in the field to win. Once in, anybody can go to the head of the class. I'm going to pull in, do my job and hopefully turn on the win light. I've still got the other half of that glass to fill," concluded Baca.

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Baca , Chris Vandergriff