Gainesville: David Baca preview

Baca hopes to jump start his season at Gatornationals With a semifinal finish at last year's NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals, David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., began his assault on the 2003 POWERade Top Fuel point standings, finishing the season...

Baca hopes to jump start his season at Gatornationals

With a semifinal finish at last year's NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals, David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., began his assault on the 2003 POWERade Top Fuel point standings, finishing the season in the No. 7 position.

Baca, who drives the American Racing/3-A-Day of Dairy/Dairy Farmers of Oregon Top Fuel dragster, hopes he can once again jump start his season with a late round appearance at this year's 35th edition of the Mac Tools Gatornationals.

"We come into this event this year in even better shape in points than we were last year," said Baca. "We are optimistic about our chances here and hope that we can advance to the semifinal or final round. That is the proverbial: 'Easier said than done.'

"There are so many good teams out here in Top Fuel this year that just about anybody, with some luck, can win. We have begun to realize a performance gain and are starting to see the numbers that we know we are capable of running. Therefore, we now feel we can begin to sneak up on the well-financed teams and make them notice we are going to be a factor throughout the rest of the year. That's why we're optimistic."

Coming off a strong showing during his rookie year on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Baca is tied for the No. 6 spot in the 2004 POWERade Top Fuel point standings entering the event this weekend.

"Even this early in the season, every race is about points. If this Henkelman and Baca American Racing team is going to realize its goal of finishing in the top five, then we're going to have to go deep (advance to later rounds) more races than not," added Baca.

At this weekend's Mac Tools Gatornationals, Baca continues to fly the 3-A-Day of Dairy banner, a pilot program for a national marketing campaign. Backed by a massive advertising campaign, the 3-A-Day of Dairy nutrition-based marketing and consumer education program is managed by The American Dairy Association/National Dairy Council, with the monetary support of the dairy industry and the professional support of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association and the National Medical Association.

"In closing, let me say that I am proud that we continue this season to represent the sponsor of this event, Mac Tools. Without them and other associate sponsors like Don Steves Chevrolet, Champion Spark Plugs, Goodyear and Lucas Oil, we could not do what we do. I'm glad that we have the opportunity to tell the consumer about all our marketing partners' products," concluded Baca.

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