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David Baca seeking No.1 Continues fight for Hunter's Hope Foundation CLERMONT, Ind. (September 3, 2003) -- On Friday (Sept. 5), when qualifying resumes for the 49th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, David Baca, driver of the Hunter's ...

David Baca seeking No.1
Continues fight for Hunter's Hope Foundation

CLERMONT, Ind. (September 3, 2003) -- On Friday (Sept. 5), when qualifying resumes for the 49th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, David Baca, driver of the Hunter's Hope/American Racing/Waterloo Top Fuel dragster, will have held the No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel for six days.

The event, originally schedule for this past weekend (August 29-September 1), was postponed due to inclement weather, in the form of thunderstorms and torrential rains, and rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 7.

With Friday's (August 29) and Sunday's (August 30) qualifying sessions rained out, Baca made the best of Saturday's (August 30) evening pass when he ran a career-best elapsed time (E.T.) and speed of 4.504 seconds at 326.32 mph. The E.T. also reestablished the Indianapolis Raceway Park Top Fuel track record, formally set by Kenny Bernstein in 2001.

"When we return to action this weekend, we hope that we are able to maintain the momentum we established last Saturday and finish qualifying at the top of the hill," said Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., and a leading candidate for the AAA Auto Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award (Rookie of the Year). "We have a difficult job in front of us but we accept the challenge."

With former Buffalo Bills quarterback and NFL Hall of Fame inductee Jim Kelly on hand last Saturday to watch Baca's record run, Henkelman and Baca Motorsports unveiled a special edition dragster for this event featuring the Hunter's Hope Foundation.

"One downside to the postponement is that our friend Jim Kelly will not be with us due to prior commitments. The upside is that we will have addition time and exposure for the Hunter's Hope Foundation founded by Jim and his wife, Jill. The foundation was established to raise awareness and dollars to fight and find a cure for Krabbe Disease. Krabbe is a disease which afflicts the Kelly's six-year-old son, Hunter, and other young children of parents throughout our world," added Baca.

"Presently there is some promising medical breakthroughs in the fight against Krabbe, but at this time there is no known cure. We need your help, so please contact The Hunter's Hope Foundation (http://www.huntershope.org/)."

Professional qualifying for the nitro classes -- Top Fuel and Funny Car -- is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 5) and 12:45 and 4:10 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 6). Final eliminations get underway for all classes on Sunday (Sept. 7) at 11 a.m.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Bernstein , David Baca