Madison: David Baca eliminations summary

David Baca loses to The Hulk. MADISON, Ill (June 29, 2003) -- The opening round of the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway was schedule in the hottest part of the day, 4:30 p.m. (Central Time). At race time ...

David Baca loses to The Hulk.

MADISON, Ill (June 29, 2003) -- The opening round of the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway was schedule in the hottest part of the day, 4:30 p.m. (Central Time). At race time the track temperature hovered in the 135-degree range.

One of the disadvantages to a hot track is that the cars tend to lose traction on the sticky surface. That's what happened in the opening round when David Baca, driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean dragster, met Doug Herbert, driver of the Hulk-themed/Action Collectable dragster.

Both Baca and Herbert got away in near identical reactions times at the green; both hazed the tires as they tried to break loose from the track; both pedaled (got off the throttle and back on) and recovered; both raced to the finish line with Herbert getting the win light.

Baca recorded an elapsed time of 5.410 seconds, while Herbert with a pass of 4.954 seconds, was slightly quicker.

"We backed it down tons this morning and still didn't back it down enough. We're still too aggressive. I'm way over center on it. I need to get more conservative with it," said crew chief Johnny West. "The high-altitude in Denver should help us there but we need to get in line for Seattle and Sonoma."

Baca continues to hold onto ninth in the point standings with 540 points.

Baca and the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports/American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean team take a few weekends off before heading Denver, Seattle and Sonoma, Calif. for back-to-back-to back races, The first in the three race series is the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., just outside Denver. The event is scheduled for 18-20.

-h&bm-

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