Madison: David Baca Saturday summary

Initial qualifying pass places David Baca 10th MADISON, Ill (June 28, 2003) -- If one word could describe David Baca's qualifying runs at this weekend's NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway, it would be ...

Initial qualifying pass places David Baca 10th

MADISON, Ill (June 28, 2003) -- If one word could describe David Baca's qualifying runs at this weekend's NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway, it would be frustrated.

After Baca drove his American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/YP.net dragster to a 4.736 second pass in the opening session on Friday, putting the Brentwood, Calif. driver high in the top half of the field, he was never able to improve on that number. Baca finished in the 10th position on the qualifying ladder.

"Except for that first run, it seemed we could never get a handle on the track," reflected Baca. "It's frustrating!"

If one word describes Baca's feeling entering Sunday's eliminations, that word is optimistic.

"I have confidence in this team and crew chief Johnny West. I'm optimistic we'll rebound and be up for the task ahead of us during eliminations. We need to go rounds and position ourselves to have a run at the teams that are higher than us in the point standings," said Baca, who is currently ninth in the POWERade point standings.

Johnny West had the following thoughts following the final session of qualifying, "We just had it way too hopped up trying to run real good at night. Everybody started running real good. We didn't. We tried to step it up and did too much. We'll back it back down for eliminations closer to what it was in our good run of yesterday and our earlier run today."

The opening round of eliminations begins at 4:30 p.m. (Central Time) tomorrow and continues into the nighttime hours. Baca's first round opponent will be The Hulk-themed dragster of Doug Herbert, who qualified seventh with pass of 4.696 seconds at 313.37 mph.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , David Baca