Phoenix: David Baca Saturday summary

Baca qualifies No. 10 in Phoenix CHANDLER, Ariz. - David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., drove the American Racing/ 3-A- Day of Dairy/Dairy Farmers of Oregon dragster to No. 10 on the ladder as qualifying concluded today at Firebird ...

Baca qualifies No. 10 in Phoenix

CHANDLER, Ariz. - David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., drove the American Racing/ 3-A- Day of Dairy/Dairy Farmers of Oregon dragster to No. 10 on the ladder as qualifying concluded today at Firebird International Raceway for the NHRA Checkers Schuck's Kragen Nationals, the second of 23-races on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Baca and team used Friday to set a base, then Saturday's weather changed and temperatures increased. This caused the majority of teams to lose traction in Saturday's opening session and Baca was in the majority. The base was out the window. All teams now had to contend with the heat.

"We're trying to find the right combination," said crew chief Johnny West. "We're already two races in the season and we need to make up eight hundredth of a second, then work it down from there. Someday it will come to us. It could be tomorrow but it will come to us."

Baca will face-off against Clay Millican in eliminations. Millican qualified No 7 with an elapsed time of 4.563 seconds, while Baca qualified with a best elapsed time of 4.627 seconds. Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. tomorrow when Top Fuel, followed by Funny Cars and Pro Stock, take to the track at Firebird.

Catch the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports American Racing/ 3-A- Day of Dairy/Dairy Farmers of Oregon Top Fuel dragster in action tonight when ESPN2 airs two (2) hours of qualifying highlights beginning at 11 p.m. (ET) and then again tomorrow for three (3) hours of eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET).

In business since 1956, American Racing Custom Wheels, headquartered in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., offers over 75 styles of wheels for every aftermarket application -- including passenger car, off-road, truck/SUV, vintage, dualie, steel and hi-performance wheels. With 40 warehouses, American Racing provides the consumer ease of access to their product through dealers and retail outlets nationwide.

3-A-Day of Dairy, the pilot program that Baca is now testing through the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., is a nutrition-based marketing and consumer education campaign 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.

Henkelman & Baca Motorsports is pleased to be associated throughout the 2004 season with marketing support from Champion Spark Plugs, the Dairy Farmers of Oregon, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.) and Mac Tools.

-h&bm-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , David Baca