Phoenix: David Baca Saturday summary

Baca ready for eliminations at Phoenix. CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 22, 2003) -- In front of representatives and associates of YP.net, an online Yellow Page specialist based in Phoenix and associate marketing partner on the Henkelman & ...

Baca ready for eliminations at Phoenix.

CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 22, 2003) -- In front of representatives and associates of YP.net, an online Yellow Page specialist based in Phoenix and associate marketing partner on the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports/American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage Top Fuel Dragster, driver David Baca qualified 11th for this weekend's 19th annual NHRA Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals, the second of 23 events on the 2003 NHRA POWERADE ® Drag Racing Series.

In qualifying 11th Baca, a second generation driver and a candidate for the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award (Rookie of the Year), recorded a pass of 4.693 seconds at 303.84 mph down the Firebird International Raceway quarter-mile. The Brentwood, Calif. driver will face Darrell Russell in tomorrow's opening round of eliminations which get underway at 11 a.m. (MT). Russell qualified 6th with a run of 4.574 seconds at 322.19 mph.

"This group (the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports team) works hard. It's the youngest full team that I can speak of when I compare to all the teams in the pits. They have a strong desire to win and that got us into the show for the second straight race. We're in, we can win and we're going to give it a go. We're going to go out tomorrow in our American Racing/Waterloo Tool Top Fuel Special and give it our best," said Baca.

Visiting the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports pit area on Friday and Saturday was Tim Worrell, a Phoenix resident, and pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. Baca met Worrell while both were participating in the sixth annual "Holiday Sobriety Challenge" at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

For the Major League pitcher, who is used to performing before tens of thousands found the best view of the action was from the starting line. "The highlight of the weekend was when we were down on the starting line, right behind the starter, between both cars. When they sent them off I didn't which way to flinch, it was just hanging on," said Worrell.

His pick to win he race -- "Definitely a win for David Baca."

"We're here to win, you know that," said Baca, "but to live up to Tim's prediction is a tall order. We'll do the best we can."

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