Sonoma: David Baca Saturday summary

David Baca finishes in top half of field, SONOMA, Calif. (August 2, 2003) - California native David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., who calls Infineon Raceway his home track, began his quest for the Top Fuel crown at this weekend's NHRA FRAM ...

David Baca finishes in top half of field,

SONOMA, Calif. (August 2, 2003) - California native David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., who calls Infineon Raceway his home track, began his quest for the Top Fuel crown at this weekend's NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals by qualifying in the top half of the Top Fuel field at No. 8.

In the final qualifying session, Baca, driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean dragster, cover the Infineon Raceway quarter mile in 4.678 seconds at 311.77 mph.

Team owner Rick Henkelman, from San Jose, Calif. reviewed that final pass: "We're real pleased with that last run and the numbers. It turned out to be a lot better than we thought. Dave (Baca) did a great job of getting the car in very shallow, which makes a big difference in the final elapsed time. We're real pleased with the way he's driving," said Henkelman.

"What a way to end the day," said Baca, as he moved backed into the top half of the field. "We came out here with high hopes that this would be the quickest track we've been on this year. The air is beautiful, near perfect. The temperatures aren't all that bad. I just don't know why the track isn't holding the runs. Maybe when that tire went out on Whit (Bazemore) last night they didn't get the track just right. Tomorrow's a new day, so maybe it will be good when we start eliminations.

"We had a great turn out today. Had a lot of my company guests and friends. So far it's been a great weekend. I hope to go deep tomorrow or as my son said early in the season, 'You need to go one mile on Sunday, Dad.'"

Sunday's opening round of eliminations begins at noon (PDT - local time). Baca's first round opposition will be Doug Herbert, a rather frequent opponent in the last several races. Herbert qualified ninth, with an elapsed time of 4.686 seconds.

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Drivers Doug Herbert , David Baca