Topeka: Dave Baca final summary

Baca makes early exit at Topeka Henkelman & Baca to park Top Fuel dragster TOPEKA, Kan. (May 30, 2004) -- In what might have been the shortest farewell tour, Top Fuel driver David Baca's day ended after one round at the NHRA O'Reilly Summer ...

Baca makes early exit at Topeka
Henkelman & Baca to park Top Fuel dragster

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 30, 2004) -- In what might have been the shortest farewell tour, Top Fuel driver David Baca's day ended after one round at the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX when he lost to Doug Herbert.

Yesterday, citing pressing business commitments and a lack of a primary marketing partner, Baca officially announced a decision to withdraw the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports dragster from competition on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, effective at the conclusion of this weekend's NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals.

Against Herbert, Baca lost traction right off the starting line and coasted to an elapsed time of 11.244 seconds at a slowing 91.02 mph. Herbert ran a respectable pass of 4.678 seconds at 302.82 mph.

Crew chief Johnny West said, "We had the car set to go faster than the track would allow. It's as simple as that."

Baca indicated, now that this phase of his racing career is over, he would go home and regroup. In addition to directing his attention to his Northern California flooring business, Allstate Contract Floors, current plans call for the popular driver to concentrate on securing the necessary funding to compete with the top performers in Top Fuel.

The Brentwood, Calif., driver leaves the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series 12th in the Top Fuel point standings with 372 points.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , David Baca