Columbus: David Baca final summary

Loss of Traction Leads to David Baca's Loss at Columbus COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 22 - An unexpected loss of traction and a puff of tire smoke slowed David Baca's Baca Motorsports Top Fuel dragster Sunday in the opening round of the Pontiac...

Loss of Traction Leads to David Baca's Loss at Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 22 - An unexpected loss of traction and a puff of tire smoke slowed David Baca's Baca Motorsports Top Fuel dragster Sunday in the opening round of the Pontiac Performance Nationals at National Trail Raceway, leading to an upset win by Jack Beckman.

"I definitely didn't expect that," said Baca, who qualified fourth to Beckman's 13th. "We were driving away (to the win) when the tires came loose."

Although the Brentwood, Calif., driver tried to recover by pedaling the throttle, he still lost momentum. That, in turn, enabled Beckman to speed past, winning in 4.911 seconds at 292.08 mph to Baca's 5.439 at 180.69 mph.

"I could've done a better job of pedaling," Baca added. "because (the tires) didn't hook up again."

Baca registered his best weekend time of 4.5689 seconds in Friday qualifying as co-tuners Dennis Baca, David's dad, and Larry Meyer continued working in the clutch area to find consistent tune-ups. It is an on-going process that will continue when the team moves to Topeka, Kan., for the O'Reilly Summer Nationals, May 27-29.

Baca held onto 10th place in POWERade Series points with 310.

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Baca , Jack Beckman