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Points important to Baca but winning is foremost on his mind ENNIS, Texas (October 10, 2003) -- The 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule is down to three races and as David Baca, driver of the American Racing/Waterloo Tool...

Points important to Baca but winning is foremost on his mind

ENNIS, Texas (October 10, 2003) -- The 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule is down to three races and as David Baca, driver of the American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean Top Fuel dragster, begins qualifying for the NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec today at the Texas Motorplex points are important but winning is his main goal.

"Don't get me wrong, points are important to the racing program of Henkelman and Baca Motorsports, but it is not the thing that is foremost on my mind. Winning the O'Reilly Nationals in Dallas is," said Baca, from Brentwood, Calif.

"We've had a pretty good season thus far, especially for a rookie team and driver, but the one thing that has eluded us is that first win. We went to the finals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma (Calif.) but came up short. Here in Dallas we want to go all the way - qualify well and then find the winner's circle.

"I've learned in this sport that if you concentrate on winning the points take care of themselves. Also, the only thing is to set your sights on advancing up the ladder one position at a time. Our goal all season has been a top five finish and that's in sight. Probably, any higher is unrealistic, so we'll just continue to go after fifth."

Baca, who is currently in the No. 6 position in the POWERade Top Fuel point standings, is just 31 points behind fifth place.

In the bonus points for the Big Bud Shootout at Pomona, a special race-within-a-race, Baca is currently No. 4, 30 points out of third.

"The same thing is true for the Budweiser Shootout that I said for the POWERade point championship. You just try to qualify as high as possible and the points take care of themselves. Once again we have a realistic chance at the No. 3 spot but so do three or four other drivers. We'll qualify as best we can and see how things shake out. I'd like to be in the top half of the Shootout field when we reach Pomona," added Baca, with only two races - Dallas and Las Vegas -- remaining to qualify for the Big Bud Shootout at Pomona.

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