Denver: David Baca eliminations summary

David Baca loses to Bernstein in second round MORRISON, Colo. (July 20, 2003) -- After two days that included rain, wind, lightning and even a power outage, the final eliminations got underway today for the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals under...

David Baca loses to Bernstein in second round

MORRISON, Colo. (July 20, 2003) -- After two days that included rain, wind, lightning and even a power outage, the final eliminations got underway today for the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals under clear skies and hot temperatures.

In the opening round and a repeat of the same match up at the last race in St. Louis, David Baca, driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean dragster, squared off against Doug Herbert, who for the second consecutive race, is driving the Hulk-themed/Action Collectable dragster.

Herbert gained a slight advantage at the green but Baca wasn't to be denied. Baca recorded an elapsed time of 4.881 seconds to 5.169 seconds for Herbert. Baca is now even in two races against the Hulk. The ladder matched Baca with Kenny Bernstein in the quarterfinals.

Team owner Rick Henkelman, from San Jose, reviewed the race against Bernstein: "We were a little too conservative on the tune up. We were a little afraid of that 140-degree starting line and we backed it down. Maybe a little too much, in hindsight. The track turned out to be better than we thought it was. The Safety Safari scraped it right before we ran. That made things a little better. We just missed it. We lost a cylinder down about 650-feet. That killed the mile per hour. It was a great drag race. We just came up short."

"I think we had a pretty good outing on the hill," added Baca. "We got a little monkey off our back that we had for about four weeks. Hey, I got to race Kenny Bernstein. It was a good old drag race and, as much as I hate to say it, I came out on the wrong end of it."

Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., continues to hold onto ninth in the point standings with 594 points.

Next up is the second of back-to-back-to back races on the western swing, as Baca and the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports/American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean team move to Seattle for the NHRA Carquest Auto Parts Nationals at Pacific Raceway in Kent, Wash., July 25-27.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Kenny Bernstein , David Baca