Joliet: David Baca eliminations summary

Jim Head edges David Baca at finish line JOLIET, Ill. (June 1, 2003) -- The number five qualifier, David Baca and No. 12 Jim Head faced off in the opening round of today's eliminations at the sixth annual NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals.

Jim Head edges David Baca at finish line

JOLIET, Ill. (June 1, 2003) -- The number five qualifier, David Baca and No. 12 Jim Head faced off in the opening round of today's eliminations at the sixth annual NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals. Only one would advance to the next round.

Head, from Columbus, Ohio, left first at the green light. It was a drag race all the way down the Route 66 Raceway quarter-mile. With Baca, driver of the Henkelman & Baca American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/YP.net Top Fuel Dragster, coming on strong at the top end, Head took the win light by .0164 seconds to advance.

Crew Chief Johnny West had the following thoughts: "I was pleased with the consistency the car showed throughout qualifying and the run today. I was disappointed in losing. We need to get more aggressive now that we have found the consistency."

"It was simply a drag race and I got out run," said Baca, who resides in Brentwood , Calif. "We've figured out most every way to beat ourselves here lately, but if you have to lose, the best way is in a good old fashion drag race. Still it doesn't make it any easier. We just haven't had any racing luck come our way. We haven't done anything to help ourselves the last few weeks in points. It's been there for the taking. We should be up a few more spots in the POWERade points. It's frustrating.

"This American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage team is made up of a lot good people. We're running consistent and we'll bounce back. I can look around the pits and look at the higher financed teams that are knocking there heads against the wall a little harder than I am today. Losing sucks and if you're a good loser, you're still a loser.

"We're on the right side of the curve, running consistently. We'll be back on the winning side and look forward to the next race in Columbus."

Baca dropped to ninth in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings after 10 of 23 events. He now has 476 points. Baca is 9 points behind Tony Schumacher in eighth, 15 behind Doug Herbert in seventh and 72 points out of the top five.

Baca and the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports/American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/YP.net Top Fuel Dragster take a weekend off before heading to National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, just outside Columbus for the 39th annual NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals, June 12-15.

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Drivers Jim Head , Doug Herbert , Tony Schumacher , David Baca