Testing has David Baca optimistic heading to Chicagoland. JOLIET, Ill. -- Testing following last weekend's NHRA national event in Topeka has David Baca, driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports American Racing/ Waterloo Tool Storage/YP.net...
Testing has David Baca optimistic heading to Chicagoland.
JOLIET, Ill. -- Testing following last weekend's NHRA national event in Topeka has David Baca, driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports American Racing/ Waterloo Tool Storage/YP.net Top Fuel dragster, looking forward to this weekend's 6th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals at the state-of-the-art Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.
"Our testing results last Monday in Topeka were very positive," said Baca. "It gives us reason to be optimistic as we prepare for qualifying at Joliet. Johnny West (crew chief) got the clutch gremlins under control and we ran some good times. Cory (McClenathan) filled in for me during the test, while I attend to my business back home in California. He made several passes and we are excited with the results.
"Now we'll see if we can carry that right to Chicago. The Route 66 track is one of the fastest on the NHRA circuit. Definitely one of the nicest. We're hoping for real good results here. Since the testing, we feel we have a better understanding of how to go down the track and get from point A to point B, both during qualifying and on Sunday."
For Baca, a 43-year-old rookie who resides in Brentwood, Calif., it will be his first time to drive his American Racing/ Waterloo Tool Storage/YP.net dragster on the quarter-mile track at Route 66 Raceway. Entering this event, the Henkelman & Baca team has qualified in the top half of the field in five out of the last six events on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
Baca is seventh in the current POWERade Top Fuel point standings with 442 points. While Larry Dixon and Doug Kalitta are doing battle for the top spot in the point standings, Baca is only 58 points behind Darrell Russell in fourth, 39 in back of Doug Herbert in fifth, and 33 behind Cory McClenathan, who occupies the sixth position.