Las Vegas: David Baca final summary

Baca satisfied even with loss LAS VEGAS (April 4, 2004) -- Although David Baca didn't turn-on the win light, the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports team came away from a first round loss to Larry Dixon satisfied with the performance of the American...

Baca satisfied even with loss

LAS VEGAS (April 4, 2004) -- Although David Baca didn't turn-on the win light, the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports team came away from a first round loss to Larry Dixon satisfied with the performance of the American Racing dragster.

"We thought the car should have run better. It was a good old drag race. We've been doing some work in the bell housing and I think the results of that work will show as early as next race," said Baca. "Today was a dress rehearsal and excepting the fact that we didn't win, we're satisfied."

Against Dixon, the pair was welded together all the way down the track. Dixon pulled ahead on the top end and Baca was unable to reel him in. It was a 4.641 second pass for Baca, while Dixon took the win light in 4.521 seconds.

"Although we didn't run the numbers we wanted, we're still satisfied with the way the car reacted to the changes we made for today's first round," said crew chief Johnny West. "In the past, it was all or nothing. We'd run a good number and then make changes for the next round and the car would react negatively, usually smoking the tires. Now we can make changes and the car reacts more positively. We are definitely headed in the right direction."

Now it's on to Baytown, Texas. The next event for David Baca and the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports team is the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, April 15-18.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , David Baca