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Baca Top Fuel Team Ready to Turn Things around in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS - The Baca Motorsports Top Fuel team has all the parts and pieces necessary to compete against the best in the businesses. This is nothing enlightening, however. What...

Baca Top Fuel Team Ready to Turn Things around in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - The Baca Motorsports Top Fuel team has all the parts and pieces necessary to compete against the best in the businesses. This is nothing enlightening, however.

What driver David Baca, his father and co-tuner Dennis and the crew seem to be missing this season is a dose of good luck. They haven't seen much of the positive variety after four races.

With that in mind, their visit to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the SummitRacing.com Nationals has them ready to talk of reversing their fortunes, of hitting the jackpot, of going home a winner.

"We'd certainly like to go home with a race win," said David Baca, of Brentwood, Calif. "That would be like hitting the jackpot. We don't have our first round win yet this year, but there's no reason why we can't get four on Sunday. We're going in with a positive attitude. We want to get the monkey off our back."

Baca has qualified at each 2005 event, but that's not what the team expects.

"We have high hopes going to Las Vegas," he said. "We had high hopes last week, too, but we didn't do the job."

Baca's best run of 4.581 seconds put him 11th. He had another attempt that may have been a little quicker but the blower belt came off early, slowing the car to 4.707 seconds.

"That probably would've been a 4.55 or 4.56," said co-tuner Larry Meyer of the elapsed time that could've lifted Baca into the top eight qualifiers and guaranteed lane choice for the first round of eliminations.

Baca, paired against Morgan Lucas, wasn't in contention long. His tires lost traction and he shut off the engine, taking 8.422 seconds to travel the quarter mile to a winning 4.560 seconds.

Lane choice proved to be decisive in the first round. All eight cars lost in the right lane and only one had a time competitive with the slowest winner in the "good" lane.

If all car parts perform properly for the full 1320 feet this weekend, Baca should be able to divest himself of one primate.

"We have too many good parts and too many good people on this team," he said. "If we keep focus and keep working hard, good things will come."

Baca Motorsports will receive support from the following associate sponsors throughout 2005: Champion Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Goodyear, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools and Weld Racing Wheels.

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Baca , Morgan Lucas