Las Vegas: David Baca Saturday summary

Baca qualifies No. 11, faces Dixon LAS VEGAS (April 3, 2004) -- David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., qualified the American Racing dragster in the No. 8 position for the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals. Baca's best run down The Strip at Las...

Baca qualifies No. 11, faces Dixon

LAS VEGAS (April 3, 2004) -- David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., qualified the American Racing dragster in the No. 8 position for the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals.

Baca's best run down The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway quarter-mile was a 4.641second pass at 308.14 mph in today's final qualifying sessions.

When eliminations begin tomorrow, Baca will square-off against the No. 6 qualifier Larry Dixon, Jr., the reigning POWERade Top Fuel champion. Dixon qualified No. 6 with an elapsed time of 4.564 seconds. This will be the fourth meeting between the pair, with Baca looking for his first win.

"We're getting there taking little steps at a time," noted Baca following the run. "Johnny West (crew chief) has been doing a lot of work with the clutch and it's starting to payoff. Now we just have to take what we are learning to Sunday.

"We have a great tune up when it not so hot -- that's hot as in temperature. This causes us second round woes. I hope to have a chance at second round tomorrow.

"With our old tune up we had little or no margin for error. Now Johnny is developing a bigger window which gives us more margin. This will be important as we get to the real hot weather."

With all drivers hoping that the rains of the last two days are a thing of the past, final eliminations start at 11 a.m. (ET) tomorrow when Top Fuel, followed by Funny Cars and Pro Stock take to the track here in Las Vegas.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , David Baca