Las Vegas II: David Baca eliminations summary

Baca gives Schumacher a race in opening round LAS VEGAS (October 26, 2003) -- David Baca, driver of the American Racing/Waterloo/Skill Clean Top Fuel dragster, gave Tony Schumacher all he could handle before he lost to the pole sitter in the ...

Baca gives Schumacher a race in opening round

LAS VEGAS (October 26, 2003) -- David Baca, driver of the American Racing/Waterloo/Skill Clean Top Fuel dragster, gave Tony Schumacher all he could handle before he lost to the pole sitter in the opening round of today's eliminations at the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals.

Baca recorded a run of 4.666 seconds at 310.27 mph, while Schumacher covered The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway quarter-mile in 4.628 seconds at 316.15 mph for the win

"We softened it up," said Baca, from Brentwood, Calif.  "Perhaps we
softened it up too much.  There was a lot of oil downs and changing lanes
in front of us.  I just glad we didn't have to make the choice.

"We feel we gave Tony a good race but have you noticed how we are always matched against the best drivers or the driver in the other lane runs a career best. No wonder we have a hard time of late getting past the first round.

"At Pomona, we going to have to dig deep and go some rounds with this American Racing/Waterloo car to give ourselves an opportunity to realize our goal of a top five point finish. Also, it is an honor to be a rookie and be in contention for the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award and to be in the Budweiser Shootout."

In the point battle, Baca continues to hold the No. 6 position in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings. He now has 1009 points, 67 behind No. 5.

Next up for Baca and the American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/ Skill Clean team is the season-final Automobile Club of Southern California Finals at Pomona Raceway, Nov. 6-9. The Budweiser Shootout will be run as a special race-within-a-race as part of the Finals.

Additionally, Baca one of two finalists for the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award, which annually recognizes the top rookie competitor in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. In addition to a ceremonial trophy, the award carries a $20,000 prize. The other candidate is Top Fuel driver Brandon Bernstein. The award will be presented during the NHRA's annual awards ceremony on Monday, Nov. 10 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , David Baca , Brandon Bernstein