Las Vegas II: David Baca preview

Preparation Continues at Vegas for 2005 for the D. Baca & Family Racing Team LAS VEGAS (October 25, 2004) -- Preparations for next season will continue for the D. Baca & Family Racing team at this weekend's NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas...

Preparation Continues at Vegas for 2005 for the D. Baca & Family Racing Team

LAS VEGAS (October 25, 2004) -- Preparations for next season will continue for the D. Baca & Family Racing team at this weekend's NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals.

"We go to every race intent on winning and the Vegas race is no different," said David Baca, who drives the D. Baca & Family Top Fuel Dragster. "But while our goal is to win, we are also in test mode preparing for the 2005 season.

"We have continued our search for a major player from Corporate America to give us the financial backing next year so that we can compete on the highest level of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. It takes a full money vault to make a run at the likes of the three Kalitta cars, the Army of One car of Tony Schumacher, and the red and blue beer cars. I can only say we are encouraged by our talks to potential marketing partners at this time.

"If a marketing partner joins us in a bid for the championship, then we would naturally run all 23 races next season. If not we will continue our plans to run around 15 national events in 2005. Either way we must be ready and that's why we're here in Las Vegas doing our homework."

In addition to having his focus on winning the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, Baca is in the running for the "wild card" position for the Budweiser Shootout, a special race-within-a-race for Top Fuel drivers being held Saturday (Oct. 30) during qualifying.

For 2004, the Budweiser Shootout was reformatted. Only the top seven point earners for the Shootout were guaranteed a position. The eighth and final position, the "wild card," will be determined by a drawing among the drivers that qualified in positions 8-15.

Baca, who qualified in the No. 13 position, will join seven drivers -- Larry Dixon, Scott Weis, Rhonda Hartman-Smith, John Smith, Brady Kalivoda, Morgan Lucas and Mike Strasburg -- in the random drawing at "The Joint" inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday evening, Oct. 28.

"My first objective this week is to pull the No. 8 Budweiser bottle out during the Budweiser Shootout Draw Party, then go out there and cause some havoc on Saturday by winning the Shootout if possible. Our goals are always the same. We pull into every event thinking we're as good as anybody and we're there to win. The Budweiser Shootout is no exception, except that we've got to be luckier than seven other drivers just to get to the Shootout," said Baca.

Television highlights of the Budweiser Shootout can be seen on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday evening, October 30.

Although he has run a limited schedule this year, entering the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Baca is No. 14 in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings with 552 points.

With Rick Henkelman calling the tuning shots, qualifying for the D. Baca & Family Dragster, with David Baca at the wheel, begins with two sessions scheduled for Friday (Oct. 29) at 4 and 6:30 p.m. and concludes with two additional sessions on Saturday (Oct. 30) at 12:15 and 3 p.m. All qualifying times times are local Las Vegas time and subject to change at anytime.

Qualifying highlights for the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (October 30) from 10:30 p.m. until midnight. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 7 until 10 p.m. on Sunday (October 31). Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Scott Weis , Rhonda Hartman-Smith , Tony Schumacher , David Baca , Mike Strasburg , Morgan Lucas