Las Vegas II: David Baca preview

The Baca Bulletin The pre-race release of David Baca and the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Top Fuel team "I love Vegas. Who doesn't love Vegas? I'm just very excited to have this opportunity and to get back in the seat in one of the top cars in the ...

The Baca Bulletin
The pre-race release of David Baca and the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Top Fuel team

"I love Vegas. Who doesn't love Vegas? I'm just very excited to have this opportunity and to get back in the seat in one of the top cars in the nation. This is awesome! I'm really honored to have this opportunity and to let everyone know that we're still alive and kicking. We want to do our best to win the race for Matco Tools and to help Hot Rod (Fuller) get the No. 1 spot. If we can knock off some of the other contenders, that will be great."

Baca Las Vegas Notebook

Last October, Baca qualified 15th at the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals with an elapsed time of 4.597 second at 322.42 mph. He fell in the opening round of eliminations to Brandon Bernstein.

Baca last competed at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona last November where he qualified 15th (4.583, 312.57) and was knocked off in round one by eventual race winner Tony Schumacher.

Last season, Baca finished 12th in the NHRA Top Fuel standings. He qualified for 22 of 23 races and clocked a career-best speed (331.69 mph) at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. He also advanced to the final-round at the season-opening Winternationals.

Baca's best season as a pro came in 2003--his first full season in Top Fuel--where he finished seventh in the Top Fuel division. He posted a runner-up finish at Sonoma, Calif. and earned two poles (Indianapolis and Memphis).

Baca made his NHRA Top Fuel debut at the fall Las Vegas race in 2002. He missed the 16-car field qualifying 18th run a qualifying-best pass of 4.733 seconds at 315.05 mph.

Baca's father, Dennis, won the Top Fuel title at the prestigious U.S. Nationals in 1977.

Baca On Las Vegas...

Las Vegas: "The Strip"

The Strip at LVMS: "4.51 in 2003"

Favorite Las Vegas restaurant: "Capital Grille"

Favorite The Strip at LVMS racing memory: "Going 5.43 in my A/FD as the first TA/D to go down the race track in 2000"

Favorite activity while at Las Vegas: "Eating"

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , David Baca , Brandon Bernstein