Madison: David Baca preview

Baca ready to get back to racing MADISON, Ill. -- Fresh from a family vacation in Hawaii, David Baca, driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports American Racing/ Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean Top Fuel dragster, is ready to get back to ...

Baca ready to get back to racing

MADISON, Ill. -- Fresh from a family vacation in Hawaii, David Baca, driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports American Racing/ Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean Top Fuel dragster, is ready to get back to racing.

"I'm looking forward to going racing," said Baca, as he prepares for this weekend's race. "Vacation is over, I need to get back to work."

The NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway Raceway in Madison, Ill., in sight of the famous St. Louis Gateway Arch, is the midpoint of the 23-race 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Currently ninth in the POWERade Top Fuel point standings, Baca is looking to improve during the second half of the season.

"This American Racing/Waterloo team is not where we want it to be at this point in the season. We're in a little slump right now. Lately, it seems like it's the start of the year all over. We can't seem to buy a round win," added Baca.

"We're running well. I'm doing an okay job. We just can't seem to get by that first round right now. The team is doing their job, but it seems that everybody is making their best run against us in the last few races. While it has been discouraging, hopefully, when we get to St. Louis that will all turn around."

"Even though we're ninth in the points, the good news is that we're less than a 100 points out of the top five and 138 out of third. All-in-all, with a few breaks, some racing luck, I can see us much higher in the points. A top five finish is still our goal this season."

This race is different than others on the schedule as all three days, both qualifying and eliminations, begin in the late afternoon and continue into the dark of nighttime.

"We learned about heat and humidity at the last race in Columbus (Ohio) and the afternoon conditions here should be much of the same, although I hear it might be a little cooler in St. Louis during the race than we normally experience there. Going into the night, the track conditions should be better."

"The track will be cooler and that should allow the teams to get more aggressive with the tune up. We've been running on Friday night for a number of races now and that should allow Johnny West to set it up at night based on our past data. We've posted some good number at night," concluded Baca.

Crew chief Johnny West, who missed final eliminations two weeks ago at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals with an inner ear problem, is good to go for this weekend's event.

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