Memphis: David Baca preview

Like Reading, Baca strives for consistency at Memphis MILLINGTON, Tenn. (September 17, 2003) --After two consecutive postponements due to rain, David Baca, driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports/American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill...

Like Reading, Baca strives for consistency at Memphis

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (September 17, 2003) --After two consecutive postponements due to rain, David Baca, driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports/American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean Top Fuel dragster, hopes for clear skies for this weekend's NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Memphis Motorsports Park.

"We need a break from the rain," said Baca. "With Isabel going up the east coast, the weather forecast for Memphis looks good right now. Let's hope it stays that way."

As he did at the recently reschedule event in Reading, Penn., Baca wants to strive for consistency at Memphis.

"We've done well, especially over the past three races and the single round we ran at Reading, and while we want to run the big numbers, as a team we want to keep our momentum going and be consistent doing it. As it was at Reading, that will continue to be our number one agenda again this weekend at Memphis," said Baca.

"But don't get me wrong, when the time is right we still want to run big numbers, even go after the national record. Based on the times these Top Fuel cars are running right now, I still feel the national record will fall, maybe here or Chicago or both. I would like to think, based on what we ran at Indy and if conditions are right, we might be one of those people that are potentially capable of going after that record."

Thus far in his rookie season, Baca has qualified for all 17 events (through Indy) on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, qualifying in the top half of the Top Fuel field of 16 in 11 of the 17 events contested so far this season. At the last completed race, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, he captured his first No. 1 qualifying position of his career.

Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., was runner-up at Sonoma and reached the semifinals at Gainesville, Las Vegas and Atlanta and currently is sixth in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, just nine points out of the top five. His rookie season performance has been right there with the veterans, running a career best elapsed time of 4.499 seconds and a career best speed of 326.32 mph on the quarter-mile track at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Qualifying for the professional classes gets started on Friday with two sessions for the nitro cars at 4 and 7 p.m., then concludes with nitro sessions at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Final eliminations for all classes get underway at 11 a.m. on Sunday. All times local -- CDT.

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