Phoenix: David Baca final summary

Baca Gets Early Jump on McClenathan, but Dropped Cylinder Prevents Win CHANDLER, Ariz., Feb. 27, 2005 - Once again the fickle finger of fate pointed at Top Fuel driver David Baca Sunday during the opening round of the Checkers Schuck's Kragen ...

Baca Gets Early Jump on McClenathan, but Dropped Cylinder Prevents Win

CHANDLER, Ariz., Feb. 27, 2005 - Once again the fickle finger of fate pointed at Top Fuel driver David Baca Sunday during the opening round of the Checkers Schuck's Kragen Nationals at Firebird Raceway.

Baca's Baca Motorsports dragster left the starting line first against Cory McClenathan and held the lead. But the advantage was wiped out when Baca's car spun the tires two seconds into the run. Then a cylinder went out and, along with it, went the Brentwood, Calif., driver's chance of victory.

"I was out on him and didn't see him until the car spun the tires and the engine dropped cylinder," recalled a dejected Baca. "And that was it."

McClenathan drove past to take the win light in 4.558 seconds at 325.85 mph while Baca wasn't far behind with his 4.646 at 314.75.

"We improved our bottom-end numbers but that might've got us into trouble today," added Baca, who exited in the opening round at Pomona, Calif., two weeks ago when the car was slowed by traction problems. "We will be staying here and testing Monday. We need to get this combination figured out. We'll get them next time."

Baca, who is tied for 11th in NHRA POWERade standings with 66 points, returns to competition at the Gatornationals, March 18-20 at Gainesville, Fla.

Baca Motorsports will receive support from the following associate sponsors throughout 2005: Champion Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Goodyear, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools and Weld Racing Wheels.

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Baca , Cory McClenathan