Pomona II: David Baca preview

Qualifying order of the day for David Baca at Pomona, POMONA, Calif. -- In the final event on the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., will be putting his Henkelman & Baca Motorsports ...

Qualifying order of the day for David Baca at Pomona,

POMONA, Calif. -- In the final event on the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., will be putting his Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Prolong/Waterloo/303 Protectant Top Fuel Dragster through four qualifying runs for the NHRA Auto Club of Southern California Finals at Pomona Raceway this weekend.

Baca's first professional competition in Top Fuel was less than two weeks ago at the NHRA AC-Delco Las Vegas Nationals when he missed the field by just 14 thousandths of a second. The second generation driver is cautiously optimistic about his chances for the upcoming season final.

"Crew chief Wes Cerny is putting in a lot of overtime readying two car for Pomona," said Baca, partner and team owner of Henkelman & Baca Motorsports, which fields not only the Top Fuel dragster that he drives but a second dragster driven by teammate Cory McClenathan. "He is not only attempting to insure that I make the field at Pomona but that Cory has the most competitive car that we can have for this weekend's Budweiser Shootout and for the final event. I would like nothing more than to see Cory jump back into the top five in points.

"As to my hot rod, if we can pick up from where we left Vegas, I think we'll be right in the thick of things. The numbers were very competitive at the last event, especially the potential numbers on that final pass when the engine let go. We feel that we have the problems corrected that we incurred at Vegas, especially the front wing problem, and things should be better for us here at Pomona.

"Wouldn't it be something to have both Cory and I do well. If we could get on opposite sides of the ladder, maybe we could meet in the final round. Wouldn't that be awesome. Right now though my goal is to qualify and put on a good show for all our marketing partners who have supported this car for the final two races."

Marketing Partners for David Baca's Top Fuel Dragster:

Prolong Super Lubricant:
Prolong International Corporation, through its Prolong Super Lubricants operating subsidiary, markets and distributes patented premium car care lubricants and appearance products for automotive, industrial and consumer applications. Prolong products are designed to provide "The Ultimate in Protection and Performance®". Consequently, the company holds as a primary objective the creation and distribution of products which have "No Equal in the World^Ù". Prolong International Corporation is headquartered in Irvine, California. Its products are marketed and sold under the trademarked names, "Prolong Super Lubricants®," and Prolong® Appearance Products^Ù" throughout the U.S. and in selected international markets.

Waterloo Tool Storage:
Waterloo Industries, Inc., an operating division of Fortune Brands, Inc. with international headquarters in Waterloo, Iowa, is the world's largest manufacturer of tool storage products for professional and consumer markets. Waterloo's strength has always been its ability to develop and manufacture the highest quality tool storage solutions that meet and exceed the needs of the most demanding professional and home workshop customers. Waterloo Industries maintains its unparalleled production capabilities through its four large and sophisticated North America manufacturing facilities employing over 1,000 dedicated Waterloo associates. This success has enabled Waterloo, who is celebrating their 80th anniversary in 2002, to continually lead the industry.

303 Aerospace Protectant:
303 is the leader in UV screening technology and 303 Protectant really is like "SPF 40 Sunscreen ... For Your Stuff." Regular use of 303 Aerospace Protectant can reduce UV caused slow-fade by up to 100%. No other protectant beautifies as intensely, protects as powerfully or lasts as long. The World's Most Manufacturer-Recommended product: Because of its enduring cosmetic properties, resistance to dust, soiling, and staining, water repellency and unparalleled protective abilities, manufacturers worldwide recommend 303 Protectant for countless uses such as rubber, vinyl, clear vinyl, fiberglass, plastics, Dacron and monofilm sails, inflatable boats, finished leathers, and Lexan® and acrylics.

YP.Net Inc., a leading provider of Internet-based yellow page services, offers listing services through its yellow page website at www.YP.net. The company's website contains listings for approximately 18 million businesses and individuals in the United States. YP.NET is America's Local Yellow Pages^Ù on the Internet. YP.Net offers businesses a simple and affordable way of creating a web presence. YP.Net offers Preferred Listing Package, Business Web Sites, Yellow Page Syndication and Co-branding. The YP.Net website is continually updated to ensure a simple and friendly experience for users. YP.net strives to add value to the website by offering more content through proprietary technology and partnerships.

Riebe Auto Parts:
A NAPA Auto Parts distributor with 20 stores operating as Riebe Auto Parts in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California.


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Series NHRA
Drivers David Baca , Cory McClenathan