David Baca qualifies for first Top Fuel eliminations. POMONA, Calif. -- Mother Nature, in the form of rain, gave David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Prolong/Waterloo/303 Protectant Top Fuel Dragster,...
David Baca qualifies for first Top Fuel eliminations.
POMONA, Calif. -- Mother Nature, in the form of rain, gave David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports Prolong/Waterloo/303 Protectant Top Fuel Dragster, an assist in qualifying for his first ever NHRA Top Fuel eliminations.
Rain washed out Friday's and Saturday's qualifying at Pomona Raceway at the final event on the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, the NHRA Auto Club of Southern California Finals. The qualifying ladders for all professional classes will be set by elapsed time (E.T.) recorded in Thursday's qualifying session and by the NHRA rulebook governing the insertion into the field of competitors which hold a position in the Top 10 in the NHRA POWERade point standings. That rule allows for provisional starting spots for any top 10 driver who has not qualified after only one qualifying session has been completed and extenuating circumstances, such as weather, prevent the remaining scheduled qualifying sessions from being run.
Said Graham Light, senior vice president of NHRA racing operations, "With regards to qualifying, we established a couple of scenarios a couple of years ago if we had one or no qualifying runs. Here we have one run in, but our procedure clearly says the top 10 drivers in each category will be assured a starting position in the field."
Baca, who is competing in only his second professional Top Fuel NHRA national event, made the field in the 12th qualifying position based on his E.T. Baca recorded a pass of 5.139 seconds at 223.39 mph. The second generation driver will square off against Rhonda Hartman-Smith in Sunday's opening round of eliminations. Hartman-Smith qualified fifth with a blast of 4.617 seconds at 315.19 mph.