Pomona2: David Baca final summary

Baca happy with start at Winternationals POMONA, Calif. - After qualifying No. 7, even a second round loss to Tony Schumacher during eliminations of the NHRA K&N Filters Winternationals couldn't dampen the spirit of David Baca, who drives the...

Baca happy with start at Winternationals

POMONA, Calif. - After qualifying No. 7, even a second round loss to Tony Schumacher during eliminations of the NHRA K&N Filters Winternationals couldn't dampen the spirit of David Baca, who drives the American Racing/ 3-A- Day of Dairy/Dairy Farmers of Oregon dragster.

"We started the season a lot better this year than we did last season," said Baca. "We should leave here seventh in POWERade points, so you can take that sophomore stuff and throw it out the window.

"After the adversity of qualifying, the wheelstand and all, I'm please with our performance this weekend. Sure I'd like to have gone A to B against Schumacher. We found a little problem between rounds in the cannon (clutch) and that could have made us a little more aggressive."

After defeating Scott Kalitta in the opening round, Baca's dragster smoked the tires (loss traction) against Schumacher.

"We'll try to use the Pomona start and improve as we move to Phoenix next weekend. I'm happy with what we accomplished this weekend. Crew chief Johnny West, Larry Meyer and all the crew, they're awesome. The only downside is that I would like to have done better for the folks from 3-A-Day of Dairy that visited with us last weekend and this one," added Baca.

The 3-A-Day of Dairy, the pilot program that Baca is testing this weekend, is a nutrition-based marketing and consumer education campaign managed by The American Dairy Association/National Dairy Council, with the monetary support of the dairy industry and the professional support of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association and the National Medical Association.

"Finally, let me thank American Racing (Wheels that Perform) and DUB, an urban automotive lifestyle magazine, for providing the customized Hummer that we used as our tow vehicle this weekend. It is owned by former Los Angeles Lakers basketball standout Chris Mills, who now plays for the Boston Celtics, and the customize work was done by Oracle Motorsports," concluded Baca.

Next up for the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports is the NHRA Checkers Schuck's and Kragen Nationals, March 5-7, a Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, Ariz., just outside Phoenix.

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Baca , Scott Kalitta