Pomona2: David Baca Saturday summary

Baca qualifies No. 7 at rain-delayed Winternationals POMONA, Calif. - David Baca, driver of the American Racing/ 3-A- Day of Dairy/Dairy Farmers of Oregon dragster, qualified No. 7 as qualifying concluded for the NHRA K&N Filters...

Baca qualifies No. 7 at rain-delayed Winternationals

POMONA, Calif. - David Baca, driver of the American Racing/ 3-A- Day of Dairy/Dairy Farmers of Oregon dragster, qualified No. 7 as qualifying concluded for the NHRA K&N Filters Winternationals, the opening race on the 23-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

After qualifying was delayed for one week due to rains on the originally scheduled weekend, Baca returned with a strong 4.603-second qualifying pass on Friday but it was his first session on Saturday that attracted the most attention.

"Wow! This new car really wants to leave with the wheels up," said Baca of Saturday's opening run. "I thought I was going to drive through it when it was out there a couple of feet. Then all of a sudden it went to four-feet. I'm thinking, okay what's it going to do. Right about then it made another hike up higher. I was looking at blue skies and I saw the front wing up over my eyebrows. I knew it was time for a decision and called on my experience in both alcohol dragsters and a year in Top Fuel. Fortunately for me all those laps paid off. The bottom line is I don't think I hurt it too bad. Crew chief Johnny West and the boys will have it ready for the final qualifying session."

The wheelstand didn't hurt Baca as he returned for the afternoon session and reeled off a run of 4.73, finishing qualifying in the No. 7 position. Baca will face-off against Scott Kaliita in tomorrow's eliminations. Kalitta qualified No. 10.

"To make a long story short, that was a great team effort. I'm just the lucky guy that gets to steer this thing. These guys, they're awesome. We had that giant wheelstand then come back and run like we did. I really feel there's some left in it. I've got Scott Kalitta in the morning so we better not leave anything on the table," said Baca at the end of qualifying.

He added, " I'm honored to represent the Dairy Farmers of Oregon and the 3-A-day of Dairy program. I hope they all are enjoying this weekend and we have the opportunity to move this program forward."

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.

Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. tomorrow with Top Fuel the first classes to take to the track.

-h&bm-

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Baca , Scott Kalitta