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Consistency and momentum No.1 on Baca's agenda for Reading MOHNTON, Penn. (September 10, 2003) -- With six races left on the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, David Baca and the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports team ready the American...

Consistency and momentum No.1 on Baca's agenda for Reading

MOHNTON, Penn. (September 10, 2003) -- With six races left on the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule, David Baca and the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports team ready the American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean Top Fuel dragster for this weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, in the picturesque Amish country of eastern Pennsylvania.

Weather cooperating, Maple Grove Raceway is a track known for performance. For example, just two years ago Tony Schumacher pounded out a pass of 333.08 mph on the Maple Grove Raceway quarter-mile.

Commenting on the performance capabilities of the Maple Grove facilities, Baca said, "I'm really excited to be heading to what I consider one of the fastest tracks in the country. Weather permitting, I would be will to state that I think a national record will fall, maybe more than once in Top Fuel. I would even venture to say that based on what we ran at Indy, I think we might be one of those people that are potentially capable of doing it ourselves.

"We've done well, especially over the past three races, and while we want to run the big numbers, as a team we want to keep our momentum going and be consistent doing it. That will be our number one agenda at Reading."

In 2003, Baca has qualified for all 17 events (through Indy) on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, qualifying in the top half of the Top Fuel field of 16 in 11 of the 17 events contested so far this season. At the last race, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, he captured his first No. 1 qualifying position of his career.

Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., was runner-up at Sonoma and reached the semifinals at Gainesville, Las Vegas and Atlanta and currently is sixth in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, just nine points out of the top five. His rookie season performance has been right there with the veterans, running a career best elapsed time of 4.499 seconds and a career best speed of 326.32 mph on the quarter-mile track at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Qualifying for the professional classes get started on Friday with two sessions for the nitro cars at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., then concluded with nitro sessions at noon and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Final eliminations for all classes get underway at 11 a.m. on Sunday. All times EDT.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , David Baca