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Career best by Romine ends Baca's day in opening round MOHNTON, Penn. (October 5, 2003) -- For David Baca, driver of the American Racing/Waterloo/Skill Clean Top Fuel dragster, a nightmare ended when he lost in the opening round of the NHRA ...

Career best by Romine ends Baca's day in opening round

MOHNTON, Penn. (October 5, 2003) -- For David Baca, driver of the American Racing/Waterloo/Skill Clean Top Fuel dragster, a nightmare ended when he lost in the opening round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals in today's eliminations.

The race, originally scheduled for September 12-14, was postponed until this weekend, October 4 and 5, when rain interrupted qualifying on both September 12 and 13 with only one qualifying session completed. When the rescheduled action resumed yesterday so did the rain, allowing the professional teams just one additional time on the Maple Grove Raceway quarter-mile.

"For me this race has been a nightmare," said Baca, a contender for rookie of the year honors. "My only memory of my trip to Maple Grove will be a picture of rain and a first round loss."

Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., was a victim of a career best elapsed time by Paul Romine. Romine ran the quickest pass of his career when he recorded a pass of 4.524 second. Like his qualifying run of yesterday, in the opening round of today's eliminations, Baca experienced some tire shake and after driving through it, fell short on the top end with an elapsed time of 4.623 seconds. The win light went to Romine.

"It seems that drivers are getting revved up when they come up against this American Racing/ Waterloo car. This is the second week in a row that our opponent has run a career best against us. First round losses are really hurting our chances to advance in the point race and we must get things turned around before next weekend in Dallas. I think, and I'm very hopeful, that we have found an answer that will put us back on pace at Dallas."

It's on to Ennis, Texas, just outside Dallas, for the seventh consecutive weekend of racing. Baca and the American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/ Skill Clean team will be competing at the 18th annual NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex. The event unfolds next weekend, October 9-12

In the point battle, Baca leaves Maple Grove Raceway and heads to the Texas Motorplex No. 6 in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings. He now has 947 points, 31 behind Cory McClenathan, who hold down the No. 5 position. Note: Due to a power failure at Maple Grove Raceway and the surrounding area, the final rounds of the Lucas Oil Nationals are being delayed. Therefore, all points are unofficial and subject to change until finalized by the NHRA.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Paul Romine , David Baca , Cory McClenathan