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Baca looks to Seattle for momentum for Sonoma KENT, Wash. -- The road back to the top five in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings for David Baca and the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports team makes a stop this weekend in Seattle for the NHRA...

Baca looks to Seattle for momentum for Sonoma

KENT, Wash. -- The road back to the top five in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings for David Baca and the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports team makes a stop this weekend in Seattle for the NHRA Carquest Auto Parts Nationals.

At last weekend's NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals, Baca, driver of the American Racing/ Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean Top Fuel dragster, broke out of a mid-season slump when he advanced to the second round on the hill at Bandimere Speedway.

"We had been in a lull, not advancing past the first round for several races. We felt we had a minor victory on the hill in Denver when we made it to the second round," said Baca. "With the monkey somewhat off our back, we plan to step it up in Seattle.

"The track there is usually fast and we hope to take advantage of what the track has to offer. Crew chief Johnny West and my partner Rick Henkelman have the car running well. We want to do well here so that we can use the momentum as we move to our home track, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., the following weekend."

On Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. Baca will be signing autographs at Top Fuel Motorsports in Puyallup, not too far from Pacific Raceways. "I'm looking forward to meeting the fans that come out to Top Fuel Motorsports," added Baca, "and I also want to thank the Marriott Courtyard at Southcenter in Tukwila for their hospitality while our team is in the Seattle area."

Qualifying for the Carquest Auto Parts Nationals will have two sessions for the professional classes (Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock) on Friday at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. and conclude with two additional sessions on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The quickest 16 cars in each professional class will advance to Sunday's eliminations, which get underway beginning at 11 a.m. Qualifying and elimination times are local Seattle time (PDT) and subject to change without notice.

Qualifying highlights can be seen Saturday, July 26, on ESPN2 from 8-10 p.m. and eliminations can be viewed on Sunday, July 27, on ESPN (early elimination rounds) from 4-6 p.m. and on ESPN2 (final elimination rounds) from 8:30-10 p.m. Television times are eastern time (EDT).

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