Seattle: David Baca Saturday summary

David Baca No. 6 at Carquest Auto Parts Nationals. KENT, Wash. (July 26, 2003) - One of the few drivers to successfully negotiate the Pacific Raceway quarter-mile, David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports ...

David Baca No. 6 at Carquest Auto Parts Nationals.

KENT, Wash. (July 26, 2003) - One of the few drivers to successfully negotiate the Pacific Raceway quarter-mile, David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., driver of the Henkelman & Baca Motorsports American Racing/Waterloo Tool Storage/Skill Clean dragster, finished No. 6 on the qualifying ladder for tomorrow's eliminations, as qualifying ended today for the NHRA Carquest Auto Parts Nationals.

In Friday's first qualifying session, Baca covered the Kent, Wash., Pacific Raceways quarter-mile track in 4.796 second at 303.35 mph, good for the sixth position.

Discussing a suspect track, Baca said, "We went A to B several times during the three qualifying sessions. It's a tough facility here. It's been here a long time. Sometime older isn't better. Sometime we need to come back and rebuild some of these older tracks. I think this is one of those places. I was told a year ago that was going to happen here. Right now I don't see any thing going on.

"The fans in the Seattle area are great and I love it up here. But to give the fans this type of facilities, or lack thereof, is not good for the long-term growth of the sport I so dearly love; Nor is the type of show we are giving the fans here. Hopefully things will improve tomorrow as far as the show goes."

Team owner Rick Henkelman, from San Jose, Calif., added this regarding qualifying, "It's a hard deal out there right now. The track's real hot. The temperature's real hot. The air is real good, so this American Racing dragster tries to make a lot of horsepower, but the track isn't cooperating.

"We dropped a hole (cylinder) at the start on our last run or we might have had a better pass. We think we have a good tune up for tomorrow. We've got to hope that tomorrow at 11 a.m. the air and track won't be as hot as today and everything will be better. I'm looking for us to go some rounds when we race tomorrow."

Sunday's opening round of eliminations begins at 11 a.m. (PDT - local time). Baca's first round opponent will be Cory McClenathan, who drove for Henkelman & Baca Motorsports last year. McClenathan qualified 11th with an elapsed time of 4.915 seconds.

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Baca , Cory McClenathan