David Baca exits Sonoma in round two SONOMA, Calif. (August 1, 2004) -- Final eliminations for the NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals got underway today at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. In the opening round, David Baca, driver of the...
David Baca exits Sonoma in round two
SONOMA, Calif. (August 1, 2004) -- Final eliminations for the NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals got underway today at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
In the opening round, David Baca, driver of the independent D. Baca & Family dragster, squared off against Brady Kalivoda. It was the first career meeting between the two drivers.
Baca overcame Kalivoda's starting line advantage and won the first round going away. It was a 4.613-second pass for Baca and a 4.841 for Kalivoda.
With the sun making its first appearance of the day, in the quarterfinals Baca was in the lane opposite David Grubnic. It was a side-by-side race until problems beset Baca. After Baca's dragster gave up the ghost with a flash of fire and tire smoke, Grubnic streaked to the finish line in 4.578 seconds. Baca could only watch and coasted to the end in 6.096 seconds.
It marked the second consecutive week that Baca has advanced to the quarterfinals. After sitting out four races to attend to business commitments and regroup his racing operation, David Baca, from Brentwood, Calif., rejoined the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series at last weekend's NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals in Seattle.
"We're just finding our way here," said Baca. "We've made great progress the last couple of week since returning. We need to get some more volume (fuel) in this D. Baca & Family dragster. If we can make more power we can pull the clutch. Bottom line, we didn't have enough beans (power) in that last round."
While the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series moves to Brainerd, Minn., the next event for D. Baca & Family is scheduled to be the 50th annual Mac Tools U. S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park over Labor Day weekend.