Sonoma: David Baca preview

David Baca looks to finish one step higher than he did last year at Sonoma KENT, Wash. (July 28, 2004) -- It's back to business as usual for David Baca, who drives the independent family dragster known as the D. Baca & Family Dragster, as he...

David Baca looks to finish one step higher than he did last year at Sonoma

KENT, Wash. (July 28, 2004) -- It's back to business as usual for David Baca, who drives the independent family dragster known as the D. Baca & Family Dragster, as he gets ready for this weekend's NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals at his home track, Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, Calif.

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.

The team qualified No. 10 and advanced to the second round at that event. Living up to his new moniker, "the Spoiler", Baca turned back Brandon Bernstein in the opening round.

All-in-all the race was a successful outing for the Northern California business and drag racer. As a result of his showing in Seattle, Baca has already jumped one position in the NHRA POWERade point standings and enters the FRAM Autolite Nationals in 12th position. He has 424 points, only 14 points behind 11th and 119 out of the top ten.

Baca, runner-up at last year's FRAM Autolite Nationals, will compete in four of the remaining nine events left on this year's NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule. In addition to Sonoma, the D. Baca & Family team will also compete at Indy, Las Vegas and the season-ending Automobile Club of Southern California Finals in Pomona, Calif.

Professional nitro qualifying for the FRAM Autolite Nationals begins on Friday (July 30) with two sessions scheduled for Friday at 4 and 7 p.m. and finish with two sessions on Saturday (July 31) at noon and 3:30 p.m. Baca looks to finish one step higher than he did last year when final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday (August 1) at 11 a.m. These times are subject to change and reflect Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

For those that cannot attend the FRAM Autolite Nationals in person, qualifying highlights can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (July 31) from 7-9 p.m. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 8 until 11 p.m. on Sunday (August 1). Television times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Baca , Brandon Bernstein