Topeka: David Baca preview

Consistency starting to come around for Baca TOPEKA, Kan. (May 26, 2004) -- It's not always the quickest nor the fastest car that wins on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. It's usually the driver that has the most consistent runs and ...

Consistency starting to come around for Baca

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 26, 2004) -- It's not always the quickest nor the fastest car that wins on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. It's usually the driver that has the most consistent runs and sometimes a little luck to boot that wins on Sunday.

No one is more aware of this than David Baca, driver of the American Racing Top Fuel dragster. He built his reputation during his rookie year in 2003 based on consistency and finished seventh in the POWERade point standings. Thus far in 2004, he has been somewhat void of that consistency but his performance is now on the rebound.

"We are starting to show that we can run with a small degree of consistency," said Baca, as he prepares for this weekend's NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX. "We put a couple back-to-back runs together at Chicago and I hope that is the start of good things to come.

"I like the track at Topeka. We qualified very good here last year and I'm looking for more of the same this year. Now what we have to do is start going rounds during eliminations."

Baca enters this event in 12th position in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, off his pace of last year and from his goal of finishing in the top five in points this season.

"We are only a third through the season. I firmly believe if we can turn our season around, starting now, we can still finish strong and achieve the goals that we have set for this Henkelman and Baca Motorsports team for this season. Our performance shows promise. Now we must perform up to our standards all the time," reflected Baca.

The O'Reilly Summer Nationals opens with two professional qualifying sessions on the Heartland Park Topeka quarter-mile for the nitro classes on Friday (May 28) at 5 and 8 p.m. and two final qualifying sessions on Saturday (May 29) at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 11 a.m. All schedules subject to change. All times is Central Daylight Time (CDT).

In business since 1956, American Racing Custom Wheels headquartered in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., offers over 75 styles of wheels for every aftermarket application -- including passenger car, off-road, truck/SUV, vintage, dualie, steel and hi-performance wheels. With 40 warehouses, American Racing provides the consumer ease of access to their product through dealers and retail outlets nationwide.

Henkelman & Baca Motorsports is pleased to be associated throughout the 2004 season with marketing support from Champion Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Goodyear, Lucas Oil and Mac Tools.

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