Topeka: David Baca Saturday summary

Henkelman & Baca park Top Fuel dragster TOPEKA, Kan. (May 29, 2004) -- Citing pressing business commitments and a lack of a primary marketing partner, Top Fuel driver David Baca has made a decision to withdraw from the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing...

Henkelman & Baca park Top Fuel dragster

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 29, 2004) -- Citing pressing business commitments and a lack of a primary marketing partner, Top Fuel driver David Baca has made a decision to withdraw from the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, effective at the conclusion of this weekend's NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals.

In addition to directing his attention to his Northern California flooring business, current plans call for the popular driver to regroup and concentrate on securing the necessary funding to compete at the top performance level demanded in the sport.

"Along with my partner, Rick Henkelman, we regret that we must make this decision at this time but feel that it is in the best interest of the Henkelman and Baca Motorsports team," said Baca. "I need to spend more time taking care of my flooring business, Allstate Contract Floors, and other business commitments. The demand of running 23 races exacts a toll on operating a growing business.

"When and if the time's right and we have secured a major sponsor, I will once again revisit the possibility of racing. Racing in NHRA's highest class has been a dream come true and the next time I do this I want to have the financial wherewithal to be able to contend for the championship.

"Thanks to all the fans that have supported us, it was great having you be a part of our NHRA drag racing program."

Baca is in his second season and last year was runner-up in the voting for the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award. He ran a career best elapsed time of 4.499 seconds at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in 2003 and a career best speed of 329.91 mph at the recently completed Chicago event this season.

He also has gathered two No. 1 qualifying positions, both in 2003. His first came at the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis and the second at Memphis.

In closing Baca added, "Henkelman & Baca Motorsports extends its appreciation to American Racing Custom Wheels, Champion Spark Plugs, Don Steves Chevrolet (La Habra, Calif.), Goodyear, Lucas Oil and Mac Tools for their marketing support. Without that support we couldn't have accomplished what we did."

For the record, Baca finished No. 11 on the ladder as qualifying ended today at the O'Reilly Summer Nationals. Baca covered the Heartland Park Topeka quarter-mile in 4.682 seconds. He will face Doug Herbert in tomorrow's Top Fuel eliminations. Herbert qualified No. 6 with a 4.602 seconds.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , David Baca