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CHARGED M BAKER FULL CIRCLE “The weekend that followed (January 13), I received a call from my sister informing me that my mother had passed away following a long battle with dementia. “Things really just seemed to be at an all-time low for our family, so we held a family meeting, and we decided that we would stick to the plan.” And so, Team Baker headed down to Portland for the upcoming Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series round, the 2018 South Coast 660, where great things awaited them. “We had all agreed that this was just what we needed – to get away from everything that we were dealing with and be surrounded by our great family and friends of drag racing; to just get out there and do what we loved doing and basically escape to our happy place. “We went through the motions at each qualifying session on the Saturday and we were able to continue with that consistency into Sunday’s eliminations with each round seeming to be a blur except for the smiles and hugs from the crew after each race win. “Then, we had managed to make it all the way through to the