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Cruz Pedregon anticipating another strong Performance at Houston Houston, Tex., April 13, 2004 0x2022 Houston Raceway Park holds a lot of memories for Former Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon. It's one of those noteworthy moments a racer never ...

Cruz Pedregon anticipating another strong Performance at Houston

Houston, Tex., April 13, 2004 0x2022 Houston Raceway Park holds a lot of memories for Former Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon. It's one of those noteworthy moments a racer never forgets 0x2022 their first race win. In 1992, Pedregon earned his first career Funny Car victory in Houston, one of six wins that year that earned him the championship in his rookie season.

"I like Houston, it's been a good to me," said Pedregon. "When I won the race in 1992 it was the start of a very successful season for us. It's something you don't forget and I always enjoy returning to where I earned my first Funny Car win."

Houston also marks another first for Cruz and his brother Tony. In 1997, the two met in the final round, the first and only time for two brothers to meet in the finals. This season they are teammates for the first time, which makes going back to Houston a little more special.

"Racing my brother in the finals is probably one of my most memorable moments," added Pedregon. "A lot of racers have been to a final round but not many can say that they've been to a final round at a national event against their brother. And now we're teammates and you can guarantee we'd like nothing more than to meet in the finals again."

Pedregon has raced at Houston 12 times and has qualified in the top half of the field at 10 of those events with four top qualifier awards (1994,'97, and both events in '98). Besides his win in 1992, he won in 1998 and was runner up in 1997 and has advanced to the semifinals four times (1993, '97,'98,'99).

The Advance Auto Parts Racing team will have two qualifying sessions on Friday, April 16th at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with two final sessions scheduled for Saturday, April 17th at noon and 3:00 pm. Final eliminations are slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 18th.

Qualifying coverage of the NHRA Spring Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. -- midnight (ET) on Saturday, April 17. Final eliminations will be aired on ESPN2 from 5 p.m. 0x2022 7 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 18.

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