Baytown: Cruz Pedregon preview

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 28, 2008) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car Team are headed to Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Tex., on March 30 -- April 1, 2007 for the next round of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series,...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 28, 2008) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car Team are headed to Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Tex., on March 30 -- April 1, 2007 for the next round of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, the fourth of 23 powerhouse events this year. Pedregon finished 10th in the 2006 NHRA point standings, accumulating one win early in the year in Las Vegas.

Still mourning the loss of Funny Car driver Eric Medlen, NHRA drivers will compete this weekend in Houston with heavy hearts. Eric Medlen lost his life after suffering critical injuries during an accident at last weeks test session in Gainesville, Florida.

"Eric was a genuine guy" Pedregon said. "He was very enthusiastic about everything. You couldn't help but like him. His father, John Medlen, is the nicest guy in the world, and I could see from early on that Eric inherited that gene from him. He was a great human being."

For performance fans, no track is better situated. Houston Raceway Park benefits from incredible atmospheric conditions because of its proximity to the bay, which feeds the facility cool air. Pedregon won this event in 1998 and 1992 and was also No. 1 qualifier in 1998 (1 & 2), 1997, and 1994.

"We need to take be a little more consistent and take advantage of these good weather and track conditions," added Pedregon. "I have had good success at this event and nothing would be more special than having an opportunity to raise the trophy in the winner's circle and dedicate this event to Eric."

-credit: pr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cruz Pedregon , Eric Medlen , John Medlen