Brainerd: Cruz Pedregon final summary

Cruz Pedregon Advances to Quarterfinals BRAINERD, Minn. (August 14, 2005) - Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car advanced to the quarterfinals of eliminations during today's NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national event at...

Cruz Pedregon Advances to Quarterfinals

BRAINERD, Minn. (August 14, 2005) - Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car advanced to the quarterfinals of eliminations during today's NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national event at Brainerd International Raceway.

Pedregon recorded his ninth first round win this season when he clocked a 5.219-second elapsed time at 215.10 mph, outrunning No. 10 qualifier Robert Hight.

"In the first round, we had a tough race," Pedregon explained. "We were facing the Funny Car points leader, but I managed to bring the Advance Auto Parts car to the finish line first."

In the second round, Tommy Johnson, Jr., defeated Pedregon with a 4.907-second elapsed time at 318.54 mph. The 1992 NHRA Funny Car champion recorded a 5.507-second elapsed time at 223.47 mph. Pedregon had to contend with the right lane affected by a previous oil down.

"We had a lead at the beginning of the run," Pedregon said. "But smoked the tires and lost the edge. The track could not take the power we wanted to give it, it is not clear to me if it had anything to do with the oil down or not. There were some good runs on that lane as well."

Pedregon talks about what lies ahead for the Advance Auto Parts team.

"We're working to match my car to my brother Tony's (Pedregon) car a bit more," Pedregon said. "We want to have more of a team concept with similar mechanics and strategy. We'll start in Memphis next week, and be ready for the 'Big Go' in Indy next."

-PedregonRacing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tommy Johnson , Cruz Pedregon , Robert Hight