Brainerd: Tony Pedregon final notes

BRAINERD, Minn. (August 12, 2007) -- Tony Pedregon and the Q Horsepower NHRA Nitro Funny Car team secured a coveted position in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. "Making the Countdown is great news for the Q ...

BRAINERD, Minn. (August 12, 2007) -- Tony Pedregon and the Q Horsepower NHRA Nitro Funny Car team secured a coveted position in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

"Making the Countdown is great news for the Q team," said Pedregon. "Now that we have that behind us, we are preparing for the next round, the Countdown to Four.Our immediate goal is to start preparing and performing at a higher level to help our consistency and put is in position to regain our top four position in points."

During qualifying and final eliminations, Pedregon and his team chased an apparent electrical problem that kept them from their usual top half of the ladder qualifying position.He recovered to qualify in the No. 13 spot with a 4.891 at 311.20 mph pass.

In Sunday's first round of final eliminations, Pedregon was paired with Kenny Bernstein.He cut a good light (.081 to .113), but Bernstein crossed the stripe first to take the win with a 4.824 to Pedregon's 4.863.

"We certainly expect more," said Pedregon, the 2003 NHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion. "For starters, we didn't qualify as well as I felt we could have. Because of that, I think the run in the first round really should have been one of our qualifying runs."

Pedregon and his veteran tuner, Dickie Venables took a close look at the performance data.

"We set the car up to run a 4.79 E.T. in the first round and it just didn't respond.And after blowing a motor in qualifying, we were really trying to address the fuel system and some other mechanical issues so it wouldn't damage the motor again.It just seems like the car didn't have enough power, which is very rare for us, so that's why we think there is something suspect in the electrical system."

Pedregon and the Q Horsepower team will be hard at work as they head to Reading, Penn. and the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals next weekend.

"Bottom line for us is that we need to go to Reading and continue to improve our consistency," Pedregon said. "We picked up our first win with Quaker State at this track and we have good performance data from Reading."

-credit: pr

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