Brainerd: Tony Pedregon preview

Tony Pedregon Ready for 'Benchmark' Race Important Weekend for the Quaker State Racing Team BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 11, 2004) -- A team always wants to be playing its best ball heading into the playoffs. The same can be said for teams competing in...

Tony Pedregon Ready for 'Benchmark' Race
Important Weekend for the Quaker State Racing Team

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 11, 2004) -- A team always wants to be playing its best ball heading into the playoffs. The same can be said for teams competing in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, as Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car prepare for this weekend's tilt at Brainerd International Raceway.

With only two races to go before the 50th annual U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park -- professional drag racing's biggest spectacle -- teams strive to be in top form. This weekend's race in Brainerd is the first challenge. Next weekend, for the first time, teams will also compete at Memphis Motorsports Park, just ahead of Indianapolis.

"Brainerd was always the benchmark race right before Indy," Pedregon said, "so it would always set the stage for these teams. You want to hit your stride for the 'Big Go' coming up at Indy. NHRA has Memphis in there this year, but for these next two races, we're really looking to polish up, accumulate more points and race strong.

"Quaker State's race oils are adding a performance edge like never before, and (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) is dialing in the set up better and better for each track's weather and temperature conditions," he continued.

Pedregon has never won at Brainerd, but has seen some success -- as runner-up in 1996 and reaching the semifinals last year. He talked about the track.

"It's always a challenge, but they made some improvements to the surface a few years ago," said Pedregon, who knows there is potential for cool conditions this weekend. "Like always, we'll have to take what the climate gives and adjust. It's a good facility and big -- as it also has a road course -- for us, we have plenty of room. There's a lot of history to this race."

Quaker State Racing Notebook:

NEW PARTNER: Pro Motorsports, one of the nation's leading die cast collectible internet and storefront retailers, has joined driver Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car team as an associate sponsor.

The Minnesota-based company will support Pedregon during the upcoming NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national events at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway, Indianapolis Raceway Park and The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"I have always admired the work Pro Motorsports has done within the motorsports industry," Pedregon said. "They are dedicated to the sport, and really do a great job in getting its retailer's products to market. We're glad they chose to support the entire Quaker State Racing team."

PUTTING IT TOGETHER: Tony Pedregon, driver of the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, was optimistic about his team's semifinal run during the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., two weekends ago.

"Sonoma was a good race for us," said Pedregon, who grabbed the number two qualifying slot for the event. "You would always like to do better, but we feel like we're really still trying to adapt to the new tire. It was probably the number one reason why we weren't able to pull enough power out of it. I know we have the performance. With Quaker State's help and input we've made a lot of progress in that area over the last several races. We seem to be a more efficient, well-rounded team than what we were at the beginning of the season. For that reason, we're hoping to hit our stride. The only thing left for us to do is win a race."

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