Bristol: Cruz Pedregon eliminations summary

Cruz Pedregon goes to quarterfinals at Bristol. BRISTOL, Tenn., April 27, 2003 - Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Funny Car crew battled their way through mechanical problems and into the quarterfinals of the Mac Tools Thunder Valley ...

Cruz Pedregon goes to quarterfinals at Bristol.

BRISTOL, Tenn., April 27, 2003 - Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Funny Car crew battled their way through mechanical problems and into the quarterfinals of the Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Engine trouble during Saturday night's last qualifying session prevented Pedregon from gaining a position in the top eight, so he started the day in 14th place with a best of 4.948 seconds at 300.53 mph. Pedregon was confident going into his first-round race against No. 3 qualifier Gary Densham, and he proved why when the time came.

Cruz left the line first and won with a 4.922 at 308.43 mph to Densham's 5.044 at 242.02.

"We knew we had a good tune-up and it should've run quicker in qualifying," Pedregon commented. "We were ready for the first round."

In the next round, the car spun the tires and he saw Johnny Gray drive by, winning with a 5.420 at 259.81 to 7.017 at 154.76.

"We tried to repeat our first run's tune-up but we were just off on off," added Pedregon. "All in all, it was a pretty good weekend. We keep learning."

Pedregon is now 12th in points with 229.

Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts team return to competition this weekend, Friday through Sunday, at Commerce, Ga., in the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cruz Pedregon , Johnny Gray