Bristol: Cruz Pedregon Saturday summary

Cruz Pedregon Qualifies 13th California Driver Going for 300th Career Round Victory BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 30, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, drove to the 13th slot for tomorrow's NHRA ...

Cruz Pedregon Qualifies 13th
California Driver Going for 300th Career Round Victory

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 30, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, drove to the 13th slot for tomorrow's NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

With rain being the order of the weekend and the first day of qualifying washed away, Pedregon made his only qualifying pass of the weekend count with a 5.093-second elapsed time at 313.15 mph.

"We knew there was a chance we were only going to get one qualifying session in today," Pedregon said. "So we had to get down the track. (Crew chief) Wes (Cerny) and the team did a great job in getting the car ready.

"We spun the tires and I had to catch it," Pedregon continued. "Then I had to throttle the car a second time to get it the rest of the way down the track. We should have better weather conditions tomorrow and I do feel good about going some rounds."

Pedregon will face off against long-time rival John Force in round one tomorrow.

Advance Auto Parts Notebook:

MILESTONE: Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon will reach an important career milestone with a round-one victory tomorrow. Pedregon, the 1992 NHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion, could reach his 300th round victory.

Only two other active drivers, brother Tony Pedregon and round-one opponent John Force have reached the same mark in their careers.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , John Force , Cruz Pedregon