Bristol: Jerry Toliver final report

Toliver Gives Cruz Pedregon Tough Race at Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn., July 8, 2007 -- Jerry Toliver gave Cruz Pedregon a serious challenge Sunday in the opening round of the O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals at a hot Bristol Dragway. Toliver put...

Toliver Gives Cruz Pedregon Tough Race at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn., July 8, 2007 -- Jerry Toliver gave Cruz Pedregon a serious challenge Sunday in the opening round of the O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals at a hot Bristol Dragway.

Toliver put the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink Toyota Solara into the lead at the green light, leaving with a .059-second starting light to Pedregon's .102. "The car got out of the groove and moved over to the left and I was bringing it back and it dropped the No. 8 cylinder, and the car just shot to the right. It got out of the groove and started spinning the tires," said Toliver, of Temecula, Calif.

Pedregon went past, winning in 4.918 seconds at 302.5 mph to 4.988 at 303.43 mph.

"We gave it a shot," added Toliver. "We are getting better. We made the show and several good cars didn't do that."

-credit: jt/jls

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cruz Pedregon , Jerry Toliver