Columbus: Tony Pedregon preview

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 12, 2006) -- 2003 NHRA World Champion Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Nitro Funny Car Team head to National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio next weekend for the NHRA Nationals, the eighth of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 12, 2006) -- 2003 NHRA World Champion Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Nitro Funny Car Team head to National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio next weekend for the NHRA Nationals, the eighth of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events in 2006.

Coming off of a victory at Atlanta Dragway last weekend, and heading to a track that he has conquered twice in the past, Pedregon hopes to keep up the race-winning effort he and his Q Power team have generated early in the 2006 season: "Our goal is to carry the momentum we have from winning the last race in Atlanta to the next race. It's important to be able to continue to keep the car consistent and keep the level of performance up at each race.

"Any win is good and comes at a good time, and certainly Atlanta was important for us as it came so early in the year," Pedregon said of his victory circle appearance in last weekend's race. "It's a reminder that we have the capabilities and talent to run with anyone. It's nice to be back in the top-10 in points, but we don't just want to maintain that position -- we want to improve it, and that's what we're aiming for in Columbus."

The third-oldest event in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series turned 40 a few years ago and still is going strong, thanks to the support of Midwest fans who have come to expect the unexpected at National Trail Raceway since it first hosted the event in 1972 following stints in Bristol, Tenn., (1965-67), Englishtown, N.J. (1968), and Dallas (1969-71). The site of Top Fuel legend Shirley Muldowney's first win in 1977, the facility sports a 660-foot concrete launchpad and fresh asphalt added in 2004, ensuring optimum traction to help teams battle the sometimes challenging atmospheric conditions.

National Trail Raceway is about 20 miles east of Columbus on old U.S. Highway 40, one mile north of Interstate 70 at the Kirkersville exit. From Columbus, take Interstate 70 to Highway 158 north and follow the signs, or take I-70 to Highway 37 north to U.S. Highway 40 and follow the signs.

After conquering the quarter-mile at National Trail Raceway next weekend, the NHRA warriors head to Topeka May 26-28. Check your local ESPN2 listings for broadcast times and event coverage.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shirley Muldowney , Tony Pedregon