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TONY PEDREGON NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS NOTEBOOK * Tony Pedregon, the 2003 Funny Car champion, heads to Atlanta Dragway this weekend for the seventh race of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule. Pedregon will drive his 'Q' Racing Monte ...

TONY PEDREGON NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS NOTEBOOK

* Tony Pedregon, the 2003 Funny Car champion, heads to Atlanta Dragway this weekend for the seventh race of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule. Pedregon will drive his 'Q' Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car during the 25th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals.

* El campeon de Funny Car, Tony Pedregon, se dirige al Atlanta Dragway este fin de semana para competir en la septima carrera de la NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Pedregon conducira su auto 'Q' Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car durante el 25 campeonato anual de los Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals.

* It was 1996 at Atlanta Dragway, Pedregon won his first race in his first final round. His adversary in that final round was none other than Pedregon's car owner at the time, John Force. Since then, Pedregon won again in 2003 (against Johnny Gray), this time as team owner as well.

* Fue en el Atlanta Dragway en 1996, cuando Pedregon gano su primera carrera en lo que era al mismo tiempo su primer recorrido final. Su adversario durante ese recorrido fue no otro que John Force, entonces dueño del auto. Pedregon gano de nuevo en Atlanta en el2003 contra Johnny Gray, esta vez como dueño de su propia escuderia.

* Also in Atlanta, a year ago, Pedregon grabbed the number one slot with a track record elapsed time of 4.765 seconds and track speed record of 329.83 mph. "It was one of those runs that everything just went right," explained Pedregon. "It was a combination of Dickie (Venables) and Kurt (Elliott) reading the conditions right. Two other teams nabbed the pole from us in that last session and Dickie made a last minute adjustment and we had a great run. I could tell by the way the engine was revving up that it was a good pass. Afterwards I got on the radio and said that it at least felt like a 4.78 and they told me it was a 4.76 and went 325 mph, and I am thinking 'alright that's great.' Then I was told 329 mph and got a little loud after that."

* Tambien, hace un año en Atlanta, Pedregon se hizo con la primera posicion durante las clasificatorias batiendo el record de tiempo del circuito con un recorrido de 4.756 segundos asi como el record de velocidad con 329.83mph. "Fue uno de esos recorridos en los que todo sale bien", explico Pedregon. "Una combinacion de factores en los que Dickie (Venables) y Kurt (Elliott) interpretaron las condiciones de forma correcta. Hubo otros dos equipos que nos quitaron la ventaja pero Dickie ajusto un par de cosas en el ultimo momento y tuvimos un magnifico recorrido. Sabia que habiamos corrido bien por el sonido del motor. Cuando les hable por radio, dije que por lo menos lo habiamos hecho en 4.78 segundos, me dijeron que en 4.76 ya 325 mph., y pienso 'Buen trabajo'. Luego cuando me dijeron que la velocidad fue de 329 mph, me puse a gritar de alegria".

* So far this year, Pedregon has qualified in the number one position in Pomona, Calif. and Phoenix. He also broke the elapsed-time record at Pomona Raceway with a 4.681-second pass at 323.35mph. And in Chandler, Ariz., Pedregon broke Firebird International Raceway's elapsed time record at 4.703 seconds. Pedregon heads to Atlanta 11th in POWERade Funny Car points with 266.

* Este año, hasta el momento, Pedregon se ha clasificado en la posicion numero uno en Pomona 1, Calif. y Phoenix. Tambien ha batido el record de tiempo en el Pomona Raceway con 4.681 segundos a 323.35 mph. Y el del Firebird International Raceway en Chandler, Ariz. con un tiempo de 4.703 segundos. Pedregon se dirige a Atlanta en la posicion 11a del POWERade Funny Car con 266 puntos.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , John Force , Johnny Gray