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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 3, 2006) -- 2003 NHRA World Champion Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Nitro Funny Car Team head to Atlanta Dragway this weekend for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. "Atlanta was the location of my...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 3, 2006) -- 2003 NHRA World Champion Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Nitro Funny Car Team head to Atlanta Dragway this weekend for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals.

"Atlanta was the location of my first win in a Funny Car (in 1996), so it's like going home for me," Pedregon said of this weekend's race. "It's a big weekend for us as we'll be entertaining the guests from Great Stuff in our hospitality area. I think the next few races for us are important - we'll be fighting to get back into the top 10 in points. Not only that, but we put in a lot of work in the past few weeks preparing for the next group of events, specifically Atlanta, to get back to the winner's circle. We have some ground to make up, but I believe in this team and our capabilities.

"For every team, it's important to place as good as you can at each race, and that's our goal this weekend," Pedregon explained. "Improvements have been made to the Atlanta track, and it should be fast. Like everywhere, the weather will play a big part. We ran a 329 (mph) there in 2004, which was the fastest speed by any Funny Car at that time. The weekend after we went 331 (mph) in Chicago, so that proves the Atlanta track has good traction. It's a good race, a good track, and we think we can make up some ground there."

Atlanta Dragway is about 65 miles north of Atlanta on Interstate 85 at U.S. Highway 441. >From Atlanta, take I-85 north to Exit 149 (Highway 441). Travel north on Highway 441 to Steven Tanger Boulevard. Go left on Tanger Boulevard, then right on Ridgeway Road, and follow the signs to the track (approximately a half-mile on the right).

After conquering the fast quarter-mile at Atlanta Dragway this weekend, the NHRA warriors head to Columbus May 18-21. Check your local ESPN2 listings for broadcast times and event coverage.

TONY PEDREGON HISTORY AT ATLANTA DRAGWAY:
Pedregon won this event twice, in 1996 -- his first professional victory -- and in 2003, the year he won the NHRA Funny Car Championship. He qualified in the number one spot in 2004.

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