Commerce: Tony Pedregon Saturday summary

Tony Pedregon Wins Pole, Runs Fastest Speed in NHRA History Commerce, Ga., May 15, 2004- Defending Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon earned his second pole of the season with a track record elapsed time of 4.765 seconds at the fastest speed...

Tony Pedregon Wins Pole, Runs Fastest Speed in NHRA History

Commerce, Ga., May 15, 2004- Defending Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon earned his second pole of the season with a track record elapsed time of 4.765 seconds at the fastest speed in NHRA history of 329.83 mph ran in the Friday night session. Pedregon becomes only the second driver to earn two poles this season with his first in Las Vegas.

"I had a good idea that this is something that we could accomplish in a relatively short period of time," said Pedregon. "I understand the business side of it - it's very humbling and very competitive. I think right now we're seeing the results of all of the hard work and the testing that we've been doing. Plus with the continued support from GM and their technology and what Quaker State has put behind this team, it's all starting to come together for us.

"I don't think a lot of people would've guessed our team would've been capable of running 329 mph and of all places Atlanta," added Pedregon. "Everything just seemed to fall into place. When I woke up this morning I was really excited about how the car performed. We were wondering what the conditions would hold today and if there would be enough cloud cover to try to back the run up, but the biggest concern for us was to try and adapt to the conditions because sometimes the forecast might be a little off. They say it's supposed to be a little cooler tomorrow but if it's like this we didn't want to get to aggressive."

The Dickie Venables tuned Quaker State Chevrolet Monte Carlo out ran its competitors in today's qualifying sessions with an elapsed time of 4.852 seconds at 317.87 mph.

We're very happy to remain on the pole and that we were able to back that run up with the 4.85 under today's conditions," said Pedregon. "Dickie and Kurt and the rest of the crew are doing an outstanding job and I'm looking forward to having a great day tomorrow."

Pedregon now has 27 career top qualifier awards. He also earned his 25th career low ET award and 24th career top speed award.

Final eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. (ET) tomorrow. Pedregon is the defending race winner and will have Bob Gilbertson in round one. Pedregon has a 7-3 advantage over Gilbertson in race day competition.

Television coverage of final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 from 7:00- 10:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, May 16.

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