INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 19, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon, the 1992 NHRA Nitro Funny Car world champion, and his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car Team are headed to the NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Tex. (near Dallas), this...
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 19, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon, the 1992 NHRA Nitro Funny Car world champion, and his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car Team are headed to the NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Tex. (near Dallas), this weekend for the 20th of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events in 2006. Last weekend's NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn., was rained out and will be held on the weekend of Sept. 29 -Oct. 1. Pedregon retains 9th place in the NHRA point standings after the last round in Indianapolis.
Billy Meyer's revolutionary all-concrete supertrack, Texas Motorplex, observed its 20th anniversary last season, celebrating two decades of high performance and even higher drama. The only all-concrete quarter-mile on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule allows crew chiefs the opportunity to unleash horsepower with little restraint, which guarantees explosive performances, sometimes in more ways than one. The event's position on the schedule, as the fourth-to-last race on the annual tour, makes it a strategically key race in the battle to the finish for NHRA POWERade world championships.
"Dallas is really a special track to me, and the place where I had my most famous drag race - the final round in 1992 where I ran against John Force. Fans still talk about that run," Pedregon explained about the upcoming race weekend. "The championship was on the line. We had won four in a row coming into that race, which at that time was the second-to-last on the schedule - there was no Las Vegas race back then. I really needed to win that round to give us a good opportunity to win the championship in Pomona. It was a real high-stakes final round for all of the marbles. The race had a little bit of everything, and a lot of drama. John and I both left the line and smoked the tires. He hit the wall, and we were both on and off of the throttle several times. It was a great way to close the show...a spectacular race. We won that final round, which helped me clinch the championship, so I'll always remember the Motorplex for that race."
After conquering the quarter-mile Texas Motorplex, the NHRA warriors head on September 29-October 1 back to Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn., for the rescheduled NHRA Nationals that was rained out on Sept. 15-17. The following week, on October 6-8, they go directly to the Virginia NHRA Nationals, in Petersburg, Vir. (near Richmond), held at Virginia Motorsports Park.