Dallas: Tony Pedregon final summary

ENNIS, Texas (October 9, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon had only one opportunity to drive his Q Racing Nitro Funny Car down the Texas Motorplex quarter mile during today's running of the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals. Pedregon clicked off a 4.906-second...

ENNIS, Texas (October 9, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon had only one opportunity to drive his Q Racing Nitro Funny Car down the Texas Motorplex quarter mile during today's running of the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals.

Pedregon clicked off a 4.906-second elapsed time at 308.28 mph, but it wasn't enough to eclipse round one opponent Del Worsham's 4.852-second pass at 324.67 mph. Dickie Venables (crew chief) explained what happened to the Q car on the starting line.

"We didn't have enough water for the burn out and the tires stayed dry," Venables said. "When you can't perform a proper burn out, the clutch gets hot and ends up damaged. Also, under those circumstances, the engine does not read right when you step on the throttle. I am surprised we were able to go as far as we went and not smoke the tires.

"We also dropped a cylinder during the run-- which may have happened anyway- so I am not sure if the burn out was to blame for the loss, but it did have an influence," Venables concluded.

Pedregon added to his crew chief's comments about today's first round.

"Besides the unusual burn out, the Q car was ahead at the eighth-mile mark," said Pedregon, the 2003 POWERade Funny Car World Champion "But once the cylinder dropped, we lost the edge. Still, we've had a good car this weekend and qualified in the top half of the field. I am proud of the Q products we use because I feel they're the best I've had. We'll be ready to tackle Las Vegas in two weeks."

-PedregonRacing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Del Worsham