Denver: Cruz Pedregon final summary

CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS RACE TEAM REACH FINAL ROUND IN DENVER MORRISON, Colo. (July 17, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team qualified 16th, but ran hard and made it into the final round in NHRA POWERade...

CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS RACE TEAM REACH FINAL ROUND IN DENVER

MORRISON, Colo. (July 17, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team qualified 16th, but ran hard and made it into the final round in NHRA POWERade Nitro Funny Car action from the Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., this past weekend. With the final round appearance, Pedregon moved into ninth-place in the point standings heading into this weekend's race in Seattle.

"Going to the final in Denver was huge for our entire Advance Auto Parts Team, but it was a tough weekend for everyone," Pedregon said of his exciting weekend in Colorado. "Being paired up with Tony (Pedregon, brother and teammate) in the second round was a hard task as well. We had our hands full on every run, and had to make some adjustments on the fly. It was really difficult conditions with a 140-plus degree track temperature, which proved to be a nightmare for the crew chiefs and drivers - either you hit on a great setup right away, or you chased it all weekend. We struggled and qualified 16th, but we gathered it up for the eliminations on Sunday. During the final, the car was strong and we had a lead on Gary (Scelzi) - everything was good, but we ended up with a car that smoked the tires before half-track. The fact that we went to the final was great. We're looking forward to next weekend's race in Seattle where there are sea-level conditions, as it's more familiar territory."

Heading into next weekend's race in Seattle, Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Racing Team are encouraged about their chances in the upcoming races on the 2006 schedule: "Our performance in Denver is exactly how a team hopes to start the western swing. Although a win in Denver would have been better, being runner up gives us good momentum going into the next few races. It's good for the team and our sponsors, who have worked so hard this year."

In 2005, Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Race Team finished for the second consecutive year in the top 10 in points, was #1 qualifier twice and recorded a career best ET speed of 4.680 seconds at 330.80 mph.

NEXT RACE: July 21-23, 2006 -- NHRA Nationals, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash. (near Seattle)

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