Gainesville: Cruz Pedregon final summary

First Round Knock Out Does Not Curb Cruz Pedregon's Enthusiasm GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 20, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car put together an aggressive game plan for attacking the first round of ...

First Round Knock Out Does Not Curb Cruz Pedregon's Enthusiasm

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 20, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car put together an aggressive game plan for attacking the first round of today's Mac Tools Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Pedregon left hard, smoked the tires and watched as opponent and No. 8 qualifier Whit Bazemore drove to a 4.869-second elapsed time at 316.67 mph. Despite the disappointment, Pedregon is still upbeat about what lies ahead.

"Gainesville is a fast track and we were a little too aggressive when leaving the starting line," Pedregon said. "Once you lose traction, there's a very fine line between traction and no traction. What happened today was similar to yesterday's last qualifying run. Today, my team set up the car in response to that, and even though the tires did not spin until a full-car length further, it still occurred.

"When you are one of the top teams, you have to take chances if you want to win," Pedregon continued. "I have confidence that my team and my crew chief (Wes Cerny) will make the proper adjustments. All I have to do is focus on doing a good job driving. But, if there's something that all these years of racing have taught me, is that you need to learn from experience and then move on. This is a long season and we still have twenty races in front of us and I am already focusing in Houston and Las Vegas."

-PedregonRacing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Cruz Pedregon